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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Nov. 4-10
10:56AM / Friday, November 04, 2016

  VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR       November 4 - November 10,

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BRPC Using Non-Profit Arm To Supplement Ongoing Planning Projects
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:45AM / Friday, November 04, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Regional Planning Commission's non-profit arm handled some $123,000 in donations and grants to help support ongoing projects.   Berkshires Tomorrow is a non-profit the organization established in the last few years and is being put to work to accept charitable donations to support planning projects which may not be state or federally funded. Last year the non-profit arm allocated $74,000 to assist the Berkshire County Educational Task Force and another $46,657 for the Age-Friendly Berkshires force.   "Last year through Berkshires Tomorrow there was $70,000 that came from primary private sources... that funded work by the Donahue

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Pittsfield Board of Health Keeping Eye On Turf Field Concerns
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:01PM / Thursday, November 03, 2016

BCC President Ellen Kennedy said the field will be for the entire city, not just the college. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Board of Health is satisfied with the due-diligence put in by those proposing a turf field at Berkshire Community College.   Michael MacDonald and BCC President Ellen Kennedy followed up with the board on Wednesday about concerns raised a year ago. Turf fields have come under fire in recent years after a 2014 NBC news report questioned a link between the material in the artificial turf and lymphoma.   The infill of the fields are often made from recycled tires, which have raised concerns about chemicals being found in them, and then being transferred

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DeMarsico Pasta Dinner, 5K Set for Nov. 12 and 13
09:20AM / Thursday, November 03, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The annual Up Front  for DeMar 5K race and 1 mile walk and pasta dinner will be held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12 and 13.   These annual events raise money for the SPC Michael R DeMarsico II scholarship fund and to honor DeMarsico and all who serve and have served.   SPC DeMarsico was killed in action on Aug. 16, 2012, while serving in Afghanistan. "DeMar" to his fellow battle buddies, he served at the front of his battalion searching for IED's. The young specialist discovered 16, saving many men in his unit, before stepping on one.   In the days and weeks that followed Michael's death, his community came out in full support of

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Busy Weekend of Action for Soccer Domain Academy
09:00AM / Thursday, November 03, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- With some re-scheduled games being played at the end of the season, some Soccer Domain Academy teams have a tasking couple of weeks. Four victories, two ties and two defeats continued a very strong SDA season this weekend as three SDA teams are still in contention for league titles.   U14 Girls After some dominant performances but disappointing results led to the U14’s dropping down the table, with a slight chance of still winning the league title they headed into the GPS West game requiring all three points.    A flat start to the game from SDA saw attacks being broken down early by GPS West. Both team seemed to cancel each other out for the

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Pittsfield Health Officials Reluctantly Approve Tobacco License On East Street
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Thursday, November 03, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Board of Health made a decision Wednesday it didn't want to make: It approved the transfer of a tobacco retail permit to a location it tried hard to disallow.   The board approved the transfer of Rina Shah's tobacco permit to 730 East St., a space being leased by Naveed Asif and Zameer Alhaq, who had been denied a permit for that exact location. The pair had purchased the former O'Connell's and intended to open "Gas Man" but late into the process, after spending hundreds of thousands of dollars, were informed about the city's cap on tobacco sales permits, which disallowed them from opening.   The Gas Man permit request

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Tyer Advocates For Adoption of Community Preservation Act
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:37AM / Thursday, November 03, 2016

Parks Commissioner Joe Durwin says the money will go toward historic preservation, parks and open space, and affordable housing projects which often don't receive the funding needed from local budgets. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Linda Tyer says the Community Preservation Act will "get Pittsfield ready for good things to happen."   The mayor joined more than a dozen supporters of the local ballot question calling for the adoption of the program, which they say will help bring hundreds of thousands of dollars to Pittsfield to help with an array of projects. The act calls for a surcharge on the tax bills of 1 percent, with the first $100,000 value being

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Young BArT Harriers Excel at League Championships
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
08:00PM / Wednesday, November 02, 2016
ADAMS, Mass. -- In its first year hosting the River Valley Athletic League cross country championships, the teams from BArT Charter were hospitable.   The course at the Greylock Glen? Slightly less so.   “We definitely have the hardest 5K course in the county, I think,” Berkshire Arts and Technology coach Bennjamin Griffin said on Wednesday afternoon. “There’s 550 feet of elevation gain, and there are four significant climbs on it. I think some of the kids come in a little underprepared if they’re from other schools.”   That cannot be said of individual champions Mac Sloan-Anderson of Greenfield’s Four Rivers and Delaney Bullock of

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Autumn Leaves Prelude to White Winter
03:08PM / Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Driving around Northern Berkshire County this gorgeous October treats both residents and visitors alike to stunning, vibrant, oranges, reds and golds of the autumn leaves. Leaf peepers drive to the Berkshires from all over to take in the breathless beauty of the trees atop Mount Greylock, Jiminy Peak, the Taconic Mountains and more.

In the midst of this beautiful time of the year, many are already lamenting the coming of winter. Rather than revel in the current beauty and enjoyment of the moment, folks are saying, "sure, it’s nice now, but you know what’s next,” and other statements expressing a similar sentiment. Generally speaking, it's good to enjoy the

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Letter: Pittsfield Giving Away Money to Wealthy Mass Cities
Letters to the Editor,
02:00PM / Wednesday, November 02, 2016

To the Editor:

Since Lisa Whitney, a Pittsfield native, and I decided to save the historical Thomas Colt House and convert it into a vibrant Whitney Center for the Arts, a non-profit, established for the purpose of giving back to the community, we have since made the city of Pittsfield our home.

I have been hearing from a lot of Pittsfield residents about things that are wrong in Pittsfield. Surely, no city is perfect, but we have our golden opportunity to correct at least one of the "wrongs" simply by voting yes on Question 5 on Nov. 8 to adopt the Community Preservation Act.

I can just imagine a furiously passionate reaction from any lifelong Pittsfield resident if I tell

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Letter: Vote Yes on Pittsfield's Question 5
Letters to the Editor,
01:35PM / Wednesday, November 02, 2016

To the Editor:

I'm a local real estate broker/owner of Gile Real Estate. As a broker, I see the money that we've given to other [Community Preservation Act] communities for the past 16 years in real estate document recording fees ($170 every time a property is purchased.)

Only the communities that have adopted CPA can access this state-matched fund that they're already paying into. In 2015, we estimate that 1,702 properties were sold in Pittsfield. At $170 each in document recording fees, that comes to $289,340 that was given away. And that is only properties that sold through the Berkshire Board of Realtors.

Based on last year's data, if we already had CPA, the local

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Letter: Check Hinds on Tuesday
Letters to the Editor,
01:00PM / Wednesday, November 02, 2016

To the Editor:

As we look out to next Tuesday, there is a wide breadth of questions and various positions both national and local that every eligible voter has the right and responsibility to vote on. No matter what side you take on any of these decisions, they will not only affect our lives, but the lives of future generations in the commonwealth, our nation, and our world.

If I can make a statement on one of those votes, I would urge you to support Adam Hinds for state Senate. Adam has proven his ability to listen and work with the community and has an incredible capacity for working with colleagues at both the state and national level. The support he has received for his candidacy

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