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Berkshire County Historical Society Annual Hike
07:46AM / Friday, July 16, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County Historical Society will celebrate Herman Melville's birthday Aug. 1 with a hike on Monument Mountain in Great Barrington at 9 am.    The hike takes approximately 2 ½ hours and is appropriate for families. Hikers should meet at the Monument Mountain Reservation Parking lot on Route 7 and should be prepared with their own water, proper footwear, hiking gear and bug repellent.   The hike commemorates the Aug. 5, 1850, first meeting of Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne. At the time, Melville was working on his greatest novel, Moby-Dick, while Hawthorne was a literary sensation having just published The Scarlett Letter. The

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Berkshire County DA Participates in Plea Bargain Tracking Project For Judicial Equity
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:31AM / Friday, July 16, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In an effort to promote equity and fair sentencing within the judicial system, the Berkshire District Attorney's office participated in the making of a digital tool that opens the "black box" of plea bargains.   The project was done in collaboration with the Durham County, NC District Attorney's Office, and Berkshire District Attorney's Office.  It was formally announced on Thursday at a virtual press conference.   "Historically, prosecutors have relied on scare tactics instead of facts which has built this system of mass incarceration," Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington said. "And the communities that

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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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Work To Connect Lanesborough Water Lines to Berkshire Village Underway
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:04AM / Friday, July 16, 2021
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — After many years with an independent water system, Berkshire Village is being connected to the Lanesborough water district and is undergoing infrastructure modernization.   "I am just so thankful to them, [the fire and water district] did a lot of the heavy lifting on this. They've done all the work with the USDA, and we've been included every step of the way," Berkshire Co-Operative President Lori DiLego said. "They went to bat for us in many different areas."   This was made possible by advocacy work done by the Lanesborough Village Fire and Water District for Berkshire Co-Operative Water Works, which resulted in the

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Pittsfield 12-Year-Olds Win District 1 Championship
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:18PM / Thursday, July 15, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- The Great Barrington All-Stars were able to crack the door open, but Christian Barry was there to shut it tight.   Barry retired three straight to stop a sixth-inning rally and preserve a 6-2 win for the Pittsfield Little League American Division 12-year-olds in Thursday’s Don Gleason District 1 title game.   Barry ended the game with his second strikeout in 1-⅔ innings of relief work to make a winner of Sebastian Herrera and send the Pittsfield Americans into next week’s sectional playoffs on the road to Williamsport, Pa.   Great Barrington registered its only three hits of the game back-to-back-to-back with its back to the wall

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MassWildlife Advisory: Report Dead Birds and Remove Feeders
04:02PM / Thursday, July 15, 2021
In late May, wildlife managers in Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky began receiving reports of sick and dying birds with eye swelling and crusty discharge, as well as neurological signs. More recently, additional reports have been received from Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana.    While the majority of affected birds are reported to be fledgling common grackles, blue jays, European starlings, and American robins, other species of songbirds have been reported as well.    No definitive cause(s) of illness or death have been determined at this time.    While there is always an increase in reports of dead birds at

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Irish American Club Establishes Irish Dance School
11:53AM / Thursday, July 15, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Irish American Club of Berkshire County, led by President Kevin Cahill, announced the opening of their new Irish dance school, Scoil Rince Bréifne Ó Ruairc, under the direction of Jennifer Darby.   Scoil Rince Bréifne Ó Ruairc (skoal RIN-ka BREF-nee o RORK) will offer Irish dance classes to children and adults in Pittsfield. Their mission is to provide high-quality traditional Irish dance instruction in a fun, supportive, and inclusive environment to anyone in Berkshire County.   Jennifer has achieved certification as a teacher of Irish dance with Cumann Rince Naisiunta, an open platform Irish dance organization that is

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Papa Joe's Ristorante To Celebrate 35 Years In Business
08:09AM / Thursday, July 15, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — "We’re a lot more than just pizzas and subs."   That’s how Paul Colombari, owner of Papa Joe’s Ristorante on Newell Street, wants customers to view his restaurant.
  An Italian restaurant with relatively inexpensive and an extensive menu, Papa Joe’s has been serving Pittsfield and Berkshire County residents since October of 1986.   Colombari opened the restaurant with his wife Sherry, bringing in most of his own restaurant equipment and cooking most of the food himself, at least in the early days.     "I always knew that this was what I wanted to do," Colombari told

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Tanglewood In The City Returns
07:55AM / Thursday, July 15, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — For the third year, Pittsfield Common is hosting a free screening of a Tanglewood performance on July 17, 2021 at 7 p.m.    The video screening of an archived Boston Symphony Orchestra performance will feature composers George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto, Duke Ellington’s "Harlem," Aaron Copland's "A Lincoln Portrait" narrated by actor John Douglas Thompson, and John Harbison’s "Foxtrot for Orchestra" from his opera, "Remembering Gatsby."   Pre-concert activities, beginning at 6 p.m., will include live performances by Kids 4 Harmony and the Eagles Community Band. There will also be a

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Pittsfield Deputy Superintendant Search Committee to Have Final Candidates Next Week
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Thursday, July 15, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Public School Deputy Superintendent search committee hopes to be able to recommend two to four finalist applicants to the school committee by July 22.   Superintendent Joseph Curtis told the school committee Wednesday that the 15 member committee will hold their first meeting Thursday to start the process of selecting finals from the applicant pool of 11.   "So the initial announcement in the survey called for ten to fourteen participants on the interview committee. We've actually had more," Curtis said. "But it was such a great representation of parents and staff that I reached out to all who applied to be on the

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Berkshire Regional Transit Authority Offering Free Rides Though Saturday
By Brittany Polito,
05:01PM / Wednesday, July 14, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Catch a free bus ride in Berkshire County while you can.

Berkshire Regional Transit Authority is offering free rides from Monday, July 12 through Saturday, July 17 to welcome new riders and thank existing ones for their patronage.

"The BRTA is so happy to see everyone out and about," Deputy Administrator Sarah Vallieres said. "This is a big ‘thank you' to all of our customers who used our services throughout the pandemic and a 'welcome aboard' to anyone who has never traveled with us."

This is a promotion to encourage riders to use the public transportation services they offer through 13 communities in Berkshire County in

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BCC Participates In HIP Institute
04:08PM / Wednesday, July 14, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass — BCC is participating in national High-impact Practices (HIP) Institute witha goal of improving student success.   High-impact practices (HIPs), designed to increase rates of student engagement and retention, include first-year experiences, writing-intensive courses, collaborative projects, diversity/global learning, community-based learning, and internships. According to the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), HIPs have proven to be particularly beneficial for historically underserved students who often do not have equitable access to high-impact learning.    At BCC, nearly three-quarters of students are part-time, and 54

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Baker, Polito Visit Greylock Glen and Clark Art
By Stephen Dravis and Jack Guerino ,
01:21PM / Wednesday, July 14, 2021
ADAMS, Mass. — The same global pandemic that delayed construction of the Greylock Glen Outdoor Center demonstrates the need for the project, state officials said on Wednesday.   "COVID was a horrible, really difficult, at times tragic period, but there are some silver linings in it," Gov. Charlie Baker said. "One of the biggest silver linings is the rediscovery of the outdoors.   "That's been true for the beaches, the parks, the trails, the bike paths, you name it. That's been especially true in Western Mass."   Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides were in

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