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First-Responder Profiles: Fire Lt. Timothy Conroy
02:26PM / Thursday, October 15, 2020

Lt. Timothy Conroy, right, with Engine 5 crew members Matthew Mazzeo and Stephen Papa.   PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The COVID-19 pandemic has perhaps brought the role of first-responders more to the forefront lately, but these men and women have regularly been serving their communities in numerous emergency situations.   This is the first in a series profiling some of our local first-responders in partnership with Lee Bank to highlight the work they do every day — not just during a pandemic.    People like Fire Lt. Timothy Conroy, who has been a member of the Pittsfield Fire Department for 27 years. Conroy talked about his reasons for becoming a

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Norman Rockwell's 'Four Freedoms' Return to Stockbridge
10:19AM / Thursday, October 15, 2020
Norman Rockwell's "Four Freedoms" paintings return to Stockbridge Returning to New England this fall after a six -city international tour is an exhibition devoted to Norman Rockwell's iconic depictions of Franklin D. Roosevelt's Four Freedoms—Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Fear, and Freedom from Want.   "We are tremendously honored that so many people from around the world have enjoyed Rockwell's work over the past 2 plus years, as the exhibition traveled around the U.S. and to France, and now comes home for its finale in the Berkshires," Norman Rockwell Museum Director Laurie Norton Moffatt said. "Perhaps now more

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BCC Transforms Jonathan Edwards Library Into Learning Common
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Thursday, October 15, 2020

A book sanitizer has been installed to aid in getting texts quickly and safely back on the shelves.    PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College is renovating the Jonathan Edwards Library into a technologically advanced "learning common" for students.   The goal is to transform the space, which before only offered library services, to become the primary academic hub of the campus.     Under the direction of Dean of the Library and Learning Commons Richard Felver, BCC has brought academic technology, tutoring, and testing into the existing space. While the library staff is already a strong support to students, having all of these

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Local Officials Question State's Color-Coding on COVID-19 Map
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:19AM / Thursday, October 15, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A near miss for the local public school district has sharpened calls for changes in the way the commonwealth assesses COVID-19 spread at the local level.   Steven Miller, a Williams College mathematics professor and member of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee, has long been critical of the red-yellow-green-gray system the Department of Public Health created this summer to categorize municipalities.   As it happens, Williamstown was categorized as yellow, meaning it had an averaged daily COVID-19 case rate of between four and eight (per 100,000 people) for two weeks at the end of September.   That meant the first classification of

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Governor Presents $45.5B Budget to For Fiscal 2021
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:43PM / Wednesday, October 14, 2020
BOSTON — Nearly four months past the end of the fiscal year, Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled a $45.5 billion budget for fiscal 2021 that will not change funding allocations to education and cities and towns and that will not raise taxes.    Baker felt that the revised House 2 budget should be able to make its way through the Legislature with some alacrity.    "There have been ongoing conversations all the way through this process with the Legislature and the fact that we're filing this, once we all have an understanding about what fiscal '21 revenue looks like, is not going to be a surprise to them," he said at Wednesday afternoon's press

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Pittsfield City Council Addresses Inclusivity For Bilingual Residents
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:33PM / Wednesday, October 14, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield is taking action to make the city more inclusive to bilingual residents. 

The City Council on Tuesday voted to approve an ordinance rewarding bilingual employees and Mayor Linda Tyer said she would look into adding language options to other city communications as requested by petition.

The petition to the mayor was submitted by Ward 1 City Councilor Helen Moon and Ward 5 City Councilor Patrick Kavey requesting Spanish translation for all mailed city communications  and notices, and that information on the city's website was accepted

An estimated 7 percent of Pittsfield's population identify as Hispanic or Latinx and about 5 percent of

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Berkshire United Way Starts Campaign Year
12:58PM / Wednesday, October 14, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire United Way kicked off its 2020 to 2021 campaign year with virtual fundraising efforts   This year will look different for Berkshire United Way's 140 workplace campaigns, but the goal to raise money while having fun remains the same.   "These campaigns are the backbone of our fundraising efforts, so this year we have modified our processes due to the pandemic, from virtual kickoffs and creative special events to customized campaign web pages that enable employees to virtually make gifts," Duffy Judge, BUW development manager said. "We have also launched a campaign kickoff video to replace in-person

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Pope Francis Names 10th Bishop of Springfield
11:03AM / Wednesday, October 14, 2020
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Pope Francis has named the Rev. William D. Byrne, a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC as the 10th Bishop of Springfield.    The announcement was made Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Washington, D.C. by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the U.S. papal nuncio.   Bishop-elect Byrne was born Sept. 26, 1964. A native of Washington, D.C., he is the youngest of eight children of Mary (Largent) Byrne and the late Dr. William Byrne, a thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon who passed away in 2011.   As a youth, the bishop-elect attended Mater Dei School in Bethesda, Md., went on to Georgetown Preparatory School, North Bethesda, Md. and completed his

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MassDOT: October Is Distracted Driver Month
09:46AM / Wednesday, October 14, 2020
  BOSTON — MassDOT highlights October as distracted driving awareness month.   The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is highlighting October as Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the importance of the "hands-free" law, signed by Governor Charlie Baker, which took effect on Feb. 23, 2020.    Since the hand-free law took effect, 22,417 motor vehicle citations, including warnings, have been issued to drivers in Massachusetts.    The "hands-free" law stipulates that operators of motor vehicles cannot use an electronic device unless the device is being used in hands-free mode. Operators cannot read or view text,

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Greylock Rewards Members for Shopping Local
09:15AM / Wednesday, October 14, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union is encouraging the community to Shop Local this October.    Greylock Federal Credit Union is offering a personal credit card incentive to remind members and cardholders to spend their money with local merchants, shops and restaurants.     "Small businesses are the backbone of our small towns and cities, and we all have a role in helping them survive the COVID-19 pandemic," President and CEO John L. Bissell said. "Greylock helped more than 360 small businesses secure Payroll Protection Program loans earlier this year, but this crisis is far from over and we all need to do our part to keep our

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Millennials' Transmission Seen as Driving State’s COVID-19 Uptick
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:46PM / Tuesday, October 13, 2020
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday declined to characterize the commonwealth as being at the start of a "second wave" of COVID-19 transmission.   But he had no trouble identifying the source of a recent surge in the spread of the novel coronavirus.   "I think it's really important to point out once again … and Dr. [Deborah] Birx said the same thing when she was here last week: The biggest single issue that's driving case growth is familiar people being familiar with each other," Baker said Tuesday afternoon. "She talked, in particular, when she talked to us, about something we've seen in our own data, which is a really

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Cold Front Could Bring Snow for the Weekend
Staff Reports,
05:58PM / Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Warming temperatures ahead of an approaching low pressure system with a sharp cool down with its passage.
Loop of forecast maps: https://t.co/ppSd7z6Ewe #nywx #ctwx #mawx #vtwx pic.twitter.com/K8VegAv8tI

— NWS Albany (@NWSAlbany) October 13, 2020 Mother Nature will be giving the Berkshires some warmth this week before sending a chill through the region — and possibly snow.    Temperatures are expected to rise into the low 70s on Thursday for some mild fall weather but that will be followed by heavy rain along the coast and cold front cross the country from the west.    Together, that may bring snowfall for the higher regions, and particularly to North

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