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BCC Spring Semester Starts Jan. 24
03:01PM / Thursday, January 20, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) begins its spring semester Monday, Jan. 24.    A variety of learning options are offered, including in-person, online and hybrid. Register any time online, or attend a free registration day on Saturday, Jan. 22 from 8 am to 12 pm. Prospective students can walk in without an appointment, apply and be instantly accepted to the College.   "We feel great about the number of students who were successful this fall and are continuing with us this spring, as well as the many new students beginning courses with us," said Adam Klepetar, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. Klepetar noted that

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Pittsfield Taco Bell Holds Grand Opening
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:17AM / Thursday, January 20, 2022

Some Wahconah students say they skipped out for some Taco Bell.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Crunch Wrap Supreme lovers can rejoice.

Taco Bell celebrated the grand opening of a new restaurant on Wednesday after two years of planning and building.

The new structure on Dalton Avenue is a far cry from the franchise's original 1980s building in Berkshire Crossing. It includes various technology improvements designed to provide a more efficient employee and customer experience.

"Obviously the biggest difference is we went from a 1980s building to a brand-new one, a lot of differences you can't see out here, it's in the back of the house, the technology, everything is his

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Local Veterans Raise $10,000 for Afghan Refugee Relocation
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:09PM / Wednesday, January 19, 2022

State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier had mentioned the resettlement effort to Afghanistan veteran Mark Pompi, who started a fund drive. Mayor Linda Tyer, right, said the city was ready to work with Jewish Family Services of Berkshire County to aid the new city residents.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Veterans of Foreign Ward Post 448 presented the Jewish Family Services of Berkshire County with a $10,000 check on Wednesday to aid the relocation of Afghan refugees.

The funds will help new Afghan-Americans settle in by supporting the acquisition of housing and other resources needed to be successful. State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier and Mayor Linda Tyer were in attendance at the Berkshire

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CEO of Price Chopper Parent Northeast Grocery to Retire
02:07PM / Wednesday, January 19, 2022
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Northeast Grocery Inc., the parent company of Price Chopper/Market 32 and Tops Markets, announced Wednesday the upcoming retirement of CEO Scott Grimmett and named former Tops Markets Chairman and CEO Frank Curci to that position. Grimmett's retirement will be effective in February.   "Working at Price Chopper/Market 32 and helping to lead the organization through this merger has been the opportunity of a lifetime. I want to thank all of the teammates and associates at Price Chopper/Market 32 and Tops who have worked so hard to serve our customers, especially during these difficult times. I also want to thank the Golub family for trusting me to

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MassDevelopment Announces Funding For Public Spaces
12:50PM / Wednesday, January 19, 2022
BOSTON — MassDevelopment announced the availability of funding for a new round of the Commonwealth Places program, a statewide initiative that leverages public support for placemaking projects in Massachusetts.    The program funds place-based, community-driven projects that revitalize downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts, such as outdoor dining spaces, pop-up parks and beer gardens, sidewalk retail infrastructure, and more.   "MassDevelopment's Commonwealth Places program provides nonprofits and community groups with the resources to implement creative placemaking projects that draw foot traffic in our downtowns and commercial corridors," said

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Pittsfield Man Killed in Car Fire
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
11:33AM / Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Authorities are still investigating a fatal car fire on Wednesday morning that killed 69-year-old Barry Dunnells.    Dunnells, of Pittsfield, was pulled from a 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo outside the Livingston Apartments on East Street by firefighters.    He was taken to Berkshire Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.    Fire officials said Dunnells was inside the burning car when they arrived at about 8:40 a.m. Two other vehicles parked nearby were damaged.   The body was taken to the Chief Medical Examiner's Office to determine the the cause and manner of death. Pittsfield detective and fire investigators, and the State Fire Marshal's

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Parks Commission Updated on Pittsfield's Outdoor Recreation Projects
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:06AM / Wednesday, January 19, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Parks Commission on Tuesday received updates on various outdoor recreation projects happening within the city.

A bike skills track in Springside Park and a master vision for improvements at Pontoosuc Lake Park are on the horizon.

After a year of deliberating, the track's design was approved in December pending the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the commission and the Berkshire Chapter of the New England Mountain Biking Association, who are paying for the project through fundraising.

Commissioner Anthony DeMartino reported that since the approval, there has been discussion between himself and the city Purchasing Agent Colleen

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Pittsfield Police Seeking Information on Woodlawn Ave. Shooting
02:04PM / Tuesday, January 18, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Police responded to a shooting incident Sunday that left a man injured and a dog dead.   On Sunday, Jan. 16 at approximately 10:43 p.m. members of the Pittsfield Police Department (PPD) responded to a residence on Woodlawn Avenue for a report of shots fired.   Responding officers arrived on scene and learned that an adult male and a dog had been shot.   Other evidence of a shooting was also located. The man was transported to Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) where he was treated for his injuries, which are not considered to be life- threatening.    PPD officers attempted to transport the animal to an emergency veterinary hospital

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New State Program Will Let School Districts Distribute At-Home COVID-19 Tests
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:00PM / Tuesday, January 18, 2022
BOSTON – Massachusetts schools will have the option to distribute weekly at-home tests to students and staff this month under a new testing program announced by the Baker administration on Tuesday morning.   The at-home testing program is designed to replace the commonwealth's "test and stay" program, which was created to allow in-school testing of asymptomatic close contacts of people who have tested positive for COVID-19.   Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley called at-home testing a "game changer" for Massachusetts schools.   Baker said schools will continue to have the option to continue with a test-and-stay program already in place or adopt

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40 Under Forty Nominations Open
12:28PM / Tuesday, January 18, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Nominations are now open for Berkshire Community College's announces the annual 40 Under Forty awards celebration.    40 Under Forty honors talented millennials and Generation Z professionals in the Berkshires who have shown their support for the region through leadership, community service, and a deep dedication to improving the quality of life for those living and working in the community.   "40 Under Forty recognizes leadership, innovation, commitment and accomplishment. We are fortunate that this generation is having an impact on our collective quality of life," said Berkshire Community College (BCC) President Ellen Kennedy.

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Berkshire County Baseball Umpires Offer Training for New Officials
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11:35AM / Tuesday, January 18, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire County Baseball Umpires will offer an initial class for prospective candidates on Thursday, Feb. 3.   The class will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Italian American Club on Newell St.   The exam fee is $45. Prospective candidates should contact Don Singleton at 413-884-4353 or rainier@bcn.net  

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Berkshire Family YMCA Gets $1.125M in Grants Toward Renovation
07:51AM / Tuesday, January 18, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Family YMCA's Full of Possibilities Campaign announced four new grants totaling $1.125 million to aid in the renovation and construction of its North Street facility.    The $12 million renovation will modernize the building and add 25 or more child-care slots, a regulation youth basketball court, and an indoor track.    The local funders are:  The Feigenbaum Foundation, which awarded the Y a new $350,000 grant in addition to fulfilling their existing $400,000 commitment, bringing their total contribution to $750,000.   The Jane & Jack Fitzpatrick Trust, which made a multi-year commitment of

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