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More Sun Expected This Week, Possibility of Rain On Parade Day
12:00PM / Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Fall temperatures will be in full swing this week, and as of Wednesday around noon, temperatures are in the high 50s in North Adams.   Sunny skies can be expected for the rest of the day and there should be a high of 62 in North Adams, according to Accuweather.   The low tonight is 44 degrees.   Similar weather conditions are to be expected in Central and South County.   On Thursday there is a 40 percent chance of rain in North and Central County. Variable cloudiness and scattered showers can be expected. Temperatures should be in the high 50s.   In South County temperatures will be in the 60s. No rain is expected, according to Accuweather.     Partly

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Dulye Leadership Experience Spearheads Pittsfield Mum Planting Project
08:16AM / Wednesday, September 29, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Dulye Leadership Experience (DLE) is joining with Pittsfield Beautiful and Pittsfield Commissioner of Public Services Ricardo Morales for a third round of floral planting on North Street on Saturday, Oct. 2 starting at 9:00 a.m.    DLE President Linda Dulye has rallied dozens of volunteers from the Berkshire-based professional development organization, and a local greenhouse will deliver 150  mums for planting in garden beds in the North Street business district between Mellville and Bradford Streets, just a few blocks from the DLE headquarters.    This is the DLE's fourth community service project in 2021 to support

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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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Pittsfield Council OKs TIE Agreement for Tyler Street Firehouse Redevelopment
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:10AM / Wednesday, September 29, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday approved a 10-year tax increment exemption (TIE) agreement for the conversion of the Tyler Street firehouse into four residential units.

The TIE agreement will save developer CT Management around $55,000 in residential taxes and will bring in about $65,000 into the city.

In the past, the property has not generated any tax dollars.

The order was approved in a 7-2 vote with Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Morandi and Ward 4 Councilor Chris Connell opposing.

Morandi was concerned with adding more market-rate housing to a low socioeconomic status area and Connell believed the base value of the property was set too low.

Councilor at Large Earl

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Invasive Spotted Lanternfly Found in Worcester County
04:03PM / Tuesday, September 28, 2021
FITCHBURG, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) announced Tuesday that a small population of the invasive spotted lanternfly has been found in the City of Fitchburg, close to where a lanternfly nymph was reported earlier this summer.    Agricultural inspectors are in the middle of performing surveys in the area, but currently the infestation is limited to a single cluster of three trees. While MDAR has not been able to determine the origin of the infestation, spotted lanternflies have been known to travel out of infested states on cars, trucks, and trains, during shipments of produce, sheds, and gazebos, trees and shrubs for landscaping, and

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School Mask Mandate Extended to November
Staff Reports,
11:01AM / Tuesday, September 28, 2021
BOSTON — The mask requirement in schools has been extended out another month.    Public school children aged 5 and older and all staff will have to wear masks inside school buildings until at least Nov. 1, with certain exemptions.   The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in August declared "exigent circumstances" and authorized the Commissioner Jeffrey Riley to institute universal masking based on a sudden rise in COVID-19 cases throughout the state near the end of July.    The mandate was put in place until at least Oct. 1. On Monday, Riley determined to extend the mask requirement "after consulting with medical experts and state

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Prepare yourself financially for illness just in case
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:44AM / Tuesday, September 28, 2021
All of us hope to live long, healthy lives, so we do what we can to take care of ourselves through proper diet, exercise and avoiding unhealthy activities. However, none of us can predict our future, so it pays to be prepared for anything – including a serious physical illness or the onset of some type of mental incapacity, such as Alzheimer's disease.   Of course, you may never face these infirmities, but you should be aware that they could upset your long-term financial strategy and place considerable stress on your loved ones. What steps can you take to head off these threats?   First, make sure you know what your health insurance covers and how much you might have to

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City of Pittsfield Announces 2021 Virtual Halloween Contests
08:03AM / Tuesday, September 28, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — City of Pittsfield residents are invited to enter the city’s 2021 virtual Halloween contests in the categories of Pumpkin Decorating, Costume, and Home Decorating.   Submissions for each contest will be accepted beginning Oct. 1 through Sunday, Oct. 24.    Each winner will receive a cash prize and will be featured on the Pittsfield Parks and Recreation Facebook page on Friday, Oct. 29.   Additional information and contest rules are available by clicking on the "Halloween 2021" link on the home page of the city’s website, www.cityofpittsfield.org.    This year’s contests are sponsored by Greylock Federal

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BCC Announces New Hires, Promotions
01:50PM / Monday, September 27, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announced the addition of ten new staff and faculty members, in addition to three promotions.     New to BCC     Chris Bodnar has joined BCC as Director of Procurement in the Administration and Finance Division, bringing 20 years of experience in buying, purchasing, planning and inventory management with KB Toys and a hardware store chain. He has studied business administration at the University of Connecticut, Houston Baptist University, Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, CT, and Berkshire Community College. A resident of Hillsdale, NY, he lives with his girlfriend Noreen and has three grown

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Berkshire Economic Recovery Project Launches Technical Assistance Cohorts
12:00PM / Monday, September 27, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire, in partnership with Berkshire Regional Planning Commission and with support from the United States Economic Development Administration announced the launch and the opening of registration for its first round of small business and organization technical assistance cohorts.   With five experts as technical assistance providers, this initial round of seven cohorts looks to support up to 49 small businesses and organizations over the course of the fall of 2021. Each individual cohort will be limited to seven participating businesses/organizations and will kick off with a required two-hour workshop.    Following the workshop, participants in

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Pittsfield Street Improvement Project Schedule: Sept. 28-Oct.1
08:02AM / Monday, September 27, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. Please note the following work is scheduled for Sept. 28- Oct. 1, as part of the City of Pittsfield's 2021 Street Improvement Project.   The schedule is as follows: Tuesday, Sept. 28: excavation on Gordon Street. Wednesday, Sept. 29 – Friday, Oct. 1: berm removal on Monroe, Chestnut, and Martin streets, and Terrace and Woodbine avenues. On-street parking is prohibited during this work between the hours of 6 a.m.-6 p.m. each day.    Please note that once the berm has been removed in the aforementioned locations, parking will be allowed.   The schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions. 

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Pittsfield Panel Approves 10-Year TIE for Tyler Street Firehouse
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:46AM / Monday, September 27, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The subcommittee on Community and Economic Development on Tuesday unanimously approved a 10-year tax increment exemption agreement for the conversion of the Tyler Street firehouse into four residential units.

The TIE agreement, which is the residential version of tax increment financing, will save developer CT Management around $55,000 in residential taxes and will bring in about $65,000 into the city.

One hundred percent of an incremental increase will be forgiven for two years and then it will drop to 80 percent for years three and four, 60 percent for years five and six, 40 percent for years seven and eight, and 20 percent for years nine and 10.
 
CT

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Pittsfield Board Grants Special Permit for Carr Hardware Window Art
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:39PM / Sunday, September 26, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Community Development Board OK'd Carr Hardware's window graphics within the Downtown Creative District.

The panel approved a special permit last week that allows the modification of a pre-existing, non-confirming storefront display to accommodate the store's previously installed artwork.

This gives Carr's graphic window wraps a pass for transparency and coverage requirements in the Downtown Creative District that was ordained by the City Council in April.

The decals are over the building's front "windows" that previously allowed spectators to see into display cases rather than the sales floor. Carr Hardware paid fees to an art

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