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Holiday Events: Grab Your Easter Baskets!
It's time for the kiddos to break out their baskets and spy some Easter goodies around the county this weekend. Saturday, March 26 • Stockbridge Library Train Station, 2 Depot St., Stockbridge, 11 a.m.: A special storytime and Easter Egg Hunt will be held. Have fun searching for eggs and hearing an Easter story. Info at
Pittsfield Schools Prelim Budgets Calls For $2.29M Increase To City
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Department's preliminary budget calls for a $60.7 million city appropriation for fiscal 2017.   The appropriation is $2.29 million more than this year, which is a 3.91 percent increase. That appropriation is eyed to be mixed with about $620,000 in tuition revenues to create a $61.4 million
Dunkin' Developer Withdraws Tyler Street Application
Plans to locate a Dunkin' Donuts at the former St. Mary's property on Tyler Street has complicated efforts to find new uses for the vacant church. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — For the second time, Dunkin' Donuts franchise giant Cafua Realty Trust has withdrawn application paperwork for a special permit at 665 Tyler St.,
'Miracles from Heaven': Friendly Persuasion
I think it was St. Augustine, if I may paraphrase a saint, who stated that one cannot prove God's existence through logic, but rather, only through one's faith. It is in this theological vein, whether consciously referencing the early Christian thinker or not, that director Patricia Riggen weaves her tear-jerking, often compelling
BCC, Chimney Corners Eyed as Regional Emergency Shelter Sites
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — If an emergency event is so large that local shelters are overwhelmed, Berkshire Community College and Chimney Corners are both eyed to be hosts of massive regional shelters.   Eammon Coughlin of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission has been working on specific plans for those situations. Now, he is
Pittsfield Native Takes Command of Submarine Squadron
BANGOR, Wash. — Navy Capt. Robert Gaucher of Pittsfield, Mass., assumed command of Submarine Development Squadron  5 on March 22 at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor. He relieved Capt. Douglas Perry of Alexandria, Va., of his duties and responsibilities during the change of command ceremony at Bangor Chapel. Perry assumed command of
Working Cities Group Unveils Findings On Pittsfield
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Input from hundreds of local residents collected over a three-month period will help inform a coalition effort to obtain grant funding that proponents say will help to address many of the poverty-related issues impacting the community. During a summary meeting held at Conte Community School on Monday, members of
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Let's Go Paperless
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
Berkshire Music School Kicks Off 2012 Classes With Open House
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,
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