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BRPC Favors Pittsfield Location, Reduces In-Office Requirements Post-Pandemic
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:15AM / Friday, April 02, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Members of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission believe that the agency' s offices should remain in downtown Pittsfield.   Executive Director Thomas Matuszko informed the Executive Committee that BRPC would be going out for bid for office space shortly with a possible deadline in early October. The offices are off Fenn Street, just a couple of blocks away from Park Square.   "I guess one of the things that this committee would be most helpful with for me is getting some input on one of the criteria we had was that we needed to be within a mile, I think, of Park Square and trying to be located in downtown Pittsfield," he said.

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Pittsfield Police Chief Named to State Commission on Police Training
07:07PM / Thursday, April 01, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police Chief Michael Wynn has been selected to serve on the new state commission on police training.    The appointment was announced on Thursday by Gov. Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey.   Wynn, a governor's appointee, will join the commission's chair retired Judge Margaret R. Hinkle, victim witness advocate Charlene D. Luma, Massachusetts Law Enforcement Policy Group President Lawrence Calderone, Boston Police Detective Larry Ellison​, trial attorney Marsha V. Kazarosian, psychologist Hanya H. Bluestone, attorney Kimberly P. West​, and Clementina M. Chéry, co-founder & CEO of the Louis D. Brown Peace

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Pittsfield Nomination Papers Available April 2
04:25PM / Thursday, April 01, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Nomination papers for municipal office will be available beginning Friday in the city clerk's office.   Up for election will be City Council seats in all seven wards and four at-large seats for two-year terms. Also on the ballot are the six School Committee seats and the city clerk, all for two-year terms.    The mayor is a four-year term and will not be on the ballot until the 2023 election.   Wards 2, 3 and 4 will have new representation after this election as all three seats are open. Ward 2's Kevin Morandi, Ward 3's Nicholas Caccamo and Ward 4's Chris Connell have all stated they will not run for

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MCLA to Go Fully Remote After Cluster Caused by 'Social Activity'
Staff reports,
01:47PM / Thursday, April 01, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is converting all of its classes to remote learning starting Monday, April 5, and closing its residence halls effective Sunday, April 11.   President James Birge announced the decision to the campus community on Thursday morning, citing a national increase in COVID-19 cases that "has been mirrored across the state and in our local community."   Birge specifically mentioned the outbreak on the MCLA campus that prompted a stay-in-place order for residents in its Flagg Townhouses residence halls.   Since March 22, MCLA has identified 28 students who have tested positive for COVID-19, for a 3.6 percent

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MCLA MBA Program Presents 'Friday Focus' Panel April 9
08:02AM / Thursday, April 01, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —At noon on April 9, MCLA's Master of Business Administration Program will present a free virtual panel on entrepreneurship and small business in the time of COVID-19, as part of its "Friday Focus" panel series examining the pandemic's impact on business and economic development.    Moderated by MCLA Director of Corporate Engagement and Strategic Partnerships Dr. Joshua Mendel, this series features local business leaders, MBA program alumni, and faculty from MCLA's Business Department.     To register, visit mcla.edu/mba. All events will take place virtually, and are free and open to the public. This event will also be

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Lanesborough Officials Presented FY22 Mount Greylock Budget
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:50AM / Thursday, April 01, 2021

Superintendent Jason McCandless speaks to a joint meeting of the Finance Committee and Selectmen on Monday. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Town officials got their first look Monday at the proposed fiscal 2022 budget for the Mount Greylock Regional School District.   The total budget is $24,082,474, up $1,244,351 over this year. Lanesborough's assessment under the proposed budget stands at $5,876,831, a hike of $114,995 from last year's $5.7 million school bill.   The town is responsible for the cost of operating Lanesborough Elementary School and is assessed its share of Mount Greylock Regional School.   The elementary school's budget is $4,628,377, up about

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Pittsfield Police Seeking Info on Vandalism Reports
Staff Reports,
03:10PM / Wednesday, March 31, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are seeking information on widespread incidents of vandalism that happened overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning.   According to report from Lt. John Soules, authorities believe most of the property damage was caused by the firing of BB and/or pellet guns.   "The damage most likely occurred during the nighttime or early morning hours and cases have been reported throughout different parts of the city," Soules wrote. "No injuries have been reported at this time."   Police are asking any owners of residential or business video surveillance systems to review their footage and report any suspicious activity that may be tied

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April Fool — Springtime Temperatures Will Give Way to Cold, Snow
Staff Reports,
02:00PM / Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Here is the Late night Weather Brief on the detailed breakdown of the potential snowfall Thursday...esp well north and west.

as of 11pm. pic.twitter.com/9iM0G12WCd

— Steve Caporizzo (@SteveCaporizzo) March 31, 2021 It's not over yet.   Berkshire County residents can expect some snow Thursday, according to AccuWeather.    In North Adams, snow is expected to start falling around 2 p.m. and continue until about 8 p.m. Temperatures will hover around 40 degrees and drop throughout the day, hitting the low 20s overnight.   Total accumulation should be around an "inch or two."   It is a different story in Central County. According to Accuweather,

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MCLA Green Living Seminar: Factors that Influence Household Adoption of Energy Efficient Appliances
08:00AM / Wednesday, March 31, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Dr. Chien-fei Chen, director of education and diversity and research associate professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will give a talk titled "Factors that Influence Household Adoption of Energy Efficient Appliances" as part of MCLA's Green Living Seminar Series at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.    Green Living Seminar Series webinars are free and open to the public; community members can register for each lecture at mcla.edu/greenliving. All seminars take place weekly on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. through April 14.    Dr. Chen is a research associate professor and director of education and diversity program at

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Williamstown's Waubeeka Golf Links Adds to Sculpture Collection
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:18AM / Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Arline Peartree's sculpture 'La Traviata' was inspired by curling leaves.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Arline Peartree conceived and sculpted "La Traviata" more than 20 years ago when she was living in Averill Park, N.Y.   But she said the apple red metal sculpture is right at home on the 18th fairway at Waubeeka Golf Links.   "After I thought about the sculpture and all the different parabolic curves that it has, it's similar to this beautiful parabolic curve that a golf ball makes," Peartree said as she regarded the newest outdoor installation on the South Williamstown layout. "It just seemed fitting that it would be on a

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Readings, Art Installations Planned During Sexual Assault Awareness Month
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:36AM / Wednesday, March 31, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and local advocates are addressing a form of violence that most women have faced: street harassment.   The Berkshire Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force's annual "One Book, One Community" event will include public art exhibitions from activist-artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh to accompany countywide group readings of her book "Stop Telling Women to Smile: Stories of Street Harassment and How We're Taking Back Our Power."   The displays will be installed in Park Square and in front of North Adams City Hall beginning this week and at Castronova Park and Town Hall in Great Barrington from

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Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity Free Tax Preparation
04:26PM / Tuesday, March 30, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity is offering free, tax preparation at our main office, located at 314 Columbus Ave.   Individuals can drop off  tax documents at the no contact site and a certified volunteer will work to prepare the tax return. No appointment necessary for drop-off, stop by Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. or Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.    The service is courtesy of the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The VITA program provides free basic income tax return preparation to qualified individuals with basic returns making $57,000 or less.    Visit

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