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Eclectic Headliners: Savion Glover, Lou Reed Drones, Indigenous Dancers
By Grace Lichtenstein , Guest Column
02:00PM / Wednesday, August 07, 2019

The week for eclectic music lovers includes both Tanglewood’s important Festival of Contemporary Music and the tap icon Savion Glover, with a Laurie Anderson presentation at Mass MoCa to boot.


Ozawa Hall and the Linde Center are the venues for the series of concerts beginning Thursday, Aug. 8, that comprise the Festival of Contemporary Music, under the direction of the prodigious British composer/conductor/pianist Thomas Ades. The centerpiece is the 2005 opera “The Cricket Recovers” by British composer Richard Ayres on Thursday night at 8 p.m. at Ozawa. It’s a chamber opera based on a story by children’s author Toon Tellegen.

Other FCM concerts that


Bernard, Tyer Join With 1,000 Mayors Against Gun Violence
Staff Reports,
02:13AM / Wednesday, August 07, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Mayor Thomas Bernard has joined Pittsfield's Mayor Linda Tyer in signing onto to the principles of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition following the deadly shootings that killed more than 30 people.   "In the wake of what happened in El Paso (Texas) and Dayton (Ohio) this weekend, she and I talked, and I had been familiar with it and hadn't signed on," Bernard said on Tuesday. "So I suggested that we both look at it — it turns out that Pittsfield had done it previously, and they just hadn't gotten updated on the website."   Mayors Against Illegal Guns, now part of Everytown for Gun Safety, was established by


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

Warren Seeks to Become Problem Solver For Pittsfield's Ward 1
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:09PM / Tuesday, August 06, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Kenneth Warren still has the old files from when he was sitting on what was then known as the "asbestos committee."   Asbestos was found throughout the city's elementary schools and parents were rightly concerned. They wanted to know what city officials would do to keep their children safe.   "This is a salute to members of the Pittsfield City Council and to lame-duck Councilor Ken Warren in particular for their apparent success in diffusing the confrontation with Allendale School parents over the asbestos removal issue. Mr. Warren's five-point plan adopted unanimously should not only resolve the Allendale problem but also serve as


Pittsfield Considers Re-Hiring Consultant For Parking Management
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, August 06, 2019

John Krol doesn't see the need to bring back the consultant at a cost. Instead he suggestW having the free time on the meters be increased to 90 minutes in the lots.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In a split 3-2 vote, the City Council's Ordinance and Rules subcommittee recommended 90-minute parking in the newly constructed Summer Street lot.

It also urged the administration to bring back the original consultant to do an updated analysis of the parking meter plan.

The recommendation comes after the city tore down the Columbus Avenue parking garage and built a surface lot in its place.   After creating the lot, the kiosks were installed and Berkshire Nautilus owner Jim


Biz Briefs: Catherine's Chocolates Changes Name to Mielke Confections
11:30AM / Monday, August 05, 2019
Chocolate changes

Steve and Trent Kinney, the new owners of the Great Barrington landmark store Catherine's Chocolates, have announced a new name, look and logo. The original Catherine's Chocolates Store was named for the grandmother of the former owner, Kathy Sinico, and operated for 40 years under that name. The Kinneys are continuing the tradition of a family-owned local business, creating handmade quality chocolates in the same location, as well as their choice of the new name, which is Trent Kinney’s family name.

The logo, designed by Trent, has a simple upscale look in ivory, chocolate and gold and features a modernist allusion to a chocolate bean. The familiar


Maffuccio Seeks Return to Pittsfield Council's Ward 7 Seat
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:27AM / Monday, August 05, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Former Ward 7 City Councilor Anthony Maffuccio felt that when he left office, there was a lot of positive momentum in the city and things were trending well.   But, a decade later, he feels that momentum has come to a halt. He feels a lack of collaboration between the City Council and the mayor's office has led to a "stale government."   "A strong government is a successful government. A weak government is a stale government and collaboration is the key," Maffuccio said.   He is now looking to reclaim his seat on the dais after incumbent Anthony Simonelli has opted not to run for re-election. Maffuccio faces J. David Pope in


