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Cross, Carpenter Honored by Conferences
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts junior Keiland Cross was named the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week and Player of the Week on Monday, Dec. 12.   Cross averaged 24.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and six assists in a 2-1 week for the Trailblazers. He was named MVP of the Tri-State Shootout after
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Pittsfield Fire, Walmart Team Up To Bring Christmas To Brigham Center
  Santa was certain to make sure he talked with every one of the children there. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Some have questioned if Santa is real or not but there are 100 children from the Gladys Allen Brigham Center who can tell you for sure he exists.   On Friday, standing on the front of a fire truck,
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Superior Court Briefs: Dec. 14 - Dec. 15
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Wednesday, Dec. 14.   Max Bohan, 26, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.   He was released on $10,000 bail. The charges stem from a
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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 16-29
VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR       December 16 - December 29, 2016 ONGOING Holiday Events in Downtown Pittsfield   The 3rd Annual Upstreet Holiday Festival will feature a visit from Santa, Roaming Railroad train rides, a cookie-decorating station and more this Saturday, Dec. 17 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts at 28 Renne Ave. Buy art this holiday season at one of the three Pop-up Art Galleries downtown. Many of the artists will be on hand during gallery hours: Thursdays-Saturdays from 12-6 p.m. through Dec. 23.    Artists Sean McCusker, Morris Bennett and Anne Roland are at 139 North St. with painting demos with Sean Fridays & Saturdays 4-6 p.m. and 5-minute portraits with Morris Thursdays 12-6 p.m. & Fridays 12-3 p.m. Marguerite Bride and Scott Taylor are at 437 North St. Diane Firtell, Carrie Converse, Donna Todd Rivers and others are at 431 North St. They'll be joined by BigHead Books, Things that Work, Maya Ananda, Michael Vincent Bushy and Analesa Berg for a Special Open House this Saturday, Dec. 17 from 12-6 p.m.      MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE FRI Concert & Raffle at The BOOM Room The BOOM Room, at 137 North St. (Crawford Square), welcomes Boston-based indie folk/rock duo Jack & Katie, plus guitarist and singer/songwriter Jordan Franklin. Doors are at 5 p.m., with live music from 6-8 p.m.    This is also the night of the BOOM Raffle, where you could win studio/recording time, CD duplication, a Mitchell electric guitar or a 6-week songwriting workshop. Tickets are only $5 and winners will be announced the following day.  Plus...  FRI Songs of the Season at The American Legion | FRI Lady Di & The Dukes at Hotel On North | FRI White Liger at The A | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI David Grover & Linda Worster at South Congregational Church | SAT Misty Blues at Mission | SAT Latin Night at The Whit | SAT Berkshire Ballroom Snowflake Social at Polish Falcons Club | SAT Mary Ann Palermo & First Take at Rainbow | MON 4th Annual Manual at Dottie's | TUE Craft on North at Hotel on North | WED Mark Franklin at Methuselah | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | FRI Holiday Pride Party at Hotel On North | FRI Holiday Party at The Crowne Plaza | WED Billy Keane at Methuselah   FAMILY FRIENDLY MON Teen Voices Concert at Berkshire Music School Berkshire Music School presents the Teen Voices Season Concert at Taft Recital Hall, 30 Wendell Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Coffee and desserts will be served. Plus...   FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | SAT Cookie Party with Mrs. Claus at Berkshire Carousel | SAT Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum | SUN Santa Brunch at Rainbow Restaurant | MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum | THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum | FRI Bboy & Bgirl Workshops at The Funk Box Dance Studio | FRI Holiday Party at The Funk Box Dance Studio | FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | TUE Tales of Christmas Magic at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE Screening of The Jungle Book at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | TUE Pirates! with the Nutshell Playhouse at The Whit  | TUE-WED Holiday Electronics Camp at Berkshire Museum | WED WeeMuse: Parent/Child STEM at Berkshire Museum | THU+ Madagascar - A Musical Adventure at Berkshire Museum    WELLNESS SAT Jingle Bell Fun Run at Berkshire Running Center   Berkshire Running Center will kick off the grand opening of its new location with the Jingle Bell Fun Run, which will raise money for the Eagle Santa Toy Fund and the Mary Wilk Memorial Fund. Remember to dress in your bells, antlers and favorite elf outfit for this fun, non-competitive, community event.  Plus...  SAT Sound Healing & Restorative Yoga at Berkshire Yoga, Dance & Fitness | SAT P90X Live at Berkshire Yoga, Dance & Fitness  | SUN Yoga en Espanol at Berkshire Yoga, Dance & Fitness | WED Run to North at Hotel on North   GET CREATIVE FRI $5 Ornament Painting Party at The Dirty Brush       Back for one night only, paint an ornament for only $5 at The Dirty Brush, located at 141 North Street, from 6-8 p.m. Space is limited, so call the studio to reserve your time: (413) 442-9300.   Plus...  ONGOING Paint Your Own Pottery at The Dirty Brush | SAT Felt a Bead Necklace at Hancock Shaker Village | TUE Craft on North at Hotel on North | WED "Snowy Evening" Paint Party at The A    COMMUNITY MON 4th Annual Manual at Dottie's Coffee Lounge Dottie's Annual Manual is a last-minute holiday shopping party with beer, wine, music and a raffle to benefit Soldier On. Browse from a hand-selected collection of Berkshire artisans selling leather wares, art, clothing, candles, flowerpots, jewelry, knit treasures, lingerie, apothecary tinctures and potions, yoga, massage and more! 6-9 p.m. Plus...  