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Pittsfield Summer Movies Start Friday
03:25PM / Wednesday, July 17, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass.  — Pittsfield's Department of Community Development Recreation Program announces the return of the Summer Movie Nights beginning on Friday, July 19.   Family friendly movies are shown on select Friday nights during the summer and begin at dusk, around 8:30 p.m., at Clapp Park.     The schedule is planned to include the following movies: July 19: Frozen II July 26: Lightyear August 2: Wonka August 9: Paw Patrol Mighty Movie Bring chairs or blankets and snacks for a family movie night out. Sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union. Note that the schedule is subject to change based upon inclement weather.   For more

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Berkshire Film & Media Collaborative Awarded Cultural Facilities Grant
10:45AM / Wednesday, July 17, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Film & Media Collaborative (BFMC) has been awarded a $200,000 Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF) Capital Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and Mass Development.    BFMC will use this grant to begin build drawings for the new international film education center proposed for the north end of the Elayne Bernstein Theatre complex on the grounds of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox.   BFMC Executive Director, Diane Pearlman, attended the celebration to hear the announcement of the CFF Capital Grant in Easton.    "We are thrilled with the continued support we have received from MCC/Cultural Facilities Fund for

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Classical Beat: Enjoy Great Music at Tanglewood, Sevenars Festivals
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
08:24AM / Wednesday, July 17, 2024

As Tanglewood enters its fourth week, stellar performances will take center stage in Ozawa Hall and in the Koussevitsky Shed.

Why go? To experience world-class instrumental soloists, such as the stellar piano virtuoso Yuja Wang. Also not to be missed are the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, as well as visiting guest ensembles and BSO and TMC soloists as they perform chamber and orchestral masterworks by iconic composers Purcell, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Wagner, Prokofiev, Richard Strauss, Vaughan Williams and Ives.

In addition to Tanglewood, there are also outstanding performances to be enjoyed at the Sevenars Music Festival in South Worthington.

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Safety Solutions Proposed for Berkshire Mall Intersection
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:57PM / Tuesday, July 16, 2024
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — A speed bump and traffic mirror have been proposed at the reportedly problematic intersection of Old State Road and the Berkshire Mall entrance.   Last week, abutters approached the Select Board with concerns about drivers ignoring stop signs and speeding through the area. Target owns its building and is the lone business left on the property.      "When you turn into Old State Road, our driveways are right there," Judy Bennett said. "Nobody stops, nobody slows down to come around that corner. They go faster and that's where someone is going to get hurt."   Carl Bennett added, "We are taking our lives into our

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Berkshires Get $60K in Cyber Security Grants
04:48PM / Tuesday, July 16, 2024
BRAINTREE, Mass. — The Healey-Driscoll Administration announced the award of nearly $7 million in federal grant funds to local governments and state agencies to enhance cybersecurity initiatives and reduce cyber risk for public agencies statewide.   The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority received $5,025, the town of Cheshire $13,224, and Monterey had the highest amount at $45,425.   "It's vital that our communities have access to the resources, tools, and guidance necessary to protect against increasingly frequent and sophisticated cybersecurity threats. Through these programs, our administration has undertaken a collaborative approach to equip state agencies and

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Musical Mountain Day Returns to Bousquet
03:37PM / Tuesday, July 16, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mountain Day returns for its third year at Bousquet on Saturday.    Doors open at 1 p.m. for a lineup of performances, food and beer trucks, face painting, lawn games, and more. The musical performances run from 3 to 10:30.   Featured artists are Whiskey Treaty Roadshow, now celebrating their 10th anniversary; Bella's Bartok, known for their mix of punk, folk, and Eastern European traditions; Vaguely Pagan, with their a blend of indie rock and folk; Love Crumbs combines indie rock with blues and folk elements; and, closing out the day, Jackson Whalan with his innovative hip-hop and electronic sounds.   Ticket are $25 in advance/$30 at door;

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County Ambulance Recognized for Quality Cardiac, Stroke Care
03:17PM / Tuesday, July 16, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — County Ambulance Service received the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline EMS  Bronze achievement award for its commitment to offering rapid and research-based care to people experiencing the most severe form of heart attacks and strokes, ultimately saving lives.   Emergency medical services staff can begin treatment when they arrive — up to an hour sooner than if someone goes to the hospital by car. EMS staff are also trained to provide resuscitation efforts to someone whose heart has stopped. People who arrive by ambulance may also receive faster treatment at the hospital.   Mission: Lifeline EMS is the American Heart

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BMC Community Pharmacy Recognized for Quality Care
03:01PM / Tuesday, July 16, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Community Pharmacy at Berkshire Medical Center has achieved accreditation by Accreditation Commission for Health Care, citing the quality of its Specialty Pharmacy Services.    Following a survey, ACHC noted that the pharmacy, located in the Warriner Building at BMC, "has demonstrated that it operates at a level of quality, integrity and effectiveness consistent with ACHC standards. It is an achievement of which your organization can be proud that marks your commitment to quality in the provision of care."   The ACHC accreditation is effective for a three-year period. The Berkshire Community Pharmacy is also accredited by the

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Expanded Dalton Day Set for July 20
12:11PM / Tuesday, July 16, 2024
DALTON, Mass. — Dalton Day on Saturday is being expanded this year to include a car show, more local food, Irish dance troupe, children's activities, a town mascot, and plenty of music.   The festivities begin at 11 a.m. on the grounds of the Dalton Senior Center, located at 40 Field St Ext.   After the inaugural event's success last year, the Dalton Cultural Council worked all year to expand the festivities.    More than 300 residents attended the event last year, which showed their pride in the area, council members said.    The event gives residents the opportunity to get together and enjoy good music, food, and company, member

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BCArc’s Golf Event Raises Funds for Individuals with Disabilities
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11:11AM / Tuesday, July 16, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Berkshire County Arc raised $45,000 at its 29th annual Golf Classic held this summer at Berkshire Hills Country Club.   The funds raised from the event go directly to individuals with disabilities for activities such as art classes, medical equipment, wheelchair swings, concerts, assistive technology, and dream trips to places like Disney, Celtics games, and deep-sea fishing.   The money also goes to scholarships to area high school students planning to pursue human service careers.   The lead supporters of the event this year were Berkshire Bank, Health New England, Greylock Federal Credit Union,  Notch Insurance Group, Synagex Modern IT, and

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Plan in Place to Address Condition of Dalton Home
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
06:12AM / Tuesday, July 16, 2024
DALTON, Mass. — A plan to address the dilapidated condition of the house at 27 Mountain View Terrace is coming together, the homeowner says during Wednesday's Board of Health Meeting.    Roberta Steele and her niece, Kathleen Winterstein, have been working to develop a plan to address the condition of the home since the last Board of Health meeting in June.    Two weeks ago, Health Agent Agnes Witkowski received a photo from a neighbor of a dead rat on their property.    Witkowski did an updated inspection and required that the owner of 27 Mountain View set traps.    She spoke to the owner of Action Pest Management, who suggested that Steele

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Dalton Fire District Sees Potential in Former Dalton Garage
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:25AM / Tuesday, July 16, 2024

The building was a fire station back in the 1950s but cannot accommodate this era's larger fire trucks. The district is looking to use it for office, meeting and training space.  DALTON, Mass. — The Dalton Garage would open the doors to so many possibilities, members of the Fire District said during a recent walk-through of the building.    The district reconsidered the prospect of purchasing the former automotive garage, located at 385 Main St., across from the fire station, last month. The current fire station, located at 20 Flansburg Ave., is too small, especially with the addition of the ambulance service. The Water Department also needs more

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