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Sunday 5K Kicks Off Busy Autumn for Berkshire Running Foundation
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09:37AM / Tuesday, September 19, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Berkshire Running Foundation has announced its next four events for 2023.   A locally-based nonprofit organization, Berkshire Running foundation was established earlier this year to advance and support the positive impact running events have in the neighborhoods in which we live.   Sponsored by Spectrum Health, The FIR 5K will be held on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 9 a.m. at the Crane Avenue entrance to the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail.   Sunday’s 5K Walk/Run is to benefit the Berkshire Running Foundation's FIR (Fitness In Recovery) program. This 3.1-mile event encourages the community to come out and support the continuing efforts being made by the

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Pittsfield Police Make Two Firearm Arrests
08:19AM / Tuesday, September 19, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Sunday, Sept. 17, just after 3:00pm, patrol officers with the Pittsfield Police Department (PPD) responded to 65 Columbus Avenue for a reported assault involving a firearm.   According to a police report, investigating officers spoke with the victim who reported that he had been threatened by a man with a handgun. As a result of the ensuing investigation, officers arrested 59 year old Pittsfield resident Michael Barnes and charged him with one count of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, to wit Handgun. Officers recovered a loaded Walther .380 handgun.   Later that same evening just after 5:00pm, PPD patrol officers were dispatched to Cumberland Farms

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Pittsfield Holds Preliminary Election Tuesday
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:39AM / Tuesday, September 19, 2023

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Voters will trim the mayoral, Ward 2 and Ward 7 races with a preliminary election today, Tuesday.

Polls open at 8 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. for all wards and precincts. Find your polling station here.

Each of the three contested positions will be narrowed down to two candidates in preparation for the general election on Nov. 7.

Peter Marchetti, Karen Kalinowsky and John Krol are running to replace Mayor Linda Tyer, who is not seeking re-election.

Marchetti and Kalinowsky both hold at-large seats on the City Council; Marchetti is the current president. Krol formerly represented Ward 6 on the council.

Marchetti has served the city in various capacities for

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Dalton ADA Explores Replacing Town Hall Lift
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:06PM / Monday, September 18, 2023
DALTON, Mass. — The Americans with Disabilities Act Committee is exploring how to replace the stair lift in Town Hall.   The town's current lift, located in the police station, is not always functional, ADA coordinator Alyssa Maschino told the committee last week.    The committee intended on applying for a Municipal Americans with Disabilities Act Improvement grant to cover the cost of the replacement.    However, the project was delayed because the current lift servicer, Garaventa Lift, informed the town that the new weight limit went from 400 pounds to to 650 pounds.    With the new weight limit requirement, the town needs to determine if the

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Springside Park Conservancy Hosts Community Day
12:19PM / Monday, September 18, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Springside Park Conservancy will present a day of "family fun and outdoor stewardship" on Sept. 23, 2023, in celebration of the organization's 10th anniversary.   In the morning, Conservancy partners will join the annual fall park clean up held by the Friends of Springside Park. Volunteers will check in at the North Playground beginning at 9. Gloves, bags, and instructions for litter clean up will be provided.   In the afternoon, more than a dozen organizations will present an outdoor fair of guided hiking, bike rides, kids crafts, outdoor activities, demonstrations, face-painting and more on the Springside House

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Pittsfield Firefighters Save Dogs From W. Housatonic St. Blaze
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11:31AM / Monday, September 18, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Monday Sept. 18 at 8:22 a.m. the Pittsfield Fire Department responded to 565 West Housatonic St for multiple callers reporting a building fire.    Upon arrival Engine 1 observed heavy smoke pushing out of eves around the entire single story bungalow style residence. An initial report received from a caller was the occupants were not home, but two dogs were inside the building.    E-1 stretched a hose line to the front door and made entry into the building. E-3 supplied E-1 with a water supply, shutting down both east and westbound lanes of Rt. 20.    The Police Department was called upon initial dispatch anticipating this so traffic

