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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

Governor Appoints Michael Case to DCR Regional Director Post
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:09AM / Saturday, February 20, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The governor has tapped Michael Case to head the Western Regional office of the Department of Conservation and Recreation.   Case took over the job on Feb. 1 and now oversees 39 parks from Mount Holyoke west, including Pittsfield State Forest, Mount Tom, and Mount Greylock.    "I've been a Berkshires guy all my life. I'm an outdoors guy. I couldn't say no," Case said on Friday.    The position is administrative and manages all of the state parks in the region. He oversees a team of district managers. The goal under Commissioner Leo Roy is to encourage usage of the state parks and "open up opportunities",

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Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 16 - Feb. 18
Staff Reports,
02:20PM / Friday, February 19, 2016
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, Feb. 16.   Edward O'Bert, 34,of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to three counts of rape and single counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery.   He was ordered to serve concurrent four to six year sentences at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the rape and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon charges. He was given concurrent two and a half year sentences on the assault and battery charge.   O'Bert assaulted a 23-year-old woman in Pittsfield on December 1, 2011 and April 16, 2013.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday,

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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

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Feb. 19-25
10:36AM / Friday, February 19, 2016
Office of Cultural Development | City of Pittsfield    

10x10 Festival Goes Through Sunday!   It's the last weekend of the 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival with lots still to do!  From the BAA Real Art

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Pittsfield Parks Will Host Tiny Lending Libraries
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:47AM / Friday, February 19, 2016

A book house in Sandy Springs, Ga. There are more than 36,000 tiny free libraries across the nation. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire United Way is looking to install "book houses," tiny lending libraries, in 10 city parks and two public housing complexes.   United Way Development Manager Jonah Sykes said there are 50 houses being built by SABIC to be installed across the county, a dozen of which are eyed for Pittsfield. The structures will be filled with books collected at book drives for families to access at all hours.    "The goal would be to have these book houses available 24/7," he said. "It's a humongous

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Making the Loop
by Soapbox
04:44PM / Wednesday, July 11, 2012
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We had some free time this week to walk the 2-mile loop through the downtown. Here's a few of things that caught our eye. (In between taking photos, we were heel-toeing and arm-pumping as prescribed.)

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Let's Go Paperless
by Soapbox
05:07PM / Monday, February 06, 2012
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This is from Ward 6 Councilor John Krol's eblast today. His switch to digital immediately caught our attention. With the associated costs - nearly $4,000 a year for paper alone! - zipping councilors "the packet" (as we in the know like to call it) over the ether makes loads of sense. Digital also means the average citizen gets far better access to these public documents than ever before. The city clerk's office has been diligent about posting meeting agendas and, where possible, relevant documents. So in terms of saving money and time and getting information out efficiently, digital is the way to go.

I would like to thank City Clerk Linda Tyer for agreeing to print out one less city council packet, as I have officially gone paperless for council meetings - which I hope will be a trend that can be extended throughout city government.

The bulky (and often, very bulky) city council packet that councilors use for a reference costs an average of $170 per meeting for paper alone. Add the additional costs of ink/toner, wear and tear on city hall copiers, and the time and energy of staff who put it all together - and a simple transition away from paper benefits everyone.

With the packet now fully digital in pdf form, all councilors, and everyone with an internet

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Berkshire Music School Kicks Off 2012 Classes With Open House
by Soapbox
12:29PM / Sunday, January 29, 2012
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The open house featured a sample class, access to musical instruments, information for parents, refreshments ...and more than a few delighted squeals.


January 29, 2011
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dozens of youths, many of them under the age of 5, attended an open house at the Berkshire Music School Saturday, as the educational nonprofit enters its 70th year at its 30 Wendell Avenue home.
The open house featured a sample class, access to musical instruments, information for parents, refreshments... and more than a few delighted squeals, proving once again the inherent interest in making a joyful noise is not generational, and will never go out of style.
The open house featured a Music for Preschoolers class, designed to "children’s awareness of rhythm, ability to sing and move creatively to music," which

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Daniel Bianchi Sworn In As Mayor
by Soapbox
11:55AM / Monday, January 02, 2012
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Video taken on Jan. 2, 2012, by Joe Durwin of Daniel Bianchi being sworn in for his first term as mayor of Pittsfield.

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Generals Fall to Wildcats on Tuesday
by Soapbox
02:11PM / Wednesday, December 21, 2011
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Check out the action between the Pittsfield Generals and the Lee Wildcats on Tuesday night.

Pittsfield at Lee High - Boys Basketball 12/20/2011 from iBerkshires on Vimeo.

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Pittsfield Cuts Ribbon at Skate Park
by Soapbox
09:14PM / Tuesday, December 13, 2011
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Don't try this at home. :D

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Downing Hosting Energy Issues Forum
by Soapbox
10:33PM / Monday, December 12, 2011
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Sen. Benjamin B. Downing is hosting a forum on energy issues on Wednesday evening, Dec. 14, from 5:30-7 at Berkshire South Regional Community Center.

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"Holiday Pittsfield": Barrington Stage Opening House
by Soapbox
12:02PM / Sunday, December 04, 2011
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Down on Union Street, Barrington Stage Company was hosting a holiday open house, an opportunity to look around the theatre, enjoy refreshments, and most importantly, speak to the clear headlining star of the weekend, Santa Claus. 




In a quiet moment with the Man in Red, he said he was thrilled to be here, and was looking forward to hearing from many more children.  Always gracious, Mr. Claus thanked iBerkshires for stopping by.  Always pressed for appearances this time of year, Claus was slated to appear later that evening at the Colonial Theatre.





 

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