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Flavours of Malaysia Announces Closing In December
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:29AM / Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The restaurant isn't offering takeout alcohol, which can be a major revenue driver for most restaurants.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — COVID-19 has taken its toll on popular fusion restaurant Flavours of Malaysia, which says it will be closing its doors for good in December.   Owners Sabrina Tan and Chin Lee said they were staying open long enough to allow them to pay off their debts and for any gift certificate holders to use them.   "We decided to call it quits because we want to pay everybody that we owe, and then at least go out with dignity," Tan said on Tuesday.   Similar to many downtown Pittsfield restaurants, Flavours does a majority of its

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Mount Greylock Superintendent Succession Topic in Exec Session
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:03AM / Wednesday, October 21, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Executive session minutes from the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee show that the panel did discuss a succession plan for the district's superintendent behind closed doors, and the minutes shed light on the reason for the superintendent's subsequent departure.   In mid-July, iBerkshires.com filed an Open Meeting Law complaint against the committee alleging that, "at the very least, the School Committee's deliberations on July 1 strayed into territory not covered by the stated exception to the Open Meeting Law."   That meeting was one of four held in executive session for the stated purpose of conducting contract

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Letter: MGRS Needs More Responsible Approach to Field
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Tuesday, October 20, 2020

To the Editor:

Last week the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee grappled with how to advance the athletic fields improvement project. I came away from their meeting, disappointed with their approach to and the ultimate outcome of their decision. After having made a commitment in September 2019 to explore the possibility of a – much less expensive over the long-term – natural grass field along with an artificial turf field, the committee decided to proceed with only the artificial turf option.

Proponents of the artificial turf field argued that it was time to make a decision: they had worked long and hard enough on this issue. They avoided mentioning they had done next

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RMV Further Extends Designated Hours for Older Customers
04:26PM / Tuesday, October 20, 2020
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) announced that it is extending designated Wednesday appointment hours for customers 75 years of age or older through November and December.    This new customer service option began in early September at select RMV Service Centers and is now offered at the following seventeen locations: Brockton, Danvers, Fall River, Greenfield, Lawrence, Leominster, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, New Bedford, North Adams, Pittsfield, Plymouth, Revere, South Yarmouth, Springfield, Watertown and Worcester.   The senior hours are held on Wednesdays (hours vary by location) for customers 75 years of age or older whose

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Pittsfield Historical Commission OKs Demos in Morningside Area
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:38PM / Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Catherine Holland explains the reasoning behind the applications for demolition of the four properties.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Historical Commission approved Kellogg Properties and Mill Town Capital's applications to demolish four buildings in the Morningside area.

A number of these buildings have been vacant for some time and all have structural issues that make them unlivable such as damaged heating systems, poor roofing, water damage, foundation issues, and mold infestation.

Mill Town's first applications for demolition were for the abutting structures on 10 Winter St., 27 Curtis St., and 33 Curtis St.

These properties are not a group, but are all more or less the

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Berkshire Money Management Donates To Foster Families
01:33PM / Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Dalton, Mass. — Berkshire Money Management dedicates $5,000 for foster family care packages.   To assist foster families during the COVID-19 era, a group of community members fueled by local business sponsors, including Berkshire Money Management, have created and distributed care packages for more than 200 area foster families.    Each family received a gift bag with children's masks sewn by members of the community, school and art supplies, and a gift card to a local restaurant or grocery store, including Smokey Diva's and Wohrle's Foods in Pittsfield.   "I know so many foster families in the Berkshires who have opened their whole lives to

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
02:35PM / Monday, October 19, 2020

Domestic Violence Community Action Plan

 

While the responsibility for domestic violence lies with the perpetrators of these crimes, we all play a role in creating a culture of respect and preventing violence. 

 

Help us raise awareness about domestic violence this month. Commit to action for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Below are some steps you can

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State Hosts Hearing on Health Care Cost Trends From COVID-19
02:15PM / Monday, October 19, 2020

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) will host the 2020 Annual Health Care Cost Trends Hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020.

The hearing, a public event at which policymakers and health care stakeholders convene to discuss challenges and oppor­tunities in improving health care in the Commonwealth, will be available live on the HPC’s YouTube channel. The virtual event will focus on examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health care system and residents of the Commonwealth and discussing considerations for the future. More information on the hearing, including a registration link, program booklet, and full agenda, can be found here.

The

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Trick-or-Treat, Halloween Events 2020
12:40PM / Monday, October 19, 2020

Halloween this year means extra precautions because of the novel coronavirus and towns are weighing safe ways for trick-or-treaters to celebrate the spooky holiday. This may mean community events, limited trick or treating or cancelations. Check back as the holiday approaches for what your town is doing. 

If you are going door to door, remember to dress appropriately, carry a flashlight and only visit homes with lights on in your neighborhood. Some special precautions to prevent COVID-19 transmission include wearing a cloth mask instead of a costume mask, reducing physical contact between people as much as possible, handing out candy with minimal or no contact such as in small bags

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MassDEP Issues Penalty to Cretecrew Concrete Services for Waste Site Cleanup Violations
12:21PM / Monday, October 19, 2020
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) announced it has assessed a $31,000 penalty to Cretecrew Concrete Services, Inc., a concrete foundation company based in Westfield, for failing to complete cleanup of a hydraulic oil spill that occurred at a construction site in Chicopee.   On Sept. 20, 2019, the Chicopee Fire Department notified MassDEP regarding the spill of up to 15 gallons of hydraulic oil associated with the failure of a hydraulic hose on a concrete form truck owned and operated by Cretecrew. The spill occurred at a construction site at 114 McKinstry Avenue in Chicopee.    MassDEP staff inspected the site that day and

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Berkshire Force 12U Team Wins New York Tournament
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11:20AM / Monday, October 19, 2020
HATHAM, N.Y. -- The Berkshire Force 12-and-under travel softball team went 5-0 over the weekend in winning the "Crush-Tober Fest" tournament at Chatham Memorial Fields.   The Force won the title game, 5-2, against the Bethlehem Bandits.   Team members include Mariah Barnes, Madeline Harrington, Gionnah Levardi,  Mia Dejesus, Evelyn Julieano, Ella Stodden, Grace Julieano, Kylie Duhamel, Madison Barber, Bella Tart, A.J. Pelkey and Jianna Kruger.

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North Adams Harm Reduction Program to Merge Under Berkshire Health Systems
10:22AM / Monday, October 19, 2020
North Adams, Mass — Tapestry's Syringe Access Program will be merging with Healthy Steps under the Berkshire Health Systems medical umbrella effective Oct. 30.   "The opioid epidemic has had a significant impact on the Northern Berkshire community," Cheryl Zoll, Tapestry's CEO said. "Tapestry is committed to continuing its services in the Berkshires and this partnership with Berkshire Health Systems will allow this essential syringe access and disposal program to not only move forward but to integrate with other key healthcare services in the process."   The harm reduction program will continue to operate out of the same location, 6 West Main St.

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