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Farley-Bouvier Will Not Seek State Senate Seat
Staff Reports,
01:20PM / Thursday, January 28, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier will not run for state Senate.   The Pittsfield Democrat said she had briefly considered running for the seat being vacated by state Sen. Benjamin Downing, who opted not to run for re-election, but instead will seek re-election to the House of Representatives.    "I took this decision very seriously and consulted with many stakeholders to discern what is best for my family, for Pittsfield and the larger Senate district. What has become very clear to me is that I am exactly where I need to be," Farley-Bouvier wrote.   State Reps. Paul Mark, D-Peru, and Gailanne Cariddi, D-North Adams, also say they are

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McCandless Rebuts Critics To Start Budget Process
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:27AM / Thursday, January 28, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Superintendent Jason McCandless is kicking off the budget season by addressing three of the most criticized items: school choice, per-pupil expenditures, and teacher salaries.   In comparing those items to other districts in the county, McCandless says Pittsfield is right in line, if not better, than the city's peers. The districts ranks 10th out of 16 local districts in teacher salaries, sends a lower percentage of students to other districts through school choice than many others, and spends less per pupil than the county average.   In Pittsfield, the district spent some $31.2 million on teachers in 2013 and 2014. According to the Department of

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Pittsfield Councilors Seeking Review of Airport Management
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:43AM / Thursday, January 28, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. —— Three city councilors are asking for a review of airport management.   Councilors Donna Todd Rivers, Christopher Connell, and Melissa Mazzeo filed a petition asking Mayor Linda Tyer to form a study group review options for airport management and perform a cost analysis.   "It has become very apparent that the revenue is, in my opinion, insufficient and we have escalating expenses there because it is a city-run operation," Connell said.    Connell says it isn't money in the budget, which is mostly offset by revenues generated from the airport, but also capital expenses. Last year, the city replaced a warning beacon and while

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Berkshire Tidbits: Cupcake and Chili Wars
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
08:38PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Manger! Boire! Eat! Drink! at Chez Nous Bistro Resumes   At Manger! Boire! Eat! Drink! this Thursday, Chez Nous baker/co-owner Rachel Portnoy says she and her husband, chef and co-owner Franck Tessier will be, "diving into an exciting new cookbook by one of our favorite local cookbook writers, Darra Goldstein: Fire & Ice, Classic Nordic Cooking. All of the menu and recipes will be inspired by this gorgeous new book."   She said, "The menu will be inspired by the sea." Franck will be making and demonstrating how to make "brined ice cellar salmon, followed by crispy fried fish with a Nordic winter salad,"   And for dessert, Portnoy will bake a

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WCMA Artist Facilitates Unusual Museum Perspectives
By John Seven, Special to iBerkshires
06:32PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Oakland-based, socially-engaged artist Lexa Walsh creates experiences for her audiences, and that's exactly her current mission at Williams College on multiple fronts.

With her winter study program "Mapping The Museum," Walsh has worked with students to take over the Williams College Museum of Art for a night, in addition to creating two upcoming projects with her brother, painter Dan Walsh.

Walsh's winter study course focuses on institutional critique, an art practice that casts its gaze back on the place that houses it, and asks questions about the purpose of art and museums. That will be put into action for Walsh's "WCMA At

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Simon Youth Foundation Seeks Applicants for Scholarships Across New England
03:07PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2016

LEE, Mass. — Living near a Simon Malls or Simon Premium Outlets property - like the Lee Premium Outlets - could help a graduating senior pay for college.  Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, has begun looking for a graduating senior who live within 50 miles of a Simon property.

Each year, Simon Youth Community Scholarships are awarded in every community across the country that is home to Simon Malls, Mills or Premium Outlets. The application period has begun and ends on March 1, 2016.

Students can apply online by visiting syf.org/scholarships.

Any student who will be graduating in the class of

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Put Your Financial 'Puzzle' Together
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:06PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2016

January 29 is National Puzzle Day, with puzzle celebrations and events taking place at museums, libraries and other venues across the country. Why this date was chosen – or why National Puzzle Day even exists – is something of a mystery.

But as an investor, you can find value in the concept of a puzzle – specifically, in putting together the pieces of your financial puzzle.

What are these pieces? Here are the essential ones:

* Growth: At different times in your life, you will have various goals – purchasing a first or second home, sending your children to college, enjoying a comfortable retirement, and so on. While these goals are diverse, they all have one thing

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Pittsfield Man Arrested For Six Armed Robberies In Last Month
Staff Reports,
09:56PM / Tuesday, January 26, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police arrested a Pittsfield man for a half dozen armed robberies committed in the last month   George Bliss, 30, of Onota Street is being charged with six counts of armed robbery while masked. Police say Bliss admitted his involvement in the following robberies in the last month: the Getty on Elm Street on Dec. 23; Dawes Avenue Variety on Jan. 7; Peaslee's on Jan. 9; Subway and Angelina's both on Jan. 23, and the Cumberland Farms on Dalton Avenue on Jan. 24.   He is being held at the Police Department on $100,000 bail and will be arraigned in court on Wednesday. These cases, as well as about six others committed, are still under investigation so

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Pittsfield Board Seeks Delay For Convent Demolition
By Joe Durwin, iBerkshires Staff
01:33PM / Tuesday, January 26, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city's Historical Commission voted unanimously on Monday to recommend a six-month delay to be placed on a proposal to demolish the former St. Joseph's convent at 350 North St.     "The reason for the demolition delay is so that we can allow the public a chance to weigh in on structures of historical significance when they're up for demolition,"  summarized Commissioner Kathleen Reilly.   Under the city's 2007 Demolition Delay Ordinance, buildings older than 75 years for which demolition is sought are to be assessed by the commission for whether they fit any of three given criteria that could trigger a recommendation

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Licensing Board Rules in Favor of Pearlman's Scrap Vehicle Operation
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:38AM / Tuesday, January 26, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Licensing Board says Pearlman's Recycling doesn't need any additional licenses to buy scrap vehicles, transfer the title to another company, and then resell the parts.   The board decided Monday that the company is in full compliance with state laws regarding automobile graveyards and entered that finding in a complaint brought before the board.    The city's Fire Inspector Randy Stein brought the complaint saying the company was selling used vehicles and parts without the proper license. However, since that is not the company's primary focus, the board found the operation in compliance with its current junk dealer

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Autopsy Shows Pittsfield Murder Victim Died From Gunshot Wound To Head
Staff Reports,
08:19PM / Monday, January 25, 2016
Update: 8:19PM / Monday January 25 2016   PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The District Attorney's office say James Dominguez III died because of a gunshot wound to the head.   Dominguez was found dead in the early hours of Saturday morning in the parking lot next to Lach's Lounge on Fenn Street. Police are still investigating what has been determined a homicide.   Police responded to the area of 129 Fenn Street around 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning and found Dominguez unresponsive in the parking lot. First responders tried to revive him with CPR but was unable to do so. He was then transported to Berkshire Medical Center and pronounced dead a short time

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New Program for Teens Set to Begin in Pittsfield
01:35PM / Monday, January 25, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center in collaboration with Berkshire Children and Families’ Family Resource Center are starting a new program for teens in Pittsfield.

Teen Time is a program for teens that will focus on leadership and service learning. Teen Time is open to high school students in Pittsfield and will run for 10 weeks from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, starting Feb. 4.

This program is free for participants and local transportation may be available. Sessions will be comprised of creating and sharing a meal as a group, presentations by local youth educators and group led service learning activities

For more information please contact Champ at

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