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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

Biz Briefs: Berkshire Co-Op Market Accepts BerkShares 100 Percent
08:02PM / Monday, July 04, 2016

Share the wealth: On Friday, July 1, 2016, Berkshire Co-op Market began accepting BerkShares for 100 percent of any in-store purchase. This change in policy represents a major shift for Great Barrington’s cooperatively owned market because the Co-op had previously been accepting only 50 percent of any given purchase in BerkShares.

BerkShares are the local currency for Berkshire County. Citizens can exchange federal dollars for BerkShares at 16 branch offices of the following four local banks: Adams Community Bank, Lee Bank, Pittsfield Cooperative Bank, and Salisbury Bank and Trust Company. At the bank, 95 cents will purchase 1 BerkShare. Citizens may then spend their currency at more


Berkshires Beat: BRTA Makes Summer Route Change
03:37PM / Monday, July 04, 2016

Bus route stopped: The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA)’s Route 7 and Route 3 Shuttle will stop running for the summer beginning on July 1.

These routes currently operate from September through May to coincide with college students returning to campus.  BRTA's regular Route 3 servicing Williamstown to North Adams and Route 1 connecting North Adams to Pittsfield via US Route 8 will continue to operate all year long.

Specific schedule or route information may be obtained by contacting the operations department at 1-800-292-BRTA extension 1.

Closed: The Christian Center will be closed from Saturday, July 2, through Monday, July 11.

Donations will not be accepted


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

Senate Candidate Hinds Sets Education Priorities
11:59PM / Sunday, July 03, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Adam Hinds, candidate for the Democratic nomination for state Senate, set forth the following statement on education priorities:

I come from a family of educators. My father was a public school teacher and my mother a librarian in the public high school I attended. Public education prepared me for the world, and I am running for state Senate to protect that opportunity for every child in the district.

 Yet towns now finalize budgets in challenging financial circumstances, forcing difficult choices related to school budgets. This week I released my education priorities with a focus on bolstering schools by fixing funding.

First, update the Chapter 70 funding


CATA Artists on Exhibit at Clark Art Institute
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:57PM / Sunday, July 03, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute is featuring plenty of exceptional works of art this summer.

Some of it is for sale.

Starting Monday, July 4, the South Street museum presents “I Am a Part of Art,” a collaboration with the Great Barrington-based nonprofit Community Access to the Arts.   "CATA at the Clark" is an expansion of the CATA’s annual summer art show celebrating the works of area artists with disabilities. Part of the show opened on Friday at Pittsfield’s Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. The North County exhibition will be on display in the Clark’s Lunder Center at Stone Hill through Aug. 14.   Between the two


'Inside My Battle' Exhibit Reflects Artist's Cancer Experience
By Judith Lerner, Community Submission
10:05AM / Sunday, July 03, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Art Gallery at Bagels Too, 166 North St., for the month of July, will be showing the most recent series of artworks by beloved and powerful Berkshire artist Anne Pasko of Lanesborough.

Last summer, Pasko was diagnosed with and told she had inoperable pancreatic cancer. After her immediate shock, disbelief and despair, her feelings drove her into her studio to experience, express, work through and, ultimately, emerge as herself with new depths from the life-altering digression she was now enmeshed in.

As her feelings surfaced, she created collages to make them visible, one by one, for herself, the people most closely surrounding her, others who have gone or are


Harrington Opens Pittsfield Office For Senate Campaign
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:09AM / Sunday, July 03, 2016

Her office is part of the Crawford Square building on North Street, the same space recently used by the Hilary Clinton campaign prior to the presidential primary. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Andrea Harrington believes experience matters when it comes to the state Senate.   But she's not referring to experience in the State House. She's referring to experiences at home.    "I have the experience and skills to really fight for this district in Boston and that's because I grew up here. I graduated from Taconic High School. My grandparents were rank and file at General Electric. My husband owns a small business. I have kids here in public school. I've


Berkshire Tidbits: Fire Company Breakfast, Farm Tours
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
04:24PM / Saturday, July 02, 2016

The Yoked Parish of Becket presents its free monthly pasta dinner this Friday. All are welcome.

