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BArT Presents 'Twelfth Night'
01:36PM / Friday, December 08, 2017

ADAMS, Mass.— The Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School Theater Department will be performing William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" on Friday, Dec. 8, and Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.

The BArT theater is located within the school building at 1 Commercial Street in Adams. Tickets can be purchased at the door and the pricing is as follows: $10 general admission, $5 students and seniors, $2 BArT students.

The production is filled with music, mistaken identities, tangled letters of love, and gender-bending hijinks. "Twelfth Night" follows the romantic misadventures of Orsino who loves Olivia, Olivia who loves Cesario


Goodwill of the Berkshires Names New President and CEO
01:32PM / Friday, December 08, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Goodwill of the Berkshires and Southern Vermont's board of directors approved a management transition plan whereby David Twiggs has succeeded Frank Engels as the next president and CEO of the organization.

Twiggs, a Lenox resident, had most recently served as Goodwill's chief operating officer. He joined the organization in 2012 and has served in other senior management roles at Goodwill, including director of logistics.

"David Twiggs brings a wide range of experience from both the operations, retail, and social service sectors," said President of the Board of Directors Heidi Higgins. "His commitment to our community and personal approach

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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

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

Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 8-14
01:28PM / Friday, December 08, 2017
SAT-SUN Holiday Shindy at Shire City Sanctuary Shire City Sanctuary will again host its Holiday Shindy, featuring more than 60 artisan vendors, yummy food, warm drinks and live music. Long-time returning vendors will mingle with emerging talents. Saturday hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3. Children under the age of 12 are


Holiday Festivals and Craft Fairs 2017
11:04AM / Friday, December 08, 2017

This is the season of harvest bazaars, holiday craft fairs and art shows. This list will be regularly updated throughout the fall. Send submissions to

  Saturday, Dec. 9

HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR, Adams, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: A holiday craft fair to support BSA Troop 38 of Adams will be held at the P.N.A. on Victory Street. Scouts will help shoppers transport their wares to their cars. Vendors will not be duplicated.

HOLIDAY SHINDY, Pittsfield, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.: Shire City Sanctuary will again host Holiday Shindy, featuring more than 60 artisan vendors, yummy food, warm drinks, and live music. Live music will be performed throughout the event. An Angel Tree will be on site


Enrollment Growing In Pittsfield Needle Exchange Program
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:00AM / Friday, December 08, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Already 31 people have enrolled in the local needle exchange program.   The state Department of Health allocated grant funds earlier this year to bring a syringe exchange program to the area through Berkshire Health Systems at 510 North St.    The intent is to reduce harm to those using intervenous drugs by providing sterile needles. The program opened on Sept. 4 and enrollment has been growing ever since.   "When they come back for subsequent visits, it is considered a re-enrollment. We've had 29 instances of returning," said BHS Director of Infection Prevention and Control Michael Perreault.   Perreault said only one


'The Man Who Invented Christmas': The Dickens, You Say
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
10:06PM / Thursday, December 07, 2017
Once upon a time, a woman at a party who learned I was a film critic crossed the crowded room and asked, "From whence do you get your inspiration?" So OK, she didn't really say "whence." But anyway, I was a bit flummoxed and, making it as clear as I could, answered, "Well, I see the movie that I intend to review."    That said, I belatedly thank her for the entrée to my review of "The Man Who Invented Christmas," director Bharat Nalluri's long-winded treatise on the alleged torment Charles Dickens suffered trying to conjure inspiration for "A Christmas Carol."   While Nalluri's mini biopic/fantasy may or may


The Independent Investor: Will the Lights Go Out?
By Bill Schmick,
09:53PM / Thursday, December 07, 2017
The deadline looms. There is no deal in sight. Various political factions are jockeying to get their demands met. It is all part of an annual compromise to fund the government for another year.   So what else is new?   If the government does shut down on Saturday morning, it will be the 18th such occurrence in U.S. history. In every case, the nation has survived, although at times the cost has been great. There was, for example, a 16-day shutdown back in 2013 that resulted in a $24 billion hit to economic output and caused 850,000 workers to be laid off.   We all know it costs the American people more to shut down the government than it does to keep it open. In this age of


Pittsfield Remembers Pearl Harbor
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:01PM / Thursday, December 07, 2017

Veterans Services Office Jim Clark provides thoughts on the attack. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — One hundred and 10 minutes.    That was how long the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, lasted.   "In the time it would take to watch an average full-length movie at our local movie theater, over 350 Japanese aircraft traveling nearly 400 miles thundered over Hawaii dropping bombs in an unprovoked act of war against the United States. That attack claimed the lives of nearly 2,400 Americans, including two of Pittsfield's own. It nearly destroyed our Pacific fleet but it would not shake our resolve,"  said Veterans Services Office Jim Clark on Thursday

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Carr Hardware In Quarterfinals For Small Business Of Year Award
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:51AM / Thursday, December 07, 2017

Vote for the Independent Small Business of the Year Award here.   PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Carr Hardware is the only business in Massachusetts to make it to the quarterfinals of the "Independent We Stand Small Business of the Year Award."   And, if it wins, the local company plans on donating that money right back into the community.   Carr Hardware says the small business organization Independent We Stand is giving out $5,000 to this year's winner. If Carr gets it, it will be donated toward building a new splash pad at Clapp Park.   "It is perfect for the kids. It gives them a safe and healthy place to go to," said Director of


Crane Currency Being Acquired by Global Manufacturing Company
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:07PM / Wednesday, December 06, 2017
DALTON, Mass. — Crane Currency's acquisition by a Connecticut-based firm with a strikingly similar name is good news for the region, say Crane officials.    Crane Co. of Stamford, Conn., announced late Tuesday it would purchase the nearly 200-year-old banknotes operation for $800 million.   Stephen DeFalco, chief executive officer of Crane Currency, said nothing in the short-term will change for the Dalton production facilities, where U.S. currency paper is produced. The currency department, part of Crane & Co., employs about 600 people in Dalton.     "The Dalton facility plays a very important role in the U.S. currency program and none of


Can You Afford to Retire Early?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:24PM / Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Some people dream of retiring early. Are you one of them? If so, you'll need to plan ahead – because a successful early retirement can't be achieved through last-minute moves.

So, if you're determined to retire early, consider taking the following steps:

Pick a date. Early retirement means different things to different people. But it's important to pick an exact age, whether it is 60, 62, 64, or whatever, so you can build an appropriate retirement income strategy.

Think about your retirement lifestyle. You may know that you want to retire early – but have you thought about what you want to do with your newfound time? Will you simply stay close to home and


MCLA Recognizes Adams Scholarship Recipients
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Tessa Langsdale, class of 2021, tells the students how she had been in their seats just last year.  See more photos from the event here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 50 Berkshire students were recognized at the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship reception at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.   "I am really quite pleased to be able to welcome you and to be able to congratulate you on earning this scholarship," MCLA President James Birge told the recipients Tuesday at the Church Street Center. "It is a rigorous award to win and you have demonstrated your abilities to do that through your grades, standardized test performances ... and all


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