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iBerkshires Hosting New Directory to Support Local Business
10:32AM / Thursday, October 08, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Local online publisher Boxcar Media is launching a website to support local businesses during the novel coronavirus pandemic: SupportTheBerkshires.com.   Small businesses have borne the brunt of COVID-19. Those not considered "essential business" were forced to close in mid-March and for many months afterward. Businesses of all stripes have had to deal with reduced hours and occupancy, lost sales and difficult decisions regarding employees and operations.   To help our local businesses and nonprofits, iBerkshires.com has been hosting a "What's Open" page for free listings of hours, openings and in-person and online options since

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September Revenue Collections Total $3.144 Billion
08:16AM / Thursday, October 08, 2020
Boston — Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) Commissioner Geoffrey Snyder announced that September revenue collections totaled $3.144 billion, $46 million or 1.4 percent less than the actual collections in September 2019.   FY2021 year-to-date collections total approximately $7.27 billion, which is $69 million or 1 percent  more than collections in the same period of FY2020. Not reflected in the total is approximately $2.321 billion in deferred personal income tax payments and refunds processed in July and August. Such payments and refunds have been recorded in FY2020 pursuant to legislation and are not shown in FY2021 year-to-date collections.   "The decline

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Inauguration 2016
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'Puppy Flight' Arrives at Pittsfield Airport
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Thursday, October 08, 2020

Staff and volunteers carry crates from the Wings of Rescue flight to waiting vans and vehicles for transport to the city's shelter. See more photos here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Yipping could be heard as soon as the doors opened on the Wings of Rescue flight from Mobile, Ala.    Forty-two puppies took the four-hour plane ride to Pittsfield Municipal Airport on Wednesday in search of new homes through the Berkshire Humane Society. It was the first transfer flight to Pittsfield and the largest intake the animal shelter has taken.   The precious cargo was from an overcrowded shelter in Alabama. The Berkshire Humane Society will be housing 31 of these soon-to-be best

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Lanesborough's DiLego Resigns From Mount Greylock School Committee
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:46AM / Thursday, October 08, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Citing politics and personal agendas that hamper the work of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee, Lanesborough resident Regina DiLego has announced she is stepping down from the panel.   At its meeting at the middle-high school on Thursday, the committee will hear about DiLego's letter of resignation in an update from Chair Christina Conry.   On Wednesday afternoon, DiLego confirmed that she is the letter writer, unnamed on the meeting's agenda.   "I find that I am just not in alignment with the direction of the School Committee or the district, and it is in my soul's best interest to walk away," DiLego wrote in reply

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Powerful Storm Rips Through the Berkshires
Staff Reports,
06:30PM / Wednesday, October 07, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A powerful storm ripped through the Berkshires on Wednesday afternoon leaving downed trees and wires in its wake. 

  The line of thunderstorms hit the region around 4 p.m. hail, wind and rain for an intense 15 or 20 minutes.    Downed lines along Massachusetts Avenue in North Adams and Cold Spring Road in Williamstown left more than 1,500 National Grid customers without power. The utility also reported were scattered outages around the county, including Florida Mountain and South Berkshire.    Eversource reported nearly 33,000 customers affected in Western Massachusetts, including more than 2,500 in Dalton and and more than 4,000 in

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Two BArT Students Named In The National Merit Scholarship Program
05:39PM / Wednesday, October 07, 2020
ADAMS, Mass. — Two BArT Students Named "Commended Students" in the National Merit Scholarship Program.   Principal Sean Keogh, of Berkshire Arts & Technology (BArT) Charter Public School announced that Emma Danylin and Kyle Gwilt have been named Commended Students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.    A Letter of Commendation from the School and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, has been presented to these seniors.   About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5

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Police Apprehend Suspect Wanted in Wednesday Stabbing
03:59PM / Wednesday, October 07, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The suspect in a stabbing Wednesday morning in Pittsfield was taken into custody after a vehicle and foot pursuit in South County.   Stephen Moss, 31, was apprehended in relation to a stabbing that caused life-threatening injuries to the victim.    The report of the assault was called in at about 8:40 a.m. Police, Fire and County Ambulance responded to Weller Avenue and the victim was immediately transported to Berkshire Medical Center.   Shortly after, the suspect was observed driving in the area of the East/Elm/Fourth Street intersection and a brief pursuit ended when officers lost sight of the vehicle in a thickly settled

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UPDATE: Williamstown Moves to Gray; No Change Triggered for Mount Greylock Schools
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:06PM / Wednesday, October 07, 2020
  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — With just two positive COVID-19 tests in the last 14 days, the town is moving out of the yellow and into the gray in the commonwealth's weekly community-level data report.   That means the Mount Greylock Regional School District does not have to move back to remote instruction for its three public schools.   School officials and families were keeping a close eye on the weekly release of data from the commonwealth because of a trigger in the district's reopening plan. Williamstown Elementary, Lanesborough Elementary and Mount Greylock Regional School will go fully remote if either of the district's member towns are rated

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BRTA: No Bus Service For Columbus Day
11:14AM / Wednesday, October 07, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority offices will be closed, and regular bus service will not be provided on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, to observe the Columbus Day holiday.    All regularly scheduled bus service will resume at 5:45 AM, Tuesday, Oct 13, 2020.   The administrative office located at One Columbus Avenue will reopen at 8 AM. Specific schedule and/or route information may be obtained by calling the operations department at 1-800-292- BRTA.  

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Downtown Pittsfield Newsletter: Oct. 7
11:09AM / Wednesday, October 07, 2020

OLLI at BCC presents 

Religion and the Supreme Court
An Online Conversation

Wednesday, October 7, 6 pm

Free and open to all
RSVP to receive link: https://berkshireolli.org/event-3989332

Within 12 days this past summer, the U.S. Supreme Court decided three cases involving the relationship between government and religion: May a state forbid tax-supported scholarships to religious private schools? () Must organizations with religious objections to contraceptive insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act give notice that they won't provide that coverage if, as a result,

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Local Artists Feature in Art of the Hills at the Berkshire Museum
11:06AM / Wednesday, October 07, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — "Art of the Hills: Narrative," a juried exhibition showcasing the work of local, contemporary artists will open in the museum’s downtown Pittsfield galleries on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020.   "Art of the Hills" will fill more than 2,400 square feet of gallery space with 78 works by 64 artists. The exhibition is curated by jurors Amy Myers and Seung Lee from more than 530 submissions.    Lee is the director of fine arts and graduate studies at Long Island University and an artist whose paintings, drawings, and large-scale installations have been exhibited in the United States and abroad.   Myers is a New York-based artist

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Pittsfield Sets Halloween Hours; Discourages Trick-or-Treating
10:28AM / Wednesday, October 07, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city of Pittsfield is strongly discouraging residents from participating in traditional trick-or-treating this year.    The novel coronavirus pandemic has already resulted in the cancellation of the annual Halloween parade and to mitigate transmission of COVID-19, is recommending residents participate in low-risk activities as set out in the guidelines of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.   For its part, Pittsfield will sponsor several virtual Halloween-themed contests. However, for those who wish to go door to door, the hours will be 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31. Those who don't want to partake in the evening's

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