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Great Barrington ARPA Target Housing, Health, Food
05:51PM / Wednesday, December 21, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The town is using its latest round of federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to inject more than $1 million into local affordable housing initiatives, food security and community health care organizations.   Combined with funding allocated earlier this year, the town has awarded more than $2.075 million in federal ARPA funds to local organizations.   "In considering how to distribute ARPA funds during the last year, the Selectboard has decided that investing in affordable housing options in town will have a lasting, long-term impact on our community," said Town Manager Mark Pruhenski. "Access to affordable and workforce

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Robert Cray Band, Joan Osborne to Play at Mahaiwe
12:00PM / Wednesday, December 21, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center announces the addition of two live concerts to its winter-spring schedule.    Blues guitarist Robert Cray will perform with his band on Saturday, March 4 at 8 p.m., and singer-songwriter Joan Osborne will headline an evening also featuring the classic rock-aligned duo Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams on Friday, April 14 at 8 p.m.   These acts join swing ensemble and internet-sensation Postmodern Jukebox on Friday, March 17, in the theater's early 2023 lineup.     "These performers pull us into

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1Berkshire Accepting Applications for 2023-2024 Youth Leadership Program
11:59AM / Tuesday, December 20, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire's Youth Leadership Program (YLP) announced the launch of the application process for the YLP class of 2023-2024.   The 1Berkshire Youth Leadership Program, open to all current sophomores in the Berkshires, selects a cohort of up to 30 motivated students from all backgrounds for this ten-month experience that will help them to explore the regional economy and develop their leadership skills. Once selected, students will begin the program with a 2.5-day, 2-night retreat in June 2023.   At the retreat, students will meet for the first time, begin to build deep connections, and learn about and advance their individual leadership

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Women and Minority Owned Business Certification Summit
11:49AM / Sunday, December 18, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire, EforAll Berkshire County, the Berkshire Innovation Center, and Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation, with support from Berkshire Regional Planning Commission and the United States Economic Development Administration are excited to announce their upcoming Women and Minority Owned Business Certification Summit.    This event, happening on Jan. 20, 2023, from 8am-1pm at the Berkshire Innovation Center, aims to bring together women and minority owned businesses in the Berkshires, resource providing partners, and educational presentations to support our women and minority owned business community through the process of becoming certified

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National Grid Accepting Applications for Heating Assistance Programs
04:13PM / Saturday, December 17, 2022
WALTHAM, Mass. — As colder temperatures take hold, National Grid is reminding Massachusetts customers to take advantage of energy programs that can help them pay and manage their energy bills.   The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), commonly referred to as Fuel Assistance, provides eligible households with help in paying a portion of winter heating bills. Enrollment for LIHEAP is free and open through April 30, 2023, and covers energy usage from Nov. 1, 2022, to April 30, 2023.   LIHEAP is open to both homeowners and renters, including households whose cost of heat is included in rent, and eligibility is based on household size and the gross annual income

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No Drought Conditions in Berkshire County
11:58AM / Saturday, December 17, 2022
BOSTON — The Drought Management Task Force announced that Berkshire County remains at level 0 or normal drought conditions.   This is not the case for the rest of the state.   "Even though the weather is getting colder and wetter, we can't lose sight of the fact that several regions within Massachusetts continue to be impacted by drought conditions," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Beth Card. "It is important that everyone, especially those living and working in the Northeast, Cape Cod, and Islands Regions, continue to practice water conservation in order to ensure that our water resources fully rebound."   While some parts of

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Great Barrington Names New Finance Coordinator
04:07PM / Thursday, December 15, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The town has named Allison M. Crespo as its new finance coordinator.   Crespo has held a series of roles with the city of Pittsfield, most recently as city accountant for seven years. She previously held positions as the city's information systems specialist, assistant treasurer and head clerk. In the private sector she worked for Berkshire Bank   In her new role, she will oversee all town financial operations, including an annual budget of approximately $40 million.   "I'm excited to welcome Allison to our team here in Great Barrington," said Town Manager Mark Pruhenski. "Her local roots, municipal finance experience,

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Construct Closes on Windflower Inn to Expand Workforce Housing
11:34AM / Thursday, December 15, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — To help address the affordable housing shortage, Construct has recently acquired The Windflower Inn, a 20-bedroom, 17-bath multi-building property, just minutes from downtown Great Barrington.    The historic 10.5 acres property, built in 1850, at 684 South Egremont Road, will help local businesses find housing for their staff.   The property will also add moderate-income rental units which will generate immediate revenue.    "This is truly a community-based project envisioned by Josh Irwin, funded with local support and private foundation funds from Jane & Jack Fitzpatrick Trust, ARPA funds from Great Barrington, individual

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Pignatelli Answers Student Questions on Government
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:45PM / Tuesday, December 13, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Hands rose high for state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli as he took questions from the curious students at W.E.B. Du Bois Regional Middle School.    Fifth and eighth-grade students gathered around the dean of the Berkshire delegation to discuss local issues on Tuesday during a visit from the state representative.    "It was refreshing for me today to hear and learn that they knew some of the key issues in their particular community," Pignatelli said. "Whether it be water, or bridges, or roads or crosswalks, things that maybe aren't the sexiest things in the world, but are important to

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Remains Positively Identified as Missing New York Teacher
04:23PM / Tuesday, December 13, 2022
LEE, Mass. — Remains found in Lee in September have been positively identified as missing New York State teacher Meghan Marohn.    The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Boston released the findings on Tuesday but was unable to determine cause and manner of death because of the condition of the remains.   Marohn was identified through dental records and a forensic anthropological examination that showed the remains are the same sex, ancestry, and stature of Marohn. The examination did not reveal any signs of pre-death trauma. The office's toxicology testing revealed the presence of THC and organic products of decomposition. The office could not determine a

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CHP Welcomes New Board Member
08:47AM / Tuesday, December 13, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Health Program (CHP) has named Dena Fisher to its board.    Fisher, a Great Barrington resident, holds a doctorate in health and social policy from Brandeis University and she earned a master's in social work from New York University. She earned her undergraduate degree in mathematics and sociology from Queens College in New York. In addition, she holds a post-graduate certification in social and health planning from the Columbia University School of Social work.     Her professional history includes extensive work with nonprofit organizations, the Peace Corps and nongovernmental organizations in Latin America and the

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W. Stockbridge CPA Commission Accepting Applications
04:32PM / Monday, December 12, 2022
WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Community Preservation Commission is looking for proposals with an application deadline of Dec. 30.   The Community Preservation Commission is accepting proposals for projects to be funded by the Community Preservation Funding available through the town.     The applications are available on the website under the Community Preservation Commission.  

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