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BAAMS Appoints New Board, Expands Programming
Boulger said BAAMS will continue to offer after-school online music instruction and students will continue to work alongside a world-class faculty.

Fall Foliage Week Features Parades, Dinners, Craft Fairs
Participants and spectators are highly encouraged to wear masks and follow best safety practices in regards to staying home if sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

BART Student 'Commended' in the National Merit Scholarship Program
A Letter of Commendation from the School and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, has been presented to this talented senior.

Author, Correspondent to Speak at MCL Annual Public Policy Lecture Event
She'll speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7 at the College's Church Street Center Auditorium. A remote viewing option will also be available, and both options are free and open to the public.

Polito, State Officials Hear From North County Business Leaders
Business leaders at three largest communities in North County had a similar message for state officials: There's lots of opportunities but the pandemic and other conditions are making it hard to find workers and raising costs for materials and supplies, and that infrastructure, including quality housing, is lacking.

North Adams Airport Commission Continues Manager Search
The commission on Tuesday heard from city Administrative Officer and interim Airport Manager Angeline Ellison about the continued manager search. She said she found two possible candidates after a series of interviews.

Pittsfield Draws City Council, School Committee Ballots
City Clerk Michelle Benjamin drew names for ballot positions in the 2021 municipal election on Thursday. The names were randomized in a tumbler that has reportedly been used by the city for many years.

EforAll Ask The Experts Series
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.

Mass MoCA Appoints New Director
Mass MoCA began its search in Fall 2020, following the announcement in August 2020 that Joe Thompson would step down as Director after 32 years.

Pittsfield Halloween Parade Canceled, Trick or Treat Is On
Recreation & Special Events Coordinator Becky Manship told the Parks Commission on Tuesday that unfortunately there will be no parade due to a rise in COVID-19 cases but local children will be able to go door to door for candy on Oct. 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Pittsfield Police Investigating Armed Home Invasion
This is not believed to be a random incident. At this time, those involved remain at large. Area video surveillance is being collected and reviewed.

Big Y's Big Vax Week
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.

Cheshire Clean Up Day Saturday
The cleanup starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. Participants are asked to meet at the Highway Department garage.

MCLA-Pittsfield to Feature Ian Mosher as October Artist of the Month
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.

Clarksburg Making Headway in Clearing Up Bookkeeping Backlog
Cariddi and Select Board Chair Danielle Luchi on Wednesday said they were surprised by the issues brought up at the School Committee in an iBerkshires article last week. Both acknowledged there had been serious problems and backlogs in the treasurer's office but said the town itself is not in any fiscal quandary.

Williamstown Diversity Committee Reviews Its Guiding Principles
Monday marked the second meeting in four days for the newly constituted Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Advisory Committee, which held a Friday afternoon "retreat" last week.

Pittsfield Solicitor Says Bike Track Consistent With Springside Park Uses
During the Parks Commission meeting, he said the city solicitor had made the determination that the bike skills course is not a violation of use for the park and backed the Conservation Commission's ruling that it poses no environmental risks from a conservation standpoint.

Lever Launches Second Mohawk Trail Entrepreneurship Challenge
Lever's MTEC seeks to attract forestry-based and wood-using startups, excluding businesses focused on wood-based fuels.

Pittsfield Walks for Safety and Justice with Elizabeth Freeman Center
On Tuesday, local officials and organizations marched the length of North Street in the Elizabeth Freeman Center’s annual "Rise Together For Safety and Justice" fundraiser to stand against gender-based violence.

Bennington Police Donate to SVHC Cancer Center
The Police Department raised $2,850 for the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center during its cancer awareness fundraiser.

MCLA Presents 'Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance'
his 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 muralist Aaron Douglas.

Northern Berkshire Electronic Recycling And Shredding Event
This event will be held at the Steeple City Plaza parking lot adjacent to All Saints Episcopal Church from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M.

Citizens Group Protests Cell Antennas on Lenox's Curtis Building

Pittsfield O&R Sends Residential Chicken Regulation Request to ZBA
The panel on Monday referred a petition to the Zoning Board of Appeals that asked it to review and amend the city guidelines for keeping the birds and see if it should be converted it into an ordinance.

Bond, Macksey Move on to November's Mayoral Election
Voters decisively picked Lynette Bond and Jennifer Macksey as the top candidates for mayor of North Adams.

BCC To Offer Flu and COVID-19 vaccines
Vaccines are given free of charge, and no appointment is necessary. Please bring insurance cards.

Road Closures Scheduled in Pittsfield for Crewdson Project
The photoshoots are expected to continue through early-to-mid October.

