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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

Rowling Picks Mount Greylock as Site of Fictional Wizarding School
Staff Reports,
02:33PM / Tuesday, June 28, 2016

ADAMS, Mass. — The state's highest peak was revealed on Tuesday to be the location of a school of wizardry.

J.K. Rowling, author of the immensely popular "Harry Potter" series, released a short story on Tuesday on the history of Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at

"It stands at the highest peak of Mount Greylock, where it is concealed from non-magic gaze by a variety of powerful enchantments, which sometimes manifest in a wreath of misty cloud," she writes of the hidden granite castle.

The North American version of Hogwarts was founded by Isolt Sayre, an Irish woman of wizarding heritage, who fled to the New World on the


Pittsfield Licensing Board Tries to Find Compromise Between Eatery, Neighbors
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:20AM / Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A half-dozen residents raised objections to the entertainment license. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Licensing Board is giving a West Housatonic Street restaurant a shot at having live music, despite pleas from the neighbors.   Roasted Garlic owner Mickey Soldato requested an entertainment license to have acoustic musicians perform on the outdoor patio a couple nights a week.   Soldato says the hope is to grow the business, including with later evening patrons, by providing more music. However, those who live on Gale Avenue have heard it before and say it was a nuisance.    In 2010, the owners of Fresco's, which is in the same location, put on a concert that


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

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by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Rose Leads Babe Ruth Team to City Playoff Win
10:25PM / Monday, June 27, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Cedric Rose had four hits, including two doubles, and a pair of RBIs Monday to lead A to Z Lettering to an 8-6 win over the Italian-American Club in the first game of the Babe Ruth City Championship.   Luke Whitehouse also had a pair of doubles, and winning pitcher Jaden Coscia struck out four and allowed one earned run in 3-⅔ innings of work for A to Z.   Carter Matthews and Mike Mansfield each had a pair of hits for IAC.   Game 2 of the best-of-three series is Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Deming Park.


SEIU Local 888 Endorses Farley-Bouvier for Re-election
Campaign Statement,
05:42PM / Monday, June 27, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Service Employee Employees International Union Local 888 has endorsed Tricia Farley-Bouvier's re-election as state representative for the 3rd District.

SEIU represents 2 million workers in the health care, public and property services. Farley-Bouvier, a Democrat, was first elected to the House in a special election in 2011 and represents all but one precinct in Pittsfield.

"We are proud to support Tricia Farley-Bouvier in her bid for re-election. In 2014, she stood tall with working families as a leader of the Raise Up agenda in the House to raise the minimum wage and bring earned sick time to our state. That took courage. As we continue that work


Del Gallo Challenges Democratic Candidates to Spending Limits
Campaign Statement,
04:41PM / Monday, June 27, 2016

The following is an open letter from Rinaldo Del Gallo III, candidate for the Democratic nomination for state Senate:

During the first week of April, I sent my fellow candidates an email asking them to agree to voluntary spending limits.  Many progressives I have spoken to feel it is an excellent idea. I herein resubmit an open letter on the subject of spending limits, debates, and columns in local papers. This offer, previously submitted in early April, I offer for 10 days after publication of this letter by The Berkshire Eagle (on June 22).
Spending Limits

In early April, I was at an event with state Rep. Smitty Pignatelli and the subject of money and campaigns came up. He


Pittsfield Adult Learning Center Lists Graduates, Award Recipients
03:42PM / Monday, June 27, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Adult Learning Center's Graduation took place June 15 at Crosby Elementary School.

Among the 40 adult students earning a high school equivalency, 36 achieved their goal by successfully passing the HiSET exam and another four completed the Adult Diploma program.

