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Pittsfield Housing Authority Combats Bedbug Presence
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:10AM / Friday, October 01, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Housing Authority is conducting thorough pest control on Columbia Arms after bedbugs were discovered in a small portion of the building over the summer.

The PHA just finished its first round of quarterly bedbug treatments to every unit in the elderly and disabled housing complex. The treatment schedule was adopted around July when the bed bugs were discovered.

"We went overboard trying to protect our tenants, that's what it comes down to." Chairman Michael McCarthy told iBerkshires at the PHA's monthly meeting on Tuesday.

"We examined all the apartments with the help of an expert pest control company, and we discovered that

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Berkshire Health Systems Offering COVID-19 Vaccine Booster
06:18PM / Thursday, September 30, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems will provide Pfizer COVID-19 booster vaccination through its Testing Centers in Pittsfield and North Adams, and Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington, beginning on Oct. 1.    Appointments are required and can be made by visiting or enrolling in the Berkshire Patient Portal, or by calling the BMC Link Line, 855-BMC-LINK (855-262-5465).   Due to supply chain delays, the number of appointments available each day is temporarily limited. Additional appointments will be added in the next two weeks with expected increased vaccine supply. Walk-in appointments for booster shots are not available at this time.   The booster is

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Some Parts of the Berkshires Could See First Fall Frost
05:13PM / Thursday, September 30, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It was hot and humid one week ago but it looks like September will end on a chilly note with the coldest day since Memorial Day.    Temperatures are expected to dip below 40 degrees Thursday night over most of the Berkshires and Accuweather is warning that the first fall frost may be upon us.    "Many locations from the northern mid-Atlantic to the Canadian border are forecast to bottom out 3-8 degrees below what is normal for the first morning of October," according to Accuweather, and meteorologist Adam Sadvary says, "Frost development will be most favorable for the mountains and higher elevations in the interior

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The Retired Investor: Out of Gas
By Bill Schmick,
04:19PM / Thursday, September 30, 2021
Winter approaches and with it a potential natural gas crisis. Areas of Europe are already scrambling to find the energy required to heat homes and continue their economic rebound. Could the U.S. be next?   Over the last year, prices for European natural gas have jumped by almost 500 percent. Natural gas prices on this side of the pond have also spiked by more than 100 percent this year. But it isn't just countries in the Northern Hemisphere that are feeling the scarcity. Parts of Asia, which are importing liquified natural gas (LNG) at record prices, are being forced to switch to coal and heating oil as LNG shipments decline. Japan and Korea are somewhat protected so far, thanks to

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Fire Prevention Week Starts Oct. 3
04:15PM / Thursday, September 30, 2021
STOW, Mass. — National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 3-9, 2021, and this year's theme is "Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety."    This year's theme will draw attention to the different sounds that modern smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms make and what actions we should take when we hear them.   "Every home is required to have working smoke alarms and most are also required to have CO alarms," said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. "When these alarms beep or chirp, it's time to take action. Make sure everyone in your home recognizes these sounds, understands what they mean, and knows how to respond."   Hear a beep? Get

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MCLA Sets Virtual Sessions on Continuing Education, Graduate Programs
12:35PM / Thursday, September 30, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —MCLA's Division of Graduate and Continuing Education (DGCE) will hold a series of virtual information sessions this fall for community members interested in the College's Master of Business Administration (MBA), Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, Master of Education program, Leadership Academy, and bachelor's degree completion programs.    Information sessions will take place at noon and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5, Tuesday, Nov. 2, and Tuesday, Nov. 30. These sessions are free and open to the public. To register, visit Visit mcla.edu/infosession, or email DGCE Administrative Assistant Betty LeSage at Elizabeth.Lesage@mcla.edu for

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Gregory Crewdson Filming in Pittsfield: Week Two
08:01AM / Thursday, September 30, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Photographer Gregory Crewdson's filming in the City of Pittsfield continues this week.    Here's the latest schedule:   Thursday, Sept. 30. Getty parking lot on Elm and Newell streets. From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. there will be intermittent traffic control throughout the day. Please note that Newell Street from Elm to Meadow Lane will be closed from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1: 568 East St. No traffic impacts or closure. Saturday, Oct. 2: 1420 East St. Filming will occur 9 a.m.-9 p.m. with intermittent traffic control on Commercial Street throughout the day. Sunday, Oct. 3: Tyler Street vicinity by the Dairy Cone beginning at 9 a.m.-9 p.m. There

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DA Harrington Creates Task Force Section to Tackle Violent Crime
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:13AM / Thursday, September 30, 2021

Hinsdale Police Chief Susan Rathbun says the partnership will bring expertise and resources to the work local police do every day. HINSDALE, Mass. — Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington has expanded the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force to include a violent crime section.   This section will zero in on sexual assaults, high-risk domestic violence, and human trafficking cases by uniting county police departments to collaborate on investigating these crimes.   "I am honored to be the first female Berkshire district attorney, and I have made it my mission to use my position to lift women and girls up in our community," Harrington said during a press

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Pittsfield COVID Hospitalizations Rise, City in Slight Downward Trend
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:35AM / Thursday, September 30, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is seeing a slight downward trend in COVID-19 cases but hospitalizations have increased in the last month.

Interim Director of Public Health Andy Cambi told the City Council on Tuesday that there were 14 hospitalizations at Berkshire Medical Center in the last week. Four weeks ago the numbers were in single digits.

Intensive care patients have remained low, ranging from three to zero.

There have been regular fluctuations with COVID-19 cases but the city is currently in a downward swing at 12 new cases to date.

The city reached a high point on Sept. 15 with 24 new cases and dropped down to five on Sept. 18.  

At the Sept. 14 council meeting, Cambi

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'Stories for Good' at BCC
04:00PM / Wednesday, September 29, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will hold "Stories for Good: A Celebration of Diversity in Our Community" on Friday, Oct. 8 from 9 am to 1:30 pm.    Sponsored by the Education Subcommittee of BCC's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council, the event is designed to make connections through stories that explore, celebrate and analyze diverse identities, what it means to support each other in a diverse community, and the impacts of equity and inclusion efforts at BCC.     The free event includes a keynote speech by local drag queen Boxxa Vine, breakout sessions encouraging discussion and interaction, a Q&A session

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BHS Presents Mammography and Breast Wellness Webinar in October
02:04PM / Wednesday, September 29, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Health Systems will present a community webinar focusing on mammography and breast wellness in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.   The program, titled "A Closer Look at Mammography and Breast Wellness," will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 6 pm via Zoom.   Dr. Caitlyn Lopez, Medical Director of the Women's Imaging Center at Berkshire Medical Center, will host the program. She is board certified in diagnostic radiology, specializing in breast imaging.   One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, but regular mammograms can help detect cancer early and save lives.

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Barrington Stage's Founder To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
12:04PM / Wednesday, September 29, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) announced Julianne Boyd, Founder and Artistic Director of the Barrington Stage Company, will be a recipient of the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award.   The awards will be presented at MNN's annual conference on Wednesday, Oct. 6 and Thursday, Oct. 7 at the virtual event.   "We're delighted to honor Julianne with MNN's Lifetime Achievement Award," said MNN CEO Jim Klocke. "The need for, and value of, their work has become even more apparent over the past year.  Julianne's examples of service, commitment and creativity make Massachusetts a better place."   Boyd

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