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Pittsfield Considering Community Preservation to Raise Revenues
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:33AM / Friday, July 29, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With the city approaching its debt ceiling in the coming years, it is likely some things will be put on the backburner — parks, open spaces, historic preservation, and affordable housing to name a few.   That's where advocates say the Community Preservation Act can come into play. The act allows cities to levy a surcharge on the tax bills to pay for items in those specific areas. The fee isn't included in the debt ceiling calculation and comes with a small match from the state.   A group of citizens under the banner of Preserve Pittsfield are pushing the adoption of the act, which must be approved via a ballot vote in November, in hopes to

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Galleries, Music Set for DownStreet Art on Thursday
03:53PM / Thursday, July 28, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — DownStreet Art kicks off its second session on Thursday night with the openings of four new visual art exhibits, live podcasting, musical and theatrical performances, and a night market that features local food and craft vendors.

"This year's 'Meet Your Neighbors' theme spotlights not only the amazing institutional resources available to us, but also the talented artists living and working alongside us here in North Adams and the surrounding community," said Jennifer Crowell, director of the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center. The center, part of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, coordinates the summerlong event.

Part of that

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

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
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Berkshire Reps Have Positive Impression of VP Candidate Kaine
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:17PM / Thursday, July 28, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine is an everyman. But an everyman with loads of government experience.

Kaine received the nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday and both state Reps. Tricia Farley-Bouvier and Paul Mark got their first impressions of the Virginia senator when he delivered his address.

"I found him warm, engaging, and funny, which I like," Mark said. "It seems like he is a solid choice. It's a good balance."   Kaine is one of the few who can boast of being a mayor, a governor, and a senator. Further, he comes from a battleground state where he may serve a vital role in

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Local Soccer Players Excel at Gillette Stadium Event
10:14AM / Thursday, July 28, 2016
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Four teams from Pittsfield's Soccer Domain Academy made the trip to Gillette Stadium to compete in the second annual 4 v 4 Gillette Cup hosted by the MLS New England Revolution on July 23.   The SDA Snipers, the Avengers, the Berkshire Blue Mambas and the Lenox Legends were all victorious in their divisions and earned first place trophies during the tournament.   "Over the past 10 years I have had the privilege to work with some fantastic young players, we set the foundations for teaching the game and have been extremely proud of the players they have become, SDA main focus has always been to help guide and educate players from all areas and this

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Pittsfield Post 68 Falls in American Legion State Final, Clinches Regional Berth
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
12:32AM / Thursday, July 28, 2016
NORWOOD, Mass. -- After battling its way into the state championship game on Wedneasday afternoon, the Post 68 American Legion baseball team had precious little energy for that game.   And despite battling gamely to the final out, Post 68 dropped a 9-5 decision to Shrewsbury Post 397 in the title game.   “After playing nine innings in 90-degree temperatures, and then they’re expected to come out and play again, it’s tough,” Post 68 coach Pat Bassi said. “And [Shrewsbury was] fresh.   “But that’s not an excuse. I tell the kids, we win as a team, we lose as a team.”   Pittsfield did the former in Wednesday’s first game,

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Berkshire Reps Proud to Be Part of Historic Moment
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:47PM / Wednesday, July 27, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier began her Tuesday rounding up all of the Hillary Clinton delegates from Massachusetts.   As a Massachusetts whip for the Clinton campaign at the Democratic National Convention, she was the one with the forms for them to cast their votes. The delayed flight of one delegate meant logistics had to be figured out to get that vote in. Other delegates were in different parts of Philadelphia. She worked to get the voting forms into each delegate's hand.    "My role is to make sure all of my delegates did that so there was some corralling. We needed to have people in their seats," Farley-Bouvier said.   The

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Classical High Season Approaches Its Zenith
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires.com
12:27PM / Wednesday, July 27, 2016

During late July into early August, the classical music festival high season, anchored by concerts at Tanglewood and at other regional venues, approaches its zenith, with sure-fire programming.

Offerings at Tanglewood this week include Beethoven's Seventh Symphony and Mahler's Ninth, concertos by Mozart, Brahms and Sibelius, with solo star turns by world-renowned soloists, and much more.

Not to be outdone, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA) in North Adams is concluding its on-going three-week Summer Music Festival of new music - Bang on a Can (BOAC), curated by 2014 Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Luther Adams.

Hungry for still more musical options?

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Financial Tips for Single Parents
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:01PM / Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Parenting is never an easy job – and, unfortunately, it can be especially difficult if you're doing it on your own.

As a single parent, you face many challenges, not the least of which are the financial ones. But by following the suggestions below, you may be able to make life easier – for you and your children.

* Create a "safety net." On any given day, you could incur an unexpected – and unexpectedly large – expense, such as major car repair, a new furnace or a toothache-inducing bill from your dentist. Your daily cash flow may not be enough to cover these bills, and you won't want to tap into some of your long-term investments or retirement

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Circus Animal Ban Heads to Pittsfield City Council
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Dan McGinnis refuted the claims that the animals are being treated poorly. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council will be asked to decide whether to ban elephants and other non-domesticated animals from being used for entertainment.   Animal advocacy group Berkshire Voters for Animals has proposed the ban, aimed primarily at circuses. While there hasn't been a circus in the city since 2008, the advocates hope to make sure one never returns.   The group had previously pushed for a ban in Dalton, where a circus is held annually, but voters there rejected the ban.   "While Pittsfield does not have an annual circus event, the city has hosted circus events in

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Local Theater Group Brings the Arctic to the Berkshires
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:24AM / Wednesday, July 27, 2016

'Passage' will be performed in Pittsfield.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It might be nearly 90 degrees outside, but inside the Shire City Sanctuary this week, it's going to seem downright chilly.

That's because the Kickwheel Ensemble Theater (the creative arm of The Berkshire Fringe) is staging an original work called "Passage," which weaves together two parallel story lines of survival: the tale of Sir John Franklin's doomed 19th expedition to conquer the famed Northwest Passage and the story of a modern-day couple on a luxury wellness cruise through the now-melting Arctic.

In a news release, Kickball describes "Passage" as "a dark

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Lazits, Eurquhart Lead Pittsfield 13s to Babe Ruth Regional Win
10:15PM / Tuesday, July 26, 2016
ROCHESTER, N.H. -- Anton Lazits and Haywood Eurquhart struck out four in a combined no-hitter to lead the Pittsfield Babe Ruth 13-year-old All-Stars to a 3-0 win over host Rochester in the New England Regional on Tuesday.   Eurquhart also scored the only run Pittsfield needed and drove in an insurance run later on.   He led off the first inning by drawing a walk and stole second. Then Jake Risley drove him home with a single to give Pittsfield a 1-0 lead.   Lazits singled and scored on an Eurquhart RBI in the fifth.   Pittsfield improved to 3-0 in pool play at the regional.

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Berkshire Reps: Unity Strong at Democratic Convention
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:30PM / Tuesday, July 26, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Reports over the news are of a divisive and split Democratic National Convention, with chants and boos targeting some speakers.   But on the vast floor of the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, state Reps. Paul Mark, D-Peru, and Tricia Farley-Bouvier, D-Pittsfield, aren't hearing that.   Mark is attending the convention as a delegate for Bernie Sanders while Farley-Bouvier is serving as the Hillary Clinton campaign's Massachusetts whip. Both said the tone at the convention is one of unity backing Clinton and not filled with boos and negativity.   "I'm not hearing it and I'm not seeing it," Mark said, though adding he'd

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