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Pittsfield Fire Extinguish Structure Fire Caused By Grill
11:49AM / Monday, March 22, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Sunday, March 21 at 3:36pm, the Pittsfield Fire Department responded to 14 Windsor Avenue for a reported structure fire.    Upon arrival, firefighters found a fire on the side of 14 Windsor extending to the interior attic void above. The homeowner on scene was attempting to extinguish the blaze with a garden hose.    Engine 2 crew stretched a 1-3/4" hand line and extinguished all visible fire. E-5 stood by water supply. E- 3 checked for fire extension with Tower-1.    All companies remained on scene for an hour as the remaining smoldering fire had extended into wall and ceiling spaces near area of origin.    The fire

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BCC Student Named to All-USA Academic Team
08:14AM / Monday, March 22, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Monica Bliss, a student at Berkshire Community College, is one of 20 college students across the country named to the All-USA Academic Team.    The award is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).    Bliss, who maintains a 4.0 grade point average, will receive a $5,000 scholarship to continue her education. She will be recognized at an AACC virtual convention on May 13, 2021.   "This is well-deserved recognition," said BCC Phi Theta Kappa Advisor Geoffrey Tabor, who nominated Bliss for the award. "Students like Monica come along once in a

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Williamstown ZBA Hearing Another Application to Build Cell Tower
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Monday, March 22, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday opened a hearing on an application to erect a cell phone tower in South Williamstown.   Pittsfield's Evolution Site Services is seeking a special permit to erect a 165-foot tall, self-supported lattice tower on a parcel owned by the Phelps family neighboring the campus of the Mount Greylock Regional School.   The proposal drew objections from several residents of Oblong Road who were concerned about the impact on the view shed in the neighborhood and from the director of recreational enterprises for Field Farm, a 316-acre Trustees of Reservations property that abuts the Phelps property.   The ZBA

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Pittsfield Public Works Panel Endorses $5 Bulky Waste Sticker Increase
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Monday, March 22, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Public Works and Utilities Subcommittee on Thursday unanimously voted in support of a $5 bulky waste sticker fee increase that will raise the price to $15 to $20 per sticker/per item.

"There is definitely a need," Commissioner of Public Utilities Ricardo Morales said. "I think if the council decides to increase this. I'm sure that there'll be some impacts depending on how much that increases, I don't know what those impacts will be."

Ward 7 Councilor Anthony Maffuccio's original petition suggested a $10 increase to make the stickers cost $25, but the committee unanimously voted on an amendment to decrease that by $5.

The

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Hoosac Valley's Larkin, Waterman Lead MCLA Men's Lax to Win in Opener
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06:50PM / Sunday, March 21, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. --  The MCLA men's lacrosse program waited well over a year for the start of its inaugural season.   And it made the most of that debut.   MCLA defeated the visiting Northern Vermont University-Lyndon Hornets 6-3 in the season opener for both schools Saturday afternoon at Shewcraft Field.   The win marked the first in MCLA's brief history. MCLA is now 1-0 overall and in North Atlatnic Conference play.   The Hornets kicked off the scoring in this one as they tallied just three minutes in to take an early 1-0 advantage. The Trailblazers answered, however, when Hoosac Valley Nicholas Waterman converted his first goal of the game just 18

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Lenox Native to Compete in World's Largest Racehorse Retraining Competition
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:13PM / Sunday, March 21, 2021

The competition is for thoroughbreds like Golden Giant who have been retrained after their racing careers have ended.

LENOX, Mass. — Ashley Stump and her horse Golden Giant will be traveling to Lexington, Ky., this fall to compete in the Retired Racehorse Project's $135,000 Thoroughbred Makeover competition.

Stump is an advocate for retired racehorses and makes it a mission to provide them with happiness after their time on the track. An equestrian and current off-track thoroughbred owner/trainer, she currently owns seven horses located in the Berkshires.   "I just I think they have the best personality, these horses, and they're just amazing," she said.

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Hinds Focuses on Climate Change, Schools in New Legislative Term
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:59AM / Sunday, March 21, 2021

Sen. Adam Hinds updates the regional planning commission on Thursday.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen Ada.m Hinds on Thursday outlined his budget priorities and goals for the new legislative term to the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission. 

Some 6,498 bills were filed this year and 82 were from Hinds.  

In this session, he is focusing largely on climate change and improving the commonwealth's schools as well as transportation both for schools and the general public.

"We just hit the year mark of being in COVID and I've been asked to do a lot of kind of thick thought pieces around what it's meant," Hinds said to the commission. "I'm

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Chez Nous Donates $900 to Berkshire Humane Society
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:15PM / Saturday, March 20, 2021

Chez Nous' Bruno 'is still tired from serving over 120 dinners to support Berkshire Humane Society,' according to the bistro's Facebook post.  

LEE, Mass. — A local French restaurant is managing to benefit the community during a markedly hard time for the food industry.

Chez Nous raised $900 for the Berkshire Humane Society with a vegan pop-up and continues to host fundraising "Community Nights" when a portion of proceeds go to local charities.

"With the pandemic limiting Berkshire Humane Society's fundraising through live events, we are thankful for local businesses who have stepped up to help us," Executive Director John Perreault

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Youth Hockey Programs Join Forces in Pandemic
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:15AM / Saturday, March 20, 2021

 
The three youth hockey organizations created a look for the jerseys of the united program they created. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Next winter, the Black Bears, Rattlers and Bruins will use their skills to prove their superiority on the ice.   This winter, they have been happy to develop those skills — together.   "Together for Hockey" is the slogan that has united the county's three youth hockey programs as they made the most of a season delayed and shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic.   Since January, youngsters from all three groups, the Northern Berkshire Black Bears, South County Rattlers and Pittsfield-based Berkshire Bruins, have

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@theMarket: Rising Rates Create Headwinds for Stocks
By Bill Schmick,
04:36PM / Friday, March 19, 2021
The saga of rising interest rates in the long end of the U.S. Treasury market continued this week. Investors, fearing runaway inflation, sold both bonds and stocks. Will the selling continue, or Is this a buying opportunity?   It depends upon which asset class we are talking about. Yields on the 10, 20, and 30-year U.S. Treasury Bonds, I believe, will continue to rise. How far? It is possible that the benchmark "Tens" could finish the year at 2 percent. In the short-term, however, I expect yields to fall a bit on profit-taking.   Last week, I warned readers that the rise in rates was not over. I expected yields on the U.S. Ten Year Treasury Bond to hit the 1.70 percent

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Pittsfield Parks Commission Begins Draft Plan to Empty City Parks
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:35PM / Thursday, March 18, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Parks Commission on Tuesday endorsed a draft plan to evacuate and prevent homeless folks from overnight camping in Pittsfield parks.  

Actions include installing new signage and increased awareness of park rules, cleaning abandoned sites and monitoring for new ones, leaving "friendly written reminders" of the overnight camping rules at sites, and circulating community reminders on the best ways to direct goodwill to those in need.

This plan will be reviewed by local service providers and the Homelessness Advisory Committee and the commission will be accepting feedback.

"I think it's important to understand that there are other

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BArT Announces Upcoming Enrollment Deadline
04:20PM / Thursday, March 18, 2021
ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts and Technology (BArT) Charter Public School is currently accepting applications for students in grades 6 through 10 for the 2021-2022 school year.   The next enrollment deadline for the 2020-2021 school year for grades 6 through 10 is Thursday, May 13, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. Click here to apply.    More information on the school's enrollment and lottery process can be found at www.bartcharter.org. Interested families should contact the school at 413-743-7311 ext 732 or enrollment@bartcharter.org.    .

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