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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 5-11
03:24PM / Thursday, August 04, 2016

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'Café Society': Great Expectations, Woody Style
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:59PM / Thursday, August 04, 2016

The short review for Woody Allen's "Café Society," if you'll pardon the slang, is, "He's still got it!" So now here's the longer version.

While the delightful, circa 1930s tale of a young man who leaves The Bronx for Hollywood in search of his raison d'etre and destiny isn't quite "Annie Hall" (1977), it's an entertaining addition to this national treasure's estimable body of work. It is witty, wise, poetic and, like most of the filmmaker's more recent films, reworks familiar topics with a storytelling art that elegantly synergizes styles from different eras of his career.

Of course the lead issue is love, with


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

Berkshire Music School Board of Trustees Elects New Officers, Trustees
01:01PM / Thursday, August 04, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Music School Board of Trustees held its annual meeting on June 21, at which time new officers were elected in addition to four new trustees.

Several trustees have completed their terms and were recognized for their years of support. Outgoing trustees include Lyndon Moors, Vickie Hornstein, Sarah Kohrs, Paul Sundberg, Roger Suters and James Wojtaszek.

New officers for the 2016-2017 fiscal year are Kate Barton, president; Jeffry Bradway,vice president; Marianne Hall, secretary; and Laura Rosenthal, treasurer. New trustees are Brenda Burdick, Lynn Festa, Paul Houston and Jean Stackhouse. Trustees continuing in their current three-year terms are Gina


Dalton Physician Joins CHP-Neighborhood Health Center in Pittsfield
12:56PM / Thursday, August 04, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dr. Patricia Lehmann, an internal medicine physician practicing in the Pittsfield area since 1979, has joined Community Health Programs’ primary care team at the Neighborhood Health Center.

Most recently in practice at Dalton Medical Associates, Lehmann is board certified in internal medicine and is a graduate of Trinity College University of Dublin, where she earned degrees in medicine and surgery.

She completed her medical residency at Berkshire Medical Center in 1982 and began working in Pittsfield, first at the former 510 North St. walk-in clinic, and then in private practice in Pittsfield. A Pittsfield resident, Dr. Lehmann joined the Dalton group in


Schneider Double Lifts Post 68 at American Legion Regional
12:23PM / Thursday, August 04, 2016
BRISTOL, Conn. -- Matt Schneider doubled home a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth Thursday morning to lead Pittsfield Post 68 to a 3-2 win over Portland, Maine, at the American Legion Baseball Northeast Regional Championship.   Sam Fick scattered 10 hits, walked one and struck out three to earn a complete-game victory for Pittsfield.   The win kept Post 68 alive in the double-elimination tournament. On Friday afternoon, it will face host Massachusetts State Champion Shrewsbury.   On Thursday, the Mainers jumped out a 1-0 lead in the top of the first and later stretched that lead to 2-0 before Pittsfield got on the board in the bottom of the fifth.   Brett Murphy

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Pittsfield Health Officials Considering Needle Exchange Program
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:38AM / Thursday, August 04, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — City officials are looking into whether a needle exchange program will help halt the spread of infectious diseases.   In the face of a heroin epidemic, a needle exchange program is one way to help users stop a growing number of Hepatitis C cases.   Liz Whynott, director of the Syringe Access Program for Tapestry Health, said her organization currently runs two programs in Western Massachusetts — one in Holyoke and one in Northampton — and provides a way for users of injected drugs to have access to clean needles and to dispose of used needles.   "We are anonymous. There is so much stigma and shame. People are very uncomfortable to

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Connecticut Tops Post 68 at American Legion Regional
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
09:41PM / Wednesday, August 03, 2016
BRISTOL, Conn. -- For seven innings on Wednesday afternoon, Izayia Mestre sizzled.   The Taconic High School rising senior and Post 68 ace held the reigning American Legion Northeast Regional champions to four hits and just one unearned run.   But in the eighth inning at Muzzy Field, Cromwell, Conn., came alive offensively. Six hits, five runs and two Post 68 relievers later, it was a 6-0 ballgame, and Cromwell ace Cole Ogorzalek made sure that is where it stood.   The Connecticut champs stayed in the winners bracket and sent Post 68 to the losers bracket where on Thursday morning it will face South Portland, Maine, in an elimination game to try to stay alive. The Mainers on


Thrilling Music at Tanglewood, Tannery Pond and Manchester
By Stephen Dankner, Special to
01:20PM / Wednesday, August 03, 2016

With the arrival of August, we are at the height of the music festival season. Programs at Tanglewood offer a diverse and intriguing mix of solo piano music by two stellar virtuosi on consecutive evening recitals; the Boston Symphony performing a feast of Romantic fare: Dvorák, Liszt, Mahler, Brahms, Richard Strauss and also contemporary master John Adams; superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble; and much more.

For additional options, head to Tannery Pond, in New Lebanon, N.Y., for the luminous Miro String Quartet and to Manchester, Vt., for no less than three (!) diverse musical offerings.



• Thursday, Aug. 4, 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall: Due to


Free Turnpike Transponders to be Handed Out at Pittsfield Farmers Market
12:34PM / Wednesday, August 03, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier and Jessica Vecchia of the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market have collaborated to bring the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s E-ZPass Van to the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market, on The Common on First Street, on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. to distriubute free transponders for the Massachusetts Turnpike.
MassDOT is currently in the process of transitioning to All Electronic Tolling (AET) for I-90, both directions. MassDOT intends to test AET software during the summer of 2016 and to activate AET by the end of the year. A previously scheduled "go live" date in the month of October


Diversification Is Still Important for Retirees
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:27PM / Wednesday, August 03, 2016

During your working years, your primary investment goal is generally growth – you need your money to grow so that you can eventually afford the comfortable retirement lifestyle you’ve envisioned. But when you retire, should you change course and adjust your investment strategy from "offense" to "defense"?

Actually, it’s not quite that simple. To begin with, even while you are working, you don’t want your portfolio to be completely filled with growth-oriented investments, such as stocks. If it were, you would likely be taking on a degree of investment risk that’s too high, because, as you may know, stocks will fluctuate in price –


Solar Array Plan Proposed For Residential Churchill Street Land
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Wednesday, August 03, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A 40-acre parcel on the northern end of Churchill Street, which has been the subject of debate over a recycling operation there, is now eyed for solely solar.   Churchill Solar LLC is looking to purchase the property and turn four of its six lots into a commercial solar array with the remaining two lots currently staying undeveloped.   The plan is the third iteration of use for that property. It was subdivided in 2007 to become a housing development with eight homes and when that fell through a new plan was for leasing to an organic recycling and mulch business with  another company installing a solar array.   The recycling business not only


Berkshire Force 16u Team Wins Babe Ruth World Series
09:39PM / Tuesday, August 02, 2016
JENSEN BEACH, Fla. -- Toni Satrape went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored Tuesday evening to help the Berkshire Force 16-and-under softball team defeat WVAC-Debary and claim the Babe Ruth Softball National Championship.   Ashley Keegan went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI at the plate and went the distance in the circle, striking out three and not allowing an earned run.   Haley Tobin, Toni Satrape and Erin Murphy each drove in a run. Britney Perkett went 2-for-3 and scored two runs.   Earlier Tuesday, Berkshire played its way into the championship game by winning the continuation of a game started Monday evening against host Jensen Beach.   Keegan struck out six and


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