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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Feb. 2-8
10:31AM / Friday, February 02, 2018

FEBRUARY 2 is First Fridays Artswalk & More!

Enjoy almost a dozen different art shows featuring work by more than a dozen accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Fridays Artswalk and all month long!    In most venues, artists will be present from 5-8 p.m. A free guided tour begins at 5 p.m. at the Intermodal Center @ BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave. Mary McGinnis, co-founder of First Fridays Artswalk, will bring you through the various exhibits!   The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, located at 28 Renne


Bay State Games Return Feb. 10
05:39AM / Friday, February 02, 2018
WOBURN, Mass. – The 2018 Bay State Winter Games Figure Skating competition will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 10 and 11, at the Williams College’s Lansing Chapman Rink in Williamstown.   This marks the 33rd year of the event and features nearly 450 performances from skaters representing Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Skaters ranging in age from 5 to over 65 represent the United State Figure Skating Association or the International Skating Institute.   Local skaters scheduled to compete include:   From the Pittsfield Figure Skating Club: Daniella Santamarina, Rebecca Drager, Aimee Boulais, Katie Malone, Dakota Marquis,


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

Tyer Rolls Out Toter Program at Public Meetings
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Friday, February 02, 2018

The mayor is holding four meetings on the toter system. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Linda Tyer is rolling out the toters.   After the City Council sent her proposal to revamp the way trash is collected in the city back to her office, Tyer is now rolling the program out to the public.   Tyer has completed two of four public meetings during which residents can ask questions, test out the toters, and see for themselves how their use may impact their day-to-day lives.   On Wednesday, Tyer's first meeting was at Morningside Community School. There she outlined her concept of providing every household with a 45-gallon for trash and a 96-gallon toter for recycling.


Red Apple Butchers Closes In Downtown Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:10AM / Friday, February 02, 2018

Red Apple Butchers moved downtown in September. He announced the shop's closure on Thursday on 'The John Krol Show' live on Facebook.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Red Apple Butchers in Pittsfield is closing its North Street location barely four months after moving in.    Owner Jazu Stine said on Thursday that the customer base expected to be generated by moving downtown just never appeared and many of the regulars from his previous location didn't follow the business there.   "We did a lot of projections and numbers but ultimately it is a guess. You forecast how people are going to receive you, whether people will stay with you, and whether


The Independent Investor: Health Care and the 3 Musketeers
By Bill Schmick,
10:28PM / Thursday, February 01, 2018
Earlier this week, three of the country's most influential corporate titans sounded a call to battle. Given the inaction of our government, these modern-day musketeers are preparing to storm the battlements of sky-rocketing health care costs.   Jeff Bezos of Amazon may not have the swash-buckling prowess of Athos, nor does JPMorgan Chase's Jamie Dimon compare in physical strength to Porthos. And granted, Warren Buffet of Berkshire Hathaway would be a stretch in playing Aramis, but make no mistake, they do bring a combination of strengths that could revolutionize what I believe is the single greatest threat to our nation's economy.   Back in May of last year, I wrote a


Neal Ready to Negotiate an Infrastructure Bill
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:34PM / Thursday, February 01, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The ranking Democrat in the U.S. House's Ways and Means Committee wants to get to negotiations on an infrastructure bill.   President Donald Trump is proposing a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill to fix the nation's roads, bridges, airports, and railways. And that is exactly the kind of bill U.S. Rep. Richard Neal has been wanting for years. But, the Berkshire's congressional representative says negotiating how that will be paid is still on the table.   "The improvements in the public arena are our responsibility and they should be done. So when the president says he wants to do a big infrastructure program, alright let's get on to


Greylock Thunder Travel Softball Sets Tryouts
10:58AM / Thursday, February 01, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Greylock Thunder Travel Softball program will hold tryouts Feb. 11 for its under-14 and under-16 squads.   Any player from any town is welcome to try out for the squad. Players who participated in the fall tryouts are encouraged to attend.   The Feb. 11 tryouts will be at Williams College's Towne Field House, 82 Latham St., Williamstown, from 9 a.m. to noon. Sneakers are required.   The program will hold tryouts for its under-12 team at a later date.   For information, email


YMCA Recognizes Longtime Staff Member's 90th Birthday
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:56AM / Thursday, February 01, 2018

The children made her a sign wishing her a happy birthday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Forty years ago, Theresa Tracy started going to the Pittsfield Family YMCA as a member.   About 10 years later she started volunteering. And then 22 years ago, she took a staff position and has been teaching water aerobics courses since.   "I just love the Y. I don't do it for the money. I do it because I love to do it and I love the people," Tracy said.   And the people at the Y love her back. That's why on Wednesday, staff threw her a surprise birthday party.   Tracy turned 90 years old this week and when she came off the elevator and into the lobby, after

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Pittsfield Finance Panel Is No on $74M Wastewater Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Thursday, February 01, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council's finance subcommittee is recommending that the city hold off on borrowing $74 million to make major repairs to the wastewater system.   The subcommittee voted down in a split 2-3 vote a petition from Mayor Linda Tyer to borrow the money to start construction on the upgrades to comply with EPA mandates. The councilors on the Finance Committee, however, want to know more about what led to the logjam with the EPA.   "I'm sick of being rushed through these things," Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell said, citing that for years he's been asking for information and had even called for a water and wastewater commission


Dreaming Of A White Groundhog's Day?
01:53PM / Wednesday, January 31, 2018

After a few days of seeing grass, snow is back in the forecast tonight, with a chance of snow showers, mainly between midnight and 4 a.m., according to the National Weather Service, and then again on Thursday into Friday.

Just how much snow will we get on the day Punxsutawney Phil lets us know when winter will end?

The National Weather Service predicts less than 1 inch overnight tonight into Thursday and snow showers overnight Thursday into Friday, with less than 1 inch possible. Snow showers might continue into the afternoon on Friday. Temps will turn cold Friday, with a low around 4 and a high of only 22 on Saturday.


The Weather Channel is predicting snow showers early tonight, with


Put a Trusted 'Quarterback' on Your Financial Team
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:17PM / Wednesday, January 31, 2018

On Feb. 4, the eyes of most of the country – and much of the rest of the world – will be on Minneapolis, site of the most-watched football game in the United States. As a fan, you can admire the way quarterbacks in the Big Game direct their teams. But as an investor, you can learn something from the big game by putting together your own team to help you achieve your financial goals – and you may find it helpful to have your own "quarterback."

Who should be on your team? Your financial strategy will involve investments, taxes and estate planning, so you will likely need a financial advisor, a tax professional and an attorney. Ideally, your financial advisor


Health Matters: Antibiotic Resistance And What You Can Do About It
11:54AM / Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The introduction of antibiotics in the late 1930s decreased U.S. infection deaths by 73 percent in the first 15 years. Antibiotics have enabled complicated surgery, chemotherapy for cancer, care for premature babies, organ transplants and more. As a result, many claim that antibiotics are the most important medical advance of the 20th century.

What's troubling about antibiotics is that scientists are discovering fewer antibiotics than ever, and those we have are losing their effect. Bacteria and other microorganisms, which cause infections and disease, use several ways to impede antibiotic action and thus become "resistant" to the antibiotic. They can change themselves by


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