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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

Barrington Stage Names Winner of New Play Award
12:19PM / Friday, February 01, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Barrington Stage Company has named Stacey Rose as the inaugural winner of The Bonnie and Terry Burman New Play Award, a new national play contest at BSC. 

Rose will be awarded $25,000 and her play, "America v. 2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of the American Negro," will receive a world premiere production at BSC. 

"There are few words for how honored I am to be the inaugural recipient of the Bonnie & Terry Burman New Play Award," Rose said. "Having the play produced, as well, meets and exceeds my wildest dreams for the world premiere of this play."

Set in the not too distant future, "America v.


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Feb. 1-7
12:07PM / Friday, February 01, 2019
February 1 is First Friday Artswalk & More! Enjoy 11 different art shows featuring work by more than a dozen accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Friday 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.

As part of Pittsfield's 8th Annual 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival, The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will feature , an invitational exhibit featuring ten


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

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by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
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Berkshire Village Residents Regroup After Water Project Setback
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:33AM / Friday, February 01, 2019

Attorney Mark Siegars says he believes the application can move forward and the project ultimately approved with the proper legal paperwork in order. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Town leaders still believe the water project in Berkshire Village is possible despite a setback.   The Berkshire Village Cooperative Water District has been in existence for nearly 100 years and operates its own water system for about 35 homes in the village.   But, its equipment is aging and five years ago the state Department of Environmental Protection issued an order asking for significant upgrades to the system.   Co-op President Lori DiLego said while the water itself is perfectly


Superior Court Briefs: Jan. 25 - Jan. 31
Staff Reports,
04:56PM / Thursday, January 31, 2019
Cases heard on Thursday, Jan. 25.   Marcel Teixeira-Ingram Jr., 23, of Pittsfield was arraigned on two counts of armed assault with attempt to murder.    He was ordered to be held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing. Teixeira-Ingram was arrested in Pittsfield during the execution of a search warrant on his home for narcotics on October. 12, 2018. When police entered the home, the defendant allegedly brandished a gun at pointed it at the officers in a threatening manner.    Tanner Murray, 21, of Pittsfield was indicted on charges of trafficking in fentanyl.    He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $10,000 bail.


Volunteers Sought For New Pittsfield Police Substation
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:02PM / Thursday, January 31, 2019

Executive Director Carolyn Valli offered the space and Lts. Thomas Dawley and Matthew Kirchner are heading the effort to open it.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Following a homicide in the fall, residents of the West Side began calling for more to be done for their public safety.   One of those ideas was to open a police substation in the neighborhood.   To help answer questions of funding, Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Carolyn Valli offered space in its Columbus Avenue building for it.   Now, three months later, they're looking for volunteers to staff it.   "We can't move forward with it until we have volunteers,"


'Serenity': It's all Just a Big
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:52PM / Thursday, January 31, 2019
Viewing director Steven Knight's "Serenity, a film consumed with the notion that things aren't what they appear to be, I was uncomfortably reminded that I don't like to figure things out. I don't do puzzles, don't fancy mystery yarns unless they're old classics or approach the inventiveness of "The Usual Suspects" (1995), and if you ask me when train B will pass Train A if both leave their original locations at so and so time, I'll excuse myself, lie that I'll be right back, and head for the veranda for something less complicated, like a cocktail and maybe a few of those little hot dog hors d' oeuvres.   So, if you're looking for


Suns Name Carey Director of Marketing
03:07PM / Thursday, January 31, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. –The Pittsfield Suns and the Goldklang Group are pleased to announce the hiring of Connor Carey as the director of marketing and ticket sales account manager.       Carey has several years experience with the Suns as a full-time intern.  Fans will recognize Connor for his on-field presence, both on the mic and running promotions.   “We are obviously excited about the addition of Connor to our full-time staff.  He has spent the last few seasons working for the Suns and has become a local celebrity.  Connor is extremely creative, and brings a true Pittsfield work ethic to the job. His personality and presence will continue


The Independent Investor: Europe, the World's Sick Sibling
By Bill Schmick,
12:08PM / Thursday, January 31, 2019
The European Community is beset by worries. Brexit, trade threats, a slowing Chinese economy, and internal politics at home have all conspired to slow growth, employment, and positive sentiment.   This year, the EU will be lucky to see 1.5 percent GDP growth. In fact, the International Monetary Fund reduced their overall forecast this week for global growth largely as a result of poor performance out of Europe. Europe's powerhouse, Germany, saw its growth for 2019 cut by 0.6 percent because of anemic consumption and weak industrial production data.    Italy, one of the problem children of the EU, saw its growth forecasts cut by 0.4 percentage points as a result of weak


Pittsfield Expects Increased Revenues as Budget Process Begins
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Thursday, January 31, 2019

Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood gave a preview of the 2020 budget process. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is expecting to have some $6.4 million more in revenue as it builds the fiscal 2020 budget.   The City Council and the School Committee held its annual meeting to discuss the fiscal state of the city Wednesday night.   Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood noted an upward trend in revenues from various sources that will go into the budget planning for next year.   Of particular note, the city is expecting a $3.7 million increase in state funding for schools.    "This is after several years of talking hundreds of thousands of dollars, not


Former Pittsfield Councilor Urges Licensing Board to Be Tougher
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:22AM / Thursday, January 31, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Former City Councilor Joseph Guzzo wants the Licensing Board to be a little tougher.   Guzzo attended Monday's meeting to express his frustration with the board's recent decision when it comes to license violations. Particularly, Guzzo disliked the board's recent decision to suspend A-Mart's license but to wait until after the holidays.   "I don't think there should be any consideration for their pocketbooks," Guzzo said.   In December, the board suspended the North Street package store's license after allegedly selling to a minor during an Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission sting. A-Mart had previously been


BArT Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
02:36PM / Wednesday, January 30, 2019

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the second quarter of the 2018-19 school year.  

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

Grade 6

High Honors: Persephone Clark, Tucker


Biz Briefs: Big Y Bag Program Now Benefitting Hillcrest Educational Centers, BCARC
12:22PM / Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Bags for a cause

Hillcrest Educational Centers and Berkshire County Arc begun generating donations through the Big Y Community Bag and Giving Tag Program. The Big Y Community Bag and Giving Tag Program, which launched in January 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work. When a shopper purchases the reusable Community Bag at any Big Y store, they have the opportunity to direct a $1 donation to a local nonprofit by using the attached Giving Tag.

"Participating in Big Y's Community Bag and Giving Tag program is an exciting opportunity for us," said Hillcrest Educational


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