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Moments House to be honored at Mass General Cancer Center
02:00PM / Friday, March 04, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Moments House has been selected as an honoree of "The One Hundred 2016."

"The One Hundred," created and supported by the Mass General Cancer Center, is an awareness and fundraising initiative that celebrates hope in the cancer community.

Each year The One Hundred honors 100 Everyday Amazing individuals and groups and in 2016 this includes Moments House, Berkshire County’s own daytime cancer community. The One Hundred is composed of caregivers, researchers, philanthropists, advocates and volunteers from around the globe who display a great deal of commitment to the fight against cancer.

Honorees are selected by a dedicated committee of


'Eddie the Eagle': Doesn't Soar
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:33PM / Friday, March 04, 2016

I didn't mind too terribly the obviousness and predictability of director Dexter Fletcher's "Eddie the Eagle," a biopic about the underdog (and lone) British ski jumper who charmed everyone at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.

Rather, I let its goodwill and well-meaning parable about determination in the face of overwhelming odds wash over me, giving the movie points for its unpretentious, Disney-like sincerity. Such basic, filmic oases far from the cynicism of cutting edge this, hi-tech that and metaphor-loaded obscurities are nature's way of rebooting our brains.

You get what you see, and nothing much more: a pleasant ride through the sweet and polite, Golden


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

Should You Retire in 'Stages'?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:48AM / Friday, March 04, 2016

For many people, the concept of retirement can be scary, both emotionally and financially. If you, too, feel somewhat anxious about what awaits you, you might feel more comfortable in knowing that, depending on where you work, you might be able to retire in stages.

As its name suggests, retiring in stages typically involves reducing one’s work hours from full-time to part-time, and then, eventually, to complete retirement. If you enjoy the social relationships of work, and you define part of your identity with what you do at your job, this type of gradual transition may be easier for you to accommodate than the abrupt transition from “worker” to


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 4-10
09:43AM / Friday, March 04, 2016
Office of Cultural Development | City of Pittsfield    

Friday: First Fridays


Arrowhead Opens Baseball Exhibit on Friday
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:34AM / Friday, March 04, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Jeff Bagwell may be the best player of his generation not yet to earn a spot in the Hall of Fame.

The career .297 hitter retired after 15 Major League seasons, all with the same club, in which he hit 449 home runs, earned a National League MVP trophy, garnered three Silver Slugger awards and was named the NL Rookie of the Year

"What's interesting is Jeff Bagwell is labeled a singles hitter who all of a sudden started to show power, and what did they think? That he was taking something," said Larry Moore, one of the curators of "Baseball and the Berkshires," which opens on Friday at Herman Melville's Arrowhead.

What is more interesting


Bloomberg Kicks Off State Representative Campaign
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:07PM / Thursday, March 03, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Michael Eric Bloomberg's grandfather had the opportunity to work at GE but passed because he was afraid he could be transferred out of Pittsfield.   "Upon arriving in Pittsfield, that man was offered an engineering position with General Electric, at the time a towering presence both in the city, and around the world, he declined their offer and, instead, with his family by his side, opened a small retail shop on Woodlawn Avenue. He named that business Jim's Working Mans Store," Bloomberg said of Irving Shulman.    "When asked years later why he chose not to accept the position with GE, the man replied, he was afraid he'd be


The Independent Investor: Why Wall Street Is Worried About Trump
By Bill Schmick,
03:10PM / Thursday, March 03, 2016

Normally, Wall Street loves GOP presidential candidates. Historically, Republican presidents have been good for business, tend to cut taxes, and slow the rate of government spending. So why does Donald Trump give them the willies?

For starters, the investment community worries that Trump is an unpredictable wild card. Remember, that investors can accommodate the good or the bad, as long as the future is articulated in clear terms. For example, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, is going after predatory pricing in the biotech sector. That's bad for biotech so Wall Street sells or shorts biotech stocks until that risk factor is resolved. Another politician says we need a


Girls Lacrosse Youth Programs Offered
07:43PM / Wednesday, March 02, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two Pittsfield-based youth girls lacrosse programs are available for players in grades 3 and up this spring.

Pittsfield’s Boys and Girls Club offers programs in two age groups: juniors (grades 3 to 6) and seniors (grades 7 and 8). New players are welcome and no experience is required.


The Berkshire Attack girls lacrosse club is an elite program for girls entering grades 6 to 12 and offering summer and fall playing opportunities.


The Attack will hold an informational meeting on Thursday, March 31, at 6 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club’s Lighthouse Cafe.


Players can register for the Boys and Girls Club’s beginners program by


2nd Man Charged With Murder in 2014 Big Y Parking Lot Shooting
Staff Reports,
04:51PM / Wednesday, March 02, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city man has man is facing murder charges related to the shooting of a Goshen man in 2014.   Laquan Johnson, 20, was arraigned on single counts of murder, armed assault with intent to rob, and illegal possession of a firearm. He had not-guilty pleas entered on his behalf and was ordered by Judge Paul Smyth to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail.   Johnson is accused of shooting Anthony Gamache, 29, of Goshen on Nov. 18, 2014. Gamache died the following day at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.    Dr. Henry Nields, the chief medical examiner for the state, said Gamache died because of a blood clot caused by a


Great Barrington Attorney Announcing for State Senate
01:40AM / Wednesday, March 02, 2016

RICHMOND, Mass. — A local attorney has decided to run for the Democratic nomination for state Senate.

Andrea Harrington plans to formally announce next Tuesday morning for the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, and Hampden District seat being vacated by state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing. Adam Hinds of Pittsfield, executive director of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, is also running for the nomination.

"I am running for state Senate because our district needs a leader who understands the challenges facing our communities and will build on the opportunities we have to create jobs and protect our children," Harrington said in a statement.

In addition to practicing in


Berkshires Goes for Sanders, Trump
Staff Reports,
12:07AM / Wednesday, March 02, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — With the majority of precincts reporting in late Tuesday night, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were expected to post victories in their respective primaries in Massachusetts.

Trump, a New York billionaire developer, was far and away the winner in the Republican primary, with some 80 percent of precincts reporting he had scored nearly 49 percent of the vote.

But the biggest vote-getters by far in this very blue corner of a blue state were Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, who were polling at about 50 percent and 48 percent, respectively, late Tuesday.

Both did well in the Berkshires, with the Vermont U.S. senator seemingly able to cash in on both his


Bloomberg Makes Three Vying for Pittsfield Rep Seat
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:33PM / Tuesday, March 01, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Michael Eric Bloomberg wants to bring his expertise in finance and urban redevelopment back to his hometown.   The 26-year-old Pittsfield native is challenging state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier for the Democratic nomination for the 3rd Berkshire District. Bloomberg is holding a campaign kickoff on Thursday at Flavours of Malaysia but spoke with iBerkshires on Monday.   "I wouldn't be doing this if I didn't think it would offer something above what we have as a city. I've known Tricia [Farley-Bouvier] for quite some time. She's a great person. She cares about the city. But, our differences are in the role of state representative and

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