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Pittsfield Homelessness Committee Has Hopes for Community Health Worker
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:33AM / Friday, November 04, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Homelessness Advisory Committee got an inside look at the city's new community health worker position on Wednesday.

Gabrielle DiMassimo has been in the role for about three months and works within the Health Department. The committee hopes it can be a resource to DiMassimo and a support network.

She explained that community health workers are often trusted members of the community and serve as a cultural bridge between providers and community members.

"Our goal is to help clients move from case management to self-management by providing them with health, education, empowerment, and appropriate resources to help them improve their quality of

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Pittsfield Board of Health OKs Updated Tobacco Ordinance Draft
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:31AM / Friday, November 04, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With the Board of Health's support on several proposed tobacco ordinance updates, the city now wants to hear from the public.

On Wednesday, the panel approved a slate of changes that extend the document from 16 pages to 18 pages. These include a clarified definition for blunt wraps, a raised minimum price requirement for cigars, and violations that incorporate state law.

This has been an almost six-month effort after Tri-Town Health Department Director James Wilusz came to the board in May to give an update on tobacco control.

Pittsfield's tobacco ordinance was last updated in 2019 before Gov. Charlie Baker signed an Act Modernizing Tobacco Control,

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The Retired Investor: Economics of Daylight Savings Time
By Bill Schmick,
05:20PM / Thursday, November 03, 2022
On Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, Americans turn their clocks back to Standard Time. Earlier in the year, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a bill that would have made Daylight Savings Time (DST) permanent as of Nov. 20, 2023. What happened?   The U.S. House of Representatives has failed to act on the measure. In order to become law, the measure would need to pass the House and be signed into law by the president. Fundamental disagreements over the language of the Senate bill, called the Sunshine Protection Act, ultimately focused on which was the proper time to make permanent -- Daylight Savings or Standard Time.   Recent public opinion polls say most Americans would like to see DST

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Conservative Candidates Promote Campaigns in Park Square
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:01PM / Thursday, November 03, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With less than a week until election day, Republican congressional candidate Dean Martilli stood out in Park Square with a small group of supporters on Wednesday.

"The main thing that I've heard since we've started the campaign is that people want change," he said.

"They want change in their government and they want leadership. They want someone or people that are going to stand up for the people that voted them into office. I'm hearing it still today."

Martilli is challenging the incumbent in the 1st Massachusetts District, Democrat Richard Neal, who has served in Congress for more than 30 years and is the chair of the powerful

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Pittsfield Board OKs Assisted Living Expansion, Rejects Parcel Rezoning
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:43PM / Thursday, November 03, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Community Development Board on Tuesday rejected a reclassification request and approved a special permit for the expansion of an assisted living facility.

The owners of Side by Side assisted living facility on Onota Street plan to expand its campus by converting four multifamily homes into 19 assisted living units. The project also includes an application to reduce the number of required off-street parking spaces.

The additional properties are located on Gilbert Street and West Union Street.

"The tenants themselves do not generally own vehicles, its very low vehicle ownership," City Planner CJ Hoss said.   

"So there's not a

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State Fire Marshall: When You Change Your Clocks, Check Your Alarms
02:24PM / Thursday, November 03, 2022
STOW, Mass. —With the end of daylight savings time coming on Nov. 6, Massachusetts fire officials issued a seasonal reminder to check your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms and change the batteries when you change your clocks.   "Working smoke and CO alarms are crucial home safety tools," said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. "As we 'fall back' this weekend, be sure you have the best protection by putting fresh alkaline batteries in alarms that use them and replacing alarms that are out of date."   Today's smoke and carbon monoxide alarms have the manufacturing date printed on the back of the device. Smoke alarms should be replaced

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Balance Rock Team Member Promoted Investment Group
12:05PM / Thursday, November 03, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Balance Rock Investment Group has promoted Megan Geary to a new position on its financial services team.    Geary is part of a team that includes two financial advisors and six support staff dedicated to providing an array of financial products and services that best serve their clients' needs.    Megan Geary joined the Balance Rock team in 2019 as a Client Services Administrator and has been promoted to Senior Client Services Administrator.    While continuing to provide administrative support to the advisors, Geary takes on additional client services responsibilities, including client reports and scheduling meetings with

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Berkshire Athenaeum Accepts Digital Literacy Grant
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
10:35AM / Thursday, November 03, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The library trustees accepted a Public Library Association digital literacy workshop incentive grant in the amount of $7,000.    "This is a cohort of 160 libraries nationally who are using the shared curriculum to provide digital literacy classes, workshops for the community. So this grant is in the amount of $7,000 that can be used toward these workshops," Berkshire Athenaeum Director Alex Reczkowski said.    Libraries across the nation have been receiving more challenges on the materials the provide and although he hasn’t seen much pushback on content here, Reczkowski felt it was important the board have a conversation on

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Pittsfield Adds New Languages to Emergency Notification System
08:20AM / Thursday, November 03, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city of Pittsfield's emergency notification system, CodeRED, now features Spanish, French, and Portuguese language options.   CodeRED notifications, which are produced and generated by the city of Pittsfield, include both citywide calls as well as neighborhood specific messaging. Updates can range from missing persons alerts, severe weather events, road closures, hydrant flushing, water main breaks, and other emergencies.   Currently, a total of 16, 212 users, from both residences and businesses, are signed up for CodeRED and receive updates via phone messages, texts, and emails. The notification system is operated by Onsolve, a Georgia-based

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Free Presentation on the New Berkshire Bird Banding Station
03:48PM / Wednesday, November 02, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Hoffmann Bird Club of Berkshire County announced a presentation free and open to the public on Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, at 7:00 PM, at the Guardian Life Insurance Company, 700 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201.      The program, "Berkshire Bird Observatory: Origins, Current Projects and Tales from the Field" will be by Ben Nickley, Founder and Director of "Berkshire Bird Observatory."     This is also the Monthly Meeting of the Hoffman Bird Club.   Nickley will discuss Berkshire Bird Observatory's (BBO) origins, aims, current research projects and future endeavors.  He'll also show pictures of

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BCC Wins Grant for Behavioral Health Workforce Program
03:06PM / Wednesday, November 02, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) has been awarded a $1,080,231 grant from a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services program called Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET). Grant funds, dispersed over four years, will provide stipends, partial reimbursement of tuition and fees, and supplies for up to 15 students per year enrolled in BCC's Mental Health, Addiction Recovery and Human Services certificate programs.    The grant will also support hiring a project coordinator and a mentor/coach for students.     "We continue to focus on ways to increase access by expanding opportunities for students to explore

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Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. Hosting a Thankful Food Drive
11:00AM / Wednesday, November 02, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. (DPI) in collaboration with the Berkshire Running Center and MountainOne is hosting a Thankful Food Drive now through November 23, 2022.    Donations will benefit the South Congregational Church and St. Joseph's Church Food Pantries. The drive is accepting non-perishable items such as canned vegetables, canned or dry beans, canned fruit in juice, low-sodium soups, canned tuna in water, canned chicken, canned stews, brown rice, unsalted nuts, shelf stable milk and milk substitutes, whole grain pasta, pasta sauce, canned tomatoes, unsweetened apple sauce, peanut butter, and whole grain cold cereals.   Please do NOT donate open

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