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BU Looking For More Use of Tanglewood Campus
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:19AM / Saturday, December 20, 2014
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The campus on West Street is only used eight weeks each year. LENOX, Mass. — Boston University is working with local cultural institutions to find way to use its Tanglewood campus year round.   The Boston University Tanglewood Institute, a historic West Street estate bordering Tanglewood's campus, is used by the university throughout the summer but sits vacant during the other three seasons.   "Hilary Respass was appointed by Boston University to see if there is anything we can do to enhance the use of the property that they only have for eight weeks in the summer," said state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox, on

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Berkshire County Arc Receives Workplace Wellness Grant
02:13PM / Friday, December 19, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc is the recipient of a grant from Health New England, in partnership with Berkshire Health Systems, for the BHS Wellness at Work program.  

The grant provides employees with the opportunity to take part in a variety of wellness activities in 2015, including biometric screenings, health education seminars/workshops (for example, smoking cessation, blood-pressure clinics and on-site fitness classes), coaching sessions and one-on-one nutritional counseling visits.

“We are excited for this opportunity to partner with Health New England and Berkshire Health Systems on this workplace wellness initiative to offer fun and educational

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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

Look the city's Christmas Tree is bigger than a bus!
by Soapbox 10:10AM / Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week:Dec. 19-Jan. 4
01:37PM / Friday, December 19, 2014
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Happy Holidays!

No matter what you are celebrating, we here at the City of Pittsfield's Office of Cultural Development wish you and yours a peaceful Holiday season.  We are so grateful to live in a community of so many creative, talented, generous, hard-working, kind and giving people. Thank you to everyone who makes our lives brighter and more vibrant through their creative efforts, from pre-school musicians to elder craftspeople, and everyone in between.

 

Friday: Annual Community Crib and Winter Shabbat Dinner at Temple Anshe Amunim

The evening will begin at

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Shakespeare In the Park Will Resume At Pittsfield Common
By Joe Durwin, Pittsfield Correspondent
03:19AM / Friday, December 19, 2014
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The new pavilion will be ready for outdoor performances this summer. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The popular Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park program will launch a second, expanded season in July, this time setting up shop around the new performance pavilion in the recently renovated Common.   This year's production will increased by one third in its number of performances, according to founder Enrico Spada, with three four-day weekends from July 16 to Aug. 2.   Logistical concerns surrounding the theater company's monthlong use of the newly completed downtown park were of keen interest, since Spada's proposal marks the first major event application to come

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The Independent Investor: Election Investors Ignored
By Bill Schmick,
07:09PM / Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Last weekend Japan held "snap" elections, which gave Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the mandate to continue his pro-growth economic policies.  No one outside Japan seemed to care. The Nikkei stock market index fell 1.6 percent and traders moved on. That may prove to be a big mistake.

Granted, given the precipitous decline in the price of oil and the calamity it is causing in Russia (well-covered in last week's columns), investors may be forgiven for focusing on other more immediate concerns. Still, I believe that now that Abe has a clear mandate to continue his pro-reform, economic policies, Japan's prospects for next year have been elevated considerably. And don't

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'Exodus: Gods and Kings': And Frogs, Too
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:51PM / Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
  The story of Exodus is by The Book, but played out with proper spectacle. All it needs is for Christian Bale to growl, 'I'm Moses.'

Filmgoers expecting some world-changing revelation from Ridley Scott's retelling of how Moses led the Israelites out of bondage will probably be disappointed by "Exodus: Gods and Kings."

Save for the usual dabs of poetic license that no iconic saga can escape when given the epic movie treatment, it is apparent that the director's chief impetuses are tradition and responsibility. As such, combined with the best special effects

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Hotel on North Construction Third Complete
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:13PM / Thursday, December 18, 2014
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A tour of the under construction hotel included a stop in lounge area that will include a two-story skylight. See more photos here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Construction on Hotel on North is a third complete and on pace for a May opening.   Owners of the North Street building, David and Laurie Tierney, led a tour Thursday afternoon of the site that will soon become a boutique hotel.    "There is some major work to come ...  But the major surprises are out of the way," said David Tierney III after showing the site to elected and business leaders.   Most of the work is being done with local contractors, Tierney said, as they try to support the

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Santa Claus Calls Pittsfield Children
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:00PM / Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Christina Barrett and Michael Wynn gave up a few hours of their Wednesday night to help Santa Claus get in touch with local children. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Jolly old Saint Nick made phone calls to 80 local children Wednesday night in preparation for his overnight journey next week.   Santa and Mrs. Claus will make more than 156 phone calls this year — enlisting volunteers from the city to help out. Eleven volunteers joined him Wednesday night and another 10 from the Knights of Columbus will join him on Thursday.   "It is city worker volunteers and community volunteers," said Becky Manship, recreation activities coordinator. "It is one of the fun

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Itís Time for This Family Discussion
By Wells Fargo Advisors, Submitted Content
03:00PM / Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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If the prospect of asking your aging parents about the way they handle their household finances — or how they would feel about moving to a nursing home — fills you with apprehension, you are not alone. However, it’s the kind of conversation you can’t afford to delay indefinitely. As your parents get older, it’s critical to sit down with them and talk about their health and financial well-being — before urgent decisions are forced on you.

“The consequence of not having these discussions is that you aren’t prepared to make sound medical and financial choices when Mom or Dad has an emergency,” says Deborah Eickhoff, Vice President of

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Pittsfield Awarded Third Consecutive Grant To Combat Youth Violence
Staff Reports,
11:33AM / Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city has once again received a state grant to combat youth violence.   The city has been awarded an $133,000 Senator Charles E. Shannon Jr. Community Safety Initiative grant. The funds will continue the city's efforts to reduce youth and gang violence.   "The Shannon Grant is making a huge difference in our community. It has allowed us to coordinate community conversation and develop programs to reach out to young people who might otherwise choose a less desirable path. Last year we took on two mentors who have been in our schools, on our playgrounds, and have had meaningful connections with young people in the city. The process of affecting

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