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10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival Runs Feb. 15-25 in Pittsfield
03:02PM / Wednesday, February 14, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City of Pittsfield's Upstreet Cultural District presents the seventh annual 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival, featuring a lively array of music, art, theater, dance, film, play, fireworks and more, from Feb. 15-25.

Organized by the city of Pittsfield's Office of Cultural Development and Barrington Stage Company, the festival features 66 events in 12 different venues, highlighting dozens of artists, actors, musicians, playwrights and performers.  

The 10X10 Festival kicks off on Thursday, Feb. 15, with five events: "IS183 Art School Kids Create Show: A Learning Through Arts Showcase" exhibit featuring artwork from every student artist in

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PHS Academic Decathlon Team Snags Honors at Regional Competition
02:27PM / Wednesday, February 14, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass.— The Pittsfield High School academic decathlon team placed second in the small school competition and fifth overall out of a field of 21 at the Massachusetts Academic Decathlon Regionals at Quincy High School on Feb. 3.

Eight players on the scoring team garnered 19 medals and came very close to several more. The team now advances to the state finals on Saturday, March 3.

The PHS team comprises Adam Shepardson, Brian Lavinio, Emelyn Theriault in the Honors Division; Mike Cavalieri, Marilyn Maison, Aubree McClure in the Scholastic Division; and William Munch, Giuliana Pierce and Brennah Brickle in the Varsity Division. Team alternates are Jon Halse, Jaden Coscia,

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Holiday Hours: Presidents Day
02:00PM / Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Gen. George Washington taking command of the Continental Army in Cambridge in 1775.

Washington's Birthday will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 19.

The holiday was first enacted by Congress in 1879 to mark George Washington's birthday on Feb. 22 and later moved to the third Monday in February in 1968. While the name of the federal holiday remains Washington's Birthday, it is more often referred to as Presidents Day to include the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on Feb. 12.

Washington was born in 1732 (or Feb. 11, 1731, according to the old-style calendar) in Colonial Virgina. A Founding Father, he would lead the new nation as head of the Continental Army in the Revolution and as

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MCLA Rolls Out New Career Development Platform
01:57PM / Wednesday, February 14, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Center for Student Success and Engagement at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has launched a new, online career software portal to help prepare students for employment.

"The Career Trail Online" will provide a wide variety of services aimed at connecting students with their first jobs as college graduates and serve as a resource for alumni.

According to Dale Osef, MCLA's career development specialist, "The Career Trail," by Purple Briefcase, is a top-of-the-line, industry standard for connecting students to employers, faculty, staff, alumni and more.

"MCLA saw a need for a fresh, new approach to career development on our

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Vote Delayed On Pittsfield's $74 Million Wastewater Upgrades
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:18PM / Wednesday, February 14, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell used a charter objection Tuesday night to halt a vote on a $74 million upgrade to the wastewater treatment plant.   The administration is seeking authority to borrow for the upgrades to comply with an U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrative order that calls for significantly decreasing the amount of phosphorus and aluminum treatment released into the Housatonic River. The plan developed in consultation with Klienfelder also calls for a nitrogen optimization process.   Connell and Ward 5 Councilor Donna Todd Rivers and Councilor at Large Melissa Mazzeo pressed consultant Alan Wells of Kleinfelder, an

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Consider Financial Gifts for All Your Valentines
11:34AM / Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day is here – and it's a pretty big business. In fact, U.S. consumers spent about $18 billion on their valentines in 2017, according to the National Retail Federation. Of course, recipients certainly appreciate flowers, candy, jewelry and so on, but this year, consider going beyond the traditional favorites to give your loved ones something more long-lasting – a financial gift.

And, while you're doing so, why not also go beyond the traditional definition of a "valentine"? After all, not all that $18 billion went to spouses or significant others. A sizable amount also went to non-romantic connections, including children, parents, friends,

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BART Basketball Advances to League Title Game
11:20PM / Tuesday, February 13, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- It was not that long ago that the BART basketball team was the kind of program others might see as a doormat.   Now, the Wolf Pack is on the doorstep of winning a league championship.   Brandon Bamba scored 27 points Tuesday as Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School defeated Eagle Hill, 59-52, in the semi-finals of the River Valley Athletic League’s B Division Tournament.   On Thursday afternoon at the North Adams Armory, BART will host the league title game -- a far cry from the program’s early days.   “Two years ago, we were getting beaten by 60 and 70 points per game,” BART coach Rob Daugherty said after

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Lanesborough Releases Economic Development Plan
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, February 13, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — A town committee has completed the long-awaited economic development plan.   The Economic Development Committee has spent more than a year crafting what is eyed to become the blueprint for the town's efforts to attract and grow businesses.   The committee of local residents was assisted by Berkshire Regional Planning Commission in developing the 37-page document outlining the town's strengths, weakness, opportunities, and threats. It analyzes the town's demographics, weighed the results of a survey sent out with the tax bills, and settles on four strategic goals.   "My personal hope is we will be able to take this and work this

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Taconic High Construction: Focus on Interior Finishes
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:58PM / Monday, February 12, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Nearly all of the mechanical and exterior work is complete and the focus at the new Taconic High School is transitioning to painting and finishing.   The $120.8 new school has been under construction for just short of two years and is on track to be completed this summer. Workers broke ground in March of 2016 and the building's target completion date is July 1. In July and August, the equipment will be moved into the new school and shortly after, the demolition of the current building will begin.   The project is being overseen by Gilbane Construction and Skanska USA and some 137 contractors were on site this week.    Upon entering the main

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Biz Briefs: Bank of America Offers Free Museum Admission to Members
03:07PM / Monday, February 12, 2018
Admission's on us

The Clark Art Institute is now a member of Bank of America's "Museums on Us" program, providing cardholders with free admission on the first full weekend of each month.

Each Bank of America, Merrill Lynch or US Trust cardholder is allowed one free general admission to participating institutions on any eligible day. The program applies only to the first full weekend (consecutive Saturday and Sunday) of every month. Admission is non-transferable and for the cardholder only; guests of the cardholder do not receive free admission. Photo ID is required along with the valid credit or debit card.
 
Museums on Us is designed to provide a benefit to Bank of

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BRTA Strike Delayed
Staff Reports,
03:00PM / Monday, February 12, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A scheduled strike at the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority has been delayed.   BRTA Administrator Robert Malnati issued a notice on Monday saying the paratransit operators have delayed a striked scheduled to begin on Monday, Feb. 19. A federal mediator will be meeting with BRTA on Feb. 21 to further discuss the situation and has asked the union workers to delay their strike.   Drivers for Paratransit Management of the Berkshires voted down the best and final offer during contract negotiations and voted on Feb. 6 to strike. The 18 workers are represented by International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 404.   The BRTA, which oversees

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Berkshires Beat: Final Steel Beam Placed on New Tanglewood Complex
01:50PM / Monday, February 12, 2018
Moving along

Tanglewood hosted a ceremonial topping off event at the construction site of the festival's new four-building complex on Monday, Feb. 12, celebrating the placement of the final steel beam on top of the building site. The new building complex will support the performances and rehearsal activities of the Tanglewood Music Center — the BSO's prestigious summer music academy — and serve as the home of the new Tanglewood Learning Institute. The beam—which was placed on top of the covered walkway connecting each building—was painted white and signed by the construction team, who were feted at the event in celebration of this project milestone.

Since

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