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Leadership, Networking Program Maintains, Expands Ties During Pandemic
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:25AM / Friday, June 05, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — For more than a decade, Linda Dulye has been on a mission to provide leadership development and networking opportunities for young professionals.   That mission did not end when a global pandemic turned those professionals' working lives upside down.   If anything, it intensified.   "COVID-19 had a silver lining," the founder of the Dulye Leadership Experience said recently. "I know that's an unusual thing to say.   "I was in paralysis when work from home and isolation happened because we were doing in-person programming. Then we had to move and improvise. A lot of amazing alumni and volunteers were there to help us.

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Williamstown Finance Committee Finalizes Letter to Mount Greylock Committee
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:03AM / Friday, June 05, 2020

Dan Caplinger argued that the letter as drafted might not be taken the way the Finance Committee hoped it would be taken.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — As expected, the town's Finance Committee on Wednesday approved a letter advising the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee but only after one Fin Comm member suggested the letter could be seen as "condescending" and "patronizing" by the recipients.   On a vote of 7-1, the panel decided to send the letter to the School Committee asking that the latter continue "retaining at least $1.5 million [of the Williams College capital gift] as a capital improvement reserve."   The two-page

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Pittsfield Council Wastes No Time Approving 10 Budget Sections
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:15AM / Friday, June 05, 2020

Meeting remotely, the City Council gave preliminary approval to 10 budget sections on Thursday night.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council met for day two of budget hearings Thursday night on the proposed $170 million spending plan for fiscal 2021 and preliminarily approved 10 departmental budgets unchanged in just under an hour and a half.

The council met remotely to review the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Information Technology, Community Development, Building Maintenance, School Maintenance, Airport, Building Inspections, Health Department, the Berkshire Athenaeum and Personnel.    There was little discussion of the budgets, most of which were level-funded or had

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The Retired Investor: Will Jobs Come Back Postpandemic?
By Bill Schmick,
09:14PM / Thursday, June 04, 2020
As this week's job report looms ever closer, investors have become inured over data showing job losses in the multimillions. The present thinking among economists, strategists and politicians is that all these jobs will come back. The question is when.   Readers need to realize that prior to the onset of the pandemic, the unemployment rate at 3.5 percent was a historically low level. The spread of COVID-19 forced the country's economy to shut down. The first Americans to lose their jobs were those low-paid workers in the service industries, those that could not work from home. Fortunately, the government's response was to provide fiscal stimulus (in the form of extended and

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Miss Hall's School Graduates 60 Students
12:45PM / Thursday, June 04, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Sixty students, including sixteen from Berkshire County and nearby communities, graduated on Sunday, May 31, during Miss Hall’s School's 2020 graduation.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the program this year was held online, with students and their families from around the globe joining via Zoom. The event, which was also live-streamed, included remarks from Board of Trustees President Nancy Gustafson Ault, MHS Class of 1973; Head of School Julia Heaton; Senior Class President Ria Kedia of Pittsfield; and School President Ayla Wallace of York, Pa. Actress Jayne Atkinson, selected by the class as its speaker, sent special words of wisdom to the

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Berkshires Beat: Humane Society Launches Annual 'Choose Your Subaru' Raffle
12:18PM / Thursday, June 04, 2020
Humane Society raffle

Berkshire Humane Society and Haddad Subaru have launched their eighth annual "Choose Your Subaru" car raffle. One lucky winner will have their choice of a 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Limited, Forester Premium or Outback Premium with a value up to $33,000.  

Tickets are $40 each or three for $100 and can be purchased by credit card by calling the shelter at 413-447-7878, ext. 131. Berkshire Humane Society will send ticket stubs to purchasers. The raffle is limited to 2,400 tickets. If a minimum of 1,000 tickets are not sold, the raffle will convert to a 50/50 drawing of net proceeds. The winner will be drawn on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 1 p.m. at the shelter at 214

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Pittsfield Co-op Taps Vice President-Mortgage Advisor
11:44AM / Thursday, June 04, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Spring Burke has been appointed to the position of vice president-mortgage advisor for the Pittsfield Cooperative Bank's Lending Division. 

Burke, a seasoned veteran, joins the bank with many years of experience in the banking industry, working for Canaan National and Salisbury Bank for more than 20 years. A highly accomplished originator, she is skilled in every aspect of the loan process and has a wide range of mortgage product knowledge as well as bank policies and procedures.  

Burke also possesses an extensive background in leadership and has been recognized as a top producer and has received the 5 Star Award from Connecticut Magazine and was

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Lenox Library Hosting 'Where the Wild Things Are' StoryWalk
11:36AM / Thursday, June 04, 2020

LENOX, Mass. — The Lenox Library will offer a StoryWalk, a safe, social distancing-friendly activity, for the community to enjoy from June 8-14.

Laminated pages from the Caldecott Award-winning children's book "Where the Wild Things Are," written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak, will be placed in storefront windows or attached to wooden stakes along an outdoor path throughout downtown Lenox. 

The StoryWalk will begin at the Lenox Community Center (65 Walker St.) and end at the Library (18 Main St). Participants are asked to pre-print or view the full route map online.

Participants also are advised to practice social distancing as they walk to the various stops

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Berkshire Museum's 'Art of the Hills' Will Open On Time, Online
11:01AM / Thursday, June 04, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Despite COVID-19 restrictions, Berkshire Museum’s featured summer exhibit, "Art of the Hills: Narrative," will open on its previously scheduled date, Saturday, June 6, with one major modification: Instead of hanging on the plaster walls of the community museum’s galleries each selected work will be displayed on the simulated walls of an immersive, high-resolution 3D rendering. 

Visitors to the virtual exhibit will feel as if they are touring the museum’s galleries thanks to a cutting-edge technique that combines a three-dimensional digital model with crisp, colorful images of the artists' work and user-friendly navigation.

The

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State Releases Guidelines for Childcare, Starts Allowing Family Visits to Nursing Homes
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:11PM / Wednesday, June 03, 2020
BOSTON — Child care is going to look different as facilities begin to reopen in the second phase of the commonwealth's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, but one element of elder care will start getting back to normal under guidelines released on Tuesday.   Commissioner of Early Education and Care Samantha Aigner-Treworgy and Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders joined Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday at his daily press availability.   Aigner-Treworgy laid out a number of the guidelines on child-care programs that were released on Monday.   Sudders explained the rules that will let assisted living facilities to start allowing family members to visit

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Pittsfield High Announces Class Speakers & Top 10
01:09PM / Wednesday, June 03, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mary Hines, president of the Pittsfield High School class of 2020, will speak at the PHS' virtual graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 7. It is PHS tradition that the class president addresses the senior class.   The event will be aired by Pittsfield Community Television at 1 p.m.    Throughout her high school career, Hines has been involved in a variety of clubs and school organizations. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Class Council, and girls varsity basketball team. Hines will be attending Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, as a double major in political science and in media and culture.     In addition to the class

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Pittsfield Subcommittee Makes Changes to Sewer & Drains Amendment
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:22AM / Wednesday, June 03, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Ordinance and Rules Subcommittee recommended a sewer and drains amendment and also to maintain City Council checks and balances from the original ordinance.    The subcommittee voted unanimously Monday to send the amended ordinance to the full council, leaving in some sections that would allow the City Council to request reports and approve fine structures.   "I think we can make some small changes to make everyone happy while giving you some more flexibility while still having the council involved in making sure things are kosher," committee member Earl Persip said.    Public Services Commissioner Ricardo Morales said the

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