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Holiday Hours: Memorial Day
09:00AM / Saturday, May 26, 2018

Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army Arlington National Cemetery is the nation's first federal military cemetery. A ceremony is held each Memorial Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Memorial Day is being celebrated Monday, May 28. It is a federal holiday observing the sacrifices of the nation's servicemen and -women. It started as a day to decorate the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers, particularly in the South, and many states adopted the day as Decoration Day to commemorate all U.S. soldiers after World War I.

Memorial Day was established as a federal holiday in 1971 by Congress. It falls on the last Monday in May.

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Pittsfield Announces First 'Citizens Academy'
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:38AM / Saturday, May 26, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — City government wants to engage residents more and will launch a 10-week "citizens academy" to learn about how local government works.    The program is headed by the mayor's Executive Assistant Catherine Van Bramer. She said the program, starting in September, will bring a group of up to 20 citizens together for two-hour sessions to really get to know various aspects of government.   "Many times when we are talking to residents in the community we often find ourselves helping them navigate their government. We help them understand a variety of things. We help them learn how to report a streetlight out. How they obtain a birth

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

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Superior Court Briefs: May 11 - May 24
Staff Reports,
04:43PM / Friday, May 25, 2018
Cases heard before Judge Maureen Hogan on Friday, May 11.   Akeem Anderson, 22, of Springfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.   He was released on $500 bail. The charge stems from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on January 31, 2018.   Cases heard before Judge Maureen Hogan on Monday, May 14.   Stephen Hyland, 34, of Otis was found guilty by a jury on single counts of rape of a child, intimidation of a witness, and open and gross lewdness.   He was ordered to be held without bail until sentencing. The incidents occurred in 2011.   On May 24, Hyland was sentenced to seven to


@theMarket: Nothing Memorable in the Markets this Week
By Bill Schmick,
04:35PM / Friday, May 25, 2018
Most indexes ended the week where they started. While day traders may have lost or gained from intraday moves, serious investors simply ignored the constant and contradictory stream of news coming out of Washington.   It isn't worth the space to comment on all the on-again, off-again series of tweets and statements that has become part of our daily diet. The main events that did carry some substantive weight were the House rollback of the Dodd-Frank rules. This easing of regulations on all but the largest banks, removes the required ‘stress tests' from most banks. While it relaxes some of the more stringent rules on banks, it does continue to regulate those areas that


Attorney Judith Knight Running for Berkshire District Attorney
01:23PM / Friday, May 25, 2018
LEE, Mass. — Criminal defense attorney Judith Knight has formally announced her candidacy for Berkshire district attorney.    Knight, a former assistant district attorney, has more than 30 years of experience in the criminal justice system prosecuting cases and defending individuals charged with crimes.    She is an advocate of criminal justice reform promoting alternative sentencing for first-time non-violent offenders by imposing a stint of community service, restorative justice, or inpatient treatment for addicts instead of incarceration. Knight wants to end the school to prison pipeline and is committed to fighting the opioid crisis at all


Memorial Day Events 2018
By Staff Reports,
09:30AM / Friday, May 25, 2018

The parade will step off at 10 a.m. from the former Adams Memorial Middle School and conclude with the traditional ceremony at the Maple Street Cemetery. The usual route will be followed: Columbia Street to Hoosac Street, Hoosac Street to Summer Street, Center Street to Park Street.

The American Legion Post 160 Honor Guard will participate. Music will be provided by the Hoosac Valley High School band and the Berkshire Highlanders. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Adams Fire Station.

Adams American Legion Post 160 will make its 85th pilgrimage to the Mount Greylock Veterans Memorial on Sunday May 27, 9 a.m. There will be a ceremony and firing squad and the


Shire City Herbals Completes $1.4 Million Expansion Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:00AM / Friday, May 25, 2018

Mayor Linda Tyer and Business Development Manager Michael Coakley were just a few of those who toured the building on Thursday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Shire City Herbals has completed a $1.4 million project to build its own commercial kitchen and warehouse space.   In two weeks, the makers of Fire Cider will start operating out of 15 Commercial St., where the company purchased the former Protech building and embarked on a massive renovation of the interior.   Co-owner Dana St. Pierre said the company will be able to produce significantly more of the vinegar tonic and it has recently signed a contract exporting the product to Canada.   "The fact that we will have


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 25-31
10:49PM / Thursday, May 24, 2018


SAT Food Truck Feastival with the Pittsfield Suns Join the Pittsfield Suns for the 2nd annual Food Truck Feastival at Wahconah Park from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. This is a family-friendly event and admission is FREE. Enjoy tasty food trucks, craft vendors, live music, activities for kids, pony rides, cold beer and more!


SAT Upright Citizens Brigade on Tour at The Colonial
Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Touring Company features the best improv comedians from the legendary UCB theaters. The 90-minute, unscripted


'Book Club': Can Be Judged From Its Cover
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
04:06PM / Thursday, May 24, 2018
The grist and gist of the pleasantly engaging but no-great-shakes "Book Club," directed by Bill Holderman and starring four of our national treasures, reminded me of an informing moment a few years back. My wife, Joanne, and I were driving across the Neversink River in the Catskills just as Mick Jagger and that band of his came over the radio. It was "Jumping Jack Flash" that stirred me to opine, "Can you imagine if someday we're in the old age home and the Rolling Stones visit to entertain us?" Her answer surprised me.   "Cool!" said my co-veteran of the Hippy Era, the resilience therein implied brightening the picture I had


The Independent Investor: It Is No Longer Enough to Simply Manage Money
By Bill Schmick,
03:37PM / Thursday, May 24, 2018
Back in the day, money managers were revered. News stories spotlighting the year's "hottest hands," or that hedge fund's rising star were all the rage. Retail investors chased performance and paid for it. But times are changing, and simply beating the market for a year or two fails to impress most investors.   And with good reason.   Most of us are in the investment game for the long haul. We are saving for retirement: a process involving decades of saving and planning. Chasing the firm or adviser that "beat the market" this year has turned out to be a disastrous approach to that concept.   Most of us have now realized that you can't beat the


Pittsfield Briefs: Trash Hauling Contract Extended, Parking Meters Moving
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:36PM / Thursday, May 24, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The mayor has signed a five-year agreement with Republic Services, circumventing the City Council's wishes to have the contract go to bid.   The new contract had already been basically agreed to before the City Council urged the mayor to put the contract to bid. Nonetheless, city councilors were surprised to learn on Tuesday that the agreement had been signed after advocating for the contract to be publicly bid.    "I wish we had really known some of this when we were having discussions with the trash options," said Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell.   According to Mayor Linda Tyer, when the toter proposal was first released,

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The Choice for Western Mass: Lead or Lose
, Guest Column
02:22PM / Thursday, May 24, 2018
State Houses across the country, and right here in Massachusetts, are facing a moment of generational change in leadership. Particularly in Western Mass, which is too often ignored by decision-makers on Beacon Hill, we will have to speak up — and fight together — for the funding, the projects and the policy priorities we need.   There are many issues where we are already leading the state. On the opioid epidemic, which has hit our region especially hard, we helped create the Narcan bulk purchase program that has saved thousands of lives. And our residents have banded together to form groups like Belchertown's Speaking Out About Addiction and Recovery, the Opioid Task


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