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Pittsfield's Kalinowsky Seeks Voters' Input on North Street Traffic Confirguration
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:34PM / Friday, January 27, 2023

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Councilor at Large Karen Kalinowsky wants to query residents on the downtown's reconfiguration using the 2023 ballot. 

The City Council on Tuesday supported her petition to place a question on the Nov. 7 general election ballot to return North Street to four lanes of traffic with turn lanes. 

It will be referred to the city solicitor for revisions and returned to the council at its next meeting. 

"I know this is my second petition, the last one went to the mayor," Kalinowsky said. "Ever since I was running for City Council, they had placed the bike lanes on North Street and as I was talking to constituents, most of them

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@theMarket: Macro-Economic Data Indicate a Soft Landing
By Bill Schmick,
03:48PM / Friday, January 27, 2023
The economy grew faster than most expected in the fourth quarter. Unemployment continues to remain tame and corporate earnings, while not stellar, have been good enough to support financial markets this week.   Good news on the economy has been bad news for the stock market at least since the Fed has been tightening interest rates. The reasoning has been that stronger growth and employment would feed the inflation rate forcing even further tightening by the U.S. central bank and ultimately choking off the economy.   Now that inflation appears to be coming down, a bullish case is building that says we might get away with just a mild (as opposed to a full-fledged) recession. If so,

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Upcoming Nursing Accreditation Review Visit at BCC
01:51PM / Friday, January 27, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. —Berkshire Community College (BCC) has announced that it will host a site visit for continuing accreditation of its Associates Degree Nursing program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).   The community is invited to meet with the site visit team and share their comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled at 1:30-2:00 pm on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, in G-12 located at 1350 West St.    This meeting is also available remotely using zoom - https://zoom.us/j/94368462033.    Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to:   Dr. Nell Ard, Interim Chief Executive

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BCC Holds Pinning Ceremony for the Inaugural January Class
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
04:45AM / Friday, January 27, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College honored the first graduates of its January nursing program on Thursday evening in a pinning ceremony held in the college's Boland Theatre.    The ceremony marked the work of the 19 graduates over the past two years. It took a week longer than usual after being postponed because of a snow storm last week.   "Tonight students celebrate their hard work in a nursing tradition dating back to the 1800s. It is the faculty's favorite time as they watched as their students have grown over the years," said Dean of Nursing Lori Moon.    "Tonight is very important and each one of you worked

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Berkshire NAACP Freedom Fund Awards Honor Activists
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:31PM / Thursday, January 26, 2023

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire NAACP held its annual Freedom Fund award ceremony virtually this past weekend, recognizing three individuals for their commitment to community and justice. 

The event raises funds to provide stipends to local Black, immigrant and other students of color who pursuing higher education.    "Since 1980, the total cost of four-year public and four-year private college has nearly tripled. Federal support has not kept up. Pell Grants once covered nearly 80 percent of the cost of a four-year public college degree for students from working families but now only cover a third," board member Shirley Edgerton

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The Retired Investor: Back to the gym
By Bill Schmick,
04:52PM / Thursday, January 26, 2023
As the New Year gets underway, the fitness industry is breathing a sigh of relief. It has been a rough three years for those who provide the means to a healthy body for millions of Americans, but times are changing for the better.   During the pandemic, one in four health and fitness facilities across the nation closed permanently. Americans, who were forced to hunker down at home either gave up their fitness routine overall or made do as best they could with a few dumbbells and maybe, if they could afford it, online membership to one of the many internet fitness sites such as Peloton.   Most readers are not aware that gyms and fitness studios were among the hardest-hit businesses

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Central Berkshire Regional Works to Improve Student Belonging
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
03:28PM / Thursday, January 26, 2023
DALTON, Mass. — The Central Berkshire Regional School District is working on improving the general public's accessibility to the Diversity Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Steering Committee's resources for the.    It plans to improve the website, increase its social media presence, and link scholarly articles and videos to the agenda and on the homepage.   It will continue to develop the theme of belonging that it has been working on for a couple years now.    The steering committee was established a few years ago but its work was hindered because of the pandemic.   Although members conducted meetings via Zoom the energy of the meeting was lost,

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Painting Exhibition on View at BCC
02:01PM / Thursday, January 26, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) presents "Plein Air Impressionism," an exhibition of oil paintings by artist Gary Lecuyer, on view in Koussevitzky Gallery through Feb. 28, 2022.    The gallery is open Monday–Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Admission is free.    According to a press release:   Lecuyer captures the light, color and atmosphere of the landscape with short and quick brush strokes in his impressionist style of oil painting. He believes in "direct contact" with nature, painting in such locations as a deserted forest at 7 am in January because "the light is right." He began his study of oil painting as a

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Commission on Disabilities Helps Funds PCTV's Closed Captioning
08:15AM / Thursday, January 26, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Community Television has received funding from the Pittsfield Commission on Disabilities to add closed captions to many local programs broadcast on PCTV's channels.    The service will allow hearing-impaired viewers to follow along with the content of the programming by reading text on the screen.   On Jan. 12, the commission voted to allocate $1,850 to help the organization provide closed captioning for all city meetings for the year.  The captions can currently be viewed on certain programs on the PCTV website, www.pittsfieldtv.org, and the PCTV Select app.  Many more programs will be captioned in the coming weeks and

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Ahead of Taconic Vote, Students Talk Vocational Programs
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:48AM / Thursday, January 26, 2023

Sa'lina Rheaume with other electrical program students at Taconic. She sees her education as being rewarding and leading to a well-paying career.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Sa'lina Rheaume went through the career exploration program at Taconic High School before finding electrical work to be rewarding as well as being the potential for a well-paying career.

"At first I was nervous because I know a lot of females don't go into this field, but I've actually been enjoying it a lot and when I finish a project it makes me very happy," the 10th-grader said. "Especially when it works."   She is very excited to be eligible for the co-op program that will

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Pittsfield Plows Spark Residential Frustration
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:31PM / Wednesday, January 25, 2023

A screenshot taken from a video of Jan. 14's accident. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Department of Public Works has been under fire the last few weeks by residents on social media expressing their frustrations on recent snowplowing efforts including property damage and a snowplow accident.   Following the snowstorm on Monday, iconic pizza place East Side Cafe at 378 Newell St. blamed its smashed front window on rocks and debris tossed up by a speeding city plow.    The cafe took to Facebook requesting information on damages that broke "irreplaceable and sentimental signs," the post said.    According to the post, the homes and storefronts next

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Dalton Trucking Company in Compliance With Special Permit
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:15PM / Wednesday, January 25, 2023
DALTON, Mass. — Complaints over a local trucking company appeared to been settled.    Ray Robert Excavation & Trucking is in compliance with its special permit, the Planning Board said at its meeting last week.    The special permit allows Robert to continue the manufacturing use as long as he abides by the lengthy conditions regarding hours of operations, noise limitations, environmental stipulations and boundary specifications.    The Shnopp family has lodged numerous complaints over the years regarding the excavation and trucking company claiming that it was not abiding by the regulations and making too much noise outside the hours of

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