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BCC Awarded Early Education Grant
12:21PM / Thursday, October 14, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Commonwealth's Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) has awarded Berkshire Community College a Career Pathways Grant totaling $257,331 for the 2022 fiscal year.    The grant funds tuition, fees and support for those pursuing a degree in higher education while working in the field of early education and care.     The grant is designed to reduce barriers to enrollment and completion by providing coherent and stackable courses for credentialing and degree attainment. It also addresses challenges in the early education field, including certified staffing shortages.    Funding supports:  Educator enrollment

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Berkshire County Senior Golf Awards Scholarship
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08:58AM / Thursday, October 14, 2021
DALTON, Mass. -- Pairs of golfers in four divisions took home honors at Wednesday's Berkshire County Fall Senior Golf event at Wahconah Country Club.   Paul Briggs and Ron Carver won the Blue Gross Division with a score of 67. The Blue Net Division went to Dennis Boldyga and Robert Smith with a 59.   In the Green Division, the gross title went to Bill Gates and Paul Traversa. Jim Crews and Roger Prevy won the Green Net with a 58.   The Senior Golf program contiued Wednesday to recognize and award scholarships to junior golf players throughout the area.   On Wednesday, a $500 scholarship was presented to Wahconah Regional High School golfer Nicholas

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Pittsfield Council OKs Lawn Signs on City Treeline
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Thursday, October 14, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Lawn signs will now be allowed on the city-owned rights of way along sidewalks.

The City Council on Tuesday passed a petition to rescind Section 4.9 of the City Code Chapter 25 --relating to the placement of poster signs -- that was submitted by Councilor at Large Peter White.

It passed in a 7-3 vote with Ward 4 Councilor Chris Connell, Ward 5 Councilor Patrick Kavey, and Ward 7 Councilor Anthony Maffuccio in opposition.

Ward 3 Councilor Nicholas Caccamo was absent from the meeting.

This did not follow the Ordinances and Rule's negative recommendation, as the panel rejected the petition last week.

White argued that residents should be allowed to express their

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Pittsfield School Committee Candidates Talk Retention, Budget, Safety in NAACP Forum
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:37PM / Wednesday, October 13, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Six of the eight candidates running for the Pittsfield Public School Committee participated in a forum held by the Berkshire Chapter of the NAACP last week.

Common themes of debate included student retention, the school budget, student and parent engagement, and safety within the schools.

Most of the questions were answered with an overlapping consideration for diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

Incumbents William Cameron, Mark Brazeau, Alison McGee, and newcomers Vicky Smith, Sara Hathaway, and William Tyer participated in the forum moderated by Will Singleton.

Karen Reis Kaveney Murray and incumbent Daniel Elias were not present at the debate.

Two

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Pittsfield Police Arrest Minor Believed To Be Involved In Armed Robbery
04:09PM / Wednesday, October 13, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Oct. 12 at approximately 8:30 PM, Pittsfield Police responded to the 20 block of South John Street for the reported armed robbery of a Liberty Pizza delivery driver.    Responding Officers spoke with the victim who stated that upon exiting his vehicle to make a delivery, he was approached by an armed person with a hoodie up over his head. The suspect struck the delivery driver with a handgun and then held it to his head, demanding the victim's money.    The delivery driver complied. The suspect then fled on foot.    The delivery driver did not suffer any serious injury during this incident.   A search for the suspect was

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Child And Adolescent Psychiatrist Joins Berkshire Health Systems
10:19AM / Wednesday, October 13, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — At a time when there is a severe deficit of mental health providers specializing in the care of children and adolescents, Berkshire Health Systems announces the appointment of Fadi Halabi, MD, a board certified and fellowship trained Psychiatrist specializing in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center.    Dr. Halabi joins the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at BMC.   "Berkshire Health Systems is very pleased that Dr. Halabi has joined our exceptional team of Psychiatric care providers," said Liliana Markovic, MD, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health.

