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1Berkshire GoFundU Crowdfunding Essentials Series
12:55PM / Monday, January 24, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass.— 1Berkshire, in partnership with the Berkshire Innovation Center, and with the financial support of Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation (PERC) and Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC), announced the launch of a brand new workshop series, GoFundU.   GoFundU is a free, 5-week intensive series of 2 hours per week, focused on providing the background, information, and guidance needed for participants to start, grow, or create resilience for their small business through the use of crowdfunding opportunities.    "This is an exciting new offering that helps familiarize new and existing businesses with the growing potential of

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Lanesborough Approves All Warrant Articles at Special Town Meeting
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
11:08AM / Monday, January 24, 2022

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Voters approved all 15 warrant articles at a special town meeting held Saturday.

Town officials and residents, both in-person and via livestream, convened at Lanesborough Elementary School.

Nearly 50 voters were in attendance to vote on the 15 articles. Select Board members Gordon Hubbard and John Goerlach were unable to attend the meeting due to both being on vacation at the time.

The town voted to approve article one, which will use $100,000 of free cash to renovate several aspects of town hall. Proposed improvements include new carpet, new windows, washing and painting of both the interior and exterior of the building.

Additionally, residents voted for an

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Pittsfield Firefighters Extinguish Two Fires
08:24AM / Monday, January 24, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Firefighters responded to two structure fires Saturday, Jan. 22 within the same hour.   Firefighters first responded to a call on 38 Beacon Ave to check a previous fire around 8 pm.   Firefighters were brought into the basement by the homeowner where they encountered smoldering wood joists, due to someone trying to thaw frozen pipes earlier that day.   Engine 5 requested a full assignment which included a command vehicle, 3 engines, and a Ladder Co.   It was determined that the fire had traveled up the interior wall into the attic of the home. It took firefighters approximately 45 minutes to bring the fire under control.   The cause was

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Downswing's Indoor Golf Center Plans Move to Dalton Division Road
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:14AM / Monday, January 24, 2022

Downswing also offers golf equipment and accessories.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After eight years on Lyman Street, Downswing's Indoor Golf Center will be moving to a new location on Dalton Division Road.

The facility, which offers virtual golfing through three large simulators, will relocate to the former Burgner's Market building at the end of its season that runs from November to April.  

Until then, it will be business as usual at Downswing's. Owner James Underdown opened the center in 2014 for people looking to practice or for friends looking to have some virtual golf time.

"These simulators are equipped to show you where your ball would have gone in real life

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BRPC, 1Berkshire to Release Regional Housing Strategy
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:10AM / Monday, January 24, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Regional Planning Commission and 1Berkshire are preparing to release a regional housing strategy to address one of the county's greatest struggles.

The effort began almost two years ago when the entities partnered to address the countywide housing crisis they were hearing about from businesses and communities.  A practitioners group consisting of local planners, realtors, bankers, developers, and nonprofit employees was assembled and got to work.

Because a majority of the region's homes are either too old, too expensive, or too scarce, it was clear that housing is a problem.  

"So what we came up with is that, in fact, we are in

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Pittsfield Hospitality Taxes Rebound From Fiscal Year 2021
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:29AM / Sunday, January 23, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is back to pre-pandemic figures for local receipts in the hospitality industry.

On Wednesday, Finance Director Matthew Kerwood reviewed the city's monetary stance for fiscal 2022 to the finance subcommittee. The review was based on metrics from the beginning of the fiscal year in July to Dec. 31.

He reported that taxes collected for hotels, motels, and meals are where they were before the pandemic.

"What I can tell you on both motel/hotel and meals is that these numbers have to pre-pandemic levels in terms of the amount of revenue that has come in in FY22," Kerwood said.

"So we're back in terms of being able to see these revenues

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State Officials Urge Public to Stay Safe On and Near Ice
06:06PM / Saturday, January 22, 2022
BOSTON – Environmental and public safety officials urge the public to practice caution on and near apparent frozen lakes, ponds, streams and rivers.   The Massachusetts State Police (MSP), the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) and the Massachusetts Environmental Police (MEP) are cautioning the public about the potential dangers of thin ice on the state's many lakes, ponds, streams and rivers, and ask the public to be responsible and mindful of local conditions, aware of the possible dangers while on the ice and to remain diligent in following prudent ice safety practices.    "Many factors including

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@theMarket: Corporate Guidance Sends Stocks Lower
By Bill Schmick,
01:31PM / Saturday, January 22, 2022
Across several industries, corporate executives are guiding investor's expectations lower during this fourth-quarter 2021 earnings season. To me, it is just added another nail in the coffin of bullish sentiment.   Pick your poison. The money center banks earnings beat on the bottom line, but it was the commentary and nuanced forward guidance that dismayed investors. Airlines did OK, but also warned of tough times ahead due to higher fuel costs, and the Omicron variant. Companies in other sectors (such as Netflix) warned of thinner profit margins ahead due to higher costs, less demand and/or supply chain issues.   None of this should come as a surprise to my readers. I expected

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The Retired Investor: A New Female Fed
By Bill Schmick,
03:39PM / Friday, January 21, 2022
Just before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President Biden announced three new nominations to the Federal Reserve Bank Board, two of whom are women. If the U.S. Senate approves, women would then account for most of the Federal Reserve Bank's seven-member board.   Lisa Cook and Sarah Bloom Raskin, if confirmed, would join Lael Brainard, who President Biden picked as vice chair, and Michelle Bowman, who is already a board member. In addition, Lisa Cook would be the first Black woman on the board. Women are still in the minority, however, if you include all the Federal Reserve Bank's regional presidents, but the board is where the voting power resides. All-in-all, I say hip-hip

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State Launches Commission on Clean Heat
02:39PM / Friday, January 21, 2022
BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration announced that the members of Massachusetts' first-in-the-nation Commission on Clean Heat were sworn in, helping to advance the Commonwealth's ambitious goals to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions in the buildings sector.    The Commission, which was created via Executive Order 596, held its first meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, and over the next year will advise the Administration as it works to achieve Net Zero emissions by 2050. The Commission membership, representing a wide range of backgrounds and expertise including affordable housing, energy efficient building design and construction, health care and real estate, will

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MassDevelopment Awards Grant to Roots Rising
07:59AM / Friday, January 21, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — MassDevelopment has awarded a $7,500 grant to Roots Rising for the development of its new urban youth farm in Pittsfield.   Funds will support community engagement, land assessment, farm research, and business planning purposes.    The funds are awarded through MassDevelopment's special Commonwealth Places COVID-19 Response Round: Resurgent Places, which was made available specifically to assist local economic recovery efforts as community partners prepare public spaces and commercial districts to serve residents and visitors.   "The Commonwealth Places program is one way that we can help the vibrant centers of our cities and towns

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Tanglewood Plans Full 2022 Season; James Taylor Returns for 4th
03:39PM / Thursday, January 20, 2022
LENOX, Mass. — Tanglewood will hold its first full summer season since 2019, including the traditional James Taylor concert on the Fourth of July.    The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra canceled its entire 2020 season after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and shifted to virtual performances. Last year, there was a truncated season with shortened performances, distancing protocols and limited capacity.   The full-season schedule will run eight weekends of BSO, Boston Pops and Popular Artist concerts, and performances by the Fellows of Tanglewood Music Center. Ozawa Hall and the Linde Center for Music and Learning will both reopen to the public after

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