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Holiday Hours: Patriots Day
12:07PM / Friday, April 12, 2019

Monday, April 15, is Patriots Day, a state holiday marking the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord that began the American Revolution. The day has been celebrated on the third Monday in April since 1969.

It was on the morning of April 20, 1775, that Paul Revere and other riders began the alert across and beyond Massachusetts Colony that troops were planning to advance from Boston to the towns of Lexington and Concord. They were to seize a cache of gunpowder and arms and capture revolutionaries Sam Adams and John Hancock.

(Local legend claims that Israel Bissell, later of Hinsdale, rode all the way to Philadelphia, but most historians dismiss it.)

Previous attempts to

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Library Storytimes Around the Berkshires
10:05AM / Friday, April 12, 2019

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go."

Adams Free Library
92 Park St., Adams
www.adamslibraryma.org
Storytime: 10 a.m. Fridays

Alford Free Public Library
5 Alford Center Road, Alford
https://townofalford.org/library/

Becket Athenaeum
3367 Main St., Route 8, Becket
http://www.becketathenaeum.org/
Preschool STEAM: 1-2 p.m. Tuesdays through May 21

Berkshire Athenaeum
1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield
http://www.pittsfieldlibrary.org/
Tiny Tots Storytime: 10 a.m. Mondays
Preschool Play and Learn: 10 a.m. Thursdays
LEGO Club: 3-5 p.m. Thursdays

Bushnell-Sage Library
48 Main St.,

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

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: April 12-18
10:03AM / Friday, April 12, 2019
Saturday+ Baby Animals at Hancock Shaker Village Baby Animals Fest kicks off on Saturday at Hancock Shaker Village and runs through May 5. It's your chance to visit with the farm's piglets, lambs, calves, chicks and kids! Plus, enjoy special events throughout festival, like pony rides, face painting, games, music and more. This Saturday, the Village will hold a non-denominational Blessing of the Animals at 10:30 a.m.   MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE SAT+ Downtown Pittsfield

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100 Days: An Interview With District Attorney Andrea Harrington
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:00AM / Friday, April 12, 2019

Andrea Harrington is sworn in as district attorney 100 days ago. She ran promising reform in the DA's office.   PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It's been 100 days since the changing of the guard in the district attorney's office.   Andrea Harrington defeated incumbent Paul Caccaviello in November with a message of reform and change. She took the oath of office on Jan. 2 before a large crowd at the Berkshire Museum — and so began a new day in that office.   Earlier this week, Harrington announced the creation of a domestic violence task force. It was one of her campaign promises and one that she envisions as being preventative in nature to curb rising

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With Less Than A Year To Go, Officials Kickoff Census 2020 Push
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:53PM / Thursday, April 11, 2019

Mark Maloy is heading the complete count committee's efforts to reach the difficult to count populations throughout Berkshire County. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local officials are calling for all hands to be on deck when the Census begins in 2020.   State Rep. Paul Mark was joined by other local officials and representatives from the U.S. Census Bureau for a kickoff event Monday calling for community assistance in trying to get the most accurate count of people living here.    "We need trusted voices in every community, sharing the message that the Census is safe, easy, and important," said Georgia Lowe from the U.S. Census Bureau.   The process was

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The Independent Investor: Retirement Savers Could See Positive News This Year (Maybe)
By Bill Schmick,
03:55PM / Thursday, April 11, 2019
In this acrimonious political environment, little in the way of new legislation is expected to pass both chambers of Congress. One exception may be the Secure Act. Last Tuesday, a key House committee unanimously approved the bill, which would greatly enhance some private retirement plans.   The bill would not only increase the flexibility of 401 (k) plans but would also provide much greater access for small-business owners and their employees. The changes would hopefully encourage many more small businesses to offer private retirement benefits to their workers. It is the most sweeping legislation to come out of Congress in over a decade.   The sponsors, including the top Democrat

