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Pittsfield Officials Tour ServiceNet's Vocational Farm
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:53PM / Friday, March 01, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Officials got a first look at ServiceNet's therapeutic vocational farm in the former Jodi's Seasonal on Friday.   "I think it's a great reuse of a property with both a training and education piece and a community development piece," Mayor Peter Marchetti said.   Early this year, the nonprofit human service agency closed on the property when former owners Dave and Andrea Blessing sold  Jodi's after 40 years in operation.  Prospect Meadow Farm Berkshires is an expansion of ServiceNet's first farm in Hatfield that has provided meaningful agricultural work, fair wages, and personal and professional growth to hundreds of

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Senator Mark Announces March Office Hours
03:28PM / Friday, March 01, 2024
BOSTON — State Senator Paul W. Mark announced that his staff will host office hours at five locations in Berkshire County in March.    Residents of any of the 57 municipalities in the Senator's Berkshire, Hampden, Franklin, and Hampshire District are encouraged to share ideas on current or potential state legislation, or to ask for assistance with issues involving any state agency.   Appointments are not required. Adams: Tuesday, March 5, and Tuesday, March 19, from 9 a.m. to noon. Town Hall, 8 Park St., Adams. Dalton: Monday, March 4, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.. Senior Center, 40 Field St., Dalton. Great Barrington: Monday, March 4, and Monday, March 18, from 9

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Importance of CDBG Funds Highlighted At Pittsfield Hearing
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:08PM / Friday, March 01, 2024

PITTSFIELD, Mass. The need for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding is increasing but the budget is not.

On Wednesday, the city hosted a hearing for the Fiscal Year 2025 Annual Action Plan and input on fair housing.  Many expressed gratitude for CDBG funding and emphasized its importance.

Rosalind Kopfstein, chair of the Human Services Advisory Council, has been frustrated to see the number fluctuate over the years. She said it was "very very low" at this point.

"The frustration is you give us the full amount that you're allowed to from the federal fund, but there's so many worthy organizations that really need more funding," she

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Work Underway at Pittsfield's Site 9
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:22PM / Thursday, February 29, 2024

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An army of construction vehicles can be seen cracking and crushing the surface of Site 9.

"It's pretty amazing the amount of work that is going on over there," Business Development Manager Michael Coakley said to the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority on Thursday.

"There is a lot of equipment they have and it's pretty great, 12 or 13 of those big huge construction pieces of equipment."

Crews are working to excavate the area and bring fill over from another site by working in thirds, starting on the southern portion of the property and working towards the middle.

The long-anticipated project took off earlier this year after a

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Weekend Outlook: First Friday, Live Music, and More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:06PM / Thursday, February 29, 2024
Berkshire County and the surrounding areas are having a variety of events this weekend including First Friday festivities, comedy, live music, and more.    Editor's Pick    First Friday  Downtown North Adams  Time: 5 to 9 p.m.    Shake off the winter blues with this month's First Friday Festivities centered around the theme "Cabin Fever."    The event features a variety of activities including local business bingo, girl scout cookie table, pizza and pajama party, live music, crafts, and more.    More information here.    Friday    Dawn of the Divas Dance Party The Colonial Theatre,

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Preschool, Kindergarten Registrations Scheduled Around County
08:12AM / Thursday, February 29, 2024
Berkshire County schools are scheduling and re-scheduling preschool and kindergarten registration dates and procedures for the 2024-2025 school year. Schools can send their information to info@iberkshires.com to be included on this list.   All students, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness, have equal access to the general education program and the full range of any occupational, vocational programs offered by public school districts.

Central Berkshire Regional School District

Kindergarten registration and preschool screening is now open and available online. To register for

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Update: Upper North Street Remains Closed
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
08:07AM / Thursday, February 29, 2024

 Pittsfield Police report that Upper North Street at the Lanesborough Pittsfield line will be closed to all northbound and southbound traffic.

Eversource estimates a possible road opening between 11 am and noon.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning in effect until 7 a.m. Thursday morning.  Wind gusts are expected to reach 55mph.  

The City of Pittsfield and the Pittsfield Police Department warned residents of fallen trees and power lines, rain, potential snow, and flash freezing in social media posts Wednesday evening.

"The Highway Department will be monitoring weather conditions and ready to treat icy surfaces as

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Pittsfield Restaurant Told to Do Better After Underage Drinking Allegations
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:25AM / Thursday, February 29, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — "You have to do a better job," a member of the Licensing Board said about a Merrill Rd. eatery after allegations of underage drinking.   On Monday, the board filed a show cause hearing for El Habanero Mexican Grill after a December incident, but the owner was warned that future offenses will result in a liquor license suspension.   "That's a really bad combination. Young people drinking, getting drunk, and driving. That's a bad scene so we have to take this seriously," Chair Thomas Campoli said. "By the same token, you haven't been before us."   The restaurant received a seasonal all-alcohol restaurant

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Marchetti Combines Third Thursday, Artswalk in New Downtown Event
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:15PM / Wednesday, February 28, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Peter Marchetti is holding true to his administration's slogan "Be bold or go home” by combining two beloved downtown events.   "I think we have to start celebrating what we're doing and shouting from the mountaintop of what we're doing. So this event will give people the opportunity to come back downtown to see the downtown,” he said.   "We have probably said a few times ‘Hey, the Marchetti administration is going to be about be bold or go home,' We're going to make some bold changes. We're going to try to bring people to the downtown. I'm sure we're probably going to disgruntle a few

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Daf Moby: A Voyage Through Melville's Talmud
11:47AM / Wednesday, February 28, 2024
PITTSFILED, Mass. — There is a Jewish tradition of studying a single page of the Talmud every day until its completion.    According to ta press release, this tradition is called Daf Yomi (Hebrew for "page of the day"). Because the Talmud is a multi-volume work of ancient law, narrative, and commentary, a full cycle of Daf Yomi takes about seven and a half years to complete. Jews from around the world who study the same page on the same day over this long period of time share a distinct sacred experience.    Williams College professors, Jeffrey Israel and Eden Dekel wondered what would happen if they studied a page of Moby-Dick every day in the tradition

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Pittsfield Announces a Matter of Balance Program
10:51AM / Wednesday, February 28, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City of Pittsfield Health Department announced a new program "A Matter of Balance", a nationally recognized evidence-based fall prevention course designed by Maine Health.   This four-week program is scheduled to take place on Mondays and Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. at the Berkshire Athenaeum from March 4 to March 28. Participants are expected to attend both days, each week (a total of eight sessions) to complete the program.   This program is designed for older adults who have concerns about falling and want to make changes to reduce the risks of falling. Participants will also learn how to increase strength and balance while setting goals for

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Cable Advisory Committee to Hold Public Hearings
08:01AM / Wednesday, February 28, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City of Pittsfield's Cable Advisory Committee will be hosting two public hearings.    The first hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, March 6 at 6:00p.m. and will take place at City Hall in the Council Chambers located at 70 Allen Street, Pittsfield.   The second hearing is scheduled for Friday, March 8 at 10:00 a.m. and will take place via zoom.   To participate in the March 8 meeting, participants will need to register in advance using this link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WJPBhDNqRaKd5KgdUMw7ig.   After registering, they will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.   At

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