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Fire Displaces Five Pittsfield Residents
Staff Reports,
05:10PM / Friday, February 05, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Thursday night fire caused nearly $10,000 worth of damage to a Worthington Street home.   Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Garner said the department received a report at 7:43 p.m. of a basement fire at 10-12 Worthington Street, located near the intersection of West Housatonic Street and Center Street. The fire displaced five residents from the two-family home but nobody was injured.   Garner estimates some $8,000 to $10,000 worth of damage.    On arrival, firefighters found fire encompassing a small room in the laundry area in the rear portion of the cellar.   "Engine 3 mounted an aggressive attack with a 1-3/4 inch handline, knocking down


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Feb. 5-11
11:31AM / Friday, February 05, 2016
Office of Cultural Development | City of Pittsfield    

The fireworks display during last year's 10x10 Festival.  Click here for information on this year's show. The 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival is Almost Here!


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

Dunkin Donuts Asks For Extension On Pittsfield's Styrofoam Ban
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Friday, February 05, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dunkin' Donuts is asking for a year's extension to comply with the city's Styrofoam ban.   Attorney Pierce Haley, representing Dunkin Brands, asked the Board of Health on Thursday for the extension as the company waits on the development of a lid for 24-ounce containers. Haley said the company has been looking to transition away from the polystyrene containers but needs another year or else it won't be able to serve its larger beverage sizes.   "I don't think we are going to need anything more than one extension. They've been working hard to do this for a while," Haley said.   Those members attending took no action


Election 2016: Presidential Primary Voting
06:45PM / Thursday, February 04, 2016

Wednesday, Feb. 10, is the last day to register or to change party status to vote in the Tuesday, March 1, presidential primary.

There are four political parties in Massachusetts: Democratic (D), Republican (R), Green-Rainbow (J) and United Independent (CC). If you are enrolled in one of these parties, the corresponding initials will be next your name. If you are unenrolled, there will be a U in the party column.

You may change your party enrollment by completing a new voter registration form in person at your town or city clerk's office, by mail, or at

You do not have to be enrolled in any party to vote in its primary; however, you may only vote in one


'Jane Got a Gun': Misfires
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:35PM / Thursday, February 04, 2016

A few decades ago, before the revisionist Western (i.e. Robert Altman's "McCabe and Mrs. Miller," 1971) moseyed into our movie palaces, director Gavin O'Connor's ultrarealistic "Jane Got a Gun" might have fascinated us and even won a few awards.

But I tell you pardner, by this juncture I've just about had a belly full of poor cowpokes and sodbusters trying to scratch out a living in inhospitable country populated by no-account varmints, gunslingers and the precursors of what would evolve into American big business.

Alas, this latest example trenchantly reminds that there's no going back to the idealistic cowboy yarn. Nope, life is tough, and


The Independent Investor: Is a Recession Looming?
By Bill Schmick,
03:22PM / Thursday, February 04, 2016

The funny thing about declining stock markets is that when they last more than a couple of weeks, talk of recession starts to percolate among investors. It is no different this time.  

I have written before that the stock market has erroneously called six of the last 13 declines as recessions, meaning that weak stock prices do not necessarily herald a weak economy. There have been instances in the past where a prolonged decline over a year or so has contributed to a recession but even then the data is not conclusive.

There is no evidence thus far that the U.S. economy is rolling over. Economic data continues to be spotty, which is consistent with a moderately growing economy.


Old Country Buffet Abruptly Closes in Pittsfield
Staff Reports,
10:19AM / Thursday, February 04, 2016

The restaurant is permanently closed according to a notice posted on the door of Old Country Buffet. PITTSFIELD, Mass.— Old Country Buffet employees were surprised Thursday morning find a sign posted on the door saying the restaurant was closing for good.   The closure is part of 74 Ovation Brands restaurants throughout the nation to close on Thursday.   A sign posted on the restaurant's front door reads:   "To team members at this location, we regret to inform you that this location has been closed permanently. Please see the visiting manager for exit paperwork, along with monies due to you. We do encourage and invite you to reapply at one of the nearby


Economic Future Being Planned for Pittsfield's Tyler Street
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:17AM / Thursday, February 04, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Could Tyler Street become the city's food mecca?    That's one idea for the Morningside neighborhood. Planning and architecture firm Elan is transitioning from the fact-finding stage to developing actual strategies and goals for redevelopment in Tyler Street.   "This is the breaking point when we move into the process," Lisa Nagle, a principal with Elan, said.    On Wednesday, the firm held its last major public input session with an open house at the IUE Union Hall. A series of posters asked for public comments on a number of focus areas.   Elan is contracted to develop a long-term plan for Morningside and, since


Pittsfield Board Suspends Lach's Lounge Liquor License
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:31PM / Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Arthur Beattie Jr. said it was unfair to hold his bar accountable for the shooting and denied that patrons were being overserved.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Licensing Board member Richard Stockwell was in Lach's Lounge on Jan. 23.

He left at 10:30 p.m. because he knows that the crowd that arrives after 11 isn't for him.

A few hours later, James Dominguez was murdered in the parking lot next to the bar. Police determined Dominguez was at Lach's Lounge until closing that night and officers at the scene say many patrons of Lach's Lounge had been overserved.   On Wednesday, the Licensing Board agreed to suspend Lach's Lounge's license for seven days, reduce


NBCC Director Adam Hinds Making Run for State Senate
Staff Reports,
12:30PM / Wednesday, February 03, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Adam Hinds is tossing his hat in for state Senate.

Hinds, currently executive director of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition in North Adams, formally announced for the seat on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Hotel on North.

The invitation event included some 50 friends, colleagues and supporters, and local media. His campaign website is here.

"I live in Pittsfield, work in North County, come from Franklin County," Hinds said of his decision to run as the Democratic nominee. "I'm from the small towns, I understand those issues as well. I think I bring a perspective that covers each area of this district."

He is the first candidate


Magical 'Tempest' Arrives in Pittsfield this July
10:52AM / Wednesday, February 03, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park, with the Office of Cultural Development, will present its third annual free outdoor production this summer, performing "The Tempest," Shakespeare's final play about revenge and redemption on a magical, mysterious island.  

The production, sponsored by local businesses and organizations led by Berkshire Money Management, will be directed by PSP's artistic director Enrico Spada and star long-time Berkshire actor Glenn Barrett as the wizard Prospero.

New Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer offered her hopes for another successful season.   "Arts and culture are absolutely fundamental to the vitality of


Buono Joins CompuWorks as VCIO
10:33AM / Wednesday, February 03, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Christopher Buono has joined CompuWorks HealthyIT team as Virtual Chief Information Officer.

As a VCIO, Buono will guide clients through the critical process of aligning technology decisions with organizational goals by understanding where the company is today and its vision for the future.

Buono has worked in the Information Technology field for more than 20 years, including 12 years in leadership roles. He holds a BS in Management Information Systems from the University at Albany's Business School and attended the MBA program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Lally School of Management.

Buono holds numerous technical certifications including


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