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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

CYC Basketball Program Continues With YMCA Administration
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:10PM / Saturday, October 22, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Family YMCA has taken over the administration of the Catholic Youth Center, keeping the programs operating the same as they always had.

  In July, the CYC and the YMCA reached an agreement in which the YMCA will handle the business end of the programming from program registration to managing the finances. The YMCA has put the CYC staff on its payroll to continue the youth sports programming the center has offered for years.   "Program-wise, it is the same people running it as last year," YMCA Executive Director Randy Kinnas said.   Since July, the two groups have run a flag football program as well as a volleyball season.


Adams Harvest Fest This Weekend
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:44PM / Friday, October 21, 2016
ADAMS, Mass. — The Harvest Fest will come to Bowe Field for the first time this Saturday.   Organizer Annmarie Belmonte said the idea for the event was to give people something to do this fall.   "Basically is there is not much to do around here, and, I hosted Hi-Jinx that went off without a hitch, so I thought I would try something else," Belmonte said.   The "Rising of the Corn" event is starting small at four hours, with hopes to grow next year.   The fest at the Adams Agricultural fairgrounds is being sponsored by Izzy's Diner and Pizza and Bounti-Fare. There is a $2 admission fee for adults at the gate, children are free; it runs


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by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

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Pittsfield Police on Hunt for Mysterious 'G' Vandal
Staff Reports,
03:37PM / Friday, October 21, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Who or what is "G?"

An initial? A symbol for the number 7? An agent of the Men in Black? No one knows, but the random letter tag has been popping up around the city.

Police say the majority of the vandalism has not been directly reported, but the appearance of this graffiti on road signs, utility boxes, and both public and private buildings, has been noted by patrolling officers and members of the public for more than a month now.  

The investigation to date has not shown the graffiti to be associated with any known national or local gangs, and no one has provided video surveillance to the department.

The tagging appears to be random and


Community Build Starts On New Playground at Durant Park
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:20PM / Friday, October 21, 2016
Professional park builders will lead the efforts that began on Friday.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It was almost a year ago exactly when Eddie Taylor went before the Parks Commission and said the renaming of Pitt Park was "reigniting a fuse."   Rosemary and the Rev. Willard Durant had inspired community and were a positive inspiration to many on the West Side and a packed room last October of supporters rallied behind changing Pitt Park's name to honor the former AME Price Memorial Church pastor.   The name change for those in support was not just a name, it was the start of a movement.    "This is bigger than the park name. This is


New Berkshire Theatre Awards Program Names Winners
11:40AM / Friday, October 21, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. - The winners of the First Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards have been announced. Seventeen arts journalists voted on 120 nominees in 25 categories chosen from artists in the 75 live theatre productions mounted in Berkshire County and adjacent areas between October 1, 2015, and September 30, 2016.

The winner of the special Larry Murray Award, to be given to a person or theater project that advances social, political or community issues, will not be announced until the Winners’ Celebration at 5 p.m. on Nov. 13 at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret in Pittsfield. Nominees for the Larry Murray Award are Kristen van Ginhoven, co-founder and artistic director of WAM Theatre, and


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Oct. 21-27
11:15AM / Friday, October 21, 2016

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Trick-or-Treat, Events for Halloween 2016
10:45AM / Friday, October 21, 2016

Trick-or-treaters around Berkshire County and beyond will be donning costumes and ringing doorbells in anticipation of treats on Halloween on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Remember to dress appropriately, carry a flashlight and only visit homes with lights on in your neighborhood.

There are also plenty of other fun holiday-related events happening in the Berkshires, too.

Below is a list of towns holding trick-or-treat hours on Halloween, unless otherwise noted. Those towns in crossed out have not been confirmed so check back. If you don't see your town listed and you know the hours, let us know at or 413-663-3384, Ext. 29, or if your organization is holding something


Pittsfield's Highland Park Renamed For Christopher R. Porter
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:12AM / Friday, October 21, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Highland Park will now be renamed after the late Christopher R. Porter.   The Parks Commission approved the renaming after a hearing on Tuesday. Porter owned and operated C.R. Porter Builders, working on many of the city's parks, and was known in the community for his philanthropy and voluntarily maintaining the park. He died last December at age 54.   A group of citizens banded together to push for not only the renaming of the park but to also improve it.    "We've already raised $4,000 in a heartbeat. It was simple. It is going to be one of the nicest parks you could ever imagine," former Mayor Gerry Doyle said of the


St Joe Strong: The Crusaders Won't Go Down Without A Fight
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:14PM / Thursday, October 20, 2016

Dozens of parents, alumni, and students rallied at Park Square on Thursday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Unless Pope Francis himself says nothing can be done, the crusaders will be strong.   In the wake of the Diocese of Springfield announcing last week the closure of the 120-year St. Joseph Central High School, parents, students, and alumni have joined together to appeal the closing of the county's only Catholic high school.   The "St. Joe Strong" effort kicked off in earnest Thursday night when dozens of people rallied at Park Square as the fight to keep the school open began.   "I think it is important enough for us to fight this. If Pope Francis

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House Candidate Connell Calls On State To Address Bel-Air Dam
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:11PM / Thursday, October 20, 2016

The privately-owned dam has been cited as a high hazard for a number of years. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — House candidate Christopher Connell says if elected he'd look the earmark money to address the failing Bel-Air dam on Wahconah Street.   Speaking at the site of the privately-owned dam on Thursday, Connell warned that a failure could cause significant property damage and is a safety hazard for those living downstream.   And yet, the state has been unable to fund repairs or demolition of the what the Department of Conservation and Recreation has deemed a "high hazard" dam.   "When and not if this dam fails, it would create a rush of water and mud


Waterstone Makes $20K Down Payment On Pittsfield Walmart Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:18AM / Thursday, October 20, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The developers of the proposed Walmart Supercenter at the William Stanley Business Park has put down $20,000 toward the purchase of the land.   The Pittsfield Economic Development Authority extended the letter of intent with Waterstone Retail Development until the end of December, making more time for the two sides to reach a purchase and sales agreement. In good faith, Waterstone has put down a $20,000 non-refundable deposit toward the purchase.   Once the purchase and sales agreement is signed, Waterstone is expected to make another $45,000 down payment.   "Waterstone is showing good faith in attaching some non-refundable funds to that


Lanesborough Elementary Retains Level 1 Ranking
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:35PM / Wednesday, October 19, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The elementary school has again scored a top level ranking from the state.   The scores from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers have placed the school as Level 1. While the school has consistently ranked Level 1 in recent years, what stands out about this year's results is that PARCC was a pilot program that had a clause allowing schools to be held harmless in state accountability.   "This is the first time we took the PARCC. It is more rigorous and aligned with the common core than the old MCAS," Principal Martin McEvoy said. "Our students did so well, we didn't need to invoke that held harmless


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