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DA's Office, Pittsfield Schools Collaborate on Early Intervention Grant
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:11AM / Thursday, September 24, 2020

Brooke Bridges, founder of Building Bridges SEL, explains how the program works.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A collaboration of the Berkshire District attorney's office and the Pittsfield Public Schools is using $25,000 in seed money in hopes of growing a sustainable program for social emotional learning in the schools.    The program, Tuned Transitions, is being funded through a grant from the state Department of Probation and will be implemented in the Conte and Morningside community schools for Grades 2 through 5. The curriculum was developed by Brooke Bridges, founder of Building Bridges SEL, a mental health advocacy and coaching organization.   "I have

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Dalton Community Recreation Association May Day Races Go Virtual
12:38PM / Wednesday, September 23, 2020
DALTON, Mass. The 43rd annual Dalton Community Recreation Association May Day Races will be a virtual this year.   This year individuals everywhere will have the opportunity to run or walk a 5K or 10K race between Saturday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 4.    Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female runners of the CRA 5K and 10K course and all registered runners will be eligible for raffle prizes.   Runners are encouraged to run the CRA course, which can be found on the CRA website and the Berkshire Running Center website, but improvised runs are welcome.   In addition, prizes will be awarded to the best running photo and “Farthest Away

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MassDOT Announces Shared Streets & Spaces Program Funding Awards
12:27PM / Wednesday, September 23, 2020
BOSTON, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced the award of $858,502 in the latest rounds of funding from the Baker-Polito Administration's Shared Streets & Spaces program.    The program, which was launched on June 10, provides technical and funding assistance to help Massachusetts cities and towns conceive, design and implement tactical changes to curbs, streets, on-street parking spaces and off-street parking lots in support of public health, safe mobility and renewed commerce.    With the award of these new rounds of funding, the program will have given out a total of $8.5 million to fund 99 projects in 85

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Mass Humanities Awards Massachusetts Cultural Council Funding
11:33AM / Wednesday, September 23, 2020
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — Mass Humanities announced the awarding of $224,000 to 56 humanities organizations across Massachusetts through funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.    Mass Humanities will provide operating support grants to organizations that primarily serve the most marginalized people in our society, engaging them with the humanities in ways such as exploring their culture or values, sharing and connecting their stories, having conversations about the big questions facing our world, or developing literacy and the knowledge they need to become citizens.   Marginalized communities, and the wealth of culture, knowledge, critical perspectives and civic

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MassDOT Innovation Series Virtual Webinar
11:27AM / Wednesday, September 23, 2020
BOSTON, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will host a virtual transportation webinar on the "Standards & Design for Stream Crossings & Geomorphic Compatibility."     The webinar is scheduled to be held on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom and will be open to the general public at no cost.   The webinar will focus on the latest technical developments in the MassDOT Highway Division’s approach to stream crossings and resilient design using the principals of fluvial geomorphology.  The members of the panel will discuss experiences that are anticipated to guide future innovations for providing

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NAMI Berkshire County Celebrates 36 Years
11:18AM / Wednesday, September 23, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Berkshire County celebrated 36 years of providing support, advocacy, and education programs at their virtual annual meeting held on Sept. 16.   The Eunice Zorbo Award recipients were Amy Alexander, Member of the Year, and Lorraine Scapin, Citizen of the Year. The Silver Ribbon was awarded to Brenda Butler.    The Member of the Year award recognizes a member who contributes enthusiastically to NAMI Berkshire County’s activities in support of its mission to help families whose lives are affected by mental illness.    The Citizen of the Year award is given to someone who has shown

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Pittsfield City Council Passes Capital Budget for FY21
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:22AM / Wednesday, September 23, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council has approved the $8.4 million capital budget that was pulled out of the fiscal 2021 budget at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.   The council accepted an order from the mayor Tuesday to borrow an aggregate a sum not exceeding $8,470,000 for General Fund Capital Expenditures for Fiscal Year 2021 to address various city projects.   "There is enough back up in the packet to be able to move forward with this tonight Many of these are ready to go out to bid," Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood said. "... We would really like to get these projects moving and done before winter."   With questions around the budget

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Pittsfield Community Television honored Mayor Tyer and Police Chief Wynn
06:26PM / Tuesday, September 22, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Community Television honored Mayor Linda Tyer and Police Chief Michael Wynn with awards for outstanding television and radio programming.   At its 33rd Annual Meeting of the Members and Celebration on Monday, Sept. 21, Pittsfield Community Television (PCTV) recognized the City of Pittsfield's notable communication initiatives, with awards presented to Mayor Linda Tyer and Police Chief Michael Wynn for outstanding television and radio programming.   Tyer received the Community Service through Community Media Award for her weekly COVID-19 updates delivered during the height of the pandemic in the spring. It's the first time that PCTV has

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Pittsfield Receives State Funds For Shared Streets And Spaces Projects
05:15PM / Tuesday, September 22, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city has received $238,826 for Shared Streets and Spaces projects from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to support 20 placemaking projects.   The city announced Tuesday that the state Department of Transportation approved and funded the its grant application for the Shared Streets and Spaces Program in the amount of $238,826.   The grant program was instituted in part to aid communities in developing areas for pedestrian access and outdoor economic activities, such as outdoor dining, during the novel coronavirus pandemic. However, applications were weighed on the potential and intent for making these improvements

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CDC Releases Guidance for Trick-or-Treating
Staff Reports,
04:01PM / Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Local governments will be taking up the question of Halloween activities in the coming weeks but it looks like traditional trick-or-treating is out this year. And don't think that plastic costume mask is a substitute for the cloth one you're wearing now.    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control released its guidance for the candy-flavored holiday with activity levels of low, moderate and high for transmission of the novel coronavirus that has infected nearly 7 million in the United States and killed more than 200,000.   Not surprisingly, going door to door to have treats handed out is among the riskier activities. The same goes for handing out candy from cars lined up

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Financial Moves for Widows and Widowers
Submitted by Edward Jones,
02:24PM / Tuesday, September 22, 2020
If you've recently become a widow or widower, you're obviously dealing with an enormous emotional burden, and coping with your grief can seem like a full-time struggle. Unfortunately, the business of life must go on – and the financial moves you make at this time can have a big impact on your life.   So, as you attend to your affairs, consider the following suggestions:   • Don't make hasty decisions. Even though you will need to make some moves in the near future, don't feel rushed into decisions that may prove to be ill-advised. For example, don't immediately sell your home or liquidate all your stocks.   • Consult with your estate

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State Education Commissioner to School Districts: Go In-Person or Face Audit
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:08AM / Tuesday, September 22, 2020
BOSTON. — Continuing a pressure campaign against local school districts that began over the summer, the commissioner of education this week sent multiple districts a letter requesting "further information" of those who are beginning the school year with remote instruction.   In a letter dated Friday, Jeffrey C. Riley told more than a dozen districts, including Pittsfield Public Schools, Hoosac Valley Regional and the Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School, that they have "very low COVID-19 transmission" and that he is "concerned" that their school committees have elected to keep most students remote to start the academic

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