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Holiday Raffle to Benefit Berkshire County Arc, NAMI Berkshire County
03:24PM / Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Chapter of UNICO is sponsoring a holiday raffle, with the proceeds benefitting Berkshire County Arc and National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Berkshire County.

The cost to purchase a ticket is $5, and the prize is a $1,000 gift card from Best Buy. The drawing will be held on Monday, Dec. 15.

Tickets can be purchased at the following locations until Friday, Dec. 12:

* Berkshire County Arc, 395 South St., Pittsfield, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Elm Street Hardware, 129 Elm St., Pittsfield, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

* NAMI Berkshire County, 333 East St., Room 417, Monday through

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Watch What You Eat to Avoid ER This Thanksgiving
02:58PM / Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — According to Dee Dee Rintoul, director of the Emergency Department at Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington, the most common reason for Thanksgiving ER visits are indigestion and gall bladder issues from all the rich food.

So Deb Coons and Robert Hoechster, who run Fairview's Operation Better Start and Mindfulness Based Eating Programs, have offered five ways to avoid indigestion and those unwanted extra pounds this holiday season:

1. Only eat when you are hungry. If you’re not physically hungry, consider if you feel like eating social reasons. If it’s because you’re stressed, skip the treat and try venting to a friend.

2. Stop when

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'Breakfast With Santa' Set for Dec. 7
02:36PM / Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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DALTON, Mass. — The Pediatric Development Center will present its sixth annual "Breakfast with Santa" on Sunday, Dec. 7, at Wahconah Country Club, 20 Orchard Road. There are two seatings: 9 and 11 a.m.

Guests can visit with Santa; people should bring their cameras for photo opportunities. There also will be a raffle and caroling, all with a breakfast prepared by Savory Harvest Catering.

Children receive a Scholastic Book, Pittsfield Suns Ticket, Hot Harry’s Kids Meal, Bouncy House Pass and CyberStation Tokens.

Adult tickets are $25, tickets for children 3-10 are $10 and children under 3 are free. Tax and gratuity are included in this price.  

Reservations are

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Williams PTO holding BJ's Fundraiser
02:30PM / Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Williams Elementary School PTO is participating in BJ’s Fuel Your Fundraiser Program.

Supporters can purchase a new membership or renew their current membership through Williams PTO. BJ’s will give supporters a $10 discount off their Inner Circle Membership or a $20 discount off their Rewards Membership plus an additional three free months (15 months total) and a free second membership card. In addition, BJ’s will donate $5 per application to the William Elementary School PTO.

It does not matter when you last renewed, BJ's will add on 15 months to your current membership regardless of the expiration date.  

Find this special

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Nov. 26-Dec. 4
01:50PM / Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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Wednesday: Thanksgiving Eve Concert at First Church

This year's festival brings together a number of local jazz, folk and blues artists – including Carlton Maaia II, Linda Worster, Charlie Tokarz, Jon Hadad, Andy Kelly, Between the Banks and Hal Lefferts– who will share their musical talents. The proceeds benefit the Pittsfield Area Council of Congregation's Fuel Assistance Fund. PACC is Pittsfield's oldest Inter-Faith organization bringing Christian, Jewish and Muslim congregations together to cooperate for the common good. This year special guests will include the Gospel Gang who will share acoustic

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2014 Bazaars & Craft Fairs
01:01PM / Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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The craft fair and bazaar listings will be updated regularly through the fall. Send information to info@iberkshires.com.

 

Saturday, Nov. 15

Zion Lutheran Church of Pittsfield will host its annual Holiday Bazaar & Tag Sale from 9 to 2 at the church, 74 First St., Pittsfield. Parking is available in the public lot across the street. Includes tag sale items, craft vendors, raffles, baked goods and a cookie walk. Lunch served from 11 to 2.

Sweetwood of Williamstown's annual craft fair runs 10 to 3 in the auditorium. Local crafters will be featured selling photographs and note-cards, maple syrup, cream and candy, bee products, jewelry, wreaths and more. Sweetwood is located at

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Pittsfield Installs 2014 Christmas Tree
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:00PM / Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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The tree was transported to Park Square on Tuesday morning. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Standing about 33 feet tall and weighing 1,400 to 1,500 pounds, the city's Christmas tree was placed in Park Square on Tuesday morning.   City workers started bright and early cutting and hauling the tree from an anonymous donor in the city to Park Square.   The tree will be decorated on Tuesday night to prepare for next Friday's tree lighting ceremony.   "It is an anonymous donor this year and they've elected to have a veteran light it," said Recreation Activities Coordinator Rebecca Manship.   This is the second time in four years the donor has been

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Liquor Licensee Limbo For Pittsfield's Polish Club
By Joe Durwin, Pittsfield Correspondent
02:22AM / Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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The Polish Community Club has been told it must find a manager for its bar.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Who will take the responsibility of management at the Polish Community Club's bar remained unclear following a meeting of the city's Licensing Board on Monday.

Club representatives said their intention had been to a appoint one officer to hold the license while others would manage the bar's operations, a plan that was flatly rejected by the board.

"The Polish Community Club has a tradition that the president has always been in charge of the bar" according to Vice President Mark Kueppers.

However, the board recently decided that the club's sergeant at arms, John

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Berkshire Arts & Tech School Celebrates Successes
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:26PM / Monday, November 24, 2014
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Juniors Noah Chicoine and James Morandi spoke about how the charter school had helped them achieve academically.

ADAMS, Mass. — At BArT, the growth on the outside is only the tip of the iceberg.

The Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School is understandably excited about the building expansion that will give the 10-year-old Grades 6-12 school a dedicated gymnasium, cafeteria and auditorium.

But the new infrastructure is just a means to an end.

The growth that matters is seen in student body. And that is the expansion the school celebrated on Friday morning at its fifth annual Fall Breakfast.

"We've had many years of very high growth levels," Principal

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Pittsfield Committee Recommends Against School Budget Law
By Joe Durwin, Pittsfield Correspondent
12:43PM / Monday, November 24, 2014
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The Ordinance & Rules Committee is recommending the City Council reject a petition on Tuesday to adopt a law allowing it to override a mayor's school budget.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Committee on Ordinance & Rules is recommending the City Council reject a petition on Tuesday to adopt a little used Massachusetts law enabling it to override a mayor's decision on the annual school budget.

The subcommittee voted 3-2 last week against recommending a petition.

If enacted, Massachusetts' Chapter 329 would allow a school budget appropriation to be increased above that called for by a mayor, provided at least four members of the School Committee, and eight members of

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