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Keva Health Wins COVID-19 Connect Tech Innovation Challenge
12:14PM / Friday, April 16, 2021
WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — On Friday, April 9th, 2021, a panel of  judges declared Keva Health of Lexington the winner of the Massachusetts COVID-19 Connect Tech Innovation Challenge, a competition focused on entrepreneurs and startups working on innovative solutions to enhance resiliency and guard against potential future disruptions in industries like ecommerce, manufacturing, digital health, FinTech, and EdTech.   Keva Health, developers of a remote monitoring platform to help physicians treating asthma patients and an app for patients to better manage their condition, was awarded $40,000 to continue developing their business. Thrive Community of Boston, developers of software

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BCC Hires, Promotes Staff
10:59AM / Friday, April 16, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announced the hiring and promotion of staff to the College.   Damien Boutillon has joined BCC's TRIO (Talent, Resources, Initiative, Opportunity) Student Support Services Program as an Academic Advisor. Previously, he was a Strategic Planning Associate at Williams College and a Research Fellow at Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching. A resident of Williamstown, Boutillon received a master's degree and a PhD in social anthropology from Durham University, England, a master's degree in linguistic anthropology from the School of Advanced Social Studies, Paris, and a bachelor's degree in anthropology from

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Inauguration 2016
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Edward Jones Ranks Highest in Investor Satisfaction, According to J.D. Power
08:13AM / Friday, April 16, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Financial services firm Edward Jones ranks highest in investor satisfaction with full-service brokerage firms, according to the J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Full-Service Investor Satisfaction Study(SM), the firm announced.   The study measures overall investor satisfaction with 24 full-service investment firms based on seven factors including product offerings; problem resolution; convenience; digital experience; financial advisors; value; and trust.   According to a press release, The firm scored 770 in overall satisfaction, 38 points over the industry average. A deeper dive indicates that Edward Jones also scored highest in trust; convenience; and problem

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MCLA Adds Class to Summer Sessions Offerings: 'I Canít Breathe'
08:04AM / Friday, April 16, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — As part of its first Summer Session from May 31-June 11, 2021, MCLA will offer an education course titled "I Can't Breathe:" Racial Capitalism at the Intersections of Race, Social Class, Space, and School,"(EDUC 364) taught by Dr. Lisa Arrastia, assistant professor of education.     The course will take place remotely on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6:20 p.m., and addresses Massachusetts Subject Matter Knowledge goals for history and social science, English language arts, and digital literacy and computer science for grades 5-12.     Course description    The guiding, interdisciplinary question of this

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Pittsfield City Council Ordains Downtown Creative District Zoning
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:55AM / Friday, April 16, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Downtown Pittsfield will now be zoned as a creative district after the City Council's Tuesday vote.

The council ordained a zoning amendment for a Downtown Creative District in a 9-1 vote with Ward 1 Councilor Helen Moon opposed and Ward 6 Councilor Dina Guiel Lampiasi absent. North Street and South Street will be the primary areas affected by this change.

The new zoning district will replace the Downtown Arts Overlay District adopted in 2004 and the more traditional historic zoning districts that are within the downtown area.

"This downtown arts overlay district was adopted at a time when we were trying to understand the roadblocks for development,

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Officer William Evans Laid to Rest in Adams
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:53PM / Thursday, April 15, 2021
ADAMS, Mass. — U.S. Capitol Police Officer William "Billy" Evans was brought to his final resting place Thursday afternoon after the Northern Berkshire community paid their final respects.   Evans' funeral Mass was held at noon at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church and officiated by Bishop William D. Byrne of the Springfield Diocese. Byrne had previously been pastor at St. Peter's Church on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.   The funeral was private with family and friends, and a long list of public officials including Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, U.S. Rep. Richie Neal, state Sen. Adam Hinds, state Reps. John Barrett III and William

