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Fire Officials Ask People to Change Clocks, Check Alarms
02:07PM / Monday, October 26, 2020
STOW, Mass. — Halloween and Daylight Savings occur this weekend and state fire officials ask people to change clocks and check alarms.   "Most fatal fires occur at night when you are sleeping. Working smoke alarms give us the extra time to get out of a burning house. This weekend, as you change your clocks, check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms," State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said.   "The pandemic is keeping people at home. Most children are learning at home, people are working from home and doing more cooking. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and working smoke alarms are key to surviving a fire. This weekend is a good time

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MassDOT Advisory: Blandford, Russell, Otis, Becket and Lee
08:09AM / Monday, October 26, 2020

LEE, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing that crews will be conducting construction and maintenance operations at specific locations on Interstate 90 eastbound and westbound in Blandford, Russell, Otis, Becket and Lee.  

The work is scheduled to begin in some locations at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, October 26, and will continue at different locations and time frames through to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30.  

At all times, travel will be maintained on I-90 through the work zones. The locations and schedules for lane closures for the work are as follows:

Blandford and Russell

Shoulder construction operations will be conducted

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Butterflies Like it Hot at Mountain Meadow
By Tor Hansen, iBerkshires columnist
02:26PM / Sunday, October 25, 2020

Likely northern broken dash skipper imbibing nectar at Deptford pink. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Adventuresome butterflies highlight the widespread nectar oases in a special habitat teaming with nectar to meet their spurious flight demands.    Thanks to lucid awareness of the ecological value of so many concurrent species — upwards to 30 — the Trustees of Reservations has saved these 20 acres called Mountain Meadow Preserve. Although seldom seen altogether since they have different flight periods, and separate nectar preferences, a surprising assortment of butterflies can be seen imbibing at the same plant.    What a potpourri! Hardly a dull moment in

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BArT Upcoming Enrollment Deadlines
04:00AM / Saturday, October 24, 2020
ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts and Technology (BArT) Charter Public School is currently accepting applications for students in grades six through nine for the 2020-2021 school year, and grades six through ten for the 2021-2022 school year.    The next enrollment deadline for the 2020-2021 school year will be Thursday, Oct. 29 at 12:00 p.m. The first enrollment deadline for the 2021-2022 school year will be in January 2021; date TBA.    More information on the school's enrollment and lottery process can be found at www.bartcharter.org.    Interested families should contact the school at 413-743-7311 ext 732 or

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@theMarket: Politicians Play Cat & Mouse With Investors
By Bill Schmick,
07:58PM / Friday, October 23, 2020
It was a week of will they, or won't they. Both parties claimed to want another stimulus deal done before the election, but the proof is in the pudding and as of Friday, the plate is empty.   Investors may be coming to the conclusion that the latest negotiations between the Democrats, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Republican U.S. Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin, and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, was simply an election ploy. A way to set up the other side for failure, while making their own position look both caring and, at the same time, blameless. Both sides already knew that the GOP-controlled Senate had no appetite for another bail-out that was any

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North Adams, BRPC Loan Programs Designed to Aid Small Business
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:14PM / Friday, October 23, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Small businesses that have seen their revenue drop because of COVID-19 maybe eligible for forgivable loans of up to $10,000.    The city of North Adams and the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission are administering microenterprise loans to assist low- and moderate-income business owners cover regular costs such as rent, staffing and utilities.   North Adams has $108,000 in total to disburse over the next few months. The funds for both programs are from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Community Development Block Grant.    Amy Shapiro, business development director for the Franklin County

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04:00PM / Friday, October 23, 2020
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Construct announced that they have received a grant award of $3,500 from the Jewish Women's Foundation of the Berkshires to provide micro-grants to women living with low income or in poverty in the southern Berkshires.   One of 12 local organizations to receive funding, Construct was amongst the recipients who demonstrated an ability to maintain their programming during the pandemic and/or respond to newly identified needs created by the epidemic.    "By partnering with the Jewish Women's Foundation of the Berkshires, Construct participates in the tradition of Tikkun Olam," Jane Ralph, executive director of Construct said.

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Berkshires Beat: Pittsfield Shared Streets and the Mastheads Sidewalk Tour
12:00PM / Thursday, October 22, 2020
Pittsfield Shared Streets and the Mastheads Sidewalk Tour On Saturday Oct. 24, there will be a sidewalk tour to view poetry created by eight Pittsfield elementary school students, in collaboration with The Mastheads project, which is stenciled on sidewalks in downtown Pittsfield. The project is in conjunction with the City of Pittsfield's shared streets and spaces project. The poets, their parents, Mayor Linda Tyer and members of the Mastheads team are expected to attend.   The group will meet and depart from Otto's Kitchen located at 95 East St at 2 pm.   Clark Art Institute to Feature Work by more than 50 Artists With Disabilities Community Access to the Arts (CATA)

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Big Y Stores Closed On Thanksgiving, Black Friday
08:12AM / Thursday, October 22, 2020
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Big Y announced that they will close all of their stores on Thanksgiving Nov. 26 as well as Friday, Nov. 27.   All stores will be closed including Big Y World Class Markets, Table & Vine and Fresh Acres specialty market. Big Y Express Gas & Convenience locations will be closed on Thanksgiving Day as well.   According to a press release, In order to thank their thousands of employees for their continued hard work and tenacious efforts throughout the challenges of being an essential service throughout the pandemic, Big Y has decided to close their markets to the public on Thanksgiving and on the day after so their employees can rest and spend more

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Berkshire Community College Celebrates 60th Year With Video Ceremony
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Thursday, October 22, 2020

BCC has had a generational impact on many. Here is late professor Mitch Mulholland with his son and future college vice president William Mulholland on his graduation. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state's first community college opened 60 years ago in the Central Annex building on Second Street with about 150 students and a handful of disciplines.    Since then, its moved to West Street, increased its student body by more than tenfold and offers 40 associate degrees and 15 certificates, some in disciplines that didn't exist 60 years ago.    Much of Berkshire Community College's original establishment is because of the work done by former state Rep.

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BFAIR Listed as Donation Organization on Amazon
02:36PM / Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Did you know that every time that you shop on Amazon you could be donating to BFAIR? By choosing BFAIR as your charity of choice on Amazon, 0.5 percent of all eligible purchases are automatically donated directly to BFAIR!   Follow these 3 simple steps below and help support BFAIR's Mission: To enrich the lives of people of all ages and abilities by providing positive life experiences and advocacy through distinctive, individualized, quality

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Jewish Women's Foundation of the Berkshires Awards New Grants
12:25PM / Wednesday, October 21, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Jewish Women's Foundation of the Berkshires announced grant awards totaling $38,700 for 12 local organizations.    Recipients needed to demonstrate the ability to maintain their programming during the pandemic and/or respond to newly-identified needs. The grants range from $2,000 to $3,500 and run for one year.   Funded programs fall into three of JWF's priority areas:   Increasing access to food, housing, and other essentials for Berkshire residents Berkshire Baby Box, Berkshire Community Diaper Project, Berkshire Hills Regional School District Project Connection, Berkshire Grown, Construct, Roots Rising (Formerly The Alchemy

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