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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Feb. 22-28
11:51AM / Friday, February 22, 2019
Pittsfield's 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival is in full swing!  The 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival runs until Sunday, Feb. 24 and features music, art, theater, dance 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 Lab @ 730 is a 4-month pop-up that creates a community space out of an underutilized storefront. The city's Office of Cultural


Pittsfield Grants Waiver For Proprietor's Lodge
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Friday, February 22, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Community Development Board on Tuesday granted a parking waiver to Proprietor's Lodge despite opposition from neighbors.   The former Itam building was renovated into a new reception hall and restaurant and the owner is looking to expand with a new ceremony room and a breakout space. But the neighbors feel the traffic congestion has gotten out of control and objected to the plans feeling that it will cause even more problems.    The company sought a parking waiver but officials said they had no plans to expand occupancy. The building has a set capacity of 339 people and the new space would add another 71 to that. But attorney Dennis Egan said


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

Suspected Pittsfield Arsonist Arraigned
Staff Reports,
07:50PM / Thursday, February 21, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A man accused of setting fires in four places in September was arraigned in Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday.   Phillip Jordan is facing four counts of burning a dwelling house. He was ordered by Judge John Agostini to be held without bail. Jordan is being represented by Attorney Rinaldo Del Gallo.   The charges originated from fires allegedly intentionally set on September 22, 2018. That evening there were four fires started - the largest at Jordan's home on Appleton Avenue. The other firsts were reported on Fort Hill Avenue, Ridge Avenue, and then on Brown Street.    No one was injured in any of the blazes. Police later identified


'Isn't It Romantic': It's to Laugh
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
07:18PM / Thursday, February 21, 2019
  First things first. Unlike the 1932 Rodgers and Hart classic song "Isn't It Romantic?" director Todd Strauss-Schulson's convivially entertaining romantic comedy, "Isn't It Romantic," forsakes the question mark at title's end. All of which is either a mental slip or intended to suggest a more demonstrative, rhetorical meaning. In other words, no question about it: It Is Romantic!   In such case, an exclamation point would have been a more apt substitute for the question mark, and I would have been left without a pretentious, opening paragraph.   To tarry further, as I'm prone to do when the film in question doesn't necessitate


The Independent Investor: Economic Prosperity in the United States
By Bill Schmick,
05:01PM / Thursday, February 21, 2019
The stock market is once again approaching historical highs. Unemployment is at multi-year lows. Interest rates and inflation, if not at record lows, are close to it. The president claims we are enjoying the strongest economy in our nation's history. Is that true?   The short answer, according to a recent study by Bloomberg, would be no, not even close. They went back over the course of the last 43 years and measured the nation's economy under three Democratic and four Republican presidents. They found that in all but one case both the economic and financial performance of the U.S. was better than it is now.   Bloomberg used 14 different gauges to measure a wide range of


Pittsfield Revamping Solar Bylaws to Limit Residential Impacts
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:08PM / Thursday, February 21, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Following hotly contested proposals for solar arrays in residential areas, the city is revamping its solar bylaws.   The new regulations were endorsed by the Community Development Board and are being presented to the City Council by the Zoning Board of Appeals. Permitting Coordinator Nate Joyner took the lead on the development of the updated zoning laws and said it is particularly aimed at addressing concerns raised during the debate of recent proposals.   "I think we tried to address the concerns of the boards and the residents," Joyner said.   The ordinance breaks solar proposals into three sizes: small, medium, and large. The medium and


Group Formed to Foster Pittsfield Pride, Counter Naysayers
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Thursday, February 21, 2019
Virginia O'Leary is looking to counter those who speak negatively about the city. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Virginia O'Leary has so many great memories growing up in Pittsfield.   She remembers swimming in the lake, the local stores of old, and cruising up and down North Street on a Friday night.   She enjoyed it so much that after leaving for college and a career, she came back. And she loves it here.   "There are so many good people in Pittsfield, there are so many people who care," O'Leary said.   This past summer, she had just watched a movie at the Little Cinema at the Berkshire Museum and went to dinner in Great


Berkshires Beat: CATA Artists 'Making Waves' at Good Purpose Gallery
04:12PM / Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Mike Fazos's 'Sun Tornado' is part of the 'Making Waves' display at the Good Purpose Gallery in Lee. 'Making Waves'

Community Access to the Arts presents "Making Waves," an exhibit of artwork by CATA artists with disabilities at the Good Purpose Gallery in Lee. The exhibit opens Feb. 27 and features paintings by CATA artists who use the innovative Artistic Realization Technologies (A.R.T.) technique to create their work. A free, public art opening will be held on Feb. 28 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with many of the artists in attendance.

Artistic Realization Technologies is an adaptive painting technique developed by artist Tim Lefens that gives full


Tyer Pitches Program To Help Residents Make Home Improvements
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:41PM / Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Mayor Linda Tyer hopes the program will help address the aging housing stock. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Linda Tyer is looking to help residents who improve their homes.   Tyer announced "At Home in Pittsfield," a program through which the city will provide zero-interest loans to residents for undertaking certain home improvement projects. The effort is one aimed to improve the again housing stock in the city.    "One of the happiest milestones in my life was the day I bought my first home right here in Pittsfield in 2000. My little house on Ventura Avenue will forever have a special place in my heart," Tyer said.    "We know that


Biz Briefs: Two Former Prosecutors Open Local Law Firm
02:36PM / Wednesday, February 20, 2019
New law firm
Gregory Barry, left,. and Robert Kinzer have opened a new law firm in Pittsfield.

Barry & Kinzer, LLP, a full-service law firm with more than 40 combined years of litigation experience, recently celebrated its opening in Pittsfield. The law firm was founded on Feb. 4, 2019, by Gregory M. Barry and Robert W. Kinzer, two former assistant district attorneys in the Berkshire District Attorney's Office. Their office is located at 152 North St., Suite 140, in the old Shipton Building in the heart of downtown Pittsfield. The law firm will be hosting an open house on Friday, Feb. 22, from 4 to 6 p.m. to celebrate its launch.

The firm is dedicated to representing


Wintry Mix Could Slicken Roads Overnight Into Morning
01:48PM / Wednesday, February 20, 2019

As if it's not already pretty darn icy out there, here comes another round of winter yuck.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory from 7 p.m. Wednesday to 10 a.m. Thursday. The advisory predicts "mixed accumulation" - up to 2 inches of snow and up to one-tenth of an inch of ice.

The commute home Wednesday should be fine but as darkness falls Wednesday night watch out for conditions to deteriorate, and Thursday morning's commute in to work could be messy, too. Thanksfully, with schools on vacation, there's no need to worry about school buses.

Temperatures should remain in the mid-20s overnight but warm into the low 30s by morning, causing


The Right Insurance Can Meet Both Short- and Long-term Needs
12:27PM / Wednesday, February 20, 2019

If you're going to achieve your important financial goals, you'll need to build an appropriate investment portfolio. But that's only part of the story – because you also need to protect what you have, what you earn and what you’d like to leave behind. That's why it's a good idea to become familiar with the various types of insurance and how they can address short- and long-term needs.

For starters, consider life insurance. You may have important long-term goals, such as leaving an inheritance for your family and providing resources for your favorite charities. You may be able to fulfill some of these through the death benefit on your policy.

You can also


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