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FEMA Awards Funds to Massachusetts for COVID School Testing Costs
11:42AM / Saturday, February 17, 2024
BOSTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending almost $13.5 million to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to reimburse it for the cost of providing testing at public schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.   The $13,450,826 Public Assistance grant will reimburse the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for contracting with Trans Med USA Inc. and Merrow Medical to provide test kits at schools between July 2022 and May 2023.   The department purchased and distributed 1,089,354 COVID-19 antigen tests to students, faculty and staff at schools statewide during that time period.   "FEMA is pleased to be able to assist

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Clarksburg to Consider Community Preservation Act
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:04AM / Saturday, February 17, 2024
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Select Board on Thursday voted to place the adoption of the state Community Preservation Act on the town meeting warrant at the request of the Historical Commission.   The state law allows for towns to add up to a 3 percent surcharge on property taxes to fund historical preservation, open space and recreation and affordable housing that can be matched by state monies.   "We've become as a Historical Commission aware of the Community Preservation Act for us in the way of raising funds for historic preservation," Commissioner Susan Brandon told the Select Board. "But there's also other things that these funds can be used for 

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Holiday Hours: Presidents Day
02:00PM / Friday, February 16, 2024

Gen. George Washington taking command of the Continental Army in Cambridge in 1775.

Washington's Birthday will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 19.

The holiday was first enacted by Congress in 1879 to mark George Washington's birthday on Feb. 22 and later moved to the third Monday in February in 1968. While the name of the federal holiday remains Washington's Birthday, it is more often referred to as Presidents Day to include the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on Feb. 12.

Washington was born in 1732 (or Feb. 11, 1731, according to the old-style calendar) in Colonial Virginia. A Founding Father, he would lead the new nation as head of the Continental Army in the Revolution and as

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Weekend Outlook: Festivals, Cardboard Box Races, and More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:38PM / Thursday, February 15, 2024
There are a variety of events this weekend in the Berkshires including festivals, Valentine's Day themed events, and more.   Editor's Pick    10×10 Festival Pittsfield Time: various   Berkshire County business and organizations join forces with Pittsfield's Office of Cultural Development for the annual 10x10 Festival, a week of events to celebrate the winter season beginning Thursday.   This weekend's festivities include the inaugural Clapp Park Winter Festival, Hancock Shaker Village's The Big Chill, art exhibits, live music, and more.    More information here.   Saturday    WinterFest Various venues, North

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Berkshire Fire Departments Awarded Safety Equipment Grants
10:39AM / Thursday, February 15, 2024
STOW, Mass. — The Healey-Driscoll Administration today announced $5 million in awards to 321 Massachusetts fire departments through the state’s Firefighter Safety Equipment Grant program.   "Every single day, firefighters across Massachusetts put themselves in harm’s way to protect their communities," said Governor Maura Healey. "They deserve our thanks and our support. The Firefighter Safety Equipment Grant program is just one way we can express our appreciation for that selfless dedication."    Fire departments across Massachusetts were invited to apply to the Firefighter Safety Equipment Grant program, which provides reimbursement on

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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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