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Pittsfield Historical Commission OKs Demos in Morningside Area
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:38PM / Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Catherine Holland explains the reasoning behind the applications for demolition of the four properties.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Historical Commission approved Kellogg Properties and Mill Town Capital's applications to demolish four buildings in the Morningside area.

A number of these buildings have been vacant for some time and all have structural issues that make them unlivable such as damaged heating systems, poor roofing, water damage, foundation issues, and mold infestation.

Mill Town's first applications for demolition were for the abutting structures on 10 Winter St., 27 Curtis St., and 33 Curtis St.

These properties are not a group, but are all more or less the


Berkshire Money Management Donates To Foster Families
01:33PM / Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Dalton, Mass. — Berkshire Money Management dedicates $5,000 for foster family care packages.   To assist foster families during the COVID-19 era, a group of community members fueled by local business sponsors, including Berkshire Money Management, have created and distributed care packages for more than 200 area foster families.    Each family received a gift bag with children's masks sewn by members of the community, school and art supplies, and a gift card to a local restaurant or grocery store, including Smokey Diva's and Wohrle's Foods in Pittsfield.   "I know so many foster families in the Berkshires who have opened their whole lives to


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

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
02:35PM / Monday, October 19, 2020

Domestic Violence Community Action Plan


While the responsibility for domestic violence lies with the perpetrators of these crimes, we all play a role in creating a culture of respect and preventing violence. 


Help us raise awareness about domestic violence this month. Commit to action for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Below are some steps you can

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State Hosts Hearing on Health Care Cost Trends From COVID-19
02:15PM / Monday, October 19, 2020

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) will host the 2020 Annual Health Care Cost Trends Hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020.

The hearing, a public event at which policymakers and health care stakeholders convene to discuss challenges and oppor­tunities in improving health care in the Commonwealth, will be available live on the HPC’s YouTube channel. The virtual event will focus on examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health care system and residents of the Commonwealth and discussing considerations for the future. More information on the hearing, including a registration link, program booklet, and full agenda, can be found here.



Trick-or-Treat, Halloween Events 2020
12:40PM / Monday, October 19, 2020

Halloween this year means extra precautions because of the novel coronavirus and towns are weighing safe ways for trick-or-treaters to celebrate the spooky holiday. This may mean community events, limited trick or treating or cancelations. Check back as the holiday approaches for what your town is doing. 

If you are going door to door, remember to dress appropriately, carry a flashlight and only visit homes with lights on in your neighborhood. Some special precautions to prevent COVID-19 transmission include wearing a cloth mask instead of a costume mask, reducing physical contact between people as much as possible, handing out candy with minimal or no contact such as in small bags


MassDEP Issues Penalty to Cretecrew Concrete Services for Waste Site Cleanup Violations
12:21PM / Monday, October 19, 2020
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) announced it has assessed a $31,000 penalty to Cretecrew Concrete Services, Inc., a concrete foundation company based in Westfield, for failing to complete cleanup of a hydraulic oil spill that occurred at a construction site in Chicopee.   On Sept. 20, 2019, the Chicopee Fire Department notified MassDEP regarding the spill of up to 15 gallons of hydraulic oil associated with the failure of a hydraulic hose on a concrete form truck owned and operated by Cretecrew. The spill occurred at a construction site at 114 McKinstry Avenue in Chicopee.    MassDEP staff inspected the site that day and


Berkshire Force 12U Team Wins New York Tournament
Community submission,
11:20AM / Monday, October 19, 2020
HATHAM, N.Y. -- The Berkshire Force 12-and-under travel softball team went 5-0 over the weekend in winning the "Crush-Tober Fest" tournament at Chatham Memorial Fields.   The Force won the title game, 5-2, against the Bethlehem Bandits.   Team members include Mariah Barnes, Madeline Harrington, Gionnah Levardi,  Mia Dejesus, Evelyn Julieano, Ella Stodden, Grace Julieano, Kylie Duhamel, Madison Barber, Bella Tart, A.J. Pelkey and Jianna Kruger.


North Adams Harm Reduction Program to Merge Under Berkshire Health Systems
10:22AM / Monday, October 19, 2020
North Adams, Mass — Tapestry's Syringe Access Program will be merging with Healthy Steps under the Berkshire Health Systems medical umbrella effective Oct. 30.   "The opioid epidemic has had a significant impact on the Northern Berkshire community," Cheryl Zoll, Tapestry's CEO said. "Tapestry is committed to continuing its services in the Berkshires and this partnership with Berkshire Health Systems will allow this essential syringe access and disposal program to not only move forward but to integrate with other key healthcare services in the process."   The harm reduction program will continue to operate out of the same location, 6 West Main St.


Donation Matching Challenge to Boost ACLU Voting Rights Work in Massachusetts
09:58AM / Monday, October 19, 2020
BOSTON — The ACLU of Massachusetts announced that Steve Kay and Lisbeth Tarlow have offered a matching challenge of up to $50,000 to fuel the ACLU's fight for democracy.   "November's election is not just critical for civil liberties; it may well determine the future of our democracy," Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts said. "The ACLU has been at the frontlines to protect and expand the right to vote for all eligible voters—and the funds we raise will help us keep up the fight. We hope that this significant gift will encourage other ACLU supporters to make an investment in civil liberties at this crucial time in our


Giving Garden Uses Grant Funds to Increase Produce Donations
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Monday, October 19, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Giving Garden at Pittsfield Church of Christ is expanding to feed more community members thanks to a nearly $11,000 grant from the state.

Garden coordinator Gordon Clark said the two small hoop houses put up through donations has really increased what it can offer. The grant will fund a large hoop house should help provide even more vegetables for local food pantries.

"This grant is an incredible gift to our garden and to our community," said Clark. "When food budgets are tight, choices are often limited to inexpensive carbohydrates and processed foods. But during our growing season our neighbors who rely on food pantries can select fresh,

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Mount Greylock Group Works to Promote Inclusion in 'Incredibly Undiverse Building'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:16AM / Monday, October 19, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A Mount Greylock Regional School committee charged with exploring issues of diversity, equity and inclusion last week began a conversation with the wider community about how to make the middle/high school a more welcoming place for all residents.   The DEI Working Group of the Mount Greylock School Council hosted a 90-minute virtual conference on Tuesday attended by more than a dozen community residents, including several with ties to other groups addressing the same issues.   "So many of us talked about our commitment to racial diversity, cultural diversity, special ed … we also reached out to the GSA [formerly known as the Gay-Straight


Local Political Groups Participate in Nationwide 'Big Send' Mailing
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:11PM / Sunday, October 18, 2020

Volunteers in North Adams mailed hundreds of letters on Saturday morning.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Thousands of letters are on their way from the Berkshires to election battleground states urging citizens to vote.    "The Big Send" is a national campaign by nonprofit Vote Forward to encourage participation in this year's presidential election. The Berkshire Brigades, a local Democratic organization, North County's Greylock Together and Left Field in Great Barrington were among those across the country depositing handwritten letters at local post offices on Saturday.   "I feel like everybody in Massachusetts is looking for a way to do their


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