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WCMA Artist Facilitates Unusual Museum Perspectives
By John Seven, Special to iBerkshires
06:32PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Oakland-based, socially-engaged artist Lexa Walsh creates experiences for her audiences, and that's exactly her current mission at Williams College on multiple fronts.

With her winter study program "Mapping The Museum," Walsh has worked with students to take over the Williams College Museum of Art for a night, in addition to creating two upcoming projects with her brother, painter Dan Walsh.

Walsh's winter study course focuses on institutional critique, an art practice that casts its gaze back on the place that houses it, and asks questions about the purpose of art and museums. That will be put into action for Walsh's "WCMA At

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Simon Youth Foundation Seeks Applicants for Scholarships Across New England
03:07PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2016

LEE, Mass. — Living near a Simon Malls or Simon Premium Outlets property - like the Lee Premium Outlets - could help a graduating senior pay for college.  Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, has begun looking for a graduating senior who live within 50 miles of a Simon property.

Each year, Simon Youth Community Scholarships are awarded in every community across the country that is home to Simon Malls, Mills or Premium Outlets. The application period has begun and ends on March 1, 2016.

Students can apply online by visiting syf.org/scholarships.

Any student who will be graduating in the class of

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Put Your Financial 'Puzzle' Together
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:06PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2016

January 29 is National Puzzle Day, with puzzle celebrations and events taking place at museums, libraries and other venues across the country. Why this date was chosen – or why National Puzzle Day even exists – is something of a mystery.

But as an investor, you can find value in the concept of a puzzle – specifically, in putting together the pieces of your financial puzzle.

What are these pieces? Here are the essential ones:

* Growth: At different times in your life, you will have various goals – purchasing a first or second home, sending your children to college, enjoying a comfortable retirement, and so on. While these goals are diverse, they all have one thing

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Pittsfield Man Arrested For Six Armed Robberies In Last Month
Staff Reports,
09:56PM / Tuesday, January 26, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police arrested a Pittsfield man for a half dozen armed robberies committed in the last month   George Bliss, 30, of Onota Street is being charged with six counts of armed robbery while masked. Police say Bliss admitted his involvement in the following robberies in the last month: the Getty on Elm Street on Dec. 23; Dawes Avenue Variety on Jan. 7; Peaslee's on Jan. 9; Subway and Angelina's both on Jan. 23, and the Cumberland Farms on Dalton Avenue on Jan. 24.   He is being held at the Police Department on $100,000 bail and will be arraigned in court on Wednesday. These cases, as well as about six others committed, are still under investigation so

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Pittsfield Board Seeks Delay For Convent Demolition
By Joe Durwin, iBerkshires Staff
01:33PM / Tuesday, January 26, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city's Historical Commission voted unanimously on Monday to recommend a six-month delay to be placed on a proposal to demolish the former St. Joseph's convent at 350 North St.     "The reason for the demolition delay is so that we can allow the public a chance to weigh in on structures of historical significance when they're up for demolition,"  summarized Commissioner Kathleen Reilly.   Under the city's 2007 Demolition Delay Ordinance, buildings older than 75 years for which demolition is sought are to be assessed by the commission for whether they fit any of three given criteria that could trigger a recommendation

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Licensing Board Rules in Favor of Pearlman's Scrap Vehicle Operation
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:38AM / Tuesday, January 26, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Licensing Board says Pearlman's Recycling doesn't need any additional licenses to buy scrap vehicles, transfer the title to another company, and then resell the parts.   The board decided Monday that the company is in full compliance with state laws regarding automobile graveyards and entered that finding in a complaint brought before the board.    The city's Fire Inspector Randy Stein brought the complaint saying the company was selling used vehicles and parts without the proper license. However, since that is not the company's primary focus, the board found the operation in compliance with its current junk dealer

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Autopsy Shows Pittsfield Murder Victim Died From Gunshot Wound To Head
Staff Reports,
08:19PM / Monday, January 25, 2016
Update: 8:19PM / Monday January 25 2016   PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The District Attorney's office say James Dominguez III died because of a gunshot wound to the head.   Dominguez was found dead in the early hours of Saturday morning in the parking lot next to Lach's Lounge on Fenn Street. Police are still investigating what has been determined a homicide.   Police responded to the area of 129 Fenn Street around 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning and found Dominguez unresponsive in the parking lot. First responders tried to revive him with CPR but was unable to do so. He was then transported to Berkshire Medical Center and pronounced dead a short time

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New Program for Teens Set to Begin in Pittsfield
01:35PM / Monday, January 25, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center in collaboration with Berkshire Children and Families’ Family Resource Center are starting a new program for teens in Pittsfield.

Teen Time is a program for teens that will focus on leadership and service learning. Teen Time is open to high school students in Pittsfield and will run for 10 weeks from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, starting Feb. 4.

This program is free for participants and local transportation may be available. Sessions will be comprised of creating and sharing a meal as a group, presentations by local youth educators and group led service learning activities

For more information please contact Champ at

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FAFSA Day Offers Free Help Applying for Financial Aid for College
01:25PM / Monday, January 25, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Every high school senior, college student and adult student who will be attending college during the 2016-2017 academic year needs to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to apply for federal, state and institutional financial aid.

FAFSA Day Massachusetts, part of the national College Goal SundaySM program, provides free help statewide to students and families looking to complete the FAFSA.

The 12th annual FAFSA Day Massachusetts is being held on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 1:15 p.m. at Berkshire Community College. Families are encouraged to visit www.FAFSADay.org to register and to see a list of what to bring.

The services are free

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Downing Ending Tenure In State Senate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:22PM / Monday, January 25, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Benjamin B. Downing announced on Monday his decision not to run for re-election after 10 years representing the Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin District.   "This is something I thought about for a while. It's not a decision I came to lightly. I care deeply about the city. I care deeply about the Berkshires. I care deeply about the region and Western Massachusetts. I also care about it enough to know that if I didn't have it in my heart to do it 100 percent, I couldn't tell voters that I was," Downing said.   Downing remembers when there was an open state Senate seat for the 2006 election and friends and family urged the

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Police Investigating Two More Armed Robberies in Pittsfield
Staff Reports,
08:52AM / Monday, January 25, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are investigating two more robberies.   Police say Angelina's Sub Shop on Elm Street and Subway on Tyler Street were both robbed Saturday night, less than a half hour apart.   At about 7:48 p.m. a suspect described as a light skinned white male, mid twenties to early thirties, approximately 6-feet tall, weighing approximately 200 pounds, with a thin build robbed the Subway at gunpoint. He was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, light colored mask, dark colored pants, and dark colored gloves.   About 20 minutes later, a white man in his mid-twenties standing about 5'10'' tall and weighing about 175 with a skinny build held up

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State Police Find $20K Worth of Heroin During Pittsfield Traffic Stop
Staff Reports,
09:26AM / Saturday, January 23, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A defective brake light led police to finding more than 500 packets of heroin and $1,650 in cash during a traffic stop.   State Police say on Thursday at 6 p.m. troopers pulled over a blue Honda sedan on South Street for the defective light. The vehicle took a quick left turn and sped away for several hundred yards. Upon pulling the vehicle over, troopers found 10 packets of heroin on owner Joseph Walker, 42, of Pittsfield and then another 500 packets inside the vehicle, with an estimated value of $20,200.   The passenger, Derrick Laforest, 33, of Pittsfield, was found to have $1,640 of cash in his possession. Laforest is also accused of repeatedly

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