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Two Pittsfield Seniors Recognized with Superintendents Award
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:15PM / Friday, October 15, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two seniors, one from each of the city's high schools, were honored for their high reaching academics and community involvement at Wednesday's school committee meeting.

William Garrity of Taconic High School and Elodie Theriault of Pittsfield High School received the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Certificate of Academic Excellence.  
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The awards are given out annually to high school students who have distinguished themselves in the pursuit of academic excellence and have achieved the highest grade average at their school.

Garrity ranks first in the Taconic class of 2022 with a cumulative grade of 103.9.

Along with having an

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Pittsfield Street Improvement Project Schedule: Oct. 18-22
04:48PM / Friday, October 15, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Please note the following work is scheduled for Oct. 18-22, as part of the City of Pittsfield’s 2021 Street Improvement Project.   The schedule is as follows: Monday, Oct. 18: Pave speed tables on Velma Avenue and raise structures on Anita Drive. Tuesday, Oct. 19: Pave Gordon, Deming, and High streets and raise structures on Curtain and Paul avenues, Maloney and Lucille streets. Wednesday, Oct. 20: Pave Andover and Plumb streets, raise structures on Curtain and Paul avenues, Maloney and Lucille streets. Thursday, Oct. 21: Pave Anita Drive, Hawthorne Avenue, and raise structures on Curtain and Paul avenues, Maloney and Lucille streets. Friday,

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Pittsfield Confirms COVID-19 Cases In Post Office
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03:41PM / Friday, October 15, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city released a statement confirming cases of COVID-19 in the Fenn Street  Post Office and noted that the release was dispersed because of a "lack of cooperation."   The City of Pittsfield Health Department released a press release Friday afternoon stating that the city’s Contact Tracing Team and Health Department have been notified of four lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in employees of the United States Postal Office with exposure dates of Sept. 28 to the present.   According to the press release:   "We understand that this may create unease in our community. Please know that we have been working closely

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@theMarket: Markets Snap Out of Their Downtrend
By Bill Schmick,
03:09PM / Friday, October 15, 2021
It appears that we have established a range in the stock market over the last few weeks. The bears have not seen their worst predictions come true. My hope is that we leave this month where we entered it.   September 2021 was treacherous. Bears were calling for a 10 percent correction at a minimum. Bulls, already on the back foot after witnessing a 5 percent pullback in the indexes, insisted we had seen the lows. Since then, we had been bouncing back and forth in a range. This week, however, appears to be a game changer.   We have not re-tested the lows on the S&P 500 Index, which we hit on Oct. 1, 2021, at 4,288 (intraday), nor have we come close to the highs made on

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Pittsfield and Dalton Household Hazardous Waste Collection
12:23PM / Friday, October 15, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A household hazardous waste collection, organized by the City of Pittsfield in conjunction with the Town of Dalton, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23.   The collection will be held at the city's Highway Facility, 81 Hawthorne Ave; please enter through the rear entrance.   A wide range of unwanted household products with labels indicating the need for special handling or disposal will be accepted, as well as rechargeable button and other non-alkaline batteries, and also mercury-bearing thermostats and thermometers.   Online pre-registration is required by midnight on Oct. 20 and can be accessed here: https://tinyurl.com/HazDaySignup, along with a

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World Osteoporosis Day
08:38AM / Friday, October 15, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates and Berkshire Health Systems raise awareness about Osteoporosis and fragility fractures for World Osteoporosis Day (WOD), celebrated on Wednesday, Oct. 20.    Each year, clinicians and health professionals come together to celebrate World Osteoporosis Day (WOD) on Oct. 20 and the kick-off of a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease.    This year’s campaign headline, "TAKE ACTION FOR BONE HEALTH" highlights the need to be proactive in maintaining bone health throughout life and preventing

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BCC to Participate in Berkshire STEM Week
07:57AM / Friday, October 15, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will offer a range of virtual and hands-on activities as part of the fourth annual Berkshire STEM Week, Monday–Saturday, October 18–23, 2021.    Included in the activities are a series of panels, workshops, speakers, tours, a job fair and information about career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the Berkshires and beyond.    The event is presented by the Berkshire County STEM Network in partnership with the Executive Office of Education and the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council. The Berkshire STEM Network, one of nine regional STEM networks across the

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Mount Greylock School Committee Hears Criticism of September Vote on Synthetic Field
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:07AM / Friday, October 15, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District is still waiting for proposal from its architect to design new athletic fields, more than a month after the School Committee authorized the administration to move forward on obtaining those designs.   But while the committee was not able to take any action on the project at its Thursday meeting, it did hear from critics of the plan to install a synthetic turf multisport field at the middle/high school.   District Business Administrator Joe Bergeron on Thursday reported that architect Perkins Eastman did not provide a proposal for its design services in time for the School Committee to consider awarding the

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Pittsfield City Council OKs Lee Bank's 2nd Location on South Street
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:43AM / Friday, October 15, 2021

Lee Bank CEO Chuck Leach tells the council he is happy that the bank was able to compromise with the neighbors and community.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday gave Lee Bank the OK to move forward with its construction of a mixed-use building at the corner of South Street and Reed Street.

The panel passed a special permit application for the construction of a drive-through window service at 180-184 South St. with one condition requiring a raised right-turn median instead of a painted one at the intersection of the streets.

To accommodate the drive-through, the first 290 feet of Reed Street from South Street will be converted to two-way traffic.

The two-story, 5,400

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The Retired Investor: Barbie Gets Better With Age
By Bill Schmick,
04:23PM / Thursday, October 14, 2021
Despite this new age of video games, electronic toys, and diminishing attention spans, children are returning to a toy that is almost as old as me. Mattel's Barbie doll is back and at the top of many holiday shopping lists.   Some of the credit for Barbie's new-found popularity can be attributed to the pandemic. The lockdowns and the subsequent search for things to keep children occupied had mothers remembering their own fascination with all-things Barbie. Buying a Barbie, however (at least until recently), had parents wrestling with several negative stereotypes. Leading the list was the doll's image of a whites-only toy that ignored the realities of the melting pot we call

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Pittsfield Council Approves New Ward Map with Precinct Changes
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:12PM / Thursday, October 14, 2021

City Clerk Michele Benjamin updates the City Council on changes to the voting maps because of redistricting. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday approved a new city ward map with precinct changes that will affect 174 residents.

This is done every 10 years, according to U.S. Census data, so that shifts in population will never unfairly increase or decrease a voter's voice in government.

During her presentation to the council, City Clerk Michele Benjamin pointed out that there will no longer be two state representatives in Pittsfield as state Rep. Paul Mark won't be representing Ward 1 because of redistricting.  

State Rep. Tricia Farley Bouvier will

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Line Painting Scheduled In Pittsfield
04:00PM / Thursday, October 14, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Line painting is scheduled for Oct. 14 beginning at 9 p.m. in the following locations: Valentine Road, Dalton Avenue, Lyman Street and Dorchester Avenue.   On-street parking is prohibited during this work.   Please note the schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions. 

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