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Dalton Ponders Request for Infrastructure Bill
By Joe Durwin, iBerkshires Correspondent
04:14PM / Tuesday, March 30, 2021
DALTON, Mass. — Dalton is keen to get a deferred pedestrian bridge project in front of Congressman Richard Neal for possible inclusion in the anticipated federal infrastructure bill.   The pedestrian bridge at East Housatonic Street and Carson Avenue is an infrastructure need that was already drafted, but deleted from a previous federal road construction project completed a few years ago. Select Board member John Boyle proposed now is the time to revisit it.   Neal, who Boyle says has been "very conscientious about taking care of the western part of the district," is a key architect in the legislation, as chair of the House Ways and Means Committee.   The

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'Welcome Back Tourism' Pitch Contest
11:54AM / Tuesday, March 30, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With the prospect of reinvigorated tourism in Berkshire County this summer, Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Berkshire County is collaborating with 1Berkshire for a "Welcome Back Tourism" Pitch Contest on May 20.   Anyone with an idea for a consumer/tourist-facing business or service in the region are welcome to apply to pitch their idea.  Up to eight participants will be chosen to pitch their business or non-profit idea (2.5 minutes) to a panel of judges and the audience. At the end of the event,  EforAll will give away $2,750 in seed money to help launch ideas in the community. The first place finisher will win $1,000; second place

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How much risk should you take before retirement?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:55AM / Tuesday, March 30, 2021
If you're planning to retire in just a few years, you may be getting excited about this next phase of your life. However, your ability to enjoy retirement fully will depend, at least partially, on the resources you can draw from your investment portfolio. So, while you still have time to act, ask yourself if you're comfortable with your portfolio's risk level.   Your relationship with risk can change noticeably over time. When you started saving for retirement, you may have been willing to take on more investment risk, which translated into a relatively high percentage of stocks and stock-based mutual funds in your investment portfolio. As you know, stocks offer the

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Pittsfield's Reigning Love Church to Become Eastview Apartments
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:06AM / Tuesday, March 30, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A former East Street church is set to become Eastview Apartments.   AM Management LLC of Pittsfield is beginning construction on a $3.2 million makeover of Reigning Love Church across from Pittsfield High School into market-rate and affordable housing units.   The 20,000-square-foot building will be internally expanded to 26,000 square feet to house 27 units spread over three floors with three units designated for affordable housing.   Amenities will include laundry, storage, an outdoor picnic area, and bike parking areas that are reportedly in line with the city's Bike Facilities Master Plan.   "I think something that's unique

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Retired Deputy Fire Chief Polidoro Creates ALS Support Website
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
07:23PM / Monday, March 29, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Retired Deputy Fire Chief Michael Polidoro directed and supervised the creation of a website to support Berkshire County residents diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) despite being in the thick of his battle with the disease.

Berkshire County ALS: Navigating Our Journey Together was developed by and for county residents to provide a helpful resource after receiving the dreaded diagnosis. Polidoro wishes to spread the word of this website so it can reach and benefit as many people as possible.

"I made him a promise that I would continue to work on the website and keep it updated,"  Michael's brother Thomas Polidoro said. "And

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Berkshire, Barrington Stage Companies Look Forward to Summer Return
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:04AM / Monday, March 29, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The past year of pandemic was a markedly difficult year for the arts, but local theaters are looking forward to COVID-19-friendly programming in the new year.   "It's been a year of trying to understand what a government's role is in taking care of us, not only in terms of our health but in terms of society, justice, and for all of these things to be happening at once," Berkshire Theatre Group's Artistic Director Kate Maguire said. "The only thing I know is that when we do start leaving our houses, we're going to be faced with different realities, and I think we should all be trying to create something really better for the

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Mount Greylock School District Tightens Mask Policy
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:41PM / Sunday, March 28, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — When Williamstown Elementary School and Lanesborough Elementary School throw open their doors to pupils next month, they will have some new rules on face coverings.   The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Thursday updated the policy the district put in place last summer to clarify what constitutes an acceptable face mask and when those masks must be worn.   "As we are preparing to welcome students back at the elementary level on April 5, and as we see numbers creep up in the Berkshires relative to COVID positivity, we, working together collaboratively with the union through our [Joint Labor Management Committee] were looking at several

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Medical Matters Weekly: Telemedicine and Space-Based Lasers
03:11PM / Sunday, March 28, 2021

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care's "Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson," a weekly interactive, multiplatform medical-themed talk show,s features Dr. Kevin Curtis.

Curtis the medical director of Connected Care and the Center for Telehealth at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and an associate professor of emergency medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He discussed telemedicine before, during, and after the pandemic and the future of medicine as a guest on the March 24 show. 

The show is produced with cooperation from Catamount Access Television and airs live at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. Viewers can see "Medical Matters

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Mount Greylock School Committee Sends FY22 Budget to Member Towns
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:25AM / Sunday, March 28, 2021

Mount Greylock Superintendent Jake McCandless addresses the School Committee during Thursday's virtual meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Thursday advanced a fiscal 2022 budget proposal that features investments in expanded summer offerings and diversity work but minimizes the impact to local property tax payers.   Member towns Lanesborough and Williamstown will be sent FY22 assessments that call for increases of 2 percent and 1.9 percent, respectively, over their FY21 assessments under the spending plan passed by the committee on a 7-0 vote.   District Business Administrator Joe Bergeron explained that while the preK-12

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Senator Elizabeth Warren Vists BCC Vaccination Site
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:43PM / Saturday, March 27, 2021

The chart shows the number of inoculations to date through Berkshire Vaccine Collaborative nearing 20,000. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State and local officials welcomed U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, to the Berkshire Community College vaccination site on Saturday for a tour of the clinic that has received many positive reviews.   "We need to get as many people vaccinated as possible, not only to prevent them from getting sick right now but also to get people immunized before the variants," Warren said. "This is the best possible use of public money, it's effective, and it's worth it."   Mayor Linda Tyer, North Adams Mayor Thomas Bernard, state Sen.

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@theMarket: Cross Currents Confuse Investors
By Bill Schmick,
12:42PM / Saturday, March 27, 2021
You would think that with a $1.9 trillion spending package, an increasing rate of coronavirus vaccinations, and a potential $3 trillion infrastructure package waiting in the wings, the market would be at record highs. That it is not should tell you something about the indecision plaguing investors.   When good news fails to impress, it usually means stocks (or at least some stocks) are headed lower. That should come as little surprise to readers. I advised investors to raise cash last month in preparation for what I see as a buying opportunity this month. The challenge — when do you put that cash back to work?   No one can call a bottom in stocks, so last week, I did advise

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Pittsfield Woman Helps More Than 100 Residents Get Vaccinations
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:26AM / Saturday, March 27, 2021

Bridget Keegan surrounded by devices logged into the state's online 'waiting room' and ready for when appointment slots open. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Many are feeling a COVID-19-sized weight lifted off of their shoulders because of a good Samaritan's service to the community.   Bridget Keegan has secured vaccination appointments for 127 Berkshire County residents and counting.   "I'm totally happy to help, it genuinely makes me feel good and it's definitely rewarding," she said. "I'm going to keep doing this because I feel like people need me to."   People have told Keegan that securing one of the limited vaccination

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