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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

1Berkshire Youth Leadership Program Graduates Class of 2019
10:58AM / Friday, May 10, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Fourteen students from across the Berkshires graduated from 1Berkshire's Youth Leadership Program on Tuesday, May 7. Having completed the entirety of this 10-month leadership program, the students shared the product of their collective impact project with attending family, friends, and regional leaders, and were recognized for their program completion.

For their collective impact project, the Class of 2019 chose to conduct a sustainability fair in coordination with the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market. Through their project, they engaged more than 60 people and helped educate them about ways to be more environmentally sustainable in their own lives.


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 10-16
10:31AM / Friday, May 10, 2019
Next Thursday, May 16 is the first 3rd Thursday of 2019! The first 3rd Thursday of 2019 will celebrate youth, with performances by  the Berkshire Pulse youth drummers led by Aimee Gelinas w/guest dancers,  the Breffny Irish Dancers, Youth Alive, the Reid Middle School Orchestra, the Taconic Guitar Ensemble, Kids 4 Harmony, Berkshire Theatre Group and Rock On!   Berkshire Yoga Dance and Fitness will be leading a FREE Zumba class at 6:30 p.m. in Park Square.   And the Jacob's Pillow Dance Zone will feature a 3rd Thursday All Styles Dance Battle. The battle is free to enter


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

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

My Core Floor Wins Lever Health Tech Challenge
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:12AM / Friday, May 10, 2019

Dr. Lara Aillon-Sohl was the runner-up with her  product ThriveText.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There is a waiting list to see Brittney Cappiello but not many women want to talk about why.

She specializes in pelvic issues, treating women suffering from pain or even peeing their pants on a treadmill or a trampoline. 

"Even in this rural area, I currently have a three-month waiting list of people coming to see me," she said.   Woman pay a lot of money for diapers, pads, medications, or even surgeries every year to address a problem that they feel is unique to only them. She said the most common question she gets is whether or not she has seen such cases


The Independent Investor: What Does Your 401(k) Investments Look Like?
By Nate Tomkiewicz and Bill Schmick,
05:14PM / Thursday, May 09, 2019
It might surprise you to know that many retirement savers religiously contribute to their tax-deferred savings plans but have no idea what investments they own. Many plan representatives simply suggest that if you don't know, just invest in a target date retirement fund. Is this a good idea?   Most 401(k)s and 403(B)s plans, for example, have between 20 and 30 investment options you can choose from.  This menu of choices normally includes bond and stock funds as well as international funds. There are also balanced or blended funds, which invest in a mixture of stocks and bonds. Many plans also have some kind of annuity-like investment as well as target date


'Long Shot': Proves a Winning Bet
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:36PM / Thursday, May 09, 2019
I'm giving director Jonathan Levine's "Long Shot" a three, even though by most of my film-criticizing parameters (pace, creativity, screenplay, blah, blah, blah) it rates a 2.5. But hey, it's such a convivial and much needed feel-good movie that I'm figuring why be a piker? It's not like I have to pay Microsoft a vig depending on how many popcorns I allot the film in question, although that day may indeed be coming.   Pulling no punches in its hardly veiled muckrake of the current four-flushers down in Foggy Bottom, this delightfully quixotic confection, heir to the screwball comedies directors Frank Capra and Preston Sturges buoyed Depression Era


DOJ Bringing 'SPIRIT' Program to Area Schools
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:32AM / Thursday, May 09, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The U.S. Department of Justice is bringing training to the county to help prevent racial violence in the schools.   Superintendent Jason McCandless said Central Berkshire Regional School District had headed an effort to bring in the department's Student Problem Identification and Resolution of Issues Together (SPIRIT) program and invited other districts to send representatives to the first meeting. McCandless said eventually the goal is to open to a wider region.   "The lead school in the whole county on it is Central Berkshire Regional School District. Dr. [Laurie] Casna, their superintendent, has been working with Multicultural Bridge really

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Taconic High's Graduation to Be Held at Boys & Girls Club
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:33AM / Thursday, May 09, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The first class to graduate from the newly constructed Taconic High School will do so at the Boys and Girls Club.   The graduation had typically been held in the high school's gymnasium. However, the new school's gym is smaller than the previous one and last year's graduation was the last one before the former home of the Braves was torn down.    McCandless said the size of the new gymnasium would have limited families to have about four tickets inside and that other family members would have to watch it on a screen in the auditorium.   "We have lots of young people with big families, with complicated families, with step parents

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Teenagers to Run Pittsfield Farmers Market
12:02PM / Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Rising Roots employs Pittsfield teenagers in the farming community.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Roots Rising kicks off the seventh season of the Pittsfield Farmers Market with transformation into the first teen-run market in the region on Saturday, May 11. The market will run weekly, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the First Street Common through Oct. 12.

This season boasts expanded programming and a continuation of the market's legacy as a true community hub. With Roots Rising at the helm, the Pittsfield Farmers Market will be transformed into the first teen-run farmers market in the region. It will be run by Market Crew, Roots Rising's new employment opportunity for


Why Should Recent Graduates Care About Retirement Planning?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:41AM / Wednesday, May 08, 2019

If you've graduated from college in the past year or so and started your first job, you're no doubt learning a lot about establishing yourself as an adult and being responsible for your own finances. So thoughts of your retirement are probably far away. And yet you have several good reasons to invest in your 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan.

First of all, by contributing to your 401(k), you can get into the habit of regular investing. And since you invest in your 401(k) through regular payroll deductions, it's an easy way to invest.

Furthermore, your 401(k) or similar plan is an excellent retirement-savings vehicle. You generally contribute pre-tax dollars


McCann Brings Home Gold From SkillsUSA
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:04AM / Wednesday, May 08, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School had another successful year at the SkillsUSA state competition, bringing home six gold medals.   Seven McCann students can now say they are the best in the state: Nate Myers, Aubrey Tetlow, Joe Vigiard, Ethan Walden, Kenzie Oblisk, Stephanie Shatford, and Cecilia Marszalek all came out on top in their trades.   "I don't think they understand the magnitude of what they have accomplished and to be able to graduate and say that you are the best in the state in your field is a huge thing," Principal Justin Kratz said on Tuesday morning. "With your gold medals, you put that on your resume and you hold the keys to a


Pittsfield Board Looking Into Possible Proprietor's Lodge Parking Violations
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:20AM / Wednesday, May 08, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Community Development Board is telling city staff not to sign off on anything regarding the Proprietor's Lodge expansion as it looks into allegations that the company is not complying with its parking plan.   The board  has received two complaints about the restaurant and event venue at the former Itam Lodge alleging that the company is not following the parking plan the board approved.   Now, the board is asking the building commissioner and the Licensing Board not to approve anything further, which means the additional space the company is building cannot be used until the matter is solved.   "I think initially our advice is to


Health Matters: Four Quick Tips to Protect Against Anaplasmosis
By Marie J. George,
09:16PM / Tuesday, May 07, 2019

For those who don't work in health care, the disease anaplasmosis sounds made up. In reality, it's the second most common tick-borne illness affecting our region. 

Like Lyme disease, the most common one, it is caused by bacteria carried by the blacklegged tick. According to the Vermont Department of Health, Vermont has the highest annual incidence of anaplasmosis nationwide.

You can get anaplasmosis, Lyme disease, as well as a handful of less common tick-borne diseases from the same bite. Because of the tick life cycle, the number of tick bites peaks in May and June and again in late October and November. 

Here are some quick tips to protect you against anaplasmosis and

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