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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

Barrington Stage Company Board of Trustees Welcomes New Member
01:25PM / Friday, September 21, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Barrington Stage Company has welcomed Jodi Tartell to its Board of Trustees.

"Jodi has demonstrated a strong commitment to Pittsfield's economic and cultural growth and we are very pleased to welcome her to our board," said Barrington Stage Board President Marita Glodt.

"I find no organization more visible or responsible for Pittsfield's renaissance and revitalization than Barrington Stage," Tartell said. "I'm honored to serve on the Board of Trustees for Barrington Stage Company to further contribute to its remarkable growth and future success."

Tartell received her undergraduate degree from Tulane University and her


Berkshire Immigrant Center Names New Advisory Board Members, Leadership
01:14PM / Friday, September 21, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Immigrant Center has welcomed three new members to its Advisory Board and has new board leadership.

Joining the Advisory Board are Jenn Gomez, Helen Moon and Colin Ovitsky, all of Pittsfield, and Dr. Rose Ellis of Williamstown assumed the role of Advisory Board chairwoman on July 1. Ellis is the former superintendent of schools at Mt. Greylock Regional High School, Williamstown Elementary and Lanesborough Elementary schools and has been the board's vice-chair this past year.

"I have learned firsthand that the Berkshire Immigrant Center does critically important work that speaks to who we are in Berkshire County, a caring and welcoming


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: Sept. 21-27
12:45PM / Friday, September 21, 2018
  MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE SUN Juilliard String Quartet at South Mtn. Concerts
South Mountain Concerts presents the Juilliard String Quartet for an evening of classics and a world premiere by Lembit Beecher - "One Hundred Years Grows Shorter Over Time" - written for the Quartet in honor of the 100th anniversary of South Mountain Concerts. 3 p.m. $40. FRI David Grover & Linda


'White Boy Rick': The Wild, Wild Midwest
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:12PM / Friday, September 21, 2018
My dad was a bench seat philosopher who, while a man of measured words, occasionally liked to opine from behind the wheel of our '51 Buick Roadmaster, the one with the Fireball 8 engine.   I look back at it as our quality time. Maybe it was a quick trip to Sears to buy some roofing material, or to get me some White Castle sliders on a night when my mom was just too tired to cook. Or perhaps it was my tutelage entirely planned. Looking through the windshield, Daniel Goldberger explained the passing pageant of humanity.   It could be a little man walking with a very tall woman: "See, there's someone for everyone."   And in a similar point of positivism that


Pittsfield Dedicates Adult Learning Center To William Stickney
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:25AM / Friday, September 21, 2018

William Travis, former superintendent of the Pittsfield schools, shares stories of Adult Learning Center founder Bill Stickney at the renaming of the center in Stickney's honor on Thursday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In the latter part of William Stickney's career, he struggled to walk.    Then Superintendent of Schools William Travis remembers seeing Stickney sitting on the stairs in the Mercer Building, using his arms to push himself up one stair at a time as he attempted to get to his office.   That was Stickney's dedication to the belief that all adults deserved a second chance.   "The office wasn't going to close. It was always going to be


Walk A Mile In Her Shoes Draws Hundreds to Benefit Freeman Center
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:03AM / Friday, September 21, 2018

Marchers hold signs for Christa Steele-Knudslien who was murdered in North Adams last January. Her husband was charged in her murder. See more photos from the event here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hundreds walked, and some stumbled, down North Street in high heels during the Walk a Mile In Her Shoes march to raise money and spread awareness of gender violence.   Elizabeth Freeman Center Executive Director Janis Broderick welcomed all the walkers who came out during the event at Third Thursday, including elected officials, business leaders, residents from throughout the county and all those who demand change.   "I want to welcome you to the eighth annual march to stop


The Independent Investor: Dogs and Their Cars
By Bill Schmick,
04:50PM / Thursday, September 20, 2018
Pet ownership in America is well over 50 percent. Nine out of 10 of these owners view their pet as part of the family. As such, dollars spent on traditional pet ownership areas such as food, veterinary needs and boarding have expanded to include things like exercise and travel. For more and more Americans, that trend has grown to include what cars we purchase.   This hit home for me recently when my wife and I began discussing our next automobile purchase or lease. In times past, our decision may have been based on what vehicles provided the best fuel mileage or winter safety in snow and ice conditions. But this year, it was all about what car would be most appropriate for our


Marijuana Approved For Former KFC In Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:53PM / Thursday, September 20, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A lot has changed in two years.    Nearly two years ago to the date the Zoning Board of Appeals denied a permit for a medical marijuana facility at the former Kentucky Fried Chicken on East Street because it was detrimental to the neighborhood. On Wednesday, the ZBA approved an even bigger recreational marijuana facility on the same location.    Heka Health is proposing to tear down the former KFC and renovate the Tailored Events properties for a recreational marijuana dispensary. The KFC will become a parking lot for the site.    The ZBA unanimously approved the application, adding only conditions that it be closed by 9 p.m. and that


SBA Touts Small Business Success Stories of The Berkshires
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Thursday, September 20, 2018

Steve Oakes has a really cool washing machine — well, actually four of them. LENOX, Mass. — For most of her life, Suzanne Merritt always played it safe and conservative.    Then she got cancer and her perspective changed. For years she had it in her mind that one day she would be able to own the gym where she was a trainer but always saw it as an intimidating risk.   But after cancer, she realized the worst thing that would happen with a business is that it would fail, not kill her.    So she went all in for it. It took some 10 months to finally work out a deal but eventually, she purchased Lenox Fitness Center and Spa — now called Lenox Fit


Central Berkshire Habitat Condo Project Receives Permits
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:51PM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity's Gordon Deming project is a go.    The non-profit received the local permits needed on Tuesday for the six-unit, three-building condominium project. The project has been in the works for a decade since Berkshire Gas first donated the property on Deming Street and Executive Director Carolyn Valli believes it will be out to bid in March.    The $1.1 million project was anticipated to break ground this fall and had been heralded by city and state officials when Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito awarded a $425,000 grant toward it last November but lining up permitting has proven to be a challenge.


Fall Foliage Festival Kicks Off Sept. 22
03:13PM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Fall Foliage Children's Parade, set for Friday, Sept. 28, is always a highlight of the annual Fall Foliage Festival.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass.  — The 2018 Fall Foliage Festival kicks off this weekend with the theme "Year of the Dog."

Traditionally, the Fall Foliage Parade takes place on the first Sunday of each October. The exception to that tradition is when the first Sunday in October falls during Columbus Day weekend. In this instance, the parade and festival are usually moved a week earlier.

Detailed descriptions and information about events can be found online or links accompanying individual events.


Saturday, Sept. 22

10 a.m.-noon: The Children's


BCC, AHEC Announce Fall Workshops
02:04PM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College, in collaboration with Berkshire AHEC (Area Health Education Centers), through the recently created "BCC Area Health Education Collaborative," will offer the following workshops this fall on BCC's main campus at 1350 West St.

"Cultural Competency: Immigration, Acculturation and Implications for Social Identity" (WKS-1914-E1) is an informational session regarding how the attitudes and behaviors of people from one culture are modified as a result of contact with a different/host culture. Discussion will include applying the role of the interpreter and their functions. Sunday, Sept. 30, is International Translation


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