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Hinds Says State Needs Visionary Leadership in Bid for Higher Office
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
10:01AM / Wednesday, October 13, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Adam Hinds believes that the commonwealth needs visionary leadership to take on some of its biggest issues and bring the state together.   On a sunny Wednesday morning, he confirmed his candidacy for lieutenant governor on the steps of City Hall with supporters and his wife, Amherst College professor Alicia Mireles Christoff, and their infant son, Rafael Fernando Hinds. He then headed to Latino's Kitchen in Springfield and on to Beacon Hill for two more media stops.    "It's increasingly felt like this is a really unique moment in our history, that the pandemic exposed so much about some of our greatest weaknesses. It's

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BCC Offers Full Suite of Online Language Classes
07:59AM / Wednesday, October 13, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) offers many non-credit career training courses and workshops designed for both workforce development and continuing education.   BCC currently offers 12 language courses, plus a sign language series that bundles two classes, via the online platform ed2go. Students may choose from four Wednesday start dates: Oct. 13, Nov. 17, Dec. 17 and Jan 12. Some courses also offer self-paced options, allowing students to start and finish at their own pace. To register, visit www.ed2go.com/ebcc.   The courses are:   Spanish for Law Enforcement: Communicate more effectively with Spanish-speakers while adding a valuable skill to

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Pittsfield Advocate Beverly Grady Recognized for Her Service
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:46AM / Wednesday, October 13, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council Chambers were alive with applause on Tuesday as Beverly Grady was recognized for her lifetime of charity and advocacy.

Friends and family cheered after Mayor Linda Tyer read a proclamation honoring Grady, who has devoted 38 years of combined service to the Pittsfield Handicapped Committee and its successor,  the Pittsfield Commission on Disabilities.

She also served on the Berkshire Benevolent Association for the Blind for 57 years and volunteered at the Lions Club for 23 years.

"Beverly uses her time, talent, and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others while positively impacting our communities through her advocacy for all,"

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Pittsfield At-Large Candidates Talk Policing, Poverty and Inequity, Local Economy at NAACP Debate
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:56AM / Wednesday, October 13, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Chapter of the NAACP hosted a debate with Pittsfield's six at-large candidates on last week.

Incumbents Peter Marchetti, Earl Persip III, Pete White, Yuki Cohen, and newcomers  Karen Kalinowsky and Craig Benoit answered questions generated from a survey by the Political Action Committee.

The virtual event was moderated by William Singleton.

Reoccurring topics included public safety and the role of the Pittsfield Police Department, addressing poverty, inequity, and homelessness, and the local economy.

White said police need to be in a role of respect and authority, but also they have to earn that role of respect and authority by being good

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Mid-October to Feel More Like Summer
06:16PM / Tuesday, October 12, 2021
  After a frost scare a couple weeks ago, the weather this week will be more like summer than autumn.    Accuweather says some areas may break records for warm temperatures for October from a high pressure system building across New England.   "As a high pressure system begins to shift into a position just off the Eastern Seaboard on Friday, it will usher in some unusually warm air for mid-October," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Carl Babinski.   Temperatures will range 10 to 20 degrees above normal but a cold front and wet weather arriving this weekend will bring a more seasonable chill to the air.    The National Weather Service out of

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Berkshire Money Management Sponsors Match Campaign To Benefit Thanksgiving Angels
04:04PM / Tuesday, October 12, 2021
DALTON, Mass. — Berkshire Money Management (BMM) is partnering with the Thanksgiving Angels, a collaboration of 19 food pantries, organizations, and faith communities, to provide more than 1,500 Berkshire families with a full Thanksgiving meal in their own homes.   "We really ramped up our efforts to address food insecurity as the pandemic began," said BMM founder and CEO, Allen Harris. "In years past, the BMM team physically handed out turkeys and Wohrle's gift certificates around Thanksgiving time. But the good people at the Thanksgiving Angels have perfected the logistics behind reaching out to and feeding thousands of Berkshire families. To have the biggest

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