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Berkshire DA's Office Holds Virtual Candlelight Vigil of Remembrance
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:36AM / Monday, December 07, 2020

DA Andrea Harrington speaks during the recorded vigil. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The community remembered the lives lost to drunken driving on Sunday in a virtual vigil over social media.    The Vigil of Remembrance has been held annually for more than 30 years, organized by the Berkshire District attorney's office in cooperation with Mothers Against Drunk Driving.   This year's gathering, held apart because of the pandemic, was dedicated to the 53 people in Berkshire County who lost their lives because of impaired driving.   "Our community needs your voice as much now as ever as we grapple with a greater prevalence of alcohol and substance use and the

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Lanesborough Fire Department Continues Senior Holiday Meal Tradition
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
08:24PM / Sunday, December 06, 2020

P.J. Pannesco hands out meals to Lanesborough seniors. LANESOBOROUGH, Mass. — The town's volunteer fire department has been filling bellies and raising spirits at the holidays for nearly 50 years.   The COVID-19 pandemic curtailed its plans to do the latter. There was no way the firefighters were going to stop doing the former.   Sunday at noon, area senior citizens began lining up for a drive-thru holiday meal at the Main Street station. It wasn't exactly the same as the annual community meal the department has hosted since 1974. But it was the best the volunteers could do under the circumstances.   "It was never a consideration that we weren't

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IS183 Art School Announces Virtual Pop-up Holiday Shop
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:54PM / Saturday, December 05, 2020

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — IS183 Art School is hosting its first-ever Virtual Pop-up Holiday Shop from Friday, Dec. 4, through Friday, Dec. 11. For the week of the pop-up shop, the public can support Berkshire County artists by purchasing their work through this virtual market.

This virtual shop will launch on the art school's website and will include miniature shops for each of the 13 participating artists who will have more than 200 artworks for sale.

Each miniature shop holds the artist's merchandise along with videos and biographies to learn more about the artist and their creative process.

The event is set to support artists in two ways: 70 percent of the sales go directly

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Pittsfield Schools Extend Remote Learning as COVID Cases Rise
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:58PM / Friday, December 04, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Public School will remain in remote-learning for the immediate future because of the high numbers of COVID-19 cases.    All schools in the district had switched to full remote from their hybrid structure beginning Nov. 12, the same time the city also suspended all indoor dining.    In a press release, interim Superintendent Joseph Curtis wrote that as of Dec. 4, health metrics began to show development of a downward trend and in-person learning could possibly resume no earlier than Friday, Dec. 18.   Nonetheless, he stated that current data indicates that students are unlikely to return to in-person education before the

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@theMarket: Markets Bet on Stimulus Sweepstakes
By Bill Schmick,
03:36PM / Friday, December 04, 2020
The first week of December saw all three major averages climb to minor new highs. The trigger was more good news on the delivery timetable of the coronavirus vaccines. The expected speedy distribution of the first batch of wonder drugs encouraged investors, even while the number of COVID-19 deaths and cases nationwide continued to skyrocket.   In addition, a new dose of hopeium has infected investors on the stimulus front. The Democrats $2.2 trillion proposal has gone nowhere since July, thanks to the Republican-controlled Senate. The Democrats then reduced their price tag in an effort to forge a compromise before the election, but the Republicans refused to spend more than their

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Pittsfield Sets Virtual Tree Lighting for 2020
03:05PM / Friday, December 04, 2020

The city putting up holiday lights along North Street on Thursday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield is the latest community to present a virtual tree lighting to avoid the crowds the annual event regularly draws. The gatherings have been limited in size because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.   In this case, Pittsfield Community Television is teaming up with the city of Pittsfield's Recreation Program for a televise a virtual 2020 holiday tree lighting.   "The holiday tree lighting is a special and memorable occasion for our entire community. While we won't be able to gather together this year, the holiday tree stands as a vivid reminder of the many good

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Mill Town Begins Construction on 36 New Tyler Street Residences
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:53AM / Friday, December 04, 2020

A former boarding house built in 1913 will house 16 units, ranging from studio to two-bedroom. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local investment group Mill Town Capital is moving forward with plans to renovate a group of vacant buildings and open spaces along Tyler Street into 36 market-rate housing units and commercial space. The investment is estimated at $6.3 million.

