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Veterans Rucking Across The State For Suicide Awareness
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:04PM / Thursday, August 17, 2017

Foundation President Darren Bean called on community members to help get veterans transition back into the community when they return home. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On average 20 veterans a day commit suicide.   "Veterans are about 6 percent of the population but they are 20 percent of the suicide rate right now. That is something we as a community, we as veterans, we as active service members, can all work on to help those veterans as they transition back into this very strange life," said Darren Bean, the president of the Warrior Thunder Foundation, a non-profit organization who focus on helping veterans from even getting to that point.   "For those who

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Customer Halts Robbery of East Street Video
Staff Reports,
01:29PM / Thursday, August 17, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A store patron stopped an unarmed robbery of East Street Video Wednesday night.   Police say at about 8:45 p.m. Ivy Rogers, 32, of Pittsfield allegedly entered the store wearing a mask and multiple layers of clothing. She then slammed the clerk's head into the counter and demanded the money from the register.   After taking the money, she attempted to flee the store but was confronted by a customer. That individual eventually pinned Rogers down until police arrived.    Rogers was arranged in Pittsfield District Court Thursday morning on a single count of unarmed robbery.

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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

Pittsfield Has Questions, But Optimistic About Educational Task Force Recommendation
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Thursday, August 17, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — City leaders still have an array of questions to ask of the Berkshire County Educational Task Forces' goal of a single district for the entire county.   But, they remain optimistic that even asking those questions and having that conversation will lead to increased shared services.   The task force is now entering its third phase of a deep look at the county's educational system after coming to a decision that it would recommend the county's school districts combine into one. Now, it is the nitty gritty details of a path forward that need to be nailed down.    "Our population continues to decline, the needs of the students


Eclipse Mill Pottery Exhibit Offers Art You Can Hold In Your Hand
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:39AM / Thursday, August 17, 2017

Molly Cantor's work features animals and flowers.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — "I'll Drink to That" is a veritable wonderland of handcrafted vessels: delicate celadons, chunky tankards, prim porcelains, bowls with heft and inventive shapes.   The group exhibition at the Eclipse Mill curated by potters Gail and Phil Sellers and Arthur De Bow, gallery manager at MCLA Gallery 51, features more than two dozen artists who sculpt functional art out of clay.     "I think it's really cool when you have an exhibit of something that's as simple as a cup and then you get to see so many interpretations of what a drinking vessel is,  is


North Adams Man Accused of Stabbing Pizza Driver Arraigned
11:16PM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A North Adams man accused of stabbing a 50-year-old Domino's delivery driver and trying to rob him of money was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Berkshire Superior Court.   Travis T. Perras, 25, of Union Street had not-guilty pleas entered on his behalf for single counts of armed assault with intent to murder, armed assault with intent to rob, and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.   Judge Daniel Ford ordered that he continue to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $100,000 cash or surety bail.   It is alleged that Perras stabbed Charles Sauer on July 14 at about at about 11:30 p.m. near Perras' Union Street


OT Thriller Decides Wednesday Summer Lacrosse League
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
09:33PM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- The signature moment of the Berkshire County Wednesday night summer lacrosse league may have come before Wednesday’s first league semi-final.   The team from Adams-Cheshire only had eight players on hand to face Dalton for a berth in the league championship game.   The officials asked the Dalton players whether they wanted to play eight-on-eight or field 10 players against a short-handed opponent.   Without hesitation, the Dalton players replied, “eight-on-eight.”   That is what the summer league is all about: love of the sport and friendly competition.   “It's a great opportunity for them to learn and play more and


'The Dark Tower': Fighting Horror with Horror
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
05:19PM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017
At best, director Nikolaj Arcel's "The Dark Tower," a sci-fi, fantasy western gleaned from Stephen King's best-selling, eight-volume series, might serve as a vicarious mitigation of the horror currently befalling America. The film is clearly about the war between good and evil, albeit related only coincidentally to the nightmarish battle between those forces now commanding our national stage. Whereas our real fight waits for afeared and hesitant patriots to awaken, the movie provides a quick fix of honesty and justice.   But otherwise, while fans of the horror meister's franchise might be pleased to see the saga all gussied up in celluloid, the great unwashed will


'Better Block' Approaching The Build Stage For Tyler Street Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:08PM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It's time to build the better block.   MassDevelopment brought in Team Better Block to run the economic development exercise on Tyler Street. The plan is to completely revamp the section between Smith Street and Cortland Place, filling up the storefronts, improving mobility, slowing traffic, and sprucing up the aesthetics.    "This is not a block party, this is an economic development demonstration," Amequsika 'Sika' Sedzro, who is the city's fellow through the MassDevelopment Transformative District Initiative.   In June, Better Block met with dozens of residents to get ideas of what they'd like Tyler Street to


Crumbling of Slavery in Massachusetts Celebrated on 'Elizabeth Freeman Day'
04:50PM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — On Aug. 21, 1781, in Sheffield, slavery began to crumble in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts when Elizabeth "Mumbet" Freeman successfully sued for her freedom from slavery more than 80 years before the Emancipation Proclamation.

On Sunday, Aug. 20, The Trustees of Reservations will host a day of activities to celebrate the story of Elizabeth Freeman at the Ashley House in Sheffield. Activities will include guided tours of the Ashley House and a performance by storyteller and actress Tammy Denease, with her dramatic re-telling of "Mumbet's Story."

Preceding the afternoon performance, the public is invited to follow in the footsteps of

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Pittsfield Man Injured After Firework Explodes In Hand
Staff Reports,
04:32PM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city man was taken to the hospital after a large firework blew up in his hand.   Police say at 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday a 911 caller reported hearing "a loud bang and someone outside the residence yelling" on View Street. First responders found a 33-year-old man with severe injuries to his hand.   Police and Fire then called in the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad, the State Fire Marshal's Office, District 4 Hazmat Teams, and ATF agents for the investigation "based on the nature of the incident and as a precaution."   Authorities executed a search warrant at the home and determined that the individual suffered the


BArT School 2017-2018 Bus Routes
01:40PM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School begins the school year on Monday, Aug. 21. School days have been restructured to begin at 8:20 a.m. and end at 3:40 p.m.


Enjoy Great Music at Tanglewood, Music Mountain, Tannery Pond
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:15PM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Pianist Emanuel Ax comes to Tanglewood on Thursday, Aug. 17.

Come late August, classical aficionados are grateful for the cornucopia of musical riches the Boston Symphony bestows to rapt audiences within the incomparably bucolic setting that is Tanglewood. Many of those superlative concerts will reside in our collective memory for a long time.

During this penultimate week of the Tanglewood Festival, the spotlight will focus on a range of classical fare in varied genres: from chamber and vocal music by Bach, Dvořák, Schubert and Mahler to symphonic works by Beethoven, Brahms and Richard Strauss.

Looking ahead, these last two months of magnificent music making are but a


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