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Holiday Hours: Columbus Day
10:18AM / Friday, October 08, 2021

Dióscoro Teófilo Puebla Tolín's 'First landing of Columbus on the Shores of the New World,' at San Salvador, W.I., Oct. 12, 1492, from 1862.

Columbus Day is a state holiday being observed Monday, Oct. 11, to commemorate Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas on Oct. 12, 1492.

Columbus' voyage had been celebrated on significant anniversaries but did not become an official holiday until being recognized by Colorado in 1905. It was declared a federal holiday in 1937.

Not all states recognize Columbus Day. Some local and state governments, including now the city of Boston, have alternative Native American or indigenous peoples' days to


BCC Announces Application Deadline for Nursing Program
08:00AM / Friday, October 08, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announces a deadline of Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022 to apply to its Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program for the fall 2022 semester.    Admissions into the nursing program are based on space availability and follow a competitive process.   The BCC nursing program, which is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, is a sequence of lectures, skills training, laboratory and clinical courses. Graduates are eligible to take the licensing examination to become registered nurses (RNs).   For more information, visit


Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013


BRPC Submitting Letter in Support of Auditor Bump's Rural Rescue Plan
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:49AM / Friday, October 08, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission plans to submit a comment letter in support of State Auditor Suzanne Bump's rural rescue plan that was released on Tuesday.

Bump has called for a number of measures to aid Western Massachusetts' public infrastructure after her recent study, "Public Infrastructure in Western Massachusetts: A Critical Need for Regional Investment and Revitalization," showed deficiencies in the west as compared to the eastern part of the state.

The study analyzed roadways, culverts, and bridges; municipal buildings; and broadband internet as public infrastructure categories and found they were all under-resourced in


Berkshire Athenaeum Thanks Employees with $34K in Bonuses from Bequest
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:36AM / Friday, October 08, 2021

The trustees vote to reward library workers with a bonus for their efforts during the pandemic. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Board of Library Trustees on Tuesday voted to disperse about $34,000 from the Fay Henry bequest to employees for their work during the pandemic.

Full-time employees will receive a one-time $1,000 bonus and part-time employees will receive a one-time $500 bonus.

The library has about 52 employees and 15 of them are full-time.

President Kathy Amuso proposed this to the board — including Berkshire Athenaeum Director Alex Reczkowski — for the first time during the panel's meeting on Tuesday.  

Amuso said that she wanted to make sure the


Fall Festival In Pittsfield
04:28PM / Thursday, October 07, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — CozQuest, Downtown Pittsfield, Inc., and the City of Pittsfield's Office of Cultural Development will combine combine forces with the last Pittsfield Farmers Market of the season for a Fall Festival.   The event will be held on the Common from 9 am to 1 pm. There will be different vendors, a makers market, food, music, and crafts.   According to a press release:   Makers, bakers, curators, creators, and farmers will be there to get you geared up for fall! We'll have yoga with Maya Papaya, arts and crafts with Berkshires Macaroni KID and TG's Clubhouse, train rides with the Roaming Railroad, beer tasting with Hot Plate Brewery


Pittsfield Panel Endorses Creation of Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:11PM / Thursday, October 07, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Ordinances and Rules Committee on Monday voted to establish the new Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion.

In early June, the City Council approved a $179 million budget for the fiscal 2022 that included a six-month, $99,760 budget for the new office.

The panel approved two positions within the department: a director of diversity, equity, and inclusion and an administrative coordinator.

All of the members present thanked Director of Human Resources Michael Taylor for his and the city's efforts to create this department and highlighted the need for it.

Councilor at Large Earl Persip III and Ward 5 Councilor Patrick Kavey were absent from the


PCTV, iBerkshires Hosting Pittsfield Candidate Forums
01:30PM / Thursday, October 07, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Community Television, in partnership with, will present live debates for all the contested races in the city of Pittsfield during the month of October. The debates will take place in the auditorium at the Berkshire Athenaeum.   The candidate forums will begin on Thursday, Oct. 14, with the ward council debates beginning at 6 p.m.  Ward 1 debate begins at 6 p.m. with candidates Kenneth Warren and Andrea Wilson.   Ward 2 debate begins at 6:30 p.m. with candidates Matthew Kudlate and Charles Kronick.   Ward 4 debate begins at 7 p.m. with candidates James Conant and Andrew Wrinn.  Ward 6 debate


Taconic Community, Pittsfield Residents Asked to Weigh in on New Mascot
10:03AM / Thursday, October 07, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Taconic High School is seeking a new name and mascot and is looking to the community for inspiration.    The School Committee a year ago voted to change 50-year-old team mascot and begin the process of determining a new, more culturally acceptable identity for the vocational school.   The Taconic teams had been known as the Braves and used a logo with a Native American. Officials decided it was time to retire the outdated mascot, following the lead of numerous other schools and professional teams that have used Native American imagery.   The school district has enlisted the services of Heard Strategy & Storytelling, a marketing and


The Retried Investor: Golf Continues to Grow
By Bill Schmick,
04:40AM / Thursday, October 07, 2021
In 2020, during the midst of the pandemic, golf made a comeback. More than 24.8 million people discovered outdoor refuge on the links, last year and the popularity of the sport continues to grow.   Golf, as many have discovered, is an outdoor activity that has proven to be an almost perfect answer to the limitations of the pandemic. Players can get outside, exercise, and at the same time, socially distance themselves from one another. Last year the U.S. saw the largest increase in golfers (2 percent) in 17 years. This year, the number of rounds played was up 16.1 percent, compared to the same period in 2020, according to the National Golf Foundation. And with this increase has come an


Councilor Maffuccio Resigns From Homelessness Panel, Members Continue to Talk Solutions
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:21AM / Thursday, October 07, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ward 7 Councilor Anthony Maffuccio has resigned from the Homelessness Advisory Committee, citing frustrations with the ineffectiveness of the 10-month-old panel.

"I don't know about everybody here, but I signed up for the Homeless Advisory Commission, and this conversation that we're having today is more like low-income people we should be talking about, and that's not the population we're dealing with, we're dealing with homelessness in the community of the city of Pittsfield," he said to the committee on Wednesday.

"So that being said, with all my frustrations in the way this group is leading, it's no different than the


Berkshire Orthopeadic Associates Physician Profile, Meet Doctor Anthony DeFelice
08:23AM / Wednesday, October 06, 2021
At first, Anthony DeFelice, DO, wanted to be a scientist.    "I did biomedical research after college," he said. "And that was interesting, investigating the source of disease and the underlying problems. But I wanted to interact more with people so I did some volunteer work at a little community hospital where they stuck me in the operating room as an orderly. I got to watch them operate, and I said to myself, 'Now that I can do'."   Soon he had enrolled at the College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Mo., where he earned his medical doctorate. Next, he spent a year as a general surgery resident at Berkshire Medical Center before going


BCC's Respiratory Therapy Program Receives Donated Pediatric Ventilator
11:50AM / Tuesday, October 05, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — To help advance education in the respiratory therapy (RT) profession and honor the life's work of Dr. Robert Kacmarek, Dräger has donated a Babylog VN500 ventilator to every school in Massachusetts with a respiratory therapy program, including Berkshire Community College.    This marks the seventh year of Dräger's RT school donation program, which began in 2014.    Dräger is an international leader in the fields of medical and safety technology. The Dräger Babylog VN500 is a ventilator for neonatal and pediatric patients ranging from 0.88 pounds to 44 pounds who require temporary or long-term respiratory


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