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Pittsfield Shooting Leaves One Dead, Four Injured
Staff Reports,
11:54AM / Sunday, July 05, 2015

Police were on Robbins Avenue Sunday afternoon investigating the shooting.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — One man is dead after a shooting Saturday night at the intersection of Dewey Avenue and Linden Street.   District Attorney David Capeless's office says Ronald Pinel, 25, of Pittsfield was pronounced dead at Berkshire Medical Center and four others were injured during the shooting.   Police responded to shots being fired in the area shortly after 11 p.m. and found three people in need of medical assistance. All three were transported to Berkshire Medical Center.   Pinel was pronounced dead and two others were hospitalized - a 20-year-old man was


Fourth of July: The Declaration of Independence
10:06AM / Saturday, July 04, 2015

A reminder what today is really all about: The adoption of a (literally) revolutionary document that stated the grievances of the colonists against England and their resolve to pursue a course of self-determination — without the bindings of hereditary rule.

The Unanimous Declaration
of the Thirteen United States of America
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent


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

Fourth of July Festivities Include Parades, Fireworks
10:01PM / Friday, July 03, 2015

Festivities marking the nation's 239th birthday will be held around the Berkshires. All events are on Saturday, July 4, unless otherwise noted. Planning a trip to Boston? See MassDOT's traffic information.

A list of what's open and closed on the holiday can be found here.


The annual July 4 Esplanade Events are Friday night (no fireworks) and Saturday night with fireworks following the Boston Pops. MBTA running free after the Saturday's concert. More information here.


Shakespeare & Company is hosting its annual celebration featuring music, food, and a reading of the Declaration of Independence.   The festivities begin at 1:30 p.m. with a cookout (a la


Pittsfield 15s Impressive in Babe Ruth District Opener
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
09:01PM / Friday, July 03, 2015
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield Babe Ruth 15-year-olds got the holiday fireworks started early and sent the visitors from Westfield home early, too, on Friday night.   Pittsfield pounded out 10 hits, including a home run and a triple, against three different pitchers in an 11-0 win that ended in the middle of the fifth in the District 1 tournament opener for both teams.   Devon Walker hit a two-run homer to left-center to lead the hit parade at Deming Field, and Jake McNeice left the bases loaded twice in four innings of scoreless pitching for Pittsfield.   "Jake did what he does best -- throw strikes and get a head of the hitters," Pittsfield coach Tom Rizzo


Team Bianchi Wins Road Race Challenge
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:11AM / Friday, July 03, 2015
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Daniel Bianchi's team won the friendly Independence Day Road Race challenge.   The mayor was challenged by his election competition Linda Tyer to the team race to raise funds for the Pittsfield Parade Committee. Each candidate fields a team of six, three men and three women. The overall place of the top three from each team are added together. The losing team donates $100 to the parade committee and the other teams donate $50.    Bianchi was the only candidate to respond to the challenge and fielded a team in which three runners from his team finished in the top ten. Kent Lemme finished in fourth with a time of 16:22; Nicholas Curelop


Cranwell Sold For $18 Million
Staff Reports,
01:32PM / Thursday, July 02, 2015

The resort's sale was completed on Wednesday, according to land records.

LENOX, Mass. — Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort was sold Wednesday to CampGroup LLC. and L.D. Buildings for $18 million.   The resort will now be managed by Hay Creek Hotels, a New England hotel management company. GampGroup owns a number of local properties including Camp Winadu and Camp Danbee and L.D. Builders has developed local properties including The Pines at Bousquet and Lenox Woods.    "With camps in operation in the Berkshires collectively for over 300 years and hundreds of camper families who have enjoyed staying at Cranwell over the past 40 years, we have

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'Tragic' Director Stages 'Comedy' at Shakespeare & Company
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:47AM / Thursday, July 02, 2015

Taibi Magar, right, directs the cast of 'A Comedy of Errors' at Shakespeare & Company.

LENOX, Mass. -- In terms an Elizabethan would understand, the gauntlet has been thrown down - by the Bard of Avon himself.   Taibi Magar, somewhat to her own surprise, came to Shakespeare & Company to pick it up.   "He sets up a big challenge for a director," Magar said during a recent pre-rehearsal interview at the Tina Packer Playhouse. "He puts 'Comedy' in the title. It's like, 'A Comedy of Errors.' No hiding.   "It's really scary, actually. If you don't make the audience laugh, you have failed

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Opinion: Crossfit Offended Diabetics Everywhere
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:30PM / Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Crossfit offended diabetics around the world with offensive tweets linking drinking Coke to getting diabetes. But for those diabetics who are insulin-dependent, a Coke can actually save their lives when their blood sugar goes low.

I have seen first-hand the war that diabetes rages on the body.

I have an uncle who is blind. An aunt who is on dialysis. A daughter who battles highs and lows every day.

It's a disease that wreaks havoc on your life 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are no vacations from diabetes. No time off. Not even so much as a coffee break.

This is what diabetes of both kinds - type one and type two - does to a person. It's not a


The Classical Beat: All Systems Go At Tanglewood
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:34PM / Wednesday, July 01, 2015

After celebrating July 4th in Boston, Keith Lockhart brings the Boston Pops back to Tanglewood on Sunday for opening weekend.

Tanglewood, the nation’s largest and most prestigious summer music presenter, officially opens its 75th classical festival season.

Here’s a rundown of the concerts that will take center stage during the coming week. Why go? Read below for all the stellar music making, with superstar performers interpreting great music from across historical eras – much of it beloved favorites by audiences worldwide.

• Thursday July 2, 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall: The Cleveland-based Baroque chamber orchestra Apollo’s Fire will present a


Report: Local Nonprofits Generate $2.4 Billion In Economic Activity
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:33AM / Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Stephen Sheppard updated the study he did in both 2009 and 2011 on the nonprofit sector of the Berkshires' economy.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Each year Barrington Stage Company spends a quarter of a million dollars on housing for performers and artists.   The organization spends $1 million on educational programming for area youth. And recently, BSC invested more than $7 million on its facilities and renovations.   Those funds go directly to local landlords, contractors and individuals - stimulating the local economy. And that is on top of attracting visitors to the city's downtown - visitors who then eat at local restaurants and stay at local


Womble Pitches Pittsfield 13s to Win in Babe Ruth District Opener
11:19PM / Tuesday, June 30, 2015
GREENFIELD, Mass. -- Christian Womble had two hits, including a double, and pitched three innings of scoreless relief to earn the win on the mound as Pittsfield topped Franklin County, 12-7, on Tuesday in the first game of the Babe Ruth 13-year-old District Championship.   Womble came on in the fifth inning with the score tied, 7-7, and struck out six over the next three frames while allowing just one hit.   Jake Harrington also had a double and a single for Pittsfield.   Pittsfield will host North Adams on Sunday Demming Field at 3 p.m.   Franklin County will travel to North Adams on Thursday for a 7 p.m. game at Alcombright Field.


Berkshire Carousel Breaks Ground On Permanent Home
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:10PM / Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Jackie and Jim Shulman tossed the first shovel full of dirt at the groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Jim and Jackie Shulman decided a decade ago what gift they wanted to give to the Berkshires. 

On Tuesday, the couple took a momentous step toward completing the Berkshire Carousel project with a groundbreaking for its new home on Center Street.   The carousel features 33 hand-carved and painted horses in what grew to become an art and community project - which is the present to the community the Shulmans wanted to give.   "This is a historical event. It is the fulfillment of the dreams of many," Jim Schulman


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