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Pittsfield Councilors Reject Putting Marijuana Ban on Ballot
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:52AM / Tuesday, August 22, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — City officials say the vote on recreational marijuana has already been taken and it doesn't need to go before voters again.   The City Council's Ordinance and Rules Committee rejected on Monday a petition from local attorney William Barry requesting a ban on recreational marijuana establishments.   The petition went to the subcommittee level and on Monday, the Ordinance and Rules Committee unanimously voted to file the petition and directed Barry toward the citizen's petition process if he wants to pursue a vote further.   "The voters of Pittsfield already weighed in on this and it was 58 percent in favor of having recreational

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Gubernatorial Candidate Warren Touts Experience, Ideas
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:28AM / Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Mayor Warren took a swing through the Berkshires last week.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Setti Warren wants to bring his brand of management — budgets based on outcomes and consensus building — to Beacon Hill to fix the state's economic woes.

During his eight years as mayor of Newton, he righted that city of 88,000 by eliminating a $40 million structural deficit, raising $20 million in reserves and putting it on the path to building five new schools. And he did one of the hardest things in Massachusetts: Get a Proposition 2 1/2 override passed for not one, but three ballot initiatives for education, public safety and infrastructure.

"We were open and honest and

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BArT Students Look Skyward on First Day of School
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:13PM / Monday, August 21, 2017
  ADAMS, Mass. — It's not every day an astronomical event coincides with the first day of school.    But for Berkshire Arts and Technology Public Charter School students, Monday's partial eclipse was a chance to view something special together before dismissal.   "This is just a blast," new Executive Director Jay White said. "It is not as good as being in the path of totality but just look around — they are just so excited."   White, a former astrophysics professor, shared his excitement with the school community and made sure each student and faculty member had a set of eclipse glasses to safely view the event.   The

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Pittsfield Warns Of Aggressive Foxes
Staff Reports,
04:03PM / Monday, August 21, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Health Department is telling homeowners to be on the lookout for aggressive foxes.   The Health Department said a resident was bitten by a fox in the area of Wahconah Street, specifically near Dower Square, over the weekend. That fox was captured but health officials are asking residents to use caution.   "Although a fox was captured, caution should be taken by observing for wild animals displaying behavior such as lack of fear, disorientation, aggression, or poor physical condition. Please know that it is not uncommon to see a fox during the daytime; however, please report any observations of foxes that display aggressive or disoriented

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Berkshires Beat: Jacob's Pillow Opens New Studio Building
10:34AM / Monday, August 21, 2017

Pillow talk: Jacob's Pillow Dance celebrated the opening of the Perles Family Studio at an official ribbon cutting ceremony on Aug. 18. The Pillow's 85th Anniversary Festival Finale, on Aug. 26, will be the first event in the brand new space, which marks the first major on-site construction project at the Pillow since 1992.

The $5.5 million building was designed by award-winning Flansburgh Architects of Boston and constructed by Allegrone Companies of Pittsfield, Mass. The Perles Family Studio is an integral part of the Pillow's five-year strategic plan, Vision '22, which launches the Pillow as a year-round campus for programs, research, and development with initiatives

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Biz Briefs: Sotheby's International Sets Record in Berkshire County with Highest Sale Since 2013
10:13AM / Monday, August 21, 2017

Charming cottage: William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty has announced the record sale of a 6,934 square-foot mansion in Lenox, Mass. – the highest sale in the region since 2013. The Federal-style home was listed and sold by Lenox agent Dan Alden for $3,575,000.

This property, "Thistlewood," was part of the famous "Berkshire Cottage" mansions, about 75 of which were built in Lenox and Stockbridge, Mass., during the Gilded Age in the late 19th century. Throughout this time, the wealthiest families in the country built these impressive mansions not only in the Berkshires, but also Newport, R.I. and Bar Harbor, Maine. The home at 151 Walker St. resides on

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Pittsfield Rallies Against Hate, Racism
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:35PM / Saturday, August 19, 2017

President of the local NAACP chapter Dennis Powell was the keynote speaker. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hundreds of local residents joined at Park Square on Saturday in protest of hate and racism.   Organized by the activist's group Indivisible Pittsfield, demonstrators carried signs, broke into protest songs, and waved to passing vehicles.   The event was organized in the wake of a "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Va., which attracted white supremacist and members of the Ku Klux Klan and ultimately ended in violence.   Meanwhile on Saturday, in Boston, a "free speech rally" was expected to attract many of the same groups as in

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Mass MoCA Announces Fall Season Works, Performances
04:34PM / Saturday, August 19, 2017

Nick Cave's 'Until' closes on Sept. 4 after nearly a year in Building 5. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — For the sixth year running, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art heads into the fall with the 7th annual FreshGrass Festival on Sept. 15-17, a weekend devoted to bluegrass and progressive roots music and wraps up the season in mid-December when Sundance Theatre Lab returns for its annual residency program.    In between, Gabriel Kahane is back with new music based on his recent two-week cross-country Amtrak journey; The Weepies take the stage for an unplugged performance; exhibiting artist Lonnie Holley dives into music; Sam Green & Kronos Quartet team up

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Berkshire Athenaeum Honors Youth Short Story Contest Winners
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:12AM / Saturday, August 19, 2017

Author Jana Laiz shared her own personal story as a young writer to now a published author of multiple books. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As a child, Jana Laiz didn't like to read.   She loved to write but she didn't like to read, despite her mother's attempts to get her to do so. And then one day, a librarian helped her find the perfect book. She devoured it and went back for more. And then her writing improved.   She read more. Her writing improved. The more she read, the better her writing became.   Now she has seven published books and working on more. Writing has allowed her to travel, meet all kinds of people, and do interesting things. Her books are

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Superior Court Briefs: Aug. 14 - Aug 17
By Andy McKeever,
03:12PM / Friday, August 18, 2017
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Monday, August 14.   Candace Mateo, 37, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on two counts of illegal ownership of a firearm, two counts of possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and single counts of trafficking in cocaine, conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in heroin, conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: trafficking in heroin, possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute - her second offense - conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: possession of oxycodone with intent to

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 18-24
09:26AM / Friday, August 18, 2017
  VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR     August 18 - August 24,

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Pittsfield Wrapping Up Summer Recreation Programs, Looks to Fall
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:32AM / Friday, August 18, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Parks Department is looking for another program for the fall now that the NFL stopped the Punt, Pass, and Kick program.   The youth football competition had been sponsored by the National Football League since 1961. In the spring, the NFL affiliate USA Football voted to end the program during its annual summit. Instead, the NFL is launching a flag football program in schools, ending its sanctioning of the Punt, Pass, and Kick program.   "We believe programs such as NFL FLAG-In-Schools offer a unique opportunity to expand our reach and introduce more kids to the fundamentals of football in school and recreational environments," reads a

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