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Pittsfield Sets Schedule For Budget Development
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:22AM / Sunday, February 05, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city has set an early schedule for the budgeting process this year.   Mayor Linda Tyer says she is requesting the School Department to adopt a budget before May 1 and submit it the next day. She plans on bringing the city's budget, including the School Department's, to the City Council the second Tuesday in May.    Last year, the council's budget hearings took place in mid-June. The earlier schedule brings a bit more leeway for the council to adopt or change budgets before the July 1 start of the fiscal year. The council scheduled hearings over a two-week period last year. In total, a lengthy 22 hours or so were put into the budget by

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Pittsfield Police Suspending Residency Preference For Hiring
Staff Reports,
05:17PM / Friday, February 03, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Police Department is suspending its residency preference for the next Civil Service exam to boost its list of eligible candidates.   The department has been ramping up its hiring of new officers after the City Council authorized a $1 million boost in funding in the budget. Last month, the department put another 10 officers on the roads and had seven in the pipeline. But even more hiring is taking place.   The ramp-up in hiring led the department to exhaust the local list of candidates, which preferenced those who live in the city of Pittsfield. That list was completely depleted so in the next exam, the department is opening it up to the entire

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Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

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'20th Century Women': Vive la Différence
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:03PM / Friday, February 03, 2017

Folks who require a certain amount of shock, awe and disturbingly aberrant behavior in their cinema might do well to skip filmmaker Mike Mills' highly intelligent "20th Century Women" and perhaps instead focus on the 3-ring circus currently posing as our national body politic. However, if you're the sort who still believes there's room for truth, honest analysis, thoughtful contemplation and selfless, humanitarian goals, then here's your ticket to a sophisticated and high-minded respite from that hopefully temporary insanity lately threatening our democracy.

Rather than informing what "20th Century Women" is about, it might be easier to relate what it

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Superior Court Briefs: Jan. 31 - Feb. 2
Staff Reports,
02:26PM / Friday, February 03, 2017
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, Jan. 31.   Eric Moore, 31, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of trafficking in cocaine, possession of heroin with intent to distribute - his second offense - and conspiracy to violate drug laws.   He was ordered to serve concurrent five to eight years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his Dewey Avenue home on July 17, 2015.   Single counts of armed career felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and improper storage of a firearm were dismissed by the state.   Brooklynne Schneider, 22, of

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Feb. 3-9
10:21AM / Friday, February 03, 2017
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  February 3 - February 9, 2017

FEB. 3 is First Friday Artswalk & More!   Enjoy a dozen different art shows featuring work by over 20 accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Friday Artswalk and all month long! In most venues,

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Pittsfield Dog Ordered Euthanized Bites Again
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:49AM / Friday, February 03, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A dog previously ordered to be euthanized has bitten another person while the decision was under appeal.   Animal Control Officer Joseph Chague said the 110-pound Loco, owned by Raymond Wright of North Street, bit another person and the dog was impounded. The dog was already deemed dangerous and ordered to be euthanized but Wright had appealed the order in court.   "He got loose and bit another gentleman," Chague told the Animal Control Commission on Wednesday.   The commission had declared the animal dangerous and ordered it put down in January. That had come after multiple reports of violent encounters.    On Oct. 30, Michael

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Reid Middle School Evacuated After Hoax Bomb Threat
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:15PM / Thursday, February 02, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. —  A secretary at Reid Middle School picked up the phone about 11:25 on Thursday morning to hear a message that a bomb was in the school and would explode at a certain time.   Reid was one of five schools across the state and two more schools in New Hampshire that received the same call on Thursday. Ultimately, it was determined that it was a hoax.    "We received intelligence from the state police after we reached out for resources that this was one of multiple, five in Massachusetts and two in New Hampshire, and based on the timing and the multiple reports, and that no devices detonated, it is being treated as a hoax," Police Chief

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Lanesborough Cal Ripken Sign-ups Available Online
01:19PM / Thursday, February 02, 2017

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Lanesborough Youth Baseball online registrations are now open at http://leagues.bluesombrero.com/Lanesboroughyb.

The cost is $36 per player with a family maximum of $72. 

 

The program is open to kids ages 4-12 living in Lanesborough  and surrounding towns, including Pittsfield.

 

For information, contact coach Rick Paris at parisrmd@verizon.net.

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Pittsfield Holding Public Forum On Needle Exchange Program
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:42AM / Thursday, February 02, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The first public engagement session about a needle exchange program is scheduled for Tuesday.

The city is considering authorizing the program to operate in the city and the Board of Health was close to voting to give that authorization last month. But, the board decided to hold off and, in conjunction with the mayor's office, launch a series of public sessions to gain additional feedback and inform citizens about the program.   The session will be at the Berkshire Athenaeum on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. A panel of experts will present the concept and provide a question-and-answer session. Those sitting on the panel are Jennifer Kimball, a public health

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Efforts to Re-Open Polish Club in Pittsfield Still Ongoing
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:17AM / Thursday, February 02, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Steve Fillio has joined the efforts to reopen the Polish Community Club.   The club has been closed since the end of 2014 and members have been trying to re-open since. But, it had many hurdles in its way to get things aligned and now some two years later, it's still trying. Fillio is expected to take over managing the bar and he is currently heading efforts to renovate the interior.   "Right now we are cleaning up the place and getting it ready," Fillio told the Licensing Board on Monday. "The place is looking nice."   Fillio said he has recruited friends and volunteers to restore aspects of the building. That includes new

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High School Art Show Opens at Norman Rockwell Museum
02:23PM / Wednesday, February 01, 2017

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The annual Berkshire County High School Art Show returns for its 31st year at Norman Rockwell Museum with a special exhibit opening to be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Visitors can celebrate the creative talent on display from Berkshire County high schools, and meet the artists; original works in all media — from painting and drawing to photography, ceramics, three-dimensional assemblage, and digital art — will be on view.

Participating schools include: BArT Charter School, Berkshire School, Berkshire Waldorf School, Drury High School, Lee High School, Lenox Memorial High School, Monument Mountain Regional High School, Mount Everett

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MCLA to Present Student Leadership Conference
02:13PM / Wednesday, February 01, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will present the 22nd annual Leadership Conference, "100 Yards of Leadership," on Sunday, Feb. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Amsler Campus Center Gym, when MCLA will welcome AJ Adams, an award-winning speaker, author and entrepreneur, as the keynote speaker.

Registration for this event, open to college and high school students, will remain open through Thursday, Feb. 2. This event is free to all members of the MCLA community, and $40 for those from other campuses. The cost includes breakfast, lunch and a snack.

"This conference is a place where students – whether they are emerging leaders or

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