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Early Childhood Education Gets $21M From FEMA
02:00PM / Friday, November 25, 2022
BOSTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending more than $21 million to reimburse the state's Department of Early Childhood Education and Care for personal protective equipment and supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic.   The $21,435,775 public assistance grant will reimburse the department for purchasing and distributing PPE and cleaning/sanitizing supplies to more than 6,100 child-care providers at no cost so they could remain open during the pandemic.   Disinfection supplies distributed included 14,445 gallons of bleach and 28,802 cases of disinfectant wipes, while the PPE purchased included 235,600 KN95 face masks, 21,495,700 standard face masks,

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Passport to Downtown Pittsfield Seeks to Support Small Businesses
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
01:30PM / Friday, November 25, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Downtown Pittsfield Inc. is celebrating Small Business Saturday with a "Passport to Downtown Pittsfield" event in an effort to support local businesses.    "For downtown Pittsfield Inc. it really is our goal right now to bring shoppers downtown and have them purchase things in the small businesses really that's what the day is about," Managing Director Rebecca Brien said.   This Saturday shoppers are encouraged to visit downtown Pittsfield to support small local businesses and for a chance to win a prize package. Collect one stamp from every participating business where you make a purchase.    Downtown Pittsfield

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Pittsfield COVID Rates Remain Low for Thanksgiving
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
10:36AM / Friday, November 25, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city for the most part remains on the downward trend from two fall COVID-19 surges as the region enters the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Last week, Director of Public Health Andy Cambi reported to the City Council that Pittsfield is recovering from two fall surges.  He did remind the panel of last year's holiday surge that pushed the city into the red zone and said residents should always be thinking about protecting themselves.

Because other metrics don't include at-home tests, Cambi has indicated that the city's Biobot sewage testing is the truest way to gauge the virus's impact on the community.

The city on Sunday showed a virus

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December is the Start of Bird Feeding Season
08:08AM / Friday, November 25, 2022
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department recommends Vermonters wait to put up bird feeders until Dec. 1 to avoid attracting bears.    "Winter bird feeding is a good way to attract birds arriving from Canada, including evening grosbeaks and purple finches, as well as resident birds including northern cardinals and black-capped chickadees," said Doug Morin, Vermont Fish and Wildlife's bird project leader.  "Black oil sunflower is a good seed choice that will attract a variety of birds.  Adding other seeds or suet can help to attract certain species.  Thistle, for example, attracts many of the finches.  Gardeners will find leaving late-blooming

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Berkshire Humane Society's Catwalk Boutique Reopens in Lenox
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:14AM / Friday, November 25, 2022
LENOX, Mass. — The Catwalk Boutique in Lenox opened on Nov. 17 in its newest location at 51 Church St. It's the third time this Berkshire Humane Society benefit store has opened since 2018.   The new space is on the main street so it has plenty of light unlike the previous location, 53 Church St., behind the new space, sales associate Mary Farrell said.    The original Catwalk Boutique, located at 325 Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington, continues to operate, as it has since 2014 near the society's cat-exclusive shelter Purradise.    The boutique raises funds for the Humane Society by selling gently used, affordable women's clothing that has

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U.S. Small Business Administration Asks Americans to Shop Small
02:18PM / Thursday, November 24, 2022
BOSTON — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will recognize Small Business Saturday on Saturday, Nov. 26, in support of local businesses and Main Street economies.     Prior to the day, SBA will host in-person events in downtown shopping districts to recognize the role that America's 33 million small businesses play in advancing the nation's economic recovery.   "Our small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities.  Shopping small and dining local, helps our job creators, boosts our local economies, and enriches our neighborhoods every day," said Mike Vlacich, SBA New England Regional Administrator. "I'm honored to

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Berkshire Humane: 100 Cats for the Holidays
04:44PM / Wednesday, November 23, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Residents of Berkshire County can get their cat spayed or neutered for a $50 registration fee, which includes surgery and a rabies vaccination, through a grant awarded to Berkshire Humane Society from Massachusetts Animal Coalition's license plate program.    This is the 9th year the shelter has received an award to support 100 Cats for the Holidays, a low-cost spay and neuter initiative.    Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. For requirements and registration, call Berkshire Humane Society at 413-447-7878, Ext. 124.    Berkshire Humane Society will schedule appointments for December and January. Owners will drop

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Berkshire County Sees a Flock of Thanksgiving Eve Events
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:48PM / Wednesday, November 23, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — While some may be busy preparing turkeys and sides for Thursday's big feast, others may want to go out on the town and connect with old friends the night before.

The night before Thanksgiving, has become a popular bar night for adults largely because people are home for the holiday.

Last year, BeerBoard reported an more than 62 percent rise in on-premise alcohol sales the night before Thanksgiving compared to the previous Wednesday.

Urban Dictionary describes the unofficial holiday as "one of the biggest party nights of the year since this is the start of Thanksgiving weekend and most people are home for the holidays at this time."

Berkshire

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Dr. Manoharan Joins BHS Cardiology Services
01:30PM / Wednesday, November 23, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems announces the appointment of Pradeep Manoharan, MD, a board certified and fellowship trained Cardiologist to the Berkshire Medical Center medical staff and the provider staff of Cardiology Professional Services of Berkshire Medical Center (BMC).    Dr. Manoharan is accepting new patients in need of Cardiology care and joins Drs. Peter Chien, Paul Katigbak, Stephen Phlaum, Andrew Potash, Stuart Ruch, Jialin Su, Georgianne Valli-Harwood and Shyama Wickramaaratchi at Cardiology Professional Services of BMC.   Dr. Manoharan is board certified in Internal Medicine and was fellowship trained in Cardiovascular Disease at Aultman

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Berkshire Planning Commission Talks Housing, Workforce Advocacy
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:32AM / Wednesday, November 23, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With a new state administration taking over next year, the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission on Thursday discussed its priorities for the county.

"We have an opportunity that only comes along every few years really where we have a new administration coming in," Executive Director Thomas Matuszko said to the committee last week.

He pointed out that Gov.-elect Maura Healey and Lt. Gov.-elect Kim Driscoll have announced the formation of transition policy committees and said it is important to advocate for county priorities when Healey and Driscoll take office.

Pittsfield native A.J. Enchill,  who is president and executive director of the

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Holiday Events and Tree Lightings 2022
04:15PM / Tuesday, November 22, 2022

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 info@iBerkshires.com. 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. 27, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Town Common. Santa arrives by 3 and the tree will be lit at 5; rides,

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GD Names VP for Strategy and Business Development
04:00PM / Tuesday, November 22, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — General Dynamics Mission Systems announced that Chris Montferret is the new vice president for Strategy and Business Development in the Maritime and Strategic Systems (M&SS) line of business.   The M&SS line of business serves the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force, restricted customers, and a variety of commercial customers with mission critical multi-domain solutions and electronic systems integration for manned and unmanned undersea, and surface vehicles. The business protects warfighters, strategically deters adversaries, and contributes to the success of our customers' missions.   "Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this

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