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Pittsfield Farmers Market Successfully Goes Digital for 2020
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:31AM / Sunday, October 18, 2020

A mix of microgreens ready for distribution. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Farmers Market went virtual this to serve the community in a safe and effective manner during the COVID-19 pandemic.   The market is a program of Roots Rising, an award-winning nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower youth and build community through food and farming.   When confronted with the novel coronavirus pandemic, Roots Rising co-Directors Jamie Samowitz and Jess Vecchia quickly went into emergency response mode to figure out how they could best serve the community. They came out with a plan for a Virtual Farmers Market with the same values as the in-person market: food

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Downtown Pittsfield Uses Shared Streets Grant to Improve Outdoor Dining
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:50PM / Saturday, October 17, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city of Pittsfield is using money from its Shared Streets and Spaces Grant Program to welcome more options for outdoor dining in the downtown.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation developed this program to provide grants as small as $5,000 and as large as $300,000 for cities and towns to quickly implement or expand improvements to sidewalks, curbs, streets, on-street parking spaces and off-street parking lots in support of public health, safe mobility, and renewed commerce in their communities.

During COVID-19, this grant is greatly being used to accommodate outdoor dining.

Commissioner of Public Utilities Ricardo Morales explained that the grant

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Berkshire County Courts Host Weeklong Food Drive
12:16PM / Saturday, October 17, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County courts and Pittsfield Community Corrections Center are hosting three separate weeklong food and supply drives to benefit non-profit agencies across the county as part of the Massachusetts Trial Court's statewide 4th annual Cultural Appreciation Week 2020, Oct. 19-23.   The weeklong Cultural Appreciation Week celebrates diversity, equity, and inclusion in the courts and communities throughout the commonwealth. This year's theme is "We Rise by Lifting Others, Justice and Culture: Bridging the Gap."    In the spirit of the theme, event organizers decided to help those who are experiencing food insecurity. The

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Mount Greylock School Committee Moves Forward on Artificial Turf Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:09AM / Saturday, October 17, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A divided Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Friday voted to move forward on a track to putting an artificial turf field out to bid.   On a vote of 4-2, the committee agreed to spend the next week reviewing a year-old list of value engineering items associated with its athletic fields project and to vote as soon as next Thursday to pay its architect to do the detailed design work needed to rebid a project that already came in over budget in the fall of 2019.   After nearly four hours of a meeting that began at noon and after hearing public comments that ran 9-to-1 against making a decision on Friday, the School Committee decided to ignore its

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'Hoosiers': A Tale of Two High Schools
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
07:50PM / Friday, October 16, 2020
 wish that I were reviewing one of the several movies about this pox upon our house that are certain to be made when the horror is deep into our rearview mirror. But until that glorious return to normality has us resuming all the simple joys of life we take for granted, like going to the movies, I'll be retro-reviewing and thereby sharing with you the films that I've come to treasure over the years, most of which can probably be retrieved from one of the movie streaming services. It is my fondest hope that I've barely put a dent into this trove when they let the likes of me back into the

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Dalton Man Charged in Arson Held After Dangerousness Hearing
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
07:20PM / Friday, October 16, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Dalton man accused of setting fire to nearly 20 hay bales making up a political sign has been ordered held without bail after a dangerousness hearing.    Lonnie Durfee, 49, of Dalton was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of burning personal property related to the fire Friday, Oct. 9. The Berkshire District attorney's office had requested the dangerousness hearing.    On Friday, Judge Paul Smyth ordered that Durfee be held without bail under the dangerousness statute after the DA's office argued that the latest allegations against Durfee demonstrate a risk to the public.   "I thank Judge Smyth for his thoughtful consideration

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@theMarket: Investors Reduce Risk as Stimulus Talks Fail
By Bill Schmick,
03:27PM / Friday, October 16, 2020
Hope springs eternal, but even the most strident bulls threw in the towel this week. American politics took precedence over the country's economic well-being once again, as both political parties refused to compromise on a stimulus deal.   But it wasn't only politics that spooked investors. Across the Atlantic, investors watched as COVID-19 outbreaks escalated across Europe. Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Italy reported new records in infections, while France announced a curfew in order to stem their own skyrocketing cases. In the U.K., Londoners are now banned from mixing with other households indoors.   In this country, despite denials by a large portion of

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State Announces Rule Prohibiting Use of HFC Pollutants
12:35PM / Friday, October 16, 2020
BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration released a proposed regulation to prohibit the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions nationally and in Massachusetts.    HFCs are currently used in certain end-use products, such as aerosols, air conditioners and chillers, refrigeration units and foams. The regulations will help to significantly reduce local GHG emissions and will place the Commonwealth in line with 16 other states adopting comparable HFC regulations or legislation, coordinated by the U.S. Climate Alliance (USCA).   “Building on our Administration's ongoing commitment to fight climate change,

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Great Barrington 'Riled' by Think Tank Declaration on COVID-19
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
11:52AM / Friday, October 16, 2020
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Town officials are upset with a statement released by a local libertarian think tank that used the town's name on a controversial statement endorsing "focused herd immunity."    In a communication sent to iBerkshires, town leaders say Great Barrington has strived to be a safe community from the transmission of the novel coronavirus and that the "Great Barrington Declaration" from the American Institute for Economic Research is undermining that.    The town had no role in, or forewarning of, the declaration bearing the town's name, say officials, and that it's publication has "riled" many local

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Pittsfield Community Comes Together to Host 'Trick or Trunk'
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:14AM / Friday, October 16, 2020

Participants say it was a nice event for the children. PITTSFIELD, Mass.— North Street on Thursday night was full of masked, socially distancing trick-or-treaters participating in the community organized "Trick or Trunk" event.   From the corner of Linden Street to Bradford Street, cars lined up in parking spots with their trunks open and decorated spooky for Halloween. To comply with the city's COVID-19 Halloween procedures, individual treat bags were made up for each ghoul and goblin.   Some trunks offered Halloween-themed pencils, and small toys that could be easily sanitized.   The event was planned two weeks before Halloween so that if parents

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The Retired Investor: China Leads Global Economic Recovery
By Bill Schmick,
04:30PM / Thursday, October 15, 2020

There is a saying on Wall Street, "first in, first out," which aptly describes the experience of the world's second-largest economy this year. The coronavirus was spawned in Wuhan, China late last year, but thanks to the country's quick response, China has sprung back stronger than ever.

By almost any economic measure, China has not only managed to avoid a recession this year, but will actually see its GDP grow by 1.6 percent in 2020. To put that growth in perspective, the world's economy is expected to decline by 4.4 percent this year.   The startling Chinese recovery in the face of ongoing pandemic problems throughout the rest of the world, can be credited with

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Berkshire Museum To Participate In National School Readiness Project
03:42PM / Thursday, October 15, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Museum was selected to participate in the Building a National Network of Museums and Libraries for School Readiness Project

As part of an agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded to Boston Children's Museum to expand its existing School Readiness through Partnerships program to three new states, the Berkshire Museum has been selected to engage in the Building a National Network of Museums and Libraries for School Readiness project.    The museum's programming during the project will focus on developing and testing object-based mobile museum units in non-traditional, community settings. This

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