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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

Pittsfield City Council Accepts Increased Chapter 70 School Spending Plan
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:07AM / Thursday, August 15, 2019

Superintendent Jason McCandless outlines his plan on Tuesday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — City Council approved a spending plan for the nearly $1.3 million Chapter 70 increase that will improve the district's alternative school and fill staffing gaps.     City Council unanimously approved a spending plan layout Tuesday that will provide the school district with a $1,285,600 shot in the arm — pumping resources in both the elementary and middle schools.    "We know that this money was directly and specifically aimed at communities that need it the most," Superintendent Jason McCandless said.  "I can assure you ... many of our


Woman Killed in Two-Car Crash in Richmond
10:41PM / Wednesday, August 14, 2019
RICHMOND, Mass. — A two-car crash on Route 41 at Dublin Road at about 5:30 on Wednesday evening resulted in the death of a 72-year-old woman.   On Thursday, Police identified the victim as Barbara Detlefsen of Slippery Rock, Pa. The crash is still under investigation.   Preliminary investigation by troopers assigned to state police barracks in Lee show that a 2012 Toyota Camry and a 2016 Honda Accord were operating on Route 41 when, for reasons still under investigation, they collided resulting in injuries to three people.    Two occupants in the Toyota and one occupant in the Honda were all transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield for treatment. The


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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A Profusion of Music at Tanglewood, Sevenars
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
11:41AM / Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Come mid-August, classical aficionados are grateful for the cornucopia of extraordinary musical riches the Boston Symphony bestows to rapt audiences within the incomparably bucolic setting that is Tanglewood.

During this penultimate week of the Tanglewood Festival's classical programming, the spotlight will focus on a range of music in varied genres: from orchestral music by Brahms, Zoltan Kodály, György Ligeti and György Kurtág performed by The Knights chamber orchestra and featuring the superb violinist Gil Shaham, to more Brahms and some rare Schumann performed by the Boston Symphony, to favorite symphonic masterworks by Sibelius, Hindemith and Mahler


Bring Your Light Sabers: Star Wars Returns, Plus Martha Graham Dancers, Chris Smither
By Grace Lichtenstein, Guest Column
11:18AM / Wednesday, August 14, 2019

John Williams' music is a familiar sound in the Berkshires, and this season is no different. In addition, a legendary choreographer's company at the Pillow plus folkie Chris Smither at the Guthrie Center add up to a lively week.


"Star Wars" returns to the Berkshires on Friday, Aug. 16, from a galaxy far, far … well, you know. This year it's the film "Star Wars: A New Hope," shown on the screen, as the Boston Pops Orchestra accompanies it with the live John Williams score. This is the fourth episode of the series, if you are keeping count. Keith Lockhart, an old hand at music/film projections, is the conductor. More info and tickets can be


Business Owners: You Need Your Own Retirement Plan
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:22AM / Wednesday, August 14, 2019

As a business owner, you can't afford to ignore your competition. You can't afford to miss out on the trends affecting your industry. You can't afford to alienate customers. And here's one more item to add to the list: You can't afford not to create a retirement plan for yourself.

Of course, you might think that, one day, you will simply sell your business and live off the proceeds. But selling a business isn't always simple, and there's no guarantee you will receive enough to pay for a comfortable retirement – which is why you should strongly consider creating a retirement plan now.

Here are some of the most widely used plans:

SEP-IRA: You can


BHS, Berkshire Orthopaedics Further Expand Care
10:17AM / Wednesday, August 14, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates, an affiliate of Berkshire Health Systems, has continued to expand comprehensive orthopaedic and sports medicine care with the addition of two highly skilled surgeons.

Doctors Christina G. Kane and Ashley R. Miller have joined Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates, partnered with Drs. Kevin Mitts, Mark Sprague, Jeffrey Cella, Jarod Goodrich, David Grygier, James Parkinson and Daniel Sage.

