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Berkshire Money Management To Sponsor Berkshire E-Talent Accelerator
11:39AM / Wednesday, September 30, 2020

DALTON, Mass. —  Berkshire Money Management has committed $30,000 to sponsoring the Berkshire E-Talent Accelerator program at the Pittsfield-based Berkshire Innovation Center.

Berkshire E-Talent Accelerator (BETA) is open to high school juniors, seniors, and recent graduates countywide, and is an experiential learning program that will expose students to local STEM career opportunities.    The goal of the program is to immerse students in fundamentals critical to these career paths and teach them to utilize the advanced equipment and community mentors available through the Berkshire Innovation Center. There were more than 40 applicants for the fall module and

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1Berkshire & EforAll Announce New Entrepreneurial Jump-Start Event
09:43AM / Wednesday, September 30, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire and EforAll announced a new entrepreneurial jump-start event to help business startups.   The Empower Hour-Plus: Make Your Business Happen! will be held virtually on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m., providing business startups with inspiration and direct tactical guidance.   "This is a new approach to encouraging folks to pursue their dreams," Deborah Gallant, EforAll Berkshire County executive director, said. "We hope to truly empower local residents who may have felt the obstacles were too great, to open their own businesses. This quick program will open doors and provide valuable information to get them

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Pittsfield Mayor, City Council Urged to Adopt 'Housing First' Model
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:42AM / Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Rev. Ralph Howe of First United Methodist made three suggestions regarding homelessness to the Human Rights Commission. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Human Rights Commission is urging city officials to establish housing as a fundamental human right.   The Rev. Ralph Howe of First United Methodist Church outlined three suggestions to commission on Monday on how to best address the homeless epidemic and purposed a move toward Pittsfield adopting a housing first model.     "Housing is a fundamental human right, if you have been housing insecure or have dealt with people who are homeless you will realize that when a person lacks housing they are

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Baker Easing Occupancy Levels for Low-Risk Communities
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:52PM / Tuesday, September 29, 2020
BOSTON — Communities at low-risk for COVID-19 transmission will be able to increase occupancy at a number of indoor and outdoor venues beginning next week.   Gyms, museums, libraries and indoor and outdoor performance venues will be able to open to 50 percent occupancy; also allowed to open are such indoor recreational facilities such as laser tag and skating; and all retail fitting rooms.   "Step 2 opens up a limited set of industries, certain types of indoor recreation that have not previously been permitted to operate since we announced the original emergency order back in March," Gov. Charlie Baker said on Tuesday. "We've learned a lot through our own

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Pittsfield Earns Insurance Premium Credits Through MIIA
11:53AM / Tuesday, September 29, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield earned $28,771 in insurance premium credits through the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association Rewards Program.   The City of Pittsfield received $28,771 back on its workers compensation and property and casualty insurance costs, applicable toward premium reductions for the next fiscal year, because of its participation in an incentive program offered by the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA), its insurance provider.   "We are thrilled to receive these MIIA Reward credits. Within the City of Pittsfield, it’s vital that our employees have access to comprehensive resources, training, and information that

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Pittsfield Public Schools Announce Transition Plans for In-Person Learning
10:42AM / Tuesday, September 29, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Public Schools released an in-person learning transition plan and anticipates bringing back the first group of students Wednesday, Oct. 14    The Pittsfield Public Schools released a press release Tuesday morning outlining its in-person transition plan that will first return grades preK, kindergarten, 1, 2, 6, and 9 on Oct. 14.   "With schools serving as an important part of the infrastructure of communities, the timeline associated with the shift from online learning to in-person classroom instruction is impacted by many factors," the press release reads. "Driven by reliable public health data, as well as considerations

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Downtown Pittsfield Inc.: Fun Finds and Things to Do in Pittsfield
10:05AM / Tuesday, September 29, 2020

October First Fridays Artswalk!
Friday, October 2, 5 to 8 pm, and ALL MONTH LONG!

Enjoy indoor and storefront art shows, outdoor sculpture, and Artscape’s Pittsfield Paintboxes during the First Fridays Artswalk on Friday, October 2, 5 to 8 pm, and all month long!
 
When participating in the October Artswalk, be sure to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from other individuals and wear your mask.

Click here for map of all indoor and outdoor locations, including hours for the indoor

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Lessons from Experienced Investors
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:07AM / Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Those who have lived a long time have done a lot, seen a lot – and can teach us a lot. And that’s certainly true when it comes to investing.   Consider some of the lessons you might learn from experienced investors:   • Regulate your emotions. In the investment world, there’s always something coming at us that could sound scary: political flashpoints, economic news, and even those once-in-a-generation occurrences, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. But older people may take these events in stride; in fact, baby boomers and members of the Silent Generation (born between 1925 and 1945) are coping better emotionally with the impacts of COVID-19 than younger age

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1Berkshire Commences Youth Leadership Program Class of 2021
08:56AM / Tuesday, September 29, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The 11th 1Berkshire Youth Leadership Program commences virtually.    1Berkshire recently began the formal sessions of its 11th class of the Berkshire Youth Leadership Program. This group of 32 high school juniors from all corners of the Berkshires assembled for the first time on Zoom in late July, held its project design session in August, and began the formal portion of the program in mid-September with a session focused on social justice and equity.   This online approach is necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.   The 1Berkshire Youth Leadership Program is focused on helping young leaders in the region develop and grow through career

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Berkshire Museum Will Open at 1 pm On October 1
08:28AM / Tuesday, September 29, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Museam will open later Thursday Oct 1. To accommodate staff diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility training.   The Berkshire Museum, which is currently open Thursday through Monday, will close its doors on the morning of Thursday, Oct. 1, while staff attend training. The museum will open for the day at 1 pm. Reservations continue to be required at the downtown Museum; visitors are encouraged to reserve online.   The museum’s complete staff will participate in a two-part training this week with social justice and equity consultant Angela Park on Sept. 29 and Oct. 1. The training will focus on increasing awareness of diversity,

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Mount Greylock School Committee Gets Report on Start of School Year
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:09AM / Tuesday, September 29, 2020
WILLLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District on Tuesday evening plans a community forum on the start of the school year.   The School Committee last Thursday heard that things are going as well as can be expected as the PreK-12 district re-invents the way it teaches students during the COVID-19 pandemic.   "We are really appreciative of the fact that we've had a couple of weeks of remote learning actually, despite some challenges," said Joelle Brookner, who this summer transitioned from being principal at Williamstown Elementary School to being director of curriculum and instruction for the district.   "Bringing in small

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Pittsfield Seeks Input For Draft Bicycle Facilities Master Plan
02:28AM / Tuesday, September 29, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city of Pittsfield is requesting public input for its draft Bicycle Facilities Master Plan.   The plan aims to establish a safe, comfortable and connected bicycle network throughout the city that is accessible to people of all ages and abilities.   "With this project, the City of Pittsfield is taking a significant step in its steadfast commitment to plan and implement a safe and accessible citywide network for people who bike for various reasons to a range of destinations throughout Pittsfield," City Planner CJ Hoss said. "The development of this master plan will be a collaborative process, and we are seeking to hear from the

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