In July, the Community Development Board approved an application from group to construct 20 residential units near Forest Place.

Mill Town's mission is to expand and improve the quality and quantity of opportunities to live and work in the Berkshires. The group manages residential and commercial properties through

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District Attorney Launches 'High-Risk' Team to Address Domestic Violence
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:20AM / Friday, December 04, 2020

Cathy Felix talks about her daughter, Julie Shade, a victim of domestic violence who was murdered by her husband.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire District Attorney's Office has launched a new effort to address domestic and sexual abuse in the region.   District Attorney Andrea Harrington, joined by Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, on Thursday introduced a Domestic Violence High Risk Team designed to bring multiple disciplines together to strengthen social service and law enforcement responses to domestic violence. The DA's office has also created a new position of a domestic violence coordinator who will work with the team and develop intervention plans.   The

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Hike in County's COVID-19 Positivity Rate Drives Mount Greylock District to Remote Learning
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:29PM / Thursday, December 03, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Two days after Mount Greylock regional middle-high school went fully remote, the entire PreK-12 district followed suit.   Mount Greylock Regional School District Superintendent Jason McCandless on Thursday notified families that Lanesborough Elementary and Williamstown Elementary will be going remote because of an increase in the county's COVID-19 positivity rate.   On Thursday, the commonwealth reported that the county's rate was 3.01 percent in the Weekly COVID-19 Public Health Report.   "This summer we negotiated for a 3 percent test positivity rate in Berkshire County as a component in our metrics to determine a move to remote

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Storm System Could Bring Region's First Nor'easter of Season
04:30PM / Thursday, December 03, 2020
The dusting of snow the Berkshires got on Wednesday — after enjoying temperatures in the high 50s the days before —may have been a warning of things to come.    The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., has posted a winter storm watch for the Berkshires this weekend and some forecasters say this could be the first Nor'easter of the season.    "It looks like as we go forward we are going to see a strengthening storm coming up the Eastern Seaboard, but the forecasting dilemma, and it always is, is the exact track of the storm," AccuWeather Chief Broadcast Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said on Thursday.   NWS is warning of heavy snow and

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The Retired Investor: Bitcoin Is Back
By Bill Schmick,
04:17PM / Thursday, December 03, 2020
After a three-year hiatus, cryptocurrencies have returned and are attracting the attention of investors. Will this time be any different?   Readers may recall the Bitcoin craze that sent the largest digital currency to an all-time high of $20,000 in 2017 and spawned numerous copy-cat cryptos like Ethereum and Litecoin.   You may also remember that all of them came crashing back to earth and ignominy where they have languished, unloved, until this year.   This week, Bitcoin hit a new three-year record of $19, 857. If that is news to you, there is a reason for that. After the last buying frenzy and subsequent crash, the financial media has taken a more cautious approach in

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Santa Will Call Pittsfield Children This Holiday Season
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
10:03AM / Thursday, December 03, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The pandemic may be putting a damper on Santa Claus' local appearances but he's still eager to reach to local children by phone. 

The Department of Community Development's Recreation Program has once again recruited Santa and Mrs. Claus for the annual North Pole Calling Program.

Children ranging from kindergarteners to second-graders, or any children who believe, will be receiving phone calls from the Clauses on Wednesday, Dec. 16, and Thursday, Dec 17, between 5-7:30 p.m. if signed up for the program.

Last year, more than 140 Pittsfield children were called.

Santa will be doing a majority of the calls with Mrs. Claus or an elf sometimes

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