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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

BArT Basketball Loses at Buzzer, Gains Some Respect Sports,
11:47PM / Thursday, December 19, 2019
HARDWICK, Mass. -- If ever there was a moral victory, it was the one-point defeat suffered by the BArT basketball team on Thursday afternoon.   Brandon Bamba’s last-second shot was tipped by Eagle Hill to secure a 61-60 win over Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School.   “Eagle Hill is a very strong program,” BArT coach Robert Daugherty said. “They play many more games in their season, and they often play teams that are at a higher skill level than those in the River Valley Athletic League [BArT’s league].   “The first time we played Eagle HIll four years ago, they won, 86-6. The fact that we were able to just have a close game


The Independent Investor: Business of Santa Claus
By Bill Schmick,
05:29PM / Thursday, December 19, 2019
As we approach that most joyous of holidays, the image of Santa Claus greets us in every nook and cranny. From television commercials to internet greeting cards, "Jolly Old St. Nick" is a ubiquitous figure. What you probably didn't know is without American business there probably wouldn't be the Santa Claus of today.   Santa and business go back a long way, but before you ask, the answer is no, Coca-Cola did not invent Santa Claus, although they will celebrate their 100-year anniversary in 2020. This modern-day, cherry-cheeked, fat elf of a figure has been best buds with the owners of many U.S. enterprises. Montgomery Ward, Macy's, F.W. Woolworth, General Electric


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

Eight PHS Musicians Accepted into Senior District Orchestra
04:51PM / Thursday, December 19, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Eight Pittsfield High School orchestra students have been accepted into the Western Massachusetts Senior District Orchestra - with four of those students having high enough scores to receive an All-State recommendation.

PHS orchestra students will perform in Western District Symphony orchestra in January at UMass Amherst Performing Arts Center with other students in Western Massachusetts who were accepted through auditions.

Students with All State recommendations will audition at the state level at Shrewsbury High school on Saturday, Jan. 25, for a chance to perform at Symphony Hall in Boston in March.

The students are: Gerdlie Jean-Louis, principal of viola


The Berkshire 4-H Program Holds Annual Awards & Recognition Event
04:20PM / Thursday, December 19, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 4-H members, volunteers, parents, and supporters gathered at St. Stephen's Church in Pittsfield earlier this month to recognize everyone's hard work and accomplishments for the last 4-H year.

Volunteers were recognized for milestone years of service: one year, Amanda Brooks-Clemeno, Worthington, and Beth Hiam, Williamstown; five years, Dave & Donna Motta of North Adams and Curt Petricca of Pittsfield; 10 years, Elaine Caligiuri of Lenox and Larry Heyman of North Adams; and 15 years, Adrianne Epe and Sherry Mangiardi, both of Pittsfield.

The Friend of 4-H award went to Glenda Matos-Carter of Williamstown; she was nominated for her consistent support


BFAIR Celebrates 25 Years with Success at First Signature Event
03:54PM / Thursday, December 19, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass — BFAIR held its first signature event, a masquerade gala, on Oct. 25 at the Proprietor’s Lodge.

The event celebrated BFAIR's milestone 25th anniversary while raising more than  $110,000.

Adams Community Bank was the underwriter of the event, followed by MountainOne Bank as a Diamond Level Sponsor and Gold Sponsors Greylock Federal Credit Union and Health New England.

A silent auction, raffle, and live auction were among many activities of the night, but the true passion of the evening was shown during the speech given by Brittany Dorwin, who receives employment services from BFAIR. Brittany’s pride in all that she accomplished was felt by


Barr Foundation Funds 'Portrait of a Graduate' Project for Five Berkshire County High Schools
02:05PM / Thursday, December 19, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Barr Foundation has awarded $250,000 to the Berkshire County Education Task Force and Berkshire Tomorrows, an arm of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, to enable five County high schools to develop "a portrait of a graduate."

The participating schools are the Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School, Drury High School, Lee Middle and High School, Pittsfield High School and Taconic High School.

