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  Making the Loop
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04:44PM / Wednesday, July 11, 2012
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We had some free time this week to walk the 2-mile loop through the downtown. Here's a few of things that caught our eye. (In between taking photos, we were heel-toeing and arm-pumping as prescribed.)

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  3rd Thursday Celebrates 6 Years of Downtown Revelry
by Soapbox
11:22AM / Thursday, May 17, 2012
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Downtown Pittsfield reflects on the impact of 3rd Thursday on the 6th birthday of the popular street fair.
Crowd at August 2011 3rd Thursday


By Joe Durwin

Pittsfield, MASS- North Street shopkeepers expressed a range of cautious
optimism to beaming enthusiasm as they prepared Wednesday for the city's
6th year of 3rd Thursday festivities to begin.

"Shopping or not shopping, they're coming downtown, they're checking things
out," said Michael Moore of Persnickety Toys, a co-sponsor of this month's
event, which is themed around local youth.  Moore, like other downtown
merchants, said even the customers who don't make purchases the night of
the event are more likely to return.

Moore  said he was pleased that the announced cancellation of this week's
kickoff had been reversed, as he was hoping

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  Ferrin's Response to Committee Appointment
by Soapbox
10:31AM / Thursday, February 16, 2012
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Jeffrey Ferrin's response to discussion that arose at the Feb. 15 City Council meeting in response to his appointment to the Ambulance Review Board
 I will say that I am amazed that this is even happening. Especially since I have made this information available ever since I ran against Mayor Bianchi in his first bid to be mayor. The mayor took the time to discuss these matters with me then and even before the appointment. So if he was willing to take the time to look at these issues and found that they were not an issue I am hopeful that the councilors will as well.   I will say that I was a little but not totally surprised that Jonathan Lothrup would do what he did that is how he operates. I would be more encouraged if this councilor took the time to see all the evidence and not just what was published I however

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  Let's Go Paperless
by Soapbox
05:07PM / Monday, February 06, 2012
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This is from Ward 6 Councilor John Krol's eblast today. His switch to digital immediately caught our attention. With the associated costs - nearly $4,000 a year for paper alone! - zipping councilors "the packet" (as we in the know like to call it) over the ether makes loads of sense. Digital also means the average citizen gets far better access to these public documents than ever before. The city clerk's office has been diligent about posting meeting agendas and, where possible, relevant documents. So in terms of saving money and time and getting information out efficiently, digital is the way to go.

I would like to thank City Clerk Linda Tyer for agreeing to print out one less city council packet, as I have officially gone paperless for council meetings - which I hope will be a trend that can be extended throughout city government.

The bulky (and often, very bulky) city council packet that councilors use for a reference costs an average of $170 per meeting for paper alone. Add the additional costs of ink/toner, wear and tear on city hall copiers, and the time and energy of staff who put it all together - and a simple transition away from paper benefits everyone.

With the packet now fully digital in pdf form, all councilors, and everyone with an internet

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  Berkshire Music School Kicks Off 2012 Classes With Open House
by Soapbox
12:29PM / Sunday, January 29, 2012
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The open house featured a sample class, access to musical instruments, information for parents, refreshments ...and more than a few delighted squeals.


January 29, 2011
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dozens of youths, many of them under the age of 5, attended an open house at the Berkshire Music School Saturday, as the educational nonprofit enters its 70th year at its 30 Wendell Avenue home.
The open house featured a sample class, access to musical instruments, information for parents, refreshments... and more than a few delighted squeals, proving once again the inherent interest in making a joyful noise is not generational, and will never go out of style.
The open house featured a Music for Preschoolers class, designed to "children’s awareness of rhythm, ability to sing and move creatively to music," which

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  BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY PRODUCTIONS FOR 10X10
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01:29PM / Monday, January 23, 2012
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Barrington Stage Presents ten 10-minute plays as part of February's 10X10 Festival in downtown Pittsfield
 

BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY ANNOUNCES PRODUCTIONS FOR 10X10 ON NORTH NEW PLAY FESTIVAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BSC Press Director Charlie Siedenburg
551-655-0968; Charlie_siedenburg@yahoo.com

BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY
ANNOUNCES PRODUCTIONS FOR 10X10 ON NORTH 
NEW PLAY FESTIVAL
TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR PERFORMANCES, FEBRUARY 16-26 AT STAGE 2

(PITTSFIELD, MA) Barrington Stage Company (BSC), under the leadership of Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director and Tristan Wilson, Managing Director, announces the ten 10-minute plays as part of the 10X10 On North New Play Festival. Performances are February 16 through 26 at BSC Stage 2 (36 Linden Street).

10x10 On North, the

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  Daniel Bianchi Sworn In As Mayor
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11:55AM / Monday, January 02, 2012
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Video taken on Jan. 2, 2012, by Joe Durwin of Daniel Bianchi being sworn in for his first term as mayor of Pittsfield.

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  Generals Fall to Wildcats on Tuesday
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02:11PM / Wednesday, December 21, 2011
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Check out the action between the Pittsfield Generals and the Lee Wildcats on Tuesday night.

Pittsfield at Lee High - Boys Basketball 12/20/2011 from iBerkshires on Vimeo.

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  Pittsfield Cuts Ribbon at Skate Park
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09:14PM / Tuesday, December 13, 2011
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Don't try this at home. :D

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  Downing Hosting Energy Issues Forum
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10:33PM / Monday, December 12, 2011
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Sen. Benjamin B. Downing is hosting a forum on energy issues on Wednesday evening, Dec. 14, from 5:30-7 at Berkshire South Regional Community Center.

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