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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

BRTA Service Changes and Efficiencies
12:09PM / Friday, June 10, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority’s (BRTA) Advisory Board voted to implement the proposed systemwide service changes that will go into effect on July 1, 2022.    These changes were approved by the BRTA Advisory Board at their April 28, 2022 Board meeting.   The goals of the Approved Service Changes are: maintaining as many successful pilot evening services as possible; maximizing customer use of existing services through improved scheduling and connections between BRTA routes (a priority identified in recent customer surveys); maintaining as many services as possible, within BRTA’s projected funding and staffing constraints during

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Reading of 'Thirty-Five Days To Baltimore' at Arrowhead
12:00PM / Friday, June 10, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Historical Society Writer-In-Residence Emeritus, Jana Laiz and co-author Alexis Portillo will celebrate the release of their new bilingual book, "Thirty-Five Days To Baltimore" on Friday, June 24 at 5:30 p.m.   This free event takes place at Herman Melville’s historic Arrowhead and is part of the Berkshire County Historical Society’s Underrepresented Voices initiative.    Laiz and Portillo will read from their book and be available to sign copies purchased that evening. Refreshments will be served.   According to the press release, this book examines topics of migration, immigration,

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Dalton Board of Health Issues Pool Violations
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
09:59AM / Friday, June 10, 2022
DALTON, Mass. — The Board of Health provided an update on the Community Recreation Association's (CRA) pool permit on Monday which is still in process until the CRA can resolve the combined chlorine discrepancies and can show that the drain covers have not expired in accordance to the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act.    The pool is still open and the CRA has been testing the pool five times a day to keep a close eye on the combined chlorine discrepancies that it has been running into.   "Typically we're at point two, but occasionally, it's 2.4. It seems like it's around busier times when we have lots of people in the pool, and stuff

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Berkshire DA Cautions About Increased Fentanyl in Drug Supply
08:00AM / Friday, June 10, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County Law Enforcement Task Force and the Berkshire State Police Detective Unit report that it is finding an increased amount of fentanyl in various drugs that recreational users may not be expecting.    Law enforcement responding to recent overdoses, both fatal and non-fatal, are discovering through toxicology and drug testing that fentanyl is present more frequently in cocaine products and drugs purported to be prescription but are not, according to information from the Berkshire District Attorney's Office.   The recent findings in Berkshire County are consistent with statewide trends. The state Department of Public Health

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Council Subcommittee OKs Pittsfield Affordable Housing Trust
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:01AM / Friday, June 10, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is looking to adopt an affordable housing trust to create and preserve accessible housing in the community.

On Monday, the Ordinances and Rules subcommittee unanimously voted in favor of the trust. It will be sent to the full council next week.

"Basically it's a mechanism that communities can adopt as a way to help create affordable housing, and there's a whole host of ways it can do that," City Planner CJ Hoss explained.  

"But the fund is overseen by a board of trustees, which would then be created by this ordinance if you adopt it, and this isn't something that's overly unique. There aren't many communities in

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Berkshire Immigrant Center Celebrates 25 Years
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:31AM / Friday, June 10, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Immigrant Center is celebrating 25 years of providing vital services to local immigrants.

BIC was founded in 1997 by the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires to resettle Russian refugees and, in October 2021, became an independent nonprofit organization.

The organization has helped more than 1,000 people become citizens, which Development Director Sheryl Lechner identified as its biggest impact.

"We're really the only local alternative offering accredited, legal immigration services accredited by the Department of Justice as an alternative to a private immigration attorney," she explained.

"If you're filing a citizenship

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Resolutions Found for Pittsfield Municipal Airport Solar Panel Project
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:57PM / Thursday, June 09, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Airport Commission was informed by Oak Leaf Energy Partners that the Earhart solar project along South Mountain Road is still on its way.    Oak Leaf worked with electric utility Eversource's engineers to come to a resolution regarding the interconnection issues has been resolved.    "Eversource is that they're going to bring their line in onto our property a little bit more. And Oak Leaf is going to develop this portion of the line," Airport Manager Dan Shearer told the commission on Tuesday.    "So, it's kind of a it's kind of a give and take. But it helped resolve some of the issues with

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The Retired Investor: Natural Gas Prices Fall But For How Long?
By Bill Schmick,
04:30PM / Thursday, June 09, 2022
Only recently have investors' focus shifted from $120 a barrel of oil to the soaring price of natural gas. Given the many uses of natural gas, from heating and cooling and generating electricity to the production of plastics and petrochemicals, the direction of prices could be critical to our economic well-being.   On Wednesday, June 8, 2022, natural gas prices fell over 10 percent after a fire at a Texas liquified natural gas (LNG) export terminal shut down the Freeport LNG facility for at least three weeks.  The terminal accounts for 16 percent of U.S. export capacity. Gas prices fell because for a brief time, that gas will flow into the domestic market depressing prices in

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BBPW Accepting Applications for Career Advancement Scholarship Program
12:02PM / Thursday, June 09, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. Berkshire Business & Professional Women (BBPW) 2022 Career Advancement Scholarship Program, which supports the unique needs of non-traditional women students, will be accepting applications through Friday, June 17.    Applications can be completed and submitted online at berkshirebpw.org. Recipients can receive awards of up to $2,500 and selections will be announced in early August. In the last two years, BBPW scholarships have provided $41,000 in support to 42 local women reflecting diverse ages, backgrounds, and career aspirations.   Scholarship awards support women in Berkshire County looking to bolster their careers through continued education.

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Berkshire Music School Welcomes Four New Faculty Members
08:15AM / Thursday, June 09, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Music School announced four new faculty members: Carl Bowlby on piano and organ; Abby Daggett on vocal instruction; Ashley Paradis on clarinet; and Julia Rousse Shippee on guitar and ukulele.    Headquartered in Pittsfield, the Berkshire Music School is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the love and pursuit of music for all ages through quality music education activities, community collaborations, and performance opportunities.   "We are pleased to welcome some of the best teaching musicians in our community to the BMS faculty to help fulfill the increased demand for private lessons and group classes in some of the

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Lanesborough Police Station Panel: No to Prospect Site
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
04:35AM / Thursday, June 09, 2022

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Police Station Building Committee has decided that it does not endorse 8 Prospect St. as the site for a potential new police station building

 

The committee has discussed potential issues with the location of the current station on several occasions, including its size, location, required soil research and a lack of parking. In April, the committee also discovered the deed for 8 Prospect has a restriction requiring the town maintain the parcel as a public park.

 

"I could never feel good about putting a stamp of approval on that site, me personally," said Committee member Glen Storie. "Even if they decide that's just

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SUV Flips in Collison on East Housatonic in Pittsfield
Staff Reports,
07:41PM / Wednesday, June 08, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A sport utility vehicle was T-boned and flipped by a white Jeep Cherokee at the intersection of East Housatonic Street and upper Pomeroy Avenue early Wednesday evening.   There were no serious injuries and no criminal charges reported. The collision occurred around 5 p.m.   Pittsfield Police reported that the green SUV paused at the intersection of Pomeroy and East Housatonic and pulled out into traffic as a white Jeep Patriot was traveling west from Appleton Avenue.   The green SUV was then T-Boned and flipped onto its roof near the stop sign at Pomeroy Avenue and sustained damage to the windshield and roof. Its airbags were also

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