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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

Pittsfield Residents Air Grievances With Spectrum Changes
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Tuesday, March 20, 2018

George Doin, field operations manager for Spectrum, and Anna Lucey, director of government affairs, tried to answer some of questions raised during the two hours.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A very large crowd of angry Spectrum customers vented their frustrations for more than two hours Monday at two representatives of the cable company.   Complaints ranged from convoluted bills, poor customer service, nonfunctioning cable boxes that were difficult to hookup to shifting channels and confusing packages — all topped off by hiked prices and extra fees.   "There are a lot of angry, angry people here in the Berkshires," said state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier.


NBCC Forum: 'Domestic Violence is a Matter of Life or Death'
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:46AM / Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Participants in the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition meeting on Friday stood to indicate that they have been touched by domestic violence in some way, personally or professionally.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — By the end of the exercise, nearly everyone was standing.

Participants in the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition forum on Friday were urged to stand if they ever had responded to a domestic violence situation, counseled a domestic violence victim, suspected a friend or family member of being a victim of domestic violence, or were themselves affected by domestic violence. Nearly all of the 75 guests stood up.

"So we can see that we're already standing together for


Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
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Boys and Girls Club Girls Travel Basketball Squad Wraps Up Successful Season
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01:04PM / Monday, March 19, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield Boys and Girls Club fifth- and sixth-grade girls travel basketball team wrapped up its 2017-18 season with a record of 41-4.   The team posted three second-place finishes and four tournament championships across the commonwealth.   It won the Boys and Girls Club Tournament and the Don Gleason Invitational Tournament in Pittsfield, the Ryan Bourque Invitational A Division Tournament in Andover, and finally the Ed Slatz Memorial A Division Tournament in Chicopee.  

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Easter Events in the Berkshires
01:00PM / Monday, March 19, 2018

Hippity, hoppity, Easter's on its way ... and so are lots of fun family events in the Berkshires. If you have one you want included on this list, just email us at


Saturday, March 24

Lenox: Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum will offer its annual Slavic Easter egg decorating demonstrations and instructional workshops from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 1 to 3 p.m. Lenox resident Tjasa Sprague, who will again lead the workshop, learned the technique many years ago from her Czechoslovakian mother, Maria Krofta. The fee for each workshop, which includes all materials, is $30 for advance reservations and $35 for day-of admission. Children should be at


Biz Briefs: Berkshire Money Management Founder Allen Harris Publishes First Book
12:05PM / Monday, March 19, 2018
Written in stone

Berkshire Money Management founder and CEO Allen Harris has released his first book, written especially for business owners in the midst of transition. "Build It, Sell It, Profit," published by Advantage in February, as a longtime labor of love and valuable insight into preparing business owners who are looking to reap the benefits of their hard work.

"Build It, Sell It, Profit" is written for all business owners, including those who know what they need to do, but who are trying to navigate where to begin in the process. The book is about increasing an owner's income while making the business a better candidate for sale – either in two years


Community Baby Shower to be Held March 31
11:12AM / Monday, March 19, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — CHP/Berkshire South WIC invite all expecting and new parents to a Community Baby Shower on Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to  1 p.m.

The first 10 women who attend will win a gift card for a free manicure. There will be free workshops on prenatal bonding, breastfeeding and returning to work, baby boxes and more. In addition to educational activities, there will be informational resources from local providers in the community to support new mothers and their families.

There will also be several give-a-ways, including a Graco Click & Connect Infant Car Seat and Stroller, Nursery Center Playard, Bright Starts Bouncer and more. Healthy, delicious


BMC Brings Endoscopy Services Under One Roof
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:29AM / Monday, March 19, 2018

The new center, in the former radiation oncology space, held an open house on Thursday evening.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center recently opened a new Endoscopy Center on its main campus, bringing both in-patient and ambulatory care under one roof.   The $5 million investment in what was previously the radiation oncology suites has allowed the health system to better service patients.   "The past years have been at the Crane Center," said Dr. Jason Bratcher. "We were doing [in-patient] procedures in the operating room. It just wasn't as cohesive and together doing out-patients there and in-patients here. ...   "It makes it

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Berkshire Bruins Win 10U Title at Spring Fling
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09:15PM / Sunday, March 18, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Cody Soper scored a pair of goals Sunday to lead the Berkshire Bruins to a 4-1 win over host Black Bears in the 10-and-under championship game at the Northern Berkshire Youth Hockey League Spring Fling.   Eric Harrington and Alexander Jerebtsov each scored a goal, and Zackary Schneider had an assist in the win.   Hunter Shepardson backstopped the Bruins to victory in goal.


Hillcrest Commons Promotes Concurrent Therapy To Neal
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:30PM / Saturday, March 17, 2018

Congressman Neal is on the Ways and Means Committee, which oversees Medicaid and Medicare. A bill in Congress now could expand concurrent treatment. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hillcrest Commons would like to expand its group and concurrent therapy programs, but a 7-year-old Medicaid and Medicare law prevent it from doing so.   But, now there is legislation that could allow for those sessions to have greater coverage, which advocates say is a benefit to the patient, the health-care organization, and to the government.   "There is pending legislation in Washington that would allow for greater therapy services for people access their Medicare benefit. Instead of one-on-one

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Berkshire Lightscapes Kicking Off Fundraising to Light Up Pittsfield
12:19PM / Saturday, March 17, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Lightscapes is kicking off a fundraising campaign on Monday to match a state grant to bring a lighting installation to the city's downtown.    The nonprofit committee organized by the Downtown Pittsfield Cultural Association was approved last month for a $50,000 Commonwealth Places/MassDevelopment matching grant. It hopes to raise the $50,000 in matching funds by May 18.   The goal is to create a modern LED lighting scheme for Park Square, City Hall and Dunham Mall. The cost is estimated at $100,000 and installation would occurr by August.    The Steering Committee is made up of local residents, artists and folks just


Officer Derby Looks to Buy Ice Cream Truck For Pittsfield PD
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:55AM / Saturday, March 17, 2018

Officer Darren Derby at this year's Operation Copsicle taking a selfie with the youth. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police Officer Darren Derby is looking to buy an ice cream truck.   Two years ago, Derby had read about Boston Police owning an ice cream that they used to reach out to the children in the community. He saw St. Louis convert an old ambulance into a truck to do the same.   And Derby is wondering why Pittsfield can't have one?   "It would be sent out on 'missions' throughout the city. We'll bring it to community events like Third Thursday and Touch a Truck. This can be used by other local law enforcement for events," Derby said on


DeMarsico's Wine Cellar Opens Tasting Room in the Norad Mill
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:07AM / Saturday, March 17, 2018

The DeMarsicos' wine list continues to grow. The winery operates on an agricultural license. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — DeMarsico's Wine Cellar has been elevated.    The "cellar" is now situated on the second floor of the Norad Mill, giving the winery plenty of space for production, retail and wine tastings.    "And we have windows," laughed Cheryl DeMarsico.    Cheryl and her husband, Glen, started making wine as a hobby but as demand for their product grew — and they scored some awards — they opened for business in the basement at 28 Marshall St., in a room below Grazie Italian Ristorante, about a year and a half


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