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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

The House of Springside: The Evolution of 'Elmhurst'
By Joe Durwin, iBerkshires Columnist
11:01PM / Saturday, June 13, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There's been a lot of discussion in Pittsfield about the "Springside House" in the last few years, over its possible restoration, and its changing relationship with the history of that city.  

One of the most interesting parts of that history that is seldom referenced or fully realized is that the house we mean is not actually the original "Springside" ... that place got torn down over a decade ago.

After Abraham Burbank acquired the Asabel Strong Farm that now makes up a sizable chunk of Springside Park in the early 1850s, he built two significant houses on that property, both of which would serve a variety of roles in local history

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Lenox High Names Top Students for 2015
11:02AM / Saturday, June 13, 2015

LENOX, Mass. — Charlotte Cahillane and Kamaree Saldo have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the 2015 class of Lenox Memorial High School.

Both will speak at graduation exercises on Sunday, June 14, at 1 p.m. at Tanglewood.

Cahillane is the daughter of James and JoAnn Cahillane. She is vice president of her class and is active in the school's Evergreen Club. As a member of the Quiz Team, she has been on television for "As Schools Match Wits."

An active member of the National Honor Society, she has received academic awards in French, history, English, science, and Latin. She is a long standing peer tutor and peer mentor and was co-captain of

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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

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@theMarket: Don't Try to Trade This Market
By Bill Schmick,
09:05AM / Saturday, June 13, 2015

Nothing really changed this week. The S&P 500 Index is up about one point from last Friday's close. It makes little sense to try and trade this market unless you are nimble and spend eight hours a day making small gains and getting out before the end of the day.

We continue to trade in a tight range with markets held hostage by the on-going Greek tragedy. Brinkmanship among all parties concerned continues with the International Monetary Fund deciding last night to walk out on the talks. Clearly, patience is wearing thin among the IMF, the ECB and the EU.

Unfortunately, the markets are still hanging on every word that Germany, Greece and other organizations utter. Investors have


The Independent Investor: Why Interest Rates Are Moving Higher
By Bill Schmick,
04:02PM / Friday, June 12, 2015

After two years of warning bond investors that their days are numbered, the recent hike in global interest rates is making some of those smug bond babies stay up at night. They should.

We are entering our ninth year without a Federal Reserve-inspired hike in interest rates. It has been over 25 years since bond prices have dropped by any appreciable amount. Given that time period, it is no wonder that bond bulls are taking all these warnings with a grain of salt.

U.S. investors have been expecting the Fed to raise rates at any time. Most pundits think that a small September or November hike in short-term rates is in the cards. The problem is that the Fed has told all of us that a raise in


Taconic High School Scholarships & Awards 2015
01:57PM / Friday, June 12, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The following awards and scholarships were presented at Awards Night on Monday, June 8, to the Taconic High School class of 2015.

Valedictorian: Anna K. Leonard

Salutatorian: Alexander M. Stevens

Academic Excellence Awards in:

Mollie Rose I. Amuso Evan A. Kalinowsky & Anna K. Leonard Stephen P. Hicks & Haley E. Milne Anna K. Leonard Alexander M. Stevens

Academic Excellence Awards in Foreign Language:

Dina E. Bilotta Christopher G. Maffuccio Nar Lin Matthew C. Rabasco

Academic Excellence Awards in Mathematics:

Michael A. DiGrigoli Nicholas B. Turner Patrick J. Tierney Matthew D. Lack

Academic Excellence Awards in


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 12-18
01:11PM / Friday, June 12, 2015
Office of Cultural Development | City of Pittsfield    

Friday: WeeMuse Adventures at Berkshire Museum


Little ones can explore the Aquarium and three Museum galleries! Each week features songs, stories, scavenger hunts, play time, and more. Check our weekly e-news for each week's theme. This program is geared towards children 18 months to 3 years. Older and younger siblings are always welcome!


Friday, June 12 | 11am-11:30am |Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street


Mayor Bianchi Honors CNAs at Pittsfield Nursing Home
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:35AM / Friday, June 12, 2015
The mayor handed out certificates of appreciation to each CNA at Springside. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The work certified nurse aides do is vitally important to families and residents of nursing homes.   On Thursday, Mayor Daniel Bianchi greeted the CNAs at Springside Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center to deliver that message. The nursing home is holding a week of appreciation for those workers, which kicked off with Bianchi's visit and proclamation honoring them.   "It is a tough time for families when they put loved ones in nursing homes. But, they are more comfortable knowing people like you are here," Bianchi told about a dozen


Pittsfield Council Approves $59 Million Schools Budget
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:06AM / Friday, June 12, 2015
Assistant Superintendent Kristen Behnke and Superintendent Jason McCandless presented the budget on Thursday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council on Thursday approved appropriating $58.5 million for the School Department.   The budget is a 3.5 percent increase over this year, or $1.9 million more.   While the budget is increasing, Superintendent Jason McCandless said the department needed twice that for level services because of increases in obligations. He outlined a series of program and staffing cuts that brought the increase down from $4 million to $1.9 million.   "We knew that wasn't doable and we knew it would be disrespectful to come before you


Pittsfield Mayoral Candidate Tyer Calls For Increased Effort Against Blight
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:52PM / Thursday, June 11, 2015
Linda Tyer is calling for an increased effort to combat blight in her run for Pittsfield mayor. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayoral candidate Linda Tyer says blight will be one of her top priorities should she be elected in November.   The current city clerk stood in front of the vacant former Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant, which has become overgrown and dilapidated, on Thursday to show an example of one of the many blighted properties in the city.   "Only a short distance from here is our city's most important economic development opportunity — the William Stanley Business Park. On all four sides of the William Stanley Business Park you will find


The Classical Beat: Neighboring Venues Kick Off Summer
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:29PM / Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Glimmerglass Festival is just a short drive from the Berkshires in lovely Cooperstown, N.Y.

The summer concert season is virtually upon us.

With programs across the region, concertgoers will have panoply of classical music to enjoy in venues large and small: from solo vocal and choral to piano recitals, from chamber music to orchestral and opera - both staged and in concert performance.

This week I will showcase two long-time presenters that offer the best in chamber music, opera and musical theater.

  Concerts at Tannery Pond

Concerts at Tannery Pond, the handsome, intimate and elegant series in New Lebanon, N.Y., and one of the premiere presenters of concert


Williams Joins Program to Connect Recent Veterans with Colleges
12:05PM / Wednesday, June 10, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College is among the participating schools in a new initiative by Service to School (S2S) to connect high-achieving veterans with some of the most highly selective colleges and universities.

Along with Williams, Cornell University, the University of Chicago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Smith College, and Yale University are partnering in the new program, called VetLink. Through VetLink, S2S will identify qualified U.S. military veterans, introduce them to partner colleges, and mentor them through the college search and admissions process.

S2S will provide its partner schools with an effective way to identify, evaluate, and accept

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Pittsfield Gives Preliminary Nod To Mayor's Capital Budget
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:02AM / Tuesday, June 09, 2015
The City Council gave the mayor a preliminary approval. But, asked him to return with some changes.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council approved the mayor's proposed $10,206,200 capital budget on Monday night 8-3 after lengthy discussion.   While the council approved the figure for a number of projects as presented, the council asked Mayor Daniel Bianchi to write another plan, which will incorporate an additional $1 million for road repairs.   Previously, the council had asked the mayor to increase spending in the Public Works budget as well for more street maintenance repairs — though those are mostly potholes and sidewalks while the capital is for

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