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Pittsfield's Tyer Challenges Mayoral Candidates To Foot Race
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:49PM / Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Linda Tyer hit the ground running in setting up a campaign office on East Street. She is holding letters that were delivered to the three other announced mayoral candidates, challenging them to a fundraising race for the Fourth of July Parade. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayoral candidate Linda Tyer is hoping to start a new tradition to help the annual Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade.   Tyer is challenging current Mayor Daniel Bianchi and challengers Eric Bassett and Craig Gaetani to a foot race ... sort of.   The candidate is asking the others to participate — in person or by proxy — in Berkshire Medical Center's July 4th Independence Day


Pittsfield Board Questions Unused Liquor Licenses
By Joe Durwin, iBerkshires Correspondent
11:03PM / Monday, June 29, 2015

The Pittsfield Licensing Board wants to clean up the city's liquor licenses that are currently in limbo.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Licensing Board grilled several local proprietors on Monday in an effort to crack down on the number of inactive liquor licenses currently in limbo throughout the city.

Debbie Wong's, Chameleon's Nightclub, Tyler Restaurant, Jimmy's Restaurant, 7 Winter Grille and the Polish Community Center are among the establishments that have closed down within the past two years and hold unused alcohol serving licenses.  

Two of these, 7 Winter Grille and the Polish club, intend to reopen this year.  

7 Winter Grille has


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

Miss Hallís Students Named Pickett Scholars
02:34PM / Monday, June 29, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall’s School seniors Emma Bullock, of North Bennington, Vt., and Ifunanya Okeke, of Hillside, N.J., have been named by the Lenox School Alumni Association as recipients of this year’s Mansfield Pickett Scholarships.

The awards are named in memory of Mansfield E. (Peter) Pickett, who was a longtime teacher both at the former Lenox School and at Miss Hall's School. The scholarships are given to two seniors who exhibit outstanding performance in academics and extracurricular activities. This is the twelfth year the association has honored Miss Hall’s students.

Paul Denzel, Edward A. Miller, Jr., and Robert J. Sansone, all representatives


Lillian Quinn Will Serve as Grand Marshal for the July 4th Parade
02:29PM / Monday, June 29, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Lillian Quinn will be the Grand Marshal for 2015 July 4th Parade, which will step off at 10 a.m. in downtown Pittsfield.

“Lil Quinn’s service to Pittsfield as an educator and mentor for nearly five decades has shaped countless lives and helped make our community a better place to live," Pittsfield Parade Committee President Peter Marchetti said. "We are honored to have Lil serving as the 2015 Pittsfield Parade Grand Marshal.”

Quinn retired after 48 years of teaching, 42 of those at St. Joseph Central High School. For 30 years, she taught ninth grade English, language and composition, chaired the English Department and served as a


Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Awards $257,175 in Scholarships
01:04PM / Monday, June 29, 2015

SHEFFIELD, Mass.—The Board of Directors of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced that 32 scholarship funds for Berkshire County students have awarded a total of $257,175 in scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year.

For specific schools and school districts:

Charles and Elinore Agar Scholarship Fund (Monument Mountain): Terrance W. Powell; Caligari Family Scholarship Fund (Monument Mountain): Audriana Esperat; Zenas Crane Fund for Student Aid (Central Berkshire Regional School District) Year 1: Marco Vincent Anastasio, Eric Archambault, Sarah Elizabeth Bachli, Kevin Ronald Boino, Matthew Bourdon, Rachel Marie Burgess, Nicholas John Clayton, Courtney Jean Corbett,


Pittsfield's Mayor Bianchi Launches Re-Election Campaign
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:13PM / Monday, June 29, 2015
Mayor Daniel Bianchi sent out a statement Monday morning announcing his candidacy for re-election. Bianchi is running for a third term; November's winner will be the first mayor to serve a four-year term as outlined in the new city charter. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When Mayor Daniel Bianchi took office, PEDA was looking to bring a big box store to the William Stanley Business Park and talks about a new high school were "stuck in neutral."   Now, Taconic High School is on its way to being built and the city won a $9.75 million grant to build the Berkshire Innovation Center at the business park.   Those two major initiatives are the start of an "economic


Nominations Accepted for 2015 Woman of Achievement
11:36AM / Monday, June 29, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Business and Professional Women is accepting nominations for the 2015 "Woman of Achievement" award.

