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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

Pittsfield Police Ask Residents to Stop Sharing Facebook Image
04:33PM / Thursday, March 22, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Police are asking residents to stop sharing an image from Facebook with a sarcastic message about school shootings.    According to a post on the department's Facebook page, the message is not directed at Pittsfield but rather Pittsfield, N.H.   "For the past 24-plus hours we have been inundated by messages with this image," the post states. "We followed up upon receiving the first message and it was immediately clear this was NOT Pittsfield MA."    The message stated "whoever plans on shooting up a school next, please pick Pittsfield. Thank you." The post by the girl was accompanied by a smiley


The Independent Investor: Medicare Premiums and Your Income
By Bill Schmick,
04:04PM / Thursday, March 22, 2018
We all know that Medicare is not free. Once we enroll in Part B and D, we start paying monthly premiums. What many consumers fail to realize is that how much you pay depends on how much you make.   For most of us, this is a moot point. We assume that we will be retiring at 65 years old (at the same time Medicare kicks in) but that assumption is no longer accurate. The reality is that Social Security, retirement, and Medicare can happen at different times in your life.   Take, for example, Social Security benefits. Every year the target date for full retirement creeps higher. It used to be 65, but now, for many, it is edging up to almost 67 over the next few years. When that


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

'Love, Simon': You've Got Blackmail
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:54PM / Thursday, March 22, 2018
While director Greg Berlanti's "Love, Simon" is at once funny, serious and important, it's a darn shame that it is so very apt ... that this astute tale about a teenage boy's struggle to make his gayness known is revolutionary at all. Memo of inquiry to American civilization: It's the spring of 2018, and this fact of life is just making the mainstream? Well, better late than never.    Truth is, attitudinal changes come slowly, especially to the narrow-minded. But the seed of tolerant reformation, boosted during the enlightenment of the '60s, has finally gained pragmatic traction. Today's kids, who have of late heroically evidenced that they'll


Pittsfield's Lakeway Drive Bridge Set for 2020 Replacement
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:57PM / Wednesday, March 21, 2018
The single-lane temporary bridge was installed in 2012. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state Department of Transportation expects to have the Lakeway Drive bridge replaced by summer 2020.   A public hearing held Tuesday night in Council Chambers at City Hall seeking input on the $2 million project attracted about a dozen people, with only a few wanting to know about access and traffic impacts during the construction.   "We will persevere because we've been waiting as you know," said abutter John Bresnahan. "I'm sure that everyone here who is an abutter is pleased to have this project moving along."   The concrete bridge was closed in 2012 after it


VA Hosting Agent Orange Town Hall in Pittsfield
02:43PM / Wednesday, March 21, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System and the Pittsfield Department of Veteran Services will host an Agent Orange Veterans town hall on Saturday, March 24.

The meeting will be held noon to 3 p.m. at Reid Middle School, 950 North St. The conversation is part of an ongoing series conducted by the VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System in its service areas. 

The veteran community is invited to learn about Veterans Administration programs and services from VA representatives, including regional VA healthcare leadership and staff, claims representatives from the Boston VA Regional Office, and Berkshire County


Time for Financial 'Spring Cleaning'
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:41AM / Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The days are longer and the temperatures are warmer – so it must be spring. For many of us, that means it's time for some spring cleaning. But why stop with sprucing up your living space? This year, consider extending the "spring cleaning" concept to your financial environment, too.

How can you tidy your finances? Here are some suggestions:

"De-clutter" your portfolio. As you go through your home during your spring cleaning rounds, you may notice that you've acquired a lot of duplicate objects – do you really need five mops? – or at least some things you can no longer use, like a computer that hasn’t worked since 2010. You can create


Boys and Girls Club 5th/6th Grade Boys Finish Successful Season
Community submission,
11:40AM / Wednesday, March 21, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield Boys and Girls Club fifth- and sixth-grade travel basketball team recently finished the season with a 30-4 record.   The team went 8-0 in the Berkshire County League.   Team members included: NuNu Brown, Nick Brindle, Jamal Sistrunk, Joey McGovern, Ben Jacob, Gavin Wheeler, Diego Race, Patrick Brennan, Patrick McLaughlin, Cabari Dozier, Jake Duquette and Micah Shepardson.              


Andrea Harrington to Challenge Caccaviello for District Attorney
10:49PM / Tuesday, March 20, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local attorney Andrea Harrington took out papers on Tuesday morning to primary Berkshire District Attorney Paul Caccaviello, who was sworn in just five days ago.   The former Democratic candidate for state senator had hinted last week on "The John Krol Show" that she was interested, saying people had reached out to her about running and that she was "taking a really hard look at it."    She ended any speculation by pulling papers Tuesday morning at the secretary of the commonwealth's office in Springfield.  She said she will be officially kicking off her campaign in the weeks ahead.   "I'm excited to

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Fallon Health Puts Two Local Councils on Aging on the Road
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:35PM / Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The two Nissan Rogues were branded with each Council on Aging logo and Fallon Health's graphic. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Adams and Lee Councils on Aging took possession of two shiny copper-colored Nissan Rogues on Tuesday, courtesy of Fallon Health.   The gifts, along with a number of "big checks," is the health insurance provider's way of supporting the community, said Richard P. Burke, president and CEO.   "We think it's important to support the communities within which we offer our products and services," he said as recipients of this year's Fallon Health grants admired the pair of sport-utility vehicles parked outside the offices


Democratic Candidates for Governor to Speak in Pittsfield
03:34PM / Tuesday, March 20, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The three gubernatorial candidates running in the Democratic primary will appear at the American Legion on Wendell Avenue on Sunday at 4 p.m.   Jay Gonzalez, Bob Massie and Setti Warren will present their platforms in a forum to be moderated by state Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield.    The forum is being sponsored by the Berkshire Democratic Brigades and the Berkshire Central Labor Council.   Warren is a veteran and former mayor of Newton, Massie is a global sustainability advocate, and Gonzalez is a former health system CEO and Health Connector chairman.   This event is free but the sponsors are encouraging donations to help support


Pittsfield Residents Air Grievances With Spectrum Changes
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Tuesday, March 20, 2018

George Doin, field operations manager for Spectrum, and Anna Lucey, director of government affairs, tried to answer some of questions raised during the two hours.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A very large crowd of angry Spectrum customers vented their frustrations for more than two hours Monday at two representatives of the cable company.   Complaints ranged from convoluted bills, poor customer service, nonfunctioning cable boxes that were difficult to hookup to shifting channels and confusing packages — all topped off by hiked prices and extra fees.   "There are a lot of angry, angry people here in the Berkshires," said state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier.


NBCC Forum: 'Domestic Violence is a Matter of Life or Death'
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:46AM / Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Participants in the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition meeting on Friday stood to indicate that they have been touched by domestic violence in some way, personally or professionally.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — By the end of the exercise, nearly everyone was standing.

Participants in the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition forum on Friday were urged to stand if they ever had responded to a domestic violence situation, counseled a domestic violence victim, suspected a friend or family member of being a victim of domestic violence, or were themselves affected by domestic violence. Nearly all of the 75 guests stood up.

"So we can see that we're already standing together for


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