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Local Political Groups Participate in Nationwide 'Big Send' Mailing
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:11PM / Sunday, October 18, 2020

Volunteers in North Adams mailed hundreds of letters on Saturday morning.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Thousands of letters are on their way from the Berkshires to election battleground states urging citizens to vote.    "The Big Send" is a national campaign by nonprofit Vote Forward to encourage participation in this year's presidential election. The Berkshire Brigades, a local Democratic organization, North County's Greylock Together and Left Field in Great Barrington were among those across the country depositing handwritten letters at local post offices on Saturday.   "I feel like everybody in Massachusetts is looking for a way to do their

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Berkshire County Courts Host Weeklong Food Drive
12:16PM / Saturday, October 17, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County courts and Pittsfield Community Corrections Center are hosting three separate weeklong food and supply drives to benefit non-profit agencies across the county as part of the Massachusetts Trial Court's statewide 4th annual Cultural Appreciation Week 2020, Oct. 19-23.   The weeklong Cultural Appreciation Week celebrates diversity, equity, and inclusion in the courts and communities throughout the commonwealth. This year's theme is "We Rise by Lifting Others, Justice and Culture: Bridging the Gap."    In the spirit of the theme, event organizers decided to help those who are experiencing food insecurity. The

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'Hoosiers': A Tale of Two High Schools
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
07:50PM / Friday, October 16, 2020
 wish that I were reviewing one of the several movies about this pox upon our house that are certain to be made when the horror is deep into our rearview mirror. But until that glorious return to normality has us resuming all the simple joys of life we take for granted, like going to the movies, I'll be retro-reviewing and thereby sharing with you the films that I've come to treasure over the years, most of which can probably be retrieved from one of the movie streaming services. It is my fondest hope that I've barely put a dent into this trove when they let the likes of me back into the

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@theMarket: Investors Reduce Risk as Stimulus Talks Fail
By Bill Schmick,
03:27PM / Friday, October 16, 2020
Hope springs eternal, but even the most strident bulls threw in the towel this week. American politics took precedence over the country's economic well-being once again, as both political parties refused to compromise on a stimulus deal.   But it wasn't only politics that spooked investors. Across the Atlantic, investors watched as COVID-19 outbreaks escalated across Europe. Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Italy reported new records in infections, while France announced a curfew in order to stem their own skyrocketing cases. In the U.K., Londoners are now banned from mixing with other households indoors.   In this country, despite denials by a large portion of

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State Announces Rule Prohibiting Use of HFC Pollutants
12:35PM / Friday, October 16, 2020
BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration released a proposed regulation to prohibit the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions nationally and in Massachusetts.    HFCs are currently used in certain end-use products, such as aerosols, air conditioners and chillers, refrigeration units and foams. The regulations will help to significantly reduce local GHG emissions and will place the Commonwealth in line with 16 other states adopting comparable HFC regulations or legislation, coordinated by the U.S. Climate Alliance (USCA).   “Building on our Administration's ongoing commitment to fight climate change,

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Great Barrington 'Riled' by Think Tank Declaration on COVID-19
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
11:52AM / Friday, October 16, 2020
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Town officials are upset with a statement released by a local libertarian think tank that used the town's name on a controversial statement endorsing "focused herd immunity."    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.    The town had no role in, or forewarning of, the declaration bearing the town's name, say officials, and that it's publication has "riled" many local

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The Retired Investor: China Leads Global Economic Recovery
By Bill Schmick,
04:30PM / Thursday, October 15, 2020

There is a saying on Wall Street, "first in, first out," which aptly describes the experience of the world's second-largest economy this year. The coronavirus was spawned in Wuhan, China late last year, but thanks to the country's quick response, China has sprung back stronger than ever.

By almost any economic measure, China has not only managed to avoid a recession this year, but will actually see its GDP grow by 1.6 percent in 2020. To put that growth in perspective, the world's economy is expected to decline by 4.4 percent this year.   The startling Chinese recovery in the face of ongoing pandemic problems throughout the rest of the world, can be credited with

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Berkshire Museum To Participate In National School Readiness Project
03:42PM / Thursday, October 15, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Museum was selected to participate in the Building a National Network of Museums and Libraries for School Readiness Project

As part of an agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded to Boston Children's Museum to expand its existing School Readiness through Partnerships program to three new states, the Berkshire Museum has been selected to engage in the Building a National Network of Museums and Libraries for School Readiness project.    The museum's programming during the project will focus on developing and testing object-based mobile museum units in non-traditional, community settings. This

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First-Responder Profiles: Fire Lt. Timothy Conroy
02:26PM / Thursday, October 15, 2020

Lt. Timothy Conroy, right, with Engine 5 crew members Matthew Mazzeo and Stephen Papa.   PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The COVID-19 pandemic has perhaps brought the role of first-responders more to the forefront lately, but these men and women have regularly been serving their communities in numerous emergency situations.   This is the first in a series profiling some of our local first-responders in partnership with Lee Bank to highlight the work they do every day — not just during a pandemic.    People like Fire Lt. Timothy Conroy, who has been a member of the Pittsfield Fire Department for 27 years. Conroy talked about his reasons for becoming a

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Construct Launches Pedal It Forward Bike Lottery
11:39AM / Thursday, October 15, 2020
  GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Construct announced the launch of the Pedal It Forward bike lottery that will award new bikes to four affordable housing-eligible south Berkshire County residents in need of transportation.   Pre-screened for eligibility then selected by lottery, participants must be south Berkshire County residents, be current or former essential workers, be without reliable transportation, and be able to qualify as a low-income household under the following guidelines:    One person–$37,260; two-person–$42,600; three-person–$47,940; four-person–$53,220; five-person–$57,480; six-person $61,740.    Employers are

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Norman Rockwell's 'Four Freedoms' Return to Stockbridge
10:19AM / Thursday, October 15, 2020
Norman Rockwell's "Four Freedoms" paintings return to Stockbridge Returning to New England this fall after a six -city international tour is an exhibition devoted to Norman Rockwell's iconic depictions of Franklin D. Roosevelt's Four Freedoms—Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Fear, and Freedom from Want.   "We are tremendously honored that so many people from around the world have enjoyed Rockwell's work over the past 2 plus years, as the exhibition traveled around the U.S. and to France, and now comes home for its finale in the Berkshires," Norman Rockwell Museum Director Laurie Norton Moffatt said. "Perhaps now more

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Berkshire Country Day School Head Speaking at Conference
09:13AM / Thursday, October 15, 2020
LENOX, Mass. — Berkshire Country Day School Head of School Jenifer Fox will keynote for the International Democratic Education Conference.   The conference will take place on Thursday, Oct 29, at noon. Her talk, "A Child's Search for Meaning: How we can infuse education with meaning and why," will be delivered via internet conference to a worldwide audience in both English and French.   The education conference meets annually, rotating hosting responsibilities between eight to 10 different countries. The gathering draws a few thousand attendees from 30-40 countries who convene to discuss and envision the future of education. This year, the conference will honor

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