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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

AG Healey Plots Opioid Abuse Strategies With Local Officials
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:32PM / Friday, June 05, 2015
Healey joined local legislators at the Bishop Clapp Building of Berkshire Health Systems on Friday afternoon. She spoke to students at Wahconah Regional High School about drug abuse earlier in the day. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Attorney General Maura Healey says heroin abuse is her office's top priority.    On Friday, her focus on that took her to the Berkshires where she met with the legislative delegation, district attorney, sheriff, and Berkshire Health Systems representatives.   Healey says she wants more efforts to prevent opioid abuse and better access to treatment.   "The good news is that I see folks in this community working so hard — the


Greylock Appoints New Member of Board of Directors
01:41PM / Friday, June 05, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union has announced the selection of Kimberly A. Mathews as the newest member of the credit union’s volunteer Board of Directors.

Mathews replaces outgoing director J. Paul Dube who retired after serving 50 years on the board. Mathews’ term began April 21.

“We salute Paul and thank him for his extraordinary service to Greylock," Board Chairperson, Gerard E. Burke said. "We welcome Kim and look forward to having someone with her legal and financial background as the newest member of our volunteer board. In a changing financial environment, a diversity of talents and expertise is essential for our volunteer


Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

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Pittsfield’s Just for Kicks Program Returns
01:14PM / Friday, June 05, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city of Pittsfield's Department of Community Development Recreation Program has announced the return of the Just for Kicks program.

The city of Pittsfield and Pittsfield Soccer Club have teamed up for this free, program which features instructors from Sports Domain Academy introducing and teaching youth the basics of soccer including the components, rules and etiquette.

Just for Kicks will be a week long program July 6 to July 10 for Pittsfield children ages 5 to 10. The program will run from 9 a.m. to noon that Monday through Friday at Clapp Park on West Housatonic Street.

Pre-registration is required, and is first come, first serve; the number of


Superior Court Briefs: May 28 - June 3
Staff Reports,
12:50PM / Friday, June 05, 2015
Cases heard before Judge Jeffrey Kinder on Thursday, May 28.   Gabriel Cordero, 34, of Holyoke had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute - his second offense - and motor vehicle light violation.   He was released on $15,000 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Lenox on February 19, 2015.   Joshua Feliciano, 23, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.   He was ordered to serve one year at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charge stemmed from the execution of a search warrant on June 3,


The Mount Announces The Edith Wharton Writer-in-Residence Program
12:45PM / Friday, June 05, 2015

LENOX, Mass. — The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home in Lenox, will host The Edith Wharton Writer-in-Residence, a two-week residency offering writers the opportunity to work and create in the house Wharton built as a writer’s retreat.

The program is open to writers and scholars of demonstrated accomplishment who are currently working on a new piece of writing. Applications open on July 1, 2015, and will be accepted through Aug. 31, 2015. For additional information including submission guidelines, visit

For the past two years, The Mount has informally offered the use of the house to writers. In 2014, authors Francesca Segal and Kate Bolick worked in the house


Berkshire Taconic Announces Third Round of 2015 Grant Deadlines for Berkshire County
11:38AM / Friday, June 05, 2015

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced the third round of deadlines for competitive grants in 2015. Covering the period from July through September, the summer cycle of deadlines is open to regional nonprofits, schools and individuals.

For nonprofits

Harvard Business School’s ‘Governing for Nonprofit Excellence’ Scholarship is designed to enhance the leadership skills of nonprofit board chairs or vice chairs. Taught by a team of Harvard faculty members who specialize in nonprofit management and valued at $4,250, this program explores four core nonprofit governance competencies: board leadership, strategic stewardship, performance


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 5-11
11:35AM / Friday, June 05, 2015
Office of Cultural Development | City of Pittsfield    

Friday: First Fridays Artswalk and Third Anniversary Party!


Enjoy a dozen different art shows featuring work by over 15 accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Fridays Artswalk. 
Grier Horner is celebrating his 80th birthday with a solo show at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Grier Horner


The Independent Investor: How to Run for President and Make a Fortune
By Bill Schmick,
11:03AM / Friday, June 05, 2015

Almost every day this week we received an announcement of yet another contender for the 2016 presidency, or an announcement that an announcement would be forthcoming. The reason for so many candidates however, may have nothing to do with winning the presidency.

Back in the day, it was rare to have any more than two or three candidates in each party (and maybe an independent) running in the presidential primaries. Over the last few years that number has tended to increase. This year it looks like we may set a record of most candidates seeking the country's highest office. As of this week, I think we have 10 announced with another eight or more coming.

Can all these politicians truly


Reid Students Plant Garden for Mount Greylock Care Facility
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:33AM / Friday, June 05, 2015
The students gave the money they earned from selling kale smoothies to help the activities program at Mount Greylock Extended Care. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A new gardening program for the residents of Mount Greylock Extended Care is all thanks to a dozen or so Reid Middle School students.   After the final bell rang at Reid on Wednesday, the students took the short walk to their to the nursing home armed with gardening tools and a $165 check.   The students are part of an after-school program with the Berkshire Botanical Garden. They planted vegetables and flowers in a raised garden bed for the residents and gave them the check for them to support the new


Mount Greylock Narrows Building Concepts to Three
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:29AM / Friday, June 05, 2015
School Building Committee co-Chairmen Mark Schiek and Paula Consolini. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Building Committee on Thursday selected three conceptual designs — two addition/renovations, one new construction — to forward to the Massachusetts School Building Authority.   The committee selected the drastically different options for add/renos: one that will retain only the gymnasium wing of the current junior-senior high school and another that maximizes the existing building, lopping off only a 1968 addition.   For a new build, the committee favored one of two concepts presented that builds on the green space behind the existing


Pittsfield Boutique 'Hotel On North' Opens For Business
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:59PM / Thursday, June 04, 2015
David and Laurie Tierney, owners of 273-297 North St., joined with the Fitzpatrick family to completely renovate the four floors and open Hotel on North. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Owner of the Red Lion Inn Nancy Fitzpatrick knows the hospitality industry. She saw an unserved market in Pittsfield and tried to find a location for a new hotel.   On Thursday, she stood in front of hundreds of people and told them that Hotel on North will "deliver one of the best hotel experiences in New England."    "This has been enormously satisfying, interesting, and joyful experience," Fitzpatrick said.   Fitzpatrick's Main Street Hospitality partnered with


With New Lease, Pittsfield Suns Open Fourth Season Friday Night
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:11PM / Thursday, June 04, 2015
General Manager Kevin McGuire said the team is excited about the new five-year lease on Wahconah Park to become the longest tenant since the Pittsfield Mets.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Friday night, the Suns will throw out their first pitch of season and become Wahconah Park's longest tenant since the Mets.   The Future's Collegiate Baseball League team signed a new five-year lease with the city for Wahconah Park after growing in attendance over its first three years.    "On opening night in 2012, when we asked the community to give us a shot, they did. Our attendance has increased every year since year one and last year we set the Future's


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