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Pittsfield's Whitney Center for the Arts 'Brutally Vandalized'
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:30PM / Friday, July 17, 2020

The vandal or vandals also sprayed a fire extinguisher around the room and let the water runover in the upstairs bathrooms. The Whit is still taking inventory on its losses. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The head of the Whitney Center for the Arts thinks the extensive vandalism to the nonprofit venue this past weekend may have been personally motivated.    The 8-year-old "the Whit," housed in the 1865 Colt House on Wendell Avenue was a chaotic scene of trashed furniture and water damage when the only other tenant in the building entered Monday morning.    And Executive Director Ghazi Kazmi believes what happened was more malicious than a simple

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The Retired Investor: Bill & Barbara on Their Retirement Journey
By Bill Schmick,
01:53PM / Friday, July 17, 2020
Bill, Barbara and Titus. Dear friends,   Our thoughtful boss, Allen Harris, has asked us to write this letter to tell you all, in our own words, why we are leaving the firm. So, here goes.   Bill's perspective:   Change has its own way of shaping our future. If you had asked me several months ago if I planned to do anything different, either personally, or career-wise over the coming decade, I would have answered with a resounding "no." And then the Pandemic of 2020 came along.   It has forced me, at the not-so-young age of 72, to re-evaluate my priorities. Topping my list is my goal of making the next 30 years of my life the best. Working in


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Pittsfield Asked to Add Spanish to City Communications
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:18AM / Friday, July 17, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council has asked the mayor to explore adding Spanish translations to city communications.   The council on Tuesday referred a petition from Councilors Patrick Kavey and Helen Moon to the Mayor Linda Tyer asking her to find a way to include Spanish translations for both mailed and online communications.   "We should be working toward accessibility for all in Pittsfield," Moon said.    The petition specifically noted that an estimated 7 percent of the population identifies as Hispanic or Latinx and approximately 5 percent of the population use Spanish as their primary language.   Moon said she learned after further


B.B.A. Stays Perfect in Berkshire Adult Baseball League
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
09:09PM / Thursday, July 16, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Hunter Potash went 2-for-3 with a double at the plate and pitched two innings of scoreless relief to earn the win on the mound Thursday as B.B.A. edged Different Breed, 4-3, in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League.   Potash reached on an infield single and ended up scoring on a two-base error in the top of the sixth to break a 3-3 tie.   He then stranded the potential tying run at first to complete two innings of one-hit relief and help his team stay unbeaten at 3-0 this summer in the league’s 20-and-over division.   Different Breed (3-2) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning at Crosby Elementary School.   Tanner Bird got


Mount Greylock Interim Superintendent: State Pushing for In-Person Instruction
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:03PM / Thursday, July 16, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Baker administration is pushing school districts to form plans that allow all students to return to the classroom, according to comments from the interim superintendent of the Mount Gryelock Regional School District.   Speaking on Tuesday to the School Committee's Education Subcommittee, Robert Putnam said that while districts are required to create plans for the fall that would allow remote learning or a hybrid of remote and in-person instruction, the message from Boston is that the goal is to get students back in school buildings.   "The commissioner of education, Commissioner [Jeffrey] Riley, basically, he's prioritized getting kids


'Moonstruck': Like a Big Pizza Pie
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:50PM / Thursday, July 16, 2020

I wish that I were reviewing one of the half-dozen movies certain to be made when this pox upon our house is no more. But until that glorious return to normality has us resuming all the simple joys of life we take for granted, like going to the movies, I'll be retro-reviewing and thereby sharing with you the films that I've come to treasure over the years, most of which can probably be retrieved from one of the movie streaming services. It is my fondest hope that I've barely put a dent into this trove when they let the likes of me back into the


Pittsfield Fire Responds to Kitchen Blaze
02:57PM / Thursday, July 16, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A fire caused $2,000 in damage to a kitchen in a Benedict Road home on Thursday.    Firefighters responded to the call at 126 Benedict shortly after noon and found smoke showing from the rear of the single-family, wood-frame structure. The homeowner had extinguished the majority of the fire before firefightered arrived.    The E-5 crew ensured the fire was completely extinguished; Tower 1 ventilated the home while E-3 firefighters retrieved a dog from the smoke-filled home.    According to the report by Deputy Chief Daniel Garner, the kitchen sustained fire and smoke damage -- particularly to the cabinets and appliances -- and the rest


Ventfort Hall Reopens for Public Tours
09:37AM / Thursday, July 16, 2020

LENOX, Mass. — Ventfort Hall is opening the museum to the public again as of Thursday, July 16. 

The museum will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday, closed Wednesdays.

Self-guided tours are by prepaid reservation only at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced. The mansion is located at 104 Walker St. in Lenox, Mass.

Admission is $18 adults, $17 seniors 65 and over, $10 students with ID and $7 children 5-17. Call 413-637-3206 to reserve a tour.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as an important partner of the Lenox Cultural District, one of the


Pittsfield to Review Alternate Side Parking Ordinance
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:09AM / Thursday, July 16, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Ordinance and Rules subcommittee will review a new ordinance that will implement alternate side parking in the city.   Although there was some discussion among the City Councilors on Tuesday, they ultimately voted to send the proposed ordinance first to be reviewed.   "I am not against putting more eyes on a change of this stature but I don't think I want to put it before another subcommittee when there is not a plan in place yet," Ward 1 Councilor Helen Moon said.   Alternate side parking came before the City Council earlier this year through a petition. It was sent to the Traffic Commission, which referred to the public services


First-Responder Profiles: Paramedic Christine Isca
06:00PM / Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Christine Isca, front, with colleagues at the COVID-19 test site. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The COVID-19 pandemic has perhaps brought the role of first-responders more to the forefront lately, but these men and women have regularly been serving their communities in numerous emergency situations.   This is a series profiling some of our local first-responders in partnership with Lee Bank to highlight the work they do every day — not just during a pandemic.    Paramedic Christine Isca has been working in emergency medical services for two decades and is currently the training supervisor and instructor coordinator for County Ambulance Service. She tells us about the

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Pittsfield City Council Recognizes Environmentalist
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:20PM / Wednesday, July 15, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council honored local environmentalist Jane Winn as one of the commonwealth's Unsung Heroines   Before breaking into the evening's business Tuesday, the council took a moment to recognize the executive director of the Berkshire Environmental Action Team.   "In regular times, before the world has turned upside down ... I would be with you probably with a full audience to celebrate as we do every year," said state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, who nominated Winn. "I am really pleased to present to you Pittsfield's 2020 Unsung Heroine Jane Winn."   The Massachusetts Commission of the Status of Women annually


SVMC: COVID-19 Update July 14
03:26PM / Tuesday, July 14, 2020
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