ONGOING Michael Rousseau Studio Sale at The Lichtenstein | SAT MVB Printmaker Open Studio at 703 W. Housatonic St. | SUN Holiday Jazz Brunch at Dottie's | SUN WordXWord Story Slam at The Whit | TUE-FRI All-You-Can-Eat Lunch Buffet at Lucia's Latin Kitchen | THU Women of Color Giving Circle Kwanzaa Event at The Whit | THU Songs We Cherish at Knesset Israel   PERFORMANCE ONGOING A Christmas Carol at The Colonial Theatre Celebrate the holidays with the whole family and revel in the joy and redemptive power of Christmas as told in the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the infamous miser who is shown the error of his ways and reformed by four spirits. Journey back to Victorian England and experience the classic story filled with carols and the wonderment of the season.  Berkshire Theatre Group at the Colonial Theatre. Sensory-Friendly Performance: Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. BTG will be holding a winter coat drive. Donations of gently worn coats, to help local families in need, may be made at the theatre. Plus...  SUN WordXWord Story Slam at The Whit | MON Town Players Membership Meeting at The Whit | WED Auditions for The Whale with Town Players at The Whit   LEARN SAT Make LED Holiday Cards at Berkshire Museum Brighten up your greeting cards in time for the holidays using LED lights during the next Learner's Lab at the Berkshire Museum from 10-11 a.m. The price is included with regular Museum admission. No experience with electronics or LEDs is necessary. Seating is limited, so please reserve your spot by calling (413) 443-7171 x360. Plus...   ONGOING Monday Drum Class at The Lichtenstein | SAT Reading & Book Signing with the Gionfriddos at The Colonial    FILM London Town at The Little Cinema When 15-year-old Shay hears the music of The Clash  for the first time, it's a revelation that opens a new world of social consciousness and anti-establishment defiance beyond anything he's known in his dead-end London suburb. Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Joe Strummer. Click here for screening dates and times.   Plus...  ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon Cinema | SAT-SUN The Polar Express at The Little Cinema at Berkshire Museum | FRI & MON Ants on a Shrimp at The Little Cinema at Berkshire Museum | MON Gentleman's Agreement at Knesset Israel   INFORMATION ABOUT THE PARKING METER PLAN   What does the new parking meter system mean for you? Learn more about it, including a link to an interactive parking map, at the City of Pittsfield website. Monday through Friday metered parking rates are $1 per hour for on-street parking from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and 50 cents per hour for the Columbus Ave. garage and lots from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The first 30 minutes in all metered areas are free. There is no metered parking on weekends. 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 by appointment during December       The next exhibit will be Out of the Studio, featuring the artists of the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. The opening reception will be Saturday, Jan. 7 from 5-7 p.m. VIEW FULL CALENDAR    
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Berkshire Medical Group Joins Berkshire Health Systems
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In a move that will help to ensure continued and expanded access to primary care and infectious disease services in the Berkshires, the Berkshire Medical Group has joined the Berkshire Health Systems Physician Practice organization. Berkshire Medical Group, an internal medicine and infectious disease practice,
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Woman Kidnapped And Robbed From Pittsfield Shopping Center
PITTSFIELD, Mass. - A woman was abducted from the Coltsville Shopping District and robbed early Wednesday morning.    Police say at about 7:30 a.m. the 52-year-old victim was kidnapped by two men and transported to Springside Park, where she was robbed and then released unharmed. On Thursday, Police arrested 36-year-old Joseph
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'Nocturnal Animals': Subspecies: Human
Imagine you are driving late at night on a desolate country road, hardly a speck of civilization in sight save for an occasional utility pole. It's spooky to begin with, but nowhere near as scary as when a car suddenly appears in your rearview mirror. You make a turn, just to see. The car follows. You make a couple more, random turns. There
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Bagels Too to Close in Downtown Pittsfield
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Bagels Too is closing after nearly 30 years.   Owner Susan Gordon said she was unable to secure a new lease and will close in early 2017. Gordon has run the downtown eatery since 1987. But she has been looking to sell the store and retire. She is currently looking for a new downtown
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Recreational Marijuana Now Legal in Massachusetts
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Recreational marijuana use is now legal for adults in Massachusetts.    But don't expect much of a difference, other than reading a few news stories or seeing some Facebook posts. While home use is now legal, retail stores won't be opened until at least 2018 and lawmakers have already toyed
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Pittsfield Urgently Seeks to Restore Bus Drivers Pensions
The City Council approved the order, voicing its support for the bus drivers. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council is urgently looking to get retired bus drivers the pensions they deserve.   On Tuesday, the City Council passed a home rule petition, which needs to be approved by the state Legislature, to give
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