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Arrowhead Workshop Gives Opportunities for Local History in Education
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
08:51AM / Wednesday, November 09, 2022

Herman Melville's writing desk and the view that purportedly inspired a whale called Moby Dick. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A small group of educators explored ways to integrate local history into lesson plans at Arrowhead on Tuesday.

The "More Than Melville" workshop at author Herman Melville's home presented teachers with educational opportunities at local historical organizations, covering topics such as civics, artifact collections, and Native American history.

It was part of the countywide professional development day sponsored by Berkshire Educational Resources K12, which engaged more than 1,000 teachers in around 50 different daylong workshops.

The group of

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Paul Mark Set to Move to State Senate
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
11:57PM / Tuesday, November 08, 2022

Supporters ready to welcome state Senate winner Paul Mark at Patrick's Pub on Tuesday night. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Paul Mark will move out of the House and down the hall to the state Senate this January. 

A six-term representative of the 2nd Berkshire District, the Democrat was leading his Republican opponent Brendan Phair of Pittsfield by nearly 60 percent with more than a third of precincts reporting on Tuesday night. 

Around 50 supporters rallied for Mark at Patrick's Pub on Tuesday night.

"I feel great. It feels amazing to have the support of people that you have had the chance to serve for the past 11 years, and then to have met so many people in 32

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BHS Berkshire Writers Workshop Series
04:03PM / Tuesday, November 08, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County Historical Society has received a grant from Housatonic Heritage to host Berkshire Writers Workshop Series – a new series of writing workshops beginning Nov. 19 and continuing monthly through May.    Each three-hour session will take place at Herman Melville's historic Arrowhead and be led by a different writer/facilitator of note for a series of informative, inspiring, and productive writing workshops. The program will facilitate different aspects of writing in varying genres using prompts and exercises that enhance the writing process.    The workshop series is open to anyone who has an interest in writing at any

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Pittsfield School Policy Panel Amends 'Core' Values
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
03:56PM / Tuesday, November 08, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The school policy subcommittee voted to adopt a revised Mission, Vision, Core Values policy after making two amendments during its meeting on Monday afternoon.    Member William Cameron proposed amending the draft to add "Academic Excellence" as a new section in the policy.    The revised section now says the public schools commit to "supporting a community that creates and sustains an atmosphere of intellectual excitement, high student achievement, critical thinking, innovative effective instruction, strong communication, and personal responsibility and growth."   Committee member Sara Hathaway noted that this policy

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BRTA Services Free From Nov. 25 to Dec. 31
02:11PM / Tuesday, November 08, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) announced that beginning Nov. 25 through Dec. 31, 2022, all BRTA bus and paratransit services will be free through the state's "Try Transit" initiative.   This Try Transit initiative is supported through the state budget and awarded by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. The state grant was awarded to all 15 Commonwealth regional transit authorities who worked together to submit a joint application and implementation plan.   In a press release, the Advisory Board of the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority noted that they are enthusiastic about this opportunity to offer free transit

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Pittsfield Subcommittee Considers Options for Affordable Chicken Keeping
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:04PM / Tuesday, November 08, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Councilor at Large Karen Kalinowksy and a city resident continued their push to make chicken keeping more affordable in the city on Monday.

The Ordinance and Rules subcommittee tabled a request to amend the zoning ordinance for keeping chickens so that they could explore different options that were presented to them.

The panel agreed that the multi-step, over $500 process is excessive but was unsure of the best way to fix it.  A popular suggestion was to make the process similar to $20 annual dog licensing, which City Solicitor Stephen Pagnotta will look into along with a $200 site plan approval.

"The reality here is that residents should be able to

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Pittsfield Auctioning Off 10-Acre Property on Route 20
10:45AM / Tuesday, November 08, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is auctioning off a 10-acre site zoned for light industrial on Route 20 this Thursday.    Pittsfield took control of 1685 West Housatonic St. three years in foreclosure. It was formerly owned by Arace Realty Trust. About three acres of the site is developed, including a 30,000-square-foot building that has retail and warehouse space.   The property is near the junction of Route 41, a gateway to the city. It has provisions for commercial and industrial uses.   An open house will be held Thursday, Nov. 10, from 11 to noon, at which time the auction will be conducted by the Zekos Group of Shrewsbury.   For more information, visit

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Berkshire Organizations Partner to Launch New Website to Help Grant Seekers
08:12AM / Tuesday, November 08, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Funding Focus (BFF), a new initiative established to support Berkshire County entities seeking federal and state funds for pandemic-related recovery and rebuilding, launched its website in November.   Berkshire Regional Planning Commission and several partner agencies joined to form BFF in response to a need for a clearinghouse focused on the investment of COVID-19 recovery dollars into the region, to improve the well-being of community members. The initiative provides support for four core groups of potential grant seekers: non-profits, municipalities, school districts, and entrepreneurs.   According to a press release, Berkshire County needs

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McCann Celebrates 20 Nursing Grads in Pinning Ceremony
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
04:52AM / Tuesday, November 08, 2022

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School honored the achievements of 20 new Practical Nursing graduates at its annual pinning ceremony on Monday. 

 

The group received congratulations and well wishes from faculty, administrators and several other guests.

 

Superintendent James Brosnan said the new graduates share a comradery together through the shared experience in the nursing program. 

 

"I doubt anybody knew each other before they got here, but now they're best friends for the rest of their lives," he said. "... Notwithstanding everything that the faculty did for you, you did this yourselves. You really made it

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PJ Library Pajama Drive
04:00PM / Monday, November 07, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As chilly weather returns to the Berkshires, the PJ Library Pajama Drive conducted by the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires also returns.   Last year's effort collected hundreds of pairs of pajamas from individuals, groups, and local businesses.    The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires have again teamed up with Carr Hardware to offer drop-off of brand-new pajamas (sizes newborn to teen) at these locations across Berkshire County: Carr Hardware, 256 Main Street in Great Barrington Carr Hardware, 489 Pittsfield Road in Lenox Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, 196 South Street in Pittsfield Carr Hardware, 179 State Road in North

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$72K Raised in Berkshire Humane, Haddad Subaru Clinic
02:01PM / Monday, November 07, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. Haddad Subaru and Berkshire Humane Society raised $72,000 during their rabies and microchip clinic in October.   During the event, Dr. Charlotte Barkley of Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital administered approximately 50 vaccines and 50 Microchips to cats and dogs. The funding for this clinic was provided by Subaru Loves Pets-specific grant.      John Perrault of the Berkshire Humane Society and Chris Kramek, General Manager of Haddad Subaru pulled the winner of the "Choose Your Subaru Raffle," and Barry Collins of Lanesboro was the winner of a 2023 Subaru. Other prizes given away include a remote start from Haddad Subaru and a Yeti Cooler

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Berkshire Museum Presents Winter Festival: Solstice Celebration
08:36AM / Monday, November 07, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After two years without an in-house holiday season celebration, Berkshire Museum brings to life its second-floor gallery spaces with a celebration of winter that is unique to the area.     Opening Saturday, Nov. 12 with a celebration featuring a performance by award-winning musical artist Paul Winter, in Berkshire Museum's Little Cinema. Doors open at 5 pm, with the concert beginning at 5:30 pm, exhibition opening celebration immediately follows. Tickets to the celebration are $75 for Premium Concert Seating and $50 for General Admission Concert Seating. All tickets include holiday cheer, drinks, and hors d'oeuvres! Tickets can be purchased

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