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Three Men Sentenced In Separate Domestic Violence Cases
06:19PM / Friday, March 26, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — According to a statement released by the District Attorney's Office Friday, on Thursday, Kyle Porterfield, 33, of Wyandanch, N.Y. was sentenced in Southern Berkshire District Court to one year at the Berkshire County House of Correction on single counts of assault and battery on a household member, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery.   On March 7, Porterfield assaulted a woman at the Holiday Inn in Great Barrington. Great Barrington Police secured surveillance video of the attack and the Berkshire District Attorney's Office proceeded with the prosecution with that evidence.   Last week, Christopher Siok, 40, of

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Pittsfield Schools Won't Revert to Remote Despite COVID Uptic
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:33PM / Friday, March 26, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Despite the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in the city, Pittsfield Public Schools are proceeding with the return to full-time in-person education beginning on April 5 with elementary students.

The reversion of schools to remote learning will no longer be dependent on the city's percent positivity rate or case numbers, as decided by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley on March 5.

Though the decision will no longer rely on community health data, in-school transmission and staffing issues can warrant the reversion. There have not been cases of in-school transmission within the current surge.  

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MCLA Launches New Student Support Services
03:49PM / Friday, March 26, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Massachusetts College Of Liberal Arts will launch TRIO Student Support Services Program (SSS) that aims to empower first-generation, low-income, and students with disabilities to explore and engage with their educational, professional, and personal goals.   SSS offers comprehensive academic and personal support designed to assist with retention, academic success, and persistence to graduate.   Student Support Services (RISE) is a federally-funded TRIO program that provides opportunities for academic development, assists scholars in meeting college requirements, and serves to motivate scholars towards the successful completion of their post-secondary

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Neal Touts County's $41M Portion of American Rescue Plan
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:36PM / Friday, March 26, 2021

Congressman Neal speaks about the American Rescue Plan during Friday's press conference. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal stood in Council Chambers on Friday morning to tout the American Rescue Plan that will allocate $34 million to the city of Pittsfield and $41 million to Berkshire County.   Neal was joined by Mayor Linda Tyer, state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, and state Sen. Adam Hinds.   "Boy, it is so refreshing to have the federal government on our side, I must say that for the entire year of 2020 It felt like communities were on their own in this fight against COVID-19," Tyer said as she opened the press

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The Retired Investor: Cannabis Catalysts Coming Soon
By Bill Schmick,
12:39PM / Friday, March 26, 2021
Last week, a bipartisan slate of U.S. Senate co-sponsors introduced the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act (the SAFE Act) that would allow the cannabis industry to tap the federal banking system. If passed, this could be a game changer for marijuana companies.   The SAFE Act has already been passed by the House back in September 2019 but was never brought up for a hearing, much less a vote in the Senate.   The bill's author, Congressman Ed Perlmutter, a Colorado Democrat, has introduced several versions of this bill many times over the last eight years. During that time, the legalization of marijuana has moved from a pie-in-the-sky hope of a few legislators to something

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Police Investigating Suspicious Death in Adams
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12:22PM / Friday, March 26, 2021
ADAMS, Mass. — Multiple law enforcement agencies are investigating a suspicious death in the town of Adams.   The State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office, Adams Police, North Adams Police, the Berkshire County Sheriff's Office have been on scene at 1 East Hoosac Street investigating a "suspicious death."   According to a statement released by the District Attorney's office Friday afternoon, the early evidence suggests that the death appears to be an isolated incident.   Friday afternoon, the Adams Police Department made a post on social media notifying residents of the investigation.   "Please

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Pandemic Closes Doors to Moments House
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:19AM / Friday, March 26, 2021
DALTON, Mass. — Local nonprofit Moments House will be closing its doors for good on March 31 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.     For 10 years, the all-volunteer organization has provided support and information, lent a listening ear, and facilitated friendships between those battling cancer.   Co-founders Danielle Trumbull and her mother, Alice Trumbull, said they were grateful for the support between volunteering, attending fundraisers, and donations. Unfortunately, the pandemic has put a strain on the Moments House's core principle of gathering.   "It's meant to be a physical location, kind of like a community center where people can just

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Pittsfield YMCA Makeover Expected to Start This Summer
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:35AM / Friday, March 26, 2021

Executive Director Jessica Rumlow updates the Community Development Board on the YMCA's renovation plans.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Family YMCA hopes to "put shovels in the ground" over the summer to begin an $11.2 million overhaul of the historic site that has called North Street home for over a hundred years.

The renovation will include facade improvements, an expanded day-care center, a new fitness center and elevated running track, and a new regulation-sized basketball court. The expansions aim to better meet the needs of the community.

Executive Director Jessica Rumlow told the Community Preservation Committee on Monday that the projected closing date

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Dalton Sees Slight COVID-19 Increases
By Joe Durwin, iBerkshires Correspondent
02:27PM / Thursday, March 25, 2021
DALTON, Mass. — An uptick in COVID-19 cases has raised the alert level for Dalton to green from where it has rested in the gray level comfortably for weeks.   "People are getting more comfortable and getting together prematurely," Health Agent Jayne Smith told members of the Select Board on Monday.   Smith said a significant cluster was seen following a birthday party that took place in a neighboring community, but has impacted infection numbers in Dalton.   "We're all connected. What effects one town effects the other towns," she said.   The news comes as Dalton looks to reopen more in-person town business. Town hall is slated to begin

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State Program to Bring COVID-19 Vaccines to Homebound Residents
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com
12:14PM / Thursday, March 25, 2021
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday announced a statewide program to vaccinate about 25,000 homebound Massachusetts residents in their homes.   The homebound vaccination program will consist of visits coordinated by local boards of health or through the Commonwealth Care Alliance, Baker said during his COVID-19 update on Beacon Hill.   "As we continue to roll out the vaccination program, we always knew there are individuals for whom we would have to go to them," Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders said. "Whether it's in certain communities … or individuals who are homebound. The federal government came out with some

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Pittsfield Announces COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Funding
12:04PM / Thursday, March 25, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City of Pittsfield is now accepting applications for the second round of COVID-19 Small Business Recovery grant funds.   The small business fund is part of the City of Pittsfield's COVID-19 Economic Recovery Program established by Mayor Linda Tyer in April 2020. This round of small business grants are funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.   The purpose of the grant is to provide funding to low or moderate income business owners who have had significant business disruption due to the impact of COVID-19. Additionally, this funding is intended to help businesses remain open

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BCC to Hold Virtual Commencement Ceremony
07:58AM / Thursday, March 25, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) plans to hold its 61st Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 4, via virtual broadcast.   With the COVID-19 pandemic still posing challenges to holding large gatherings, Tanglewood — the annual host of BCC's commencement ceremony — has made the difficult decision to not host certain gatherings at this time that may create a safety risk, including graduation ceremonies.   "The College understands and respects Tanglewood's decision, and we agree that we should continue to err on the side of caution with in-person gatherings," said Celia Norcross, Dean of Students. "We look forward to

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