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'My Man Godfrey': High-Class Struggle
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:00PM / Thursday, October 29, 2020
I 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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Berkshires Beat: Halloween Weekend
08:50AM / Thursday, October 29, 2020
Trick or Treat Trick or treat will look different in Berkshire County this year with COVID-19 regulations guiding what communities will allow. Some communities are going forward with door to door trick or treat while others are modifying trick or treat to create lower risk interactions.   Some communities have opted out of trick or treat all together.   A full list of Berkshire County scheduled trick or treat times and events can be found here. Halloween at the Village  Hancock Shaker Village will hold two Halloween events Saturday, Oct. 31.   Starting at 4 p.m., there will be a costume contest for kids as well as ghost stories, a scavenger hunt, and a free

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Letter: Vote YES on 2 for Ranked Choice Voting
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Wednesday, October 28, 2020

To the Editor:

Over the past eight years, I have written numerous columns in support of Ranked Choice Voting (RCV): "A case for instant runoff voting," (11/3/12)(Eagle); "Put Instant Runoff Voting on the Ballot," (11/4/14,Taunton Daily Gazette); "A Better Method for Pittsfield Elections," (9/25/15, Berkshire Eagle); "Let's work democratically to create a true democracy," (1/15/17, Eagle); "Become informed on ranked choice voting," (5/19/18, Brattleboro Reformer); "Ranked Choice Voting's time has come," (8/27/18, Eagle); "Fall River's election lesson," (3/22/19, Eagle and Bennington Banner); "Primary

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Northern Berkshire Union Schools Report Fairly Smooth Reopenings
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:25PM / Wednesday, October 28, 2020
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Principals in the Northern Berkshire School Union reported last week that their reopenings have been going well.    Gabriel Abbott Memorial in Florida, Emma L. Miller and Rowe elementary schools reopened for in-person learning in September; Clarksburg has been operating with a hybrid model, largely because some classes are too large to properly distance within the building.    "Clarksburg can can be described as that wading into the beautiful lake, instead of jumping right in like my counterparts in the union, we took our time to reopen this school year with a very staggered, slow start," Clarksburg Principal Tara Barnes told the union

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WAM Donates $4,500 To Non-Profits
04:07PM / Wednesday, October 28, 2020
LENOX, Mass. — WAM Theatre raised $4,500 in box office proceeds to be donated to three non-profits.    Every year, WAM Theatre donates a portion of the box office proceeds from their mainstage productions to organizations that work for gender equity locally, nationally, or internationally.    This year the group streamed a digital production of "ROE," directed by WAM's Producing Artistic Director, Kristen van Ginhoven.   "More than 1,800 people viewed "ROE" online, which is close to the number of audience members we get for a three-week live-run - an incredible success," van Ginhoven said. "And people were watching from

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BCC Hires New Faculty, Staff
11:33AM / Wednesday, October 28, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College announced that it has hired a number of new faculty and staff to the college.   Nicole Cerda has been hired as an Assistant Professor of Practical Nursing. She previously worked as the Nurse Educator at Canyon Ranch, where she is still employed part-time. Cerda earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from the University of Connecticut.   Kelley Alibozek has joined the nursing division this fall as an assistant professor. Alibozek is a BCC nursing class of 2011 alum. She graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from Elms College and earned her Master of Science in nursing degree in 2019 from

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Snow Possible for Berkshires on Friday
11:21AM / Wednesday, October 28, 2020

The forecast for this week is "soggy and dreary," according to Accuweather, but don't worry, there's a snowstorm on the way as well.

A combination of a winter storm heading eastward and Tropical Storm Zeta moving up the coast will bring drenching rain and potential snow for the Berkshires and Southern Vermont.   "With a full changeover to snow now anticipated over the mountains, a moderate to heavy accumulation is appearing more likely over the higher terrain into Friday. Such a scenario could weigh down trees that still have a canopy of leaves and lead to power outages," according to Accuweather.   However, a high pressure system could push the wet

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Berkshire Outdoor Shorts: 'King Corona'
09:17AM / Wednesday, October 28, 2020
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Great Barrington Public Theater, in collaboration with Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative, presents Berkshire Outdoor Shorts, an online series of short, solo films centered on the natural environment of the Berkshires.    Each film is written by a local writer and produced in a socially-distant, outdoor location in Berkshire County.   "Artists everywhere are struggling, everyone is struggling. In recognition of all the weeks and months that we've had limited opportunity to interact, we wanted to give writers and actors a safe, enjoyable space for creativity, an outlet to respond to the world we're all living in right now.

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Berkshire BPW Names Scholarship Recipients
08:16AM / Wednesday, October 28, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. —  Berkshire Business & Professional Women (BBPW) announced the recipients of its 2020 scholarships at its October meeting.   BBPW awarded 22 local women scholarships, totaling $21,000, to help them attain their higher education goals.   "I never, ever thought I could go back to school, as a single mom with three kids," Billie Jo George, an oncology nurse at Berkshire Medical Center and one of this year's recipients said.   The women hail from seven different communities, including Adams, Dalton, Great Barrington and Pittsfield. Some are going to college for the first time, others are returning after time off, while still others

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Lenox Community Preservation Application and Schedule
04:00AM / Wednesday, October 28, 2020
LENOX, Mass. — The Town of Lenox Community Preservation Committee is accepting applicants for the fiscal 2022 Community Preservation projects.   Adopted by Lenox in 2006, the Community Preservation Act has helped bring many projects to fruition in the categories of Historic Resources, Community Housing and Open Space/Recreation.    Funds have been allocated toward properties and projects in Lenox, benefiting Lenox residents and visitors from the Berkshires beyond. The Community Preservation Committee is appointed by the Board of Selectmen and tasked with stewarding the Community Preservation funds collected via a 3 percent property surcharge and state

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Markey Speaks at Last-Minute Rally in Park Square
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
07:37PM / Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Markey is running for a second full term and has visited the Berkshires several times during the campaign. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Edward Markey drove straight from Washington, D.C., to Pittsfield on Tuesday at the tail end of his campaign for re-election to the U.S. Senate to condemn the Republican administration and promise better days if Democrats win next week.

"This is the birthplace of freedom, right out here in the Berkshires," he said. "In 1776, they declared independence. ... well, our declaration of independence is on Nov. 3, 2020, from Donald Trump."

He was greeted by more than a dozen supporters as he spoke about the importance of the

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Baker Warns of Coronavirus Spread Through Younger Population
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:29PM / Tuesday, October 27, 2020

I put the MA COVID data in a chart making it easier to spot differences by age category between April and now. That 0-19 age category really sticks out. Question is, does that mean elementary school kids? College students at parties? Original data: https://t.co/XYdjtvd7AR pic.twitter.com/DkH8SbQA7k

— Steve Koczela (@skoczela) October 27, 2020 BOSTON — The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the over-60 crowd compared to the under-30s has flipped since April.    While this is good news for the state's most at-risk residents, the rising number of cases of the novel coronavirus in younger people is concerning, say public officials, pointing to numerous social

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