Parish minister, the Rev. Kevin Smail said that the meal includes a pasta dish, salad, Italian or garlic bread and an assortment of mostly homemade desserts and beverages.

The purpose of the regular meals is to build community, he said.

Becket resident Arlene Adler said she tries to attend the dinner whenever she can. She said it does make her feel connected with her neighbors.

"And there is always a meat sauce and a vegetarian sauce. Some nice salad. It's always good. Homemade," she said."

The free dinner will be at the parish house of the Becket Federated Church,


@theMarket: Fourth of July Started Early for Markets
By Bill Schmick,
04:11PM / Saturday, July 02, 2016

It wasn't supposed to happen. After the British surprise vote to exit the European Union caught global investors leaning the wrong way last week, most traders expected a blood bath.

Instead, after a two-day 5 percent sell-off, markets have regained almost 90 percent of that loss in the last few days. So how could the "smart money" get it so wrong twice in one week?

Readers may recall that traders had at first bid the stock market higher in anticipation that the UK would remain in the EU. When that didn't happen, traders flipped the other way by selling and shorting. Most of the world markets were down by 5 percent or more between last Friday and Tuesday.

And then a


Pittsfield's Paintbox Artists Chosen
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:54AM / Saturday, July 02, 2016

Alex Reczkowski announced the winners at a reception Friday night. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Artscape Committee has chosen the eight designs that will painted on utility boxes throughout the downtown.   The committee launched the program earlier this year, calling for artists to submit designs for the electrical boxes spanning from the Berkshire Museum to Persip Park.   Berkshire Money Management offered a stipend for supplies and payment for the work for the chosen artists. Carr Hardware also donated additional supplies. The goal is to take the drab, gray boxes and turn them into pieces of public art.   "For years people have been saying we should be


Longtime Pittsfield Umpire, Coach Honored With Hebert Award
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:42PM / Friday, July 01, 2016

The award was presented by the event chair and Ward 1 City Councilor Lisa Tully. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mark Mitchell's Brown Street backyard expanded on Springside Park and it became an integral park of his family's lives.    "We started out in our life as stewards of Springside Park mainly because we lived right next to it," Mitchell said.   He and his brothers would spend hours exploring the woods and holding pickup baseball games, during which he earned the nickname "Commissioner" because the rulebook was never far away.   Years later he would be back at Springside Park as a coach for girls softball — leading Quality


Berkshire Carousel Opens to Much Fanfare
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:50PM / Friday, July 01, 2016

Nancy Shulman, Joseph Tournier, Maria Caccaviello and Jackie Shulman cut the ribbon on the new attraction.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The opening of the Berkshire Carousel on Friday morning wasn't about an amusement ride. It wasn't about art.

It was about the community coming together to improve their surroundings.

For more than a decade, hundreds of volunteers have put hours and hours of effort into handcarving and painting the 33-piece ride. Each horse and carriage features images of people from the community as well as areas and scenery of the county, and other unique designs.   It's the only handcrafted carousel to be built in Massachusetts in the last


Temple Anshe Amunim to Host Play Analysis Series
10:27AM / Friday, July 01, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Temple Anshe Amunim will host a four-part Play Analysis series on Tuesdays in July, beginning July 5, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

The topic is "The Corrupting Influence of Materialism in Plays by Arthur Miller and David Mamet."

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of Arthur Miller’s birth (2015), the group will be reading and analyzing "The Price," which opened on Broadway in 1968 with Pat Hingle and Arthur Kennedy, was revived three times, and became a television film in 1971 for the Hallmark Hall of Fame, featuring Colleen Dewhurst and George C. Scott. It is about the rivalry between two brothers, each of whom has paid a price to get where


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