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EforAll Ask The Experts Series
03:50PM / Thursday, September 23, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Berkshire County is launching an educational workshop series over Zoom targeted to small business owners.     Funded by a Resiliency Grant from Mass Growth Capital Corporation and the Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation (PERC), all programs will be free of charge to participants.   "We are so pleased to be able to award this MGCC Resiliency Grant to EforAll Berkshire County," Jay Anderson, the President of PERC said. "Small business owners will be able to connect with top professionals at no cost and address their own critical business needs.  We hope that many EforAll

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Mass MoCA Appoints New Director
02:15PM / Thursday, September 23, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Kristy Edmunds, executive and artistic director University of California, Los Angeles Center for the Art of Performance has been appointed as the new museum director.   The Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA) announced the appointment Thursday after a 10-month international search and a unanimous decision.   "We are thrilled to welcome Kristy to North Adams and MASS MoCA; Kristy brings an exceptional record of artistic vision, community engagement, and leadership to Mass MoCA," said Timur Galen, chair of the Mass MoCA Foundation Board of Trustees. "Among a deep and diverse pool of very

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Berkshire Money Management promotes Zack Marcotte to Director of Financial Planning
12:48PM / Thursday, September 23, 2021
DALTON, Mass. — The Berkshire Money Management team announced that "once-in-a-lifetime" employee, Zack Marcotte, has been promoted to Director of Financial Planning.    Marcotte began working at Berkshire Money Management during his senior year of high school. He has witnessed and participated in the building of the firm from startup to success. Marcotte's 13 years working side-by-side with BMM's professionals has provided the kind of on-the-job training that led to his desire to become a financial advisor.   "Financial planning is the art of figuring out what you don't know," said BMM founder and CEO, Allen Harris. "It's tax

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Big Y's Big Vax Week
12:35PM / Thursday, September 23, 2021
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — From Sept. 26 until Oct. 2, every Big Y World Class Market location will hold an on-site multi vaccine clinic for all customers, employees and their families.   All stores will offer seasonal flu and COVID-19 vaccines and stores with an on-site pharmacy also offer a variety of vaccines including seasonal flu, pneumonia, shingles, COVIOD Tdap, Hepatitis A and B, meningococcal, MMR and HPV.    Further details are available on bigy.com where each location's specific times are listed. No appointments are necessary.   This first-ever community wide event spans every one of Big Y's 71 locations throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut. All

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Festival Latino of the Berkshires
08:54AM / Thursday, September 23, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Festival Latino of the Berkshires is celebrating its 25th anniversary on Saturday, Sept.  25 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.   The even will be held rain or shine, at Green Park (behind the Town Hall) and Saint James Place on Main Street in Great Barrington.    There will be Latin American folkloric dance companies and live music performances, language, dance, and cultural education activities, artisans, and a variety of Latin cuisine vendors. The Festival Latino of the Berkshires has been known for its high-quality performances and community spirit.    The event is free of charge, alcohol-free, and open to the

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MCLA-Pittsfield to Feature Ian Mosher as October Artist of the Month
07:59AM / Thursday, September 23, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —Recent MCLA graduate Ian Mosher will be the featured artist at MCLA-Pittsfield during October, with work on display at the College's Pittsfield location at 66 Allen Street.    Mosher's work will be exhibited for the entire month, and an opening artist reception will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1, during the city's First Fridays Artswalk, sponsored by the City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development.    Mosher, who retired after 20 years in the U.S. Army, is a professional graphic designer and photographer. He attended the Tom Savini Special Make-Up Effects Program before earning his bachelor's degree in art,

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Lever Launches Second Mohawk Trail Entrepreneurship Challenge
04:12PM / Wednesday, September 22, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Lever will launch a second Mohawk Trail Entrepreneurship Challenge (MTEC) this month focusing on wood product enterprises, thanks to a $60,000 grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA).    Lever's MTEC seeks to attract forestry-based and wood-using startups, excluding businesses focused on wood-based fuels.    "Our Challenge programs have allowed us to support more than 80 entrepreneurs, whose companies have created hundreds of jobs," said Lever Executive Director Jeffrey Thomas. "I'm looking forward to meeting our Mohawk Trail Entrepreneur Challenge finalists and working

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MCLA Presents 'Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance'
11:53AM / Wednesday, September 22, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The History and Political Science Department at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will present "Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance" a virtual musical theatre event, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5, via Zoom.     This event is free and open to the public. Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/85908275667.    This chamber music production showcases work conceived and performed by The Core Ensemble: Ju-Young Lee, Mikael Darmani, and Michael Parola, featuring actor Draclyn Blount. It celebrates African American poets: Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, and Claude McKay, as seen through the eyes of painter and

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Citizens Group Protests Cell Antennas on Lenox's Curtis Building
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:11AM / Wednesday, September 22, 2021

LENOX, Mass. — A demonstration hosted by the Lenox Citizens for Safe Cell Siting Group highlighted its concerns this past weekend with placing a cell antennas on top of the Housing Authority's subsidized housing facility, the Curtis.

Member Courtney Gilardi, a Pittsfield resident who has been demanding action on cell tower in that city, said there are many issues within this proposal that include health risks for residents in the former hotel, equity concerns with placing technology on elderly and handicapped housing, and the allowance of a cell tower on residential property, opening the flood gates for other similar placements.

"Really what it becomes is not just an

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BCC To Offer Flu and COVID-19 vaccines
03:59PM / Tuesday, September 21, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will welcome Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) and Community Health Programs (CHP) to campus on Wednesday, Sept. 22 for free vaccination clinics.   10 a.m.-12 p.m.: CHP's mobile health unit, the “Big Orange Bus,” will administer Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, as well as the flu vaccine and COVID testing.     The bus will be located near the Susan B. Anthony Center.   1-4 p.m.: BHS will administer the flu vaccine from 1-4 pm at the Susan B. Anthony Center.   Vaccines are given free of charge, and no appointment is necessary. Please bring insurance

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Dr. Bowen Joins BHS Pulmonary Services
12:54PM / Tuesday, September 21, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems announced the appointment of Glenda Bowen, MD, a board certified and fellowship trained Pulmonologist, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the provider staff of Pulmonary Professional Services of BMC.    Dr. Bowen is accepting new patients in need of Pulmonary care and is partnered with Drs. Hafez Alsmaan, Cynthia Callahan, Wing Kong, Julio Miranda, David Oelberg and Jack Ringler.   Dr. Bowen is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Disease, and fellowship trained in Pulmonary/Critical Care at the University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington and Sleep Medicine at Yale University School of

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BCC Students and Faculty Must Be Fully Vaccinated By The End Of The Year
02:20PM / Monday, September 20, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass.— Berkshire Community College (BCC) students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated by January of 2022.   The Presidents of the Massachusetts community colleges announced Monday that students, faculty, and staff at the Commonwealth's 15 community colleges must be fully vaccinated by January 2022.   BCC is one of the 15 Massachusetts Community Colleges.   "During the last eighteen months, the Massachusetts Community Colleges have prioritized the health and safety of our communities while also recognizing that many of our students have been disproportionally impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic" the Presidents said in a statement

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