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Central, South County Paving and Road Work
07:08AM / Monday, September 18, 2023
LEE, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced that crews will be conducting daytime and overnight hour pavement milling, slope stabilization, bridge and drainage repair operations on I-90 eastbound and westbound in Becket, Otis, Lee, West Stockbridge, Stockbridge, and Blandford.     The work will be conducted at various times and locations from Monday, Sept. 18, through Friday, Sept 22.    Lane closures will be in place during the construction operations and traffic will be able to travel through the work zones.  The schedule for the work and lane closures will be as follows:    Becket/Otis  Slope

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Online Souvenir Store Combines Love of Berkshires and Dogs
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:45AM / Monday, September 18, 2023
DALTON, Mass. — Local business owners Reuben and Amber Lara combined their love for the Berkshires and dogs to create the lifestyle brand "Barkshires Dog Trading Co."    This online shop celebrates dogs and the Berkshires using a vintage aesthetic. The brand sells  sustainable clothing and prints including t-shirts, hats, dog bandanas, and stickers.    The couple moved to the Berkshires in 2015. Amber hails from Sunderland and Ruban is from Burbank, Calif.   Following a friend's visit to the Berkshires in November, the couple realized that there are not many souvenir stores and thus "Barkshires" was

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Pittsfield 'Shines' With 8 New Murals Through MassDevelopment Partnership
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:41PM / Sunday, September 17, 2023

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city has been painted with an assortment of murals that are meant to bring joy and inspiration and provoke thought.

A block party was held last weekend in Palace Park to celebrate the eight new works placed throughout the downtown and West Side as part of the "Let It Shine!" public art partnership.  

"The partnership itself is with local artists, Downtown Pittsfield Inc, MassDevelopment and the (Transformative Development Initiative) program that is in our downtown," DPI’s Managing Director Rebecca Brien said.

"We applied for what is called a Creative Catalyst Grant and they actually provided the funding through

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Mass Unemployment and Job Estimates for August
04:37PM / Sunday, September 17, 2023
BOSTON — The state's August total unemployment rate was 2.6 percent, up 0.1 percentage point from the revised July estimate of 2.5 percent, reports the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.   The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) preliminary job estimates indicate Massachusetts gained 15,400 jobs in August. This follows July's revised gain of 4,600 jobs. The largest over-the-month private sector job gains were in Education and Health Services, Leisure and Hospitality, and Other Services. Employment now stands at 3,788,700.   From August 2022 to August 2023, BLS estimates Massachusetts gained 90,500 jobs. The largest over-the-year gains occurred in

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2nd Street Presents Original Theatrical Performances
02:01PM / Sunday, September 17, 2023
Performance times have been changed to Monday Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. and Tuesday Sept. 26, at 2 and 7 p.m. _______________________________________________________________________________________________   PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Second Street, Second Chances (2nd Street) presents three performances of "RELEASE," original theater inspired by the stories of formerly incarcerated women from Berkshire County, on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 7 pm, Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7 pm and Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 2 pm.    All performances will be held at the Robert Boland Theatre, located on BCC's campus at 1350 West Street in Pittsfield. Admission is free, and no reservations are

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Pittsfield Holds First POW/MIA Ceremony
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
11:40AM / Sunday, September 17, 2023

A table setting to symbolize the missing in action.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local veterans held the city's first Prisoner of War (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA) remembrance service on Friday at the South Street Memorial Park.

The inaugural ceremony was held by the Charles Persip American Legion Post 68 on National POW/MIA Recognition Day to honor soldiers who are unaccounted for and as a pledge not to cease efforts to bring them home.

Army veteran Henry "Hank" Morris attended a fellow Vietnam veteran's funeral in Albuquerque, N.M., last year and was inspired to start the tradition.

"I am embarrassed to say that I did not know that the third Friday in

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