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Repair work on Dawes Ave Bridge In Pittsfield, Street Improvement Schedule
04:07PM / Friday, October 29, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Repairs will be conducted on Monday, Nov. 1 to replace a leaking water gate on the west side of the Dawes Avenue bridge.   In order to isolate the leak, crews will have to shut six gates on Howard Street, one on Appleton Avenue, one on Deming Street, and one on the east side of the bridge.   Beginning at 8 a.m., water service will be unavailable on Dwight Street. Service is expected to be impacted for much of the day.    There may also be the presence of discolored water in the surrounding vicinity during this time.   Any additional updates will be shared as necessary.   Also, the following work is scheduled for Nov. 1-5, as part of

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@theMarket: Good Earnings Support Markets
By Bill Schmick,
03:51PM / Friday, October 29, 2021
Third-quarter earnings have cheered investors, sending markets to new highs. The bullish wave of buying was so strong that investors ignored the disappointing third quarter read on the nation's Gross Domestic Product (GDP).   Economists were looking for the economy to grow by 2.6 percent, but instead, GDP gained a mere 2 percent, which was the slowest rate in over a year. Economic activity was damaged by the Delta variant as well as continuing supply-side constraints. The market's reaction indicates that investors are looking through the weak number and expecting the economy to continue to grow.   It seems to be a question of demand versus supply. Yes, the economy slowed,

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Winter Parking Ban Announcements
02:00PM / Friday, October 29, 2021
For many communities in Berkshire County, seasonal parking bans come into effect in November.   Parking bans are put into place to keep streets clear for plowing and emergency vehicle access during snow events.   This list will be updated as more municipalities announce their parking bans.      Adams: The Town will reinstate the traditional winter overnight on-street parking restriction from Dec. 1 through March 31.   Historically, the parking restriction ran from Nov. 15 to April 15. Last season, as a test protocol, the restriction was implemented only when a snow emergency was declared.    In an effort to accommodate residents without off

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Pittsfield Council Again Grapples With Mosquito Control Program's Future
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:30AM / Friday, October 29, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday took up the possibility of opting out of the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project entirely.

After some discussion, the panel unanimously decided to refer Ward 7 Councilor Anthony Maffuccio's petition requesting the discontinuing of service to the Conservation Commission, the Health Department, and Commissioner of Public Services and Utilities Ricardo Morales.

Maffuccio said he did not intend to opt out of BCMCP with the petition but wanted to get a dialogue started between the councilors to see where they stand on it.

"I intended to send it to two different entities but let's just think, we have five months to do

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Pittsfield Community Preservation Accepting Applications for FY2022
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:45PM / Thursday, October 28, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city has a budget of about $743,450 for Community Preservation Act funding awards in fiscal 2022.

The monies can be used for projects that fall under community housing, historic preservation, and open space and recreation. 

In August, the City Council approved an emergency, out-of-cycle application for $100,000 from the fiscal 2022 CPA fund for roof improvements to the Tyler Street firehouse, which is being redeveloped by CT Management.

The Community Preservation Committee on Monday held a public hearing for the yearly funding cycle.  This is mandated under the CPA legislation that was adopted in 2000.

No members of the community attended the

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The Retired Investor: The Billionaire Tax That Wasn't
By Bill Schmick,
03:58PM / Thursday, October 28, 2021
This week, the Democrats unveiled a new plan to finance President Biden's "Build Back Better" legislation. That proposal, along with a 15 percent corporate minimum tax, has politicians scrambling to line up for or against the idea. Does it have a chance to pass?   Credit for the idea goes to the Senate's top tax expert, Finance Chair Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat. His plan is to target only people with $1 billion in assets, or who are earning more than $100 million over three consecutive years. This group would be required to pay capital gains taxes each year on the appreciation in the value of their assets. It won't matter whether they sell or hold those

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Pittsfield Police Arrest Two Suspected in 'Ghost Gun' Manufacturing
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03:21PM / Thursday, October 28, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Police arrested Emmanuel Kodjo and Taylor Bartlett after an investigation centering around the illegal possession of firearms and the illegal manufacturing of "ghost guns."   On Thursday morning, Oct. 28, members of the Pittsfield Police Department, Berkshire County Special Response Team, and Berkshire County Law Enforcement Task Force executed simultaneous search warrants at 205 Lenox Ave. (apartment No. 3) and 122 Dewey Ave. (apartment No. 4) in Pittsfield.   As a result of an investigation and ensuing search warrant executions, 23-year-old Emmanuel Kodjo and 18-year-old Taylor Bartlett were placed under arrest and charged with

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Marc Parrott Memorial Hockey Game Rosters Finalized
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11:50AM / Thursday, October 28, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Hockey players from Pittsfield, some currently local and others traveling from across the   country, will gather on Friday, Nov. 26, at 4 p.m. for a memorial hockey game in honor of Marc Parrott at the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires.   Parrott passed away on Aug. 10, leaving a legacy as a devoted husband and father. He was a native of Pittsfield and longtime Boston sports fanatic. He was a local baseball and hockey standout in his early years playing in the South Little League and Boys Club Hockey Program. Parrott was also a fixture in the community as the co-owner of A-Mart on North Street.   The memorial hockey game idea came together

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MCLA Student Named 2021-22 Melville Fellow
08:00AM / Thursday, October 28, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA student Shawna Hennessey '22 has been chosen as a Melville Fellow for 2021-22 by the Berkshire County Historical Society, along with two other students from local colleges.     The fellowship program, which began in 2018, annually awards outstanding Berkshire County college students the opportunity to work at Herman Melville's Arrowhead to create one or more pieces of original writing inspired by Arrowhead's surroundings and the BCHS collection. Arrowhead's Writer-in-Residence Emeritus Jana Laiz spearheads the program and works in groups and individually with each fellow from Sept. 15 to Dec. 15.     Fellows will

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Tyer Touts Home Renovation Program at Awardee's Residence
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:17AM / Thursday, October 28, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Linda Tyer stood in front of a home at 41 South John St. on Wednesday to deliver an update on her At Home in Pittsfield program that delivers exterior renovation loans to homeowners who don't have access to traditional funding for repairs.

Nineteen homeowners have been approved for funding through the $500,000 initiative as of late September after it launched in April.  The repairs total about $420,000, leaving around $80,000 for new applicants.

The average amount per household is about $20,000.

Ten of the 19 properties are located in either the West Side or Morningside neighborhoods, which have been identified as being disproportionately affected

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House of Correction's Aquaponics Lab Feeding Needy, Imparting Skills
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:44PM / Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Sam Fleming, whose nonprofit organization 100 Gardens inspired the project, checks out the roots growing in the nutrient rich water.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County House of Correction has had something fishy going on for awhile now.    Community leaders and others got a chance on Wednesday to tour an inmate-run greenhouse that takes hydroponics — growing plants in a nutrient solution — to another level of sustainability by using fish waste as fertilizer. While producing both fish and produce, the facility also provides inmates with valuable skills that can be transferred to life outside of the jail.   Each of the 30 towns and both

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BCC Opens Priority Registration for Spring Semester
04:00PM / Wednesday, October 27, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass — Students currently enrolled at Berkshire Community College (BCC) are invited to register for classes early with Spring 2022 Priority Registration beginning Wednesday, Nov. 3.    Those who register before Thanksgiving (Thursday, Nov. 25) will not be charged the $40 registration fee and will enjoy the advantage of enrolling in the classes of their choice before they are full.   Students are encouraged to make an appointment with their advisor to secure their classes. To schedule an appointment, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/advising or call (413) 236-1620.   Spring semester begins Jan. 24, 2022.

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