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Holiday Hours: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
01:02PM / Sunday, January 17, 2021

The Rev. King waves to the hundreds of thousands gathered on the Washington Mall in 1963 when he gave the 'I Have a Dream' speech.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is being celebrated Monday, Jan. 18. It is a federal holiday to commemorate the birthday of the civil rights activist born Jan. 15, 1929. It is observed on the third Monday in January.

King, a Baptist minister, led the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s by espousing nonviolent protest. His best-known address, the "I Have a Dream" speech, was given in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to a crowd of 250,000 who participated in the March on Washington. The 1964 Nobel Prize winner was


Pittsfield Council Rejects Call to Refer Investigations of Restaurants
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:39PM / Sunday, January 17, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council does not believe its job is to police restaurants on COVID-19 violations.

The council last week rejected another petition from Ward 7 Councilor Anthony Maffuccio, this one requesting the Licensing Board review any alleged COVID-19 violations.

This petition was amended from the original, which requested the Licensing Board to specifically review supposed violations at the Berkshire Hills Country Club, the Hot Dog Ranch, and the now closed PortSmitt's Lakeway Restaurant.

This motion failed 7-4, with Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell, Councilor at Large Peter White and Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Morandi joining Maffuccio to vote in favor of the

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

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Pittsfield Gets $475K for Second Installment of Block Grant Funds
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:02PM / Saturday, January 16, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 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 allocations are separate and in addition to the city's annual entitlement allocation.

At Tuesday's City Council meeting, Mayor Linda Tyer submitted an order to amend the CDBG annual Action Plan for the program year 2019-2020 to provide a special allocation of CDBG funds in the amount of


Berkshires Could See Mix of Rain/Snow Overnight
04:25PM / Friday, January 15, 2021
There's a winter weather advisory in effect overnight Friday in the Berkshires and a chance of up to 5 inches of snow.    The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., issued the advisory effective from midnight to 10 a.m. on Saturday with warnings of slippery roads in the morning.    The snowfall could reach up to an inch an hour for a brief period in the morning and will be accompanied by winds up to 40 mph. There's also a chance of sleet and freezing rain in the mix.   Temperatures could reach a high of 40 in the Hudson River valley on Saturday and Sunday will be windy, with some gusts possibly reaching 35-45 mph across eastern New York and the

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Pittsfield Police Investigating Discharged Weapon Incident
03:53PM / Friday, January 15, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Police are currently investigating a weapon discharge on Onota Street and are seeking information.    On Thursday, Jan. 14 at approximately 7:45pm, Pittsfield Police Department personnel responded to the area of Onota Street for a ShotSpotter activation indicating multiple rounds.   Neighbors in the area also reported hearing gunfire. Responding officers located several spent shell casings in the area and a home that had been struck by at least one round.    No injuries were reported. This incident is currently under investigation; anyone with information is asked to contact the PPD detective bureau at 413-448-9705.


Third Generation D’Amour Family Appointments at Big Y
12:19PM / Friday, January 15, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Board of Directors of Big Y Foods, Inc. announced the promotion of the following 3rd generation D'Amour family members. 

Colin M. D'Amour has been named senior director of Big Y Express Gas & Convenience Stores division, and Christian P. D'Amour is director of e-commerce. Both appointments represent new and expanding divisions within the company.    Both D'Amours report to Richard D. Bossie, senior vice president of operations and customer experience.   Colin's responsibilities include oversight of store operations, sight selection, sight acquisition and day to day responsibility for product procurement including


Berkshires Beat: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
11:55AM / Friday, January 15, 2021
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service will look different this year throughout the county with COVID-19 altering annual cleanups and gatherings.   In North County, the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, along with the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition and Williams College, will host the annual Community Day of Service on Jan. 18 from 9 am to 1 pm.   Activities will be socially distanced or virtual and include a canned food drive, mittens/socks/hats drive, a letter drive and card-making.   The Peacemaker Award Ceremony will be virtual.   Those interested in participating or volunteering can call the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition at 413-663-7588 or


BCC To Host Virtual Registration Day Saturday
08:11AM / Friday, January 15, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will be hosting a Virtual Registration Day event on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 8:00 AM via Zoom.

The event will allow students to apply, register, get assistance with financial aid, and become enrolled students, prior to the start of spring classes, which begin on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021.

Offices that will be available via Zoom from 8:00 AM till 12:00 PM for students to receive assistance in joining the College will be Admissions, Advising, Student Financial Services and Registrar.  The Follett Bookstore will be open for curbside pick-up.

The goal of this virtual registration day is show that it’s not too late to become a


BNRC Re-opens Access Trail to Mahanna Cobble
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:21AM / Friday, January 15, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass — Hikers can now enjoy a new access trail to Mahanna Cobble that is open during the winter.

Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Bousquet Mountain and Mill Town Capital on Wednesday re-opened the improved trail to  the cobble, a conservation reserve owned and managed by BNRC.

"BNRC appreciates a strong partner in Bousquet Mountain and Mill Town as we seek to offer improved hiking experiences close to community centers, year-round. We are thrilled to finally have four-season access to this beautiful new trail and destination in central Berkshire," BNRC President Jenny Hansell wrote in a press release. "Thanks to the generosity of Mill Town and


Pittsfield Licensing Board Continues Hearings on Methuselah
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:43AM / Friday, January 15, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city health official pushed for the suspension of Methuselah Bar and Lounge's license on Thursday, saying owner Yuki Cohen was being uncooperative and failed to provide requested documents. 

Cohen, a city councilor at large, had been warned and fined $1,000 for noncompliance with the state's COVID-19 regulations. Cohen has denied violating the pandemic rules and appealed the fine.

"We need to suspend this license," Senior Sanitarian Andy Cambi told the Licensing Board in regard to Methuselah's liquor license. "At this point, I feel that all the authority that we have has been contested back to us and we've not been able

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Small Businesses Face Friday Deadline to Apply for State Grants
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:42PM / Thursday, January 14, 2021
BOSTON — State officials Thursday encouraged small businesses across the commonwealth to beat a Friday midnight deadline to apply for COVID-19 relief grants.   "Prospective applicants only have until midnight tomorrow, which is Friday, Jan. 15," Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said. "So you have less than two days to submit your application for the current round. Like the first program, these grant awards will be up to $75,000 capped at three months of operating expenses. Grants can be used for things like payroll, employee benefit costs, mortgage interest, rent utilities and interest on other debt obligations.   "Visit to learn more. Or

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Lever's Berkshire Manufacturing Innovation Challenge Finalists
04:04PM / Thursday, January 14, 2021

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Four companies working on innovations with health applications have been chosen for Lever's Berkshire Manufacturing Innovation Challenge (BMIC).

The winner will receive a $25,000 award to advance their business at the final virtual pitch competition in February 2021. 

Over the next month, leaders from each participating company will work with Lever to refine their business plans, network with leaders in the manufacturing and medical industries, and attend virtual workshops to help them accelerate their business. 


"We received a record number of applications this year; selecting four from this pool was a tough choice," said

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