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Weekend Outlook: Comedy Nights, Gallery Tours, and More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
01:00PM / Thursday, January 12, 2023
Berkshire County is hosting a wide range of events this weekend including gallery tours, comedy nights, hikes, and more.  Friday, Jan. 13  
The Clark also offers a guided tour of the permanent collection on Saturday at 11:15 a.m. Fresh Takes: Emerging Art Historians Explore The Clark Collection The Clark, Williamstown  

Experience the Clark's permanent collection in a new light this Friday as a Williams College art history graduate students share their thoughts on an object in the collection through the perspective of new scholarship. 

  Partake in this tour and other events at the Clark for free thanks to its Free for Three

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BCC Receives Grant to Address College Campus Hunger
10:45AM / Thursday, January 12, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC), in partnership with Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), has been awarded a multi-year Community College Campus Hunger Program Grant in the amount of $180,000.    Funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and administered through the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, the grant award will provide program support through June 30, 2024.    The grant is designed to increase access to academic opportunities for students of color and students experiencing food insecurity. The award letter commends BCC for its "commitment to transform higher education institutional cultures to center

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Over $30,000 Drug Seizure in Pittsfield Leads to Trafficking Charges
08:16AM / Thursday, January 12, 2023

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A search warrant was executed on Jan. 10 at 29 Alden Ave in Pittsfield by the Pittsfield Police and State Police resulting in the arrest of Alan J. Ramos. 

Upon execution of the search warrant, the Pittsfield Police and State Police Berkshire County Detective Unit seized 90 grams of methamphetamine, 45 grams of heroin, and 30 grams of cocaine amounting to approximately $31,500 street value of illegal narcotics and over $6,000 in cash at the residence.

Ramos was arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court on drug trafficking charges. District Attorney Shugrue led the arraignment. Heather Valentine will be prosecuting the case for the Commonwealth.

During the

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Pittsfield Council Tackles 14 Items in Just Over an Hour
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:07AM / Thursday, January 12, 2023

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council went through 14 petitions in just over an hour on Tuesday.

These included retiree cost-of-living adjustments from 3 percent to a maximum of 5 percent, a deed of lieu of foreclosure for three properties on Robbins Avenue, and a couple of referrals.

By approving the COLA order, the council accepted Chapter 269 of the Acts of 2022,
"An Act Relative to Cost-of-Living Adjustments for Retirees," which was signed into law by former Gov. Charlie Baker in November.

This allows for an increase in the fiscal year 2023 COLA on the base amount of a retiree's pension of $16,000. The board of the Pittsfield Contributory Retirement System voted in

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Green Dalton Committee Waiting on Town Hall Roof Study
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:24PM / Wednesday, January 11, 2023
DALTON, Mass. — Town Manager Tom Hutcheson informed the Green Dalton Committee last Wednesday that Hill Engineering confused the Town Hall/Library project with another project that had been put on hold.    It is unclear how the engineering company got that idea but Building Grounds Superintendent Patrick Pettit informed them to resume working on the project, Hutcheson said.    Hill Engineering is working on two roof studies for the town. One is for the library to see if the roof can be insulated and the other is for Town Hall to see if the roof structure can support solar panels.    The solar panel project was postponed until March 13 so that Hill

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BRPC to Receive $50K National Endowment for the Arts Grant
01:35PM / Wednesday, January 11, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) announced it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to receive a Grants for Arts Projects award of $50,000.    This grant will support the Creative Compact for Collaborative and Collective Impact (C4) Initiative. This grant is one of 1,251 Grants for Arts Projects awards totaling nearly $28.8 million that were announced by the NEA as part of its first round of fiscal year 2023 grants.   "The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts projects in communities nationwide," said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. "Projects such as this one strengthen

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Pittsfield Council Rejects Petition Against Magnesium Chloride
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:17PM / Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Ward 2 Councilor Charles Kronick takes to the mic to read a letter from a former MassDOT employee backing his position about the roads. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday shot down Ward 2 Councilor Charles Kronick's attempt to block possible purchases of magnesium chloride in response to the poor road conditions during the pre-Christmas storm. 

Kronick said there were two major mistakes made in the city's response to Storm Elliot: not pre-treating the roads with rock salt and not putting out an emergency alert about the situation. 

On the agenda was also a petition from Councilor at Large Earl Persip III requesting a cost-benefit analysis of

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BCC to Hold Alumni Appreciation Day on Jan. 12
10:45AM / Wednesday, January 11, 2023

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) invites all alumni to the annual Alumni Appreciation Day on Friday, Jan. 12.

The event includes two creative workshops, held in the College's newest student spaces, followed by a buffet dinner in the Connector. 

Maker Space Demo and Hands-on Activity: 4–5 pm and 5–6 pm in the newly created Berkshire Science Commons. Colin Wilson, Director of Berkshire Science Commons, and Eric Drury, Instructional Program Manager: Making, Manufacturing and Technology, will lead a tour and demonstration of the creative technological tools featured in the Maker Space, including Prusa 3D printers and a Glowforge laser cutter.

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Provider Profile: Andrew Lederman, MD, FACS, FASMBS, BMC Bariatric Surgeon
08:45AM / Wednesday, January 11, 2023
With the New Year comes resolutions for many, and some involve improving your health through weight loss. But for many facing obesity and the chronic conditions that can accompany it, such as Diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis or joint problems, among others, dieting may not be enough. Dr. Andrew Lederman is the Medical Director of the Berkshire Center for Weight Loss Surgery at BMC, and a highly skilled and experienced bariatric surgeon.   "I think our bariatric program is fairly unique and has proven to be successful for the more than 1,000 patients we've served throughout the Berkshires and Southern Vermont," said Dr. Lederman. "Our team focuses on

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Author Talk with Debby Applegate
08:23AM / Wednesday, January 11, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Thursday, Jan. 12 at 6:45 p.m., join a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Debby Applegate about her new biography that tells the story of Polly Adler, Manhattan's most notorious madam.   According to a press release, the New York Times Book Review praised "Madam: The Biography of Polly Adler, Icon of the Jazz Age" as a "fast-paced" tale of radical transformation" and "a breathless tale told through extraordinary research."   This free program is part of "Jewish Literary Voices: A Federation Series in collaboration with The Jewish Book Council." It will be presented via Zoom. Please visit the

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Free Public Skating Events in Pittsfield
02:17PM / Tuesday, January 10, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Recreation Program has once again teamed up with the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires for a free public skating opportunity.   The first 100 people in attendance will receive both free admission for skating and skate rental, if needed (limited size availability), on the following dates: 3-4:30 p.m. Jan. 14, 21, and Feb. 18. Jan. 14 is sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union.    The Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires is located at 16 Melville St.   For more information call Becky Manship, Recreation & Special Events Coordinator, at 499- 9371 or email parks@cityofpittsfield.org.

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Pittsfield Cooperative Bank Makes Donations to Nonprofits
12:28PM / Tuesday, January 10, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank celebrated the season of giving with donations to local nonprofit partner.   The Co-op embarked on Holiday Cheer, a bank-funded campaign empowering each employee to provide support to an organization of their choice.    "We recognize that teamwork and collaboration are critical to our success," said J. Jay Anderson, President and CEO of the Pittsfield Cooperative Bank. "Ideas are encouraged and supported. This campaign represents the Bank's ongoing philanthropic commitment to forge partnerships and support our communities. For Holiday Cheer, every organization selected was determined by the Bank

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