Both Kane and Miller are accepting new patients. Both physicians will provide care in Pittsfield, and Dr. Kane will also be providing orthopaedic and sports medicine services in North Adams.

Dr. Kane received her medical degree from the University


BHS, Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates Present Sports Injury Prevention Event
10:12AM / Wednesday, August 14, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The physicians of Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates, an affiliate of Berkshire Health Systems, will be on hand, in collaboration with experts in rehabilitation and concussion care, for a free community event focusing on preventing sports injuries.

"We Know You Love Your Sport: Here's How You Can Stay Safe and Healthy" will be held on Monday, Sept. 9, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Country Club of Pittsfield. Specialists will discuss concussion management, knee injury prevention, and lower leg, ankle and foot injury prevention.

The program will feature doctors Kevin Mitts, Anthony Defelice, Jarod Goodrich, James Parkinson, Mark Sprague, and the two


Incumbent Tyer Seeks to Build 'Strong City' in Re-election Bid
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:05AM / Wednesday, August 14, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Linda Tyer feels her administration has begun building a strong city and is looking for it to be stronger.   The incumbent mayor is seeking re-election to the post as she wraps up her, and the city's, first four-year term. Tyer previously served as a ward councilor and city clerk prior to being elected as mayor.   "We've got a record of accomplishments to show we are intent and deliberate at building a stronger city. We've created jobs. We've invested in public safety. We are putting investments into the Tyler Street neighborhood to rebuild that part of our city. Neighborhood stabilization is an important aspect of building a strong


Pittsfield Schools Launching New African-American Studies Courses
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:54AM / Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Mabel Hamilton provides opening remarks about the importance of the classes. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mabel Hamilton remembers when stories of African American history weren't just passed down from family to family, but were reinforced in schools.   The city school system had offered African American studies, delving into the history and contributions of the black community as part of the American story. But a few decades ago, the school district cut the class and that history faded from the curriculum.   "Life is a cycle and if we do not know where we come from, we will not know where we are going," Hamilton said.   Hamilton was addressing a crowd at


Pittsfield's World Series Run Ends in Yet Another Nail-Biter
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
02:24PM / Tuesday, August 13, 2019
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Say this for the Pittsfield Babe Ruth Baseball 13-year-old All-Stars: They gave fans their money’s worth at this week’s World Series.   While the other nine teams at the championship had at least one game that was a little bit lopsided in the end, here are the margins of victory in the New England champs’ five games: two runs, one run, two runs, one run, one run.   That last one-run margin of victory? It belonged to the Ohio Valley champs from Janesville, Wis., who Tuesday rallied for two runs in the top of the seventh to hand Pittsfield a 4-3 loss that ended its tournament run in the first round of bracket play.   It was a heart-stopping


Lanesborough Selectmen in Talks to Buy New Gravel Bed
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Highway Director William Decelles is honored for 35 years of service. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The town is considering buying a new gravel bed on Ore Bed Road.   Town officials have been in talks with Dennis Condron about purchasing a piece of property across from the town's landfill.   Selectman Henry "Hank" Sayers said the property has about 50,000 yards of gravel in the lot while the town's current landfill is nearly empty.    Selectmen did not disclose the price, saying it changes while in talks with Condron, but the purchase hits on multiple fronts — it saves the town from having to purchase as much gravel for roads, it prevents


Pittsfield School Committee Accepts Increased Chapter 70 Spending Plan
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:26AM / Tuesday, August 13, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee set a spending plan for an extra $1.3 million increase in state funding that it hadn't anticipated Monday night.   The plan is eyed to benefit the middle and elementary schools as well as alternative programs.   The School Committee held a special meeting Monday to approve the state funding increase that will go before the City Council on Tuesday night.    "We tend to ... base our numbers on not the rosiest scenarios but the most likely scenarios," Superintendent Jason McCandless said. "This is one of the few times in my career I have seen, in terms of finances, the rosiest scenario play


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