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Eversource Plans Second Solar Array On Partridge Road
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, June 27, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Eversource is backing out of building a solar array off North Main. Instead, the company is now pursuing a similarly sized project off Partridge Road.   The Planning Board gave its approval for a 6.6-megawatt array on Partridge Road, near the Pittsfield border and the Berkshire Mall road. The company is looking to lease land from Petricca Construction for the panels. The estimated $10 million project is going to be located near a 2.2-MW array on land Eversource owns in Pittsfield.   The company has approval from the state to build out 70 megawatts of solar, eight of which are already completed, by the end of the year. Locally, the company planned a


NEA Chairman Sees, Hears About Pittsfield's Cultural Renaissance
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
11:01PM / Monday, June 26, 2017

Chu, center, listens at a cultural roundtable on Friday with MCC's Anita Walker, left, Mayor Linda Tyer and Barrington Stage's Julianne Boyd.   PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The creative forces in Pittsfield didn't have to work hard to convince the chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts that the arts can be a powerful force in community and economic restoration.    Jane Chu was, if anything, way ahead of them.    "We believe that there's something in the arts for everyone and there's something for everyone in the arts," she said, adding, "At the heart of why people want to be in a community is because they want to belong,


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

'The Mastheads' Inaugural Writers' Residency Launches in July
03:11PM / Monday, June 26, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Mastheads Writers' Residency Program is set to launch its inaugural monthlong residency on July 3 with a launch party at Hotel on North.

Five writers from around the country will converge on the city, each paired with a private studio for a month-long residency, complemented by city-wide public programming and events.
The brainchild of husband and wife architecture team Chris Parkinson and Tessa Kelly, The Mastheads project recognizes Pittsfield's legacy of writers of the American Renaissance, including Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Oliver Wendell Holmes. Between the years of


Review: 'Ragtime' at Barrington Stage Company A Relevent, Beautiful Musical
By Nancy Salz, Special to iBerkshires
02:36PM / Monday, June 26, 2017

'Ragtime' at Barrington Stage Company

Directed by Joe Calarco; Book by Terrence McNally; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty. Based on the novel Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow.  Choreography by Shea Sullivan; Musical direction by Darren R. Cohen. Production design by Brian Prather; Costume design by Sara Jean Tosetti; Lighting design by Chris Lee; Sound design by Ed Chapman.  

Starring Elizabeth Stanley, David Harris, Darnell Abraham, Zurin Villanueva, J. Anthony Crane, Frances Evans, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka  Elliot Trainor, Anne L. Nathan.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — We were downright perplexed as we entered the theater.

How can they possibly

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire County Arc's 23rd Annual Golf Classic Raises $43,000
02:05PM / Monday, June 26, 2017

Green stuff: Berkshire County Arc raised $43,000 at its 23rd Annual Golf Classic at Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield on May 25. More than 180 golfers on 45 teams participated in the tournament, which raised $43,000 to support individuals with developmental disabilities and brain injuries throughout Berkshire and Hampden Counties.

Approximately 100 organizations contributed sponsorships to the Golf Classic, including Corporate Sponsors Greylock Federal Credit Union and Greylock Insurance Agency. In addition, more than 50 volunteers and organizations donated time, raffle prizes and silent auction items. To date, the agency's annual Golf Classic has raised approximately


BCC Announces Spring Semester Dean's List
12:39PM / Monday, June 26, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced its Spring 2017 Dean's List.

To be eligible for the list, full-time students must have declared a major, completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the spring semester, and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for Honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for High Honors.

Part-time students are eligible for the list if they meet the same requirements, except that their credit hours may have been completed during the fall and spring semesters of one academic year.

The following 136 students qualified for High Honors:


Adams: Michael A. Corkins, Rebecca


Two Berkshire County Women Named Unsung Heroines
12:24PM / Monday, June 26, 2017

Cherri Sanes and Shavelle Boire.

BOSTON, Mass. — Two women from Berkshire County were named 2017 Unsung Heroines by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women during a State House ceremony on June 21.
According to the Commission, Unsung Heroines are women who don't make the news, but who make a difference. They are women who use their time, talent and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others and make a difference in their neighborhoods, cities and towns. They are mentors, volunteers and innovators who do what needs to be done without expectations of recognition or gratitude. These women are the glue that keeps a community together and the commonwealth is better


Berkshire County Arc Hires Family Support Manager
12:10PM / Monday, June 26, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc has hired Sonja Stewart as Family Support Manager in the Adult Foster Care Program and Family Support Center. In this position she will oversee the case managers and family advocates.

Stewart has completed an intensive training through the Federation for Children with Special Needs and works to offer educational advocacy to families. She also organizes educational events and trainings that are made available to members of the community.

Stewart has a bachelor's in Social Work from the College of Saint Rose and is currently working toward her master's in Education, at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

"I welcome the


Pittsfield Launches Tool To Track Airport Noise Complaints
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:05AM / Monday, June 26, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — For those who live near the airport, the sounds of aircraft can get annoying.    And when that happens, often the residents call the mayor's office, Ward 5 Councilor Donna Todd Rivers, or the airport directly and there doesn't seem to be much of a resolve. Airport Manager Gloria Bouillon is now trying to change that.    "I want to develop a good relationship with community members," she said.   While she may not be able to restrict certain aircraft traffic, if she can find trends with pilots or organizations, she might be able to ask for persistent issues to be mitigated.   Bouillon and the city have now teamed up to


Pride Rally Strengthens LGBTQ Community
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:19PM / Saturday, June 24, 2017

The attendees break into dance following the parade around the walking paths of the First Street Common. More photos from the event can be seen here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It was a monumental decision by the Supreme Court in 2015 that allowed for same-sex marriages throughout the country. But, it also made Ed Sedarbaum feel lonely.   Sedarbaum had lived in New York City for years and was very involved with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community (LGBTQ) there. He was imagining pride month there and how much all of his New York City friends would be celebrating.   "I didn't have a gay community to celebrate with," Sedarbaum

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Bay State Girls Basketball Tryout Sunday at McCann Tech
03:39PM / Saturday, June 24, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The final tryout for the Western Massachusetts girls basketball team for this summer's Bay State Games is Sunday, June 25, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at McCann Tech.   The team primarily is for girls entering grades 9 through 12, though recent graduates are welcome. Each team is allowed up to three 2017 grads.   Players must be a full-time resident of Massachusetts and a full-time student at a recognized academic institution.   The tryout fee is $38.   The 2017 Bay State Games are July 14-16 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury Crossing.   For information, contact Amy Cyr at


Berkshire Community College Announces Five New Hires
02:32PM / Friday, June 23, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced new faculty and staff additions.

Jonah Sykes joined BCC as the manager of Marketing and Communications. Sykes previously worked for six years at Berkshire United Way, first as their executive assistant, then as the coordinator of marketing and communications and finally as the development manager. During his time at BUW, he oversaw the fundraising efforts of more than 190 employee charitable campaigns and led marketing efforts around website design, digital marketing analytics, and event planning.

Sykes has a bachelor of arts degree from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and a master of arts degree in public


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