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Markey, Neal Win Democratic Primaries
Staff Reports,
10:13PM / Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Congressman Neal's win in the primary means he will serve another term since there is no challenger in the general election.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal have won their primaries by large margins against U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III and Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, respectively.   The progressive senator had been down in the polls earlier this summer and there had been speculation the storied Kennedy name would aid in putting the 4th Mass District representative into the Senate chamber.    Each racked up a long list of endorsements, with the younger Kennedy getting a late boost from Speaker of the House Nancy

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September is Campus Fire Safety Month
10:54AM / Tuesday, September 01, 2020
STOW, Mass.— State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey reminds us that September is Campus Fire Safety Month.    Massachusetts has a large population of college students that fire officials and college leaders want to be fire safe whether they live on-campus, in Greek housing, or in private off-campus housing.    "Students come to Massachusetts to learn from around the country and the world, and not all of them have received the same great level of fire education in elementary and high school as our students do through the Student Awareness of Fire Education or S.A.F.E. Program," Ostroskey said.   With COVID-19 related issues, fewer students will be

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Labor Day: Make Investments Work as Hard as You Do
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:53AM / Tuesday, September 01, 2020
Labor Day is almost here. Of course, this year, the holiday may have a different impact, given the employment-related stress and disruptions stemming from the coronavirus. Yet, it's good to recognize the value of work and its importance in achieving your life's goals. But if you're going to retire comfortably and reach your other financial objectives, you also need to invest – and your investments need to work as hard as you do.   To help make this happen, you need to know why you're investing in the first place. You likely have a variety of financial goals, including short-term ones – a long vacation, a new car – and long-term ones, such as a

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BCC To Host On Campus And Virtual Registration
03:35PM / Monday, August 31, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BCC to host another registration day on campus and virtually Wednesday, Sept. 2.   Berkshire Community College (BCC) will host another open registration day, on-campus and virtually, on Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.    During this registration event, applicants and students may show up in person or online to get help registering for the fall 2020 semester, which begins Sept. 8. BCC enrollment teams will be available both on-campus and remotely.   The use of an online Zoom waiting room for people looking to make appointments with Advising will be utilized, on-campus or off, where students will get queued up to meet with the Academic

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SVMC: Covid-19 Briefs Aug. 31
03:31PM / Monday, August 31, 2020
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Barrington Stage To Stream Concert And Play Reading
01:39PM / Monday, August 31, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Barrington Stage Company will present two virtual performances this week.   Jazz vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway will perform two streamed concerts on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.    Callaway’s one-woman show "Diva Power" takes a personal look at the iconic women who were trailblazers in music and whose careers, voices, and songs helped to shape Callaway’s artistry.   Callaway celebrates such artists as Barbra Streisand, Linda Ronstadt, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, Anita O’Day, Edith Piaf, Etta James, Carole King and Joni Mitchell.   Musical selections include "Over the

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Great Barrington Special Town Meeting to Decide Zoning Bylaws, Citizen Petitions
01:09PM / Monday, August 31, 2020
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A special town meeting to be held Tuesday, Sept. 15, will consider a variety of zoning bylaw changes, switching to a quarterly property tax payment system and several citizen petitions.    The meeting will be held in a "drive in" set up at Monument Mountain Regional High School at 6 p.m. View the meeting warrant here.   "Some of these items were held over from our annual town meeting, and some are new items that have arisen since," said Assistant Town Manager Chris Rembold, also the town's director of planning and community development. "A number of meeting proposals are meant to promote housing opportunities, since

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MCLA Welcomes Students Back, Implements COVID-19 Precautions
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:27AM / Monday, August 31, 2020

MCLA has signs around the campus reminding everyone to mask up and social distance. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Move-in weekend at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has generally been a celebratory affair as hundreds of students show up with parents and family in tow to prepare for the fall semester.    This year was a low-key affair as the annual event played out over several days with staggered arrivals and mandated COVID-19 testing — another sign of the changes wrought by the novel coronavirus pandemic.    "It looks very different, we've spread out moving over a few more days," said Gina Puc, dean of enrollment management and community

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Chilling Snow Storm Draws Apprehensive Avian Migrants
By Tor Hansen, iBerkshires columnist
08:00PM / Sunday, August 30, 2020

Cylindrical mesh thistle feeder will serve six finches here served at one time. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — If ever there was a snow storm to remember it was that of early May in our Berkshires.   Forewarned by the aggressive weather watchers to inform us of the approaching tempest, one may wonder how our birds reacted to atmospheric signs that animals first perceive. Flocking birds of assorted genera appeared stunned by the daunting freeze that enveloped both the world of people and the spring migrating birds eager to resume nesting and procreation of their progeny.   All night the swirling snow fell in the valleys and foothills, and I felt concern for our cheerful charmers

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Letter: Morse Will Bring Progressive Values to Washington
Letter to the Editor,
01:00PM / Sunday, August 30, 2020

To the Editor:

Too young. Too queer. Wait my turn.

Those are statements I heard too often during my 2019 campaign to represent Ward 5 on the Pittsfield City Council.

The barriers to running for office as a young, openly gay man are considerable, but thanks to decades of community advocacy and trailblazing politicians, they are no longer insurmountable. Prominent among that group, and prominent in Western Mass, is Alex Morse, the 31-year-old progressive mayor of Holyoke and current candidate for U.S. Congress in our district.

The insults I heard last year are the same ones Mayor Morse has fought to overcome every day since his election nine years ago. Most recently, the College

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Letter: Vote For Alex Morse
01:00PM / Sunday, August 30, 2020

To the Editor:

Here is a letter to support voting for Alex Morse in the Sept. 1 Massachusetts primary for the seat in the U.S. House of Representatives' First Congressional District.

As a sometimes songwriter, my recent song, "Ripped," expresses why we should vote Morse on Sept. 1:

Name is Rip Van Winkle.
Just had a little dream.
How long have I been sleeping?
Seems like the same ol’ scene.

Does anyone care
That the world is still at war?
Or have we learned to share?
Do the rich ever grift and hoard?

Name is Rip Van Winkle ...

Which criminals are in office?
Are they the usual losers?
Or have they been locked up
Like the drug pushers?

Name is Rip Van Winkle

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BCC to Offer New Certificate Programs This Fall
11:11AM / Saturday, August 29, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College will be offering two new certificate programs in the 2020-2021 academic year, including Law Enforcement and Mental Health Worker certificates – in addition to the Cannabis Industry certificate, which is now offering a second year cohort model this fall.

The Law Enforcement certificate falls under the Criminal Justice program. The certificate was developed and ratified by the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association Training and Education Committee as an important step in their goal to have a better educated and more professional workforce in the commonwealth. The certificate combines specialized criminal justice and general

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