MeHI, Lever Announce Finalists for Massachusetts Digital Health COVID-19 Recovery Challenge
All eight finalists will participate in a three-month accelerator program run by Lever, including an intensive series of lean startup workshops and tailored mentoring from experts to develop their innovative tool, streamline their business plan, and work on their go-to-market strategy.

North Adams Planners OK Lumberyard in Hardman Industrial Park
Duquette has owned Stanley's Lumber and Building Supplies in Adams since 2016 and also operates Berkshire County Construction.

William Stanley Business Park Considers Tunnel Under Woodlawn
The city's Business Development Manager Michael Coakley explained to the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority board on Friday that there is a large light manufacturing and product distribution company interested in all three sites.

North Adams Holds Preliminary Mayoral Election Tuesday
Voting will take place for all five wards at St. Elizabeth's Parish Center from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The mayoral preliminary is the only question on the ballot.

Suspect in White Terrace Arson Held Without Bail
Stone, 43, is being held on dangerousness after he was arrested in relation to a fire Thursday at 8 White Terrace, a vacant multi-building apartment complex that suffered a three-alarm blaze the week before.

Adams Free Library Book Sale
The entrance to the Miller Annex is on Melrose Street and is fully accessible

Pittsfield City Council Candidate Calls for New ARPA Survey
Ward 7 Councilor Anthony Maffuccio asked President Peter Marchetti if he was going to let every other candidate currently running for office make presentations (Kronick had also spoken on the Tyler Street design under new business) and motioned to move the question.

BCC Students and Faculty Must Be Fully Vaccinated By The End Of The Year
Students who seek to register for courses that do not include any in-person component, and who do not plan to come on campus for any reason for the Spring 2022 semester, will not be required to provide documentation of vaccination.

North Adams Police To Hold Firearm Qualifications
Qualifications usually take five to six hours to complete.

BCC Selected for Project Vision
The goal of Project Vision is to catalyze submissions of grant proposals seeking Department of Undergraduate Education (DUE) funding for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) projects.

Start of Year Features New Pre-K in Clarksburg
The School Committee took a field trip inside to see a new connection between the school and the town library next door. Clarksburg pupils now access the library through a barn door that has been installed in a space shared by the two entities.

Adams Parks Commission to Address Russell Field Vandalism
The commission read a report last week from the Department of Public Works that stated the brand-new tennis/pickleball courts have already been vandalized.

Pittsfield Council Leaves Springside Pump Track Proposal to Parks Commission
A petition from Ward 7 Councilor Anthony Maffuccio requesting to hold a public forum on the potential project was not passed.

Veteran Spotlight: A Vietnam Diary, Part II
The following is the diary of a local Marine who served in Vietnam in 1968.

Pittsfield Community Preservation Panel Has $643K Budget For FY22
The city will be working with about $643,000 in Community Preservation Act funds in fiscal 2022 for projects that include historical preservation, open space and outdoor recreation, and affordable housing.

Pittsfield Street Improvement Project Schedule: Sept. 20-24
On-street parking is prohibited during this work between the hours of 6 a.m.-6 p.m. each day. Please note the schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions.

Speakers at Voices of Recovery Encourage Sharing, Connection
The annual Voice of Recovery event has for eight years given survivors of drug and alcohol abuse a place to tell their story as a way to motivate others to take the difficult road to recovery.

Freeman Center's 'Rise For Safety and Justice' Walks Aim to Represent All
The former "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event is now "Rise Together For Safety and Justice," a series of smaller fundraising walks throughout Berkshire County to stand against gender-based violence.

One Hundred Hit Streets of Williamstown for Fun Run/Walk
About 100 people Saturday morning participated in the Williamstown Community Chest's 13th Fun Run.

Civics Guide Launched in Honor of Late Pittsfield Mayor Ed Reilly
This helpful booklet explains the ins and outs of Pittsfield's governmental infrastructure to help inform students — and residents — of civic engagement duties in the city. It was created in partnership with the library, the Reilly family, Pittsfield Public Schools, and the city of Pittsfield.

Pittsfield Man Arrested After Stabbing Incident
Thursday, Sept. 17 at approximately 10:30 PM, Police received the report of a disturbance involving a motor vehicle crash and multiple stabbing victims in the 700 block of Tyler Street.

Adams Man Found Guilty For Assault and Battery on a Household Member
Judge William Rota adopted the Commonwealth’s sentencing recommendations of a year and a half of incarceration at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the single count of assault and battery on a household member. The Defense Counsel requested that the court sentence Benoit to probation.

MCLA Presents Vadnais Environmental Issues Lecture with Vivek Shandas
Vivek Shandas is a professor of climate adaptation and the founding director of the Sustaining Urban Places Research (SUPR) Lab at Portland State University. Professor Shandas specializes in developing strategies to reduce exposure of historically marginalized communities to climate-induced extreme events.

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