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RMV Announces Road Test Applicants Will Need Own Vehicles
10:01AM / Sunday, April 24, 2022
BOSTON — Class D learner's permit holders applying for a Massachusetts-issued driver's license will be required to supply their own vehicle for road testing beginning on Monday, May 2, 2022.    Due to the pandemic and health and safety protocols, since June of 2020, the RMV deployed a fleet of Commonwealth-owned vehicles for road tests which were cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis.  The use of these Commonwealth-owned vehicles will end on April 29, 2022. Applicants for a Class M, or Motorcycle license, supply their own motorcycle for testing. Applicants scheduled for testing through a driving school should confirm they have access to the school's

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MCLA Softball Earns League Sweep
MCLA Sports Information,
08:35PM / Saturday, April 23, 2022
BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. -- MCLA's Lora Woyton tossed a shutout in game one and the Trailblazer offense pounded out 18 hits in the nightcap as the softball team picked up a pair of wins over Mass. Maritime on Saturday.   MCLA took game one 9-0 in five innings before completing the sweep with a 12-8 win in game two.   MCLA is now 5-24 on the season and 2-8 in league play. The Bucs fall to 7-23 overall and 0-10 in the MASCAC.   Game One Woyton was the story in this one as she tossed all five innings and allowed just three hits. She struck out six Bucs on her way to the mercy rule victory.   Justina Pardi started the scoring with an RBI single that brought around Lidia

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North Adams Police Know Identities of Suspects Who Fled, Crashed on Thursday
Staff Reports,
06:56PM / Friday, April 22, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police say they know the two suspects who fled from a motor vehicle stop and crashed near Chenaille Terrace on Thursday night.    Lt. Anthony Beverly said the incident started when police stopped a gray BMW on Union Street near the Minor Street intersection at about 9:42 p.m. The stop was made because the occupants were suspected of felony activities.   "The operator did pull over, however, when the officer approached, he fled at an extremely high rate of speed," Beverly said. "As the vehicle began to flee, it drove onto the sidewalk, nearly striking a North Adams police officer."   The lieutenant said the driver fled west

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Grant Supports Ecological Restoration and Climate Resilience in the Berkshires
05:12PM / Friday, April 22, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On behalf of the Berkshire Clean, Cold and Connected (BCCC) Restoration Partnership, the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) has entered into a three-year Cooperative Agreement with the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Division of Ecological Restoration (DER) to support healthy aquatic systems and address climate change in Berkshire County.   The Cooperative Agreement is expected to provide approximately $350,000 in grant funding to support a new BCCC Restoration Partnership Coordinator position based in HVA's Stockbridge office, and further aquatic habitat enhancement projects like culvert replacement and stream restoration.   Funds

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Clarksburg Principal Tapped to Lead Special Education at NBSU
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:30PM / Thursday, April 21, 2022
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire School Union wasted no time last week in naming Tara Barnes as the union's new director of pupil services.   The Clarksburg School principal was the only applicant for the post but her candidacy was heartily welcomed by the NBSU Committee.    "I am so glad you applied for this," said Chairwoman Judy Oleson on inviting Barnes into her virtual interview.    Barnes arrived with a slide presentation on why she was ready to take this next step in her career, which began in teaching English in Japan in the mid-1990s. That was followed by nearly eight years in the Baltimore school district as a reading teacher

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MCLA Adding Men's, Women's Hockey, Cutting Tennis
MCLA Sports Information,
11:50AM / Thursday, April 21, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Athletics Department Thursday announced a multi-year plan to enhance the College’s athletics programming for years to come, including the return of men’s ice hockey to North Adams along with the implementation of a women’s ice hockey program.   Plans also identify athletic facilities upgrades including replacement of the turf at Shewcraft Field, and a fundraising campaign to support the installation of turf at the baseball and softball fields.    “This exciting news continues the progress made with the revitalized, state-of-the-art Trailblazer Fitness Center renovation in 2020,” MCLA

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Vermont Food Security Leader
09:39AM / Thursday, April 21, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — John Sayles, CEO of the Vermont Foodbank, is the next guest on Medical Matters Weekly at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27.   The show is produced by Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers can see Medical Matters Weekly on facebook.com/svmedicalcenter and facebook.com/CATTVBennington. The show is also available to view or download as a podcast on www.svhealthcare.org/medicalmatters.   Sayles joined the Vermont Foodbank as the CEO in March of 2009 after serving ten years in senior appointed positions with the State of Vermont at the Department of Public Service and Agency of Natural Resources.

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Berkshire and Northern Berkshire United Way to Kick Off Volunteer Month
04:26PM / Wednesday, April 20, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire United Way (BUW) and Northern Berkshire United Way (NBUW) will kick off the second annual #HereForGood Volunteer Month on April 18, coinciding with National Volunteer Week April 18-25.   BUW and NBUW have organized a range of volunteer opportunities across Berkshire County throughout the month, including assembling meal packages, trail maintenance and playground cleanups, restocking Book Houses, and more.   April 30 has been designated a Day of Caring, during which volunteers will pack 14,000 pounds of nonperishable food into 1,000 bags to be distributed to local food pantries, senior housing, and other agencies in need. Guido's Fresh

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Moderate Spring Weather In Store This Week
12:20PM / Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Temperatures will slowly inch up to the low 60s this week but expect a mix of cloudy skies and sun.   Wednesday, April 20 will be sunny, but temperatures will only top out at 51, predicts Accuweather.   Expect cooler temperatures overnight with a low of 28.   Thursday will be a bit warmer with a high of 59. The day should start sunny but expect cloud cover in the afternoon with some brief rain showers.   Friday should be nice with mostly sunny skies and a high of 61. Expect the same thing Saturday, April 23.   Sunday should be cloudier. Temperatures should linger in the high 50s - low 60s.

The Next 48 Hours....
At least it a lot better for us !

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BerkshiresCanCode Announces Launch of Initial Program
12:11PM / Wednesday, April 20, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass — CanCode Communities, a nonprofit organization training non-traditional talent for software career opportunities, announced the launch of its initial BerkshiresCanCode program: Front-End Web Development.    Registration is now open for the 12-week course, which starts on May 10 and runs through July 28.   "We're thrilled to offer our first-ever adult workforce course through BerkshiresCanCode, and to begin to serve this rapidly expanding community of software and technology companies," said Annmarie Lanesey, Founder and CEO of CanCode Communities. "It's exciting to work with untapped talent and equip people with the skills to

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Youth Hockey League Holds Concert Fund-Raiser
Community submission,
10:08AM / Wednesday, April 20, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Northern Berkshire Youth Hockey League plans a fund-raiser concert on Saturday, May 14, at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rink.   The inaugural "Ice Jam" will feature local singer/songwriter C.J. Field and Nashville recording artist Timmy Brown.   Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door for the show that begins at 6 p.m.   There will be food trucks on site and a bar provided by Bounti Fare.   For ticket information, visit nbyhl.com.

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North Adams Bar Ordered to Get Staff Trained After Underage Incident
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:28PM / Tuesday, April 19, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — State Street T avoided fines and penalties for serving an underage customer, but was told to get its bartenders certified.    The Licensing Board held a public hearing Thursday on the February incident with co-owner Robert Cellana and bartender Chad Cellana, voting unanimously to order the bar to train its staff.    "This hearing will serve as a warning to your establishment, to the bartender to yourself to get TIPs certified, and to really card everything," said Licensing Board member Rosemari Dickinson, adding "this could have been a lot more serious."   Board member Peter Breen said the fines could be up to $2,000

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