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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

Massimiano Resigns From Pittsfield Licensing Board
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:09AM / Wednesday, June 26, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Carmen C. Massimiano Jr. has resigned from the Licensing Board effective June 6.   Massimiano served as the board's chair since 2006 and is resigning because of health reasons. Thomas Campoli was appointed by Mayor Linda Tyer to take over as chairman and Richard Stockwell was voted to become the vice chairman.    "Carmen Massimiano's resignation was due to health issues he has been confronting. That was the reason we understand that he resigned," Campoli said.    "As many of you know, he was the sheriff of Berkshire County. He was a member of this board since 2006. So we want to wholeheartedly thank him for his


Age-Friendly Berkshires Highlights Successes, Launches Video
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The father-daughter duo of Roger Gutwillig and Diane Pearlman tapped into their deep connections in the local film industry to create the video highlighting the work. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle and later died, the senior citizens of Great Barrington were scared to walk.    Emergency management from Fairview Hospital developed a program to purchase reflective vests to hand out to those walking, to help make them feel a little safer. Police were supplied with vests to keep in their cruisers so they can offer them to pedestrians. The vests also are available at councils on aging and at events.   It is one effort to help the aging


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

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by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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Pittsfield Council Voices Frustration With Large Snow Removal Deficit
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:10AM / Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Council Vice  President John Krol is critical of the administration regarding both the snow and ice removal budget and the Police Department settlement. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council begrudgingly approved spending $1.4 million in free cash to offset a massive budget overage for snow removal.   The city spent some $2.1 million this winter on snow and ice but had only budgeted for $700,000. The City Council was asked to either fund it with free cash or have it be paid through taxes.   The council agreed to fund it but raised many concerns about the management of the system, questioning how the city's largest overage in that line came during what was


Miss Hall's School Announces Head's List, Honor Roll
12:27PM / Tuesday, June 25, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has announced 49 local students among the 159 students schoolwide named to the Head's List and Honor Roll for the second semester, which ended May 28.

For Head's List recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 92, with no single grade below B-plus.

For Honor Roll recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 86, with no single grade below B-minus.

Head's List

Grade 12: Charlotte Adelson, Lee; Trudy Fadding, Glendale; Haylee Gleason, Pittsfield; Mary Howe, Pittsfield; Faia


Tanglewood's Learning Institute Opens This Week
12:03PM / Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The summer concert season has arrived, and how fortunate are we music lovers to be living right here, in the Berkshires or Southern Vermont, at what can only be described as "music and cultural central." It's clear that this will be an especially exciting and brilliant festival season.

Here are my recommended picks of the week for the upcoming concerts and related events to be experienced in venues at three of our most noteworthy regional music festivals.


One of the most anticipated events of Tanglewood's 2019 music season - the official opening weekend of the Linde Center for Music and Learning and Tanglewood Learning Institute programs - will take place June


Gearing Up for Old and New Pop Idols
By Grace Lichtenstein, Guest Column
11:32AM / Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Alan Freed. Queen. Earth, Wind & Fire. Southside Johnny. These are among the treats awaiting Berkshire pop and dance enthusiasts in the week before July 4.

Berkshire Theatre Group

Older folks surely remember the pioneering DJ Alan Freed, who practically invented rock 'n' roll radio (for white listeners) back in the day. The music was considered dangerous in the beginning and Freed was a pied piper leading teenagers astray. Now, at the Colonial Theater in Pittsfield, the Berkshire Theatre Group and Caiola Productions presents a new musical, "Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story," starting Thursday June 27. The show runs through July 21.

Even those who don't


Pittsfield Fire Puts New Engine Into Service
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:20AM / Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Firefighters loaded the last pieces of equipment into the engine. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Fire Department christened its new engine truck with an old tradition -- pushing it into the firehouse.   The symbolic push from members of the department honors the days of horse-drawn apparatus that firefighters would have to push back into the bay after calls. In honor of those days gone by, many departments have adopted a ceremonial version with new engines and Pittsfield held its first with the welcoming of brand-new Engine 3.   "This is a new tradition we'd like to start. A lot of other fire departments for years and years have taken on the role of pushing the new


Pittsfield Co-op Captures League Title
Community submission,
06:40PM / Monday, June 24, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Pittsfield Co-op finished an undefeated season by defeating Balance Rock, 8-3, for the championship in the Pittsfield Girls’ Softball League 10U Rookie Division.   In the regular season, the teams battled twice with Pittsfield Co-op winning each game by one run.   In the championship game, Balance Rock took an early lead in the championship game before Pittsfield Co-op pulled away late. Mia DeJesus and Grace Julieano each had a hit and scored two runs apiece for the Co-op while Kylie Duhamel and Bella Miller each recorded a hit and a run for the eventual champs.   DeJesus and Julieano delivered from the circle pitching the Co-op to


Letter: Melissa Mazzeo for Mayor
Letter to the Editor,
04:00PM / Monday, June 24, 2019

To the Editor:

We would give Ms. Mazzeo our vote for mayor of Pittsfield in a heartbeat!

She is an educated, intelligent woman, who researches issues before speaking about them.

In our opinion, if she had been told, by the state, that Pittsfield had to prove that the city could make some of its own money, she may have agreed to parking meters, but not those user-unfriendly kiosks.

Northampton, a much larger city than Pittsfield, has parking meters, but they are easy to use, all the person parking needs to do is insert quarters into the parking meter. If you are dining and seeing a movie, insert the number of quarters needed.

Here in Pittsfield, I see folks trying to find out how to


Pittsfield Council To Cast Final Vote On CPA Allocations
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:30PM / Monday, June 24, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council will vote on allocating $575,919 on a dozen projects through the Community Preservation Act on Tuesday.   The total will leave about $40,000 to roll over into next year's allocation. The total budget was $619,701 which consisted of about $440,000 raised from local surcharges and about an $80,000 match from the state.   Funding was sought for a total of 14 projects asking for more nearly $1 million and the Community Preservation Act Committee opted to fund 12 of those 14, but many of them at a lesser amount then the request.   The largest allocation is $100,000 for the Zion Lutheran Church to make repairs to its


BArT Announces Fourth Quarter Honor Roll
11:27AM / Monday, June 24, 2019

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the fourth quarter of the 2018-19 school year.

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

Grade Six

High Honors: Persephone Clark, Tucker Danylin,


Summer Reading Programs Abound at Berkshire Libraries
11:18AM / Monday, June 24, 2019

The kids might be out of school, but there are still plenty of opportunities to keep them learning and engaged throughout the summer.

Around Berkshire County, most libraries are participating in the summer reading program "A Universe of Energy." Following are some of the libraries' plans; be sure to check with your town's library, as well:


Adams Free Library is Hosting Danna Banana on Tuesday, June 25, at 5 p.m. to kick off its Summer Reading Program, which marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing.  Danna Banana brings his usual wit and wackiness to all things space-related in this year’s summer theme “A Universe of


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