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Pittsfield Child-Care Leader Named Commonwealth Heroine
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:03PM / Tuesday, July 20, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A local child-care leader was named a Commonwealth Heroine by the state House of Representatives for her support of children and families during an unprecedented year.   

Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center's Chief Executive Officer Kelly Marion was named by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women as one of its Commonwealth Heroines — formerly known as the Unsung Heroine of Massachusetts — for the class of 2021.

Marion pivoted the center's operations to provide emergency care to essential workers in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and then opened back up to further support families.

"How do you pick one person

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No Drought Conditions In Berkshire County
12:03PM / Tuesday, July 20, 2021
BOSTON — With precipitation events occurring throughout Massachusetts over the course of the past several weeks, drought conditions in Berkshire County, along with the majority of regions in the Commonwealth, have improved.   Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides declared Level 0-Normal Conditions in all regions across the Commonwealth, except the Cape Cod region, which remains at a Level 1-Mild Drought.   "Following recent rainstorms throughout much of the state and continued water conservation efforts, most regions of the Commonwealth have made a strong recovery and are now under normal conditions," said Theoharides. "However, Cape

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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

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Here's a look at the 'New Retirement'
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:00AM / Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Once you retire, what can you expect from your life? You might be surprised by the things that current retirees are saying about their lifestyles, priorities, relationships and hopes for the future. And you also might find this knowledge quite helpful as you prepare for the day when you become a retiree.   First of all, retirement today is far different – and potentially far more rewarding – than was the case a generation or so ago. Of course, people are living longer now, but the new retirement environment isn't just about longevity – it's also about using one's time in a meaningful way, deepening connections with family and contributing to communities.

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BCC Upcoming Admissions Info Sessions
08:07AM / Tuesday, July 20, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) invites prospective students to its next series of free Virtual General Information Sessions: Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 5 pm, Thursday, Aug. 19 at 12 pm, and Saturday, Aug. 21 at 12 pm.    The 30-minute info sessions, presented by admissions counselors on Zoom, are designed to familiarize prospective students with the application and registration process.      Virtual General Information Session participants can:     Ask questions about the admissions

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MCLA Athletics Golf Classic Returns
04:04PM / Monday, July 19, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The MCLA Athletics Golf Classic will make its return Monday, Aug. 2 at Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield after a one year absence due to the pandemic.    The Golf Classic serves as a major fundraiser for the College's Athletics Department. Over the years, the Classic has netted more than $40,000 in funds to support the MCLA's student-athletes.    Jointly hosted by the offices of Institutional Advancement and Athletics, this year's event will honor 2020 and 2021 senior student-athletes, who either had significant portions of their season cut short or were unable to begin their season as a result of the

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Pittsfield Sees Races for City Council, School Committee
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:59PM / Monday, July 19, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The potential is high for some new leadership in city government this November.

The last day to submit nomination papers to the registrar of voters for certification was Friday, July 16.  The updated candidate list includes a new name for Ward 2 and an expanded slate of School Committee prospects.

Up for election in November will be seats for all seven wards and four at-large seats for two-year terms. All six School Committee seats will also be on the ballot and the city clerk, all of which have two-year terms.

Wards 1, 2, 3, and 4 will see new representation as the incumbents have announced that they will not be seeking re-election. There are races in

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City of Pittsfield Presents Bicycle Facilities Master Plan
11:51AM / Monday, July 19, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City of Pittsfield has completed its Bicycle Facilities Master Plan, which aims to establish a safe, comfortable and connected bicycle network throughout the city that is accessible to people of all ages and abilities.   A final presentation of the plan will be shared via a presentation on Zoom at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 19.   A link to the plan through the project website is available on the homepage of the city's website, www.cityofpittsfield.org, under "Hot Topics."   "This project has resulted in the identification of short-term and long-term improvements that will link the city's neighborhoods and downtown, as well as

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Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts Announces New Board Members
09:01AM / Monday, July 19, 2021
The Girl Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts (GSCWM) elected eight members to the Board of Directors at the virtual Annual Meeting on June 23, 2021.    The essential business of the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts' (GSCWM) annual meeting was conducted virtually via Zoom.   "I am pleased to welcome, and thrilled to have the privilege to serve on the board with these new members," said  GSCWM Board President Joan Bertrand of Sterling. "They are dynamic individuals with diverse talents and experiences to help oversee the operations of the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts and further our mission to build girls of

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Iron Mike Polidoro Scholarship Given to Three Local High School Graduates
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:01PM / Sunday, July 18, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Three local high school graduates were awarded the “Iron Mike Polidoro Scholarship" created in honor of Pittsfield Fire Department's former Deputy Chief Michael Polidoro, who passed away on March 30 after a long battle with Lou Gehrig's disease.   On Tuesday, a small ceremony was held at the Pittsfield Fire Department headquarters where the recipients received the scholarships.  Friends and family of Polidoro gathered for the occasion.   “He was an icon in the Pittsfield Fire Department and in Massachusetts," Fire Chief Thomas Sammons said. “It's great that the generosity of our community poured out and we are

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Local Bowler Posts Strong Showing at National Junior Tournament
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02:47PM / Sunday, July 18, 2021
Mya Duhamel, 16, from Pittsfield, competed in the Junior Gold Championships in Indianapolis, Ind, this summer.   The event had more than 3,000 total juniors, competing in four different age brackets. Duhamel bowled in the under-18 girls division with 559 other competitors and finished in 49th place after 16 games in four different bowling centers throughout Indianapolis.   From there, Mya moved on to the first advancers round and finished in 39th, which meant she was on to the final advancers round and needed to place in the Top 16 to compete in match play. But after 10 games she maintained her 39th position and her run was over.   Duhamel now bowls out of Del Lanes in Delmar

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Pittsfield 10-Year-Olds Score Six in Sixth Inning in Tourney Win
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
04:48PM / Saturday, July 17, 2021
LONGMEADOW, Mass. -- The Pittsfield Little League American Division 10-year-olds proved Saturday that there is strength in numbers.   Jackson Boehm, the last of six reserves for Pittsfield to crack the lineup, hit a leadoff single in the top of the sixth to ignite a six-run rally that gave Pittsfield a 9-5 win over Longmeadow in the Section 1 tournament.   No. 3 hitter Aiden Arsenault and cleanup man Cooper Reed delivered back-to-back two-run doubles in the middle of the game-winning rally, but it all started with Boehm, the third player to hit in the No. 8 spot in the lineup.   "It was nice to see Jackson come off the bench, take a nice simple swing, make contact,

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Berkshire County Summer Camps Receive Funding Boost
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:11PM / Saturday, July 17, 2021
BECKET, Mass. — Summer camps took a significant hit during the past year and the Massachusetts delegation has stepped up to support them as they welcome back eager campers.   State Senator Adam Hinds visited the Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA Friday with a giant check for $3,000,000 in hand for summer camps across the state - including $700,000 for camps in the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, and Hampden districts.   "This has been a rough year, as we all know. A year and a half with basically camps going more than a year without income, and we know very well that in Western Mass and in the Berkshires, especially, that camps play such a critical role for so many

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