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Third Thursday Returns This Week
04:00PM / Tuesday, May 17, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Third Thursday will return on Thursday, May 19 from 5-8pm on the Common on First Street after a two-year hiatus.     This month's theme is youth.  The evening will highlight entertainment on the mainstage while activities, food and vendors fill the park.  It is the first of four season events with a more artisan and creative format.    The presenting sponsor is General Dynamics Mission Systems.  They will be offering an interactive experiment live at the Common. They guide attendees through the process of building their own catapult using a variety of household objects   "Our Third Thursday team, led by Jenna

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Pittsfield COVID Cases, Hospitalizations Continue to Rise
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:46PM / Tuesday, May 17, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Last week, iBerkshires reported that COVID-19 cases continued to rise after a surge that pushed the city into the "red zone" and hospitalizations had also increased. This week, the report is the same.

On Sunday, the percent positivity rate was 16.6 percent and there were about 132 cases per 100,000 people. The positivity rate was 12.4 percent on the previous Sunday and there were 106 cases per 100,000 people.

This is a stark contrast to the positivity rate of 2.1 in late March when there were only about 13 cases per 100,000 people.

On Monday, there were 20 people hospitalized with the virus at Berkshire Medical Center compared to 17 last week. There

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Pittsfield Police Arrest Three After Brierwood Lane Shooting
12:29PM / Tuesday, May 17, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield police arrested a 16-year-old boy, a 17-year-old boy, and a 19-year-old man believed to be involved in the Brierwood Lane Shooting that left an 18-year-old seriously injured.   On Tuesday, April 26  at approximately 5:00 pm members of the Pittsfield Police Department (PPD) responded to Brierwood Lane in Pittsfield for a reported shooting.    Police reported that well over a dozen shell casings were discovered. The subsequent investigation revealed that an 18-year-old Pittsfield man had been shot multiple times and was seriously injured. He was transported to Berkshire Medical Center and treated for gunshot wounds that at the time were

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Tamarack Hollow Caribbean Fest
08:28AM / Tuesday, May 17, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center Caribbean Fest will be held on Saturday May 21 at the Common Room at Zion Lutheran Church in Pittsfield.   The event will featur a Puerto Rican Bomba drum class with master drummer Saul ElPulpo Penaloza from 2:30-4pm and a performance starting at 4:30pm with Trio Candela featuring Juan Sanchez, Aimee Gelinas and Daniel Cohen; Bomba De Aqui featuring Brendaliz Cepeda and Saul ElPulpo Penaloza with guests the Berkshire Rhythm Keepers led by Aimee Gelinas.    There will be an informational table for the Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center and also the Manos Unidas Multicultural Educational

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BCC Holds 'Stay Active and Independent for Life' Classes
08:11AM / Tuesday, May 17, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College's Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program recently led a four-month program called Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL).    The free program, designed for senior citizens interested in increasing mobility, was held twice a week from Jan 10 through May 4.    "Research indicates that falls suffered by persons over age 65 can often be reduced or eliminated by participation in community programs that focus on identifying risk factors, learning how falls can be prevented and conducting strengthening, balance and aerobic exercise," said PTA Program Coordinator Michele Darroch, who initiated the

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Lanesborough Town Meeting to Decide 2023 Budget, Recall Petition
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
04:43AM / Tuesday, May 17, 2022

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Voters will take up an annual town meeting warrant with 19 articles on Saturday, which includes a changing the name of the Board of Selectmen and a citizen's petition for recalling elected officials.

 

Town meeting will be held beginning at noon on Saturday, May 21, at Lanesborough Elementary School.

 

Article 15, if approved, would change the name of the Board of Selectmen to the Select Board and to revise the bylaws to reflect it.

