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Berkshires Jazz Announces Student Art Contest Winners
12:31PM / Friday, May 26, 2017

Estefania Rivera Cadvid

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshires Jazz, which operates the Pittsfield CityJazz Festival and other events throughout the year, has announced the winners to its annual student art contest. The winning entry is an abstract watercolor by Estefania Rivera Cadvid.       

The first-place painting will become the graphic symbol of the 13th annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival, in mid-October.

The contest, which normally takes place during April, was conceived as a way to spread the interest in jazz to a broader part of the community, and draw attention to Jazz Appreciation Month. After a late start because of the burst water pipes that


Mt. Greylock Extended Care Facility Administrator Honored for Leadership
12:26PM / Friday, May 26, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The American College of Health Care Administrators honored Maria Craft, administrator of Mt. Greylock Extended Care Facility in Pittsfield, as a 2017 recipient of the ACHCA Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award. The award, named in memory of visionary ACHCA member Eli Pick, recognizes administrators whose teams have achieved dimensions of organizational quality that few others have been able to reach.

"I'm honored to receive this recognition, but the results we have achieved at Mt. Greylock Extended Care Facility are due to the hard work and dedication of every single team member here," Craft said. "We are a five-star Medicare rated facility and


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

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Superior Court Briefs: May 22 - May 25
Staff Reports,
11:53AM / Friday, May 26, 2017
Cases heard before Judge Edward McDonough on Monday, May 22.   Joshua Stimpson, 30, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute -his second offense - and conspiracy to violate drug laws.   He was ordered to serve concurrent three and a half to four years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction.    The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on June 27, 2016.   Cases heard before Judge Edward McDonough on Tuesday, May 23.   Francisco Reyes, 37, of Pittsfield was found guilty on three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14, and two counts of


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 26-June 1
11:18AM / Friday, May 26, 2017
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Memorial Day Events 2017
By Staff Reports,
09:30AM / Friday, May 26, 2017

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 keynote speaker will be retired Army Lt. Co. John Bianchi, a 35-year military veteran who retired in 2007 after serving seven years as an enlisted man and 28 years as an officer. He served with Army National Guard and Army Reserve and his duty stations included the Pentagon and the United States Military Academy at West Point. Two Hoosac Valley High School students will recite Lincoln's


Holiday Hours: Memorial Day
09:00AM / Friday, May 26, 2017

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 29. 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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State Senate Accepts Amendment To Study Passenger Rail to New York
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:18PM / Thursday, May 25, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state Senate adopted a budget amendment Thursday to develop a blueprint for more consistent passenger rail service to New York City.    State Sen. Adam Hinds filed the amendment which would task the state Department of Transportation to create a working group to study what it will take to establish the service.    "When we are trying to improvement out economy and address population loss, getting our infrastructure right is a key part of that," the Pittsfield Democrat said on Thursday. "This was identified as an important first step."   Some four years ago, former Gov. Deval Patrick had pushed a plan to purchase and


Pittsfield Police Asking For Info About Car Crash On Friday Night
Staff Reports,
04:25PM / Thursday, May 25, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are asking for any information regarding a crash on Friday which left one man with life-threatening injuries.   Police say at just before midnight Friday night Matthew King, 35 of Wilson Street, was traveling in a Hyundai south on Wahconah Street when he veered into the northbound lane and collided with Ford van operated by Mitchell Messana, 25, of Richmond.   Both parties were taken to Berkshire Medical Center, with King being treated for life-threatening injuries and Messana for minor injuries.    Police are investigating the circumstances around the crash and are asking anyone who may have witnessed it or have information relating to


'Alien: Covenant': All's Lousy That Ends Lousy
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:59PM / Thursday, May 25, 2017
Director Ridley Scott's "Alien: Covenant," the sixth in the franchise with no relief in sight, has spawned a horror in and of itself. We now might press for escape to another planet not because good old Earth can no longer sustain human life, but because we simply don't want to live in a society that normalizes the mean-spiritedness epitomized by such so-called entertainment.   This gratuitous study in ugly presentiments provides us with a test of our tolerance, challenging us to rightfully recognize its deplorably regressive degeneracy as a 1st Amendment Right.   Like the similarly hostile, outer-space gambit, "Life" (2017), this tale of a colonizing


The Independent Investor: Ready For a 20 Percent Correction?
By Bill Schmick,
03:11PM / Thursday, May 25, 2017

As the stock market makes new highs, investors tend to get greedy. They also begin to believe that what has happened in the recent past will continue to happen in the future. Actually, history shows the exact opposite. It is time to give the potential downside some thought.

Hope burns brightly in the equity markets right now. Many on Wall Street believe that the Republican-dominated Congress, led by Donald Trump, "The working man's president," will usher in a golden era of strong economic growth and robust financial markets. The problem is that politics and investments make for strange bedfellows.

At some point, I expect that the two will part ways and when they do, look


Pittsfield Will Pay Dated Electric Bill For Softball Complex
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:41AM / Thursday, May 25, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city solicitor has ruled that the city is going to have to pay a dated electric bill for the softball complex on East Street.   The City Council was looking to contest responsibility of a $1,701.28 Eversource electric bill dating back to 2012. The bill is attributed to the final months of Berkshire County Softball Complex Inc.'s operations there, and city officials said Jim Bridges, who headed it, should have been responsible.   Two weeks ago, the council rejected paying the bill and referred it to City Solicitor Richard Dohoney. This Tuesday, however, Dohoney said the city is liable because of an outdated practice of putting the bill in both the


Pittsfield Schools to Lease Space on Eagle For Off-Campus Program
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:25AM / Thursday, May 25, 2017

The School Department will rent space in the Eagle Building. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Department is leaving St. Luke's Square for smaller rental space on Eagle Street.   The district ran the Student Resource Center out of leased space on Whipple Street. That lease expires at the end of June and the School Committee had previously voted to completely revamp the programs housed there, bringing nearly all of them into the schools themselves.   On Wednesday, the School Committee approved a lease with Scarafoni Associates to lease much smaller space at 53 Eagle St. for the one program at the center remaining off-site. The school will lease 2,045 square feet


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