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Pittsfield City Council Accepts Grant Funds For Electric Car
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:15PM / Friday, October 11, 2019

Some councilors questioned the need for a second electric vehicle for parking enforcement. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council accepted a $7,500 grant to offset the purchase of an electric car.    After some discussion Tuesday, the City Council accepted the money from the state Department of Environmental Protection to purchase a second Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle for the parking enforcement officer.   "We actually already have one is in use today," Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood said. "We have had no issues with it."   Kerwood said the car has been ordered and the $34,000 allocation was approved in the fiscal 2020 budget and was

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@theMarket: Stocks Soar on 'Skinny' Deal
By Bill Schmick,
04:43PM / Friday, October 11, 2019
Global markets regained their footing this week, as expected good news on the trade front produced a "relief" rally in equities. Who cared that there was little substance to the deal? Investors decided that even a tiny deal was worth more than no deal at all.   As I wrote last week if "Trump believes he needs a 'win' to counter the slowing economy and the impeachment inquiry, then even a half-hearted deal might be in the cards. In which case, we could see a 10-15 percent move higher in the averages."   But before we pop the champagne, I want to see exactly what the trade deal agreement actually says. So far, we know that both sides have agreed to some

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State Briefs: Last Mile Funding, Grant Awards
02:23PM / Friday, October 11, 2019

State Sen. Adam Hinds takes a photo of Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito at the core bore site.

BLANDFORD, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, state Sen. Adam Hinds, state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, Blandford Select Board member Eric McVey and other local leaders observed a core bore drilling on Thursday afternoon to replace outdated utility poles and install broadband internet.

Blandford was awarded a Last Mile Infrastructure Grant worth $1.04 million in 2018 to deliver broadband access to residents. Following the demonstration, Baker announced $5 million supplemental funding for the Last Mile Program, which will cover roughly half the cost of connecting

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Northern Berkshire United Way Kicks off 2019-20 Campaign
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:26AM / Friday, October 11, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire United Way touted its successes from the last year as it looked ahead to the next year at its annual meeting and campaign kickoff breakfast on Thursday.

Speaking to a sold-out crowd of 210 people gathered in the new Williams Inn, Christa Collier, executive director of the Northern Berkshire United Way, said the 2018-19 campaign goal of $480,000 was not only met but exceeded by $8,765. Much of that will be directed back to NBUW's 20 member agencies, but Collier on Thursday also wanted to highlight some of the other work the agency has been doing above and beyond those allocations.

To that end, two speakers shared news of programs last

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Welcome to Wayfair: Dignitaries, Business Leaders Celebrate Opening
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:43PM / Thursday, October 10, 2019

Niraj Shah, left, is a Pittsfield High graduate.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The welcome wagon was rolled out in earnest for Wayfair on Thursday as state and local leaders celebrated the "homecoming" of the Massachusetts venture to its founder's hometown.   The international home decor company's new $5 million call center will employ upwards of 300 people in the coming months in a newly renovated section of the Clock Tower Building fully furnished, of course, with Wayfair products.   "Today we're building a stronger city and we've all come together to give a great big, warm Pittsfield welcome to Wayfair, our new business and community

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The Independent Investor: Brokerage Business Not What It Used to Be
By Bill Schmick,
04:15PM / Thursday, October 10, 2019
Last week, Charles Schwab, the mega-discount broker, disrupted the brokerage industry yet again by dropping its per-trade commission rates for U.S. and Canadian stocks, exchange traded funds (ETFs), and options for both mobile and internet trades. It was inevitable and simply recognizes what the future holds for that segment of the financial industry.   Since Schwab's announcement on October 1, three additional big brokers — TD Ameritrade, E-Trade and Fidelity Investments — have thrown in the towel leaving only Vanguard (among the big houses) left out of the zero-commission trend.   The stock market reacted in shock. Traders hit the sell button on their computers

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Berkshires Beat: Tanglewood to Offer Year-Round Programming
04:01PM / Thursday, October 10, 2019
Tanglewood news

For the first time since it was established as the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood will be holding programming during the fall, winter and spring. This change is enabled by the the development of Tanglewood's new Linde Center for Music and Learning, which was launched in the summer of 2019.

The Linde Center will host a variety of programming, offering participants a wide spectrum of performances and multidisciplinary activities designed to attract both newcomers and longtime patrons seeling to becoming more involved with music and the arts. The Linde Center will also serve as an event and concern rental space for use by the Berkshire community

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Oct. 11-17
12:20PM / Thursday, October 10, 2019
The Pittsfield CityJazz Festival begins on Friday! The 15th annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival takes place from Friday, Oct. 11 - Sunday, Oct. 20. Festival highlights include a rare duo of vocalists Stephanie Nakasian and Veronica Swift, Cuban piano standout Dayramir Gonzalez, jazz prodigy Anton Kot, a "jazz crawl" with local musicians in downtown venues, jazz brunches and more.   The festival kicks off on Friday, Oct. 11 with the annual Jazz Crawl, featuring local artists in six different downtown Pittsfield locations.
On

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Lanesborough to Fund Repairs at Town Hall, Elementary School
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
04:01AM / Thursday, October 10, 2019
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Superintendent of Schools Kim Grady kicked off the Selectmen's meeting Tuesday night seeking funds to pay for repairs to the heating system at Lanesborough Elementary School.   During a routine inspection, the glycol in the system was found to be in need of flushing and replacement. The material is also corroding other parts of the system but that will be addressed in a separate bid.    "When we had some heating issues last year, Barclay Inc. provided the report. We started the process on it," the Mount Greylock Regional superintendent said. "The freeze point on it was 10 degrees above (zero Fahrenheit) which is not good in the

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Election 2019 Debates & Candidate Forums
02:17AM / Thursday, October 10, 2019
Pittsfield Mayoral Debates Wednesday, Oct. 23, 6 p.m. / Conte Community School   The NAACP-Berkshire County Branch is hosting a debate between mayoral candidates Linda Tyer and Melissa Mazzeo. The debate will be moderated by NAACP Executive Committee member Will Singleton and questions can be asked during the event.    The school is accessible and has parking. Working Cities will be providing free child care and PCTV will be recording the event.   Monday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. / BCC's Robert Boland Theatre.   Berkshire Community College, in partnership with the Pittsfield Gazette and Pittsfield Community Television, will host a debate between Linda

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Pittsfield Council Holds Off on South Church Parking Changes
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:01AM / Thursday, October 10, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council tabled a request to remove "No Parking" on South Church Street after expressing concerns over parking restrictions and questions about the parking situation for the soon to open Wayfair call center.   Councilors spent about half of Tuesday's meeting debating a request from the city to allow unrestricted parking on South Church Street but determined they were not ready to make such a decision.   "Let's table this to get the information out," Ward 5 Councilor Donna Todd Rivers said. "Let's cut the ribbon Thursday and then watch for the next six months and see what is needed there ... I don't

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'Joker': Doesn't Kid Around
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:12PM / Wednesday, October 09, 2019
If van Gogh were alive today and dabbling in film, I expect that he might create something as artistically maddening as Todd Phillips' "Joker." But we must tread carefully. The controversy is there for the taking.    Joaquin Phoenix's Arthur Fleck, who will ultimately evolve into his alter ego, the Joker, before the closing credits fall on this fantastically directed, acted and produced "Batman" offshoot, is off the hook in every definition of the term. Thus the question is begged: Is it OK to derive entertainment from the criminally insane?   Phillips, who co-wrote this magnum opus with Scott Silver, throws all decorum and caution to the wind as

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