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Pittsfield City Council Move Possible Zoning Changes For Cell Towers
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:20AM / Tuesday, September 15, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In response to a South Street cell tower, the City Council referred a zoning ordinance change to the Community Development Board that would create requirements and standards for the permitting of wireless communication facilities.   The City Council voted last week to act as petitioner on the submission that would make these changes.   "People need to be property notified when something like this is happening in their neighborhood," Ward 5 Councilor Patrick Kavey said. "I think it is important for us to move forward with this."    The petition is in response to the essentially complete cell tower at 877 South St.

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North Adams Turns Out for Abbreviated Freeman Center Walk
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:23PM / Monday, September 14, 2020

Police Chief Jason Wood gets ready for the walk.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Nearly three dozen community members took the street on Monday night to walk a symbolic mile to support the Elizabeth Freeman Center and the victims of domestic violence it serves.   The annual fundraiser — Walk A Mile (in Her Shoes) — has been held for a decade in Pittsfield during one of the monthly Third Thursday events. Hundreds of people have participated in marching along North Street, with speakers, music and other activities.   The era of COVID-19 forced that to change, as it has so many social activities, and the center turned to virtual walks and a set of smaller groups

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Pittsfield Implementing Mandatory Water Restrictions
04:05PM / Monday, September 14, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield is implementing mandatory water restrictions beginning Wednesday, Sept. 16.   Reservoir levels have dropped below 8 feet during the nearly two weeks since the administration warned that Stage 2 restrictions would be put into effect.    The state has been in a Level 2 drought condition since the end of August because rainfall has been below normal for more than four months. There is an elevated fire risk warning in effect Monday.    Under Stage 2, restricted activities include outside water use in general, watering lawns and gardens, washing vehicles, and filling swimming pools.   These activities are only permitted before 7

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Pittsfield To Implement Mandatory Water Restrictions This Week
03:48PM / Monday, September 14, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. With reservoir levels for the City of Pittsfield’s water supply now below the 8 feet marker, the city will implement mandatory water restrictions beginning, Wednesday, Sept. 16.   The move comes nearly two weeks after the city announced its move toward Stage 2 of its drought management plan. In late August, the state’s Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs issued a declaration of a Level 2 Significant Drought in all seven regions of the Commonwealth.   Under Stage 2, restricted activities include outside water use in general, watering lawns and gardens, washing vehicles, and filling swimming pools. These activities are only permitted before 7

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Main Street Hospitality Announces COVID Compliance Officer And New Housekeeping Partnership
09:25AM / Monday, September 14, 2020
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Sarah Eustis, CEO of Main Street Hospitality Group, announced the company's appointment of its first COVID Compliance Officer.    As Main Street Hospitality Group continues to welcome guests to its properties throughout the Berkshires, and the newly opened Hammetts Hotel in Newport, R.I. the COVID Compliance Officer (CCO) will make monthly visits to each hotel for routine inspections and engagement with staff and leadership.    A board-certified physician, the officer strictly adheres to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state, and government mandates. The officer also remains informed on the latest public health

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Dalton CRA Hall Finds Way to Keep Tradition Going with Second Class
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:05AM / Monday, September 14, 2020

Rose Ladley, widow of Wahconah coach Ed Ladley, receives a plaque recognizing the 1992-93 boys basketball team's Western Mass title. DALTON, Mass. — On a perfect day for an outdoor induction ceremony, Joanne Dowling found the perfect sentiment to capture the spirit of the Dalton CRA Athletic Hall of Fame.   "I would like to share a special thank you to the Dalton CRA and the community and, in particular, Boog Powell and Dan McMahon, for giving me the opportunity to play sports as a young girl," Dowling said, reading aloud from the letter of a 2020 inductee. "My family never had the means to pay for sports, but scholarships and the generosity of those

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Pittsfield Schools Anticipate New Layoffs
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:23AM / Monday, September 14, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Superintendent Jason McCandless says more layoffs may be needed depending on when students can return to school.   McCandless told the School Committee in his report Wednesday that without students in the actual buildings, there may be a need to lay off a sizeable amount of the cafeteria staff.   "We are not certain that the money would work out in favor on the positive side of the ledger even with the staff reduced by over two-thirds," McCandless said.   Pittsfield Public Schools opted to begin the school year entirely remotely. The plan is to phase students into a hybrid education model later in the fall if heath data

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Pittsfield Mayor's Husband Files Lawsuit Against Election Rival
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:21PM / Saturday, September 12, 2020
PITTSFIELD — Mayor Linda Tyer's husband, Barry Clairmont, filed a lawsuit in Berkshire Superior Court alleging Melissa Mazzeo tried to defame him after the 2019 mayoral election.   Clairmont, an accountant, filed the suit earlier this month claiming that former City Councilor and mayoral candidate Mazzeo defamed him and should compensate him for damaging his reputation.     Mazzeo ran against Tyer in 2019 and lost by more than 500 votes.   Later in November, Mazzeo called for a recount that resulted in Tyer actually gaining two more votes bringing the final count to 6,185 votes for Tyer and 5,657 for Mazzeo.   In Mazzeo's request for a recount and

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New Modified Congregate Meal Site Offerings At Ralph J. Froio Senior Center
04:13PM / Friday, September 11, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Beginning Monday, Sept. 14, the Pittsfield Council on Aging will host new and modified congregate meal site offerings at the Ralph J. Froio Senior Center on 330 North St.    The new model will offer two seatings for seniors, the first at 10:30 a.m. and the second at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.   Access to the building will not be allowed until the indicated mealtime designation as the center is still closed to the public.   "We are acutely aware of the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on food insecurity and social isolation for our senior community," Jim Clark, Executive Director of the Pittsfield Council on Aging said.

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Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles Schedules 2020 Low Plate Lottery
03:59PM / Friday, September 11, 2020
BOSTON, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced that the Registry of Motor Vehicles will hold the 2020 Low Plate Lottery drawing on Sept. 14, 2020.   The Registry of Motor Vehicles will hold the 2020 Low Plate Lottery drawing virtually beginning at 9:30 a.m.    This year, nearly 12,000 low number plate lottery applications were received for 100 available, eligible plates, including 6P, 751, V35, K5, 2042 and T31. Lottery results, including the names of winners, will be posted on Mass.Gov/RMV by the close of business on Tuesday, Sept, 15, and customers selected for a low number plate will be directly notified via mail after the drawing

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Pittsfield Honors Fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan With New Monument
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Correspondent
02:23PM / Friday, September 11, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 448 held a dedication ceremony Friday morning on the 19th anniversary of 9/11 to unveil the Iraq and Afghanistan War Memorial at Veterans Memorial Park.   "As long as there is war, there will be death," Sgt. Maj. Michael P. King said Friday morning in front of the 50 or so attendees who spread out over the park. "We cannot avoid it; however, we can choose how we deal with it."    The Berkshire Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial Committee raised nearly $50,000 to acquire the black granite marker that holds the names of Berkshire County residents who died serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.   Mayor Linda

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Youth Soccer League Offering Competitive Opportunity for High Schoolers
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:52AM / Friday, September 11, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — As a dad, Stephen Nesbit knows how difficult the COVID-19 pandemic has been for youngsters.   As an officer in the North Adams Soccer Club, he can do something about it.   "I'm a father, I have a 9-year-old and a 16-year-old," Nesbit said on Thursday morning. "Kids have been trapped in the house since March. They want to get out and run around with their friends. We're giving them a responsible option for that."   The NASC and its corresponding youth groups throughout the county are working to put together competitive opportunities for players of all ages, up to and including high schoolers, who likely will not have the

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