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Pittsfield Police Investigating Three Car Accident On South Street.
11:56AM / Monday, January 11, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A three car accident on South Street, in which one driver was charged for speeding, leaves two with minor injuries.

On Saturday, Jan. 9 around 3:12 pm Pittsfield Police Department, Pittsfield Fire Department and County Ambulance responded to the intersection of South Street and South Mountain Road for a report of a vehicle accident with unknown injuries.    As a result of the preliminary investigation, it was determined the driver of a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee, identified as 35 year old Matthew Arico of Cheshire, was traveling northbound on South Street and struck the rear of a 2016 Toyota Camry, operated by 31 year old Ryan Harmon of Pittsfield. This

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Greylock to Accept Payroll Protection Applications
08:06AM / Monday, January 11, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As the only certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) located in Berkshire County, Greylock Federal Credit Union will be the first local lender allowed to accept applications for the next round of the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

The online application will give priority to minority, underserved, veteran, and women-owned businesses as well as existing Greylock business members. They have reached out to a number of Berkshire County community partners to help get the word out about this opportunity.

The recently passed Economic Aid Act included the funds to restart the PPP program with revisions intended

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Farley-Bouvier Ends Session With Bill Passage, Sets Agenda for 2021
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:11AM / Sunday, January 10, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier ended the legislative session with a signature achievement: the passage of bill addressing sexual assault on college campuses.    S.2979, An Act Relative to Sexual Violence on Higher Education Campuses, was passed on the final day of the formal session and is awaiting the governor's signature. The legislation requires both public and private higher-education institutions to create policies and procedures around campus assaults and creates a task force to develop and review sexual misconduct surveys.    Bouvier started looking into this issue after touring college campuses with her daughter in 2013. This was

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Community Remembers Dan Dillon as Selfless Advocate
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:15PM / Saturday, January 09, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Many are mourning the loss of local human services advocate Daniel Dillon, 79, who passed away on Monday, Jan. 4, at Berkshire Medical Center from complications of COVID-19.

Born June 14, 1941, and a graduate of St. Joseph's High School and Berkshire Community College, Dillon held many important roles throughout his lifetime including as a soldier, a leader, and a helping hand.

"I had the privilege to know and to work with Dan Dillon for nearly 20 years," President and CEO of Greylock Federal Credit Union John Bissell said. "He set the standard for community service, and service above self. In every capacity, from community volunteer roles

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Morning Star Apartments at Former St. Mary's Church Near Completion
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:33AM / Saturday, January 09, 2021

The buildings on the complex have been transformed into one to three bedroom market-rate apartments. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — CT Management Group has substantially completed the Morning Star Project, a conversion of the former St. Mary of the Morning Star Church on Tyler Street into 29 market-rate apartments.

The Morning Star complex consists of the church, convent, rectory, and school building. A good majority of the 29 units are already rented out. Just last week, the remaining open apartments located in the former St. Mary's school began leasing and are expected to go off the market quickly.

Developer David Carver said the main priority of the project was to preserve

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State Program Will Allow Schools to Conduct 'Pool Testing' for COVID-19
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:20PM / Friday, January 08, 2021
BOSTON — Massachusetts schools will have the ability to conduct "pool" testing of staff and students for the novel coronavirus under a program announced Friday on Beacon Hill.   Gov. Charlie Baker was joined by his secretary of education and commissioner of elementary and secondary education to roll out the latest in the administration's continuing effort to push for in-person education in the commonwealth.   "As schools across the commonwealth and around the world are demonstrating and as the medical experts have confirmed, when the standard protocols are followed, schools can be very safe places for children and staff, even without universal

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Berkshire Money Management Donates To Drive-Through Food Distribution For Families
03:42PM / Friday, January 08, 2021

DALTON, Mass. — Berkshire Money Money Management donates more than $11,000 to drive-through food distribution for local families, MLK day of service

Berkshire Money Management (BMM) has teamed up with Berkshire Bounty, Berkshire United Way (BUW), Northern Berkshire United Way and Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires to assemble and distribute 1,000 bags of nutritious canned and packaged food throughout Berkshire County to celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021.

BMM has donated $11,000 as well as more than 1,000 re-useable grocery bags to help with food accessibility to Berkshire residents in need.

"This has been a devastating time for many of

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Pittsfield Man Arrested After Riot in U.S. Capitol
02:40PM / Friday, January 08, 2021

Statement from U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling on Breach of U.S. Capitol https://t.co/SxcZCGiY2Y pic.twitter.com/xqfTr9fw3b

— U.S. Attorney MA (@DMAnews1) January 7, 2021 PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Pittsfield man is among those facing charges after the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.    David Lester Ross, 33, was recorded in the Metropolitan Police Department's listing for "Unrest-Related Arrest Data" on Wednesday, Jan. 6. He was the only Massachusetts resident charged as of Jan. 7 but his hometown was not provided.    Boston.com reported Friday that he is a Pittsfield resident.    Ross was charged with curfew violation and

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Springside Rehab Celebrates COVID-19 Vaccination Day
11:50AM / Friday, January 08, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Springside Rehabilitation Celebrates COVID-19 Vaccination Day.

On Thursday Springside Rehabilitation residents and staff received their first round of COVID-19 vaccinations.   "Today our staff and our residents rejoice in the hope for better and safer days coming," Administrator Christina Pringle said. "We received the first round of vaccinations for our residents and staff and we are all so incredibly grateful for completing this first step toward making our facility safer and healthier.  We have all grown stronger and pulled together as a united family as we have fought extremely hard to keep all of us safe and well.  We are

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COVID 'Connect Tech' Challenge Seeks Innovators
08:04AM / Friday, January 08, 2021

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Lever and The Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative have announced the Connect Tech Innovation Challenge, the fourth in a series of innovation accelerator programs to identify and grow innovative solutions to challenges presented by COVID-19. 

While previous editions of the Challenge series focused on individuals working on products at mature companies, the Connect Tech Innovation Challenge will focus on entrepreneurs and startups. Entrepreneurs will complete a six-week acceleration program to develop and grow COVID-inspired innovations that have potential to spark economic recovery and strengthen the flow of goods, services and

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Community Development Board Approves Lipton Energy Permit For Propane Storage Tanks
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:12AM / Friday, January 08, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Community Development Board approved a special permit for Lipton Energy to place two new above-ground fuel storage tanks within the 10-year flood plain at 36 Industrial Drive with four conditions.

These conditions include all lighting on the site to be downward cast and not trespass onto abutting properties and for Lipton Energy to provide screening in the form of a fence or vegetation so that abutters can't see the tanks.

The fuel tanks will hold 30,000 gallons of propane each, equal to 60,000 gallons total. This acts as a location where a large truck can deliver fuel to these storage tanks and, in turn, transfer them into smaller trucks that deliver

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Parks Commission OKs Location of Springside Pump Track
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:29AM / Friday, January 08, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Parks Commission is seeking community input on the proposed pump track in Springside Park.

On Tuesday evening, the commission approved the location and concept for a bike skills track at Springside Park subject to additional public input. Due to project timelines, this was a special meeting called outside of the commission's usual meeting times.

"That's another step forward in what we hope to become a great addition to the park system," Chairman Anthony DeMartino said about the approval. "obviously still a lot of work to do, but a step in the positive direction."

Park, Open Space, and Natural Resource Program Manager James McGrath

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