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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

NBCC Director Adam Hinds Making Run for State Senate
Staff Reports,
12:30PM / Wednesday, February 03, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Adam Hinds is tossing his hat in for state Senate.

Hinds, currently executive director of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition in North Adams, formally announced for the seat on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Hotel on North.

The invitation event included some 50 friends, colleagues and supporters, and local media. His campaign website is here.

"I live in Pittsfield, work in North County, come from Franklin County," Hinds said of his decision to run as the Democratic nominee. "I'm from the small towns, I understand those issues as well. I think I bring a perspective that covers each area of this district."

He is the first candidate


Magical 'Tempest' Arrives in Pittsfield this July
10:52AM / Wednesday, February 03, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park, with the Office of Cultural Development, will present its third annual free outdoor production this summer, performing "The Tempest," Shakespeare's final play about revenge and redemption on a magical, mysterious island.  

The production, sponsored by local businesses and organizations led by Berkshire Money Management, will be directed by PSP's artistic director Enrico Spada and star long-time Berkshire actor Glenn Barrett as the wizard Prospero.

New Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer offered her hopes for another successful season.   "Arts and culture are absolutely fundamental to the vitality of


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

Buono Joins CompuWorks as VCIO
10:33AM / Wednesday, February 03, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Christopher Buono has joined CompuWorks HealthyIT team as Virtual Chief Information Officer.

As a VCIO, Buono will guide clients through the critical process of aligning technology decisions with organizational goals by understanding where the company is today and its vision for the future.

Buono has worked in the Information Technology field for more than 20 years, including 12 years in leadership roles. He holds a BS in Management Information Systems from the University at Albany's Business School and attended the MBA program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Lally School of Management.

Buono holds numerous technical certifications including


Pittsfield Council Recrafting Rules Of Order
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:46AM / Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Council President Peter Marchetti presented a number of changes he'd like to see. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Will the general public be allotted time during inauguration to speak on any item?    Currently, the City Council's rules of order say for 15 minutes at the start of the special meeting there will be an open microphone for residents to voice their opinions on anything from tax rates to conspiracy theories.    The City Council's Ordinance and Rules subcommittee wants to increase public input by expanding sessions to all subcommittee meetings but as the members wove through the process language changes upon language changes piled

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Pittsfield 4th of July Parade Theme Announced
09:45AM / Wednesday, February 03, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Parade Committee announced that the 2016 Fourth of July Parade theme is “Music & Dance Through the Years.”

“Our 2016 theme emanated from a combination of suggestions we received from the community, many promoting the idea that we should honor the Berkshires’ tradition of great summer music and dance venues," Pittsfield Parade Committee President Peter Marchetti said. "The other piece is that the theme will tie in nicely with the drum corps show that will take place on July 3 at Wahconah Park.”

Parade applications are now being accepted. Applications will be mailed to past attendees and for those who

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Are You Prepared for Financial Disasters?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:19AM / Wednesday, February 03, 2016

“Be prepared” is the Scout motto, and it’s also pretty good advice for anyone seeking to guard against various disasters – including financial ones.

Here are some events that can have serious financial consequences, along with suggestions on preparing yourself:

• Loss of employment – If you were to lose your job, your family might have to struggle financially to make it until you’re employed again. To protect against this potential threat, try to build an emergency fund containing three to six months’ worth of living expenses.

That’s a lot of money, of course, so it will be challenging to build such a fund – but try to

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Pignatelli Seeking Return To House; Not Running For Senate
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
05:48PM / Tuesday, February 02, 2016
LENOX, Mass. — None of the Berkshires' House of Representatives delegates are looking to move to the Senate.   On Tuesday, 4th Berkshire District Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli said he will not seek the Senate seat being left vacant by state Sen. Benjamin Downing, who is not running for re-election. Pignatelli will instead seek another term in the House.    "I love the House! I am honored to serve! In that spirit and in the best interest of my family and the district that I call home, it will be an honor for me to run for re-election to the House of Representatives. Together with each of you and with the Berkshire Delegation, we will continue to

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Pittsfield Police Arrest Second Man In Armed Robbery Investigations
Staff Reports,
08:32PM / Monday, February 01, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police arrested Damian Ivas Monday night on charges related to a series of on-going armed robberies.   Ivas was arrested in Pittsfield on an arrest warrant for with six counts of armed robbery while masked. Officers also charged with him with assault by means of a dangerous weapon and resisting arrest for his actions against officers Monday. No officers were injured during the arrest.   Ivas is being held at the police station on $100,000 bail.    The 40-year-old is accused of working with George Bliss for six armed robberies. Those locations include the Getty on Elm Street, Dawes Avenue Variety, Peaslee's on Wahconah, Subway on Tyler


Pittsfield Seeks Input on Public Conservation Properties
By Joe Durwin, iBerkshires Correspondent
02:51AM / Monday, February 01, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Four city conservation areas will be closely examined as part of a new three-month planning study looking at the nature of these properties and how they're utilized and impacted by residents.

This research, conducted by students of the Conway School of Landscape Design, is separate to an upcoming update to the city's overall Open Space & Recreation Plan but will supplement that process, according to Parks, Open Spaces & Natural Resources Manager James McGrath.   "We have multiple planning projects going on," McGrath told iBerkshires, "As we acknowledge these four properties [in the Open Spaces plan], this product will be an


Pittsfield Councilors Weigh in on Snow and Ice Removal Plan
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Saturday, January 30, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When the snowstorms hit, Commissioner of Public Services David Turocy has a plan in place to keep the roads safe.   "Public safety is really what is going to drive our decisions," Turocy said. "At the end of the day, public safety is No. 1 for us."   Last year, the City Council had expressed concerns after many roads were left in icy conditions following snowstorms. Those heading the efforts at the time said there was a shortage of salt and extraordinary weather with back-to-back snowstorms and frigid temperatures.    Those guys are now gone. The city had opted to go back to having both a commissioner of public services and


Superior Court Briefs: Jan. 25 - Jan. 29.
Staff Reports,
03:09PM / Friday, January 29, 2016
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, Jan. 25.   Steven Cote, 45, of Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of operating under the influence of alcohol - his fifth offense - negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol with a suspect license, and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.   He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail. The charges stem from an incident in North Adams on December 11, 2015.    Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, Jan. 26.   Kelly Simonetta, 37, of North Adams was found


Girl Scout Cookies On Sale Through March 6
02:59PM / Friday, January 29, 2016

It's time for Do-si-dos, Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Samoas and your other favorites: Girl Scout Cookie season has begun and will run through Sunday, March 6.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the country. From its earliest beginnings to its current popularity, the sale of cookies has helped Girl Scouts set goals, develop people skills and learn business skills such as money management and decision-making.

In the Berkshires, there are the six varieties of cookies sold at $4 a box: Samoas, Trefoils, Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Do-Si-Dos and Savannah Smiles. And, Toffee-tastic, the limited edition gluten-free cookie, is available for $5 a box.

The public has the


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