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Reproductive Rights Rally Held on 50th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:38PM / Monday, January 23, 2023

Pittsfield, Mass. — Community members joined nationwide standouts on Sunday to mark 50 years since the now-overturned Roe v. Wade decision secured reproductive rights.  

In a post-Roe society, many fear that all freedoms are at stake.    Greylock Together co-founder Jessica Dils recounted marching for gender and civil rights with half a million others in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21, 2017, and said this feels like "an old wound."    "I don't know how else to call it but being 53, having this all of my life and having constitutional rights taken away, assaulted, disregarded, this is so much more than our reproductive health care and

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Pittsfield School Panel Supports 'Culture & Community' Course
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
11:52AM / Monday, January 23, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield High School educators would like to offer a pilot course that covers diverse life experiences, and on Wednesday the curriculum subcommittee supported "Culture and Community."   The one-semester course is designed to provide students with language and skills to understand their own identity and the identities of others in their community, communicate effectively with diverse populations, understand privilege and bias, and take action to change discriminatory practices.    "What a gift to our students," Member Vicky Smith said.    Social studies teacher Emily Day explained that this was suggested by a student

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Colonial Gardens Without Water Due to Private Line Water Main Break
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10:25AM / Monday, January 23, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Colonial Gardens residents are on day two without water due to a water line break that occurred Sunday morning, Jan. 22.    Repairs were delayed Sunday because of unforeseen soil stability issues that made it difficult to complete the repairs safely and without disruption.    "They found some substrates that are high in concentrations of sand and that makes it difficult to maintain the excavation open in a safe manner," Public Services & Utilities Commissioner Ricardo Morales said.    Colonial Gardens residents were notified that the Highview Drive complex would be without water for another day on Sunday.   As of

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BCArc Names Executive Vice President
08:26AM / Monday, January 23, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BCArc has named Sonja Haecker, Ed.D, Executive Vice President. In this new position she will oversee the Agency's Community Services programs, including Adult Family Care Program, Family Support & Advocacy, Employment & Vocational Services, Day Habilitation programs, and Community-Based Day Services. She will also oversee the Clinical Department, and Respite Services.    In addition, Sonja will assist the President & CEO with strategic planning initiatives.    Prior to this position, Sonja was Vice President of Community Services, where she expanded the Adult Family Care program, strengthened Family Support Services, and

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Berkshire Athenaeum to Host Community Health and Wellness Fair
08:07AM / Monday, January 23, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield's public library, will be hosting a free community health and wellness fair on Tuesday, Jan. 24.    The fair will be held noon-3 p.m. in the library's auditorium.   Representatives from Berkshire Harm Reduction, Berkshire Health Systems, Berkshire North WIC, the Brien Center, Community Health Programs (CHP), Elder Services of Berkshire County, NAMI Berkshire County, and Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) will be available for one-on-one conversations to answer questions and provide health and wellness resources. Blood pressure screenings will also be available.   The library, located at 1 Wendell Ave., is

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Adams Community Bank Donates to Local Nonprofits
04:04PM / Sunday, January 22, 2023
ADAMS, Mass. — Adams Community Bank (ACB) ended 2022 with a donation of $75,000  to local food pantries, food banks, and fuel assistance programs.   ACB's Senior Vice President of Communications and Community Engagement Maureen Baran presented donations to several Berkshire County nonprofits.   Adams Community Bank began its December donation efforts by presenting BCAC's Fuel Assistance program with a $50,000 donation. This program is part of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), a federally funded program to help low-income households with their energy costs. The program runs from Nov. 1 to April 30 each year and covers the cost of various

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Pittsfield Cultural Council Seeks to Make Public Art Guide
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:47PM / Sunday, January 22, 2023

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Cultural Council is looking to create a guide to the city's public art for locals and tourists alike. 

On Wednesday, the panel voted in favor of the project after it was suggested by member Abigail Allard. They agreed that this would be a great resource if it is feasible. 

"I think especially for people in Pittsfield that are here and just used to it don't realize how much public art is actually around them and visible," Allard said, citing the various murals, sculptures, and painted electrical boxes that can be enjoyed on the city streets. 

Based on conversations that she has had with the city's director of

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Market 32 Campaign Raises $70Kfor Disabled American Veterans
10:34AM / Sunday, January 22, 2023
SCHENECTADY, NY. — Price Chopper/Market 32 concluded its November fundraising campaign benefiting Disabled American Veterans (DAV), during which customers were encouraged to round up their totals at the register.    $70,400 was raised to directly benefit veterans and their families.   "Disabled American Veterans goes above and beyond in their efforts to provide veterans and their families lifetime support, free rides to medical appointments and connections to meaningful employment opportunities," said Mona Golub, Price Chopper/Market 32's vice president of public relations and consumer services. "Here at Price Chopper/Market 32 we are proud to bolster

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1.5 Million Meals Donated to Food Banks from Big Y
08:00AM / Sunday, January 22, 2023
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Big Y's annual Sack Hunger campaign provides funds for the four food banks within their 2 state marketing area.    In turn, these food banks support local soup kitchens, food pantries, senior food programs, daycare centers and many others of the 2,100 member agencies that they help every day. Their goal is to maximize access to nutritious food and other resources that support food security for those at risk of hunger.   For $5, customers supported Sack Hunger at Big Y's 72 supermarkets or Table & Vine Fine Wines and Liquors. Every $5 donation brings 10 meals to those in need of support.   Big Y's Sack Hunger campaign started in

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Crosby Students Have Winning Name for MassDOT Snowplow
04:29PM / Saturday, January 21, 2023

The name will be a decal on the side of the truck this winter season. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Look out for the Flurry Fighter this winter season.    The name submitted by fourth-graders at Crosby Elementary School was selected for one of 12 state highway trucks by the state Department of Transportation. The classroom will get a $100 gift card and a visit from its snowplow truck.   The Name a Snowplow contest received submissions from public elementary and middle schools statewide. A selection panel composed of MassDOT employees chose two school classroom winners located within each of the six Highway Division districts.    The second truck named in

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Dalton Looks to Increase Revenues at Transfer Station
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
02:04PM / Saturday, January 21, 2023
DALTON, Mass. — The Select Board this week brainstormed some ways to increase use and revenues at the transfer station.     The transfer station was budgeted at $244,626 this year and projected expenses are at $200,487. Although expenses are low this now, it does vary year to year, cautioned Town Manager Tom Hutcheson.    The station's projected income is $178,847 with a subsidy from the town of $21,640. Historically the town's provided $11,000, with $7,000 in hazardous waste expenses, $3,000 for miscellaneous services, and $950 for state Department of Environmental Protection compliance, so the subsidy is up by $10,000, Hutcheson

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Lower Tech Onota Lake Boat Wash Proposal Seeks CPA Funds
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:24PM / Saturday, January 21, 2023

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Plans for an Onota Lake boat wash station were made lower-tech after the original proposal became too expensive. This iteration cuts costs while warding off zebra mussels. 

The new design includes on-site water storage — rather than sewage and plumbing — and is priced at around $75,000.    Park, Open Space, and Natural Resource Program Manager James McGrath explained the revision to the Parks Commission on Tuesday while presenting Pittsfield's fiscal 2023 Community Preservation Act applications.    In collaboration with the Lake Onota Preservation Association, the city is requesting $74,500 in CPA funds for a

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