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Pittsfield Board OKs Brewery for $140K in Economic Development Funds
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:59PM / Tuesday, November 23, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Downtown will become "hoppier" by next summer.

The Community and Economic Development subcommittee approved a $140,000 allocation of the city's economic development funds for a new brewery on North Street.

Brooklyn, N.Y., transplants Mike Dell'Aquila and Sarah Real will be opening Hot Plate Brewing Co. in the Onota building at the corner of North and School Street.

The name speaks to a challenging time when the couple was inspired to make their own craft brews on a hot plate after their gas was shut off. The venue will be a "microbrewery" that is characterized by producing 15,000 barrels or less per year.

The panel unanimously

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BCC Announces New, Returning Staff
08:04AM / Tuesday, November 23, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announces the addition of three new staff members and two staff members returning to BCC after a hiatus necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.   

New to BCC  

Gabriella Martinez has joined BCC as a Clerk IV for the SUCCESS Program (Supporting Urgent Community College Equity through Student Services). A native to Berkshire County, Martinez attended American International College (AIC), where she earned her B.A. in sociology and worked in the Student Affairs Office. In her free time, Martinez enjoys hiking with her dog or doing yoga.     Sean Reagan has joined the BCC Academic Advising &


Dalton Police Department Welcomes Comfort Poodle
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:05AM / Tuesday, November 23, 2021

The Police Department will be seeking community input on a name for the puppy. 

DALTON, Mass. — Town officials met the Police Department's new comfort dog on Monday.

Police Chief Deanna Strout and Officer Tyler Miller attended the Select Board meeting to introduce the 8-week-old poodle, who will unofficially join the force on Wednesday.

"This is our very first time meeting him as well," Strout said to the board with excitement.

The pup will be assigned to work and live with Officer Tyler Miller.

The Select Board approved the addition of a comfort dog unit two weeks ago. These four-legged officers are traditionally intended to provide ease for post-traumatic

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Holiday Events and Tree Lightings 2021
04:15PM / Monday, November 22, 2021

This year's holiday gatherings and annual tree lightings are still feeling the effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Some events have been canceled or are being held virtually. Here's what we have so far in events below. If we're missing any, let us know at Reminder that many of these events and activities do require face coverings and social distancing. 

Visit our Holiday Bazaars and Craft Fairs list for holiday craft fairs and markets.

Christmas Tree Lightings 🎄 Adams: Tree lighting and a visit from Santa at the annual Holly Days on Sunday, Nov. 28, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Town Common. Santa arrives by 3 and the tree will be


Holiday Markets and Craft Fairs 2021
03:11PM / Monday, November 22, 2021
With the holiday's around the corner communities throughout the county are holding craft and holiday markets. This list will be updated as more markets are announced.      Monday, Nov. 22-Monday, Nov. 29

Heart & Soil Collective, a nonprofit based in Lanesborough, is hosting a virtual vendor market through 32 Auctions here. The market features 15 local artists and markers and proceeds from sales go back to them and donations benefit Heart & Soil's food security programming. Some items may be eligible for shipping. Market ends on Nov. 29. 

Friday, Nov. 26 North Adams: Holiday Market at 77 Main from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shoppers are encouraged to utilize market


Holiday Hours: Thanksgiving
02:30PM / Monday, November 22, 2021

Plymouth's statue of Massasoit, who was instrumental in Plymouth Colony's survival, looks out over the Plymouth Rock monument. Image via

Thanksgiving will be observed on Thursday, Nov. 25. The day is a national holiday inspired by the first Thanksgiving dinner shared between the Pilgrims and Wampanoags in 1621 at Plymouth. The living history museum Plimoth Patuxet continues the tradition each year with a recreation of the event in which visitors can participate. This year will include COVID-19 restrictions.

Thanksgiving was first federally recognized by proclamation in 1863 by President Lincoln at the height of the Civil War. It did not become codified as a


Taconic's Bramer, Sherman Commit to College Baseball Programs
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:22PM / Monday, November 22, 2021

Sam Sherman and his parents, Bryon and Stacie Sherman, above, and Bo Bramer and his parents, Tina and Pat Bramer, below, at Monday's ceremony at Taconic High School.    PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Deciding where you are going to go to college can be a long, painstaking process that stretches out over months.   Or, sometimes, you just know.   Taconic senior Sam Sherman has known for a long time that he could play college baseball, and he had been talking to several different schools about his future plans.   Merrimack College was not one of those schools until very recently.   "It was one of my last fall games, I just reached out to


Pittsfield Resident to Have Role in Dean College Theatre Production
01:45PM / Monday, November 22, 2021
FRANKLIN, Mass. — Patrick McKinney of Pittsfield has earned the role of Male Understudy in the Dean College production of "I Hate Hamlet," beginning Thursday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021.   According to a press release:   Andrew Rally, a young and successful television actor, relocates to New York, where he rents a marvelous, gothic apartment. With his television career in limbo, Rally is offered the opportunity to play Hamlet onstage, but there's one problem: He hates Hamlet. His dilemma deepens with the entrance of the ghost of actor John Barrymore, who arrives intoxicated and in full costume to the apartment that once was his. In this play by


BCC Launches 'Foundations of Mental Health' Training Program
12:16PM / Monday, November 22, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) to roll out Foundations of Mental Health, a multi-session virtual training that incorporates interactive activities, role-plays and videos.   When Williams College psychology major Allison Li connected with Elena Nuciforo, Director of Workforce Development: Healthcare at Berkshire Community College (BCC), she was looking for ways to fulfill the experiential component of her public health concentration.    She told Nuciforo about her interest in public mental health, and an idea was born: Nuciforo suggested that Li design a training program to teach customer service professionals about mental health conditions,


Berkshire Money Management Donates $25K in Food to Thanksgiving Angels
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
10:25AM / Monday, November 22, 2021

Harris puts in manual labor to bring the produce and other foods into South Congregational Church.  

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — About 1,600 local families will have turkey day feasts on the table thanks to a collaboration between Berkshire Money Management and the Thanksgiving Angels.

On Friday, BMM presented the organization with a big $25,000 check, doubling its fundraising efforts during a year of increased need. The funds are a match to what the organization was able to gather.

"The Thanksgiving Angels needed roughly $50,000 this year to supply the amount of food for people who are in need this year, and I figured it would be really hard for them to do it this year

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@theMarket: Market's Week of Indecision
By Bill Schmick,
11:51AM / Saturday, November 20, 2021
Stocks and bonds traded in a tight range for most of the week. Some stocks were rewarded, while others punished, based on their earnings results. The U.S. dollar hit a series of new yearly highs, and just about everyone is waiting for President Biden's pick to head the Federal Reserve Bank.   That announcement could come as early as this weekend. Chairman Jerome Powell's term will end in February 2022. He is a Republican, picked by former President Donald Trump. He had a somewhat rocky relationship with the ex-president but did manage to maintain the independence of the central bank despite Trump's attempted interference. His track record through the pandemic makes him a


Pittsfield Looks to Move Vietnam Memorial Mural with CPA Funding
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:18AM / Saturday, November 20, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is looking to move the Vietnam War memorial mural "Lest We Forget" from the corner of West Housatonic and South Street to a new location for better visibility.

"I guess the idea is, it's not a mural that anyone really enjoys unless they're stuck in that intersection and looking over on it," City Planner CJ Hoss said. "So the goal would be to move into a more accessible location."

The Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development is requesting $15,000 in Community Preservation Act (CPA) for the endeavor, which is described as a restoration of the mural that was completed in the late 1980s.

Earlier this week the


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