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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

Louison House Breaks Ground and Plants Hope for Rebuild
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:05PM / Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The 'groundbreaking' filled a pot for planting daisies, a symbol of hope.  ADAMS, Mass. — The imposing Victorian on Old Columbia Street isn't just any house — it's  been a place of rebirth for  thousands of struggling and homeless area residents.   "You are not just in any yard, looking at just any house. This is my birthplace, in my opinion," said Brandi Doran.   Doran told the dozens of community members, volunteers, supporters and elected officials on Wednesday morning that Louison House had been the place where she learned to deal with her agorophobia.    "Thanks to all the efforts of the most amazing


DownStreet Art Kicks Off 12th Summer of Art on Thursday
03:55PM / Wednesday, June 26, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — DownStreet Art kicks off its 12th season of gallery openings, exhibits and performances this Thursday.    The annual summer event is a prelude this year to the Solid Sound Festival at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art that opens on Friday. But while Wilco and the gang have the weekend, DownStreet Art continues with monthly events through the summer.    Local and regional artists have decked out Main Street storefronts for the occasion, and three locations will host simultaneous gallery openings downtown from 5 to 8 p.m.   Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Berkshire Cultural Resource Center coordinates the summer art


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

Berkshire Thunder Posts 13-Inning Win in BABL
01:31PM / Wednesday, June 26, 2019
DALTON, Mass. -- Jesus Lay worked a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 13th to give the Berkshire Thunder a 4-3 win over the Berkshire Bandits in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League last weekend.   It was 2-2 after nine innings that featured strong pitching from starters Joe Delsoldato and Seamus Morrison.   The Bandits had a chance to go on top in the 11th, but a great relay to Lay at the plate cut down the go-ahead run on a double by Mitch Storie.   In the 12th, the Bandits took the lead on a bases-loaded wild pitch.   In the bottom of the frame, the Thunder faced two-out with a man on second when an errant throw on a ground ball allowed the tying run to come


Massimiano Resigns From Pittsfield Licensing Board
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:09AM / Wednesday, June 26, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Carmen C. Massimiano Jr. has resigned from the Licensing Board effective June 6.   Massimiano served as the board's chair since 2006 and is resigning because of health reasons. Thomas Campoli was appointed by Mayor Linda Tyer to take over as chairman and Richard Stockwell was voted to become the vice chairman.    "Carmen Massimiano's resignation was due to health issues he has been confronting. That was the reason we understand that he resigned," Campoli said.    "As many of you know, he was the sheriff of Berkshire County. He was a member of this board since 2006. So we want to wholeheartedly thank him for his


Age-Friendly Berkshires Highlights Successes, Launches Video
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The father-daughter duo of Roger Gutwillig and Diane Pearlman tapped into their deep connections in the local film industry to create the video highlighting the work. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle and later died, the senior citizens of Great Barrington were scared to walk.    Emergency management from Fairview Hospital developed a program to purchase reflective vests to hand out to those walking, to help make them feel a little safer. Police were supplied with vests to keep in their cruisers so they can offer them to pedestrians. The vests also are available at councils on aging and at events.   It is one effort to help the aging


Pittsfield Council Voices Frustration With Large Snow Removal Deficit
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:10AM / Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Council Vice  President John Krol is critical of the administration regarding both the snow and ice removal budget and the Police Department settlement. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council begrudgingly approved spending $1.4 million in free cash to offset a massive budget overage for snow removal.   The city spent some $2.1 million this winter on snow and ice but had only budgeted for $700,000. The City Council was asked to either fund it with free cash or have it be paid through taxes.   The council agreed to fund it but raised many concerns about the management of the system, questioning how the city's largest overage in that line came during what was


Miss Hall's School Announces Head's List, Honor Roll
12:27PM / Tuesday, June 25, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has announced 49 local students among the 159 students schoolwide named to the Head's List and Honor Roll for the second semester, which ended May 28.

For Head's List recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 92, with no single grade below B-plus.

For Honor Roll recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 86, with no single grade below B-minus.

Head's List

Grade 12: Charlotte Adelson, Lee; Trudy Fadding, Glendale; Haylee Gleason, Pittsfield; Mary Howe, Pittsfield; Faia


Tanglewood's Learning Institute Opens This Week
12:03PM / Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The summer concert season has arrived, and how fortunate are we music lovers to be living right here, in the Berkshires or Southern Vermont, at what can only be described as "music and cultural central." It's clear that this will be an especially exciting and brilliant festival season.

Here are my recommended picks of the week for the upcoming concerts and related events to be experienced in venues at three of our most noteworthy regional music festivals.


One of the most anticipated events of Tanglewood's 2019 music season - the official opening weekend of the Linde Center for Music and Learning and Tanglewood Learning Institute programs - will take place June


Gearing Up for Old and New Pop Idols
By Grace Lichtenstein, Guest Column
11:32AM / Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Alan Freed. Queen. Earth, Wind & Fire. Southside Johnny. These are among the treats awaiting Berkshire pop and dance enthusiasts in the week before July 4.

Berkshire Theatre Group

Older folks surely remember the pioneering DJ Alan Freed, who practically invented rock 'n' roll radio (for white listeners) back in the day. The music was considered dangerous in the beginning and Freed was a pied piper leading teenagers astray. Now, at the Colonial Theater in Pittsfield, the Berkshire Theatre Group and Caiola Productions presents a new musical, "Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story," starting Thursday June 27. The show runs through July 21.

Even those who don't


Pittsfield Fire Puts New Engine Into Service
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:20AM / Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Firefighters loaded the last pieces of equipment into the engine. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Fire Department christened its new engine truck with an old tradition -- pushing it into the firehouse.   The symbolic push from members of the department honors the days of horse-drawn apparatus that firefighters would have to push back into the bay after calls. In honor of those days gone by, many departments have adopted a ceremonial version with new engines and Pittsfield held its first with the welcoming of brand-new Engine 3.   "This is a new tradition we'd like to start. A lot of other fire departments for years and years have taken on the role of pushing the new


Pittsfield Co-op Captures League Title
Community submission,
06:40PM / Monday, June 24, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Pittsfield Co-op finished an undefeated season by defeating Balance Rock, 8-3, for the championship in the Pittsfield Girls’ Softball League 10U Rookie Division.   In the regular season, the teams battled twice with Pittsfield Co-op winning each game by one run.   In the championship game, Balance Rock took an early lead in the championship game before Pittsfield Co-op pulled away late. Mia DeJesus and Grace Julieano each had a hit and scored two runs apiece for the Co-op while Kylie Duhamel and Bella Miller each recorded a hit and a run for the eventual champs.   DeJesus and Julieano delivered from the circle pitching the Co-op to


Letter: Melissa Mazzeo for Mayor
Letter to the Editor,
04:00PM / Monday, June 24, 2019

To the Editor:

We would give Ms. Mazzeo our vote for mayor of Pittsfield in a heartbeat!

She is an educated, intelligent woman, who researches issues before speaking about them.

In our opinion, if she had been told, by the state, that Pittsfield had to prove that the city could make some of its own money, she may have agreed to parking meters, but not those user-unfriendly kiosks.

Northampton, a much larger city than Pittsfield, has parking meters, but they are easy to use, all the person parking needs to do is insert quarters into the parking meter. If you are dining and seeing a movie, insert the number of quarters needed.

Here in Pittsfield, I see folks trying to find out how to


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