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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

Pittsfield Officials Urge Caution Against Vaccination Scams
01:35PM / Tuesday, January 26, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As COVID-19 vaccinations continue throughout the Commonwealth and across the country, city and health officials are urging the public to be cautious in light of a growing number of vaccination scams targeting users through multiple platforms.   "In the cybersecurity community, we're seeing an uptick in scams related to the vaccine. The attack vectors are email, text messaging, and phone calls," Mike Steben, the city's Chief Information Officer said. "The newest ones are online ads for vitamins that are alleging to ward off COVID-19. We just want people to very cautious."   Dr. Alan Kulberg, chair of the city's Board of


Pittsfield Human Service Programs Receive CDBG Funds
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
10:36AM / Tuesday, January 26, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The city has allocated about $138,000 of additional Community Development Block Grant funds into local human service programs. The Office of Community Development's Program Manager Justine Dodds said there is additional funding available for qualifying organizations.

At the Jan. 12, City Council meeting, Pittsfield received its second allocation of Community Development Block Grants in the amount of $475,103.00. The federally funded program is designed to help small cities and towns meet a broad range of community development needs.

In total, the city has received $1,264,444. The first allocation was accepted by the City Council on April 28, 2020. These two

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by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

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MassWildlife Asks Public Not to Feed 'GE Deer'
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:20AM / Tuesday, January 26, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — If you have ever driven down New York Avenue and seen the deer grazing behind the fencing that encases General Electric's property, it is likely that you have been inclined to feed them.

Though this action is rooted in kindness, it is not healthy for the woodland friends and could be fatal, which is why MassWildlife has put up signs asking that residents do not throw food over the fences.

"Obviously, people see the deer in there and they probably think 'what are they going to eat? They're limited in there they're stuck in there.'  I will say, they're definitely not stuck in there," MassWildlife's wildlife biologist

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Methuselah Loses License for Two Days
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
08:31PM / Monday, January 25, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A bar and restaurant owned by a city councilor had its license suspended for two days for violating state COVID-19 guidelines.

On Monday, the Licensing Board voted to suspend Councilor at Large Yuki Cohen's liquor license for Methuselah Bar and Lounge, scheduled for next Tuesday and Wednesday, after a hearing for three alleged pandemic violation complaints that included pictures and anonymous testimony.

Because of the anonymous nature of the evidence submitted, the board weighed in on the fact that this is not Cohen's first time in front of the Licensing Board, as Methuselah faced a five-day liquor license suspension in 2018.

"I feel like in

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BHS and PCTV to Present Live Program on COVID-19 Vaccine and Treatment
12:02PM / Monday, January 25, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems and Pittsfield Community Television (PCTV) will present a live one-hour program on the COVID-19 vaccine and an experimental treatment option being used widely in the Berkshires to help prevent advancement of the disease in higher risk populations.

"BHS Community Conversation: A Closer Look at COVID-19 Treatment and Vaccines," will air live on PCTV, WTBR-FM and the PCTV Facebook page on Friday, Feb. 5, at 2 pm. The program will be aired as a live version of the monthly Berkshire Health Program on PCTV, hosted by Dr. Rebecca Caine.

The guest for the program will be James Lederer, MD, BHS Chief Medical Officer and Chief Quality


Pittsfield Police Arrest Suspect in Pittsfield-Lenox Robbery Spree
10:14AM / Monday, January 25, 2021

Pittsfield Police report that Patrick Sheerin, 28, of Pittsfield, was arrested in Pittsfield on Monday morning and will be arraigned Tuesday in Central Berkshire District Court in relation to the robberies.   Sheerin is being charged with five counts of armed robbery at four conveniences stores in Pittsfield and one in Lenox.    The first three incidents occurred within less than a half-hour on Sunday: the Lipton Mart at 460 South St. on Sunday at 6:51 p.m., the second at the Lipton Mart at 426 Pittsfield Road in Lenox at 7:04 p.m. and the third at Palmer's Variety at 221 Elm St. at 7:16 p.m.    The second two robberies were on Sunday morning, the

