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Bang + Train + Shrek = Varied Berkshire Pops Week
By Grace Lichtenstein, Guest Column
11:36AM / Wednesday, July 31, 2019

This is the weekend that Bang on a Can, the pioneering new-music collaborative from New York City, brings its imagination to Mass MoCA. Meanwhile, Train makes a stop at Tanglewood, and the musical "Shrek" bounds joyfully into Pittsfield.


Mass MoCA

Since 1987, Bang on a Can, the New York collaborative, has offered its followers all manner of cutting-edge contemporary music. Since 2002, Mass MoCA, itself a cutting edge museum and events venue, has been a Bang summer home. This weekend, Aug. 2-4, the group ups the ante. The weekend is dubbed "LOUD," and its schedule includes the Sun Ra Arkestra, Philip Glass's "Dracula" with film, Brian Eno's


Berkshires Beat: Pittsfield Library Given 'Literary Landmark' Status in Honor of Melville
10:49AM / Wednesday, July 31, 2019
'Literary Landmark'

United for Libraries will designate The Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave., a Literary Landmark  in honor of Herman Melville's 200th birthday on Aug. 1. The Literary Landmark program was spearheaded by Rocco Staino, director of the Empire State Center for the Book.

The dedication ceremony will take place as part of The Berkshire County Historical Society's third annual Moby-Dick Marathon, a four-day event at Herman Melville's Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield, in the historic red barn where he often met with Nathanial Hawthorne.

The event will begin at noon on Aug. 1 at The Berkshire Athenaeum in downtown Pittsfield, with tours of the


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

Breastfeeding Awareness Celebrated in Bennington
10:39AM / Wednesday, July 31, 2019

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Local family-focused nonprofits, governmental groups and businesses are coming together to raise awareness and community support for breastfeeding during the Bennington County Breastfeeding Celebration Week 2019.

The week consists of two events: The Global Big Latch On and a Breastfeeding Celebration Luncheon. This is the sixth year Bennington organizations have presented breastfeeding awareness events.

The Global Big Latch on is a worldwide event. Participants can register online or in person starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Bennington Farmers Market on Depot Street in Bennington. The Global Latch On, where communities from around the world nurse


Welcoming a New Child? Consider These Financial Moves
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:16AM / Wednesday, July 31, 2019

If a new child has entered your life, you are no doubt full of joy today and hopes for the future. And you can help make that future a brighter one for your child and your family by taking some important steps in these areas:

College: Given the consistently rising costs of higher education, the earlier you start your savings and investment plans, the better off you will likely be. While it may be difficult to set aside money for education when you're still a young family, planning to cram at the last minute is not a good idea. Time is one of your biggest assets, and delaying even a few years can have a big effect on your portfolio's value.

In addition, just like regular


Residents Argue For, Against Artificial Turf Field at Mount Greylock
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Wednesday, July 31, 2019

John Skavlem addresses the committee on behalf of the subcommittee looking at how to address deficiencies in the middle-high school's athletic fields.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday got an earful from advocates and opponents of installing an artificial turf athletic field at the middle-high school.   About 40 people attended a 2-1/2 hour forum in the school's cafeteria, where about an equal number of residents spoke for and against the plan, arguing the idea on grounds ranging from health to the environment to cost.   The School Committee's own Phase 2 Subcommittee took the lead with its chair, John

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Berkshire Place Opens Senior Living Community on South Street
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:27AM / Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Berkshire Place President Richard Herrick says the building will provide 'high quality' living and supportive services. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When the new Berkshire Place opened five years ago the fate of its historic first home on South Street was a question mark.    On Tuesday that was answered with the opening of 89 South Senior Living Community after a yearlong, $5 million renovation of the 19th-century structure into 18 units designed for aging in place. The retirement community becomes part of the continuum of care with the long-term care facility and At Home with Berkshire Place home-care services.    "It has been a long journey. And the


$5M More For Pittsfield Schools Highlight in State Budget
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:06AM / Wednesday, July 31, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield school system is particularly a big winner in this year's state budget.   The fiscal 2020 spending plan includes a $5 million increase for the Pittsfield Public Schools over last year. State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier called it a "down payment" for significant increases to come in the next few years.   "This $5 million over last year is part of a much bigger, multiyear debate and effort to fund out underfunded schools," Farley-Bouvier said. "This is a, I consider, a down payment on probably the seven-year process of significantly increasing Chapter 70."   The issue started with a Foundation Budget


Berkshire Force 12U Team Wins Bracket Play Opener at World Series
11:33PM / Tuesday, July 30, 2019
JENSEN BEACH, Fla. -- The Berkshire Force 12-and-under and 10U softball teams each opened pool play with a win on Tuesday at the Babe Ruth World Series.   The 12U squad, which went 2-2 in pool play, opened bracket play with an 8-7 win over the Mederia Beach (Fla.).   On Wednesday morning, the Force will have a rematch against Jefferson Parish (La.) West, which on Tuesday morning handed the Force a 2-0 loss in pool play.   The Berkshire 10 squad played two bracket play games on Tuesday.   It opened with a 5-4 win over Summit Point, W.Va., but fell to Duplin County, N.C., 9-0.   The Force 10U team will be back in action on Wednesday in the double-elimination


Owners Look to Sell Former Johnny's Beach Club Property
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:55PM / Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The Licensing Board had a fairly short meeting on Monday.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The plug has been pulled on the proposed Barcelona Tapas and Bar and the owners now plan to sell the Wahconah Street property.   Wahconah Street LLC's attorney Jeffrey Lynch told the Licensing Board on Monday that owners no longer plan to open but instead want to improve the 87 Wahconah St. property in hopes of selling it.   "It is essentially too rough," Lynch said. "It is in need of a new roof, exterior needs siding work, and the interior, although they started renovation, it needs to be cleaned up more."   Suzanne Chung, a partner with numerous

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Pittsfield's Renewable Energy Work Highlighted
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:20AM / Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Ben Lamb from 1Berkshire said renewable energy is not only good for the environment but it is good economic development. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is still looking at what it would take to create a new micro-grid for energy in the city's downtown.   Supported by a $75,000 states grant, a feasibility study has been ongoing to create the grid that would connect key buildings, including the Fire Department, Berkshire Medical Center, the senior center and senior housing units, and downtown businesses to power in case of an emergency.   And, it will increase the capacity for renewable energy sources.   But that is only one step the city has taken in recent years


Neal Talks Renewable Energy Tax Breaks During Pittsfield Swing
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:27AM / Tuesday, July 30, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal is gearing up for what he believes will be "strong negotiations" on the extension of various federal tax programs.   One of those is investment tax credits specifically for renewable energy. Neal held a "prelude" meeting with Berkshire Gas on Monday and is expected to see the company's parent organization Avangrid's wind farm in Florida.   "Part of the incentive on the renewable front has two issues that I've been very interested in for a long time. The wind production credit is what generates a lot of activity in the renewable space and the investment tax credit is critical. No matter what we


BMC Diabetes Education Program Achieves American Diabetes Association Recognition
10:39PM / Monday, July 29, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The BMC Diabetes Self-Management Education Program has again received the prestigious American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education and support service. 

According to the ADA, the BMC program "offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment."

The association’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational services meet the national standards for diabetes self-management education and support. The standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and were revised by the


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