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MassHire Career Center Filling Jobs & Building Connections
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:47AM / Monday, December 04, 2023

BerkshireJobs, an affiliate of iBerkshires, was at the fair to show the resources it can provide for jobseekers and employers.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — MassHire Berkshire Career Center last week held its first big in-person job fair since the pandemic.    Local businesses and organizations were able to network with job seekers and find candidates for their openings.    "There's a lot of businesses that are looking to fill positions and to be able to make meaningful connections between businesses and job seekers. So that way they can have sustainable income as well," the center's business services coordinator Melanie Herzig

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Average Dalton Property Bill Rises 7%
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:13AM / Monday, December 04, 2023
DALTON, Mass. — The Select Board voted to maintain a single tax rate, as it has done in the past, during its meeting on Thursday night.    All types of properties within the town, whether residential, commercial, or industrial, will be taxed at the same rate.   "In a town this size, splitting the tax rate and shifting the burden onto the commercial, which would include classified forest, farm, and recreational lands, industrial and personal properties in town, we believe would have an adverse effect, unlike in larger communities that have big businesses that can more easily accept the tax increase due to the shift in rates," Assessor's Clerk Lee Nunez

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1Berkshire Winter Small BusinessTechnical Assistance Cohorts
04:00PM / Sunday, December 03, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire, thanks to support from a USDA Small Business Development Grant, announced the launch of their Winter 2023 Technical Assistance Cohorts as a continuation of the Berkshire Economic Recovery Project.   Through a series of over two years of cohorts since 2021, the Berkshire Economic Recovery Program Technical Assistance series has been able to support more than 90 businesses through targeted training offerings, resulting in notable business improvements, and quantified by the over $1,000,000 in funding collectively accessed by businesses through their participation. Going into the Winter of 2023, the series continues with two cohorts:, and "Social

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Boys and Girls Club Homework Help Program
10:04AM / Sunday, December 03, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires will introduce Power Hour a homework help program.    This academic success program is specifically designed to assist Boys & Girls Club Members in grades 3rd to 12th with their academic studies, providing them with homework help, tutoring and fostering self-directed learning.   Power Hour offers Boys and Girls Club Members a dedicated time and space to complete their homework assignments and receive academic support in a structured and supportive environment. The program is available from 3:00pm to 5:30pm, Monday through Thursday, allowing students to make the most of their after-school

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Pittsfield Lights Permanent, Young Christmas Tree
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:53AM / Sunday, December 03, 2023

Linda Tyer welcomes the crowd to her last tree lighting as mayor. She leaves office in January. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city's permanent Christmas tree was lit for the holidays for the first time on Friday. Though the young tree is currently 9 feet tall, it is expected grow up to 50 feet in time.

"Look at our petite sweet little Christmas tree. I know it's a surprise to all of you to see that we have planted a tree in Park Square instead of our past tradition of having a big tree donated," Mayor Linda Tyer said.

"We really felt strongly that this was the time for us to preserve our natural forests by not cutting down trees and planting a tree

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State Transportation Secretary Announces Senior Management Appointments
03:53PM / Saturday, December 02, 2023
BOSTON — Massachusetts Transportation of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary and CEO Monica Tibbits-Nutt announced the appointment of Hayes Morrison as Undersecretary of Transportation and Matthew Bamonte as MassDOT Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).     Morrison and Bamonte have each been serving for several years on the senior leadership team at MassDOT and assume their new positions immediately.   "MassDOT, as an organization, and I personally, am incredibly fortunate to have dedicated public servants like Hayes and Matt ready to step into these roles thanks to their years of experience in senior management," said Secretary Tibbits-Nutt. "Hayes

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FEMA Awards Almost $3.5M to Mass for COVID Vaccination Costs
08:00AM / Saturday, December 02, 2023
BOSTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending nearly $3.5 million to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to reimburse it for the cost of providing vaccinations to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.   The $3,494,771 Public Assistance grant will reimburse the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for the cost of contracting to operate a statewide network of mobile vaccination sites between June and December 2022.   The contractor operated at 285 locations around the state and provided 73,455 vaccinations to individuals who met certain eligibility criteria. Services provided included screening patients, administering the vaccine, vaccine storage

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Pittsfield Receives $20M For Bel Air Dam Removal
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
07:10AM / Saturday, December 02, 2023

Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rebecca Taper, left, was in Pittsfield on Friday to announce the ARPA funding with Mayor Linda Tyer. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city will use $20 million in state American Rescue Plan Act funds to remove the deteriorating Bel Air dam.

On Friday, members of the Healey-Driscoll administration celebrated the investment of $25 million in ARPA funding — most of it going to Pittsfield — to remove eight abandoned, hazardous dams in the commonwealth.

"We continue to see more and more frequent severe storms, especially here in Western Massachusetts. This year we've seen record rainfall and flooding. This

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Tyer Gives Update on Migrant Families in Pittsfield
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:15PM / Friday, December 01, 2023

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is hosting 37 migrant families as part of the state's Emergency Assistance shelter program, providing wraparound services and resources to meet their needs.

On Tuesday, Mayor Linda Tyer provided an update on the program to the City Council as requested by Councilor at Large Karen Kalinowsky and Ward 2 Councilor Charles Kronick.

"There are no costs incurred by the city of Pittsfield for this program. The accommodations are paid for by the state and all of the food is paid for by the state," Tyer clarified.

"We have had some city staff who have done a few things as part of the welcoming and settling-in process but those are part

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@theMarket: December Will Be a Volatile Month for Stocks
By Bill Schmick,
03:51PM / Friday, December 01, 2023
Some of the 9 percent plus gains in the benchmark S&P 500 Index since October should be pared back in the week ahead. That doesn't mean Santa will thumb his nose at investors for the rest of the month. I am still expecting a traditional end-of-year rally.   Thanksgiving has come and gone, but stocks have hung in there as November ends. And while technology has marked time this week, we have seen basic materials, precious metals, industrial and financials come back to life.   The declining U.S. dollar is largely responsible for those gains. I don't think this upward momentum is over either. I am thinking that the greenback is going to continue to fall and as it does

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Pittsfield Native Killed In Air Force Crash
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01:06PM / Friday, December 01, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The body of Staff Sgt. Jacob Galliher was recovered off the coast of Japan after the military aircraft he was on crashed Wednesday.   The Pittsfield Police Department released a statement noting that Galliher was a 2017 graduate of Taconic High School.    The statement included that Galliher leaves behind his wife and 2-year-old and 6-week-old sons.   The Associated Press reported that on Nov. 29, an Air Force Osprey based in Japan crashed during a training mission off the country's southern coast. It was reported that the crash killed at least one of the eight crew members.   At this time, the status of the seven other airmen is

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BEAT Invites Community To Celebrate 20th Anniversary
12:11PM / Friday, December 01, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) invites the entire community to join them in celebrating their 20th Anniversary on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 1-3 PM, at their Environmental Leadership & Education Center, located at 20 Chapel Street in Pittsfield.   According to a press release:   BEAT was established in 2003 when a vernal pool at Berkshire Community College (BCC) was being threatened by the development of soccer fields on the campus. Over the past two decades, BEAT has taken on many fights and projects — often leading them and creating a path for environmental change and progress. BEAT's mission has remained the same: to protect the

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