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Mount Greylock Subcommittee Backing Off Field Advisory Group Plan
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:04PM / Wednesday, September 30, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The finance subcommittee of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee last week discussed abandoning plans to recommend the full committee appoint an advisory panel to answer questions the elected officials had about a proposal to build an artificial turf field at the middle-high school.   As recently as mid-July, that is the course the subcommittee advocated, but it felt the School Committee should hold off on forming the advisory group until the fall.   On Thursday, Carolyn Greene said that between the November election that promises at least three new members of the seven-person School Committee and a looming deadline the district faces to bring


Letter: Standouts to Support Public Higher Education
Letter to the Editor,
03:00PM / Wednesday, September 30, 2020

To the Editor:

During this time in which many of our day to day activities have been affected by Covid-19, one thing has not changed: the value of our public higher education institutions. Here in Berkshire County, MCLA and Berkshire Community College continue to serve our students, many of them local residents and the majority residents of this Commonwealth. While the modalities we are using to teach, counsel, advise, and provide all types services have widened to include more online and hybrid as well as in person delivery when it can be safely done, BCC and MCLA are open to our students. We remain the most affordable and accessible institutions in the county. Together with our


Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Fire Officials Launch Fire Prevention Week
02:05PM / Wednesday, September 30, 2020
STOW, Mass. — State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and Fire Chiefs' Association of Massachusetts President Chief Michael Newbury are launching Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4 - 10.   "This year's theme Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen, emphasizes how important it is for every family to be aware of what is cooking on the stove and to stay in the kitchen when cooking." State Fire Marshal Ostroskey said.   Stay in the Kitchen and Put a Lid on Stovetop Fires Chief Newbury said, "Cooking is the leading cause of home fires, and unattended cooking is the leading cause of kitchen fires. We know cooking fires can be prevented. Stay in the kitchen when cooking.


Berkshire Money Management To Sponsor Berkshire E-Talent Accelerator
11:39AM / Wednesday, September 30, 2020

DALTON, Mass. —  Berkshire Money Management has committed $30,000 to sponsoring the Berkshire E-Talent Accelerator program at the Pittsfield-based Berkshire Innovation Center.

Berkshire E-Talent Accelerator (BETA) is open to high school juniors, seniors, and recent graduates countywide, and is an experiential learning program that will expose students to local STEM career opportunities.    The goal of the program is to immerse students in fundamentals critical to these career paths and teach them to utilize the advanced equipment and community mentors available through the Berkshire Innovation Center. There were more than 40 applicants for the fall module and


1Berkshire & EforAll Announce New Entrepreneurial Jump-Start Event
09:43AM / Wednesday, September 30, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire and EforAll announced a new entrepreneurial jump-start event to help business startups.   The Empower Hour-Plus: Make Your Business Happen! will be held virtually on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m., providing business startups with inspiration and direct tactical guidance.   "This is a new approach to encouraging folks to pursue their dreams," Deborah Gallant, EforAll Berkshire County executive director, said. "We hope to truly empower local residents who may have felt the obstacles were too great, to open their own businesses. This quick program will open doors and provide valuable information to get them


Pittsfield Mayor, City Council Urged to Adopt 'Housing First' Model
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:42AM / Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Rev. Ralph Howe of First United Methodist made three suggestions regarding homelessness to the Human Rights Commission. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Human Rights Commission is urging city officials to establish housing as a fundamental human right.   The Rev. Ralph Howe of First United Methodist Church outlined three suggestions to commission on Monday on how to best address the homeless epidemic and purposed a move toward Pittsfield adopting a housing first model.     "Housing is a fundamental human right, if you have been housing insecure or have dealt with people who are homeless you will realize that when a person lacks housing they are


Baker Easing Occupancy Levels for Low-Risk Communities
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:52PM / Tuesday, September 29, 2020
BOSTON — Communities at low-risk for COVID-19 transmission will be able to increase occupancy at a number of indoor and outdoor venues beginning next week.   Gyms, museums, libraries and indoor and outdoor performance venues will be able to open to 50 percent occupancy; also allowed to open are such indoor recreational facilities such as laser tag and skating; and all retail fitting rooms.   "Step 2 opens up a limited set of industries, certain types of indoor recreation that have not previously been permitted to operate since we announced the original emergency order back in March," Gov. Charlie Baker said on Tuesday. "We've learned a lot through our own


Pittsfield Earns Insurance Premium Credits Through MIIA
11:53AM / Tuesday, September 29, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield earned $28,771 in insurance premium credits through the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association Rewards Program.   The City of Pittsfield received $28,771 back on its workers compensation and property and casualty insurance costs, applicable toward premium reductions for the next fiscal year, because of its participation in an incentive program offered by the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA), its insurance provider.   "We are thrilled to receive these MIIA Reward credits. Within the City of Pittsfield, it’s vital that our employees have access to comprehensive resources, training, and information that


Pittsfield Public Schools Announce Transition Plans for In-Person Learning
10:42AM / Tuesday, September 29, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Public Schools released an in-person learning transition plan and anticipates bringing back the first group of students Wednesday, Oct. 14    The Pittsfield Public Schools released a press release Tuesday morning outlining its in-person transition plan that will first return grades preK, kindergarten, 1, 2, 6, and 9 on Oct. 14.   "With schools serving as an important part of the infrastructure of communities, the timeline associated with the shift from online learning to in-person classroom instruction is impacted by many factors," the press release reads. "Driven by reliable public health data, as well as considerations


Downtown Pittsfield Inc.: Fun Finds and Things to Do in Pittsfield
10:05AM / Tuesday, September 29, 2020

October First Fridays Artswalk!
Friday, October 2, 5 to 8 pm, and ALL MONTH LONG!

Enjoy indoor and storefront art shows, outdoor sculpture, and Artscape’s Pittsfield Paintboxes during the First Fridays Artswalk on Friday, October 2, 5 to 8 pm, and all month long!
When participating in the October Artswalk, be sure to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from other individuals and wear your mask.

Click here for map of all indoor and outdoor locations, including hours for the indoor


Lessons from Experienced Investors
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:07AM / Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Those who have lived a long time have done a lot, seen a lot – and can teach us a lot. And that’s certainly true when it comes to investing.   Consider some of the lessons you might learn from experienced investors:   • Regulate your emotions. In the investment world, there’s always something coming at us that could sound scary: political flashpoints, economic news, and even those once-in-a-generation occurrences, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. But older people may take these events in stride; in fact, baby boomers and members of the Silent Generation (born between 1925 and 1945) are coping better emotionally with the impacts of COVID-19 than younger age


1Berkshire Commences Youth Leadership Program Class of 2021
08:56AM / Tuesday, September 29, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The 11th 1Berkshire Youth Leadership Program commences virtually.    1Berkshire recently began the formal sessions of its 11th class of the Berkshire Youth Leadership Program. This group of 32 high school juniors from all corners of the Berkshires assembled for the first time on Zoom in late July, held its project design session in August, and began the formal portion of the program in mid-September with a session focused on social justice and equity.   This online approach is necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.   The 1Berkshire Youth Leadership Program is focused on helping young leaders in the region develop and grow through career


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