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BCC to Hold Open House
08:03AM / Thursday, February 15, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Learn more about Berkshire Community College  (BCC) on Saturday, March 9 from 9-11 am, including a financial aid workshop at 10 am.    The event takes place in the Connector on BCC's main campus, located at 1350 West Street, Pittsfield.     Prospective students and their guests are invited to meet one-on-one with BCC representatives from various offices. Participants can speak with faculty about the programs that interest them, take a campus tour and learn about paying for college, transferring to a four-year school, internships and career opportunities.    All attendees will receive a breakfast, a discount at the BCC

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North Adams Taking Another Look at 'Aesthetic' Crosswalks
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:24AM / Thursday, February 15, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city rejected artistic crosswalks two years ago but a new councilor has again raised the idea.   This time, the federal government looks to be on his side.    "My purpose here is to produce street crossings for pedestrians which are safe, visible and beautiful for our residents, students and guests, no matter how they get around the city, so that goes for drivers just as much as it goes for pedestrians," said Councilor Andrew Fitch, who gave a short presentation at Tuesday's council meeting.   "Some potential solutions could be using technological advancements using bright or reflective paint or some other type of

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AYJ Fund Celebrates 10 Years of Supporting Cancer Research, Children
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:50PM / Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Anna Yan Ji Arabia's fight against cancer inspired her parents to help other families find a cure.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Joe and Kathy Arabia hosted a mini-golf tournament a decade ago to raise money for reasearch on childhood cancer after the death of their daughter, 16-year-old Anna Yan Ji Arabia.   Kathy Arabia said they'd hoped to raise $1,000 — and instead raised 11 times that amount.    "We raised $11,000 and that all went to research and it's been incredible since then," she said. "It's made this possible and we are working on our next research project that will be funding also."   Over the past 10 years,

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Crane Stationery Future Uncertain With Reports of Layoffs
Staff Reports,
03:55PM / Wednesday, February 14, 2024
COHOES, N.Y. — Mohawk Fine Papers, which owns Crane Stationery, is reportedly being acquired by the international Fedrigoni Group and employees at Crane were laid off.    The news was reported Wednesday by Albany Business Review, which also confirmed that 75 people in the Crane unit were notified on Tuesday that they were laid off "effective immediately."   The deal appears to be affecting what's left of the 220-year-old Crane Stationery, which Mohawk purchased in 2018. The New York company closed the North Adams, Mass., plant in 2020 and laid off nearly 200 employees.    A number of them were offered jobs in Cohoes, where the printing of

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MCLA Physics Department Launches Speaker Series with Recent Grant Award
08:00AM / Wednesday, February 14, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass.—The MCLA Physics Department will host its first speaker this month as part of a larger campaign supported by funding from the American Institute of Physics (AIP) Foundation through its TEAM-UP Together Expanding Expertise, Championing Excellence & Leadership (TUT EXCEL) program.   Trevor David Rhone, assistant professor in the Department of Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will deliver a presentation on Atoma, a laboratory artificial intelligence (AI) assistant, and how it can be combined with materials research to accelerate science innovation and discovery. The talk will take place in the Feigenbaum Center for

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North Adams Swears in New Firefighters
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:31AM / Wednesday, February 14, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Two new firefighters were sworn in on Tuesday night during City Council   Jeffrey Rodrigues and Jeffrey Tykot graduated Jan. 26 from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy in Springfield having completed the 50-day Career Recruit Firefighting Training Program.   Mayor Jennifer Macksey introduced the firefighters, noting Rodrigues, of Dorchester, is a veteran of the Army Reserve and holds a bachelor of arts with a concentration in criminal justice from the University of Massachusetts at Boston.    Tykot, of Williamstown, was a member of the New Ashford Fire Department and is a licensed emergency medical technician with Northern Berkshire EMS. He

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BHS Receives Outpatient Joint Replacement Excellence Award
02:54PM / Tuesday, February 13, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) announced that it has been recognized as a 2024 Outpatient Joint Replacement Excellence Award recipient by Healthgrades, the leading resource consumers use to find a hospital or doctor.    According to a press release, this achievement, along with being a 5-Star recipient for Outpatient Total Knee Replacement for 2 consecutive years (2023-2024), reflects the organization's dedication to clinical excellence and distinguishes Berkshire Medical Center as one of the nation's leading hospitals for outpatient joint replacement. BMC is one of 152 hospitals nationwide to receive the Joint Replacement Excellence

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Steeple City Plaza Sold for $1.75M; V&V Liquors Closes
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:05AM / Tuesday, February 13, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Steeple City Liquors, also known as V&V, closed abruptly Monday night two weeks after the plaza it's in was sold.    The store, which was promoting its products over the weekend for Super Bowl Sunday, made the announcement on Facebook on Tuesday morning and a sign on the door stated that it was "closed for good."   "The staff would like to thank each and every patron for the ever lasting memories that were created," read the post.   The new owner of the shopping center says the decision to close the business was made by First Hartford Realty, the former owner of the former Kmart plaza, which

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Berkshire Running Sets Full Year of Charity Runs
Community submission,
06:42AM / Tuesday, February 13, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Berkshire Running Foundation has released the 2024 Race Calendar for the local nonprofit with several new events scheduled throughout the county.   Following its first official year operating as a nonprofit entity in 2023, the 501c3 organization, which has a mission of advancing and expanding on the positive impact the running community has on the neighborhoods we live, produced, and directed eight events in 2023. The Foundation donated just more than $48,000 to local nonprofit entities which benefit from each event.    The Foundation has also incorporated that all students in Berkshire County can run in these races for free. To encourage families to

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Taconic Grad Gittens Racks Up More Honors at MCLA
MCLA Sports Information,
04:35PM / Monday, February 12, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass.— MCLA senior guard and Taconic High School graduate Quentin Gittens has been named the MASCAC Player of the Week for the third time in four weeks.   Gittens averaged 30.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, four assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks in a 2-0 week for the Trailblazers.   He Posted a double-double with 25 points and 12 rebounds, adding six assists, two blocks, and a steal in a 73-72 road victory at Salem State, where he sank a pair of free throws in the final seconds to secure the win. And he followed that up with a career-high 36-point performance in a 67-59 at Framingham State, adding five rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and a steal, leading the

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All Saints Episcopal Church 'Ashes-To-Go'
12:33PM / Monday, February 12, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Ashes-to-go will be distributed in front of All Saints Episcopal Church on Wednesday, Feb. 14 from 7 am to 11 am.   All Saints Episcopal Church is located at 59 Summer St.   Ash Wednesday service will be held from noon to 7pm.   Stations of the cross in Lent will be held at noon starting Friday, Feb. 16. Other dates are Feb. 23, March 1, March 8, March 15, and March 22.    

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All That Snow Expected to Fall Southward
12:22PM / Monday, February 12, 2024

The Nor'easter will feature heavy, wet snow and gusty winds. Power outages and some tree damage expected. Snowfall rates could exceed 2"/hr tomorrow. Coastal flooding is likely especially with high tide on Tuesday. Here is the latest snowfall total forecast ranges. pic.twitter.com/Du9AenQqEq

— Jacqui Jeras (@JacquiJerasTV) February 12, 2024   NEVERMIND:  The National Weather Service has canceled its Winter Storm Warning and has a Winter Weather Advisory only in place for the Berkshires from 1 a.m. Monday to 7 p.m. Tuesday.    Total snow expected: 2 to 4 inches. South County could get up to 6.    This fast-moving storm is heading

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