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Fourth of July Festivities Include Parades, Fireworks
08:01AM / Saturday, July 02, 2022

Festivities marking the nation's 243rd birthday will be held around the Berkshires. All events are on Thursday July 4, unless otherwise noted. Planning a trip to Boston? See MassDOT's traffic information.

A list of what's open and closed on the holiday can be found here.

Boston

The annual July 4 Esplanade Events are July 3 night practice (no fireworks) and Thursday night with fireworks following the Boston Pops, which begin at 8. This year's event features a flyover, Queen Latifah and Arlo Guthrie. MBTA usually runs free after the July 4 concert. More information here.


Lenox

Shakespeare & Company is hosting its annual free celebration with music and activities, with

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Berkshire Community College Pinning Ceremony
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:17PM / Friday, July 01, 2022

Class President Sarah Dellaghelfa addresses her classmates at Thursday's graduation. See more photos here.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College on Thursday graduated a dozen future nurses in a pinning ceremony held in the college's Connector space.   Dean of Nursing Lori Moon commended the graduates of the 10-month course for entering the health-care industry especially after the pandemic and a national nursing shortage. She left them with some final advice -- to remember why they started this journey, to continue to ask questions and to have empathy.    "I hope you guys will enter your new role with fresh energy and positivity. I

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Jewish Federation of the Berkshires Hosts Lecture
04:00PM / Friday, July 01, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires welcomes Ruth Bass on Thursday, July 7, at 10:45 a.m.   She will draw on her perspective as a longtime journalist, editor, and novelist to examine the timely issues linking the rise of hate crimes with the burning of books, and explore the role of social media in stoking dissent within our own culture.   This free program will be presented in person as part of the Federation’s Connecting with Community Series presented at Knesset Israel, located at 16 Colt Road in Pittsfield.   Following the event there will be a kosher hot lunch. Lunch is a $3 suggested donation for adults over 60 years of age or $7 for

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Berkshire Historical Society Seeking Public Input
12:00PM / Friday, July 01, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County Historical Society (BCHS) is asking the community to participate in an online survey to help shape its strategic plan.    "The world has changed a lot over the past few years, and now is a good time to look at what BCHS is doing, what our community's needs are, and how we can move forward to best meet those needs," said Executive Director Lesley Herzberg.   The brief, anonymous survey is available on the BCHS website at https://berkshirehistory.org/2022-community-survey/; a link to the survey can also be requested by writing melville@berkshirehistory.org. Those participating in the survey will be entered into a

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Holiday Hours: Independence Day
10:55AM / Friday, July 01, 2022

  Above, the famous John Trumbull painting depicting the presentation of the Declaration to John Hancock. John Adams is standing on the right of the Committee of Five. Right, the Bill of Rights currently on display at Williams College.

Independence Day will be celebrated Monday, July 4. It is a federal holiday marking the ratification of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Representatives from 13 original colonies, of which Massachusetts was a leader, actually voted on July 2 at the Second Continental Congress to declare their independence from Great Britain. The Declaration formalizing the decision — and giving the reasons for doing so — was written by

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Lifeguards on Duty at Onota Lake beginning July 1
07:54AM / Friday, July 01, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city of Pittsfield's Department of Community Development Recreation Program announced that lifeguards from the Berkshire Family YMCA will be on duty at Onota Lake, the public beach within Burbank Park, beginning Friday, July 1.   On Monday, July 4, lifeguards will be on duty from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. However, the schedule for beach supervision will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays through Aug.14.   Burbank Park is located at 500 Lakeway Drive. For more information, please call Becky Manship, Recreation & Special Events Coordinator at 499-9371.

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Local, State Officials Promote Forward Bill at Berkshire Innovation Center
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:55AM / Friday, July 01, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local and state officials are urging the passage of the Future Opportunities for Resiliency, Workforce, and Revitalized Downtowns, or FORWaRD, bill that is expected to bring nearly $12 million to the city.

"It is essential and urgent that the Forward Act is passed so that we can get going on the shovel-ready projects that we have right in front of us," Mayor Linda Tyer said during a promotional event at the Berkshire Innovation Center on Thursday with state Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Michael Kennealy.

The Baker-Polito administration filed the $3.5 billion act in April of last year to support the state's recovery from the COVID-19

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The Retired Investor: Streaming Comes of Age
By Bill Schmick,
04:12PM / Thursday, June 30, 2022
There are roughly 817,000 unique and different programs available via streaming services in the U.S. The median streaming household pays for three to four such subscriptions costing between $20 and $30 per month. Most consumers claim the choices are overwhelming and cumulatively expensive, so why don't they plan to do anything about it?   Those were the findings of a Nielson report titled "State of Play" published in April 2022 that analyzed the state of streaming entertainment in America. The number of programs (movies, series, specials, etc.) has increased by 26.5 percent since the beginning of 2020.   The amount of content that we couch potatoes have consumed has

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Commissioner Transition Announced at DCR
04:00PM / Thursday, June 30, 2022
BOSTON — Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Beth Card announced the departure of Department of Conservation and Recreation Acting Commissioner Stephanie Cooper and the appointment of Doug Rice, former General Counsel at DCR and currently Director of Procurement for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) as the incoming Commissioner.   "Acting Commissioner Cooper has been a vital asset steering the Department of Conservation and Recreation, she demonstrated her commitment to the agency's mission, its staff, and the state parks system every day. I am very grateful for her service, " said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Beth Card. "I

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Weekend Outlook: 4th of July Events
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:48PM / Thursday, June 30, 2022
Festivities marking the nation's 245th birthday will be held around the Berkshires. Planning a trip to Boston? See MassDOT's traffic information.   Pittsfield   Indepen-Dance with Boxxa Vine Friday, July 1, 5-8 p.m., Persip Park   Pittsfield kicks off its 4th of July festivities on Friday at 5 p.m. with a dance in Persip Park, located at 175 North St.    Pittsfield-based drag queen and costume creator Boxxa Vine will be DJing the event which will include giveaways, performances, music, and more.   More information here.    Pittsfield Parade Car Show Sunday, July 3, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.  McKay Street Parking Lot    Antique cars, hot

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BHS Providing COVD-19 Vaccine for Infants and Toddlers
08:00AM / Thursday, June 30, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With the recent approval by the CDC of COVID-19 vaccination for children under the age of 5, Berkshire Health Systems has scheduled vaccine clinics for that population, while continuing to provide the vaccine for all other ages.    On Saturday, July 2, the BHS Testing and Vaccine Center in Pittsfield will hold its monthly COVID vaccine clinic for children 5 to 11, running from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. On the following Saturday, July 9th, the Testing and Vaccine Center will provide vaccine for children under age 5 from 8:30 am to 12 noon.   Each successive month, beginning Saturday, Aug. 6, BHS will have pediatric vaccine clinics in Pittsfield on the first

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Goodwill Makes Promotions
07:58AM / Thursday, June 30, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires and Southern Vermont announced the promotions of Karen Harrington to director of retail operations, northern territory, and Mary Killeen to the position of director of finance.   Harrington is the manager of Goodwill's retail store in Bennington, Vermont, a position she has held since 2015. She oversees operations at Goodwill's store in North Adams and Rutland and is a member of the team working on the July reopening of Goodwill's flagship store in Pittsfield. Prior to joining Goodwill, she was employed at the Bennington Museum for 22 years, including 16 years as administrative assistant to the executive

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