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Mount Greylock School Committee Appears Poised to Part Ways with Another Superintendent
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:36AM / Saturday, July 11, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee appears to be preparing to hire a new superintendent without having announced the status of its current superintendent.   The committee has posted a single-item agenda for a special meeting for Monday, July 13, with the following business to be conducted: "Search process for the selection of a permanent Superintendent discussion VOTE."   The meeting will come one week to the day after the School Committee hired Robert Putnam to serve as interim superintendent while Kimberley Grady is out on medical leave.   School Committee Chair Christina Conry on Friday evening declined to comment on several

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Neal Announces CARES Act Grants for Cultural Organizations
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:30PM / Friday, July 10, 2020

Norman Rockwell Museum CEO Laurie Norton Moffat, Rep. Richard Neal and Mass Humanities Executive Director Brian Boyles pose beneath a banner with Rockwell's depiction of Rosie the Riveter.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, visited the Norman Rockwell Museum on Friday to announce $72,500 in grants to benefit cultural institutions throughout Berkshire County.

The funds are part of $75 million in grants distributed by the National Endowment for the Humanities from the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act.

Neal told his audience about the expedited process that got the CARES Act enacted and predicted success for the next

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Inauguration 2016
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@theMarket: COVID Case Concerns Cramp Market Gains
By Bill Schmick,
03:18PM / Friday, July 10, 2020
The disparity between rising nationwide virus cases and a rising stock market finally took its toll on investors this week. While damage was sustained to the averages, it was far from a bloodbath. A few more days of the same back and fill would not be a surprise.   Stocks lost ground under the sheer weight of skyrocketing infections throughout those states that have heeded Donald Trump's directions to ignore medical advice and re-open their economies. Valuing election victory over lives has cost us all a great deal and it is not over. I expect that without a national policy, or strategy to guide us, today's regional "hot spots" will migrate. Carriers from one state,

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Tropical Storm Bringing Heavy Rain to Berkshires
12:03PM / Friday, July 10, 2020
A tropical storm heading north up the Atlantic coast could bring more rain to the Berkshires over the weekend.    Dubbed "Fay," the storm began as a tropical depression off the coast of North Carolina midweek and formed late Thursday.    According to Accuweather, the storm has sustained winds of 60 mph and could bring 2 to 4 inches of rain over Western Mass and Southern Vermont from late Friday through Saturday morning.    "Fay will make landfall along the New Jersey coast during Friday afternoon," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist and Lead Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said. "Fay will be a mostly heavy rain producer but could still

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Drive Walk Bike by Art Show Friday In Pittsfield
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Friday, July 10, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield has been hosting a First Fridays Artswalk for nearly a decade. But the event designed to bring people downtown to mingle has been put on hold for during the novel coronavirus panedemic.    Instead, a citywide Drive Walk Bike by Art Show is scheduled for this Friday.    Organizer and artist Jesse Tobin McCauley believes the pandemic should not stand in the way of art or people's ability to experience art.   "These have been confining, hard, scary times and art can help you forget and make you smile and just bring happiness to all," she said.   With many of the summer activities canceled because of the pandemic,

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: July 10-16
10:10PM / Thursday, July 09, 2020

 

Welcome to Cultural Pittsfield's weekly guide featuring in-person and virtual classes and events, information, and more. If you are a Pittsfield business and would like your event listed, please email us at cultural@pittsfieldch.com. Thank you and be well! TONIGHT - Thursday, July 9 at 7 p.m.: Berkshire OLLI at BCC presents An Online Conversation with Jim Acosta. The Chief White House Correspondent for CNN will discuss "The Enemy of the People: One Year, One Impeachment, and One Pandemic Later," co-sponsored by Berkshire Gas

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Senate Candidate Kennedy Makes Stops in the Berkshires
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:47PM / Thursday, July 09, 2020

Congressman Joe Kennedy III asks a question of pastry chef Cynthia Walton as Salvatore Perry looks on.   NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — U.S. Senate candidate Joseph Kennedy used a campaign stop in North Berkshire on Thursday to say that the nation's economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic cannot ignore the creative economy that is a major economic driver in the region.   "We want to have arts and cultural institutions," the 4th Mass congressman said during a tour of the Greylock Works mill revival on State Road (Route 2). "Not only are they critically important to our economy, they're literally integral to our quality of life.   "And the

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The Retired Investor: Next Bailout Should Address Job Creation
By Bill Schmick,
04:06PM / Thursday, July 09, 2020
As the COVID-19 virus rages across the nation, Americans are hoping for more assistance from the government on a variety of fronts. So far this month, their hopes have been met with a resounding silence from the White House, although members of Congress are trying to come up with answers that both parties can agree upon. I have a couple of suggestions.    The first round of fiscal and monetary stimulus did a good job in addressing the huge spike in unemployment the country has suffered. While the CARES Act at $2.2 trillion provided $500 billion to distressed industries, almost $350 billion in loans to small businesses and $4100 billion to hospitals, it was the $200 billion in

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Pittsfield CPA Committee Review Projects
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
11:19AM / Thursday, July 09, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Community Preservation Committee reviewed a series of applications that it may recommend for funding in July.   Late last month, the committee heard from five applicants looking to utilize Community Preservation Act funds for various projects.   "It makes sense to have a meeting at some point in July to pool our thoughts ... and make some funding decisions," Chairman John Dickson said.   Many projects were put on pause with COVID-19 halting some construction and fundraising efforts. The committee entertained not accepting applications for a year but ultimately decided to consider a few projects that may not be

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Pittsfield Schools Outline Some Opening Guidelines
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:08AM / Thursday, July 09, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — School officials have made some preliminary plans for back to school this fall even though much uncertainty still surrounds the reopening of school buildings.   Superintendent Jason McCandless gave the School Committee an update Wednesday and compared known state reopening guidelines to what the Pittsfield Public Schools has tentatively planned or is expecting.   "Nothing that you see here is written in stone, it is all subject to change," he said. "We share this with you as information but certainly with the caveat that this is very very likely subject to change."   Although planning to fully reopen, McCandless said the state

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Targeted COVID-19 Testing Set for 8 At-Risk Communities
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:22AM / Thursday, July 09, 2020
BOSTON — People in Western Massachusetts, and the Berkshires in particular, frequently complain the region is being ignored by a state government headquartered at the other end of the commonwealth.   On Wednesday, Gov. Charlie Baker announced a new program that will impact eight municipalities — none west of I-495.   But this is not the kind of list any town or city wants to make.   Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito used their daily press briefing to announce that the commonwealth will offer targeted free COVID-19 testing sites in Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Marlborough, and New Bedford.   All residents of those communities will be

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Baker Pushes Back on Federal Pressure to Open Schools
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com
02:30PM / Wednesday, July 08, 2020
BOSTON -- Gov. Charlie Baker Wednesday said he does not think it “makes sense” for a one-size-fits-all approach to reopening the nation’s public schools but stopped short of directly criticizing a presidential tweet pressuring states to open the schoolhouse doors in the middle of a global pandemic.   Baker was asked in his daily press availability about President Trump’s Tuesday Twitter statement that indicated his administration “May cut off funding if [schools] not open!”   The Republican governor, not for the first time during the COVID-19 pandemic, found himself having to argue against his party’s leader while trying to not get into a

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