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City of Pittsfield Seeks Proposals for Human Services
11:00AM / Thursday, November 17, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city of Pittsfield announced that applications are now available for funding to provide human services to benefit Pittsfield residents.    Funding is for the program year July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024.   Annually, the city undertakes a process through its Human Services Advisory Council (HSAC), an 11-member volunteer committee, which reviews the proposals and submits its recommendations to the mayor. Applications can be obtained from the Department of Community Development via email request to njoyner@cityofpittsfield.org.    The application due date is Jan. 6, 2023.   Last year's recommendations resulted in 22 human service

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Pittsfield Rebounds From COVID Surges in Time for Thanksgiving
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
08:45AM / Thursday, November 17, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is recovering from the two COVID-19 surges that occurred this fall and is on the low end of the red incidence rate.

"Right now what we're experiencing is the downfall of the two searches that we had this fall," Director of Public Health Andy Cambi reported to the City Council on Tuesday.

Cases are now on the lower end of the "red zone," with 15.9 daily cases per 100,000 and a positivity rate of 5.8 percent on Monday. There are about 30 estimated actively contagious cases in the city.

In mid-October, there were nearly 40 cases per 100,000 and a positivity rate of 13 percent.

To reach the yellow transmission rate, a community must

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BCC Partners with Wayfair for Free Training Program
04:00PM / Wednesday, November 16, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Be Mass Competitive Program (BMCP) is now accepting applications for a specialized training cohort at Berkshire Community College (BCC) and Wayfair in Pittsfield.    The joint initiative includes free classes at BCC to learn the skills needed for a service consultant career with Wayfair, as well as professional job coaching throughout training and into employment.   The month-long training at BCC covers computing and communication skills for the workplace and will strengthen participants' administrative and technical knowledge. Participants will receive stipends during BCC classroom training, plus paid on-the-job training and placement as a

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Berkshire Cultural Institutions Welcome New Leadership
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:00PM / Wednesday, November 16, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire cultural leaders gathered at Barrington Stage Company's Wolfson Center to welcome the new leaders of three of Berkshire County's cultural venues on Tuesday night. 

"As you can see, there are so many amazing things for us to look forward to. Sometimes when I think about the city of Pittsfield, it's almost hard for me to believe that in our little city we have these amazing art and cultural institutions right here but also the Berkshires overall," Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer said. "It's just a phenomenal place to experience art and culture. It's a privilege to be part of it."

Barrington Stage Company, Berkshire

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Sand Piles Available for Pittsfield Residents
08:16AM / Wednesday, November 16, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass.— The Department of Public Services (DPS) announced that sand piles are available at three locations around the city for residential use.   These include the following sites:   • Highway Department front parking lot, 232 West Housatonic St. • Engine 5 Fire Station, 54 Pecks Road. • 37 Elm Street (intersection of Deming and Elm streets).   Sand will be available for pickup by Pittsfield residents for their own personal use throughout the winter season. Residents are requested to limit their pickups to 50 pounds (one 5-gallon pail) per visit.   Users of these piles are requested to report suspected abuse (loading of pickup trucks,

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Pittsfield Tax Rate Drops, Tax Bills Rise for Fiscal 2023
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:19AM / Wednesday, November 16, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It took the City Council less than an hour on Tuesday to approve a split tax rate that will see the average homeowner's property tax bill increase 8 percent.   The residential rate for fiscal 2023 is $18.32 per $1,000 of valuation and the commercial, industrial, and personal property rate of $39.21.   This is a 24 cent decrease from last year's residential rate of $18.56 and a 69 cent decrease from the commercial tax rate of $39.90.   Despite the lower rate, average tax bill for a single-family home will increase by about $420. The rise if value is primarily due to housing sales in 2021. The average single-family home was valued at more than

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Motor Vehicle Accident in Dalton Sends 2 to BMC
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
08:04PM / Tuesday, November 15, 2022
DALTON, Mass. — A three-car accident in front of Cumberland Farms sent two people to the hospital on Tuesday evening.    Dalton first-responders and Hinsdale Police were called to 707 Main St., at Daly Avenue, at 5:21 p.m. for a crash involving two cars — a Toyota Corolla and a Kia sedan — and a GMC Acadia sport utility vehicle.   Two people were taken to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield by County Ambulance, one with serious but non-life threatening injuries, the other with minor injuries, according to police. Three other people refused medical treatment at the scene.    Traffic was slowed or diverted from the main road at Daly

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Berkshire Athenaeum to host 'Digital Literacy for All' Course Series
08:17AM / Tuesday, November 15, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield's public library, will be hosting the "Digital Literacy for All" course series, with the upcoming installment focusing on computer basics on Tuesday, Nov. 29.   This month's course centers on navigating a computer, using applications, and managing files. It will be held 2:30 – 4 p.m. in the Athenaeum Room on the library's second floor. Registration is not required. Attendees are invited to bring their own laptops, but a computer is not necessary to attend.   The courses, funded through a grant from AT&T and the Public Library Association, cover fundamental skills on a variety of

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Licensing Board Approves Tito's New Liquor License
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:05AM / Tuesday, November 15, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With a new liquor license, Tito's Mexican Bar and Grill is staged to re-open under new management.

The Licensing Board on Monday approved a license transfer from Eleventh Pin Restaurant, which operated in the former Ken's Bowl, to the eatery located at 34 Depot Street.

At the previous meeting, the board rescinded Tito's former license after it was abandoned by the previous owner.  The restaurant closed its doors about six months ago and principal Felipe Perez had been unable to be reached by either the city or the new owner Miguel Gomez, who is also the owner of La Fogata on Tyler Street.

"I'm glad that you kept coming back and that

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Baseball in the Berkshires, Infield Present Meet the Pros Day on Sunday
09:40PM / Monday, November 14, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Baseball in the Berkshires museum and The Infield will present a "Meet the Pros" event with six Berkshire County residents who have played in major and minor league professional baseball on Sunday, Nov. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Infield at 10 Lyman St.   Meet and greet former professional baseball players, get autographs and take photos.   The lineup includes:   John Raifstanger of Great Barrington, an infielder and outfielder in the Red Sox organization from 1994-98.   Rafel Luberes of Pittsfield, a pitcher in the Brewers organization from 2004-11.   Ryan Cameron of Williamstown, a pitcher in the Rockies, Red Sox and Phillies

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Pittsfield Firefighters Give Fire Department Little League Team Jackets
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:34PM / Monday, November 14, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield firefighters held a pizza party Sunday to recognize the players and volunteers that led the department-sponsored team to win the National Division of the Pittsfield Little League.   During the gathering at the fire department, the coaches and firefighters distributed Little League jackets to the team, recognizing their win last spring.   "I'd like to thank the coaches. They have so much dedication into this. Years of putting their time into this. Some of them don't even have kids involved in it, which shows you their passion for the game, their drive to get the kids off the streets, and get things done," National Division

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Salvation Army, Market 32 Launch Holiday Kettle Program
04:36PM / Monday, November 14, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Price Chopper/Market 32 is once again playing host to the Salvation Army's "Red Kettle" holiday campaign at all 130 of its stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.    The Salvation Army and Price Chopper/Market 32 have been collaborative partners in the communities they serve for more than 35 years.   Last year's "Red Kettle" campaign at Price Chopper and Market 32 stores raised more than $500,000 in donations directly benefitting those in need throughout the communities where the funds were collected.   The campaign this year will run Nov. 14 through Dec.

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