The award honors a Berkshire County woman for her considerable achievements and outstanding commitment to the community. The award will be presented at a dinner event Monday, Oct. 19, in celebration of National Women in Business Week. The monies raised at the dinner event are used for career advancement scholarships for Berkshire County women.

Berkshire Business and Professional Women has been honoring a local woman with this award since 1965. Past recipients include Dr. Ellen Kennedy, Ruth Blodgett, June Roy Martin, Christine Singer, Laurie


Sagas of the Shire: The Madness of Sue Dunham
By Joe Durwin, iBerkshires Columnist
11:24PM / Sunday, June 28, 2015
Susan Dunham was a local legend in the hills and dales of the Berkshires.

SAVOY, Mass. — Author Thomas Pynchon called her "that beautiful and legendary drifter who last century had roamed all this hilltop country, exchanging babies and setting fires."

From depictions in literature and in visual art as well, there can be no doubt that the strange sad life of "Crazy Sue" left a significant impression, even on the memory of a region somewhat known for its eccentric characters.

"For fifty years, through the storms and heat, ice and snow, Sue traveled the roads of Berkshire, a poor, wild, aimless, and harmless being who recognized no family and no home,"


@the Market: Second Quarter Earnings on Deck
By Bill Schmick,
07:53PM / Sunday, June 28, 2015

Next week we get to do it all over again. The second quarter ends in three days and investors will begin to focus on company results once again. The first quarter was nothing to write home about and the second quarter may be more of the same.

The final revision of first quarter GDP resulted in a contraction of minus-0.02 percent, which was less than the minus-0.07 percent decline that was originally reported. The culprits: bad weather, the West Coast port disruptions, a decline in energy spending and a strong dollar. Over the second quarter some of these negatives should begin to dissipate.

Weather has taken care of itself. The ports are back to business, although the logjam that was


The Independent Investor: Tiny Houses Gain Appeal
By Bill Schmick,
05:01PM / Saturday, June 27, 2015

In this era of tight credit, high-priced McMansions and rapid life-style changes, the American Housing Dream may no longer be defined as a three-bedroom homestead on half an acre.

For many Americans of all ages, there is a movement afoot to downsize their living space dramatically.

The typical American house is around 2,600 square feet. Until recently, builders were taking the "barbell approach" by building bigger and bigger homes at one extreme and smaller and smaller apartments on the other. This trend, I suspect, largely reflected the growing disparity toward higher income inequality in this country. The rich, builders reasoned, wanted and could afford the sprawling


The Mom Review: Fairy Tales Come True at Jacob's Pillow
By Rebecca Dravis,
12:23PM / Friday, June 26, 2015

The stepsisters, far right, stole the show at 'Cinderella.'

BECKET, Mass. — One of the most amazing things about the New York Theatre Ballet's production of "Cinderella" was revealed after the show during a post-show question-and-answer session at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival on Thursday evening.

In a response to an audience question about the company's outreach in New York City Schools, founder and artistic director Diana Byer explained that the company had expanded a program that took children living in homeless shelters and introduced them to dance for two weeks to a scholarship program for children with talent and passion for


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 26-July 2
11:19AM / Friday, June 26, 2015
Office of Cultural Development | City of Pittsfield    

Lift Ev'ry Voice Festival is Underway!

This year the Lift Ev'ry Voice Festival celebrates 150 years of America truly being free. 150 years ago the 13th Amendment ended slavery in the United States. Please join the 2015 Lift Ev'ryVoice Festival in celebrating this milestone anniversary and African Americans in the Berkshires, their heritage and cultures. The Festival officially opened on Juneteenth, June 19th, the


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