2016 Pittsfield Adult Learning Center Award Recipients

William Stickney Scholarship: Samuel Acquah, Lorraine Akor, Don R. Ross, Gabriel J. Schultheis

Linda Hermanski Positive Mindset Award: Linda Brown

Persistence and Dedication Award: Carlos Barrillas

Committed to Excellence Award: Maribel Maza-Quispe

2016 Pittsfield Adult Learning Center Graduates (*Adult Diploma Program):


Berkshire County Arc Awards Scholarships to Five Local High School Seniors
03:35PM / Monday, June 27, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc and the Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group have awarded scholarships ranging up to $1,400 to five high school seniors who demonstrated outstanding prior involvement with individuals with disabilities and the potential to contribute to the field of human services.

* Victoria A. Ryan, Monument Mountain Regional High School

* Cody Ciepiela, Wahconah Regional High School (Recipient of the Down Syndrome Family Group Scholarship, which is funded by Berkshire County Arc and the Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group.)

* Elizabeth B. Bean, St. Joseph High School (Recipient of the Carol Craighead Memorial Scholarship Award,


Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires Launched
03:28PM / Monday, June 27, 2016

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Nonprofits seeking help with everything from marketing to fundraising, manpower and professional development can turn to a new entity called the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires.  

Founded by Liana Toscanini, former Development & Marketing Director for Community Access to the Arts, the Nonprofit Center is located at 40 Railroad St.

The mission of the NPC is to facilitate growth for charitable organizations through shared resources, affordable products and services, and creative collaborations.

“Many nonprofits need assistance getting to the next level.  I enjoy connecting people in our community and using my corporate and nonprofit


Berkshire Country Day School Celebrates Awards, Graduation
03:22PM / Monday, June 27, 2016

LENOX, Mass. — Berkshire Country Day School, an independent school for students in preschool through ninth grade, celebrated an Awards and Graduation Ceremony on June 15.

Fourteen students graduated from BCD.

Members of the Class of 2016 are:

* William Hakan Blomquist, Hillsdale, N.Y.

* Nicolas Frederic Capala, Spencertown, N.Y.
* Samantha Veta Mavis Elliott, Pittsfield, Mass.
* Samuel Maher Ferrone, Spencertown, N.Y.
* Maxwell Bradshaw Kittredge, Dalton, Mass.

* Tibor Kane Lazar, Kinderhook, N.Y.

*  Rosemary Elizabeth Lindsay, Lakeville, Conn.

*  Finn Iverson Mathews, Lenox, Mass.

* Dorree Sainoi Ndooki, Great Barrington, Mass.


North Adams Native Returns to Join Pittsfield Law Firm
03:10PM / Monday, June 27, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. - Smith, Green & Gold has welcomed Allyson Holmes as a new associate attorney to the firm.

Holmes, who joined the firm this June, concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, elder law and residential and commercial real estate transactions.

Before joining Smith, Green & Gold, she represented the city of Boston on various matters related to municipal law ranging from drafting and reviewing contracts, city ordinances, state legislation, license and intergovernmental agreements for city departments, procurement issues to litigating matters relating to zoning and land use  issues, construction disputes and appeals of city


BCC Announces Spring Semester Deanís List
02:55PM / Monday, June 27, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass.—Berkshire Community College has announced its Spring 2016 Dean’s List.

According to Dr. Frances Feinerman, vice president for Academic Affairs, to be eligible for the list, full-time students must have declared a major; completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the spring semester; and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for Honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for High Honors.

Part-time students are eligible for the list if they meet the same requirements, except that their credit hours may have been completed during the fall and spring semesters of one academic year.

The following 159 students


Lenox, Wahconah Students Win Youth Art Expo
02:47PM / Monday, June 27, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Lucy McMahon from Lenox Memorial Middle and High School took the top prize in the Youth Art Expo, sponsored by the countywide coaltion Face the Facts: Reduce Teen Pregnancy.

Art was submitted by local youth from Lenox Memorial Middle and High School, Lee Middle and High School, Wahconah High School, Miss Halls School, Taconic High School and Monument Mountain High School. The expo’s theme was, “Nine months from now, the only thing I am expecting is to be more …” Participating youth were asked to think about where they see themselves in nine months, and create an art piece which reflects that. Every participant submitted a piece that

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