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Pittsfield Councilor Reignites School Buildings Discussion
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:28AM / Sunday, April 14, 2019

Mayor Linda Tyer responds that she wants the focus to be on the elementary schools. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — City Council Vice President John Krol is pushing for the consolidation of the city's two high schools to be a top talking point in the upcoming election.   Krol, who has said he is not seeking re-election, is pushing for the School Building Needs Commission to began looking at what to do with the city's school buildings. He also is glad to hear that school administrators are starting to take a closer look at the elementary schools.   "Let's have a convo during the election season when people are more engaged," Krol said on Tuesday.   Krol

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Williamstown Author Pens Second Middle-Grade Novel
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:49AM / Saturday, April 13, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — When Williamstown author Ali Benjamin started thinking about a follow-up to her 2015 middle-grade novel "The Thing About Jellyfish," she struggled to find the right topic and the right tone. 

"Jellyfish," while a beautiful story about a young girl's journey of self-discovery, is, after all, a story about the death of a child. Benjamin had planned her next book around the issue of gun violence, but in the years following the release of "Jellyfish," real life seemed too dark in many ways to pick another tough topic.

"I finally said to my editor, 'I don't think I can do the book we have been talking about,'

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Step Up For Kids Event Raises Awareness For Child Abuse Prevention
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:56AM / Saturday, April 13, 2019

Each pair of shoes represent one case of child abuse in Berkshire County per month. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The steps in front of City Hall on Friday were filled with 58 little pair of shoes, each one representing a child being abused in Berkshire County each month.   The display was part of the 13th annual "Step Up For Kids," a presentation to rally support for efforts to combat child abuse. The annual event is put on each year by the Children's Trust to recognize child abuse prevention month in April.   "It saddens me that our kids need us to dedicate a month to their protection. Isn't it a child's birthright to be loved, nurtured, and

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@theMarket: Earnings Season Cause Markets to Surge
By Bill Schmick,
04:48PM / Friday, April 12, 2019
After a week of low volume consolidation, all three averages broke higher on Friday. The bulls are still in charge and seem determined to push stocks back to their all-time highs.   A trigger could be this year's first quarter earnings season, which is upon us, some of the multi-center banks reported today. They did not disappoint, beating estimates handily and expectations are that most of the big banks will also beat earnings estimates. That won't be too difficult to do given that earnings estimates have been down-graded not once, but twice, over the last three months.   Overall, the Street is expecting companies that comprise the S&P 500 Index to report a decline in

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iBerkshiresTV Launches With Local News, Interviews
Staff Reports,
04:42PM / Friday, April 12, 2019
Here at iBerkshires, we are always open to trying new things. After 19 years of providing local news to our readers, we know no everyone gets their news in the same manner. There are readers, there are listeners, and there are viewers. So, we're working on a potential new partnership with Clayson Creative to bring you a new way to get your news. We're introducing iBerkshiresTV.    In this pilot episode, Jeff Snoonian is our host. He brings you all of our top headlines from the last two weeks. Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer was gracious enough to sit down with iBerkshires' Pittsfield Bureau Chief Andy McKeever to discuss her At Home in Pittsfield program. And we've got

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Berkshire County School Vacation Activities Abound
12:24PM / Friday, April 12, 2019

Looking for something to do with the kids during April school vacation? Look no further!

 

Single Events

Wednesday, April 17: The Family Center will host its annual Touch A Truck celebration from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the parking lot behind the Hasins Center on 210 State St., North Adams. Touch a Truck is an annual free, fun community event for the whole family. Featuring big trucks and vehicles to explore. Children will have a chance to see and learn about a fire truck, police car and ambulance. Other vehicles to explore will be a school bus, tractors and construction vehicles.

Wednesday, April 17: The Nutshell Playhouse will present “Saving Jazzy” at The Whitney

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Preschools Around Berkshire County
12:17PM / Friday, April 12, 2019



Berkshire County Head Start: Becket, Great Barrington, Lee, North Adams and Pittsfield

Child Care of the Berkshires: Child Care of the Berkshires operates three licensed child care centers across Berkshire County, as well as a system of family child care providers and a program for young parents.

Berkshire Family YMCA: Pittsfield and North Adams

Most public elementary schools have a preschool option. Check with your school district.

 

Private preschools

Adams
St. Stanislaus School, http://diospringfield.org/SUBDOMAIN/ststansadams/

Dalton
Dalton Preschool, https://daltonpreschool.org/

Great Barrington
Berkshire South Regional Community Center,

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Holiday Hours: Patriots Day
12:07PM / Friday, April 12, 2019

Monday, April 15, is Patriots Day, a state holiday marking the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord that began the American Revolution. The day has been celebrated on the third Monday in April since 1969.

It was on the morning of April 20, 1775, that Paul Revere and other riders began the alert across and beyond Massachusetts Colony that troops were planning to advance from Boston to the towns of Lexington and Concord. They were to seize a cache of gunpowder and arms and capture revolutionaries Sam Adams and John Hancock.

(Local legend claims that Israel Bissell, later of Hinsdale, rode all the way to Philadelphia, but most historians dismiss it.)

Previous attempts to

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Library Storytimes Around the Berkshires
10:05AM / Friday, April 12, 2019

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go."

Adams Free Library
92 Park St., Adams
www.adamslibraryma.org
Storytime: 10 a.m. Fridays

Alford Free Public Library
5 Alford Center Road, Alford
https://townofalford.org/library/

Becket Athenaeum
3367 Main St., Route 8, Becket
http://www.becketathenaeum.org/
Preschool STEAM: 1-2 p.m. Tuesdays through May 21

Berkshire Athenaeum
1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield
http://www.pittsfieldlibrary.org/
Tiny Tots Storytime: 10 a.m. Mondays
Preschool Play and Learn: 10 a.m. Thursdays
LEGO Club: 3-5 p.m. Thursdays

Bushnell-Sage Library
48 Main St.,

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: April 12-18
10:03AM / Friday, April 12, 2019
Saturday+ Baby Animals at Hancock Shaker Village Baby Animals Fest kicks off on Saturday at Hancock Shaker Village and runs through May 5. It's your chance to visit with the farm's piglets, lambs, calves, chicks and kids! Plus, enjoy special events throughout festival, like pony rides, face painting, games, music and more. This Saturday, the Village will hold a non-denominational Blessing of the Animals at 10:30 a.m.   MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE SAT+ Downtown Pittsfield

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100 Days: An Interview With District Attorney Andrea Harrington
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:00AM / Friday, April 12, 2019

Andrea Harrington is sworn in as district attorney 100 days ago. She ran promising reform in the DA's office.   PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It's been 100 days since the changing of the guard in the district attorney's office.   Andrea Harrington defeated incumbent Paul Caccaviello in November with a message of reform and change. She took the oath of office on Jan. 2 before a large crowd at the Berkshire Museum — and so began a new day in that office.   Earlier this week, Harrington announced the creation of a domestic violence task force. It was one of her campaign promises and one that she envisions as being preventative in nature to curb rising

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With Less Than A Year To Go, Officials Kickoff Census 2020 Push
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:53PM / Thursday, April 11, 2019

Mark Maloy is heading the complete count committee's efforts to reach the difficult to count populations throughout Berkshire County. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local officials are calling for all hands to be on deck when the Census begins in 2020.   State Rep. Paul Mark was joined by other local officials and representatives from the U.S. Census Bureau for a kickoff event Monday calling for community assistance in trying to get the most accurate count of people living here.    "We need trusted voices in every community, sharing the message that the Census is safe, easy, and important," said Georgia Lowe from the U.S. Census Bureau.   The process was

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