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Pittsfield Seeks Artist To Paint Mural On Tyler Street
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:12AM / Monday, March 20, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city hopes to spruce up Tyler Street and it is starting by asking an artist to paint a mural.   The city's Office of Cultural Development put out a call for submissions to paint a mural on a Tyler Street building. The effort is in tandem with the Transformative Development Initiative through MassDevelopment. The mural would be the first for Tyler Street, where there is no public art currently and is the first in a process to engage residents in envisioning what the street will look like in the future.   "The goal is to basically get public art and expression on the street," said TDI Fellow Amewusika "Sika"

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Mount Greylock's Operating Budget Flat, Building Project Drives Hike
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:29AM / Monday, March 20, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School officials Wednesday trumpeted a fiscal 2018 budget proposal that shows no increase in member towns' appropriations related to the school's operating costs.   Williamstown and Lanesborough will be delivered higher assessments, but the increase is due entirely to the bond payment on the addition/renovation project approved in debt exclusion votes in both towns in early 2016.   On Wednesday night, the Mount Greylock School Committee held its public hearing on the FY18 budget.   The bad news is that the district is assessing Lanesborough at $3.2 million and Williamstown at $6.4 million.   The former

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Helen Moon Announces Candidacy For Pittsfield City Council
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:37PM / Sunday, March 19, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Days after the seat opened up, Helen Moon announced her candidacy to become a Ward 1 city councilor.   Moon announced her election bid Thursday morning. The 34-year-old is a registered nurse in the critical care unit at Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington.   "I really am so inspired by all the residents of this community. They all want Pittsfield to be its best. And while we know the city has come so far, even in these past few years, I believe that work still needs to be done. I'm ready to listen to the people of Pittsfield. I'm ready to work for them," Moon wrote in a statement.   "There are so many great things in Ward 1

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@theMarket: Fed Rate Hike Sets Stage For More
By Bill Schmick,
04:13PM / Friday, March 17, 2017

This week the Federal Reserve hiked interest rates again. That's two times in as many quarters. Back in the day, the markets would have swooned. This week they did the opposite. What gives?

The short answer is investors believe both the economy and inflation are beginning to accelerate, so the Fed has every right to reduce the gas and ease its foot off the monetary pedal. There is, after all, no need to keep interest rates at historically low levels at this point.

That's good news, after buoying both the economy and the financial markets through several years of anemic growth and worries over deflation. It is one explanation for why the stock market has climbed to record highs.

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'Peep Show' Contest Seeks Entries
01:34PM / Friday, March 17, 2017

LENOX, Mass. — The Peeps department at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum announces the 2017 Lenox Peep Show.

Peeps of all ages are invited to make a diorama based on their favorite book or story. Dioramas are to be created out of your favorite Peeps treats. Extra credit may be given to those who deftly use puns in the concept or title. Contest entry forms/rules are available at Ventfort Hall or on the website.

All entries must be delivered to Ventfort Hall, 104 Walker St., Lenox, before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5. Contest entry forms/rules are available at Ventfort Hall and select merchant locations in Lenox and the Lenox Chamber office. You can also e-mail

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Pittsfield Author Wins Public Radio Award
11:54AM / Friday, March 17, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Literacy advocate and author Ty Allan Jackson is one of three recipients of the 2017 Arts & Humanities Award from New England Public Radio.

Jackson joins illustrator Barry Moser and the Northampton Jazz Workshop. Recipients will be celebrated at the ninth annual Arts & Humanities Awards Celebration on May 24 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. Tickets are available at NEPR.net. Proceeds support the programs and services of New England Public Radio.

"We are happy to recognize these worthy nominees," said Stephen Wittenberg, chair of the NEPR Foundation's engagement committee. "This is really a community-wide effort in acknowledging the great

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 17-23
11:37AM / Friday, March 17, 2017

  VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR       March 17 - March 23,

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Kindergarten Registration Dates Scheduled Around County
11:29AM / Friday, March 17, 2017

Schools across Berkshire County are holding registration days for next year's kindergartners. Schools can submit their information to be added to this list to info@iberkshires.com.


* Adams: C.T. Plunkett Elementary School will hold kindergartden registration on Friday, March 10, from 8:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the office at C.T. Plunkett Elementary School, 14 Commercial St. Adams.  

Incoming children must be5 years old by Aug. 31.  Parents registering their children must bring their child’s birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residence. Call the office at 413-743-0876 with any questions.

 

* Adams: St. Stanislaus Kostka School is now registering for

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J.C. Penney at the Berkshire Mall To Close
Staff Reports,
10:27AM / Friday, March 17, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — J.C. Penney store at the Berkshire Mall will be closing, one of 138 nationwide.   The anticipated closures were announced on Feb. 24 and on Friday the company released the list of specific stores slated for closure. The mall store is the only one in Massachusetts targeted for closure; the next closest, the Penney's in Bennington, Vt., is not on the list.   Liquidation sales are expected to begin in mid-April.   J.C. Penney had announced closures was on the horizon at the end of last month. The closures represent about 13 percent of the company's store portfolio. The company said on Feb. 24 that the stores eyed for closure either needed

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Superior Court Briefs: March 13 - March 15
Staff Reports,
09:44AM / Friday, March 17, 2017
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, March 13.   Carl Litchfield, 57, of Hinsdale pleaded guilty to four counts of breaking and entering in the daytime, three counts of larceny from a building, two counts of larceny over $250, and a single count of larceny under $250.    He was ordered to serve concurrent 15-month sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction on all charges except larceny under $250. For that charge, he was given a one-year concurrent sentence and placed on one-year probation.   The charges stem from a series of break-ins at a home in Washington between July 25, 2015 and August 9, 2015.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini

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Dellea Honored With Hillcrest's Irish Person of the Year Award
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:30PM / Thursday, March 16, 2017

There was a large audience at the Pittsfield Country Club for the event.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It was in the mid-1980s when Michael Dukakis was looking to close the Avalon School, which was in receivership.

Meanwhile, Hillcrest officials had taken an idea of expanding into the education field to their Chief Operating Officer Eugene Dellea.

Dellea brought the concept the board chair, financial and legal reviews were done and the leadership was ready to bring the idea of buying Avalon to the full board. But first, they needed the governor's office to stop his efforts to close it.   "In communications with the governor and his staff, we impressed upon him the needs

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The Independent Investor: Trump's Budget
By Bill Schmick,
06:44PM / Thursday, March 16, 2017

It was late, "skinny," and guaranteed to send Washington lawmakers up a wall.  President Trump's first crack at a budget, released on Thursday, makes drastic cuts to many sacrosanct departments and programs while boosting spending in others.

If you haven't strapped in quite yet, now is the time to do so. The president's 53-page budget (less than half of his predecessor's lean, 134 pages) makes dramatic cuts to departments such as the Environmental Protection Agency (minus-31 percent) and the State Department (minus-28 percent), while increasing defense spending by $54 billion.

Areas that would also be hit hard were foreign aid, grants to multilateral

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