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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

'Tulip Fever': When Speculation Was in Bloom
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
06:24PM / Friday, September 08, 2017
A fascinating backdrop for an intricate if not convoluted, seriocomic love story that could have very well been written by Nöel Coward gives director Justin Chadwick's "Tulip Fever" an arthouse cachet. But while patience is a virtue, the esoteric appeal of this costumed affair set in 17th-century Holland may require more virtue than the general moviegoer wishes to expend. All the same, for those unfamiliar with the financial frenzy that speculation in tulip bulbs created during the era in question, its intrigue deserves a study even if you pass on seeing the film.   Viewed in a greater, historical perspective, not unlike the frantic rush by everyday Americans to play


@theMarket: Markets Brace for the Weekend
By Bill Schmick,
04:33PM / Friday, September 08, 2017
Usually, the weekend is a time when traders try to relax, reduce stress, and prepare for the coming week's markets. This weekend will be an exception to that rule. Just about everyone is focused on the latest news of Hurricane Irma's landfall in southern Florida tomorrow and into Sunday.    Over in Southeast Asia, analysts are also expecting North Korea to fire off yet another missile. Exactly where and when is up in the air.   As if that were not enough, an earthquake and Hurricane Jose both hit Mexico simultaneously last night causing quite a lot of damage. Investors have no idea what economic impact these natural disasters will have on the North American economy.


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

Dalton Shows Lt. Gov. Polito Progress With Green Grants
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:21PM / Friday, September 08, 2017

Polito also informed town officials about the opportunities available through the Community Compact Program.  DALTON, Mass. — Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito delivered a $12,500 grant to Dalton on Thursday to help it continue to build on its Green Communities work.    "I want to thank you for not only reducing your carbon footprint here but for contributing to the commonwealth goals for reducing global greenhouse gas emissions," Polito said in handing the ceremonial check to Town Manager Kenneth Walto. "You are contributing not only for your community but for the larger good and we appreciate you doing your part. ...     "I know you will


More West Nile Found In Pittsfield; Spraying Scheduled
Staff Reports,
02:10PM / Friday, September 08, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The fourth round of mosquito spraying is scheduled for Tuesday night.   The state Department of Public Health confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus in two more samples of mosquitoes collected by the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project.    From 10 p.m. until midnight, a truck-mounted spray application will be done in a one-mile radius of the Crane Avenue and North Street intersection and the Elm and Williams Street intersection. Should it rain, the spraying will be rescheduled for the following evening.   West Nile Virus is transmitted through bites of infected mosquitoes and can potentially be deadly, though most people show few or no


MountainOne Names Head of Investment and Community Banking Teams
01:26PM / Friday, September 08, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. &mndash; Lynn Sullivan has been appointed president of MountainOne Investments and senior vice president of Community Banking and Cash Management Sales.

"I am excited to have Lynn join MountainOne," said Robert Fraser, MountainOne president and CEO. "Her background and past accomplishments will serve us well as she works to expand MountainOne Investments and enhance our retail banking business. Lynn's professional experience, which spans from community banking to regional banking and, most recently, a money center institution, will be key as we grow these business lines and seek to provide meaningful financial solutions to customers."



Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 5 - Sept. 7
Staff Reports,
12:06PM / Friday, September 08, 2017
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, September 5.   Juan Garcia-Rijos, 24, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of assault by means of a dangerous weapon.   He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail. The charge stems from an incident in Pittsfield on July 2, 2017.   Dashine Moore, 38, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of assault by means of a dangerous weapon.   He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail. The charge stems from an incident in Pittsfield on July 2, 2017.   Jose Torres, 26, of


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 8-14
09:49AM / Friday, September 08, 2017
SUNDAY Woofstock on the Pittsfield Common Join Berkshire Humane Society for this annual fundraiser celebrating you and your dog! Enjoy games, family-friendly activities, food, local vendors, and raffles from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on the Common, located at 100 First Street. Help BHS raise $25,000 for its 25th birthday by walking (by yourself or with a team) or taking part in the Virtual Dog Walk


BMC Files Unfair Labor Practice Complaint Against Nursing Union
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:43AM / Friday, September 08, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The hospital has fired back at the MNA with its own complaint with the National Labor Relations Board.   Berkshire Health Systems is alleging that the nurses' union is not bargaining in good faith and is "surface bargaining" — a term used to describe negotiating without trying to actually reach a settlement.   The local chapter of the Massachusetts Nursing Association and Berkshire Medical Center's administration has been hit a gridlock in negotiations after nearly a year of sessions.    "We have met with the union nearly 30 times over the past 12 months," said Berkshire Health Systems Vice President for Human


The Independent Investor: America, the Battered
By Bill Schmick,
06:30PM / Thursday, September 07, 2017
Extreme weather and other climate disasters appear to be occurring far more frequently than we would like. The loss of life and economic damage also seem to be increasing. But does the data support those opinions, and if it does, what price do we pay for all of these perfect storms?   Long-time readers may recall my columns of four and five years ago, where I examined the price tag the world (and the U.S.) pays for weather-related disasters. Given the fact that we are between hurricanes (Harvey has departed Texas, while Irma bears down on Florida); it may be a good time to educate new readers on the economic cost; not to mention the loss of life.   In 2016, the U.S. suffered twice


Phone Scammers Target Pittsfield Residents
Staff Reports,
05:38PM / Thursday, September 07, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Scammers are allegedly making phone calls that appear to come from the city to con residents.   The Police Department issued a release on Thursday saying that someone claiming to represent the "Vietnam Veterans Association of Massachusetts" has been calling people asking for money to donate for hurricane Harvey relief packages.   The alleged scammer is "masking" the phone number so that it appears to be coming from the city's Office of Veterans Affairs.   The department is telling people that those calls are not legitimate and "if a caller asks you to tape money to your door or leave it in your mailbox, you should be

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Congressman Neal Holding Town Hall in Pittsfield
11:37AM / Thursday, September 07, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal will host a Town Hall forum on Friday, Sept. 15, at Berkshire Community College's Robert Boland Theater.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the program will begin at 5:30.

Berkshire Community College President Ellen Kennedy will be on hand to welcome visitors to campus. Following an update about Washington, D.C., constituents will have the opportunity to ask questions of the 1st Massachusetts congressman regarding federal issues.

Neal is the ranking member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee in the House of Representatives. As the top Democrat, he advocates for the preservation and strengthening of such issues as health


HospiceCare Offers Grief Support Groups
01:27PM / Wednesday, September 06, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. - HospiceCare in the Berkshires is hosting a new round of support groups across Berkshire County.

For more information on any of the groups, call 413-443-2994.

A weekly support group runs Tuesdays from Sept. 5 through Oct. 24 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at HospiceCare in the Berkshires, 877 South St. This grouup is open to anyone who experienced any loss.

A free monthly drop-in support group for those who are grieving the loss of any loved one is held the second Wednesday of each month from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Dalton Senior Center, 40 Field St. Ext. The next meeting is Sept. 13.

A group called "New to Grief: What to Expect," a free informational meeting to learn


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