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Downtown Pittsfield Announces 'Trick or Eat'
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
02:40AM / Tuesday, October 13, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dining in downtown Pittsfield will be a spooky occasion over the Halloween weekend.   Downtown Pittsfield Inc. will be holding a "Trick or Eat" event over Halloween, Friday, Oct. 30, to Sunday, Nov. 1.   Trick or Eat is sponsored by Downtown Pittsfield Inc. with candy sponsors: Big Y, Lee Bank, Market 32, and the Marketplace Café.   Any diners wearing a costume or a Halloween themed COVID-19 mask at participating restaurants will receive a handful of treats with the purchase of a dine-in or take-out meal.   Participating restaurants are:    Berkshire General Store    District Kitchen &

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PEDA Further Approves Cultivation Facility Project
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:13AM / Tuesday, October 13, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass.  — The Pittsfield Economic Development Authority board unanimously approved last week two motions to bring marijuana cultivators Berkshire Kind to the William Stanley Business Park.   One year ago, PEDA voted to support the project and authorize the program director to sign the option-to-purchase agreement.   PEDA first renewed Berkshire Kind's option agreement to purchase Lot 4 in the park. This agreement had expired on Oct. 1 and would require Berkshire Kind to put down a non-refundable $10,000 payment. This payment would apply to the purchase price of the lot.   The board also agreed on funding a site assessment grant for Berkshire Kind,

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Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Healthy Steps Announces Hepatitis C Pilot Program
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:59AM / Sunday, October 11, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health System's harm reduction organization Healthy Steps announced a pilot program for the treatment of Hepatitis C at Tuesday's Board of Health meeting.

Healthy Steps is a harm reduction syringe exchange program out of Berkshire Medical Center that began in 2017.  It works primarily with active-injection drug users to discard used needles and provide them with sterile supplies in hopes of preventing the transfer of HIV and Hepatitis C.  

The Hepatitis C Pilot Program was developed in June by BMC's Infectious Disease Provider Rachel Picone.  Picone started the program because of the struggle that Hep C positive individuals

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Dalton Farm Finds Support After Political Sign Set on Fire
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:11PM / Saturday, October 10, 2020

Farm vegetable manager Kate Carney with her husband and daughter, Isla, with the smaller 'sign' to replace the one made of nearly 20 bales of hay that burned. DALTON, Mass. — A local man has been arrested in relation to a fire set on Friday night that destroyed a Biden/Harris sign made of nearly 20 bales of hay.    Lonnie Durfee, 49, was charged with burning personal property and is set to be arraigned on Tuesday in Central Berkshire District Court in Pittsfield.    The large sign comprised of about 20 bales of hay was put up at Holiday Farm on Thursday, according to Facebook posts by farm owner Dicken Crane. The installation had the last names of


Mount Greylock School Committee Schedules Friday Meeting to Settle Turf Field Question
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:03AM / Saturday, October 10, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee could decide as soon as next Friday to put an artificial turf field project out to bid.   The committee has called a special noon meeting for Oct. 16 with the sole purpose of potentially putting to bed an issue that has consumed hours of discussion at the committee level, months of work by a subcommittee the elected officials convened and years of conversations in the community.   "We can try as much as we can to try to find common ground. But at the end of the day, there's going to be a difference of opinion as to what should be done, and it's our job as elected officials to take the vote,"


@theMarket: One way or Another, Markets Expect More Stimulus
By Bill Schmick,
07:32PM / Friday, October 09, 2020
As the U.S. presidential elections approach, politics are becoming a bigger factor in what is moving the stock market. Some investors are already betting on the winner, and positioning their portfolios for an expected outcome. It is a risky bet to make.   As of this week, many on Wall Street are positioning for what they expect will be a "Blue Wave" where both houses of Congress and the next presidency of the United States will be captured by the Democratic Party. What, you may ask, is their reasoning, aside from partisanship?    Well, the number of polls that put Joe Biden in a widening lead, for one thing, as well as waning support for Republicans (once again,


Pittsfield Public Schools In-Person Learning Food Service Plans
02:55PM / Friday, October 09, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Public Schools announced the in-person learning food service plans, and all students returning to hybrid learning will be offered breakfast and lunch.   According to a press release released by the school district Friday afternoon, beginning on Wednesday, Oct 14 all students returning to hybrid in-person learning will be offered breakfast and lunch to take home via a "grab and go" bag.   Also, meals on-site, at each school, will be available for children starting in-person learning on Wednesday.   In addition, the Pittsfield Public Schools Foodservice Department will also offer meals to children not yet attending school in

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Pittsfield Early Voting Location And Hours
02:17PM / Friday, October 09, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass.—  Early voting will take place in City Hall, Council Chambers, 70 Allen St. during the following sessions:  8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct.17  8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct.18  8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19  8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20  8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21  8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22  8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23  2-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24  8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25  8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26  8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27  8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Topic of Online Seminar in Late October
11:02AM / Friday, October 09, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems will present a free online seminar in late October to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month.    The Zoom webinar will feature specialists from the BHS Breast Health Team and will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7 pm.   The program will inform the community about breast cancer risks, screening options and the resources available for patients in the Berkshires and surrounding region.   Dr. Trevor Bayliss, the Director of the BMC Cancer Center and a cancer survivor, will discuss healthy lifestyle choices that can help to reduce breast cancer risk.    Dr. Caitlyn Lopez, a diagnostic radiologist and medical

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BMX Pro Jake Seeley Debuts Film at The Garden
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:04AM / Friday, October 09, 2020

Jake Seeley filming Dylan Wolfgang. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Professional BMX rider Jake Seeley hopes to give the community a taste of freestyling and bike motocross with the premier of "Gangster Street Biking."   The film crams two years of footage into about 23 minutes, showcasing Seeley's life over the last two years including the people with whom he has crossed paths and some of his favorite riders who are also close friends.   "I want to share that feeling that I get to experience kind of often because that's my job and it's what I have been doing for a profession," he said. "By making this film they can experience the same feeling

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City Council Subcommittee Endorses Bilingual Compensation
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:25AM / Friday, October 09, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Ordinance and Rules subcommittee has unanimously approved Mayor Linda Tyer's proposed ordinance to compensate city employees for being bilingual and biliterate.

Director of Human Resources Michael Taylor explained the proposal to the council subcommittee on Monday. 

"I feel this is quite overdue, I am excited this is finally being taken up," Taylor said. "Aside from the obvious of having a method to provide additional pay to our employees, we really just feel this alliance with our organizational pulls to best meet the needs of the community we are serving."

Taylor said this will additionally benefit city employees and


'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington': When the Good Guys Win
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:41PM / Thursday, October 08, 2020
……………………………………………………………………………………………   — attributed to Otto von Bismarck     We need to send a whole bunch of Mr. Smiths to Washington. Jefferson Smith is smart, honest and has the nation's well-being at heart. Think about it. Save for some age requirements and one recurringly mulled stipulation that says the president must be born on our native soil, there are few if any legal prerequisites for holding political office in


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