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BTG to Host 'Sunset Cinema' Outside at Taconic High School
11:26AM / Tuesday, June 30, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Theatre Group will show family-friendly films at its newly established Sunset Cinema outside at Taconic High School on Valentine Road on July 10-11 and July 16-18.

The cinema will begin on Friday, July 10, with Disney’s "Newsies: The Broadway Musical!," a movie about an intrepid group of kids called the newsies in 1899, who fought corporate America and won. Winner of two Tony Awards, "Newsies" follows the real life story of Jack Kelly, who takes on the system that cheats them out of wages while raising prices at their expense.

"Newsies feels so right for this time and for our community, BTG Artistic Director and CEO Kate


BCC Announces Spring Semester Deanís List
10:10AM / Tuesday, June 30, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced its spring 2020 dean's list.

To be eligible for the list, full-time students must have declared a major; completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the spring semester; and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for high honors. 

Part-time students are eligible for the list if they meet the same requirements, except that their credit hours may have been completed during the fall and spring semesters of one academic year.

The following 138 students qualified for high honors:


Canaan: Kaitlynn Huften, Emily


Berkshire County Arc Announces Scholarship Winners
10:03AM / Tuesday, June 30, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc has announced its 2020 scholarship recipients for high school seniors pursuing undergraduate education in the field of human services.

The winners are:

• Madison Tobin, Pittsfield High School graduate to attend Roger Williams University with a major in elementary education/special education.

• Viictoria Tynan, Taconic High School graduate to attend MCLA and major in social work.

• Jordyn Gagliardi, Wahconah Regional High School graduate to attend Fitchburg State College to major in criminal justice. 

• Kate Mathews, Wahconah Regional High School graduate to attend University of New Hampshire's College of Health


Work to Achieve Your Financial Independence
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:51AM / Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Over the past few months, just about everyone has felt the loss of some type of freedom, whether it's being able to travel, engage in social gatherings or participate in other activities we previously took for granted. 

Still, as we prepare to observe Independence Day, it's comforting to realize all the freedoms we still have in this country. And taking the right steps can also help you achieve your financial independence.

Here are some moves to consider:

• Build an emergency fund. It's a good idea to create an emergency fund consisting of three to six months' worth of living expenses, with the money held in a liquid, low-risk account. With this fund in place, you


License Board Permit Rusty Anchor to Open Deck
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:23AM / Tuesday, June 30, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Although not all members were in agreement, the Licensing Board gave the Rusty Anchor permission to temporarily serve outdoors.   The board voted 3-2 on Monday to allow the bar on Lake Pontoosuc to open up seating and serve beer and wine on its patio under the governor's orders for Phase 2 that allows for outside dining.   "This is a really unique situation and I really think we could make a decision here without getting ourselves in trouble and really support this," board member Dennis Powell said.   Board members Kathleen Amuso and Thomas Campoli voted in the negative because they felt legally they could not allow the opening because


Williams College Announces Plan for Return of Classes
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:21AM / Monday, June 29, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College on Monday morning announced that students will be welcomed back to campus beginning in August for a semester of " 'hybrid' courses that blend in-person and remote instruction."

In a 3,400-hundred word letter to the college community, President Maud S. Mandel explained that the college's faculty and administration have designed a return from the spring's campus closure that aligns with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.   Students will be allowed to choose to take the year off with no penalty, and the college has lowered the number of


Pittsfield Schools Looking to Fund Internet For Families
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Monday, June 29, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In preparation for the possibility of further remote learning, the school administration is exploring the use of CARES Act funding to provide all students with internet access.   Superintendent Jason McCandless told the School Committee last week that the plan is to tap the district's $1.5 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act allocation to purchase mobile hotspots for families without an internet connection.    "We do continue to examine the means of getting much closer to 100 percent of our families connected to the internet," he said. "With a high-quality internet that works for our

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Pittsfield Receives CARES Act Funding
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:36PM / Sunday, June 28, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council last week accepted $900,000.00 from the state through the CARES Act to be used for COVID-19 pandemic related expenses.   This is the first installment of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security ACT funding and the council voted Tuesday to officially accept it.   Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood told the council that it will be placed in a special revenues account with the Federal Emergency Management Agency funding and will be used for COVID-19 related purchases as the city reopens.   "As we go forward and reopen we will have to purchase window shields, more [personal protective equipment], and other


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 26-July 2
10:14AM / Saturday, June 27, 2020


Welcome to Cultural Pittsfield's weekly guide featuring in-person and virtual classes and events, information, and more. If you are a Pittsfield business and would like your event listed, please email us at Thank you and be well!

  FUN & LEARNING Barrington Stage Company presents the BSC Bash: On with the Show! on Saturday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. The FREE virtual event includes a BSC-style evening of songs, artists, and community leaders, plus a sneak preview of next year's world premiere musical . Performers include Jordan


Dalton CRA Summer Sports Leagues Registration Extended
10:06AM / Saturday, June 27, 2020

DALTON, Mass. — Registration for the Dalton Community Recreation Association summer sports leagues — soccer, softball and baseball — has been extended through Monday, June 29. 

In addition to youth programs, the CRA has added teams through grade 12 to allow high school students who missed their spring sports season a chance to get on the field. 

Summer leagues registration is open to all Berkshire County youth. Fees vary by league and the CRA will not require an annual youth membership fee for the summer sports leagues. To register, visit the CRA at 400 Main St., Dalton, during business hours as follows: Friday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon, and Monday, 8 a.m.


Lanesborough Hoping to Reopen Recycling Process Soon
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Staff
06:17AM / Saturday, June 27, 2020

Newly elected Selectman Michael Murphy, center, participates in his first meeting on Thursday night. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Selectman welcomed new member Michael Murphy, elected last week, to the board with a fairly light load Thursday evening.    Cable TV contracts, Gulf Road and recycling were on the agenda among other items.   At their last meeting, the board had decided to keep Gulf Road closed until Dalton was comfortable opening the seasonal dirt byway. It serves as a shortcut between Lanesborough and Dalton and allows drivers to avoid shopping related traffic at Allendale Plaza and Berkshire Crossing in Pittsfield. It also could serve as an emergency


@theMarket: The Virus Versus the Fed
By Bill Schmick,
05:22PM / Friday, June 26, 2020
Bulls and bears are in a tussle. Market averages reflect the battle that is moving stocks down, up, and then sideways throughout the week. It is a phase where investors are in a data-dependent mood and the data isn't all that good.   The bears are watching the COVID-19 cases climb higher every day, which threatens to trash their expectations for a "V" shaped recovery. The bulls, meanwhile, aren't too worried. They are banking on the Federal Reserve Bank's promises to keep pouring added stimulus support into the financial markets just in case the virus pushes the economy further toward the brink.   It did not have to be this way.    A few months ago,


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