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Overnight Pavement Marking Scheduled At Coltsville Intersection
10:44AM / Saturday, June 18, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. —The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced that it will be conducting overnight hour pavement marking operations on sections of Route 8 and Route 9 in Pittsfield during the hours of 7:00 p.m. to the following day at 5:00 a.m.     The work will take place nightly from Sunday, June 19, through Saturday morning, June 25.  All work is anticipated to be completed by 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 25.    The overnight pavement marking work will be conducted at the following locations on Route 8 and Route 9: North and south from Merrill Road at the Dick Sporting Goods driveway to Route 8/Cheshire Road at the Berkshire

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'Black Abundance' Mural Reveal Kicks Off Pittsfield Juneteenth
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:11AM / Saturday, June 18, 2022

Frances Chlöe Jones-Whitman says she wanted to incorporate historical and contemporary figures to impress that people who made a difference aren't just in the distant past.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Juneteenth weekend was kicked off in the city with the unveiling of "Black Abundance," a mural by 22-year-old artist Frances Chlöe Jones-Whitman.

The work depicts seven of Berkshire County's most notable Black leaders in a Mount Rushmore-style composition with a color scheme of red, yellow, green, and black.

NAACP founding member and Black scholar W.E.B. Dubois; Elizabeth Freeman, who sued for her freedom and began the end slavery in Massachusetts; Civil War

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MountainOne Insurance Relocates Pittsfield Offices
03:59PM / Friday, June 17, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — MountainOne Insurance announces that the agency is realigning their two Pittsfield offices.   The MountainOne office located in the William Stanley Business Park on Silver Lake Boulevard is now the hub for all personal insurance needs.    MountainOne Bank also operates a full service bank branch at the location. Since acquiring Cross Insurance's Pittsfield office in January of this year, MountainOne has welcomed over 5,000 new Personal Insurance customers, according to a press release.    The Silver Lake location offers convenient parking and easy ground floor access.   MountainOne Insurance's downtown Pittsfield office located

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BSC's Julianne Boyd Selected as Pittsfield Parade's Grand Marshall
03:53PM / Friday, June 17, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Parade Committee picked Barrington Stage Company's (BSC) soon to be retired Artistic Director and cofounder Julianne Boyd to be this year's Grand Marshall.   Boyd, who recently announced her retirement, was chosen because of her personal accomplishments and the importance of BSC to the region.   According to a press release, Grand Marshalls are typically individuals who have an attachment to Pittsfield or the Berkshires and who have been acknowledged for their personal or professional accomplishments. Past Grand Marshalls include local musician David Grover and Olympic Skiers and sisters Kim and Krista Schmidinger from Lee.

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BCC Names New Director of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
11:51AM / Friday, June 17, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Carol Allman-Morton has been named director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Berkshire Community College.    Allman-Morton was most recently Director of Alumni Engagement at Amherst College, where she had been employed for more than 10 years with progressively responsible positions. Previously, she was Assistant Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Brandeis University in Waltham. She is also an ordained minister at Unitarian Universalist Meeting of South Berkshire in Housatonic.     "Adult learning is an integral part of the College, and our vibrant OLLI program enjoys a tremendous following in the

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Pittsfield Green Drinks: 'Reduce, Reuse, and Rethink Your Trash'
08:15AM / Friday, June 17, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Self-proclaimed waste-reduction nerd Mary Stucklen will speak at the June Pittsfield Green Drinks event on Tuesday, June 21, at 6:00 PM on Zoom.    Stucklen will talk about all things waste: reducing your waste, easy ways to reuse, as well as how to compost and recycle effectively. She'll also give out some simple tips and tricks that everyone can do to reduce the amount of waste they're producing.    Stucklen is a local to the Berkshires and is an avid volunteer in the community. Stucklen has participated in various local green committees, waste-reduction programs, conservation commissions, and even began BEAT's Berkshire Zero-Waste

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Weekend Outlook: Fairies, Classic Cars, Concerts & More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
01:00PM / Thursday, June 16, 2022
This warm cloudy weekend is offering a variety of indoor and outdoor events including car shows, concerts, fairy festival Juneteenth, hikes, plays, weaving demonstrations, and farmer's markets.      Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival Bowe Field, 371 Old Columbia St., Adams   The fairy realm reappears in Adams on Saturday after a three-year absence. The Berkshire Mountain Faerie Festival at Bowe Field features music, drumming, dancing, circus tricks, fire performances, archery demonstrations, puppet shows, and dragon egg painting.   This year's theme is "Whimsical Fantasy Celebrating the Arts" in honor of director,

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Pittsfield Dentist Named Among '10 Under Ten'
12:08PM / Thursday, June 16, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dr. Neha Das, a pediatric dentist, practicing in Pittsfield, has been recognized by the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) as one of the  "10 Under Ten" for 2022.    Established in 2005 by the MDS, the annual recognition highlights the diversity of new dentists in Massachusetts and their impact on the dental profession.    To qualify, dentists must have graduated from dental school within the past ten years, be an MDS member, and made significant contributions to the profession, their community, and organized dentistry.    "When I was a junior in college, I went back to my parents' hometown in India to do some

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Pittsfield City Council Puts Verizon Cell Tower Litigation to Rest
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:03AM / Thursday, June 16, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council has put the possibility of litigation against Verizon over the cell tower at 877 South St. to rest.

On Tuesday, the panel voted to file a petition that requested $84,000 of city funds to hire legal counsel against the telecommunications company. It was previously sidelined when the council was informed that Verizon filed a case against the city of Pittsfield in federal court.

Early this year, the Board of Health voted to issue a cease-and-desist order for the tower after hearing of negative health effects from Alma Street resident Courtney Gilardi since it was erected in August 2020.

In early April, the board voted to act on the order

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Pittsfield Adult Learning Center Celebrates Graduates
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
04:18AM / Thursday, June 16, 2022

See more photos here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The 48 graduates of the William Stickney Pittsfield Adult Learning Center walked proudly in their black caps into the Taconic High School auditorium to receive their diplomas.    It was the first time in three years the ceremony had been held in person and the graduates were ushered as  Anthony Gubelman played "Pomp & Circumstance" on the grand piano.   Families, friends, faculty, and staff gathered in the Taconic High School auditorium to celebrate the hard work these graduates did to earn their adult diplomas, or pass the General Educational Development Test or High School Equivalency

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Pittsfield COVID-19 Cases Continue to Decline
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:14PM / Wednesday, June 15, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is inching down to the low end of the "red zone" after a spike in mid-May.

"What we've been seeing is the downward trend that's gone further down from the last month that was before you," Director of Public Health Andy Cambi said to the City Council on Tuesday.

On Sunday, the positivity rate for COVID-19 cases was 8.5, compared to 14.8 in mid-May, and Pittsfield saw 11 new cases. There were 41.9 cases per 100,000 people, compared to 133.3 in mid-May.

There are around 84 estimated actively contagious cases in the city.

Cambi reported that hospitalizations due to the virus have drastically decreased. There were eight patients

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BHS continues to enhance services for the LGBTQ+ community
01:00PM / Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Determined to further tear down any real or perceived barriers to fully inclusive, equitable healthcare to thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning and other members of the community in the Berkshires, Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) the county's leading healthcare system is continuing to explore new ways to better serve the unique needs of patients who identify as LGBTQ+.   In fact, Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital, the two hospitals under the BHS umbrella, already have received national recognition for their efforts. They are among only 251 healthcare providers across the U.S. that this year earned "top performer"

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