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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 31-Sept. 6
12:10PM / Friday, August 31, 2018
SUNDAY Joe Iconis & Family at Barrington Stage  Back by popular demand! Come celebrate Labor Day with musical theater rabble rouser Joe Iconis and his family of supremely talented singers and musicians. These musical mavericks make it clear why thecalls Joe the future of musical theater. These songs about anything and everything will make you laugh, cry, scream and drink. It's the perfect way to say goodbye to summer! Boyd-Quinson Mainstage. 7 p.m.


SAT Wayne "The Train" Hancock at Shaker Village Wayne "The

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Holiday Hours: Labor Day
11:30AM / Friday, August 31, 2018

Labor Day is being celebrated Monday, Sept. 3. Labor Day was established as a federal holiday in 1971 by Congress and is held on the first Monday of September. Read a history of Labor Day here.

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The union encouraged the development of a workingman's holiday and a number of states began setting a day aside. Parades and picnics or similar events were not uncommon in its early days; it is now seen as part of the last three-day weekend of the summer prior to the start of school in many localities. 

Massachusetts was among the first states to


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

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by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

'Puzzle': She's Come A Long Way, Maybe
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
07:38PM / Thursday, August 30, 2018
We are reminded in Marc Turtletaub's "Puzzle," about an unappreciated housewife who finds meaning and identity in doing jigsaw puzzles, that if you want to find truth, look to fiction. We Homo sapiens have been doing it since time immemorial. No one's feelings get hurt, at least not until their misdeeds are exposed for what they are. So bless the metaphors — purveyors of honesty by illustration. Civilizations rise and fall by them, proving in their finest example that the pen is indeed mightier than the sword.   Building his case from a sensitively adept script Polly Mann and Owen Moverman adapted from the Argentinian film "Rompecabezas,"


The Independent Investor: How Prepared Are You to Sell Your Company?
By Bill Schmick,
07:24PM / Thursday, August 30, 2018
If you are a small-business owner and are toying with the idea of someday selling your company, you should pay attention. Only one in five small businesses put up for sale result in a closing. How do you become one of those success stories?   Where I live and work, nestled in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, there are relatively few large companies. We are over-populated with "Mom and Pop businesses." As such, I meet and talk to plenty of these enterprise owners daily. An overwhelming number of these entrepreneurs have saved little or nothing towards their retirement.   Instead, they believe that at some point, someone would swoop in and buy their business,


Baseball in the Berkshires Honors Drury's 1978 State Championship Baseball Team
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:48PM / Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Retired coach Tom McGrath coached the '78 Blue Devils to a state championship and was the force behind their once-in-a-lifetime trip to play in Taiwan.  LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Winning a high school state championship is the kind of thing that gives most people a lifetime of memories.   But it was just one of the once-in-a-lifetime events for members of the Drury High baseball team in 1978.   Both the North Adams Blue Devils' state crown and their exhibition games in Taiwan were recognized Sunday in a ceremony marking their 40th anniversary at the Baseball in the Berkshires exhibit at the Berkshire Mall.   "That were a lot of things happening that


Arson Ruled on Three Boylston Street Fires in Pittsfield
Staff Reports,
01:45PM / Wednesday, August 29, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Three fires on Boylston Street have all been ruled arson.   Authorities are now asking for any information on the series of fires — and even offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that helps solve the case.   "All of these fires were intentionally set. We ask anyone with information to contact the toll-free Arson Hotline at 1-800-682-9229. All calls are confidential," said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey in a statement released on Wednesday.   The most recent blaze was at 26 Boylston St. was on Aug. 26, when a vacant structure was set on fire. Prior to that, there were structure fires at 24 Boylston and at 32-34


Pittsfield Starts Another School Year
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:32PM / Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Martin McEvoy, or maybe more known as 'Dr. Mac,' is embracing his new job as the principal of Herberg Middle School. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Elected officials, firefighters, police officers, and community members stood in rows outside of each elementary school on Wednesday morning with arms stretched out to give each student a high five.   School is back.   Close to 70 community members used their morning to send a clear message to all of the returning students that the city as a whole is rooting for them.   "To see the smiles on the kid's faces, the parents, and the teachers, there is nothing better to start the year," said the school


Labor Day: You Can Work to Become a Better Investor
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:09AM / Wednesday, August 29, 2018

On Sept. 3, we observe Labor Day, a holiday to honor all the hard-working people in this country. As one of them, keep in mind that your efforts can have positive results. Famed film producer Samuel Goldwyn once said: "The harder I work, the luckier I get." And this same philosophy can apply to your investing, too – because you can indeed work to become a better investor. 

Consider these steps:

Work to understand your goals and risk tolerance. Self-knowledge is important in all phases of life – and it's certainly essential to you when you invest. For one thing, you need to know your goals. How long do you plan to work? What would you like to do when you


Pittsfield Seeks to Increase Recycling, Trash Hauler Responds to Complaints
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:28AM / Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Resource Recovery Commission has asked for the recycling plan to be completed by November. Katie Lauzon said it is on pace to completed on time and the group is rolling out some aspects of it already. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Just before the start of Third Thursday, a city truck rolled onto North Street loaded with recycling bins.   It was a new addition to the event and it is part of the city's new focus on increasing recycling.   In the wake of the City Council rejecting Mayor Linda  Tyer's plan to switch to a toter plan for residential trash pick up -- a move eyed to dramatically increase recycling and the cost the city pays to collect and dispose of


Second Suspect In October Mountain Shooting Arrested
Staff Reports,
05:50PM / Tuesday, August 28, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A second suspect involved in the October Mountain shooting was arrested.   Luis Delvalle-Rodriguez, 23, of Lenox Avenue was arrested on a warrant by Pittsfield officers on Circular Avenue Monday morning.   He was arranged in Westfield District Court on Tuesday where he had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of armed assault with intent to murder, kidnapping, and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.   Judge Bruce Melikian ordered he be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail until a dangerousness hearing on Sept. 11.   Delvalle-Rodriguez is accused of assaulting a 19-year-old man near the

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Heated Ending to DA Candidates' Final Debate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:00PM / Tuesday, August 28, 2018
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The buzz after Tuesday afternoon's district attorney debate centers on a last-second comment from candidate Judith Knight.   "Andrea, you have so little experience that you don't even know what you don't know," Knight said in her closing remarks.   Andrea Harrington attempted to chime in, objecting to Knight's statement. The two talked over each other as Harrington claimed Knight's comment was a "misrepresentation" of her experience and that she wouldn't stand for it, as Knight continued on. WAMC News Director Ian Pickus put a halt to Harrington's rebuttal and brought the debate to a


Multiple Mosquito Sprayings Scheduled in Pittsfield, Lanesborough
Staff Reports,
11:06AM / Tuesday, August 28, 2018
  Wednesday's spraying in Pittsfield has been moved to Friday. The Thursday evening spraying schedule remains the same.  


PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Truck-mounted mosquito spraying will be done in five areas of the city following the state raising the risk level for West Nile virus.   On Aug. 17, the state Department of Public Health identified seven more mosquitoes collected in Pittsfield to be carrying West Nile. That makes 12 positive samples total for Pittsfield. High numbers of positive samples lead the department to raise the threat level to moderate statewide.    Five areas of the city will be sprayed on Wednesday and Thursday with a


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