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Lanesborough Hears More About Mosquito Spray Program
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
10:50AM / Friday, October 27, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Selectmen received more information on membership to the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project that will be on the town meeting warrant.   Before placing and recommending all 10 special town meeting articles Monday, the board heard from Christopher Horton of the mosquito project who explained the program is aimed at monitoring the mosquito population and testing for West Nile virus.   "Since we started doing serious surveillance in 2011, we have had West Nile virus in every member community, so you can almost certainly say it is here," Horton said.     The decision to join would be made at November's special town

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Trick-or-Treat, Halloween Events 2017
10:45AM / Friday, October 27, 2017

Trick-or-treaters around Berkshire County and beyond will be donning costumes and ringing doorbells in anticipation of treats on Halloween on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. Remember to dress appropriately, carry a flashlight and only visit homes with lights on in your neighborhood.

Below is a list of towns holding trick-or-treat hours on Halloween, unless otherwise noted. Those towns that are crossed out have not been confirmed so check back. If you don't see your town listed and you know the hours, let us know at info@iberkshires.com.

There are also plenty of other fun holiday-related events happening in the Berkshires, too! If your organization is holding something Halloween related,

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Oct. 27-Nov. 2
10:41AM / Friday, October 27, 2017
Halloween Happenings: Parties, Parades & More! This week's newsletter is full of spooky events! Additional Halloween Happenings include the Pittsfield Halloween Parade on Friday night beginning at 7 p.m. on Tyler Street, Halloween at Hancock Shaker Village on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Creatures of the Deep, Berkshire Shenanigans' last big blowout, at Shire City Sanctuary starting at 8

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Pittsfield Allocates Funds to Build Shelter at Durant Park
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:15AM / Friday, October 27, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The money to finalize the renovation of Durant Park has been secured.   After a community effort to rename Pitt Park in honor of Willard and Rosemary Durant, those involved wanted to see a park that reflected what the two meant to the neighborhood.   The city rehabilitated the basketball court in 2015. The following year, federal funds were allocated from the Community Development Block Grant Program to purchase new playground equipment — which volunteers built during a two-day community build. New signage was also added to the park.   And this year, there will be a new shelter. Greylock Federal Credit Union donated $25,000 toward the shelter

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Pittsfield Moving Forward With Plan To Lower Speed Limits
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:12AM / Friday, October 27, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Sometimes the seemingly simple things become much more complicated.   That was what Commissioner of Public Services and Utilities David Turocy told the Traffic Commission on Thursday night during a discussion about dropping the speed limits in "thickly settled" or business areas to 25 mph.    The City Council has been looking to utilize the state's Modernization Act to lower speed limits across the city, and Councilor Nicholas Caccamo put forth an omnibus petition to change the speed limit in those areas across the entire city.   The act gives cities and towns the ability to lower the speed limit in those specific areas without

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BRTA Seeking Feedback on Employment-Based Transportation
07:04PM / Thursday, October 26, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority is releasing the results of a study down on the need employment-based transportation.    The survey, done in conjunction with transportation planning consultant McMahon Associates, looked at employment issues related to the lack of public transportation after the buses stop running at 6 p.m. in Berkshire County.   It included identifying where the employment centers are, what the various shifts are, and how to connect these employees to their jobs oncepublic transportation ends.   Berkshire County residents are invited to attend a public meeting to hear the aspects of the study and to provide feedback on

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'Victoria and Abdul': The Queen and I
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:18PM / Thursday, October 26, 2017
Remember the first time you heard someone opine that "The rich get richer and the poor get more children?" You looked up from your playpen and thought, "Gee, that's not a very good starting point. Guess I'll have to grow up to be either rich or a social reformer, whatever that is?"   Thus, faced with that cynical, socioeconomic fact practically since birth, and having fought the good fight for one side or the other throughout a good portion of your life, a little ameliorative drama to ease the class warfare battle scars is always welcome. "Victoria and Abdul" provides it.   In this sweet, nicely filmed tale based on the actual relationship

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'Baseball and the Berkshires' Offers Special Events this Weekend
12:27PM / Thursday, October 26, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Baseball in the Berkshires exhibit at the Berkshire Mall will hold its next “Talkin’ Baseball” presentation on Saturday from noon to 1, when former minor league pitcher Peter Greenbush will be the guest speaker.   A North Adams native and former Colorado Rockies farm hand, Greenbush will be in the Baseball in the Berkshires Exhibit to meet, greet, sign autographs and talk baseball with all attendees.   Baseball in the Berkshires, in conjunction with the Berkshire Mall’s Malloween event, is presenting "Batmania: A History of Baseball Bats," presented by Larry Moore, outreach educator from the National Baseball Hall of

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Tyer Pitches 'Life Academy for Young Women' In Bloomberg's Challenge
Staff Reports,
11:36AM / Thursday, October 26, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Linda Tyer is pitching the creation of a residential "life academy" aimed to help the city's young women find success.   The proposal was made to the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge, a national competition which could lead to as much as a $5 million prize to implement the idea.   The "Life Academy for Young Women" would aim to provide resources, mentors, education and job opportunities, wellness, and personal growth. It would be considered a massive expansion of the Rites of Passage and Empower Program currently run by Shirley Edgerton.   "Through this process, several great ideas were conceived.  My

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Pittsfield Looking to Turnaround Poor MCAS Scores
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:11AM / Thursday, October 26, 2017

Superintendent Jason McCandless said the district improvement plan had been overhauled with more specifics to address issues shown through the MCAS data. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Monday mornings, the second-grade teachers at Morningside Elementary School gather in a conference room. Their classrooms are being managed by support staff.   Together they all look at the week's lesson plans. The veteran teachers weigh in on what they've seen children struggle with and what they've found that works. They anticipate problems that could occur.   The newer teachers bring an energy and new science behind education, suggesting changes here and there. They plan out the

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Mildred Elley Opens Admissions Office in North Adams
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:11PM / Wednesday, October 25, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — With a new admissions office on Main Street, Mildred Elley is ready to connect Northern Berkshire residents with career training and education opportunities.   Director of Admissions Jennifer Bushika said 20 percent of Mildred Elley's student population comes from Northern Berkshire and Southern Vermont and that opening up a satellite facility in North Adams will make it easier for current and potential students to connect with the Pittsfield school.     "We really just wanted to make it easier…because when you are thinking about education sometimes getting your foot in the door is the hardest hurdle to get over," she said

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Roots Teen Center Hosting Halloween Fundraiser For One-Year Anniversary
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:49PM / Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Roots teen center opened for business one year ago on Eagle Street.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — When the Roots teen center's youth board of directors started to brainstorm a fundraiser for the month of October, the answer was as plain as ... well, as plain as the pumpkin on the porch.

A Halloween event, of course. And thus was born the idea for the inaugural youth-led fundraiser, a "Haunted Harvest Festival," an all-ages event to be held in downtown North Adams on Friday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Events will begin at the teen center, located at 43 Eagle St., where people can get tickets for activities, raffles and contests for $1 each and then spread out at other

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