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Pittsfield Halloween Parade Canceled, Trick or Treat Is On
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:31PM / Thursday, September 23, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city's long-beloved Halloween parade is canceled for the second consecutive year due to COVID-19 but trick-or-treat is a go.

Recreation & Special Events Coordinator Becky Manship told the Parks Commission on Tuesday that unfortunately there will be no parade due to a rise in COVID-19 cases but local children will be able to go door to door for candy on Oct. 30 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Those who are interested in handing out candy are to leave their outside lights on during this time.

Manship said this is the planned date, but the virus could warrant a change of plans as with all events.

"It's too early to really tell what the numbers will be at

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Pittsfield Police Investigating Armed Home Invasion
01:22PM / Thursday, September 23, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are investigating an armed home invasion on Mohawk Street that left one victim seriously injured with a gun shot wounds.   At approximately 9:10 P.M. on Wednesday Sept. 22 Pittsfield Police responded to the area of 50 Mohawk St. for multiple ShotSpotter activations. While en route, Pittsfield Police Dispatch received additional calls reporting shots fired in that area with one shooting victim inside 50 Mohawk St.   Upon arrival, police located a 47 year old male from Pittsfield inside the residence, suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to BMC with serious but non-life threatening injuries and later transported to Albany Med for

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Inauguration 2016
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by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

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Berkshire Money Management promotes Zack Marcotte to Director of Financial Planning
12:48PM / Thursday, September 23, 2021
DALTON, Mass. — The Berkshire Money Management team announced that "once-in-a-lifetime" employee, Zack Marcotte, has been promoted to Director of Financial Planning.    Marcotte began working at Berkshire Money Management during his senior year of high school. He has witnessed and participated in the building of the firm from startup to success. Marcotte's 13 years working side-by-side with BMM's professionals has provided the kind of on-the-job training that led to his desire to become a financial advisor.   "Financial planning is the art of figuring out what you don't know," said BMM founder and CEO, Allen Harris. "It's tax

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Big Y's Big Vax Week
12:35PM / Thursday, September 23, 2021
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — From Sept. 26 until Oct. 2, every Big Y World Class Market location will hold an on-site multi vaccine clinic for all customers, employees and their families.   All stores will offer seasonal flu and COVID-19 vaccines and stores with an on-site pharmacy also offer a variety of vaccines including seasonal flu, pneumonia, shingles, COVIOD Tdap, Hepatitis A and B, meningococcal, MMR and HPV.    Further details are available on bigy.com where each location's specific times are listed. No appointments are necessary.   This first-ever community wide event spans every one of Big Y's 71 locations throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut. All

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MCLA-Pittsfield to Feature Ian Mosher as October Artist of the Month
07:59AM / Thursday, September 23, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —Recent MCLA graduate Ian Mosher will be the featured artist at MCLA-Pittsfield during October, with work on display at the College's Pittsfield location at 66 Allen Street.    Mosher's work will be exhibited for the entire month, and an opening artist reception will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1, during the city's First Fridays Artswalk, sponsored by the City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development.    Mosher, who retired after 20 years in the U.S. Army, is a professional graphic designer and photographer. He attended the Tom Savini Special Make-Up Effects Program before earning his bachelor's degree in art,

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Pittsfield Solicitor Says Bike Track Consistent With Springside Park Uses
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:25AM / Thursday, September 23, 2021

Zura Capelli of New York State says the proposal is environmentally insensitive. Her and her husband, Victor, have spoken at Parks Commission meetings prior to this. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The addition of a bike skills course is consistent with the uses allowed in Springside Park, according to the city's solicitor.    Park and Open Space Program Manager James McGrath on Tuesday addressed concerns that have been raised by opposers of the Springside Park pump track proposal.   During the Parks Commission meeting, he said the city solicitor had made the determination that the bike skills course is not a violation of use for the park and backed the Conservation

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Lever Launches Second Mohawk Trail Entrepreneurship Challenge
04:12PM / Wednesday, September 22, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Lever will launch a second Mohawk Trail Entrepreneurship Challenge (MTEC) this month focusing on wood product enterprises, thanks to a $60,000 grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA).    Lever's MTEC seeks to attract forestry-based and wood-using startups, excluding businesses focused on wood-based fuels.    "Our Challenge programs have allowed us to support more than 80 entrepreneurs, whose companies have created hundreds of jobs," said Lever Executive Director Jeffrey Thomas. "I'm looking forward to meeting our Mohawk Trail Entrepreneur Challenge finalists and working

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Pittsfield Walks for Safety and Justice with Elizabeth Freeman Center
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:27PM / Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Berkshire Pride Chair Kelan O'Brien asks for a moment of silence for murder victims Jahaira Dealto and Fatima Yasin.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There were 11 domestic violence murders during a six-year period in Berkshire County and the area has a rate of protection order filings for domestic and sexual violence that is 57 percent higher than the state average.

On Tuesday, local officials and organizations marched the length of North Street in the Elizabeth Freeman Center’s annual "Rise Together For Safety and Justice" fundraiser to stand against gender-based violence.

This walk was part of a series of smaller fundraising walks throughout Berkshire County,

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MCLA Presents 'Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance'
11:53AM / Wednesday, September 22, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The History and Political Science Department at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will present "Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance" a virtual musical theatre event, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5, via Zoom.     This event is free and open to the public. Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/85908275667.    This chamber music production showcases work conceived and performed by The Core Ensemble: Ju-Young Lee, Mikael Darmani, and Michael Parola, featuring actor Draclyn Blount. It celebrates African American poets: Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, and Claude McKay, as seen through the eyes of painter and

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Citizens Group Protests Cell Antennas on Lenox's Curtis Building
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:11AM / Wednesday, September 22, 2021

LENOX, Mass. — A demonstration hosted by the Lenox Citizens for Safe Cell Siting Group highlighted its concerns this past weekend with placing a cell antennas on top of the Housing Authority's subsidized housing facility, the Curtis.

Member Courtney Gilardi, a Pittsfield resident who has been demanding action on cell tower in that city, said there are many issues within this proposal that include health risks for residents in the former hotel, equity concerns with placing technology on elderly and handicapped housing, and the allowance of a cell tower on residential property, opening the flood gates for other similar placements.

"Really what it becomes is not just an

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Pittsfield O&R Sends Residential Chicken Regulation Request to ZBA
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:58AM / Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Charlene Wehry lays out her reasoning for chicken regulations to be put into ordinance. Wehry believes her neighbor is in violation of the guidelines but the code enforcement officer has disagreed. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Ordinances and Rules Committee is wary about writing a new ordinance based on one neighbor's struggles with another's chickens.

The panel on Monday referred a petition to the Zoning Board of Appeals that asked it to review and amend the city guidelines for keeping the birds and see if it should be converted it into an ordinance.

The committee also requested an update to the chicken guidelines, which were cited as being unclear when it comes to

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BCC To Offer Flu and COVID-19 vaccines
03:59PM / Tuesday, September 21, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will welcome Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) and Community Health Programs (CHP) to campus on Wednesday, Sept. 22 for free vaccination clinics.   10 a.m.-12 p.m.: CHP's mobile health unit, the “Big Orange Bus,” will administer Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, as well as the flu vaccine and COVID testing.     The bus will be located near the Susan B. Anthony Center.   1-4 p.m.: BHS will administer the flu vaccine from 1-4 pm at the Susan B. Anthony Center.   Vaccines are given free of charge, and no appointment is necessary. Please bring insurance

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