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COVID-19 Fund Partners Award Grants to 'Help the Helpers'
12:44PM / Monday, April 11, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire United Way, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Northern Berkshire United Way, and Williamstown Community Chest agreed to Help the Helpers with grants from the Berkshire County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.    “These Help the Helpers grants will ensure that over 380 frontline professionals in nonprofits across Berkshire County are seen, appreciated, and celebrated,” said Berkshire United Way President and CEO Tom Bernard. “The proposals we received were well thought out and focused on the unique needs of each organization and team. I’m grateful to our partners who stepped up and recognized the value and impact of

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Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Announces Spring Grant Deadlines
08:01AM / Monday, April 11, 2022
SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation announced its spring deadlines for grants in Berkshire County.    Apply online at www.BerkshireTaconic.org/Grants.    For Nonprofits   Berkshire Taconic's Arts Build Community initiative supports innovation among Berkshire County's nonprofit arts, cultural and community organizations. Rapid-response small grants are available to test emerging ideas with a fast turnaround from application to fund disbursement. Grants range up to $7,500. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all funds are expended. Funding is still available.      New Grant Opportunity: Berkshire

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1Berkshire Starts Entrepreneurial Material Translation Project
10:00AM / Sunday, April 10, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire announced that it has begun a several month long project to collect materials and resources in the region focused on entrepreneurial resources and guidance, to then have them translated into Spanish.   This effort, in partnership with the Berkshire Immigrant Center and Berkshire Language Management, aims to help increase the accessibility of key information, resources, and marketing materials for Spanish speaking businesses and entrepreneurs in the region. 1Berkshire has been actively working with the Berkshire Immigrant Center for over 2 years to navigate opportunities and resources to support the needs of this critical group in our

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Simon's Rock to launch Curiosity Camp for Students
12:04PM / Friday, April 08, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Curiosity Camp at Simon's Rock is a two-week exploration of college living and learning designed for students currently completing grades 9, 10, and 11.    The camp will be held on Simon's Rock's campus from July 10- 23, 2022. Students can register for Curiosity Camp here.   Curiosity Camp at Simon's Rock is open to students interested in exploring their academic and creative interests in a college environment while they are currently completing grades 9, 10, or 11. Students will participate daily in Simon's Rock's signature Writing and Thinking Workshop along with a Seminar, and arts and science courses to experience

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1.2 Million Meals Donated to Food Banks from Big Y
08:27AM / Friday, April 08, 2022
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Big Y's annual Sack Hunger campaign provides funds for the four food banks within their 2 state marketing area.    In turn, these food banks support local soup kitchens, food pantries, senior food programs, day care centers and many others of the 2,100 member agencies.    Their goal is to maximize access to nutritious food and other resources that support food security for those at risk of hunger.   For $5, customers supported Sack Hunger a Big Y's 71 supermarkets or Table & Vine Fine Wines and Liquors. Every $5 donation brings 10 meals to those in need of support. Last year Big Y and their customers donated 2.1 million meals

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Berkshire County Organizations Receive Travel and Tourism Recovery Grants
04:00PM / Wednesday, April 06, 2022
BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration, along with the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development and the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT), announced $4 million in awards to 80 tourism organizations, chambers of commerce, and municipalities as part of the Travel and Tourism Recovery (TTR) Grant Program.    Funds from the TTR Grant Pilot Program are dedicated to marketing projects that support the My Local MA campaign, enhance tourism recovery, and have the potential to increase non-resident visitation.      "The tourism and hospitality industries are key contributors to the Commonwealth's vibrancy and economic

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April Showers in Full Effect this Week
12:16PM / Wednesday, April 06, 2022
Tuesday felt like spring with temperatures in the 60s, and although temperatures will trend in that direction for the rest of the week, expect rain.   Expect a light rain for most of the day Wednesday, April 6. Accuweather predicts that temperatures will be in the low 50s.   Thursday, April 7, will be the rainiest day of the week.    Steve Caporizzo reports that a total of .88 inches of rain is expected through Thursday night into Friday morning in North County. Central and South County should expect closer to an inch of rain.   Temperatures will be just under 50 degrees.   Friday should be warmer with temperatures in the high 50s. Again, expect occasional rain

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Fire Officials Urge Prevention During Wildfire Season
12:04PM / Tuesday, April 05, 2022
DEVENS, Mass. — Fire Officials are asking the public for help in preventing outdoor fires which typically increase during the spring.   Pointing to the Delta Range fire that burned 341 acres at Fort Devens last week, Devens Fire Chief Timothy F. Kelly, Chief Forest Fire Warden David Celino of the Department of Conservation & Recreation, and State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey are asking for the public's help in preventing outdoor fires, which start to increase in the early spring.   "As we saw last week, large wildland fires are labor-intensive and can severely tax regional firefighting resources," said Chief Kelly. "Disposing of brush by burning it

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Simon's Rock Theater Program to Premiere Four One-Act Musicals
08:16AM / Tuesday, April 05, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Theater program at Bard College at Simon's Rock will premiere 4 one-act student-written musicals this week from April 7-9 in the McConnell Theater at the Daniel Arts Center.    Simon's Rock students have worked with Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winning playwright and screenwriter Marsha Norman over the past eight months in the development process of their musicals.   Marsha Norman, who now resides in the Berkshires after retiring from her position as co-chair of Juilliard's Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program, won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play, "night, Mother,"  a Tony Award for the

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1Berkshire, BRPC Launch A Housing Vision for the Berkshires
08:00AM / Friday, April 01, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire, in partnership with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) announced the launch of A Housing Vision for the Berkshires.   The regional strategy, which was developed with the support of a  working group comprising housing practitioners from throughout Berkshire County, is intended to lead more intentional efforts to address the current housing crisis.   According to the 2019 Berkshire Blueprint 2.0, housing was identified as a key theme. The report indicated that there were large supply gaps identified for quality, affordable and proximal housing for those seeking to live and work in the region. The impacts of the pandemic have

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Mahaiwe Announces Spring Movies
03:52PM / Wednesday, March 30, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.—The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center added four movie events to its schedule this spring.   The Four movies include "Good Will Hunting" (1997) on Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m., "His Girl Friday" (1940) on Friday, April 22 at 7 p.m., "Legally Blonde" (2001) on Friday, May 6 at 7 p.m., and "Raising Arizona" (1987) on Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m.   Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for ages 12 and under when applicable.    For tickets and more information visit mahaiwe.org or call the Box Office at 413-528-0100 during open hours, Wednesday through Saturday, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.    Mahaiwe accepts

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Great Barrington Public Input Session On Proposed Short-Term Rental Bylaw
02:07PM / Wednesday, March 30, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Selectboard will hear public input on the proposed short-term housing rental bylaw during the board's meeting on Monday, April 4, 6 p.m.   The meeting will be held virtually, and the log-in information will be posted on the town calendar here.   The proposed general bylaw would regulate the use of residential properties for short-term rental use. Any such bylaw would be subject to the vote of an Annual Town Meeting.    The April 4 meeting, while open to the public, is intended for residents of Great Barrington and the Housatonic village.    The Selectboard will also discuss the proposal as a board at their March 30

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