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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Nov. 2-8
12:07PM / Friday, November 02, 2018
NOVEMBER 2 is First Friday Artswalk and More! Enjoy more than a dozen different art shows featuring work by more than two dozen accomplished regional and student artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Friday Artswalk and all month long! 

In most venues, artists will be present from 5-8 p.m. A free guided tour begins at 5 p.m. at the Intermodal Center @ BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave.


FRI An Evening of a Curious Nature at Shire City Sanctuary Sound & Vision


MassPIRG Pushing to Increase Voter Turnout at MCLA
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:27AM / Friday, November 02, 2018

MCLA student Ari Battaini, MassPIRG coordinator, speaks with Mayor Thomas Bernard and college President Jamie Birge after the presentation. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It's a given that young people don't vote. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is hoping to buck the trend.    In one good sign, the nearly two dozen students and others attending a voter information session on Wednesday, at least those of voting age, raised their hands to indicate they were registered and would be voting on Tuesday.    While turnout was low in the last mid-terms in 2014, only 16 percent, MCLA students turned out in numbers of 47 percent and 55 percent for the presidential


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

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Pittsfield to Contract With Berkshire Humane For Animal Sheltering
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:09AM / Friday, November 02, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Humane Society will take over the city's animal sheltering operations for the next three years.    The city has accepted a proposal to have the Humane Society take over responsibilities for stray animals picked up by animal control. The plan is to have animals transported the society's Barker Road facilty for care during the required seven-day holding period.   With more accessible hours, the hope is it will be easier for residents to retrieve their pets. If unclaimed, the Humane Society would then attempt to find someone to adopt the animal.   The contract is expected to be signed in the next few weeks and operations could


The Independent Investor: Time to Check Your Risk Tolerance
By Bill Schmick,
06:47PM / Thursday, November 01, 2018
It is a good time to take a reality check on how aggressively you are invested. The 6.9 percent decline in the S&P 500 Index over October was gut-wrenching. But entirely within the realm of probability given the historical data. Here are some questions to ask.   Did you find yourself checking your investment portfolios every day? How about every hour? Did you have trouble focusing on other, possibly more important, things like your job, or your family and friends? Was it more difficult to sleep at night, or did you lay awake worrying about the markets?   How much time did you spend checking the averages and listening to the talking heads on television or in the print media?


'The Old Man & the Gun': The Antihero & the Movie Star
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:31PM / Thursday, November 01, 2018
If movies were cherished trinkets, director David Lowery's "The Old Man & the Gun," based on a true story and starring Robert Redford as the gentlemanly, senior citizen bank robber, Forrest Tucker, would deserve a place of honor in your cigar box. It is at once a sympathetically laced portrait of the legendary stickup man/jail escapist extraordinaire and a nostalgia-evoking paean to one of the last great movie stars.    We are warmly invited to again marvel at how Redford's handsomeness and signature humanitarianism have always seemed so magically inseparable.    We hook up with Forrest just shortly after his astonishing, much heralded escape from


Ladley Remembered for Fight, Family, Fealty to Berkshire County Sports Community
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
10:08AM / Thursday, November 01, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ed Ladley was remembered Wednesday evening as a giant of the Berkshire County sporting community.   The New England Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, legendary Wahconah boys basketball coach and educator died on Wednesday. And as word of his passing got around the county coaching fraternity, one word was on everyone's lips: competitor.   "Even when his son, Timmy, played for me my first year at Pittsfield, I remember him yelling at his players because Timmy had five 3s against Wahconah," said Ron Wojcik, now the girls basketball coach at Hoosac Valley.   "Timmy, at the time, was one of our best if not our best player, and [Ed


Berkshire Ambulance, Emergency Room Officials Oppose Question 1
Staff Reports, iBerkshires Staff
02:28AM / Thursday, November 01, 2018

Heads of local ambulance services and emergency department officials gathered at County Ambulance on Wednesday to express the reasons for the opposition to Question 1.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The phrase "holding the wall" hasn't really been used much in describing emergency medical services in Berkshire County. But, local EMS providers say that could be a real possibility if Question 1 is passed.   The term is used to describe the amount of time a patient is in an ambulance waiting to be ushered into the emergency department than is absolutely necessary. Ambulance companies don't want to be "holding the wall" but instead getting the rig back


Harrington Rallies Base to Start Final Week Of DA's Race
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:02PM / Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Harrington's husband Timothy Walsh reflected on the campaign and thanked the crowd for the support of Harrington and their entire family.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It is the final week in the district attorney's race and those in Andrea Harrington's camp are as energetic as ever.   The campaign held a rally Tuesday exactly one week before the general election for a final push to get out the vote.   The event was part fundraiser -- goodwill donations were accepted -- and part organizing as campaigner staffers sorted out volunteers for sign holding on election day, and a part rally to energize those supporters.    "I did not run


Mount Greylock Regional High School Teacher Wins $10,000 Kapteyn Prize
01:38PM / Wednesday, October 31, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation announced today that

Jeffrey Welch, a social studies teacher at Mount Greylock Regional High School, has been awarded the 10th annual James C. Kapteyn Prize for excellence in teaching. He will receive a $10,000 award for study or travel to enrich his teaching, and the school will receive a $2,000 grant in his name.

In his 21 years at Mount Greylock, Welch's teaching assignments have ranged from core world and U.S. history classes to topics in a wide variety of disciplines, including conversational Italian, psychology and introduction to the law. He has directed the spring musical since 2000 and has served as the


Consolidating Accounts Leads to Clear Financial Strategy
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:12PM / Wednesday, October 31, 2018

None of us can completely control all the things that happen to us. Yet, when it comes to achieving your long-term financial goals, including a comfortable retirement, you do have a great deal of power – as long as you follow a clear, well-defined financial strategy. And one way to help build and maintain such a strategy is by consolidating your financial accounts.

Over the course of their lives, many people pick up a variety of financial accounts from multiple sources. They might have a few IRAs from different providers, a couple of old 401(k) plans from past employers, an insurance policy (or two) purchased many years ago, and a scattershot of stocks, bonds, certificates of


Pittsfield Receives Proposal For Animal Shelter, Mum on Details
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Wednesday, October 31, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city of Pittsfield is apparently giving up its attempts to run an animal shelter on its own but a request for proposals to take over the care of strays has only elicited one bid.    The city issued an RFP for animal sheltering earlier this month. The proposals were due on Monday and the Berkshire Humane Society was the only one to respond. Pittsfield officials are mum on what the organization has proposed or what the city is looking for in such a contract.    Mayor Linda Tyer's administration booted the Friends of Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter from city-owned property earlier this spring and terminated the non-profit's contract to


Pittsfield's Wright Honored by League, Scores in Springfield's Tourney Win
09:30PM / Tuesday, October 30, 2018
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Reigning New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Co-Offensive Athlete of the Week Amanda Wright Tuesday scored a goal to help the Springfield College women's soccer team to a 3-1 win over Wheaton in the first round of the NEWMAC tournament.   Wright, a graduate of Pittsfield High School, scored her ninth goal of the season in the 58th minute to give the Pride a 2-0 lead at the time.   Springfield moves on to play Emerson on Thursday in the league semi-finals.   On Monday, Wright, a Springfield senior, was recognized for her performance the week prior.   Wright was instrumental in a pair of NEWMAC victories for the Pride last


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