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Pittsfield Councilors Want More Details For West Side Youth Center Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:33AM / Thursday, November 09, 2017

Officials from the Christian Center say they already have plans for a new building and new programming on the West Side.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is set to ask the West Side Neighborhood Initiative to flesh out the details of possibly building a new youth center.

The City Council's Economic and Community Development Subcommittee is recommending that a petition from Valerie Hamilton to construct the new center on Dewey Avenue be sent to the initiative. Hamilton is asking for the city to use property currently eyed for a park.   City officials say there is very little possibility of building on that land so a new location needs to be found. And that there are other


Holiday Hours: Veterans Day
03:10PM / Wednesday, November 08, 2017

An image of the 353rd Infantry in France taken two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect.

Veterans Day falls on Saturday, Nov. 11, but will be observed on Friday, Nov. 10, as a state and federal holiday.

The federal holiday is to commemorate the service of the nation's military veterans in ensuring peace.

It was first known as Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I at the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In recognition of the efforts of World War II veterans, President Eisenhower in 1954 signed legislation creating Veterans Day with the goal of honoring all American veterans.

Closed on Friday, Nov. 10:
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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

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One Man's Mission: A Book For Every Child
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:53PM / Wednesday, November 08, 2017

The Northern Berkshire Santa Fund is teaming up with Robert Behr to put a book in the bag of every child the Fund serves this Christmas. To help with this effort, you can donate money online, or donate gently used children's books for all ages in several locations: in North Adams at the office at 102 Main St. or the Friendship Center at 45 Eagle St. or in Williamstown at the First Congregational Church (side door) at 906 Main St.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — When Robert Behr retired from his Williams College job two years ago, he knew he wasn't going to be content just sitting around. So he agreed to volunteer at the Friendship Center food pantry in North Adams --


Required Withdrawals from Retirement Plans: What Should You Know?
12:20PM / Wednesday, November 08, 2017

You may spend decades contributing to your IRA and 401(k). But, eventually, you will need to use this money. Before that day arrives, you will want to be familiar with the rules governing withdrawals – and you will want to know just how much you should take out.

To begin with, withdrawals from traditional employer-sponsored retirement plans like these fall under the Internal Revenue Service's "required minimum distributions" (RMD) guidelines. (You aren't required to take these distributions from a Roth IRA.) Here are some of the key RMD points to keep in mind:

* You need to take distributions by age 70 1/2. You generally should begin taking RMDs in the year in


Miss Hall's School Presents 'You Can't Take It With You'
12:07PM / Wednesday, November 08, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Miss Hall's School Theater Ensemble will live life to its eccentric fullest this fall, performing the popular madcap comedy "You Can't Take It With You" on the Miss Hall's campus at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12.

This MHS production stars senior Jayme McGuigan of Pittsfield as Martin Vanderhof/Grandpa; junior Jasmine Briggs as Alice; and sophomore Emily Carmel of Pittsfield and junior Trudy Fadding of Glendale as Alice's parents, Penelope and Paul Sycamore. Guest actor Matthew Gallagher of Pittsfield plays Tony Kirby, while senior Gabby Hinkley of Dalton and senior Miriam Myers of


Letter: Great American Smokeout Is Nov. 16
Letters to the Editor,
11:21AM / Wednesday, November 08, 2017

To the Editor:

The Great American Smokeout is Thursday, Nov. 16, a great day to remind clients, friends, and family about quitting smoking or any tobacco use.

Developed by the American Cancer Society, the Great American Smokeout is a perfect opportunity to think about quitting and its many benefits — physically, mentally, and financially, and maybe even plan a quit attempt. Remember, quitting can take many tries and help is always available for any tobacco user who wants to quit, whether on November 16 or at any other time.

You can help smokers and other tobacco users by encouraging them to keep trying to quit and by offering them the following suggestions:

Consider talking to a


Persip, Moon Join Incumbents on Pittsfield City Council
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:52PM / Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Helen Moon outside of the polls at Reid Middle School in her final campaign push. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Helen Moon was arguably the most visible candidate among those seeking seats on the City Council this year.   Moon had organized a high energy campaign for Ward 1 as she looked to fill a vacancy being created by Lisa Tully's decision not to run for re-election.   A newcomer to political office and running a campaign, Moon said the only way she'd be satisfied is if she gave it her all.   "There were definitely some learning curves. It was a lot of mistakes I had to make, but I made them. I feel that was the best way to learn," Moon said of

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Court Gives Museum OK to Proceed With Art Sale
Staff Reports,
06:14PM / Tuesday, November 07, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Museum's planned art sale will go forward.   Superior Court Judge John Agostini denied a request for a preliminary injunction, pausing the Sotheby's auction of some 40 pieces of artwork, starting next week and extending into March. Members of the Rockwell family, other donors, and Attorney General Maura Healey filed for the injunction to at least delay the sale. The two hoped for a restraining order of the auctions that are scheduled for next week.   Agostini on Tuesday denied that request, saying the case did not have the "legal merits" to issue the injunction.   "The Attorney General's request to

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Berkshire Attack Lacrosse Competes at New England Showcase
Community submission,
11:29AM / Tuesday, November 07, 2017
LONGMEADOW, Mass. -- Players from schools throughout Berkshire County and beyond competed on Sunday at the New England Lacrosse Showcase with Berkshire Attack, a local lacrosse club.   Club teams from seven states competed in front of nearly 100 college lacrosse programs at this annual event.   Berkshire Lacrosse Club offers opportunities to learn and play lacrosse for those in grades 3-5, 6-8 and high school.   For more information about joining the program, contact Jeff Murray at or Larry Sheedy  


Richmond Celebrates Renovation of Town Beach, Boat Dock
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Tuesday, November 07, 2017

The work included a new station to place a boarding dock for easier access to kayaks and other boats. RICHMOND, Mass. — The state completed a $95,000 renovation of the town beach and boat dock.   The Department of Fish and Game's Office of Fishing and Boating Access spent this summer improving drainage, adding handicap access, creating fishing stations, and building a new dock for easy access into kayaks and other boats.    "It is a heck of an upgrade. It is nice to have the platform that allows folks on and off the water in a safe fashion," Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Ron Amidon said on a rainy Monday when state officials celebrated the


Pittsfield Heads To Polls To Elect New City Council
Staff Reports,
02:46AM / Tuesday, November 07, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Voters will choose the next City Council on Tuesday.   A total of 19 candidates for City Council will be on the ballot, with races in nearly all of the wards and for the four at-large seats. The election will also feature six candidates seeking six seats on the School Committee and Michele Cetti is running unopposed for city clerk.   The ballot doesn't feature a mayoral race, and thus most believe the turnout will be low.The candidates are all up for two-year seats.   In Ward 1, Helen Moon is seeking to fill the seat being vacated by Lisa Tully, who opted not to run for re-election. Moon will be facing Michael Cirullo. Cirullo, however, had


Berkshires Beat: Center for EcoTechnology Wins 2017 Composting Challenge
02:01PM / Monday, November 06, 2017
The winner is

The Center for EcoTechnology, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Pittsfield, has been awarded top honor in the North American 2017 Rathmann Challenge, "Mitigating Climate Change: Expanding the Use of Compost," for its pioneering work over the past 20 years to expand the use of composting to reduce wasted food, which in turn reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

The announcement of the award was made on Wednesday, November 1, by the Rathmann Family Foundation. The Rathmann Challenge, which was launched in 2014, seeks to advance organizations possessing the creativity, entrepreneurial ethos, and innovative spirit to make a positive difference in the world. CET


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