Berkshire Wrestling Club Third at Springfield Tournament
07:25PM / Sunday, August 04, 2019
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire Wrestling Club earned a number of podium finishes on the way to a third-place showing at Sunday's Battle of the Armory at Springfield Technical Community College.   Alex Hall, Deven Pekosz and Dylan Burke each placed second in his weight class.   Burke dropped a 1-0 decision in the finals at 199 pounds, where his day included a 4-0 win over the Rhode Island state champion. Burke finished 3-1 at the tournament.   Hall went 5-1 at 106 pounds en route to a silver medal.   Pekosz wrestled at 163 and dominated the competition until dropping a close match in the finals.   Pekosz also placed third in the open division bracket,


Dalton Fire Dedicates New Engine, Honors Member's Heroic Effort
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:21PM / Sunday, August 04, 2019

Chief Cahalan honors Firefighter Dennis Tinker for recently saving a woman's life. DALTON, Mass. — The vehicles, badges, and names may change but there remains a tradition in the Fire Department -- volunteers risk their lives to protect the town.   On Sunday, the department held a ceremony recognizing both its history and its future.   Firefighters dedicated their new Engine 1 to the only Dalton firefighter to die while on duty and presented a Medal of Valor to a current firefighter for his role in saving a woman's life last month.   Arthur "Pop" Krum died in 1949 while responding to a fire at 232 High St. It was before there was a mandatory


Berkshire Force 10U Team Brings Back Trophy from World Series
Community submission,
09:34PM / Saturday, August 03, 2019
Mother Nature was about the only thing that could slow down the Berkshire Force 10-and-under softball team this week.   The Force was delayed most of Saturday getting home from the Babe Ruth World Series in Jensen Beach, Fla. The lightning that held up the team's flight north prevented the planned proper escort back into Pittsfield. So that will wait for another day.   But waiting nothing new for this team.   Berkshire Friday won the championship game of the Diamond Bracket at the national championships, edging Levelland, Texas, 4-3, in a game that was delayed six hours -- and played on two different fields -- due to lightning and rain.   When it finally ended, game


Tel-Electric Dam Removal Starts Monday in Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:54PM / Saturday, August 03, 2019

The river will be piped around the dam so it can removed over the next few months. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The demolition of the Mill Street — or Tel-Electric — dam will begin on Monday.   The project has been years in the making and the dam has been failing for years.   The defunct dam is attached to the Hawthorne Mill Building, which used to house the Tel-Electric Piano Player Co. Factory. It was cited by the Massachusetts Office of Dam Safety as being in a hazardous condition nearly 20 years ago.   "This is the city's biggest dam removal project we've been involved in," said Conservation Agent Rob Van Der Kar.   The project will


Adams Celebrates Important Local Women, Displays 'First Ladies' Quilt
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:04AM / Saturday, August 03, 2019

A work by quilt artist Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry recognizes women who were first — from Amelia Earhart to Jeannette Rankin to Oprah Winfrey to Margaret Chase Smith to Sandra Day O'Connor to Hillary Clinton to Maura Healey. ADAMS, Mass. — The Suffrage Centennial Celebration Committee is celebrating more than 200 women of note — including 52 who made have made a positive impact on Adams.    Committee unveiled the "First Ladies Quilt" and Wall of Recognition at Town Hall on Friday evening with small reception.   "I have been asked who the winner of this contest is by many people and the true answer is the winner is every single


BHS Diabetes Education Program Launches Weight Loss & Lifestyle Change Program
09:23PM / Friday, August 02, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Health Systems Diabetes Education Program has implemented a Weight Loss and Lifestyle Change Program, with new classes beginning in September, at multiple locations across the Berkshires. 

While the formal program begins in September, there is an Information Session scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 15, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Hillcrest Campus of BMC. To register for this Information Session, call 413-395-7942.

The program is aimed at adults 18 and older who have a diagnosis of pre-diabetes by a blood test within the past year. To be eligible for this program, participants must have a need to lose weight, with a body mass index of 25 or higher. The

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