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Habitat For Humanity Cuts Ribbon On New 'ReStore'
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:22AM / Sunday, August 30, 2015
Store manager Steve Gingras and Mayor Daniel Bianchi cut the ribbon on the new store. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Habitat for Humanity has tripled retail space for its ReStore.   ReStore accepts and resells home improvement items such as furniture, cabinets and other material. The sales support the construction of new homes through Habitat's program.   Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity first opened the ReStore on Jefferson Place — off West Housatonic Street — five years ago and has outgrown the space.   "We had almost as much in storage as we did on the sales floor," Executive Director Carolyn Valli said.   On Saturday, the organization

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Revised Proposal For New Pittsfield Dunkin Would Spare Church Building
By Joe Durwin, iBerkshires Staff
12:38PM / Saturday, August 29, 2015
A new plan put forward by Cafua Management would avoid razing the former St. Mary's Church. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Cafua Management has submitted a new application and site plan for a drive-through Dunkin Donuts location on Tyler Street.   The newly filed application includes a change in configuration from a site plan first submitted by the company last fall that would subdivide the former St Mary the Morningstar property and include the demolition of only two out of five vacant structures currently there.   "The former rectory and convent will be razed as part of the project," according to the application narrative submitted by project manager Robert

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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: Are We There Yet?
By Bill Schmick,
08:45AM / Saturday, August 29, 2015

This week we witnessed the first substantial correction in the stock market of the year. What matters most to investors now is whether we are at the end of the decline or the beginning of something worse.

We've seen the lows, in my opinion, but that doesn't mean we won't retest them. Normally, I would expect to see at least one re-test of the lowest level made by the S&P 500 Index before all is said and done. If so, there could be risk of as much as a 5 percent decline over the very short-term for the markets. That doesn't have to happen, but it may, so I want you to be prepared for the worse.

It was certainly a bad week to be out of the office visiting clients.


The Independent Investor: The Marijuana Market
By Bill Schmick,
05:40PM / Friday, August 28, 2015

Only four states have legalized marijuana for recreational use so far. Another 23 have given the nod for using cannabis for medical usage. Today it is a $2.7 billion industry that is set to grow substantially in the years ahead if more states jump on the band wagon.

Whether legalization is a fad or a trend in this country will have to wait until the next election cycle in 2016. Legalizing the drug will most likely be on the ballot in several more states. Researchers from California-based The ArcView Group, a cannabis investment and research firm, predicts that 14 more states will legalize marijuana while two more will legalize medical marijuana next year. In addition, at least 10 more


'The End of the Tour': Comes to Some Thoughtful Conclusions
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:00PM / Friday, August 28, 2015
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
A24 Journalist David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and famed author David Foster Wallace (Jason Seigel) trade bon mots and insights during the late Wallace's book tour.

Director James Ponsoldt's "The End of the Tour," dramatizing the real-life interview between "Rolling Stone" reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed author David Foster Wallace, affirmed for me why I don't have any writer friends. To use an apt phrase from the 1960s, it'd be a bit too heavy ... the constant thrust and parry of egos dominating whatever relationship there existed. Spare me the


McCann Technical School Bus Routes 2016
01:40PM / Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School opens for the school year Tuesday, Sept. 6. Freshman should report to the cafeteria on arrival, sophomores and juniors to their technical areas and seniors to the gym.

Start at 8 a.m. and dismissal at 2:45 p.m.

Cheshire/Adams        (a.m. 2412)

7:00     Wells Road at Pine Valley
7:02     312 North State Road
7:03     688 North State Road
7:05     Route 8 at Arnold Court
7:15     Grove Street
7:16     Commercial at Leonard
7:18     Commercial at

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YMCA Accepting Registration for Elementary School-Age Programs
12:56PM / Friday, August 28, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Family YMCA has opened registrations for its licensed elementary school-age programs.

First day of care will be Tuesday, Sept. 1 with half day care at the available schools and at the YMCA. Pittsfield kindergartners’ first day is Sept. 2 with half day care available until Sept. 21 at the YMCA.

The Pittsfield Family YMCA offers before and after-school programs to elementary school-aged children at Allendale, Crosby, Egremont, Richmond Consolidated (after-school care only), Stearns (before AND after-care) and Williams elementary schools, as well as the Y, 292 North St.

The Y’s before and after-school programs combine academics with play

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'Mile in Her Shoes Art Show' Seeks Participating Artists
12:40PM / Friday, August 28, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – The Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development and Elizabeth Freeman Center are teaming up to call out to artists to participate in the inaugural Berkshire County “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Art Show.”

The art show is being held in conjunction with the annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" Men’s March against Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence, which is scheduled for Third Thursday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m.

The Walk a Mile Art Show presents artists and community members with an opportunity to create wearable art for a great cause.  Artists may enter one or more pair of shoes. The shoes must be new and never worn, and they should be

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Berkshire Bank Names MacDonald SVP Corporate Auto Sales Leader
11:30AM / Friday, August 28, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Hills Bancorp has appointed Ron A. MacDonald to the position of  senior vice president/corporate auto sales leader.   

MacDonald joins Berkshire from First Niagara Bank, where he served as first vice president/national sales manager, focused on expanding the indirect auto finance business across the Northeast. He has more than 30 years of experience in the automotive business including previous roles at TD Bank as the National Sales Manager for auto finance and various positions within the auto dealer community.  

MacDonald received his BA from University of New Hampshire.

Sean Gray, executive vice president and head of Retail

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 28-Sept. 3
10:33AM / Friday, August 28, 2015
Office of Cultural Development | City of Pittsfield    

Friday: Birthday Bash at Dottie's   It's our birthday! Going into our 9th year of building community through exceptional coffee and sustainable food, all day long we will be giving away Dottie's Gear and merchandise. Come and celebrate. We love and thank all of you that have been supporting us for so many years. Join us for a dance party with DJ BFG from 9-11. Click here for more

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Adams-Cheshire Makes High School Pitch to Lanesborough
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:38AM / Friday, August 28, 2015
Town Adminstrator Tony Mazzucco looks at the numbers on Thursday at Hoosac Valley High School during a presentation to Lanesborough.

CHESHIRE, Mass. — Adams and Cheshire touted the school district's benefits to an audience of nearly 80 on Thursday night.

The presentation by Adams and Adams-Cheshire Regional staff and officials was an attempt to sway Lanesborough residents in considering to send high school students their way.

Mount Greylock Regional held a similar demonstration on Wednesday to remind Lanesborough of the advantages of being educated at the Williamstown school.

But whereas Mount Greylock focused on academics, Adams went straight for the pocketbook.

The town could


Opened or Closed? Debate Over Kirvin Park's Gate Grows
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:16AM / Friday, August 28, 2015
The Conservation Commission members will also weigh in on the debate over opening the gates. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — While the City Council is mulling whether to open Kirvin Park's back gate, a neighbor has come out in opposition.   City Councilor at Large Kathleen Amuso filed a petition on behalf of a constituent to open the gate.   The constituent is handicapped and has trouble walking across the playing fields to access the rear portion of the park. The gate stops vehicles in a parking area closer to Williams Street and limits traffic to the back.   However, both the Maintenance and Parks Departments have opposed opening it because previously vehicle access

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