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Berkshire County Communities Receive Trail Project Funding
04:00PM / Tuesday, July 27, 2021
BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration announced nearly $4 million in grant funding to support 52 trail projects across the Commonwealth as part of the MassTrails Grant Program.    The grants will assist the construction, maintenance, and improvements for a variety of public trails across the Commonwealth, including hiking trails, bikeways, and shared-use paths.    "Massachusetts has a vast network of public trails which connect communities and regions together, providing recreation, exercise, and tremendous access to the natural world, and this funding offers an excellent opportunity to continue building and expanding that network and support new

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Is Roth IRA better for young workers?
02:13PM / Tuesday, July 27, 2021
If you're in the early stages of your career, you're probably not thinking much about retirement. Nonetheless, it's never too soon to start preparing for it, as time may be your most valuable asset. So, you may want to consider retirement savings vehicles, one of which is an IRA. Depending on your income, you might have the choice between a traditional IRA and a Roth IRA. Which is better for you?   There's no one correct answer for everyone. But the more you know about the two IRAs, the more confident you'll be when choosing one.   First of all, the IRAs share some similarities. You can fund either one with many types of investments – stocks, bonds,

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MassDEP Issues Lower Air Quality Warning
10:33AM / Tuesday, July 27, 2021
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) issued a yellow-level air quality warning for Berkshire County until at least 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 27.   According to a press release:       A yellow alert, or moderate, represents acceptable air quality. However, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people. Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors.   A red level, or unhealthy, warning was issued Monday. According to MassDEP a red alerts means everyone may begin to experience health effects. People in sensitive groups should avoid prolonged or

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Fenton Quinn PC Add Partner, Change Name
10:12AM / Tuesday, July 27, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With the addition of Christine Arace, CPA to the firm of Fenton Quinn PC, the firm has changed their corporate name to Killeen Arace & Quinn, PC.    Christine Arace has joined Ryan Killeen and Sheri Quinn as managing partners of the Firm. Killeen Arace & Quinn PC now has four CPA's, which also includes William Fenton, and eight support staff members.   Killeen Arace & Quinn, PC specializes in tax preparation services, which includes corporate, individual, non-profit and trust returns, along withAssurance and Advisory services; bookkeeping, accounting and Quickbooks/Sage assistance.

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Rotary Club of Pittsfield Announces New President
08:15AM / Tuesday, July 27, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — John Murphy has been elected President of the Rotary Club of Pittsfield for 2021/2022, the year running July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.    Murphy has been a member of the Club for 35 years and his year will focus on fostering and building on the Club's community literacy efforts.     An active Rotarian and community member, he serves as Secretary of the Board of Berkshire Retirement Home and Affiliates, Trustee of the Berkshire Athenaeum, Board Member of the Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center and Board Member South Mountain Association. He is an Account Executive with Cross Insurance here in Pittsfield where he grew up, raising three

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MassDOT Holding Hearings on East Street, Holmes Road Projects
02:25AM / Tuesday, July 27, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state Department of Transportation is holding two hearings in the next month for projects on East Street and Holmes Road.    • The public hearing for the reconstruction of East Street between Lyman and Merrill Road will be held on Thursday, July 29, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers.     • The informational hearing for the bridge replacement over the Housatonic Railroad on Holmes Road will be held Thursday, Aug. 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Berkshire Athenaeum.   The $7.2 million East Street reconstruction will consist of widening of the roadway to create 12-foot travel lanes, as well as turn lanes

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Mountain Biking Program Designed to Build Confidence in Girls
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:06AM / Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Alison McGee, program lead, says the program boosts confidence and builds a sense of community in young girls.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In its sixth year, the Little Bellas mentoring program is giving girls a sense of confidence and community through mountain biking on the trails of Springside Park, say organizers.

"I think the biggest two things are the confidence-boosting, and then that sense of community. We've had girls who have gotten together to ride outside of the program afterward or participated in team events," program lead Alison McGee said.

"They go and kind of grow that way, but that I mean, also, you do see their mountain bike skills grow and I

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Wally the Stegosaurus Returns to Berkshire Museum
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:51PM / Monday, July 26, 2021

The fiberglass dinosaur was refurbished by the studio that created him more than 50 years ago. See more photos here.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — He's large, he's prehistoric, and he is back home at the Berkshire Museum.

Wally the 1,200-pound, life-sized fiberglass Stegosaurus was crane-lifted to the museum's lawn on Monday after a yearlong hiatus for some rest and recuperation. During this time, he received a full inspection, tail restoration, surface crack repairs, and a new paint job.

The beloved Pittsfield hallmark of 24 years now sits on the left side of the museum's front lawn. He previously lived on the right side of the lawn.

"That's been our No. 1

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Choose Your Subaru Raffle Benefiting Homeless Animals
04:03PM / Monday, July 26, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Humane Society and Haddad Subaru have launched their 9th annual "Choose Your Subaru" car raffle.    One winner will have their choice of a 2022 Subaru Crosstrek Limited, Forester Premium or Outback Premium with a value up to $33,000.   "Haddad Subaru is excited to partner with Berkshire Humane Society for the 9th annual Subaru Raffle. We love to help raise money for such a wonderful organization so they can continue the important work they do for our four-legged community. Haddad Subaru looks forward to growing the long-standing relationship we've built with Berkshire Humane Society over the years," said George

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Pittsfield Babe Ruth 13s Go Undefeated in Pool Play at Regional
iBerkshires.com Sports,
02:48PM / Monday, July 26, 2021
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield 13-year-old Babe Ruth All-Stars went to the New England Regional as the best team in Western Massachusetts.   On Monday morning, they proved they can play with any team in the commonwealth.   Simon Mele struck out nine in a complete-game, 11-1 win over Eastern Massachusetts Champion Norfolk at Billy Bullens Field.   The win gives the Pittsfield 13s a 3-0 record in pool play and a bye in the first round of knockout play that gets underway on Tuesday. Pittsfield will play the winner of a Tuesday quarter-final on Wednesday at 6 p.m. for a berth in Thursday's regional final.   Mele allowed three hits, three walks and one earned run

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County Cultural, Entertainment Venues Get $9M in SBA Grants
02:33PM / Monday, July 26, 2021

The @SBAgov's SVOG program was a major piece of the #AmericanRescuePlan designed to help economic drivers bounce back. The @Hoophall was one of 33 agencies in CD-1 that received this funding which totaled over $20million. More here: https://t.co/LaWXNVEmBp pic.twitter.com/0yfjyrK560

— Rep. Richard Neal (@RepRichardNeal) July 26, 2021 NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire County cultural venues were awarded more than $9 million in U.S. Small Business Administration funding to alleviate the impacts of having to close during the pandemic.   Grants ranged from $2.7 million for Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and $1.5 million for Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in

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Mass RMV Announces 2021 Low Plate Lottery
08:07AM / Monday, July 26, 2021
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is announcing that applications for the 2021 Low Number Plate Lottery are now being accepted online at Mass.Gov/RMV using the Online Service Center.    Applicants must apply by Aug. 27, 2021, and, if selected for a low number plate, will be notified after the virtual drawing takes place on Sept. 8, 2021.   This year, there are 200 plates available through the low plate lottery. Some of this year's low plate characters are 210, 2762, 1H, 24L, F1, J25 and X25. The complete list is online at Mass.Gov/RMV.   Applicants should note that there is no fee to apply. However, should the applicant be selected as

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