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Pittsfield Celebrates Veterans Day
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:07PM / Saturday, November 11, 2017

Larry Caprari presented a plaque to Veteran of the Year Joseph Mack. More photos from the parade and the ceremony can be found here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With temperatures in the teens Saturday morning, the city of Pittsfield honored veterans of all wars with a parade and ceremony.   At 10 a.m. marchers and vehicles left City Hall and proceeded down North Street, onto South Street, and concluded at the Veterans Memorial on South Street.   "From the jungles of Vietnam to the mountains of Afghanistan from Bastone to Baghdad, from Pork Chop Hill to the Persian Gulf, our veterans have borne the cost of these wars and continue to stand watch over America's

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Superior Court Briefs: Nov. 6 - Nov. 9
Staff Reports,
03:38PM / Friday, November 10, 2017
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, November 6.   Denzel LaFayette, 20, of Springfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of rape and abuse of a child, two counts of assault and battery, and single counts of posing a child in a state of nudity, disseminating visual material of a child in a state of nudity, disseminating matter harmful to a minor, and possession of child pornography.    He was released on $250 cash or $2,500 surety bail. The charges stem from incidents involving a 16-year-old girl in Pittsfield and North Adams between October 21, 2015 and March 30, 2017.   Anthony Robertson, 35, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas


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

Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Nov. 10-16
10:47AM / Friday, November 10, 2017
SATURDAY Annual Veterans Day Parade & Ceremony The City of Pittsfield's Annual Veterans Day Parade & Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. For those participating, lineup will take place from 9-9:45 a.m. on Fenn, Pearl and Allen streets and will depart from City Hall at 10 a.m. The group will proceed to the Pittsfield Veterans' Memorial Park on South Street for the ceremony. Following the ceremony, a light reception for veterans and their family members will be held at the Pittsfield VA Outpatient


Dalton Signs Community Compact With Polito; IT Upgrades Planned
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:17AM / Friday, November 10, 2017

Dalton became the 314th municipality in the state to sign agreements.

DALTON, Mass. — Technology moves fast. The government doesn't.

Except maybe this time. 

It was on Sept. 7 that Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito handed an application for a Community Compact agreement to town officials. 

On Thursday, just two months later, she was back to sign an agreement to get the town's technology infrastructure moving as well. 

The technology Dalton officials use is behind the times. Town Hall doesn't have a server to back up files and documents. Town officials are saving things to flash drives and filing paperwork.    There is a much better way but


Mount Everett Fall Festival Features Bard's 'Romeo & Juliet'
08:14PM / Thursday, November 09, 2017
  SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Mount Everett Regional School's Fall Festival production of "Romeo and Juliet" begins this weekend.   Performances are Thursday, Nov. 9, and Friday, Nov. 10, both at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. in the Consolati Performing Arts Center (TAC PAC). Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors.   This year's show will also perform at the Tina Packer Playhouse at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox on Friday, Nov. 17, at 6:15 p.m. More information can be found at


Gubernatorial Candidate Warren Wants to Increase Veterans Secretary Role
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:39PM / Thursday, November 09, 2017

Warren chats with the veterans at Soldier On. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — If Setti Warren is elected governor, he wants a veteran sitting in his cabinet.   The Newton Democrat has put forth a proposal to pull the veterans services secretary job out from under Health and Human Services and provide veterans with their own seat at the table.   "I believe we need to build on the success and create a veterans affairs secretary and military families at the full cabinet level. This cabinet secretary will report directly to the governor and be integrated into all of the decisions being made," Warren said on Thursday when he stopped in at Soldier On.   The plan would be


'LBJ': Offers Hope From the Past
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
06:41PM / Thursday, November 09, 2017
Viewers uninterested in politics and American history probably won't enjoy the insight and philosophical ruminations ventured by director Rob Reiner in his savvy biopic, "LBJ." Detailing the momentous ebb and flow of the times just before and after the ascension of Lyndon Baines Johnson to the presidency of the United States in 1963, Reiner, working from a script by Joey Hartstone, studiously puts forth a thesis worthy of an honorary master's degree.    If it had new information about the man behind the Civil Rights Act of 1964, I'd of considered a Ph.D.   Now, I won't attempt to pull away those who would much prefer the couch, the football game, a


Lt. Gov. Polito Delivers $425K For Habitat For Humanity Condo Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:06PM / Thursday, November 09, 2017

Three new condo buildings will be constructed off of Deming Street, near Elm. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Eight years ago Berkshire Gas donated a parcel of land on Deming Street to Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity.   The non-profit worked with White Engineering to design a condominium project featuring three buildings, with two units in each.   It will provide housing for six families. And it will be all net-zero for energy usage.   "They donated the property and then we started trying to figure out what we wanted there. We worked on the concept behind it and once we started getting the cost of it, it wasn't going to be affordable. We had to start and


The Independent Investor: Cracks in the House of Saud
By Bill Schmick,
05:11PM / Thursday, November 09, 2017
Over the weekend, the government of Saudi Arabia announced multiple arrests of royal family members as well as other governmental officials. The official explanation was a new campaign to root out corruption, but many believe the raid was a power grab by the reigning Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.   Corruption in Saudi Arabia is as common as sand. It is what makes the wheels run so global observers discounted that excuse. The assumptions ranged from a thwarted coup against the reigning family to a consolidation of power orchestrated by the heir apparent.   As a result, gold jumped over $10 an ounce, oil spiked 3 percent and investors held their breath expecting another shoe


Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for November & December
01:29PM / Thursday, November 09, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, and his district staff will host three community outreach events during the months of November and December.   Hinds will convene his final Speak Up Western Mass public forum of the year at Williamstown Town Hall, 31 North St., on Monday, Dec. 11, from 10 to noon.   The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Chester and Savoy at the following locations: Wednesday, Nov. 15,  from 11 to 1, Chester Town Hall auditorium, 15 Middlefield Road Thursday, Nov. 16, from 10 to noon, Savoy Senior Center, 720 Main Road (enter at the rear of Savoy Town Hall) All residents of


Pittsfield Councilors Want More Details For West Side Youth Center Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:33AM / Thursday, November 09, 2017

Officials from the Christian Center say they already have plans for a new building and new programming on the West Side.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is set to ask the West Side Neighborhood Initiative to flesh out the details of possibly building a new youth center.

The City Council's Economic and Community Development Subcommittee is recommending that a petition from Valerie Hamilton to construct the new center on Dewey Avenue be sent to the initiative. Hamilton is asking for the city to use property currently eyed for a park.   City officials say there is very little possibility of building on that land so a new location needs to be found. And that there are other


Holiday Hours: Veterans Day
03:10PM / Wednesday, November 08, 2017

An image of the 353rd Infantry in France taken two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect.

Veterans Day falls on Saturday, Nov. 11, but will be observed on Friday, Nov. 10, as a state and federal holiday.

The federal holiday is to commemorate the service of the nation's military veterans in ensuring peace.

It was first known as Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I at the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In recognition of the efforts of World War II veterans, President Eisenhower in 1954 signed legislation creating Veterans Day with the goal of honoring all American veterans.

Closed on Friday, Nov. 10:
Some federal

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