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Finance Reports Show Bianchi Outspent Tyer in Final Election Push
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:41PM / Friday, January 22, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Daniel Bianchi outspent Linda Tyer in the final month of the mayoral race by $1,400, which includes the incumbent giving himself a $12,000 loan in an last-ditch effort just six days before the election.   In financial reporting from Oct. 17 until the end of the year, Bianchi spent $23,061.57 of his total $23,093.38 - leaving just $31.81 in the campaign account. He headed into Oct. 17 with a $7,413.38 balance and raised $15,680 in those final weeks. Tyer had previously outspent Bianchi in the reports leading up to the preliminary election.   The largest contribution in that period was a $12,000 loan the former mayor took out on Oct. 28.    He

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@theMarket: Stocks Rebound
By Bill Schmick,
02:31PM / Friday, January 22, 2016

It had to happen at some point. The averages declined almost every day for three weeks in a row, so a relief rally should be expected. The question is will it continue?

Unfortunately, that depends on the price level of oil. The bounce in stock prices that began on Wednesday was directly related to the bounce in oil. Oil has gained over 10 percent in just two days. Traders believe we still have not seen a bottom however. No one knows when and at what price oil will finally bottom. Until it does, stocks will be held hostage to the energy market.

No one knows when and at what price oil will bottom. Until it does, stocks will be held hostage to the energy market.

In the meantime, everyone

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Inauguration 2016
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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Jan. 22-28
01:23PM / Friday, January 22, 2016
Office of Cultural Development | City of Pittsfield    

Friday: WeeMuse Adventures at Berkshire Museum   Little ones can explore the aquarium and three galleries. Each week features songs, stories, scavenger hunts, play time, and more. This program is geared towards children 18

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Superior Court Briefs: Jan. 19 - Jan. 22
Staff Reports,
01:15PM / Friday, January 22, 2016
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, Jan. 19.   Timothy Gill, 38, of Pittsfield pleaded not guilty to a single count of murder.   He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without the right to bail. He is accused of murdering his wife Halena Irene Gill, 37, whose body was found inside of their apartment on December 15, 2015.   Lexus Perez, 21, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws.   He was ordered to be held on $2,000 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his home on October 8,

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Dalton CRA Registering for Swimming Lessons
11:33AM / Friday, January 22, 2016

DALTON, Mass. — The Dalton Community Recreation Association has opened registration for Session III Swimming Lessons.

Lessons run from Feb. 1-April 16 (10 weeks). A General CRA Jr. Membership ($40) is required and everyone must wear a swim cap.

The Dalton CRA offers a full range of swimming lessons including: Parent-Toddler (6 months to 3 years, parent needs to be in the pool with toddler); Pre-School (3-5 years, not in Kindergarten); Beginners (5 years and up); Beginners Deep End (5 years and up - no bubble); Advanced Beginners, Intermediate Swimmer and Advanced Swimmer. Cost for lessons is $60 (plus Membership). Parent Toddler lessons are $30 (plus membership). There will be no

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Tyer Seeks to Replace Key City Hall Employees
Staff Reports,
11:23AM / Friday, January 22, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The shake-up of City Hall staffers will continue when the City Council is asked at its next meeting on Tuesday to approve a number of mayoral appointments - including director of finance, director of buildings maintenance and director of personnel.   Newly elected Mayor Linda Tyer is asking for former city councilor and current Richmond Town Manager Matthew Kerwood to take over the reins as director of finance. Kerwood will replace Susan Carmel. Former State Rep. Denis Guyer is being appointed as director of buildings maintenance, taking over for Peter Sondrini, and Michael Taylor is proposed to take over as personnel director, replacing John

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Pittsfield To Update Parks and Open Space Plan
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:37AM / Friday, January 22, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is looking to use $25,000 from the governor's Community Compact program to update its parks and open spaces plan.   The seven-year plan expired in 2015 and needs to be updated so the city is eligible for state grants to make improvements to parks.   Previously, the plan called for improvements to Wahconah Park, which saw upgrades to the sound system and lighting, and the First Street Common, which has been completely renovated with state funds. The updated plan will identify new priorities for state funds.   "It is something we would be looking to engage in this spring and early summer," Parks and Open Space Manager James

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Burns Suppers Celebrate Scotland's Favorite Poet & Haggis
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
02:18AM / Friday, January 22, 2016

Monday, Jan. 25, will be the Scottish poet Robert Burns' 257th birthday.

The poet and lyricist, collector of folk songs, farmer and liver-of-life-to-the-fullest, was so beloved that, only a few years after his early death at the age of 37, friends began the tradition of celebrating his birthday with merriment, music, feasting, dancing and drinking which persists into the present.

Scots and fans of the poet all over the world still celebrate his birthday with bagpipes, readings, singing, feasting and drinking — eating haggis and other, more elegant fare; drinking stout, ale, beer and scotch. Burns Night Suppers now happen all over the globe, pretty much in the same manner whether

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Baker Gives State of the Commonwealth Address
12:49AM / Friday, January 22, 2016

BOSTON – Today, Governor Charlie Baker delivers his first State of the Commonwealth address from the House Chamber of the Massachusetts State House. Remarks as prepared for delivery:
 

Mr. Speaker. Mr. President. Members of the House and Senate. Fellow Constitutional Officers. And Members of the Governor's Council.

Mr. Chief Justice and Members of the Judiciary. Members of the Cabinet and my Administration.

Senators Warren and Markey. Members of Congress. Sheriffs. District Attorneys. Mayors. Distinguished Local Officials. Reverend Clergy. Distinguished Guests. And fellow Citizens.

I want to begin by expressing my gratitude to some special people. For the support and

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'Carol': Sings a Sad Song
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:58PM / Thursday, January 21, 2016

It often takes a long time, sometimes forever and then perhaps never, for someone to become tolerant of something that he or she doesn't understand. More often than not, it's because they feel threatened by it.

Director Todd Haynes, who with "Carol" champions for lesbians what his "Far From Heaven" (2002) embraced for male gays, knows homosexuality is way up there on the list. To illustrate the scope of this prejudice, he finds dramatic effect by reaching back to the 1950s and showing how, just yesterday, countless lives were ruined by this primeval bigotry.

This isn't to say civilization has now cured itself of centuries devoted to enforcing strict taboos

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FBI, Homeland Security Bringing Active Shooter Seminars to WMass
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:46AM / Thursday, January 21, 2016
LENOX, Mass. — With active shooter situations happening all over the world, the FBI and Homeland Security Council want to make sure local emergency responders are prepared.   In March, the Western Massachusetts Homeland Security Council is teaming up with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and state police to hold a seminar for first responders and related organizations throughout Western Massachusetts. The focus of the symposium at Deerfield Academy will be to make sure all organizations that could be involved know what to do.   "This is not going to be a law enforcement day," Lt. Col. Thomas Grady told the Central Berkshire Regional Emergency Planning Committee

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Berkshire Tidbits: Church Suppers, Guido's Thank-Yous
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
02:43PM / Wednesday, January 20, 2016
First Congregational in Lee
Sets Free Wednesday Suppers
Fall through spring at 5:30   Almost every Wednesday evening, from the end of summer until the next summer, church members, local service clubs, supermarkets and restaurants spend the afternoon in the kitchen of First Congregational Church in Lee, 413 243-1033, 25 Park Place, making simple but tasty suppers for their community.   They welcome everyone. Personally.   It's a pretty friendly place. Many regulars take the time to make newcomers feel at home as they eat their freshly made salads, ham dinners, chicken with pineapple over rice, shepherd's pie

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