 

Article 19, a citizen's petition, would create legislation for the town to conduct recall elections. The article stipulates that two-thirds of the vote would be necessary to remove an incumbent in a potential

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BEAT: Conserving Flowers and their Pollinators
04:04PM / Monday, May 16, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Joan Edwards will speak at the May Pittsfield Green Drinks event on Tuesday, May 17th at 6:00 PM and give a slideshow presentation about the rapidly decreasing biodiversity that is taking place globally, known as the sixth extinction.    She will specifically focus on flowers and their insect visitors.    This sixth extinction is primarily driven by human actions, from habitat loss to climate change. The impacts of biodiversity loss are far-reaching, resulting in biological communities that are less resilient and with diminished ecosystems services. As part of the discussion, Joan will explore the impact of biodiversity loss in the

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Severe Thunderstorms Predicted This Afternoon
12:30PM / Monday, May 16, 2022
The summer-like weather will lead to storms Monday evening.   Temperatures should stay in the mid to low 80s throughout the day. Temperatures will drop into the 70s around 5 pm, according to Accuweather.   Some rain could fall this afternoon with thunderstorms starting around 7 pm. Expect hail and damaging winds.   Steve Caporizzo said to be on the lookout for possible tornadoes    Temperatures will be lower on Tuesday, May 17. Expect a high of 68 with clouds and sunshine   

Be prepared.....Severe Weather Day.
Enhanced Risk

Time frame.....3 to 6pm....
Few strong/severe cells may form 2 to 3pm west.....head east. Main line arrives 4 to 6pm....leaves

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Letter: E-Scooters Injuries: A New Epidemic
Letter to the Editor,
07:10PM / Sunday, May 15, 2022

To the Editor:

With the advent of the Bird e-scooters in Pittsfield, available to anyone with a license, a few cents, and a cell phone, I hope that Berkshire Medical Center's emergency room is ready for the traumatic brain injuries coming down the road.

The rentals don't include helmets and I've seen plenty of people having a blast — laughing and zipping along next to traffic — some riding double and no one wearing a helmet. They feel like a toy but they aren't toys: E-scooters are one of the most dangerous vehicles on the road with double the head injuries of cyclists — the injury rate is comparable to motorcycle riding. This includes the pedestrians who

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Attorney General Candidate Quentin Palfrey Talks Progressive Issues
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:34PM / Sunday, May 15, 2022

Quentin Palfry is currently an attorney in the Biden administration and is a former assistant attorney general. He tried for lieutenant governor in 2018.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Quentin Palfrey spoke of his fight for progressive issues during a meet and greet at Dottie's Coffee Lounge on Thursday.

The event was arranged by local Democrats and drew about 20 people. Palfrey, acting general counsel for the U.S. Department of Commerce and a former assistant attorney general, is vying for the Democratic nomination for attorney general.

"As a former assistant attorney general, I've seen firsthand how much impact the AG can have on Pittsfield and our communities all across

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State Awards $1.3 Billion in Loans and Grants to Fund Wastewater and Drinking Water Projects
12:37PM / Sunday, May 15, 2022
BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration announced that 183 projects across the Commonwealth are eligible to receive approximately $1.3 billion in low-interest-rate loans and grants to fund construction, planning and asset management projects designed to improve water quality, upgrade or replace aging drinking water and wastewater infrastructure and cut treatment plant energy use and costs.    These offerings include nearly $189 million in additional funding that Massachusetts expects to receive from federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and $100 million from American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds this year.   "Wastewater and drinking water facilities play a

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Pittsfield Cultural Council Extends Invitation to Join Committee
08:04AM / Sunday, May 15, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Cultural Council (PCC) is extending an invitation to Berkshire County residents to apply to join the committee.     Those who join in the summer will be on board in time to participate in reviewing of the fall grant applications.  The committee invites potential members to come to a meeting, ask questions and see how they can be involved. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, June 8, 7pm, Pittsfield City Hall, Room 203.   Funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, each year the PCC reviews grant applications from artists, cultural groups and organizations in Pittsfield and surrounding communities and decides if those

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