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Berkshire Mall Closes to Shoppers - Again
08:58PM / Thursday, July 26, 2018

A hand-lettered sign on the door of the Berkshire Mall on Thursday afternoon.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The latest in a series of intermittent closures had the Berkshire Mall closed to commerce on Thursday.

The Regal Cinema remained open for its regular schedule of shows. A barricade consisting of a fence and upturned tables from the food court prevented people entering to go to the movies from venturing into the food court and beyond.

At Target, the large gate was down over the department store’s mall entrance.

The manager on duty at Target just after 4 p.m. on Thursday said he did not know when the store received word that the mall would be closing for the day, and he did not


'Three Identical Strangers': Relatively Horrifying
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
04:18PM / Thursday, July 26, 2018
You don't have to be Jewish to lament "Oy, yoy, yoy" after seeing director Tim Wardle's shocking documentary, "Three Identical Strangers." After being presented a series of outlandish and disturbing disclosures about the title triplets separated at birth, adopted by three separate families and who are reunited at age 19, you'll warm up for that final assessment by first issuing several "Holy Cows," a few "Yipes" and perhaps a couple good old-fashioned "Wows."   Unaware of, or having forgotten about, the celebrity that Eddy Galland, David Kellman and Robert Shafran enjoyed when they discovered each other in the early 1980s, I


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

Otto's Set To Take Over Wine Bar In Downtown Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:07AM / Thursday, July 26, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A new wine bar is set to open in downtown Pittsfield.   Luke Marion, owner of Otto's on East Street, is in the process of opening Uncorked in the location of the now-closed Regions Bar & Nosh. Marion is in the process of applying for a liquor license and hopes to open the Crawford Square lounge in September.   "We're going to kind of reimagine it a little bit. We are obviously going to focus on wine, probably about 20 wines at a time available. We are going to try to get as much stuff as possible that you can't get in stores," Marion said.   The former Regions is a small location inside Crawford Square with an outside


Downpours Will Continue to Sprinkle Berkshires Over Next Week
By Matt McGrory, Special to iBerkshires
10:14PM / Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Blue skies peek out from between dark clouds Wednesday afternoon.

Do you need an umbrella, or do you need sunglasses? Lately it seems in Berkshire County, you need both every time you leave the house.

As anyone who has grown up in the Berkshires is aware, the county’s climate is prone to violently fluctuate from one extreme to another over the course of the seasons - and even over the course of the day. 

This recent weather pattern has shown that to be true.

Every day this week, sunshine has peeked in and out around heavy downpours, while temperatures have been high and humidity has been oppressive. Will that pattern continue?

According to, over the next two weeks,


Pittsfield Americans Open State Tourney Thursday
Community submission,
08:29PM / Wednesday, July 25, 2018
The Pittsfield American League Little League 12-year-old All-Stars Thursday will go for its state title in 17 years when it takes on Westboro in the first round of the state tournament at Woolie World Park in Milbury.   The Americans -- who last won the state championship as Pittsfield South in 2000 and 2001 -- advanced out of Section 1 on Monday with an 8-1 win over Worcester-Joe Schwartz in Worcester.   Evan Blake struck out 11 in a complete-game win in the sectional final, allowing just two hits.   The Americans scored first, taking a 2-0 lead with a two-out rally in the second, and never looked back. Nick Brindle had an RBI single in th einning.   Pittsfield


Singing! Dancing! Naked Singing and Dancing!
By Grace Lichtenstein, iBerkshires columnist
02:56PM / Wednesday, July 25, 2018

'West Side Story' will be shown at Tanglewood on Saturday night, accompanied live by the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Musical theater thrives in the region this week — on stage and on film. It might require a drive, but you can hear country/western music, Bernstein and great stuff for children in the coming days ... or catch up with nudity that began 50 years ago and caused a sensation on Broadway.



The most famous work by Leonard Bernstein, whose centennial is being celebrated all summer worldwide, is, of course, "West Side Story." At the Shed on Saturday night at 8 p.m., Tanglewood presents the remastered movie of this iconic musical, on big


Classical Music High Season is Ablaze
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
12:42PM / Wednesday, July 25, 2018

During late July into early August, with concerts at Tanglewood and at other celebrated regional venues, the classical music festival high season lights up with sure-fire programming. Major orchestral offerings at Tanglewood this week include Mozart's groundbreaking Symphony No. 40 and Brahms' poignant Symphony No. 3, along with solo star turns by the world-renowned pianist Garrick Ohlsson and the sublimely poetic violinist Gil Shaham.

Adventurous listeners take note: Add to the above the Festival of Contemporary Music from July 26-30 in Ozawa Hall, directed by composer/conductor/pianist Thomas Adès. The musical palette broadens to present a gallery of newly composed works,


Where You Live as Retiree Can Affect Financial Strategies
11:54AM / Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Upon retiring, many people relocate to enjoy a more favorable climate, or to be closer to grown children, or to live in an area they have visited and enjoyed. If you, too, are thinking of moving someday, you will want to study possible locations, but you also need to be aware that where you eventually decide to live can greatly affect your savings and investment strategies – both now and during your retirement.

Here are some relocation costs to consider:

Housing: Not surprisingly, the larger the city, the more expensive the housing is likely to be. Also, locations near an ocean or the mountains tend to be more costly. But the type of housing you select – house, apartment or


Barrington Stage Youth Theatre Presents 'James and the Giant Peach'
11:49AM / Wednesday, July 25, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Barrington Stage Youth Theatre presents "James and the Giant Peach" from July 26 through Aug. 12 at Berkshire Museum.

"James and the Giant Peach," book by Timothy Allen MdDonald, based on the book "James and the Giant Peach" by Roald Dahl, is a brand new take on this "masterpeach" of a tale. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this is an adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions.


Environment Massachusetts Releases 'Roadmap' To 100 Percent Renewables
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:45AM / Wednesday, July 25, 2018

State Director Ben Hellerstein is urging lawmakers to "go big" with policies to quickly roll out renewable energy technology.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Environment Massachusetts is pushing for Massachusetts to get 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources.   On Tuesday the organization joined with those heading local renewable energy projects to release its agenda, or roadmap, to do so.    "We could produce 19 times as much electricity as the state consumes each year from offshore wind. From solar power, we can get 47 percent of the state's electricity just by putting solar panels on every rooftop in the state - to say nothing of larger,


Pittsfield Receives Lots Of Interest From Marijuana Businesses
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:45AM / Wednesday, July 25, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — At any given time, Permitting Coordinator Nate Joyner is talking with 10 potential marijuana business owners.   Every since Massachusetts voters approved recreational marijuana sales, Joyner's phone has been ringing off the hook. He has become the point person in the Office of Community Development to field inquiries from individuals looking to start marijuana retail, cultivation, or manufacturing operations.   "I've been surprised with the interest and activity. I hear at least every day from somebody new," Joyner said.   As of last week, Joyner was in regular conversation with six or seven individuals with a serious interest in


Pittsfield's Mayor Linda Tyer Gets Married
Staff Reports,
10:10PM / Tuesday, July 24, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Linda Tyer and former City Councilor Barry Clairmont have tied the knot.   The couple was wed Sunday in the presence of close friends and family. The mayor posted on Facebook Tuesday a photo of the two with a brief caption.   "This past Sunday, surrounded by the love of our dearest family and friends, my sweetheart and I were married. For our two day Berkshire honeymoon Barry and I spent time in Lenox, Pittsfield, North Adams, and Williamstown. It has been magical filled with happy memories that we will cherish forever," Tyer wrote.   Tyer is in her second of four years as mayor after previously serving as a ward councilor and later


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