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Bishop Mitchell Rozanski: Easter Homily
Acts: 34a, 37-43 Psalm 118 Colossians 3: 1-4 John 20: 1-9 We greet this Easter Day with the bright promise of new life.   Where just a few weeks ago a snow storm reminded us that winter does not give up easily, we now can behold buds on the trees, daffodils and forsythia blooming and enjoy the warmth
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Pittsfield School Committee Incumbents Take Out Nomination Papers
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — All members of the current School Committee have taken out nomination papers.   Joshua Cutler, Daniel Elias, Pamela Farron, Anthony Riello, Cynthia Taylor, and Katherine Yon have all taken out papers. Only one challenger has taken out papers, Craig Gaetani.   Gaetani has also taken out
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Police Investigating Shooting in Pittsfield
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A 17-year-old boy was shot Thursday evening.   Police say the new gunshot detection system, ShotSpotter, alerted officers to shots fired at the intersection of Wahconah and Canal Street at about 7:45 p.m. Patrols found the 17-year-old juvenile with a gunshot wound. The juvenile was transported to Berkshire
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Pittsfield Airport Study Group Presents Findings To Council
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When all is said and done, the Airport Study Group determined that airport operations don't cost the city money. It brings in money.   The study group was formed to perform a cost-benefit analysis of the Pittsfield Municipal Airport. Each year, the city allocates additional funding to the operational
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'Going in Style': Bank Heist Steals Your Heart
  My first inclination when hearing that Alan Arkin, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman would star in director Zach Braff's remake of 1979's "Going in Style," which featured George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg, was to scream "Sacrilege!" But I was at a funeral and, fearing the outburst might be
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Berkshire County Arc CEO Receives Prestigious Leadership Award
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc  President & CEO Kenneth W. Singer received the prestigious Joseph Andrade Award for Leadership from the Arc of Massachusetts on Thursday, April 6, at its annual meeting. The Sheraton Hotel Framingham was full of many supporters as Singer accepted the award. Twelve of BCArc’s
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BHS Doctor Honored As 2017 Community Clinician of the Year
WALTHAM, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems physician Dr. Linda F. Smothers has been honored by her physician peers of the Berkshire District Medical Society as the district’s 2017 Community Clinician of the Year, an award recognizing her professionalism and contributions as a physician. She received the award at the district’s
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BCC Phi Theta Kappa Scholars Honored at State House Ceremony
BOSTON, Mass. ─ Two Berkshire Community College students were honored by the Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office at a ceremony at the Massachusetts State House on March  30. Cheryl Bassett and Mary Mick were among a small group of scholars honored as the highest academic achievers of the community colleges system
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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: April 14-20
April 14 - April 20, 2017 SAT+ Baby Animals at Hancock Shaker Village The event for which you've been waiting all winter is finally here! Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm at Hancock Shaker Village begins this Saturday and runs through May 7. This is your chance to snuggle the Village's piglets, lambs, calves, chicks, ducklings and kids (baby goats) - all included with general admission.    Special events this opening weekend will include live music from Mark Stewart of Bang on a Can on Saturday at 11 a.m. On Easter Sunday, join in an old-fashioned egg hunt at 12:30 p.m., reserve your spot for lunch (with mimosas!) in the new Seeds Market Cafe, and meet Jennifer Trainer Thompson - the Village's new president and author of The Fresh Egg Cookbook - at 2 p.m.     MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE WED Dining For Doggies at Mission Bar + Tapas   Mission Bar + Tapas will donate a portion of Wednesday evening's sales to the Sonsini Animal Shelter. Order from the regular menu or from a special prix fixe menu. Tables will be first come, first serve. 5-10 p.m. Plus...   FRI Tom Savoy Trio at Hotel on North | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Hardcore Music Night at The A | FRI Long Journey at Mission | SAT Blackwater Revival at The A | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE Misty Blues Open Rehearsal at Mission | TUE Craft on North at Hotel on North | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Two Roads Tap Takeover at Thistle & Mirth | THU Rev Tor & Rebel Alliance at The A   FAMILY FRIENDLY SAT Eggstravaganza Egg Scramble at Morningside   Morningside Community School will host a FREE egg hunt and visit by Mr. Bunny for all Pittsfield children ages 2-9. Please see website for times divided by age group. A prize will be awarded in each age group for whomever finds the lucky golden egg!   Plus...   