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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

Senator Warren Hears Power of Health Care for Uninsured
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:44AM / Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Sen. Warren poses with some of the VIM staff on Thursday. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The only population growing in the Berkshires are immigrants, said Ilana Steinhauer of Volunteers in Medicine, and the region needs to be a place where people want to come and can thrive.

"When we talk about health equity, when we talk about racial equity, when we talk about immigrants who are coming into the community or people who are living here, we all get to be in it," she said.

"We get to hear the stories and we get to reflect on what we are hearing and we get to respond and we don't have to stop. We can continue every week. The staff knows we don't

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Pittsfield Schools May See Tighter Cell Phone Policy
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:15AM / Wednesday, July 24, 2024

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Superintendent Joseph Curtis would like to see the district's cell phone policy tightened up after more than 6,000 violations were accrued during the last school year.

"I think that we do need to do a hard examination of that," he told the School Committee on Monday. "I think that we are in our first year making every attempt to give every student the benefit of the doubt, and family."

This could mean locked cell phone cases — Yondr cases — for middle and high school students or increased regulations.  

A three-tiered response plan was approved about a year ago though the superintendent feels that it might be time

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PIttsfield 16s Fall in Babe Ruth Regional Final
iBerkshires.com Sports,
07:30PM / Tuesday, July 23, 2024
AUGUSTA, Maine -- The Norwalk, Conn., Babe Ruth 16-year-old All-Stars Tuesday beat Pittsfield, 2-0, in the championship game of the New England Regional.   It marked the second shutout loss to the Connecticut State Champions in three days for Pittsfield. But it was a very different game this time around.   On Sunday, Norwalk beat Pittsfield, 10-0, in six innings to wrap up pool play.   That forced Pittsfield to win two straight games to get a rematch in the finals, and it did so, blanking Lyndon, Vt., on Monday and edging Eastern Mass Champion Lynn on Tuesday morning.   But in the title game, Norwalk pitcher Jaxon Ermo held Pittsfield to four hits and allowed two walks

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Dalton Public Safety Facility Advisory Committee Discusses Next Steps
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:46PM / Tuesday, July 23, 2024
DALTON, Mass. — The town's Public Safety Facility Advisory Committee held its first meeting on last Wednesday.    The committee voted to have two co-chairs and elected Don Davis and Craig Wilbur for the positions.    The committee will be examining all the options for a new police station or combined public safety facility. The goal is to have a recommendation for the Select Board by a year from December.    "The Public Safety Facility Advisory Committee shall examine all issues regarding the proposal for a new police station, including the potential for a new building to house the fire station and the emergency management director," Town

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Kamala Harris to Attend Pittsfield Fundraiser
05:24PM / Tuesday, July 23, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It appears that Vice President Kamala Harris will be attending a campaign event in Pittsfield on Saturday.    Harris had been scheduled for the sold-out event before being suddenly elevated to presidential candidate on Sunday. The original Biden-Harris fundraiser is now a Harris fundraiser but it was unclear if she would continue with her scheduled appearances.    The Berkshire Eagle reports that organizer Sherwood Guernsey has confirmed she will attend.    The event will also feature James Taylor, Yo-Yo Ma, former Gov. Deval and former first lady Diane Patrick, Boston College historian and political commentator Heather Cox Richardson

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Signaled Intersection Proposed for West Street in Pittsfield
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:13PM / Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Ward 6 Councilor Dina Lampiasi speaks at public hearing on plans to reduce speeding on West Street. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city believes that traffic lights at the intersection of lower and upper West Street will improve safety.

Last week, a hearing was held for improvements on the roadway that saw two pedestrian deaths last year. After a few iterations, the updated design reduces the footprint and adds a signal at the intersection of lower and upper West.

"This is a big change," City Engineer Tyler Shedd said.

