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The Retired Investor: Markets Ignore China Sanctions
By Bill Schmick,
01:08PM / Friday, December 11, 2020
During the past few weeks of this presidency, both the Trump administration and Congress have levied additional sanctions against the People's Republic of China. Financial markets and U.S. corporations have largely ignored those efforts; here's why.   Investors have learned over the past four years that tough talk on trade tariffs, blacklisting and other threats were largely ineffectual in curtailing the world's second largest economy. The facts are that U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods have been a failure. Our trade deficit with China is higher now than it was before the trade wars.   China's trade gap with the U.S. was 43 percent bigger in September, for example,

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Pittsfield Council Votes to Send Methuselah to Licensing Board
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:24AM / Friday, December 11, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Allegations that a city councilor's business was being protected over COVID-19 violations sparked a heated argument Tuesday night that caused one councilor's audio to be muted.

Ward 7 Councilor Anthony Maffuccio demanded that Councilor at Large Yuki Cohen be brought up by the Licensing Board and that the written warning her restaurant Methuselah had received as a first offense wasn't really her first.

"Just because she is a city councilor and one of our colleagues, we cannot protect her," Maffuccio said. "What's right is right and what's wrong is wrong."

Methuselah was one of three eateries that earlier this month had been

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BHS COVID-19 Test Centers Added to Stop the Spread Program
03:44PM / Thursday, December 10, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems' three COVID-19 testing centers are now open as part of the state's Stop the Spread Program for free community testing.    Access to COVID-19 testing, either through the Stop the Spread program or for symptomatic testing, is by appointment only. Individuals MUST call the BHS COVID-19 Hotline, 855-BMC-LINK, or 855-262-5465, which is available daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   Gov. Charlie Baker announced on Monday the addition of three Berkshire County sites to the program.  The commonwealth will be supporting free COVID-19 testing in 25 communities — up from eight when the state announced its Stop the Spread

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Spectrum Opens Store in Pittsfield
02:10PM / Thursday, December 10, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Charter Communications has opened a Spectrum Store on Hubbard Avenue.    The store gives consumers in the Pittsfield area an option for adding or managing their internet, television, mobile or voice services.   "Our Spectrum stores team is here to help our local customers who need support in getting and staying connected during these uncertain times," said Pattie Eliason, senior vice president of Spectrum stores and retail. "They are working to make our new store in Pittsfield a safe, convenient environment to add or manage services, shop for devices and accessories or make payments, while ensuring we adhere to current local and state

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Councilor Kavey Continues to Advocate for Cell Tower Abutters
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:32AM / Thursday, December 10, 2020

Courtney Gilardi of Alma Street has consistently called into City Council to speak against the cell tower in her neighborhood. She gave a presentation to the Community Development Board on Nov. 5. The city was represented by attorney Anthony Lepore, below.

 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ward 5 Councilor Patrick Kavey withdrew his petition to establish requirements for cell-tower permitting but assured the abutters affected by the tower at 877 South St. that the fight is not over.

This petition was brought to the City Council by both Kavey and Ward 4 Councilor Chris Connell.   "The people who are affected by this, I want you to know that you have been heard, and we are

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BMC Prepares for COVID-19 Vaccine Arrival
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:54PM / Wednesday, December 09, 2020

Workers move the ultra-low temperature freezer at the Berkshire Innovation Center for deliver to BMC on Wednesday. The freezer is need for storing the vaccine. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center is one of 21 hospitals selected to begin receiving the novel coronavirus vaccine this month.    Director of Media Relations Michael Leary on Wednesday said the hospital is scheduling potential vaccine distribution for frontline workers, which will be dependent on the number of doses that arrive. BMC is expecting to get at least one of the batches, which yields 975 doses.   With Berkshire Health Systems having about 4,000 employees, those who have the most contact

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Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution to Prioritize High-Risk Individuals
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:25PM / Wednesday, December 09, 2020
BOSTON — The state expects to have 300,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of December with the first order of 60,000 arriving on Dec. 15.    Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday said the vaccine will be provided to all individuals without charge through a three-phase process that prioritizes high-risk individuals in health care and congregate care settings.    "The timeline and the estimated quantities of vaccine available to Massachusetts will depend on several variables, this age when the vaccine becomes available to the public under the age of 65 is still months away," he said.   Distribution will also depend on approval through the U.S. Food

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Parks Commission Walks Through Proposed Pump Track Site
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
11:10AM / Wednesday, December 09, 2020

The bike 'pump' track would be constructed by raising funds. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Parks Commission took a stroll through Springside Park on Saturday to review the proposed location of a bike skills park. 

Alison McGee, president of the Berkshire Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association and program lead for the Little Bellas Berkshire Program, pitched the project to the commission last month.

Garrett Pulley of the Berkshire Mountain Bike Training Series and Kevin Delaney of the Shire Shredders also worked on this project.

The commission approved the concept subject to conducting a walkthrough.

The desired location for the park is northeast of the

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Maffucio Calls for Investigation of Homeless Shelter, Change in Park Policy
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:19AM / Wednesday, December 09, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As winter approaches, there are still homeless individuals camping at Springside Park, risking their safety because of reportedly poor conditions at the homeless shelter provided through the city.   Ward 7 Councilor Anthony Maffuccio brought two petitions to City Council on Tuesday calling for an investigation into conditions at the temporary shelter at former St. Joseph's School and challenging the city's policy of evicting the encampment at Springside Park.   With some modifications to these petitions, the council passed them unanimously.   Maffuccio said he had been told of abuse and human rights violations within the homeless shelter on

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Support The Berkshires: Bart Raser with Carr Hardware
04:18PM / Tuesday, December 08, 2020

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Baker Rolls Back Reopening Plan in Face of Rising Virus Rates
By Tammy Daniels,
01:35PM / Tuesday, December 08, 2020
BOSTON — The state's occupancy limits cut to 40 percent beginning Sunday as the governor rolls back the reopening phases because of rising rates of COVID-19.   Occupancy limits will be reduced to 40 percent and indoor performance venues and some indoor recreational activities will have to close. Dining indoors will be limited to six people per table for no more than 90 minutes. There will be heightened mask use and social distancing.   Gov. Charlie Baker said the rollback to Step 1 of Phase 3 reopening plan is necessary to reduce the strain on the state's hospitals during this second surge of the novel coronavirus.    "The rate Massachusetts residents

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Pittsfield Veterans Remember Pearl Harbor in Annual Ceremony
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:43PM / Monday, December 07, 2020

Robert Blanchard tells those attending the ceremony that thinking back on the sacrifices at Pearl Harbor the nation can endure a little bit of sacrifice during the pandemic.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — About 80 servicemen from Berkshire County were stationed at or near Pearl Harbor when it was attacked 79 years ago, including more than 40 from Dalton and Pittsfield.    Two of them were killed during the surprise strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy.    Veterans Service Officer John Herrera on Monday led the annual remembrance ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Park on South Street to mark the anniversary of the Dec. 7 attack that lead to America's entrance

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