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Greylock Insurance Agency Acquires Butler Agency in Westfield
08:10AM / Monday, January 25, 2021
WESTFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Insurance Agency (GIA), based in Pittsfield, has purchased Roger Butler Insurance Agency (RBI).   The principals of RBI, Roger Butler, Jr. and Clarissa Butler-Simone have agreed to stay on for a while to ensure a smooth transition for customers and employees. Roger and Clarissa are the fourth generation of their family to run the agency. As they began looking towards the next step, they met with many potential suitors before agreeing that Greylock was the best choice.   "I am so grateful for the customer and community relationships we have formed over the years together," said Butler. "I wanted to make sure that the personal service


Zogics Using COVID-19 Fighting Fans To Keep Staff Healthy
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:04AM / Monday, January 25, 2021

LEE, Mass. — Zogics is installing COVID-19-killing air purifications fans in its Lee warehouse and company gym to keep employees safe and healthy. 

The company which provides cleaning and sanitation supplies for facilities, has also teamed up with the manufacturer, Big Ass Fans, to be able to offer the disinfecting fans to customers.

The fans use UV-C and ionization technology to dramatically reduce the transmission risk of a variety of pathogens including SARS-CoV-2. CEO Paul LeBlanc believes that this is the first deployment of this technology in the Berkshires.

This system is said to kill 99.99 percent of pathogens.

Based on an airflow study, Big Ass Fans says it reduces


Regional Planning Commission Tackling County Housing Issue
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:27AM / Saturday, January 23, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is taking steps to address the ever-growing problem of housing that Berkshire County faces.

"What we have been hearing and learning is that housing is becoming increasingly a problem in Berkshire County," Executive Director Tom Matuszko said at Thursday's commission meeting. "And a problem for a number of different ways and a number of different venues."

BRPC has partnered with countywide economic development organization 1Berkshire to develop a regional housing strategy, a policy that will set the stage for solutions and legislative support. The commission's former director, Nathaniel Karns


@theMarket: Equities Register New Highs, Until They Don't
By Bill Schmick,
03:25PM / Friday, January 22, 2021

New highs are getting so common that investors are disappointed when markets fail to achieve them at least weekly. That should tell you something about the future direction of stocks, at least in the short term.

As investors piled into stocks again this week in anticipation of unending spending by the federal government, it might be time to take a few profits. Don't take that statement the wrong way. I am not calling for an end to this run-up in stocks. I think we could actually kiss the 4,000 level on the S&P 500 Index before we face a really big correction.

But that is only about a 3.5 percent move higher from here, something we could do between now and February if we get more


RMV Extends Designated Appointment Hours for Customers 75 Years of Age or Older
03:20PM / Friday, January 22, 2021

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) will continue to offer designated Wednesday appointment hours for customers 75 years of age or older through March 2021.

Individuals in this age group are required by state law to renew their Massachusetts driver’s license in-person. Beginning in February, the RMV will also be expanding the license renewal appointments available for these customers to include registration and title services and transactions.

Designated senior service hours began on September 2, 2020, to offer customers 75 and older dedicated times and flexibility to conduct their required in-person license renewals while facilitating

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BART Announces Upcoming Enrollment Deadline
01:02PM / Friday, January 22, 2021

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts and Technology (BART) Charter Public School is currently accepting applications for students in grades 6 - 10 for the 2021-2022 school year.

The next enrollment deadline for the 2021-2022 school year for grades 6 - 10 is Thursday, March 11, 2021, at 12:00 p.m.

More information on the school’s enrollment and lottery process can be found at Interested families should contact the school at 413-743-7311 ext 732 or Despite COVID-19 closures, teaching and learning continues at BART and enrollment is moving forward as usual. Please reach out to the Enrollment Team with any questions.

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