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Salvation Army in Urgent Need of Funds to Meet $60K Goal
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:04AM / Wednesday, December 23, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A perfect storm of unprecedented need and far fewer kettle donations has the Salvation Army seeking help to rescue Christmas.   Donations through the charity organization's red kettles in Pittsfield are currently down by 70 percent compared to last year and it's struggling to meet its fundraising target by about $33,000.    "We went into the season honestly unsure if we were even going to be able to ring the bell," Captain Justin Barter, corps officer in Pittsfield, said Tuesday. "We were grateful that we could ring the bell but the numbers are still significantly down."   Now in its 130th year, the kettle campaign

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Mount Greylock School Committee Advances Synthetic Turf Field Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:21PM / Tuesday, December 22, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A deeply divided Mount Greylock Regional School Committee decided Tuesday night to move forward with a project to address deficiencies in the playing fields at the middle/high school that includes an artificial turf multi-sport field.   On a vote of 4-3, the committee decided to pay architect Perkins Eastman $44,000 to develop design documents that will allow the district to put the project out to bid this winter with the possibility of having a synthetic turf field in place as early as fall 2021.   The vote does not commit the district to actually accept bids when they come back, but it almost certainly ensures that the district will issue a request

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Kitty Missing Since September Returns Home for Christmas
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:27PM / Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Tellus had been missing since September when she escaped from the family's temporary home while they were waiting to move into their new house.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Tellus, a feline friend that went missing almost three months ago, was united with her family just in time for Christmas thanks to the work of a compassionate community and the Berkshire Humane Society.

"If there's ever a story to show that you should never stop looking for a lost pet, this is it!" said the shelter's feline manager Erin Starsja, who reunited Tellus and her dad.

Back in September, Alicia and Chris Knowles were renting an Airbnb property while house hunting in Berkshire County. The

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Governor Rolls Back Gathering Limits to Prevent COVID-19 Spread
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:20PM / Tuesday, December 22, 2020
BOSTON — The governor is implementing tighter restrictions on gatherings, dropping capacity limits to 25 percent for businesses and industries and limiting indoor gatherings to no more than 10 and outdoor gatherings to 25.    The regulations go into effect on Saturday, Dec. 26, as the state attempts to limit the pandemic fallout from the Christmas holiday.   "Together, the intent of the these restrictions will be to pause activity and reduce mobility, so we can reduce the spread of the virus, without closing our schools, or our businesses," said Gov. Charlie Baker at Tuesday's pandemic briefing.    Occupancy limits apply to restaurant seating

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ZBA Approves Permit for Berkshire Root Cultivation Facility
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
10:06AM / Tuesday, December 22, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Roots is one step closer to adding a third site to its Pittsfield operations.

The Zoning Board of Appeals last Wednesday approved a special permit from KO Resources LLC to allow the construction of a two-story, 100,000 square foot marijuana cultivation facility at the former site of Ken's Bowl with conditions on the approval adopted from the recommendations of a third-party review.

These conditions are designed to improve the facility's odor mitigation systems and were recommended after a review of the application by Odor Science and Engineering, Inc., (OS&E) of Bloomfield, Conn.  

"It seems to me, at least in my eyes, that we

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Pittsfield Free Parking Extended
09:41AM / Tuesday, December 22, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Free parking in the city will be extended through Friday, Jan. 1

As a reminder, parking in the city is always free in the evenings and weekends.   For more information, please call Roberta McCulloch-Dews, Director of Administrative Services, Mayor’s Office, at 413-499-9322

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Massachusetts Inks Memorandum to Launch Transportation and Climate Initiative
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:09AM / Tuesday, December 22, 2020
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday hailed a step forward to combat climate change by reducing the No. 1 source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.   The Transportation and Climate Initiative Program aims to reduce those emissions by 26 percent in its first decade and generate revenue that will fund climate resiliency efforts throughout the region.   The right wing Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance immediately went on the offensive, releasing a statement that claimed the multistate initiative would result in "an increase in gas prices up to 38 cents per gallon with very small emissions cuts."   TCI advocates have pegged the potential impact on

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Baker Announces $49M in Small-Business Grants Awarded
Staff Reports,
04:37PM / Monday, December 21, 2020
BOSTON — State officials stressed the need to continue pandemic protocols over the holidays as they announced nearly $50 million in grants to help small businesses through the economic upheaval caused by COVID-19.   The surge in cases of the novel coronavirus after Thanksgiving has put the state's medical system under duress and threatens its ability to continue to operate. Public health officials are bracing for another surge following the Christmas and New Year's holidays.    "If the second holiday season produces a surge in infections that we saw similar to the one that came out of Thanksgiving, we'll be in serious danger of overwhelming, our

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Methuselah Owner Hit With $1,000 Fine
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:03AM / Monday, December 21, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Methuselah Bar and Lounge is being fined $1,000 for two COVID-19 violations and the City Council voted to refer the tavern to the Licensing Board for a show cause hearing over multiple complaints submitted to the Board of Health.  

Owner Yuki Cohen, also a councilor at large, told The Berkshire Eagle she will contest the fines. 

Cohen insists she has not violated regulations put in place to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus and said she is receiving hate mail claiming the tavern is the source of the recent outbreak in Pittsfield.

Methuselah was named as one of several locations to which positive cases were traced; Cohen had

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Traffic Commission Addresses Valentine & Lakeway Intersection
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:37PM / Sunday, December 20, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The best answer to the dangerous intersection at Valentine Road and Lakeway Drive may be to reconstruct it.    Commissioner of Public Services Ricardo Morales told the Traffic Commission on Wednesday the right way to fix it is to change the geometry of Valentine Road rather than installing signage or markings because the road gives drivers space to travel at high speeds.    "That would be my preferred option, in a sense preventing drivers from traveling at those higher speeds rather than counting on the drivers being able to see the signs or the lines in the road and counting on them to slow down," he said.   One solution could be

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Greylock Federal Donates Food Bank of Western Mass
04:06PM / Friday, December 18, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union has donated $20,000 to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts for its emergency food delivery program in Berkshire County.    The gift is in response to a growing need throughout the country and in Berkshire County.   "Hunger is always a leading community concern,"  Greylock Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer JamieEllen Moncecchi said. "But the longer this pandemic goes on, the more critical it is that we all do our part to help our neighbors. Greylock hopes that this donation will inspire others to dig a little deeper this year."   According to Feeding America, the

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Mill Town Acquires Properties to Expand Bousquet Brand
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
03:21PM / Friday, December 18, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The historic Bousquet Mountain ski area will become a brand with the addition of two sister facilities.    Local investment group Mill Town Capital is expanding Bousquet to two additional locations, creating a trifecta of outdoor and indoor recreation properties within five minutes of the ski area.   Mill Town on Friday announced it is acquiring Berkshire West Athletic Club across from Bousquet and the former Lakeside Christian Camp on Richmond Pond. Berkshire West will be renamed Bousquet Sport and Lakeside Christian Camp will be known as The Camp by Bousquet. It anticipates closing on both properties by the end of the year.   These three

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