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Dance Troupe's Residency Deepens Ties With Berkshire Community
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:57PM / Saturday, June 18, 2016

Thasia Giles of Jacob's Pillow said the organization has been growing its partnerships with the rest of the community. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An internationally acclaimed dance company is not only performing in the Berkshires, but also teaching and sharing its skills with the city's teens.   The office of Cultural Development announced Tuesday a community partnership with the Brooklyn-based Urban Bush Women Dance Company, providing 30 teenage girls a chance to participate in workshops with the troupe.   Further, the group is holding two community workshops for men and women of all ages throughout the county. There will also be a dance party at the Crowne Plaza,


Farley-Bouvier Kicks Off Re-Election Bid
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:00PM / Friday, June 17, 2016

Attorney General Maura Healey boasted about the teamwork her office has had with Farley-Bouvier.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Being a state legislator means being part of a team for state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier.   That was a message she delivered on Friday when she kicked off her re-election bid. In the audience were members of that team, from Mayor Linda Tyer to School Committee and City Council members to leaders in local housing, child care, and an array of other agencies.   A crowd surpassing 100 gathered at the Itam Lodge on Friday night in support of the Pittsfield Democrat's re-election bid.   "The first team that I am a part of is the local team,

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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

Superior Court Briefs: June 14 - June 16
Staff Reports,
04:24PM / Friday, June 17, 2016
Cases heard before Judge Maureen Hogan on Tuesday, June 14.   Michael Bell, 44, of Watervliet, N.Y. had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single counts of assault and battery on a disabled person.   He was released on personal recognizance. Bell is accused of assaulting a student while working at Eagleton School between March 1, 2015 and March 31, 2015.   Jerrel Hall, 24, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute - his second offense - armed career felon, illegal possession of a firearm - his second offense - and possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number.   He was

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 17-23
01:52PM / Friday, June 17, 2016

  VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR       June 17 - June 23,


'Maggie's Plan': Has a Comic Twist
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:21PM / Friday, June 17, 2016

Because it is very New York, sophisticated, intelligent, witty, provocative and well written, I think Woody Allen would like director Rebecca Miller's "Maggie's Plan," just in case he's reading.

It is of course about love among the scholarly and introspective, the whys and wherefores therein, with a smart meditation on that emotion as life's essentially indefinable motivator. Though Miller, who wrote the screenplay with Karen Rinaldi, doesn't add to anything Shakespeare has already apprised us of, she gives it a good, seriocomic rummage.

Meet Maggie, the sweet, unassuming administrator at The New School in quiet, innocent and hopeful search of her destiny.


The Independent Investor: The Brexit Primer
By Bill Schmick,
10:19AM / Friday, June 17, 2016

At this time next week the results of a United Kingdom referendum on whether or not to leave the European Union will be announced to the world.

The polls are too close to call and the odds are changing every day. For the past several days equity markets worldwide have been selling off in fear that the Brits will vote yes to a Brexit. Why so much angst over one country leaving the EU?

The obvious concern is that if one nation decides to leave, how many other nations will follow suit? And if they do, the chances that Europe's currency, the Euro, survives would be dicey at best. That's a big deal since it is the second-largest trading currency in the world after the U.S. dollar.



Pittsfield Police Unions Oppose Plan to Appoint Permanent Chief
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:41PM / Thursday, June 16, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city's two police unions are opposing the Mayor Linda Tyer's plan to appoint acting Chief Michael Wynn permanently to the post.   Supervisory Union President Matt Hill and Patrolman's Union President Andrew Couture released a letter Thursday saying the unions would rather see the appointment be made through the Civil Service process and open to other candidates within the department.    "While this department has been without a permanent chief for over eight years, we are both opposed to and disappointed in the manner in which she intends to make such an appointment," the letter reads. "Over the past 25 plus years, the


Pittsfield Adult Learning Center Graduates 40
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:48AM / Thursday, June 16, 2016

A total of 40 students received certificates on Wednesday. More photos can be found here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Today is your day and you will not allow anyone or anything to ruin it.   Ritza Fernandez stood at the podium in the auditorium in Crosby Elementary School on Wednesday night in front of a families, friends, and the graduating Pittsfield Adult Learning Center class.   Repeat after me, she said, "today is your day and you will not allow anyone or anything to ruin it."   For Fernandez nothing was going to hold her back. She never got her high school diploma and instead spent the last 12 years raising her four children. But last February she got in


Purple in the Park for Alzheimer's Set For 'Longest Day'
08:56PM / Wednesday, June 15, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Starting at sunrise on Monday, June 20, the longest day of the year, Pittsfield's Park Square will be transformed into a giant timepiece as a way to bring attention to the endurance, strength, and commitment to life of those with Alzheimer's and their caregiver. It's a day that highlights that every day can seem like the longest when one is a caregiver.

Hosted by the Berkshire Alzheimer's Partnership, "The Longest Day" takes place on the summer solstice. It was created to raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer's Association. These much-needed funds go to provide care, support and research for families coping with


Find an Abundance of Concerts Across the Region
By Stephen Dankner, iBerkshires Columnist
12:54PM / Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Concert venues in the Berkshires and southern Vermont will provide a dizzying mélange of classical programs across the full musical spectrum this summer. From early music to avant-garde, from Bach to Beethoven, and light years ahead to the Bang On A Can Festival at Mass MoCA, there’s music in practically every style to stimulate and please all tastes.
Last week I highlighted three major venues where classical music rules: Tanglewood (, Manchester Music Festival ( and Tannery Pond ( For complete concert schedules, information and to purchase tickets, visit their websites.
And that’s not all.

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Mark Elder Abuse Awareness Day With Awareness, Tips
11:57AM / Wednesday, June 15, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In honor of Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, five local stakeholder organizations are hoping to cut down on financial exploitation of the older residents of the Berkshires through a collaborative effort to bring awareness and training to the greater community.

The Berkshire Bar Association, Berkshire County District Attorney’s Office, Berkshire Elder Protective Services, Elder Services of Berkshire County and Greylock Federal Credit Union are launching a campaign titled “They Earned It, You Can Help Them Keep It” to raise awareness and prevent financial exploitation of elders.

Every day 10,000 people turn 65 in the United States, and that


Walmart Looking to Move to William Stanley Business Park
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:53AM / Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The PEDA board was unanimous in its support for the letter of intent. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Wal-Mart is looking to move to the William Stanley Business Park.   The Pittsfield Economic Development Agency granted Waterstone Retail a letter of intent, giving the company the exclusive right to pursue development of a 16.5-acre parcel known as "the teens," where General Electric buildings once stood.   The plan is for Wal-Mart to develop a new 190,000 square-foot super center and move out of its existing location in Berkshire Crossing. Waterstone, which is heading the development, now has to pursue permits and approvals from the city as well as work out a purchase


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