ONGOING T-Shirt Art Contest at Berkshire Athenaeum | FRI Teen Book Giveaway at Berkshire Athenaeum | FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | SAT Imagination Playground at Berkshire Museum | SAT FREE David Grover Concert at The Colonial | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum | SAT-THU Easter Fun at Berkshire Carousel | MON Nutshell Playhouse at The Whit | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | TUE Sensory Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE Technology Tuesday at Berkshire Athenaeum | WED Wildlife Encounters at Berkshire Athenaeum | WED Screening of Zootopia at Berkshire Athenaeum | THU Kids Love Broadway at Berkshire Museum   WELLNESS TUE+ FREE Yoga Classes at Berkshire Athenaeum   Beginning tonight, Berkshire Athenaeum will offer FREE yoga classes with Kripalu-certified instructor Katie Fortier. Join her from 7-8 p.m. for a gentle/moderate class that will cultivate breath and body awareness, stretch and tone muscles, alleviate tension, support mental clarity, invite deep peace, and honor inner wisdom. See the library website for other days this class will be offered in April and May. Plus...  FRI FREE Yoga for Beginners at Berkshire Yoga, Dance & Fitness | SAT Deep Spiritual Connection at Berkshire Yoga, Dance & Fitness | TUE Total Body HIIT at Berkshire Yoga, Dance & Fitness | WED Run to North at Hotel on North | THU Managing Stress & Your Health at Knesset Israel   GET CREATIVE THU Paint A Tote Bag for Berkshires ALS Team Berkshire Paint & Sip, at 305 North Street, will host a canvas tote bag painting fundraiser for Berkshire County ALS Team. No painting experience needed. The $35 fee includes instruction, snacks and supplies, and a donation of $10 to the fundraiser. BYOB. 6-8 p.m. Plus...  FRI Paint An Arrow Sign at The Funky Phoenix | TUE Craft on North at Hotel on North | THU "Owl" Family Painting Party at Berkshire Paint & Sip | THU FREE Pastel Workshop at Berkshire Athenaeum | THU+ Spring Trunk Show at Yummy Treasures   COMMUNITY SAT Repair Cafe at St. Stephen's The April Repair Cafe takes place in the usual venue, the downstairs dining room of St. Stephen's Church, on Allen Street opposite Berkshire Bank parking lot. Bring in lamps, knives, scissors, garden nippers and trimmers in need of sharpening; nonfunctional vacuum cleaners, radios and other electrical or electronic equipment; bicycles and anything else needing raising from the ashes.  There will be a free table to donate to or pick up from. Refreshments served.  Saturday, April 15.  Hours 12:30-4p.m. Plus...  FRI BYP Coffee Hour at Dottie's | FRI Autism Collaborative Meeting | FRI Spring Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. at First United Methodist | FRI-SAT Food for Fines at Berkshire Athenaeum | SAT Repair Cafe at St. Stephens Church | SAT Autism Connections Book Fair at Barnes & Noble | SUN Easter Brunch at Mazzeo's | SUN Easter Dinner at Hotel on North   LEARN SAT Landscapes of the Clark at Berkshire Museum The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at BCC presents a talk by Clark Art Institute President Olivier Meslay, at 2 p.m. at the Berkshire Museum. Enjoy a visual tour of the Clark's sweeping collection of landscapes, from Turner to Monet. Tickets are $10 for OLLI and Berkshire Museum members, and $15 for general admission. Plus...  FRI-SAT Docent-led Tours of Tell Me More Exhibit at Berkshire Museum | SAT Berkshire County's Industrial Heritage at Berkshire Athenaeum | MON Drum Class at The Lichtenstein | THU Managing Stress & Your Health at Knesset Israel   FILM Miss Representation at Berkshire Community College This documentary exposes how mainstream media and culture contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film reveals how the media's limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls makes it difficult for women to feel powerful and achieve leadership positions. Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion and a Q&A session. Ages 13+. FREE. Please register. Saturday, April 15 at 2 p.m.     Plus...   ONGOING  See What's New at The Beacon Cinema | FRI-MON I AM Not Your Negro at Berkshire Museum's Little Cinema  Attention All Artists: Four Calls for Submissions The Deadlines For Submissions Are Approaching!    Pittsfield Artscape is once again partnering with Berkshire Money Management to bring more public art to the downtown with the Pittsfield Paintbox Project. Artists will transform typically drab electrical boxes into artful streetscapes. The deadline has been extended. Submissions accepted through Wednesday, April 19.   The City of Pittsfield's Office of Cultural Development, in collaboration with theTransformative Development Initiative (TDI), is looking for art suitable for a mural to fit on a 12ft. x 15ft. surface (concrete or brick) on Tyler Street. The deadline for submission is Friday, April 21 at 3 p.m.   In solidarity with the national Nasty Women's art movement, a Berkshire Nasty Women exhibit will be presented at the Colonial Theatre from May 4 - May 14. All proceeds will be donated to the ACLU or League of Women Voters at purchasers' discretion. Submit your piece before May 1!   The Berkshire County Historical Society at Herman Melville's Arrowhead will feature "Enchanted Berkshires: Where Fairies Dance" - a full slate of programs that will include an exhibit of one-of-a-kind, artist-created fairy houses. Be a part of the show! Submissions must be mailed in by May 8. 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     Andres Ramirez of The Funk Box Dance Studio will curate a show of regional graffiti artists as part of the Funkdation Hip Hop Art Festival. The exhibit will open during First Fridays Artswalk on April 7 from 5-8 p.m. Live performances and an artists' reception will be part of the Funkdation Festival on Saturday, April 29.   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  
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The Independent Investor: Tense Times in Trumpland
The geopolitical landscape is heating up. U.S. relations with Syria, North Korea, China and Russia are in turmoil as the Trump administration flexes its military muscle. None of it bodes well for the stock market.   War cries and wealth are like water and oil. They don't mix well. For investors, there are far too many unknowns,
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