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Pittsfield Adult Learning Center Graduates 40
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:48AM / Thursday, June 16, 2016

A total of 40 students received certificates on Wednesday. More photos can be found here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Today is your day and you will not allow anyone or anything to ruin it.   Ritza Fernandez stood at the podium in the auditorium in Crosby Elementary School on Wednesday night in front of a families, friends, and the graduating Pittsfield Adult Learning Center class.   Repeat after me, she said, "today is your day and you will not allow anyone or anything to ruin it."   For Fernandez nothing was going to hold her back. She never got her high school diploma and instead spent the last 12 years raising her four children. But last February she got in


Purple in the Park for Alzheimer's Set For 'Longest Day'
08:56PM / Wednesday, June 15, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Starting at sunrise on Monday, June 20, the longest day of the year, Pittsfield's Park Square will be transformed into a giant timepiece as a way to bring attention to the endurance, strength, and commitment to life of those with Alzheimer's and their caregiver. It's a day that highlights that every day can seem like the longest when one is a caregiver.

Hosted by the Berkshire Alzheimer's Partnership, "The Longest Day" takes place on the summer solstice. It was created to raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer's Association. These much-needed funds go to provide care, support and research for families coping with


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

Find an Abundance of Concerts Across the Region
By Stephen Dankner, iBerkshires Columnist
12:54PM / Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Concert venues in the Berkshires and southern Vermont will provide a dizzying mélange of classical programs across the full musical spectrum this summer. From early music to avant-garde, from Bach to Beethoven, and light years ahead to the Bang On A Can Festival at Mass MoCA, there’s music in practically every style to stimulate and please all tastes.
Last week I highlighted three major venues where classical music rules: Tanglewood (, Manchester Music Festival ( and Tannery Pond ( For complete concert schedules, information and to purchase tickets, visit their websites.
And that’s not all.

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Mark Elder Abuse Awareness Day With Awareness, Tips
11:57AM / Wednesday, June 15, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In honor of Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, five local stakeholder organizations are hoping to cut down on financial exploitation of the older residents of the Berkshires through a collaborative effort to bring awareness and training to the greater community.

The Berkshire Bar Association, Berkshire County District Attorney’s Office, Berkshire Elder Protective Services, Elder Services of Berkshire County and Greylock Federal Credit Union are launching a campaign titled “They Earned It, You Can Help Them Keep It” to raise awareness and prevent financial exploitation of elders.

Every day 10,000 people turn 65 in the United States, and that


Walmart Looking to Move to William Stanley Business Park
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:53AM / Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The PEDA board was unanimous in its support for the letter of intent. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Wal-Mart is looking to move to the William Stanley Business Park.   The Pittsfield Economic Development Agency granted Waterstone Retail a letter of intent, giving the company the exclusive right to pursue development of a 16.5-acre parcel known as "the teens," where General Electric buildings once stood.   The plan is for Wal-Mart to develop a new 190,000 square-foot super center and move out of its existing location in Berkshire Crossing. Waterstone, which is heading the development, now has to pursue permits and approvals from the city as well as work out a purchase


Give Your Children the Gift of (Financial) Knowledge
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:07AM / Wednesday, June 15, 2016

It’s almost Father’s Day. If you’re a dad with young children, you can expect some nice homemade cards and maybe even a baseball cap. But, of course, your greatest reward is spending time with your kids and watching them grow. In return, you can give them a gift – the gift of knowledge.

Specifically, in the months and years ahead, teach them the financial skills that can help make their lives easier and more rewarding.

For starters, encourage your children to become savers. You can do this in a couple of different ways. First, set a good example. You might explain to your kids that you want to buy a certain item, but you are waiting for it to go on sale. Or, if


Pittsfield Police, Fire End With Deficits in Overtime Budgets
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood suggested using free cash for the transfer. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Police Department needs some $740,000 to cover a deficit in overtime.   This shouldn't have been much of a surprise to the City Council when it was brought before them on Tuesday because during the budget hearings last year, the chief told the councilors the line was woefully underfunded.   Just two months into the fiscal year, the department had already gone through a third of the budgeted $600,000 for scheduled overtime and a quarter of the $40,000 special investigations line.   "We knew we would be about $300,000 short [to begin with] and as soon as


Hundreds Attend Vigil For Victims of Orlando Shooting
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:02AM / Wednesday, June 15, 2016

With prompting from Dennis Powell, the attendees took a moment to hug each other and tell their neighbors, friends, and family that they loved them.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier is not going to take a moment of silence for the victims of the Orlando, Fla., shooting.

She's not going to take 49, one for each one. Instead, she's going to be loud.

She's going to be loud in fighting to stop the list of shootings from growing. She's going to be loud in her support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. And she wants everyone to join her in her fight to "stop the madness."   "I choose not to have a


Lanesborough Voters Opt Out of Mosquito Control Project
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:25AM / Wednesday, June 15, 2016

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Lanesborough voters approved every warrant item at their town meeting on Tuesday night except the last one, which would have approved having the town join the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project.

Only 74 out of the town's 2,223 registered voters came out to the meeting, with fewer still left in their seats by the time the vote was called on the mosquito article, which voters narrowly rejected.

Concerns over the cost and scope of the program, as well as over the health of residents and visitors and well-being of wildlife, dominated the discussion leading up to the vote. The Board of Selectmen had recommended passage of the article, which asked if the


Dalton's Willson Earns All-League Honors
03:03PM / Monday, June 13, 2016
PITTSFIELD — Miss Hall’s School senior Sarah Willson, of Dalton, has been named to the 2016 New England Prep School Softball Association All-Star team.   A two-year varsity starter and a team captain for the Hurricanes, Willson batted .350 and recorded a .519 on-base percentage this year while anchoring the MHS defense at shortstop and catcher.   This is Willson's third all-star appearance, each in a different sport, for Miss Hall’s. Earlier this year, she was named a league all-star in basketball, and, as a junior, was a league all-star in soccer.   Additionally, Willson concludes a three-year MHS career in which she played eight varsity seasons and


Emergency Drill Scheduled for June 16 in North Adams
01:54PM / Monday, June 13, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Emergency response organizations will be participating in a Northern Berkshire emergency operations community drill on Thursday, June 16, in a vacant lot located on Curran Memorial Highway.

The emergency drill will simulate a mass casualty incident in the community in which numerous agencies would respond.

The drill will include Berkshire Medical Center's Satellite Emergency Facility, the police and fire departments from North Adams, Adams, Williamstown and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and North Adams, Adams and Village ambulance services.

The drill is designed to test the response of local emergency operations organizations in the event of a real


Clark Art Institute Names New Director
01:29PM / Monday, June 13, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Trustees of the Clark Art Institute has selected Olivier Meslay to serve as its Dena and Felda Hardymon director.

Meslay, an accomplished museum professional and noted scholar, will become the Clark's fifth director when he assumes his new role on Aug. 22.

Mesley currently serves as associate director of curatorial affairs, senior curator of European and American art, and The Barbara Thomas Lemmon Curator of European Art at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA), and brings more than 35 years of international experience to his role.

Meslay was unanimously elected to the position during a special session of the Clark's board.


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