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The Retired Investor: Unions Make Headway Across Nation
By Bill Schmick,
04:01PM / Friday, May 03, 2024
The number of U.S. workers who claimed union membership increased ever so slightly last year from 14.3 million in 2022 to 14.4 million. However, as a share of the American workforce, union membership hit a new low. Today only one in 10 workers in America wear the union badge.   Back in 1983, union membership was as high as 20.1 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Yet, every day we hear of some effort to unionize workers across a wide spectrum of companies and industries. Starbucks, CVS, and Amazon come to mind. In 2023, the United Auto Workers (UAW) occupied headlines for months as they negotiated new contracts with General Motors, Ford, and Stellantis — and

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Pittsfield Hydrant Flushing Schedule: Phase 2
03:00PM / Friday, May 03, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Monday, May 6 marks the start of phase two for the spring flushing schedule of the City of Pittsfield's water system. Water mains throughout the city will be flushed through hydrants over the next several weeks to remove accumulations of pipeline corrosion products.   Mains will be flushed Monday through Friday each week, except holidays, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.   This phase of flushing is expected to occur between May 6 through May 10.   Flushing is to be expected to affect the following areas: Starting at Unkamet Park Drive heading west up to North Street working north to the Broadway and Lakeview streets

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Retired Firefighter Running for Dalton Board of Water Commissioners
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:53PM / Friday, May 03, 2024
DALTON, Mass. — Ken Sagendorph, a former firefighter and emergency technician, says his goal is to improve communication between the Fire District, residents, town, and department if elected to the Board of Water Commissioners.    "The purpose of the district is actually to be the town representative between the firefighters and the town. It's going to be like the middleman," he said. "You not only represent the town, but you represent the firefighters [and everyone associated with the water district] at the same time."   Sagendorph is running against incumbent Michael Kubicki for the three-year seat on the board in the May 14

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May 4 is Wildfire Community Preparedness Day
10:33AM / Friday, May 03, 2024

STOW, Mass. — Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is May 4, and Massachusetts fire service leaders are urging residents to protect their homes and neighborhoods while reducing the risk posed by wildland fires.

"Wildfire Community Preparedness Day promotes awareness of the wildland fire risk to people, property, and the environment," said State Fire Marshal Jon M. Davine. "We encourage everyone to take time tomorrow to defend their homes and families. Clearing flammable debris, creating an evacuation plan, and committing to outdoor fire safety can reduce the risk of a wildland fire damaging your home."

"Wildland fires aren't just a West Coast

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Weekend Outlook: First Fridays, Record Show, and More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
06:00PM / Thursday, May 02, 2024
There will be a variety of events in the Berkshires this weekend including First Friday Festivities, a record show, and more.   Editor's Pick   Pittsfield's Inaugural First Friday at Five Downtown Pittsfield Time: 5 p.m.    The city has combined Third Thursdays and the First Fridays Artswalks to establish First Fridays at Five.    Downtown Pittsfield will be alive with activities, including a maker's market on North Street, a Pop-Up Dance Zone in Persip Park with fire dancer Opal Raven Cirque, Art in the Park with Mike Carty at Sottile Park, live pottery in Palace Park with Jim Horsford, and a Family Fun Zone at Dunham Mall.    There will

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Pittsfield Cable Committee OKs RFP to Spectrum
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:24PM / Thursday, May 02, 2024

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The cable contract renewal process is moving along with negotiations on the horizon.

The Cable Advisory Committee last week authorized the forwarding of a request for response of ascertainment, or a request for proposal, to Charter Spectrum. This concludes the ascertainment process and moves toward negotiations.

Member Shawn Serre explained that this is a motion to authorize the chair to take a document being formulated by outside counsel to the mayor's office so that it can be submitted to the cable provider to kick off negotiations.

"I want to underscore both that you have done so much work and this is yet another product that came out of your

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Pittsfield Traffic and Parking Restrictions for First Fridays at Five
03:10PM / Thursday, May 02, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City of Pittsfield, along with Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. will be hosting a brand new event - First Fridays at Five – on May 3 from 5 to 8 p.m.   Be aware that North Street will be closed from Park Square to Depot Street from 3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 3.   Drivers are asked to seek alternate routes during this timeframe and follow appropriate detours. In addition, a parking restriction will be in place on North Street between Park Square to Depot Street starting at 2 p.m.   First Fridays at Five will include artist opening receptions; a community walk with NAMI; live music on the city stage; a family fun zone; artisan vendors;

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BCC Announce Slate of Community Programs
02:12PM / Thursday, May 02, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Workforce Development and Community Education department at Berkshire Community College (BCC) announced several upcoming workshops open to the public.   Preregistration is required; to register for a workshop, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/workshops.     Introduction to Golf: Wednesdays, May 29-June 26, 5:30-6:30 pm  Christopher Polidoro, Head Golf Professional at Miraval Resorts, covers all aspects of beginning or improving your golf game. Over the course of this program, students will learn the fundamentals of golf including putting, pitching/chipping, irons, woods, drivers, and short game review. Golf clubs are available for use if

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NAMIBC Kicks Off Mental Health Awareness Month
12:04PM / Thursday, May 02, 2024

PITTSFIELD, Mass. In honor of May's Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM), the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Berkshire County (NAMIBC) and advocates across the country, are raising awareness of mental illness and supporting individuals in their mental health journey.

This year, NAMI Berkshire County is helping emphasize the importance of normalizing mental health care by hosting a fundraising and awareness event: NAMIWalks Berkshire County at 5pm on May 3 in collaboration with First Fridays at Five.  

"It is essential to foster an open and safe environment for sharing stories, and during Mental Health Awareness Month, we are calling on mental health advocates

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Pittsfield Street Improvement for Fiscal Year 2025
10:37AM / Thursday, May 02, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The following roads are scheduled to be paved starting this summer as part of the FY25 Street Improvement Program:   • Backman Avenue • Barker Road (from Richmond town line to South Mountain Road) • Benedict Road (Dalton Avenue to Broadview Terrace) • Crane Ave (Oakhill West 2000 feet) • Curtis Terrace • Daniels Avenue (from Columbus Avenue to Danforth Avenue) • Jason Street (Friar North 900 feet) • Joseph Drive • Meadow Lane • Newell Street • Orlando Avenue • Ridge Avenue   The list above does not include the roadwork currently underway as part of the FY24 street improvements that are currently

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4.3% Budget Increase Proposed for Lanesborough
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:13AM / Thursday, May 02, 2024

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The town is looking at a proposed $4.3 percent budget increase for fiscal 2025.

The Finance Committee last month approved an $11,846,607 spending plan without changes and will vote on the annual town meeting warrant articles next week. It was accepted by the Select Board on Monday.

Town Administrator Gina Dario told the board that things are moving along quicker than last year in terms of the budget and the ATM warrant, which was helped by the absence of a special town meeting.

"We worked right through April, we did present the budget to the Finance Committee at their last meeting. They did approve the budget in its totality without changes,"

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Adams Lions Club Golf Tourney Set for May 18
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04:57AM / Thursday, May 02, 2024
ADAMS, Mass. -- The Adams Lions Club’s annual golf tournament will be Saturday, May 18, at Forest Park Country Club.   Teams of four will compete in a 9-hole scramble format with tee times beginning at 8 a.m.   Proceeds will support Lions initiatives, including scholarships for local high school graduates and community events, such as a Halloween parade for local children and lunch for senior citizens. In addition, the club assists residents who need help with vision and hearing loss-related needs and supports research to cure eye diseases and diabetes.   The entry fee is $50 per player or $200 per team and includes nine holes of golf, carts, longest drive and

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