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Pittsfield Meetings Move Back To City Hall Following Elevator Repairs
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:30PM / Sunday, July 08, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — City meetings can return to City Hall now that the elevator has been fixed.   On Monday state inspectors gave the Okay on the elevator up. In April the hydraulic system gave out, with people inside the elevator, and has been out of service since. All city meetings had been relocated for months, using the library, Council on Aging, and Pittsfield High School.    "Monday we got the all-clear from the state that it was inspected and ready to go," said Director of Administrative Services Roberta McCulloch-Dews.    According to Director of Maintenance Brian Filiault, the elevator, which dates back more than 50 years, is no longer made.

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Harrington Running to Reform District Attorney's Office
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:15AM / Sunday, July 08, 2018
  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — If you want things to change, you need to do something different.   That's Andrea Harrington's view when it comes to reforming the criminal justice system. And now, she wants to be that change. She is seeking election as the next district attorney following the retirement of David Capeless.    "We see progressive defense attorneys without prosecutorial experience being elected across the country. That's because if you want to change the system, it takes somebody with a different view," Harrington said.   "If you want reform, you need a reformer."   Harrington entered the race shortly after Capeless

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Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

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by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

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County Softball Teams Still Alive at New England Regional
06:40PM / Saturday, July 07, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire Force 16-and-under softball team and the Greylock Thunder 14U squad stand one game away from the championship round of the Babe Ruth New England Regional when play resumes on Sunday morning.   The Force 16s finished pool play tied with the Thunder for first place in the division with records of 2-0.   On Saturday, the Thunder 16s lost to the Raynham (Mass.) Rampage to drop into the losers’ bracket, where they were edged by the Vermont All-Stars, 16-15.   The Berkshire Force 16s beat the Lamprey River Lightning of New Hampshire, 6-5, in the Force’ first action in the double-elimination phase of the tournament.   But the

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Pittsfield To Serve As Backdrop For Photography Project
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02:30PM / Saturday, July 07, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Sections of the city will be closed off the week of the 17th for photo shoots by photographer Gregory Crewdson.   Crewdson will be taking a series of still images using Pittsfield as the setting.    On Wednesday, July 17, Kellogg Street between Parker and Plunkett Streets will be shut down the Fire Department is putting on a controlled burn to be featured in the photograph.   On Friday, July 20 the film crew will move to Silver Lake Boulevard, at the corner of Fourth Street, for photos featuring actions in police and fire uniforms, and several emergency vehicles.   And on Sunday, July 22, the photos will be shot at the intersection of

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Caccaviello Leans On Experience in Race for District Attorney
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:15AM / Saturday, July 07, 2018
  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — For Paul Caccaviello, the district attorney's job is a call to service.   After 14 years as the first assistant district attorney, Caccaviello is looking to fill the shoes being left by the retired David Capeless, who handpicked his successor. With some 30 years as a prosecutor, Caccaviello said he has the most experience and qualifications to take over the office.   "My philosophy is to show compassion when it is appropriate, have a consequence when it is needed. And it is not mutually independent concepts. Many times, if not the majority of times, you have to have a balance when confronted with something. I've been in the office,

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Making the Loop
by Soapbox
04:44PM / Wednesday, July 11, 2012
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We had some free time this week to walk the 2-mile loop through the downtown. Here's a few of things that caught our eye. (In between taking photos, we were heel-toeing and arm-pumping as prescribed.)

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Let's Go Paperless
by Soapbox
05:07PM / Monday, February 06, 2012
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This is from Ward 6 Councilor John Krol's eblast today. His switch to digital immediately caught our attention. With the associated costs - nearly $4,000 a year for paper alone! - zipping councilors "the packet" (as we in the know like to call it) over the ether makes loads of sense. Digital also means the average citizen gets far better access to these public documents than ever before. The city clerk's office has been diligent about posting meeting agendas and, where possible, relevant documents. So in terms of saving money and time and getting information out efficiently, digital is the way to go.

I would like to thank City Clerk Linda Tyer for agreeing to print out one less city council packet, as I have officially gone paperless for council meetings - which I hope will be a trend that can be extended throughout city government.

The bulky (and often, very bulky) city council packet that councilors use for a reference costs an average of $170 per meeting for paper alone. Add the additional costs of ink/toner, wear and tear on city hall copiers, and the time and energy of staff who put it all together - and a simple transition away from paper benefits everyone.

With the packet now fully digital in pdf form, all councilors, and everyone with an internet

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Berkshire Music School Kicks Off 2012 Classes With Open House
by Soapbox
12:29PM / Sunday, January 29, 2012
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The open house featured a sample class, access to musical instruments, information for parents, refreshments ...and more than a few delighted squeals.


January 29, 2011
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dozens of youths, many of them under the age of 5, attended an open house at the Berkshire Music School Saturday, as the educational nonprofit enters its 70th year at its 30 Wendell Avenue home.
The open house featured a sample class, access to musical instruments, information for parents, refreshments... and more than a few delighted squeals, proving once again the inherent interest in making a joyful noise is not generational, and will never go out of style.
The open house featured a Music for Preschoolers class, designed to "children’s awareness of rhythm, ability to sing and move creatively to music," which

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Daniel Bianchi Sworn In As Mayor
by Soapbox
11:55AM / Monday, January 02, 2012
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Video taken on Jan. 2, 2012, by Joe Durwin of Daniel Bianchi being sworn in for his first term as mayor of Pittsfield.

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Generals Fall to Wildcats on Tuesday
by Soapbox
02:11PM / Wednesday, December 21, 2011
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Check out the action between the Pittsfield Generals and the Lee Wildcats on Tuesday night.

Pittsfield at Lee High - Boys Basketball 12/20/2011 from iBerkshires on Vimeo.

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Pittsfield Cuts Ribbon at Skate Park
by Soapbox
09:14PM / Tuesday, December 13, 2011
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Don't try this at home. :D

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Downing Hosting Energy Issues Forum
by Soapbox
10:33PM / Monday, December 12, 2011
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Sen. Benjamin B. Downing is hosting a forum on energy issues on Wednesday evening, Dec. 14, from 5:30-7 at Berkshire South Regional Community Center.

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