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The Lantern Reopened In Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:39AM / Sunday, February 17, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — For a century, The Lantern Bar & Grill has been a stalwart landmark in the city's downtown.   Thousands of people have eaten in the restaurant at the corner of Linden and North and it had remained through generations of changes to the city's downtown. But, in 2017, Mark Papas decided it was time to close.    Last month, however, the neon sign lit back up and the smell of food cooking refilled the area. The Lantern was back. Bjorn Somlo used to eat there all of the time and he didn't want to see the landmark disappear so he took it over.   "We didn't want to see The Lantern close. We didn't want to see it go away. And

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'The No-Collusion Oscar Picks 2019'
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
07:23PM / Saturday, February 16, 2019
The phone rang, as it usually does whenever I'm sitting in the third-floor witch's hat of my haunted Victorian home in some gothic-like, small New England town with a dark past, anguishing over my Oscar picks. The voice at the other end sounded like Alec Baldwin at first.   "Want to get all your picks right this year, Iceberger?" the caller asked.   "The name's Goldberger."   "Iceberger, Goldberger, what's the difference? You want to get them all right? Want to get them so right that you'll be tired of winning?"   "Well, sure, but who are you and what's in it for you, and how do I know you know who will

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Inauguration 2016
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Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
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1Berkshire Calls For 'New Narrative' of Berkshire Economy
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:23PM / Friday, February 15, 2019

Tyler Fairbank was an integral part of both the original blueprint and the new one. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire economy is growing, according to 1Berkshire.   The economic development agency said some $1 billion worth of investment has been made in the county in just the last three years. Now, the organization is asking the business community to embrace a "new narrative" of the county's economic future and has put forth Berkshire Blueprint 2.0, an economic development plan for future growth.   "We think it is time for a new narrative. When this project began many here in the county were working off the aging narrative that often referred to the

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@theMarket: Markets Gain on Hope & a Prayer
By Bill Schmick,
04:39PM / Friday, February 15, 2019
Investors remain cautiously optimistic that the wall of worry that has been plaguing us for months may now be crumbling. That's no sure thing, but at least we did have some good news this week.   While most investors were not expecting a repeat of last month's partial government shut-down, it was still a relief to see that issue put to bed on Friday. The president reluctantly signed the budget bill that Congress passed over his objections.   Granted, the president did not get his wall, although now he is threatening to get the funding by declaring a national emergency on our southern border. Whether there is or is not such an emergency, by declaring one, he bypasses

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Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 13
Staff Reports,
04:12PM / Friday, February 15, 2019
Cases heard on Wednesday, Feb. 13.   Isaiah Calderon, 22, of Holyoke was arraigned on charges of illegal possession of a firearm - his second offense - illegal possession of heroin with intent to distribute, armed career felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.   The charges stem from a traffic stop in Pittsfield on November 10, 2018. Calderon was ordered to be held on $10,000 bail.   Kacey Caprari, 38, of North Adams was arraigned on charges of heroin, trafficking in cocaine, illegal possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, improper storage of a firearm, and possession of ammunition without a firearm

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Holiday Hours: Presidents Day
02:00PM / Friday, February 15, 2019

Gen. George Washington taking command of the Continental Army in Cambridge in 1775.

Washington's Birthday will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 18.

The holiday was first enacted by Congress in 1879 to mark George Washington's birthday on Feb. 22 and later moved to the third Monday in February in 1968. While the name of the federal holiday remains Washington's Birthday, it is more often referred to as Presidents Day to include the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on Feb. 12.

Washington was born in 1732 (or Feb. 11, 1731, according to the old-style calendar) in Colonial Virgina. A Founding Father, he would lead the new nation as head of the Continental Army in the Revolution and as

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New Partner Named at Balance Rock Investment Group
01:07PM / Friday, February 15, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After closing out a year of momentous occasions, including the firm's 20th anniversary and move to its new office space on South Street in Pittsfield, Balance Rock Investment Group has announced the promotion of longtime adviser Jonathan Meczywor to vice president.

Meczywor is part of a team that includes two financial advisers and five support staff dedicated to providing an array of financial products and services that best serve their clients' needs. While continuing his work as an advisor, Meczywor will take a leadership role in planning and implementing strategies for the future growth of the firm, including hiring new team members to work with a

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Packer Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by Shakespeare Theatre Association
01:00PM / Friday, February 15, 2019

LENOX, Mass. — Shakespeare & Company's founding artistic director, Tina Packer, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by The Shakespeare Theatre Association.

She received the Douglas N. Cook Lifetime Achievement Award while attending the 2019 STA Conference in Prague. The award honors STA members who have made and are still making significant contributions to the field of Shakespeare Theatre.

"It was one of the greatest pleasures of my life to introduce Tina for the presentation of the Cook Award at the Lobkowicz Palace at the STA annual banquet in Prague," said STA Executive Director Patrick Flick. "The first sentence of my introduction was,

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Berkshire United Way Taps New Director of Development
12:43PM / Friday, February 15, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire United Way has hired Ilene Marcus as director of development.

Marcus joins the organization with more than 30 years of experience in social service programs, policy development, operations and revenue generation. She holds both her master of science in social work and master of public affairs from Columbia University.

Marcus will be responsible for developing engagement strategies and leading fundraising efforts to increase revenue, ensuring the organization's ability to invest in quality programs to build a stronger community.

Prior to joining Berkshire United Way, Marcus founded Aligned Workplace, where she consulted on creating revenue

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Feb. 15-21
10:51AM / Friday, February 15, 2019
  February 15 - February 21, 2019

Pittsfield's 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival is in full swing!  The 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival takes place Thursday, Feb. 14 - Sunday, Feb. 24 and features music, art, theater, dance, film and more. There is something for the entire family, from Barrington Stage's 10x10 New Play Festival and live jazz at The Whitney, to 10 Days of Play at the Berkshire Museum and a fireworks extravaganza on the Pittsfield Common.

Click here for the full schedule!   The Tyler Street

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Hinds Given Committee Assignments: Chairing Revenue, on Ways and Means
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:43PM / Thursday, February 14, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Adam Hinds will serve as the first stop for many of the big initiatives coming from the State House this year.   Hinds was given his committee assignments on Thursday: He'll chair the Joint Committee on Revenue, be vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Redistricting, and will serve on the Senate Ways and Means, Joint Committee on Education, Joint Committee on Tourism Arts and Cultural Development, Senate Rules, and Joint Committee on Health Care Financing.   "In just about every issue we deal with, the question is how are we going to pay for it," Hinds said on Thursday of his new chairmanship.   This term the position will

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The Independent Investor: Trump's War on Drug (Prices)
By Bill Schmick,
04:19PM / Thursday, February 14, 2019
For the second year in a row, President Donald Trump called on Congress to do something about the escalating drug prices in America. The president is doggedly pursuing this campaign promise in the face of an army of special interest groups and big drug companies. Hurrah for you, Mr. President.   In his State of the Union address he said:   He wants our legislators to "deliver fairness and price transparency for American patients. We should also require drug companies, insurance companies, and hospitals to disclose real prices to foster competition and bring down costs."   Given that drug pricing is a complicated area and there have been various proposals and

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