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Williamstown Theatre Festival Aims for Safe, Outdoor Season
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:55PM / Thursday, April 08, 2021

WTF's Artistic Director Mandy Greenfield appears before the Board of Health on Thursday. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mandy Greenfield's innate pessimism paid off for the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the theater going public and the town.   On Thursday, the WTF's artistic director met with the town's Board of Health to discuss the summer season that the festival officially unveiled on Wednesday night.   Greenfield, who told the board that she always presumes "we're on the brink of disaster," said she committed to the idea of an outdoor 2021 season way back in August.   "At that time, I got some pushback from people saying, 'By

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UPDATED: Preschool, Kindergarten Registrations Scheduled Around County
12:03PM / Thursday, April 08, 2021

Berkshire County schools are scheduling and re-scheduling preschool and kindergarten registration dates and procedures for the 2021-22 school year. Schools can send their information to info@iberkshires.com to be included on this list.

All students, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness, have equal access to the general education program and the full range of any occupational, vocational programs offered by public school districts.

 

Clarksburg

Clarksburg parents can now begin to register their youngsters for kindergarten. Children must be 5 years old as of Aug. 31, 2021. Call the school

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MCLA to Present Virtual Info Session on Continuing Education and Graduate Programs
08:02AM / Thursday, April 08, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —MCLA's Division of Graduate and Continuing Education (DGCE) will hold a virtual information session at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13.    This information session will offer details about the College's Master of Business Administration (MBA), Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, Master of Education program, teacher licensure programs, administrative licensure, Leadership Academy, and bachelor's degree completion programs.    Community members seeking to advance their educational credentials by attaining a bachelor's degree, master's degree, or educator license to become a teacher, principal, or superintendent are

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Pittsfield Police Chief Wynn Brings 'Unique' Background to State Policing Commission
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:11AM / Thursday, April 08, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police Chief Michael Wynn is ready to represent Western Massachusetts on the state's new commission for police training.   Wynn's appointment to the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission was announced last week by Gov. Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey.   "The fact that I'm a Western Mass police chief is something that's been greatly talked about in the last several days," he said. "I don't think anybody expected that the governor's appointed chief would be from this far west."   The independent agency with appointees from the governor and attorney general was established by

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Baker: Vaccine-Eligible Community Should Find Appointments Before April 19
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:32PM / Wednesday, April 07, 2021
REVERE, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday urged Bay State residents currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations to find appointments before eligibility opens up to everyone 16 and older later this month.   "If you are over the age of 65, if you're over the age of 55, I think it would be great if you signed up, pre-registered, got an appointment to get vaccinated now that it's your turn," Baker said. "Because you are, based on all the data associated with vulnerable populations, among the most at risk when it comes to dealing with COVID.   "We're thrilled that we're over 80 percent with that population. We're above the national

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Berkshires in for Some Record Warm Temperatures
Staff Reports,
11:58AM / Wednesday, April 07, 2021

There are so many of us that love Hummingbirds when they arrive.
(Normal years late April-Early May around here)

They are working northward...First sightings down in Poughkeepsie and Woodridge the past couple of days.
They are more widespread from Washington DC Southward. pic.twitter.com/yRfm0TF8CJ

— Steve Caporizzo (@SteveCaporizzo) April 6, 2021 Dare we say spring has arrived in the Berkshires?   As this is written, it is 60 degrees in North Adams but folks can expect a high of 67 degrees. People in Central and South County can expect similar temperatures.   According to Accuweather, more sunny weather can be expected with some possible record-breaking temperatures

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BCC Virtual Massage Therapy Virtual Info Sessions
11:57AM / Wednesday, April 07, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will hold three information sessions on its Massage Therapy Certificate Program on Tuesday, April 13 at 5:30 pm, Saturday, May 22 at 10 am, and Thursday, June 10 at 12:30 pm.   The sessions provide prospective students with an opportunity to learn about the program, admissions, and more. To register, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/massage-info or call (413) 236–4604.   Topics covered include: An overview of the Massage Therapy Certificate Program at BCC, including course pathway, class, labs, and practicum/clinical requirements How to apply to the program, including part-time evening and Saturday options Paying for

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RMV Implementing Grace Period for Certain Expired Inspection Stickers
08:08AM / Wednesday, April 07, 2021
QUINCY, Mass. — Due to the nationwide system outage of motor vehicle inspection services by its vendor Applus Technologies (Applus) impacting inspection stations and motor vehicle owners, the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is allowing a grace period for specific motor vehicle inspection requirements outlined below.   The RMV is working in close partnership with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association (MCOPA), the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) and other stakeholders to mitigate the impacts of the outage.   The RMV continues to urge Applus to safely and swiftly restore services and provide

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Baker: Vaccination Program Working
Staff Reports,
05:57PM / Tuesday, April 06, 2021
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker touted the number of vaccinations completed in the state after receiving his first dose of the  Pfizer vaccine on Tuesday.   "Over 4 million doses of vaccine had been administered here in the commonwealth and today we'll hit the milestone of having over one and a half million people who are fully vaccinated. We're making significant progress on vaccinating our residents," Baker said at his COVID-19 update at the mass vaccination site at the Hynes Convention Center. "We obviously have more work to do. But we're making significant progress on vaccinating a larger and larger share of our population, which will help us get

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Finalists Chosen for Berkshire Health Technology Challenge
04:27PM / Tuesday, April 06, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Four Massachusetts companies have been chosen as finalists for Lever's Berkshire Health Technology Challenge (BHTC).    Over the next two months, participants will refine their business plans and will deliver their final pitches to a panel of  judges at the BHTC virtual event on June 10. The winning company will be awarded $25,000.   This is Lever's third BHTC, which focuses on health technology companies with fundable and scalable business models. Dr. Marie Pavini of Healthy Designs won the 2020 BHTC for her movable restraint to keep hospitalized patients from pulling out critical tubes and monitors; Brittney Cappiello, a physical

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Berkshire Agricultural Gives $10,000 Grant To Greenagers
12:33PM / Tuesday, April 06, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass — Berkshire Agricultural Ventures' (BAV) announces a $10,000 grant to Berkshire-based nonprofit, Greenagers.    The grant will both support Greenagers' second year of apprenticeships ($2,800) at their farm at April Hill Conservation and Conservation Center as well as offset the cost of a pilot year of Greenagers Helping Farm Hands project ($7,200).    "We are happy to be supporting Greenagers training the next generation of farmers through their apprenticeship at April Hil. We also see a big win/win getting young adults working for Greenagers exposed to a variety of farms through the Helping Hands Program, all while giving the

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How will the rescue plan affect you?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:05AM / Tuesday, April 06, 2021
As you know, President Biden has signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to provide more economic relief from the COVID-19 pandemic. What elements of this legislation will affect you?   Of course, you may have already received the most publicized part of the package – a direct payment. Depending on your income level, you may have gotten $1,400, or $2,800 for joint filers, plus $1,400 for each eligible dependent. If you don't need the money for immediate expenses, you could use it to build an emergency fund, pay down debts or invest it for retirement or other goals.   As for how you might be affected by the rest of the law, it depends somewhat on your

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