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Building Your Image
By Chad Bolotin, Sponsored Content
12:24PM / Friday, August 12, 2016



While Maya Angelou may not have been referring to the image of a sign or branding of a company, what she said about the impression of a feeling on someone sure does.

When it comes to any successful company, we as consumers immediately can picture their logos. I say Nike and you instantly think of a swoosh appearing in your mind. When I say Audi you think of four circles bound together creating a chain link. Now think about a Nike commercial: The swoosh isn't the main message; however, it is what they stand for and that is athleticism. When I ask about Audi commercials, you don't say it's four circles linked together; instead it's a luxury yet thrilling automobile usually

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 12-18
12:14PM / Friday, August 12, 2016
VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR       August 12 - August 18, 2016 THURSDAY, AUGUST 18 is Third Thursday!    August's 3rd Thursday will have a "touch-a-truck" theme. More than a dozen emergency, construction and military vehicles will be lining North Street between Bradford and Linden Streets. Participants include: Pittsfield Police and Fire Departments; Dalton Fire Department; Action Ambulance; County Ambulance; The United States Army, Air Force and Navy; Village Truck Sales;

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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

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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Democratic Senate Candidates Spar in Berkshire Brigades Debate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:44AM / Friday, August 12, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In the second of back-to-back debates Thursday night, the three candidates for the Democratic nomination for state Senate reiterated their viewpoints and fielded an array of questions.   Rinaldo Del Gallo, Adams Hinds and Andrea Harrington are all seeking the nomination on Sept. 8; the winner will face Republican Christine Canning-Wilson in the general election. The seat is open because Sen. Benjamin B. Downing of Pittsfield has opted not to run for re-election after a decade in office.   The Berkshire Brigades held two debates Thursday at Berkshire Community College — the first being between the two candidates for the state House of

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State Rep Candidates Make Case For Democratic Nomination During Debate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:33AM / Friday, August 12, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — What has the incumbent done for Pittsfield in the last five years? What has the challenger done in the last 30?

The two candidates for the Democratic nomination for the 3rd Berkshire District exchanged parting shots at each other's history to wrap up a 40-minute debate at Berkshire Community College. Newcomer Michael Bloomberg is challenging state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier for the state House of Representative seat and in an effort to separate themselves, the two took aim at each other's resumes.

"He's only lived here for a few months and it appears he came back to Pittsfield for the sole reason to run for state rep," Farley-Bouvier said

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Common Folk Arts & Music Festival Takes Place Saturday
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:07AM / Friday, August 12, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The first Common Folk Arts & Music Festival will take place this Saturday to benefit the new Roots Teen Center.   Common Folk, the North Adams-based artist collective, has rapidly gained momentum during its short existence, hosting galleries and concert events with local talent. Co-founder and creative director Jessica Sweeney said the group has built up a solid roster of bands and artists and thought the next logical step was to organize a full-on music festival.     "I think that we have always really enjoyed doing these larger projects, and … we really wanted to start something annually so that we could share our artists

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Comeback Falls Short for Pittsfield 14s in World Series Opener
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
07:31PM / Thursday, August 11, 2016
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Pittsfield opened the 14-year-old Babe Ruth World Series on Thursday with a loss … or a split, depending on how you look at it.   Pittsfield lost the first three innings against Eastern Massachusetts champion Arlington by a score of 5-0. Then, after a rain delay of 1 hour, 39 minutes, Pittsfield won the next three innings, 3-1.   Unfortunately for Pittsfield, there is only one way to look at things in the national championship’s pool play standings. And the 6-3 loss to Arlington means that Pittsfield will have its work cut out starting with Friday evening’s game against Middle Atlantic champion Atlantic Shores, N.J.   “I expect

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The Independent Investor: Why the Nation's Productivity Matters
By Bill Schmick,
02:31PM / Thursday, August 11, 2016

The headlines paint a stark portrait of the amount of goods and services that American workers produce in any given year. We are in the longest decline of American productivity since the 1970s. That fact has economists pessimistic about the future chance of continued growth in this country.

Labor productivity has declined for nine straight months and fallen 0.4 percent over the last year. There is nothing complex about productivity statistics. Output per worker, according to the numbers, is drifting down when it should be going up. The last time this happened was in the 1970s, just before a nasty double-dip recession.

Increases in productivity are what makes America's middle-class

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Pittsfield Retailers Holding Own Tax-Free Weekend Promotion
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:25PM / Thursday, August 11, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Bart Raser says on the tax-free holiday, he does five times the amount of business than a regular weekend. He orders extra inventory and orders winter items like snowblowers early in anticipation.   But a few weeks ago the state Legislature nixed what's become an annual event. The state revenues are lagging and lawmakers opted not to hold one this year, leaving Raser staring at a loss of sales and stores filled with items.   "We had decided at Carr Hardware to do one anyway," Raser said on Tuesday.   So Carr Hardware is knocking 6.25 percent off nearly the entire inventory. Raser got talking with Paul Rich of Paul Rich and Sons, who

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Churchill Solar Plan Triggers Significant Opposition in Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:45AM / Thursday, August 11, 2016

Raipher Pellegrino, of Heliovaas, said the solar array would be a good neighbor. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A large solar array proposed for Churchill Street has triggered significant outcry of opposition from neighbors.   Churchill Solar LLC, a subsidiary of Heliovaas, is looking to construct five solar arrays on 40 acres of land near the Lanesborough border. The plans encompass four lots that were previously subdivided with a plan to construction residential homes as well as a separate array on adjacent land owned by Michael Bianco.   In total, each array will be 499 kilowatts taking up around 20 acres of the land.   "We're in the long-term business of owning

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Jane Kaczmarek Returns to Williamstown Theatre Festival
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
06:06PM / Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Starring with Alfred Molina as Don, the play runs through Aug. 21 on the Nikos Stage.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee Jane Kaczmarek is not upset if people whistle in her dressing room or wish her good luck before a performance.  

"I'm a meat and potatoes gal," the Milwaukee born and bred actress says, explaining why she does not adhere to theater superstitions.
 
Kaczmarek is in Williamstown to play a lead role in the American premiere of "And No More Shall We Part," on the Nikos Stage from Wednesday, Aug. 10, through Aug. 21.
 
The drama focuses on a married couple, Don (television and film star Alfred Molina) and

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Berkshire Tidbits: Lobster Days, Sundae Highlights
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
02:55PM / Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Macrobiotic chef Chris Jenkins teaches cooking with student helper at Kushi's Summer Conference 2014. The Kushi Institute/KI Annual Summer Conference 2016: "Towards a Sustainable Future", is now in progress through Saturday, Aug. 13. This event brings together macrobiotic teachers and practitioners to share their experience and lifestyle interest in two weeks of lectures, workshops, cooking classes, eating and celebration, all day and into the night.   For the last few years, this conference takes place on the KI campus, 198 Leland Road, North Becket, 413-623-5741. Berkshire residents may attend the conference for a discounted price of

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Tanglewood, Manchester and Glimmerglass Are Not to be Missed
01:55PM / Wednesday, August 10, 2016

This week, Tanglewood continues its high energy 2016 classical programming season with a powerhouse, back-to-back pair of programs performed by the Boston Pops and guest artists the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

The "heavy hitters" are John Williams' "Film Night" – always an audience favorite and a high point of each year's Tanglewood offerings, and a unique concert by a visiting ensemble of intrepid Australians that replicates a 1920s-era Weimar Republic quasi-pops cabaret experience. What a pair! This is not your staid classical programming. Be there or be square.

Traditional Tanglewood listeners: not to fear; classical fare won't be lacking:

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