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Charges Pending in Pittsfield Hit and Run
By Andy McKeever,
02:50PM / Thursday, April 11, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Charges are pending against a city woman who allegedly ran over a pedestrian and then drove away.   Police say on Monday at about 3:07 p.m. officers responded to the intersection of West Union Street and Pacific Street for a reported hit and run. Jeanine Pettijohn, 45, was found injured. She was transported to Berkshire Medical Center and admitted.   Police later found the vehicle on Union Street and identified Debra Johnson, 51, as the operator. Charges are pending against Johnson.    The crash remains under investigation by the Pittsfield Police Traffic Bureau. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact Officer David Hallas at

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Stop & Shop Workers Walkout Over Stalled Contract Talks
By Tammy Daniels & Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:47PM / Thursday, April 11, 2019

The union feels the company has been bargaining in bad faith. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Stop & Shop employees walked out at supermarkets across New England on Thursday afternoon, saying the grocery chain has "continued to bargain in bad faith."   "Everything we are asking for in a new contract is completely reasonable. Taking care of the workers that have made this company successful is the right for Stop & Shop to do," reads an update from leaders of United Food and Commercial Workers locals posted online on Thursday morning.   "We offered to form a subcommittee on negotiations as an effort to keep discussions with Stop & Shop going and

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'Dumbo': A Relevant Elephant
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:27PM / Thursday, April 11, 2019
Here's what drives me crazy. Mostly everyone you and I know has been brought up on a steady motion picture diet of morality tales like this latest version of Disney's "Dumbo," based on the studio's 1941, animated delve into the wiles and munificence of human nature. All the good lessons concerning proper human behavior are therein contained.    And yet, look at some of these uncaring, inconsiderate curmudgeons young and old sharing the planet with us. This week I'm particularly down on the 30-something, balding Wall Street dude, sunglasses-attired, who passes you on the right in his 3 series BMW and then celebrates his belligerence by giving you the

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Berkshire Innovation Center Construction Ramping Up
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:20AM / Thursday, April 11, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Construction on the Berkshire Innovation Center is ramping up, according to Executive Director Scott Longley.   "We are literally within weeks of starting to frame interior walls. The momentum and the progress of the BIC construction have definitely begun to pick up," Longley told the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority on Wednesday.   The research and development center broke ground in September and is eyed for an October opening. In January, the steel structure was completed and celebrated with a topping off ceremony. In February, "the building really began to take shape. We put flooring. We put decking. Things were getting welded

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Seven Arrested In Multiple Drug Raids
Staff Reports,
03:10PM / Wednesday, April 10, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Seven people were arrested during a series of drug raids on Friday.   The Berkshire County District Attorney's office said some 4,440 bags of heroin, 82 grams of cocaine, weapons, ammunition, and about $40,000 in cash were seized on Friday during the operations.   The office is charging Shameen Howard, 27, and Aquireya Howe, 22, both of Springfield, Dylan Ducharme, 23, Ryan Henault, 21, Paul Lewis, 23, Zackary Kirkland, 20, and James Daley, 26, all of Pittsfield with trafficking in heroin and conspiracy to violate drug laws.   Lewis, Kirkland, and Daley were also charged with trafficking in cocaine, while Henault also faces a charge of possession

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BCC's Coordinator of Multicultural Center Recognized as 2019 Latina Leader
12:25PM / Wednesday, April 10, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College's coordinator of the Multicultural Center, Eleanore Velez, has been recognized by Amplify Latinx as a 2019 Latina Leader.

Amplify Latinx is a Boston-based, non-partisan, collaborative movement whose mission is to build Latinx economic and political power by significantly increasing Latinx civic engagement and representation in leadership position across sectors.

In celebration of Women's History Month, Amplify Latinx launched a campaign to identify 11 outstanding Latina leaders who exemplify the best in their professions and who are lifting others as they climb. Amplify Latinx received 45 nominations from corporate, civic,

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