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Mass RMV Cautions Customers of Text Phishing Scam
03:52PM / Friday, July 16, 2021
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is cautioning customers to be aware of a text phishing scam that has been reported here in the Commonwealth and in other states.   The scam reportedly involves customers receiving text messages, claiming to be from the "DMV," that direct them to click on a provided link to update their personal identifying contact information.    Customers can identify this type of text as a phishing scam because it includes "DMV" and in Massachusetts DMV is not the name of the Registry of Motor Vehicles; in Massachusetts, the name of the Registry is abbreviated as "RMV." Any text using the phrase

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Venable Theater Renovations to be Completed for MCLA Student Return
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12:06PM / Friday, July 16, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Venable Theater renovations at the Massachucetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) are slated to be completed before students return for the fall semester.   Students return in-person this fall and will be able to begin working immediately on the College's 2021-2022 Theatre Season.   "The changes to the theater will provide students with the opportunity to work with the most up-to-date lighting technology in the field," said Jeremy Winchester, chair of MCLA's Department of Fine and Performing Arts. "Since theatre is so reliant on entertainment technology, this will give our students a substantial competitive advantage as they

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
Instead of bickering about parking get a industry in North Adams with higher paying jobs than all the service jobs we have now. Is anyone on the commitee out there looking for any industries to come
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Williamstown's Summer Sundays Return with Focus on Arts
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:25AM / Friday, July 16, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Artist Bob Lafond does not mind people bothering him when he works.   "Earlier this year, I was painting for a while on the streets of North Adams," Lafond said this week. "People became familiar with me, and they would wave or say, 'I love your stuff' and things like that. Eventually they would have the courage to come up and ask a question.   "I just keep painting away."   And on Sunday, Lafond will be painting on Spring Street as part of the Williamstown Cultural District's first Summer Sundays event of 2021.   He is one of three artists who will be creating work on the street -- and welcoming questions

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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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Lea Doubles Twice in SteepleCats' Win
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11:41PM / Thursday, July 15, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Jeremy Lea went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles Thursday to lead the North Adams SteepleCats to a 6-2 win over the Vermont Mountaineers in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.   Lea drove in three runs and raised his batting average to .313 this summer in the win.   John Kozarian went 3-for-4 with a double, and John Marti went 2-for-4 in a 10-hit North Adams attack.   Wilfrido Valenzuela got the win on the mound, going five innings and striking out three.   North Adams (13-11-2) is home on Friday night against Keene at Joe Wolfe Field.

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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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Cheshire Board of Selectmen Meeting Rescheduled After Technical Difficulties
By Gregory Fournier, iBerkshires Correspondent
12:05PM / Thursday, July 15, 2021

CHESHIRE, Mass.—The Board of Selectmen postponed their meeting until Friday, July 16, at 6:30 P.M.

After a delayed start to their meeting Tuesday, Chairwoman Michelle Francesconi decided to postpone the meeting after issues arose with the GoTo Meeting platform the town has been using to broadcast their meetings virtually.

The decision was made around 7:00 P.M. — a half hour after the meeting was scheduled to start.

Francesconi discovered just before 6:30 P.M. that Cheshire's GotTo Meeting administrative account had been frozen. She said that it was operable earlier in the day, but it shut down sometime between when she accessed it and the meeting start

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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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SVHC Foundation Welcomes Andrew King to its Leadership
09:34AM / Thursday, July 15, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Andrew King, of Manchester Center, has joined the Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) Foundation Board of Directors.   "The SVHC Foundation relies on its highly experienced and deeply compassionate members to support our mission of delivering exceptional care and comfort to the people we serve," said Leslie Keefe, SVHC's vice president of corporate development. "We are so pleased to have found these qualities in abundance in Andrew and grateful that he has accepted the opportunity to join us."   King was born and raised in Manhattan and spent winter weekends at Stratton Mountain. He attended the Buckley School and the Taft School

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SVMC ExpressCare Welcomes Lisa Patorti
08:49AM / Thursday, July 15, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) welcomed Family Nurse Practitioner Lisa Patorti to SVMC ExpressCare and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians.    Patorti earned her master’s degree in nursing from Purdue University Global. She received her bachelor's in nursing from Kaplan University. In addition, she attended Vermont Technical College in Bennington for her registered nurse and licensed practical nurse credentials.   Patorti has worked as a triage nurse for the Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region 2016 – 2019 and as an office RN for Advanced Ankle & Foot 2015 – 2016.  Since 2001, she and her family

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Williamstown Fin Comm Feels Financial Fallout of Turmoil at Town Hall, WPD
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:25AM / Thursday, July 15, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Members of the town's Finance Committee Wednesday complained about being blindsided by the price tags associated with a pair of severance agreements negotiated by the Select Board and the former town manager in 2020 and ‘21.   The committee convened a special session to consider four allocations totaling $139,617 from the $150,000 reserve the Fin Comm maintains in each budget year to cover unforeseen expenses.   One transfer, $53,224 to cover snow and ice removal is typical; the town routinely under budgets for the expense because its true magnitude is unknown during budget season.   The other three were unique.   Interim Town

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North Adams City Council Holds Off on Adjusting Salary for Library Position
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:11AM / Thursday, July 15, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday night decided to hold off on approving a 24 percent increase in the starting salary for an open children's librarian position at the North Adams Public Library.   Mayor Thomas Bernard asked the council to increase the position from Step 1 to Step 5 of the city's compensation plan, which would raise the starting salary to $40,399 from $32,608 after two candidate searches failed because applicants declined the position due to the salary.   "Now that COVID restrictions have been lifted and the library has reopened to the public it is important that we hire a youth services librarian to lead our necessary and popular

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