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Pittsfield Man Arrested After Stabbing Incident
06:11PM / Friday, September 17, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police arrested Pittsfield man Joshua Lofink who was charged with Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon and Vandalizing Property.      Thursday, Sept. 17 at approximately 10:30 PM, Police received the report of a disturbance involving a motor vehicle crash and multiple stabbing victims in the 700 block of Tyler Street.   Officers responded and found two people who were stabbed. Police provided medical aid with the assistance of bystanders,  the fire Department, and County Ambulance.    The victims were transported to Berkshire Medical Center with serious injuries, and are currently both in stable condition.   Patrol

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@theMarket: Markets Enter the Danger Zone
By Bill Schmick,
04:33PM / Friday, September 17, 2021
It has been a bumpy week for stocks, and it could get worse if you believe the headlines of the financial press. The issue I see is that just about everyone is expecting a nasty period ahead for equities. That makes me somewhat bullish.   Calling short-term market moves in this environment is akin to fortune-telling. It is short on analysis, and long on my gut feelings. Granted, I too, have been warning folks that the September-October 2021 time period has been a seasonally difficult time for equities. My column last week addressed the possibility of a 5-10 percent correction, and what investors should do about it.   The media has now proclaimed that we are entering a "danger

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MCLA Presents Vadnais Environmental Issues Lecture with Vivek Shandas
12:38PM / Friday, September 17, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will present the annual Vadnais Environmental Issues Lecture with Vivek Shandas at 6 p.m. on Sept. 23 in Murdock Hall Room 218. A remote viewing option is also available.    To register to attend in-person or remotely, visit https://www.mcla.edu/mcla-in-the-community/events/notable-speakers/elizabeth-and-lawrence-vadnais.php.    Vivek Shandas is a professor of climate adaptation and the founding director of the Sustaining Urban Places Research (SUPR) Lab at Portland State University. Professor Shandas specializes in developing strategies to reduce exposure of historically marginalized communities to

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BCC Institutes Debt Forgiveness Program
08:09AM / Friday, September 17, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announced its plans to use $335,000 in federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) to erase outstanding balances accrued by students enrolled in credit degree or certificate programs from March 13, 2020 through May 31, 2021.    HEERF funds were earmarked as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.   Students affected by the program have been informed via letter, which states:   "We care about you, and we are committed to doing everything we can to help you continue to meet your educational goals at BCC. We appreciate the challenges of being a college student during

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Pittsfield Man Charged in Second Fire at White Terrace Building
09:55PM / Thursday, September 16, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Pittsfield man is being charged with arson after firefighters responded Thursday to a second blaze at the large apartment building on White Terrace and North Street.   Police say Joseph Stone, 43 was taken into custody on Thursday and will be arraigned on Friday in District Court on a single charge of arson.   The fire was called in at about 2:17 p.m. on Thursday at 8 White Terrace. Firefighters were quickly able to extinguish the fire, though the building did suffer damage. No injuries were reported and the investigation led to Stone, said police.   The vacant building was the site of a major structure fire on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 6 White

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The Retired Investor: Moderates Winning on Tax Debate
By Bill Schmick,
04:57PM / Thursday, September 16, 2021
For months, wealthy U.S. taxpayers and corporations have been living with the specter of higher taxes under the Biden administration. It is a pretty good bet that taxes will go up, but not as much as you might expect.   Throughout the week, Democrats in the House and the Senate have been horse-trading over the amount of spending versus the amount of taxes necessary to pay for President Biden's $2.3 trillion budget plan. Republicans are already on record that they will oppose any new tax hikes at all.   Since the Democrats hold such a slim majority in both the House and the Senate, any legislation will need to accommodate both moderates and progressives within the party in

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MCLA Plans Sept. 17 Constitution Day Lecture
04:06PM / Thursday, September 16, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The History and Political Science Department at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will hold its annual Constitution Day Lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17 in Murdock Hall Room 218 on the MCLA campus.     This event is free and open to the public, and a remote viewing option is available; register for online viewing at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2ghaDyNKTnW-8PJ3xQMcRw.    Paul M. Collins, Jr., professor of legal studies and political science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will give a talk titled "Is This the Most Conservative Supreme Court in the Modern Era?"     According to a

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Berkshire House of Corrections Recovering From COVID-19 Outbreak
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:13PM / Thursday, September 16, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County House of Corrections had a number of inmates and staff test positive for COVID-19 at the beginning of the month but have been able to contain the outbreak and says those infected are "doing well."

Fifteen inmates and six staff members had tested positive for the virus in early September.

"We were very lucky for a year and a half to be able to keep the virus out of the inmate population," Assistant Deputy Superintendent Thomas Grady said. "Unfortunately, a few weeks ago we ended up with a few cases inside."

Grady told the Central Berkshire Regional Emergency Planning Committee on Wednesday that they are reaching

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MCLA Welcomes Four New Faculty Members
01:41PM / Thursday, September 16, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA welcomes four new faculty members to campus for the fall 2021 semester: Andrew Best, Assistant Professor of Biology; Rebecca Relyea, Assistant Professor of Radiologic Sciences; Yavuz Ceylan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry; and Sean Scanlon: Visiting Assistant Professor of History.    "I look forward to welcoming these new faculty to the already outstanding group of educators I have had the pleasure of getting to know over the summer," said Richard Glejzer, MCLA's Vice President of Academic Affairs. "They will be joining a community of dedicated and talented teachers, scholars, and artists who have persevered and guided

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BART Upcoming Enrollment Deadline
12:00PM / Thursday, September 16, 2021
ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts and Technology (BART) Charter Public School is currently accepting applications for students in grades 6 through 9 for the 2021-2022 school year and for students in grades 6 through 10 for the 2022-2023 school year.   The next enrollment deadline for the 2021-2022 school year for grades 6 through 9 is Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 at noon. The first enrollment deadline for the 2022-2023 school year for grades 6 through 10 will be in January though applications can be submitted anytime.    The easiest way to apply is to click here or to type https://www.bartcharter.org/apps/form/Enrollment-Form into your web browser.   More information on the

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Pittsfield 'Not Where We Want to Be' With COVID Cases
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
07:31PM / Wednesday, September 15, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Interim Director of Public Health Andrew Cambi told the City Council on Tuesday that Pittsfield is "holding steady" with COVID-19 cases and "not where we want to be."

He reported a COVID-19 death in the city over the weekend. The age and vaccination status of the person was not identified.

"Unfortunately, we had a death over the weekend," Cambi said. "very unfortunate, condolences to the family and friends to that individual."

To date, there have been 77 deaths in the city.

The community is currently in the yellow incidence rate for having 10 or more cases per 100,000 people and is at a 2.4 percent positivity rate with

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MCLA Climbs U.S. News College Rankings
04:45PM / Wednesday, September 15, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — According to the 2022 U.S. News and World Report rankings, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has risen to #7 on the list of Top Public Colleges, and risen to #21 as a Top Performer on Social Mobility and first among all Massachusetts schools.    "I am proud to see MCLA recognized again as a Top Public College, but I am more proud of the work we've done to continue to climb these rankings for nine of the last 11 years,” said MCLA President James F. Birge. “We have an excellent faculty body with expertise and dedication to a liberal arts education. We have staff dedicated to student outcomes at every level and in every department.

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