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Corner Office Convos: Summer 2018 With Mayor Linda Tyer
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:16AM / Sunday, August 19, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — About this time three years ago Mayor Linda Tyer stood in front of a blighted John Street property as just a candidate.   She made it a focus that blight would be a major piece of her campaign. About this time next year, Mayor Linda Tyer will be a candidate again and she believes that property will no longer be in existence.   "This fall, finally, the house that I stood in front of on John Street during the campaign is coming down. It takes a while for us to move through this process because people have property rights, there are ownership issues, sometimes there are state issues. But we move as fast as we can in the constraints of the legal

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Pedestrian Killed After Being Hit By Train In Pittsfield
Staff Reports,
09:59AM / Saturday, August 18, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A pedestrian was reportedly killed while walking on the training tracks.   Authorities have not released information regarding the incident but that the accident happened shortly after 6 p.m. near Center Street. The pedestrian was reportedly walking on the tracks and the Amtrak train heading from Boston to Chicago was unable to stop in time.   None of the passengers or crew were injured in the collision.

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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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Daughter's Book Celebrates Legacy of Leonard Bernstein
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
12:00PM / Friday, August 17, 2018

It's hard to imagine the classical music world without Leonard Bernstein. His death, 28 years ago, left a void that will be very difficult, if not impossible, to fill. Yes, there are young, stellar conductors now on the scene who hold great promise – Ken-David Masur in Boston and the fiery Gustavo Dudamel in Los Angeles. Time will tell if they, or others, possess the potential of the mature Bernstein, who was blessed with unparalleled musical and communicative gifts as conductor, composer, pianist and mentor/lecturer - classical music’s, and America’s, emissary to the world.

There were three great composers who created and thus changed the course of early-to mid-20th

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Elder Services Appoints New Executive Director
11:07AM / Friday, August 17, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Elder Services of Berkshire County has appointed Christopher McLaughlin as their new executive director.

"I am delighted to return to work in the Berkshire community and lead Elder Services of Berkshire County as it continues its mission of providing the highest quality care, resources and support to its clients and their families," McLaughlin said.

The board of directors conducted an extensive search with many fine candidates. In the end, the clear choice was a local resident who has built a successful management career in the healthcare field.


"Chris has excellent interpersonal and strong oral communications skills. We feel he will provide

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 17-23
09:30AM / Friday, August 17, 2018

  MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE

SAT Shakerfest at Hancock Shaker Village

Hancock Shaker Village hosts a brand-new kind of festival curated by musicians Anna & Elizabeth. The full-day fest will include a sing-a-long, movement and art-making workshops, a dance party and more. Festivities begin at 1:30 p.m. and go until late. FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI After Ours Duo at Hotel on North | SAT Melissa Brinton at Rusty Anchor | SAT Mr. Doubtfire at Mission | MON Libations with

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Auditor: PEDA's Unrestricted Funds Continue to Dwindle
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:28AM / Friday, August 17, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An urgency to develop the William Stanley Business Park continues to grow as another year has gone by without a significant windfall of income for the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority.   PEDA has been spending approximately $300,000 in General Electric settlement money per year to supplement its operations. That account has dwindled down over the years without a significant boon in revenue to replenish it and if the current trends continue, PEDA will be out of available funds by 2024.   "You are down to the five, six-year range and you don't have a replacement for that cash," auditor David Irwin from Adelson & Company told the

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Outlook Builders, Teddy's Pizza Win Giorgi League Titles
09:53PM / Thursday, August 16, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Deshawn Hamlett scored 13 points Thursday to lead Outlook Builders/Pizza House to a 58-50 win over Kingsbread/Flynn & Dagnoli in the championship game of the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League Men's Division.   In the Women's Division, Teddy's Pizza defeated the Hoosac Women, 40-30, behind 10 points apiece for Peyton Steinman and Grace Guachione.   Guachione grabbed seven rebounds, and MVP Hollie Steinman had eight points and eight rebounds.   For the Hoosac Women, Emily Rosse led the way with a game-high 11 points, and Mckenzie Robinson scored 10. Kayla Hotaling had seven points, eight rebounds and a pair of blocks.   Hamlett was

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Tiger Muskies Win Berkshire County Lax Title
Community submission,
08:51PM / Thursday, August 16, 2018
DALTON, Mass. -- Jimmy Chase scored six goals Thursday to lead the Tiger Muskies to a 12-7 win over Pittsfield High in the championship game of the Berkshire County Summer Lacrosse League.   "All I’ve been thinking about all week at work was keeping my hair silky, being awesome and putting goals where the kitten sleeps (top shelf)," Chase joked.   "As a former goalie at Western New England, I knew where to put my shots where the goalie couldn’t get to them."   Chase scored 10 goals and recorded four assists between the league semi-final and final combined.   Mike Snyder had a goal and two assists, and Brian Kelly scored a goal and set up

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The Independent Investor: Turmoil in Turkey
By Bill Schmick,
04:28PM / Thursday, August 16, 2018
Turkey, a country that represents about 1 percent of the world's gross domestic product, has suddenly become a cause of concern for investors worldwide. Both developed and emerging financial markets have plunged over the last week as that country's currency plummeted. Fear that this tiny country's problems could somehow spark a global financial contagion has everyone on edge.   Those fears are unfounded. There will be no "contagion."  What is happening in Turkey is truly a "Tempest in a Teapot" that bears little resemblance to the crisis in Greece several years ago. Yet, over the last week, Turkey's currency, the lira, fell to record lows,

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Pittsfield Police Unions Respond to Allegations Made During Council Meeting
Staff Reports,
04:06PM / Thursday, August 16, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As the job of a police officer becomes "more dangerous and thankless each and every day," Igor Greenwald "belittled" the good work officers do, says the local police unions.   Greenwald has been behind an effort to create a Police Oversight Committee and at a recent subcommittee he and others testified about negative interactions with police. Greenwald contends there is "a whole basket of bad apples" in the Police Department and an oversight committee to handle complaints of officer misconduct is needed.   Pittsfield Police Patrolmen Union (International Brotherhood of Police Officers) 447 and Pittsfield Police Superior

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'BlacKkKlansman': There's no Politics like Show Business
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:35PM / Thursday, August 16, 2018
I doubt I've ever reviewed a movie more important than Spike Lee's "BlacKkKlansman."   Greater? Most likely. Although, in astutely fashioning his heartfelt SOS about America's burgeoning racist threat, Spike Lee is no slouch in the art department, either. This scintillating film based on a true story about how, via a white counterpart, Afro-American cop Ron Stallworth infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan, wouldn't be nearly as shocking in its appeal to our better angels were it not such a fine achievement in cinema.   Will it win Best Picture? A mere bag of shells. If Lee's magnum opus proves to be this generation's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and

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Pittsfield Council Has Little Luck With Spectrum Cable
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Thursday, August 16, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — No matter how much the City Council and residents complain about the loss of local programming, Spectrum Cable will not be bringing it back.   Melinda Kinney of Charter Communications told the council Wednesday night that WWLP 22 and WCVB 5 Boston cost too much to bring back to the area. The national company had made a decision that it will not pay extra to carry the channels that are considered "out of market."    "There is a cost issue associated with carrying an out-of-market broadcast," she said.   Kinney told the council that the channels were pulled for two reasons -- cost and that often there were multiple channels

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