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State Fire Marshal: Prevent Mulch Fires
04:30PM / Thursday, April 15, 2021
STOW, Mass. — State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey asks people to be mindful of potential mulch fires    "Every spring, people spruce up their properties with fresh mulch and firefighters respond to many fires started by cigarettes tossed into mulch. Mulch is combustible and can easily catch fire," Ostroskey said. "We are asking smokers to dispose of their smoking materials responsibly in order to prevent fires. Don't toss cigarette butts into mulch or a pile of dried leaves."   Provide Proper Smoking Receptacles "Businesses and homeowners that are sprucing up their landscaping should also provide and maintain safe receptacles for disposing

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The Retired Investor: A Highway of Opportunity
By Bill Schmick,
04:12PM / Thursday, April 15, 2021
Most Americans seem excited and hopeful about the prospects for the Biden Administration's infrastructure plan. Local politicians as well as their construction buddies are salivating at the possible promise of getting their share of this multi-trillion-dollar prize. But looking beyond the pork barrel, we might want to consider how innovation and technology could help America regain its first-class status in infrastructure.   As of 2019, the United States is ranked 13th in the quality of its infrastructure after countries like Singapore, Japan, Germany, and the United Kingdom among others. Of course, it may not be a fair comparison since the U.S. has to rebuild and maintain 4

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Clark Art First Sundays Free Returns In May
08:06AM / Thursday, April 15, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute's First Sundays Free program continues on Sunday, May 2.    Admission to the galleries is free to all visitors for the entire day, but advance registration is necessary.    Visitors are invited to explore the Clark, indoors and outdoors. See the Clark's first outdoor exhibition, "Ground/work," consisting of site-responsive installations by six international artists: Kelly Akashi, Nairy Baghramian, Jennie C. Jones, Eva LeWitt, Analia Saban, and Haegue Yang. Enjoy an outdoor, socially distanced talk about three installations—Nairy Baghramian's "Knee and Elbow," Eva Lewitt's

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Interim Superintendent Joseph Curtis Offered Pittsfield Public School Superintendent Position
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
11:01PM / Wednesday, April 14, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee on Wednesday offered interim Superintendent Joseph Curtis the position permanently, a move that prompted one committee member to immediately resign.   Curtis was selected from four candidates on a 4-3 vote with Mayor Linda Tyer, Daniel Elias, William Cameron and Chairwoman Katherine Yon voting in his favor. He accepted the position after being contacted immediately following the vote.   Member Dennis Powell, the only supporter of Portia Bonner, a Connecticut administrator, publicly resigned from the committee in protest after the vote.   "It's unfortunate, and I really felt that at the beginning of this whole process, I

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April Snow in the Forecast
04:58PM / Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Main Street in North Adams on Wednesday. Say goodbye to this burst of spring — Mother Nature prefers a little chaos in her work.   The warm temperatures of Wednesday are about to plummet as a snowstorm — yes a snowstorm — bears down on the Berkshires.    The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Pittsfield north and parts of Southern Vermont beginning Thursday evening through Friday night. Total accumulations could reach 6 inches in the higher elevations.   Accuweather is forecasting up to 10 inches with rain all day Thursday and temperatures dipping into the 40s. Thursday night will temperatures dropping into the

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MCLA Annual Senior Art Exhibition Opens Virtually April 22
04:02PM / Wednesday, April 14, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —MCLA's annual senior art exhibition, #Blindsight2021, will open virtually at MCLA Gallery 51 on April 22 featuring the work of Alex Gaspar '21, Ian Mosher '21, Tala Rousseau '21, Drew Thomas '21, and Ashanti Thomas '21.     "#Blindsight2021" will be open online at https://www.mclaseniorartmajors.com/ and in the Design Lab at Gallery 51 beginning Thursday, April 22, 2021.    Earlier in the day, each senior will present their work via a formal artist talk as part of the annual MCLA Undergraduate Research Conference. Follow the Senior Art Majors online @mclaART on both Instagram and Facebook for links to

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