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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

Pittsfield Council Votes to Ban Outdoor Commercial Cannabis Cultivation
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:18AM / Thursday, February 25, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council voted to prohibit commercial cannabis farming within city bounds to protect residential communities from "skunk" smell. 

On Tuesday, a motion to ordain a ban of large-scale, outdoor pot growing in all zoning districts of Pittsfield passed 10-1 with Ward 5 Councilor Patrick Kavey voting in opposition.

"No one can tell me a 500-foot setback stops the smell of marijuana," Councilor at Large Earl Persip III said, who proposed the ban over a year ago. "So let's stop attacking the neighborhoods, let's preserve some of the outdoor space."

In February 2020, the Community Development Board said "no" to


Berkshires Gets Limited Vaccine Doses; Named 'High-Efficiency Collaborative'
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:12PM / Wednesday, February 24, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — COVID-19 vaccine shipments expected early last week were delayed because of inclement weather and were smaller than expected, leaving Berkshire County shorthanded. And a "very limited" amount of vaccines was available for appointment first-dose slots on Wednesday.     "This week, Massachusetts received 139,000 doses," Mayor Linda Tyer said to the City Council on Tuesday. "That's it, we have a million potential new residents who are eligible, but for the week we received 139,000 doses."   Public Health Program Manager Laura Kittross said there is limited access everywhere and doesn't expect this to be an


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

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
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BCC offering Virtual Massage Therapy Information session
12:44PM / Wednesday, February 24, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. Berkshire Community College (BCC) is offering a Virtual Massage Therapy Information session on Wednesday, March 3 at 4:00 PM.   Information sessions provide an opportunity for prospective and accepted Massage Therapy students to learn more about the Massage Therapy program, admissions process, financial aid process/due dates, immunization/medical requirements, CORI/SORI clearance, and the part-time evening/Saturday program pathway.   For more information, or to register for this Virtual Massage Therapy Information session, contact Judy Gawron, Program Coordinator and Professor in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, at or by calling


EforAll Seeking Applicants for 'Digital Business Survival Course'
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:12PM / Wednesday, February 24, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Entrepreneurship for All Berkshire County is collaborating with R3SET Studios to run a free online "Digital Business Survival Course" to help small businesses improve their online marketing.    "With all of the many restrictions on business during the pandemic, having a robust web presence, sales and outreach are truly mission-critical," said EforAll Director Deborah Gallant. "If your business was limping along with a sub-par web marketing approach before all this, it became a much higher priority to get this all in order."   This five-week course runs from March 12 to April 16.   Gallant said EforAll, a nonprofit


Dalton Debates Future for Troubled Green Committee
By Joe Durwin, iBerkshires Staff
01:20AM / Wednesday, February 24, 2021

DALTON, Mass. — Select Board members continue to weigh whether or not to continue its Green Committee, a volunteer body that has recently provoked frustration from multiple town employees.

At its Monday session, Chair Robert Bishop updated the board on an investigation he has been conducting this month into complaints brought to light in January. These complaints includes a petition requesting the committee be curtailed that was brought forward by Town Planner Rebecca Slick and signed by seven other top town employees, including interim Town Manager Sandra Albano.

"I think this whole thing is just a huge misunderstanding and miscommunication problem," expressed Bishop, who


State Wants Students Back in the Classroom in April
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:33PM / Tuesday, February 23, 2021
BOSTON — Public school students are expected to be back in the classroom by April.    Gov. Charlie Baker and Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Jeffrey Riley on Tuesday outlined a phased-in process that will begin with elementary students.    "There's no substitute for in-person learning, especially for kids in elementary school," the governor said at his daily briefing. "Our administration's been clear for months that the best place for kids is in the classroom and today Commissioner Riley started a process, working with the board of Elementary and Secondary Education, to get more kids back into the classroom full time by


Tyler Street Streetscape And Roundabout Project Public Meeting
04:21PM / Tuesday, February 23, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Department of Community Development will host a virtual public meeting for the Tyler Street Streetscape and Roundabout Project at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24.   The streetscape project will redesign Tyler Street to increase safety for all modes of transportation, whether it be by automobile, bus, bicycle, or on foot, while improving the safety and traffic flow at the intersection of Tyler Street, Woodlawn and Dalton avenues with the construction of a roundabout. Additionally, the project will improve pedestrian safety through the installation of visible crossings and curb extensions; create dedicated bicycle lanes; provide dedicated bus stops; and


Berkshire Health Systems Welcomes New Board Members
02:16PM / Tuesday, February 23, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Health Systems announced the election of Leticia Smith-Evans Haynes and Julianne Boyd to the BHS Board of Trustees.    Haynes and Boyd were both elected in January 2021 to three-year terms.   "We are excited to welcome Julianne and Leticia to the BHS Board of Trustees," said President and CEO David Phelps. "Both have distinguished themselves as leaders in their respective fields, and we look forward to the insight and perspective that they will bring to our health system."   Julianne Boyd is the founder and Artistic Director of Barrington Stage Company (BSC) in Pittsfield. Since founding BSC in 1995, she has directed


Pittsfield Community Development To Host Public Hearing
08:08AM / Tuesday, February 23, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Department of Community Development is sponsoring a public hearing and input session at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, as part of the preparation of its 2022 Annual Action Plan.   The purpose of the public hearing is to obtain public comments and suggestions on how the city's federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds should be used to improve quality of life in the community. Information gathered from these sessions will contribute to the preparation of the city's Annual Action Plan.   The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that the city prepare an Annual Action Plan each year. Funded projects included


8-Year-Old Entrepreneur Starts Apparel Line to Combat Homelessness
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Tyer inscribed the book to Hadley. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A local girl who is wise beyond her years turned her compassion for the community into action.

Following a $1,900 donation last week to the Christian Center, 8-year-old entrepreneur Hadley Light received a gift from Mayor Linda Tyer to commemorate her clothing business that benefits the homeless.

"So when I called your dad, I said, 'Do you think it would be OK if I could meet Hadley?' Because you are really special," Tyer said on Monday. "You are really special. So thank you for doing what you did. Raising all that money for the Christian Center was really, really hard. Some of us grown-ups work to


Dalton Family Sculpts Giant Snow Castle in Front Yard
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
07:14PM / Monday, February 22, 2021

DALTON, Mass. — Why go to Disney World when you can create it's most iconic image yourself?

With COVID-19 canceling winter break vacations, a Dalton family used the time to convert their front yard into a mammoth snow sculpture.

The work of art was made by Brooke and Mia Thomas, with help from their father, on Raymond Drive, taking a whopping 16 hours to create over the course of a week.

The castle theme was inspired by Cinderella's Castle at Disney World because the two girls' Christmas 2019 gift of a trip to the Magic Kingdom fell through because of the novel coronavirus. The artistic family is trying to stay safe at home, which made the project a perfect

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MCLA To Open Registration for Summer Sessions
04:01PM / Monday, February 22, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Registration for MCLA's three summer sessions will open March 1, 2021, and the majority of summer classes will be taught online this year.     Summer classes at MCLA offers summer classes for MCLA undergraduate and graduate students; students from other colleges; high school students; college graduates interested in Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Master of Education (MEd) courses; or community members and others seeking courses.    Summer sessions schedule  Session A: May 24-July 2  Session B: June 21-July 30  Session C: July 6-August 13  MCLA's Division of Graduate and Continuing Education


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