The Barr Foundation describes "A Portrait of a Graduate" as "a collective vision of what all high school students will know and be able to do by graduation. To create a portrait of a graduate educators, parents, students,


Berkshire Theatre Group Seeks Young Actors For 'Little Mermaid Jr.'
12:54PM / Thursday, December 19, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Theatre Group seeks child actors who are currently in third through ninth grade for Disney's "The Little Mermaid Junior."

The roles are open to members of the Berkshire community. This production will be directed by Travis Daly, with music direction by Erin M. White and choreography by Kathy Jo Grover, and will run April 24-27 at The Colonial Theatre (111 South St., Pittsfield).

Auditions will take place Wednesday, Jan. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. The Colonial Theatre. Auditions are by appointment only. To schedule an audition time slot, call 413-448-8084, ext. 23.

Students should arrive ready to learn a


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 20-26
12:40PM / Thursday, December 19, 2019
FRI-SUN  at The Whitney     Mark "Monk" Schane-Lydon inhabits every role in this hilariously touching stage adaptation of the iconic holiday film  at the Whitney Center for the Arts. George Bailey, Clarence, Mr. Potter and the gang come to life as a single actor creates a heartwarming story about the effect one hardworking man's life has on the people around him. FRI JB's Acoustic Gravel at Proprietor's Lodge | FRI WordXWord Story Slam at Dottie's | FRI Wintergreen at Bread & Roses


Holiday Events and Tree Lightings 2019
11:15AM / Thursday, December 19, 2019

'Tis the season to be merry and bright. Planning a holiday event? Let us know at


Holiday Events Thursday, Dec. 19

Pittsfield: Berkshire Historical Society will present Holiday Lights at Arrowhead at 6:30 p.m., featuring a candlelight tour of the house and a 19th century holiday experience complete with winter pasttimes, refreshments and readings. Admission is $25. Call 413-442-1793.

Friday, Dec. 20

Pittsfield: Whitney Center for the Arts presents Berkshire and New York Favorite Monk Schane-Lydon, as he inhabits every role in "This Wonderful Life" by Steve Murray, a hilariously touching stage adaptation of the iconic holiday film "It's a


Pittsfield Community Development Sees Tyler Zoning Amendment
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:42AM / Thursday, December 19, 2019

The Community Development Board is sending the recommended changes to the City Council.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Community Development Board has kicked the Tyler Street overlay district zoning amendments to the City Council for consideration.   The board heard a presentation from City Planner CJ Hoss on Tuesday night and signed off on some changes that would modernize zoning in that area and create more flexibility.   "It allows greater opportunity for economic revitalization and establishes a mix of complementary uses to help reduce urban sprawl and make more economical and efficient use of  property," Hoss said. "It will help stimulate and

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Pittsfield Public Safety Rolling Out App for Vulnerable Individuals
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Wednesday, December 18, 2019

A sample of how the profile would look when it pulls up on an officer's phone.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield is rolling out an app to help first-responders interact with some of the region's more vulnerable individuals.    The app "pings" when someone carrying an identifying Bluetooth beacon gets within 80 feet and it brings up information about the individual that public safety or medical personnel may need in an emergency or other situation.   Vitals Aware Services, based in the Twin Cities, grew out of a partnership with an autism association in Minnesota to aid first-responders in connecting and communicating with individuals with


Becket Man Sentenced to State Prison for Human Trafficking
06:54PM / Tuesday, December 17, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Becket man pleaded guilty on Monday in Berkshire Superior Court to human trafficking charges.    Randy Lambach, 47, was sentenced to 10 to 12 years in state prison by Judge John Agostini on nine counts of human trafficking, seven counts of deriving support from prostitution, and single counts of intimidation of a witness, and conspiracy.    Lambach had been charged with two counts of enticing a child under the age of 16, and single counts of open and gross lewdness, and dissemination of harmful matter to a minor. Agostini ordered him to serve five years concurrently on those charges and an additional five years probation. Lambach also pled


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