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Dr. Aaron Brothers Joins Urology Professional Services of BMC
12:01PM / Thursday, December 30, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dr. Aaron Brothers, a board-certified Urologist, has joined Urology Professional Services of Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) and is accepting new patients.   Dr. Brothers, a US Army veteran, provides comprehensive care for conditions affecting the kidneys, urinary system, bladder, adrenal glands, urethra, and male reproductive organs, and male fertility. He has received extensive training in robotic surgery and looks forward to being able to offer this type of service to patients in the Berkshires.   Dr. Brothers received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Medford and then moved south, completing his surgical internship at

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Pittsfield COVID Cases Increase After Holiday
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:00PM / Thursday, December 30, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is seeing an uptick in COVID-19 cases following the Christmas weekend.

The average daily case rate per 100,000 people is 75.9 and the percent positivity rate is 6.4.  Pittsfield has remained in the red incidence rate since November.

On Christmas, the positivity rate was 5.4 and has increased since.  A week before the holiday, cases were close to where they are now with a positivity rate of 6.5.

There are currently 234 estimated actively contagious cases in the city and to date, there have been 82 deaths.

There are currently about 23 people hospitalized at Berkshire Medical Center, 3 being in the intensive care unit.  On Christmas, there

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Carr Hardware Announces Prize Winners
08:37AM / Thursday, December 30, 2021
PITTSFIELD Mass. — During Carr Hardware's annual Carr-nniversary Weekend Celebration, local winners that were selected by random draw, walked away with prizes valued over $4,700.   "Everyone was so appreciative of their winnings and we knew these prizes could be put to good use," President of Carr Hardware, Bart Raser said. "Our Carr-nniversary weekend was very exciting and we received thousands of entries from all our locations. We thank all those who entered the giveaway for their participation."   Prizes included a Weber Gas Grill, a Milwaukee Drill Combo Kit, Big Green Egg Gift Bags, Purdy Painters Backpacks, and $2,500 in Carr Hardware gift

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Berkshire DA's Violent Crime Task Force Makes First Arrest
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
10:31AM / Wednesday, December 29, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire District Attorney's Office's Violent Crime Task Force, a section launched in September, made its first arrest of Pittsfield man for multiple counts of sexual assault on Tuesday.   The Berkshire County Law Enforcement Task Force on Tuesday executed an arrest warrant on 20-year-old Lucius Copeland as part of an investigation into the sexual assault allegations.   "I think that we have a crisis here a Berkshire County of violence against women and girls," District Attorney Andrea Harrington said in a media session following a press release. "I think it's important for our community to understand the kinds of

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Women of Color Giving Circle Virtual Kwanzaa Celebration
08:11AM / Wednesday, December 29, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Women of Color Giving Circle, Berkshire Branch of the NAACP, and the Rites of Passage and Empowerment Program (R.O.P.E.) will present its annual community Kwanzaa Celebration virtually at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 29.   Kwanzaa is a non-religious celebration held Dec. 26 through Jan. 1. The holiday celebrates African and African-American culture, with an emphasis on seven principles geared towards uplift and empowerment.   This year’s theme, "Young, Gifted, and Black: Where Do We Go from Here?"   The keynote speaker will be Mayor Kamal Johnson of Hudson, N.Y. The event lineup will also include youth speaker, Sierra Boyd, and

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Second Community COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Clinic Scheduled
04:07AM / Wednesday, December 29, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Vaccine Collaborative has scheduled another community COVID-19 vaccine clinic, to be held on Saturday, Jan. 8 from 9 am to 2 pm at the Berkshire Community College Patterson Field House.    The clinic will provide Pfizer and Moderna vaccine, including first or second doses for those 5 to 11, Pfizer boosters for those 16 to 17, and first, second or booster doses to eligible adults. The booster helps to prevent contracting COVID-19 or prevents serious illness in those with breakthrough cases of the virus.   Pre-registration is required for this vaccine clinic and can be done by visiting www.getvaccinatedberkshires.org.   "The

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EforAll Berkshire County Announces Prize Winners
04:05PM / Tuesday, December 28, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Berkshire County awarded $10,000 in prizes to the Fall 2021 Business Accelerator Cohort at an awards ceremony that was held on Zoom.   The celebration and gala began with remarks from EforAll’s original founder, philanthropist "Desh" Deshpande and advice and insights shared by former Massachusetts governor, Deval Patrick, a resident of Richmond.     "None of us accomplishes anything on our own.  Every single one of us needs somebody else…folks who are building businesses…need each other, too," Patrick said. "That’s how we build a future for ourselves, our

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Downing Announces End To Gubernatorial Campaign
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09:59AM / Tuesday, December 28, 2021
BOSTON — Former state senator Ben Downing released a statement Tuesday morning announcing the end of his gubernatorial campaign.    "For everything there is a season. For this campaign, that season has come to a close. Today, I am formally ending my bid to become the next Governor of Massachusetts. I do so with a heavy heart, but also with hope, and gratitude beyond measure," Downing noted in a statement.   The former state senator announced that he was running in January of 2021. The democrat was the first to enter the 2022 race for governor.   Downing noted that his campaign does not have the financial resources to continue.    "Over

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City of Pittsfield Christmas Tree Pickup Schedule
08:11AM / Tuesday, December 28, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Christmas tree pickup in the month of January will accompany the regular trash pickup schedule.   A breakdown of the schedule includes the following servicing information: The week of Jan. 3, Casella will pick up trees on Monday and Friday routes. The following week of Jan. 10, they will pick up along the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday routes. During the week of Jan. 17, Casella will resume tree collection with Monday and Friday routes. Lastly, the week of Jan. 24, they will pick up trees according to the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday routes. For more information, please call 499-9330.

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Police Advisory Board Plans Listening Session with Community
By Brittany Polito,
05:33AM / Tuesday, December 28, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Police Advisory and Review Board plans to host a listening session in February to engage with the community.   "I think we all have come to the conclusion that somehow this board needs to connect with the community most affected, correct?" Chair Ellen Maxon asked the Police Advisory and Review Board (PARB) last week. "We have not done that in part because of COVID. I mean… it's almost two years now guys, and…I think us trying to figure out who we are, what we are, what we can and can't do."   The meeting will likely take place during the first or third week of February from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the First

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Cafe Full Cup Serves Positivity to Pittsfield
By Brittany Polito,
04:10AM / Tuesday, December 28, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A new immigrant-owned cafe is serving up wholesome food and good vibes.   Cafe Full Cup, located in the Clocktower Business Center, opened earlier this month and has been well received by the community.  Its name is inspired by optimism or looking at the glass half full instead of half empty.   The eatery features plant-based breakfast and lunch items, gluten-free options, and specialty drinks.   Owners Abigail Bravo and Giancarlo Bravo enjoy food tourism and have crafted the menu around their travels.  She was born in Moldova, and he is originally from Venezuela with heritage in Italy and Ecuador.   "Why we even decided to have a

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BHS Vaccine Centers Phasing Out Johnson & Johnson
04:35PM / Monday, December 27, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass — Following guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Berkshire Health Systems will discontinue widespread distribution of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccines and boosters at its testing and vaccine centers, effective Jan. 6, 2022.   "This decision is based on guidance from the CDC, which recently examined the efficacy, safety, and supply of the J&J vaccine," said James Lederer, MD, BHS Chief Medical Officer/Chief Quality Officer.   "In light of these recommendations, the CDC has made it clear that getting any vaccine is far better than remaining unvaccinated. Any patient who would like to request an

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