The city of Pittsfield is using money from its Shared Streets and Spaces Grant Program to welcome more options for outdoor dining in the downtown.
Commissioner of Public Utilities Ricardo Morales explained that the grant has two aspects, which include enhanced mobility and place making.
In a communication sent to iBerkshires, town leaders say Great Barrington has strived to be a safe community from the transmission of the novel coronavirus and that the "Great Barrington Declaration" from the American Institute for Economic Research is undermining that.
Superintendent Barbara Malkas last week said the single positive case was limited to a classroom and adjacent bathrooms, all of which were sanitized, and that everyone in contact with the individual was informed.
Steven Miller, a Williams College mathematics professor and member of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee, has long been critical of the red-yellow-green-gray system the Department of Public Health created this summer to categorize municipalities.
In a press release released by the city Wednesday morning, Mayor Linda Tyer discouraged residents from trick or treating this Halloween but provided some guidelines for those who wished to partake anyways.
Berkshire communities are determining how they will deal with door-to-door to distribution of candy. North Adams is holding trick-or-treat and issued a list of cautions; some towns are considering a central outdoor location or limiting hours.
In partnership with Berkshire Bank, Downtown Pittsfield Inc., and nonprofit green energy organization SolarFi, three of SolarFi's patented Prive pods will be installed for the use of local restaurants.
Martin's public art installation consists of 200 surgical style face masks sewn to white cotton flags that are visually activated by passing airflow. Each flag is “socially isolated" in individual panels of the fence along the Hoosic River in River Street Park.
Laura Kittross, public health program manager for the commission, explained at Thursday's meeting of the Executive Commission that the bill if passed would accelerate the recommendations released last year after a two-year study of local and regional public health.
Communities considered "low risk" for transmission of the novel coronavirus are those that record eight or fewer positive cases per 100,000 residents per week. The state's tracking map records those municipalities as gray, green or yellow, levels that most Berkshire communities have been at for weeks.
Beginning Monday, Oct. 5, Grades 1 through 5 will attend in person all day, Monday through Friday. Kindergarten and Grades 6 to 8 will go half-days in school and half-days remote, also Monday through Friday, with two cohorts switching between mornings and afternoons.