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BHS Launches Nurse Line to Support Patient Access to Care
08:04AM / Friday, February 23, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) announced the launch of the BHS Nurse Line, a new service that offers community members access to a free, easy-to-use phone line, staffed by experienced Berkshire Health Systems nurses.    Patients can call 855-855-2000 from 8am-4pm Monday through Friday, and the BHS Nurse Line team will help patients determine whether they should rush to the nearest Emergency Department, go to BHS Urgent Care, schedule a virtual visit, or call to make an appointment with an office-based primary or specialty care provider.   "During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, we used the BHS COVID hotline to help thousands of people in the

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Love of T Foundation Marks 2023 Successes, Gears Up For Fundraiser
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:53AM / Friday, February 23, 2024

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 2023 was a robust year for the Love of T Foundation, dedicated to closing the gap in Berkshire County's behavioral health care.

After a year of connecting individuals with peer support and welcoming new staff members, the foundation is gearing up for its sold-out "Dance the Blues Away" gala on Saturday at the Berkshire Hills Country Club.

Last year, the event raised over $20,000 for the foundation's "Berkshire County Peer Connection," providing 230 hours of one-on-one peer support to 68 individuals navigating suicide.  This year, the goal is to provide 520 hours of peer support to 172 individuals.

"It's a really good

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Zonta Club of Berkshire County Offers Scholarship
02:23PM / Thursday, February 22, 2024
LENOX, Mass. — Applications for the 2024 Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award are now available from the Zonta Club of Berkshire County website, www.ZontaBerkshire.org.       The goal of the Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award Program is to encourage young women to participate in public affairs by recognizing a young woman's commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to the empowerment of women.    Applicants are asked to reflect on their voluntary commitment to their school and to their community and the problems limiting the empowerment of women in their own country and worldwide.

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Berkshire Communities Impacted By National Cellular Outages
09:00AM / Thursday, February 22, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city made an announcement Thursday morning that with the nationwide cellular service outage, the city's parking meters are currently out of service.   Because of this, no parking tickets will be issued for meter violations today. All other parking regulations remain in effect.    The Associated Press reported Thursday morning that widespread outages have impacted AT&T, Cricket Wireless, Verizon, T-Mobile and other service providers.   Using data from Downdetector, the Associated Press reported that  AT&T had more than 64,000 outages in Houston, Atlanta and Chicago while Cricket Wireless had more than 13,000.   Verizon

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Pittsfield Man Sentenced on Child Sexual Assault Charges
08:04AM / Thursday, February 22, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Tuesday, Feb. 20, Lochan Kissoon, age 68, pleaded guilty to two counts of Indecent Assault and Battery on a Child Under 14.   Kissoon was sentenced in Berkshire Superior Court by Judge Agostini. He was sentenced to 2 years in the House of Corrections. Upon release, Kissoon is ordered to have no contact with anyone under the age of 16 and to register as a sex offender.   He was charged in connection to a June 2021 incident when he sexually assaulted a minor. The incident took place in his apartment.   Chief of the Child Abuse Unit, Assistant District Attorney Stephanie Ilberg represented the Commonwealth. Victim Witness Advocate Kristen Rapkowicz

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Marie's North Street Eatery Cuts Ribbon in Pittsfield
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires.com
06:00PM / Wednesday, February 21, 2024
The owners of Marie’s North Street Eatery and Gallery hold a ribbon cutting recently.

PITTSFIELD, Mass.- Marie’s North Street Eatery and Gallery brings grab-and-go offerings to North Street in a revamped storefront.  White it has been open since December, a ribbon cutting was held last week as a formal debut. 

Owner Neil Davis wanted a place to “put my foot down in the community” while making social connections. Partner Ashley Marie handles the kitchen and menu curating, focusing on breakfast and lunch favorites.

“We want to have grab-and-go availability for the downtown worker crowd but also we have a made to order lunch menu,” she

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Miss Hall's School Presents 'Matilda'
10:39AM / Wednesday, February 21, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Miss Hall's School Theater Ensemble will present 'Matilda' in three upcoming shows.   Performances are at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 29; 7 p.m. on Friday, March 1; and 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 2. All performances take place in the Woods Theater of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the MHS campus.   Visit www.misshalls.org/stories to reserve tickets. (After 4 p.m. on Feb. 29, and through Saturday, March 2, call 413-395-7023 to reserve tickets.) General admission is $10, and reservations are recommended. Senior citizen and handicapped-accessible seating are available.   According to a press release:   'Matilda'

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Greylock Federal Promotes Assistant Vice President, Retail Services/Teller Operations Manager
08:14AM / Wednesday, February 21, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union announced the promotion of Megan Hagen to Assistant Vice President, Retail Services/Teller Operations Manager.   "Megan has been a valued and trusted part of our team for more than 16 years now," said Senior Vice President, Retail Services Robert Sims. "We are thrilled to have her in this new role, where I'm confident she will help our team to continue to improve our great service."   In her role, Hagen will coordinate and implement specialized training and resources to further improve branch operations, while helping to maintain compliance requirements and the quality of teller operations throughout

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Toy Library Coming to Pittsfield's Onota Lake
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:57AM / Wednesday, February 21, 2024

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Wahconah High senior plans to build a toy library at Onota Lake Beach to foster community and benefit kids.

On Tuesday, the Park Commission supported Alexandra Bills' toy library proposal as part of her National Honors Society individual service project.  She hopes to see it come to fruition by April, utilizing donated materials and the help of her father for construction.

"I wanted to create a toy library like the other examples in Berkshire County from the sled library to the book libraries," she explained. "But I wanted to make it toys for Onota Lake because a lot of kids forget their toys or some kids can't afford

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Youth Baseball Registration Underway for 2024 Season
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10:20AM / Tuesday, February 20, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Registration is underway for the newly restructured Pittsfield Little League for the 2024 season.   In the offseason, the Pittsfield Little League National Division and American Division merged to form a single league.   The youth program is encouraging all returning and new players eligible for the 2024 campaign to register at www.pittsfieldll.com.   Registration for the Adams-Cheshire Little League is available here. Dalton-Hinsdale Little League registration is here. Sign up for the Great Barrington Little League here.   Northern Berkshire NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Northern Berkshire Youth Baseball League is looking for players aged 7 to 16 to

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Pittsfield's Crosby Elementary Eyed For Combined School Site
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:38AM / Tuesday, February 20, 2024

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Crosby Elementary School is staged for a statement of interest that could open a revamped campus in 2029 as part of larger plans to restructure the district, 

Superintendent Joseph Curtis on Wednesday presented the details of a potential SOI to the Massachusetts School Building Authority for the elementary school that would combine Conte Community School and Crosby onto one campus with two buildings and shared facilities.

"We are cautious and saying if everything moves along as we would hope that we have the potential opening of a new school facility on the Crosby site in 2029," he said.

Following approvals from the committee and the City

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ReMarks and Refreshments Forum to be Held in Blandford
12:58PM / Monday, February 19, 2024
BLANDFORD, Mass. — State Senator Paul W. Mark and state Rep. Nicholas Boldyga invite the public to a "ReMarks and Refreshments" forum on Friday, February 23.   The legislators welcome the public to ask questions or offer up comments about opportunities and/or challenges facing the Town of Blandford and Western Massachusetts. Senator Mark and Representative Boldyga will also share some legislative updates from the State House.   This event is open to the public and will be held at Blandford Town Hall, 1 Russell Stage Road, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.   Senator Mark's Berkshire, Hampden, Franklin, and Hampshire District consists of 57 municipalities in western

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