"Traffic signals are expensive and it's part of the reason why we decided to reduce the sort of scope along West Street and stopping

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Dalton Planning Board Approves Draft of Updated Variance and Special Permit Application
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:31AM / Tuesday, July 23, 2024
DALTON, Mass. — The Planning Board approved a draft of the updated variance and special permit application during its meeting on Wednesday.    The variance and special permit fee application will become effective if the town's legal counsel approves it. The board will have to approve the application again following legal counsel's review.    According to the town bylaws, town boards and officers have the authorization to change fees.    The updated application adjusts how applicants pay for the certified abutters letters.    The updated variance and special permit application sheet breaks down the costs for the abutters list, the two

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PIttsfield 16s Adjust, Advance at New England Regional
iBerkshires.com Sports,
09:24PM / Monday, July 22, 2024
AUGUSTA, Maine – Pittsfield bounced back from a Sunday loss to earn a 5-0 over Lyndon, Vt., on Monday to stay alive at the Babe Ruth 16-year-old New England Regional.   Eddie Ferris was a key on the mound and at the plate as Pittsfield improved to 3-1 at the regional.   Ferris went 2-for-3 with a triple and a dboule and drove in a pair of runs.   On the bump, he went six innings, striking out four and allowing just two hits before giving the ball to Ryan Stannard, who inherited two runners and retired three straight in the seventh.   “[Ferris] threw a very impressive six innings,” Pittsfield coach Ben Stohr said. “He had great defense behind him.

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PIttsfield 14s Fall in Babe Ruth New England Regional Final
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:09PM / Monday, July 22, 2024
NEWTOWN, Conn. – One year after battling to the final day of the New England Regional Championship as 13-year-olds, Pittsfield’s 14-year-old Babe Ruth All-Stars made it one step further.   But they will have to wait until next year to reach the ultimate goal of representing the region in the World Series.   Ethan Godomsky threw 6 and one-third innings of shutout ball Monday to lead Maine Champion Tri-County to a 5-2 win over Pittsfield on High Meadow Field.   Unlike a year ago, when Pittsfield lost in the morning competition of the tournament’s final day, this time around, Sebastian Herrera sizzled for 5 and two-thirds innings in a 7-0 Monday win over Keene,

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Rapid Deterioration Fully Closes Pecks Road Bridge
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
07:12PM / Monday, July 22, 2024

Detours have been set because of the closed bridge.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Rapid deterioration of the Pecks Road bridge has led to its closure until further notice and a hopefully expedited process to replace the entire structure.

The bridge was fully closed to traffic on Monday following an inspection from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation that found six areas of deterioration. Repair work is slated to begin in August by Rifenburg Contracting Corp. and the city says it continues to work closely with MassDOT on steps ahead.

Work will include demolition and reconstruction of the bridge over Onota Brook that has been reduced to one lane for five years. A detour has

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Dalton Planners Question Need for Cannabis Requirements
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
02:22PM / Monday, July 22, 2024
DALTON, Mass. — The Planning Board last week questioned whether the state is requiring the town to adjust its cannabis bylaws if dispensaries, medical or retailer, and cultivation centers are only permitted by special permit.     The town does not have any dispensaries and has only received a couple of inquiries over the years, which were not pursued aside from the initial phone contact.    To comply with these new regulations, the town might have to change the clause in its bylaws to stipulate that it will only take applications from equitable businesses for the next three years.   Board members questioned the need to change its bylaws because there has

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Pittsfield Police Investigating Saturday Night Stabbing
02:12PM / Monday, July 22, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are investigating a stabbing on Saturday night that sent a 29-year-old man to the hospital.    According to police, officers responded to the report of a fight happening on Boylston Street about 9:42 on Saturday.   The found the victim, who had sustained several lacerations. The Pittsfield resident was transported to Berkshire Medical Center for his injuries. He is expected to survive his wounds and his last known condition was stable.   Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Neil Goodrich at 413-448-9705, Ext. 554, or anonymously via the tip line at 413-448-9706, or by texting PITTIP and your message to TIP411 (847411).

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