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Berkshires Beat: Williams Environmental Center Earns Petal Certification
Nearing the goal: The Class of 1966 Environmental Center has achieved Petal Certification, meeting six of the seven environmental performance criteria for the Living Building Challenge. Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives Director Amy Johns accepted the building’s Petal Certification at the Living Future Conference in Seattle on
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Berkshire Bank Moving Corporate Headquarters to Boston
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Bank is moving its corporate headquarters this Boston later this year as it acquires Commerce Bancshares Corp., increasing the bank's holdings to $12 billion.   The $209 million acquisition makes Berkshire Hills Bancorp the largest regional bank in Massachusetts, according to officials, and
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Biz Briefs: CompuWorks Celebrates 30 Years in IT Services
Happy anniversary: CompuWorks, a Pittsfield-based managed IT services provider (MSP) specializing in making companies more efficient, innovative and profitable through the effective use of technology, is celebrating 30 years. The company reflected on its history in an address to its employees. Founded in 1987 by David Hall and Alan
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Earl Persip Jumps Into Pittsfield City Council Race
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Earl Persip III has joined the race for City Council.   The director of operations at the Berkshire Family YMCA announced his candidacy for an at-large seat Friday morning.    "The city of Pittsfield is evolving, and to be effective and truly representative, our government
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Pittsfield Looking to Standardize Park Signage
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The new sign for Durant Park will be the model for all park signs in the future.   Parks and Open Space Manager Jim McGrath presented the design to the Parks Commission on Tuesday, showing a fairly basic sign with letter naming the park, the city's seal, and a note that it is overseen by the Parks
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@theMarket: The Trump Dump
Investors were shocked this week when the U.S. stock markets fell almost 2 percent in one day.    Wall Street blamed it on the growing scandals engulfing the White House. However, there was little follow through despite predictions that this was the beginning of the long-awaited pullback.   To be honest, much of
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Hinds Gives BRPC Updates From the State House
LENOX, Mass. — Local organizations have great long-term plans for the future of Berkshire County. But, state Sen. Adam Hinds said the state needs to get the "fundamentals right" before that can take hold.   Hinds spoke with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission on Thursday and reviewed the Comprehensive
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The Independent Investor: Health-Care Costs Are Strangling Us
Recently, none other than the Sage of Omaha, Warren Buffet, has sounded the alarm on what he sees as the number one threat to American businesses — rising health care costs. His advice is that we better do something and do it quickly.   While Congress bickers over how to repeal and replace Obamacare, there is still a large
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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 19-25
VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR       May 19 - May 25, 2017 The 11th Season of 3rd Thursday Starts Tonight! CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL SCHEDULE! FRI Guitar Opening Celebration at Berkshire Museum Join the Berkshire Museum to celebrate the "electric" opening of its newest exhibit, Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Enjoy live music from the Berkshire Jazz Collective featuring Andy Wrba, chart-topping food from Just Kickin' It Bar-B-Que, complimentary beer, wine and a signature cocktail, a special wine tasting preview of the 2017 Wine Gala and Auction, and other exciting surprises! Tickets: $40 adult, $20 child; Museum members $30 adult, $15 child.   MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE FRI Fabrizio & The Fever at The Colonial Berkshire Theatre Group presents Catch the Fever: An Evening with Fabrizio & The Fever, beginning at 7 p.m. The event will raise funds for the Richie duPont award, a scholarship that sends kids to theatre camp. Ticket are $25. VIP tickets are $50 and include premium seating and a 6 p.m. pre-show reception with complimentary refreshments, a special acoustic set with Michael Fabrizio, and a preview of the silent auction items.   Plus...  FRI Latin Night Special Edition at Itam Lodge | FRI BBQ Dinner & Line Dancing at Polish Falcons | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | SAT Berkshire Concert Choir's Reflection and Joy at First United Methodist Church  |SAT ZipStohr's Comedy at The Crowne Plaza | SAT Tori at Rainbow | SAT SIRSY at The A | SAT Mary Ann Palermo & 1st Take at Mission | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE Craft on North at Hotel on North | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | WED Johnny Irion at Methuselah | THU Comedian Joe Zimmerman at The Colonial   FAMILY FRIENDLY SUN May Happimess at The Colonial   Children ages 3-5 (toddlers through age 7 are welcome) are invited to the Colonial Theatre for a reading of "The Grouchy Ladybug" by Eric Carle. The craft will be making a bug: butterfly, ladybug, dragonfly or yellow jacket. All materials included! Each child is $10, parents are free. 10 a.m. Plus...   FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | FRI Homeschool Day at Hancock Shaker Village | SAT FREE David Grover Concert at The Colonial | SAT Pop-up Play Day at Berkshire Museum | SAT Space Day at Berkshire Museum | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum | MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | WED WeeMuse: Parent/Child STEM at Berkshire Museum | THU Farm Friends at Hancock Shaker Village | THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum | THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum   WELLNESS SAT Mayor's Fitness Challenge Kickoff at The Common The 2017 Mayor's Fitness Challenge will kick off at the First Street Common from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in conjunction with the Downtown Pittsfield Farmer's Market. Get your registration packets (or register!), try some healthy food samples and learn about local physical activity opportunities! Plus...  TUE FREE Yoga with Katie at Berkshire Athenaeum | WED Run to North at Hotel on North    GET CREATIVE FRI Create Your Own Key Hook at The Funky Phoenix Create your own 3-hook key holder, made with repurposed keys, for only $20, at The Funky Phoenix. Choose your unpainted block of wood and 3 key hooks of your choice, then paint and accessorize with our supplies. Only $20. 6-8 p.m. Plus...  SAT Peyote Stitch Bracelet Class at Yummy Treasures | TUE Craft on North at Hotel on North | TUE "Tuscan Poppy Meadow" Paint Party at Itam Lodge | WED Purple Flowers Tote Bag Paint Party at Berkshire Paint & Sip | THU "Irish Cottage" Paint Party at Berkshire Paint & Sip   COMMUNITY SUN Walking the Plank Kickoff & Performance As part of its contribution to the Mastheads Project, WordXWord is challenging 10 poets to create original work, using quotes pulled from the belly of a whale, to be presented at Arrowhead on July 11. The project kicks off with the drawing of quotes at Dottie's at 2 p.m. In addition to learning their "fate," the poets will share a bit of their work. FREE.  Plus...  SAT Horizons Spring Plant Sale at Miss Hall's School | SAT Repair Cafe at St. Stephen's | SUN Alcestis Reading by Richard Matturro at The Whit | MON Arrowhead Opens for the Season | TUE Toastmasters Meeting | THU Berkshire County Arc Golf Tournament at Berkshire Hills Country Club   LEARN SAT Photo Class & Book Signing at Berkshire Humane Berkshire Humane Society welcomes pet photographer Jesse Freidin for a 2 p.m. photography class, open to all levels. It will be followed by a talk and signing of his recently published book, Finding Shelter, which features photographs of shelter volunteers and animals from across the country, including those from Berkshire Humane! Plus...  MON The Kabbalah of Bob Dylan at Knesset Israel | MON Drum Class at The Lichtenstein | THU Gathering our Hearts at Standing Rock Screening at Knesset Israel | THU International Folk Dance Lessons at Berkshire Athenaeum   FILM 20th Century Women at The Little Cinema During the summer of 1979, a Santa Barbara single mom and boardinghouse landlord (Annette Bening) decides the best way she can parent her teenage son is to enlist her tenants - a punk photographer (Greta Gerwig), a handyman (Billy Crudup) and her son's best friend (Elle Fanning) - to serve as role models. Click here for screening dates and times.   Plus...  ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon Cinema | THU Gathering our Hearts at Standing Rock Screening at Knesset Israel The Pittsfield Cultural Council is seeking new members!  Want to have a say in how the local arts community is funded? Interested in learning about cultural programming in the city? Come join us! We're a volunteer group that allocates grants to Pittsfield-based arts and cultural organizations on an annual basis. For more information, contact us at: pittsfieldculture@yahoo.com What's Showing at The Licht Pittsfield's city-owned community arts center, the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, features nine working artist studios, a ceramics studio, a community room and an art gallery with changing exhibitions, classes, performances + more!  28 Renne Ave. | Hours Wed-Sat 11am-4pm       Come celebrate our creative young people and the important role art education plays in our schools!The Art in Our Schools Exhibit, a 30+ year tradition held each spring at the Lichtenstein, features artwork from students in grades 6-12 in the Pittsfield Public Schools. On display until May 27. Stop in on May 18 during Third Thursday!   INFORMATION ABOUT THE PARKING METER PLAN Five things to remember about the new downtown parking system:   1. Always enter your license plate number - even for the FREE first 30 minutes.   2. On-street parking is $1 per hour; lot parking is 50 cents per hour. There are also nearly 400 free parking spaces on the city's side streets.   3. You can pay by coin, credit card, or by downloading the Passport parking app.   4. You do not need to display the parking receipt on your dashboard.   5. Parking is FREE on evenings and weekends! VIEW FULL CALENDAR     STAY CONNECTED           Cultural Pittsfield is now on Instagram!  
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Maintaining Your Current Sign Offers Many Benefits
Dust and clutter begins to take over as we hibernate for winter, waiting for the highly anticipated weather of spring and summer to provide a fresh start through the ritual of spring cleaning. Spring cleaning is not only for emptying garages and raking lawns, but it is also the perfect time to spruce up your business's sign. By
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