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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

Pittsfield Reconvenes Resource Recovery As Trash Talk Starts Over
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:00AM / Saturday, April 21, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city's Resource Recovery Commission has reconvened after its toter plan was rejected by the City Council.   The committee had come together in September 2016 and for more than a year completed an analysis of the city's curbside trash collection. It settled on a plan to overhaul the trash collection with a toter system eyed to decrease the $3 million cost the city pays for trash disposal, increase the 11 percent recycling rate, and combat blight.   That plan triggered a strong community backlash and ultimately the City Council rejected it. Mayor Linda Tyer held a series of community meetings, still believing in the toter system's ability to


'Ready Player One': It's All a Game
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires columnist
03:28PM / Friday, April 20, 2018
It occurs while viewing Steven Spielberg's "Ready Player One" that this is something Dr. Timothy Leary might have dreamt if he fell asleep just after reading Orwell's "1984."    As a pundit I knew in 1969 was oft inclined to opine when bemused by the semi-unexplainable, "It's trippy." Although the film bounces back and forth between reality and its cause célèbre, virtual reality, we are ultimately relieved when we grok that beneath all the layers of surrealism and cutting-edge chimera, it's just good vs. evil fighting it out in high-tech trappings.   In this feature-length metaphor within a satire based on Ernest


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

@theMarket: Earnings Up; Stocks, Not So Much
By Bill Schmick,
03:00PM / Friday, April 20, 2018
Earnings season kicked off last Friday with the bank results. The numbers were stellar, but the stock prices of those companies fell hard. Since then, the same thing has occurred to any number of companies. What is going on?   At first, you might think it's classic "sell on the news" behavior where traders bid stock prices up prior to the earnings announcement and then take profits immediately after. However, a closer look reveals something different going on.   For months, investors were expecting a boost to corporate profits from the tax cuts passed by Trump and the GOP last year. Boy oh boy, we said, just wait and see how great earnings will be in the first


Concert Benefits Girls Empowerment
02:30PM / Friday, April 20, 2018

EGREMONT, Mass. — Miss Hall's School seniors Anna Kim and Tiffany Luu will host a fundraising concert titled "Girls Aloud! Advocating Girls Empowerment" on Sunday, April 29, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at The Barn at the Egremont Village Inn on South Main Street.  

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Berkshire HorseWorks, a 501c3 based in Richmond that provides EAGALA Model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy to those at risk and equine-assisted team building for organizations of all kinds. Kim has been interning at the organization during her senior year as part of the school's Horizons program.

Tickets are limited.General admission is $15,and the student price is


MCLA Presents 'Into the Woods'
02:20PM / Friday, April 20, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' 2017-18 theater season, "We the People," will culminate with the theater program's adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods," which will open on Friday, April 20.

Performances will take place at 8 p.m. on April 20, 21, 27 and 28, with matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 29, in Venable Theater on the MCLA campus. A talkback will take place after the 8 p.m. show on Saturday, April 28. For more information or to reserve tickets, call the box office at 413-662-5123 or go online.

Directed by Jeremy Winchester, assistant professor of theater at MCLA, the show


Three Berkshire Communities Could Benefit as 'Opportunity Zones'
01:59PM / Friday, April 20, 2018
BOSTON — The Berkshires' three largest communities — the cities of North Adams and Pittsfield, and the town of Adams  — are in the pipeline to become federally designated Opportunity Zones.    Gov. Charlie Baker submitted the state's Opportunity Zone designations to the U.S. Treasury Department this week to encourage long-term investment in eligible Massachusetts communities. Created as part of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the Opportunity Zone program presents an opportunity for private, tax-free investment into areas of economic need, benefiting both residents living in the zones and private investors.    "The


BCC Students to be Inducted Into National Honor Society
01:08PM / Friday, April 20, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College will hold an induction ceremony for students joining the Xi Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa on Tuesday, April 24 at 12:30 p.m. in the Boland Theatre of the Koussevitzky Arts Center on the college's main campus in Pittsfield.

Phi Theta Kappa is the national honor society of junior and community colleges in the United States. The purpose of the society is to recognize and encourage scholarship among students.

To be eligible for membership, students with freshman standing (12 to 29 credits) must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or better. Students with a sophomore standing (30 or more credits) must have achieved


Pittsfield Cooperative Bank President Named to Federal Reserve Bank Council
12:45PM / Friday, April 20, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston has announced the appointment of J. Jay Anderson, president and CEO of the Pittsfield Cooperative Bank, to the bank's First District Community Depository Institutions Advisory Board.

Established by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in 2010, the CDIACs in the 12 Federal Reserve districts provide a diverse perspective on the economy, lending conditions, and other issues facing thrift institutions, credit unions, and community banks with different charters and regulators (including state member, state nonmember, and national banks).

"Members of the CDIAC represent community financial institutions from the cities and


Sixteen BCC Students Receive Massachusetts High Demand Scholarship
12:40PM / Friday, April 20, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass — Sixteen Berkshire Community College science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors have been awarded a 2017-18 Massachusetts High Demand Scholarship totaling $49,000.

The BCC students who have received this scholarship award are: Shawna Axenroth, Brianna Christman, Jonathan Daly, Tara DiNicola, Ivan Fernandez, Kyle Gallup, Mohammad Jadallah, Theresa Kelly, Jessica Levy, Alaina MacDonald, Shawn Paunchai-Green, Zachary Reynolds, Kimberly Sawyer-Wheeler, Andrew Turnbough, Jessica Zamboni and Gavin Ziegler.

The Massachusetts High Demand Scholarship was created by the Massachusetts Legislature to support economic growth and development. The purpose is


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: April 20-26
12:11PM / Friday, April 20, 2018
SAT Funkdation Hip Hop Festival of the Berkshires The Funkdation Hip Hop Festival of the Berkshires returns for another year! Youth breakdancing battles will begin at 3 p.m., with a performance by Nostalgia at 6 p.m., and adult breaking battles starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Berkshire Museum. Child spectators FREE; $10 for everyone else.   Be sure to check out the workshop with Bboy Born (Rivers Crew, South Korea) at The Funk Box Dance Studio prior to the competition, at 12 p.m.


SAT The Sea, The Sea at The


Berkshires Near Economic Development District Designation
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:26AM / Friday, April 20, 2018

The committee is considering if it should revamp the projects list created in 2012. It's missing some big projects and there is a question whether it should only include those that create jobs or also quality of life. Above, part of the massive Williams College science center that is still under construction. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The county is about halfway toward creating an economic development district, which will open up a new source of potential revenue for projects throughout Berkshire County.   The Comprehensive Economic Development committee, which is orchestrated through Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, has signed agreements with eight of the county's


The Independent Investor: Why the Tax Cuts Are Unpopular Among Americans
By Bill Schmick,
04:12PM / Thursday, April 19, 2018
Despite spending big money and all the marketing they can muster, the Republicans are still not able to convince most Americans that the tax cut benefits anyone but the rich and the corporations they own. Maybe, we are not as dumb as they think we are.   An April poll by Gallup indicated that 51 percent of Americans disapproved of the tax cut, versus 39 percent who approved of the cut. Another poll, conducted by NBC News/Wall Street Journal, found that 36 percent of the people they polled thought the tax cut was a bad idea, while only 27 percent believed it was a good idea.   Normally, you would think that a tax cut that benefits "all Americans" and "especially the


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