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Ty Allan Jackson Bows Out of City Council Race
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local businessman Ty Allan Jackson put an end to his campaign for City Council on Monday.   Jackson was the first to announce a campaign for City Council at large back in February. On Monday, through a Facebook post, the children's author bowed out.   "It is with deep regret that
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Biz Briefs: Greylock's Annual Shred Day Benefits Berkshire United Way
Paper trail: Greylock Federal Credit Union held its ninth annual Community Shred Day on Saturday, May 6, shredding more than 7 tons of paper. The effort also raised $1,184 in donations for the Berkshire United Way. The credit union suggested a $1 donation per box from people looking to dispose of personal documents. ProShred supplied two
Berkshires Beat: Brien Center Receives Donation from Williams Rugby Football Club
Tacking mental health: The Brien Center for Mental Health has received a donation from the Williams Rugby Football Club. The club has donated the earnings received from the John Donovan Memorial Tournament for the past three years, totaling nearly $4,000. The team has been organizing the John Donovan Memorial Tournament in memory of their
Senior Citizens Prom Set for Tuesday, May 16
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Drury High School Current Events classes will host the annual Senior Citizens Prom from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at the Drury High School gymnasium for an evening of fun. The 2017 theme is "Bash on the Bayou” to help celebrate the southern carnival and Mardi Gras.   For the past 23
Pittsfield Disputing Responsibility Of 5-year-old Electric Bill
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is contesting a 5-year-old electric bill of $1,700 for the softball complex on East Street.   The City Council was asked to pay Eversource $1,701.28 from a final portion of Berkshire County Softball Complex, Inc.'s 2012 bill. The non-profit had left the premise after 30 years that October and
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House Passes Protections For Pregnant Workers
PITTSFIELD, Mass — The state's House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday shoring up the rights of pregnant workers.   The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act will require employers to provide basic accommodations for employees who are pregnant or are new mothers. Such provisions include allowing pregnant woman to take
Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Tells MCLA Grads to 'Get in the Way'
President Jamie Birge shakes the hand of a graduate wearing Birge's trademark fashion statements — a bowtie. See more photos here. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An icon of Civil Rights Movement, U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Alanta, Ga., urged the class of 2017 to "be brave, be bold, be courageous" and turn the
Lee Teenager Wins Congressional Art Competition
The self-portrait will hang in the Capitol in Washington D.C. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Fiora Caligiuri-Randall has a natural gift.   Only the second acrylic painting the 14-year-old has done will now hang in the halls of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Fiora's painting beat out 45 other high school
HospiceCare in The Berkshires Earns National 'Hospice Honors' Recognition
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — HospiceCare in The Berkshires has been recognized as a "Hospice Honors" recipient, one of only six in Massachusetts. The designation is based on survey results from 2016. The "Deyta Family Evaluation of Hospice Care" (FEHC) survey evaluates a hospice's performance on 24 satisfaction
Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 12-18
VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR       May 12 - May 18, 2017 Next Thursday, May 18, is the first 3rd Thursday of 2017! The first 3rd Thursday of 2017, "Youth," will showcase the talented young people of the Berkshires! Lead sponsor, General Dynamics Mission Systems, will set up an interactive booth encouraging children of all ages to consider STEM careers.  Join your neighbors downtown from 5-8 p.m. for an evening of performances by Rock On!, Pittsfield City Hoopla, Breffany Irish Step Dancers, Youth Alive, Cantarella School of Dance, Taconic and Wahconah high schools, Berkshire Theatre Group's "Danny Dollar," Funk Box Studio, and Berkshire Pulse & more! Jacob's Pillow will host a pop-up performance with Ephrat Asherie Dance. Artistic director Ephrat "Bounce" Asherie, a New York City-based bgirl, dancer and choreographer, is a 2016 Bessie Award winner for innovative achievement in dance.   Berkshire Yoga, Dance & Fitness will offer a free Zumba class on the lawn at St. Joseph's from 6:30-7:30 p.m.   St. Joseph's lawn will be turned into the Downtown Pittsfield Inc. Fun Zone with a bounce house, cotton candy, a toy gift basket giveaway and more.   Click here for more information.     CELEBRATE MOTHER'S DAY SUNDAY, May 14 Is Mother's Day Mother's Day events in Pittsfield include a brunch buffet at Mazzeo's from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and one at Mission from 12-4 p.m. From 10 a.m. - Noon, enjoy brunch at Dottie's with live music from Duo Eamon. Temple Anshe presents brunch and a talk by Joselin Linder, author of The Family Gene, at 10 a.m. At Hancock Shaker Village, the new Seeds Cafe will offer a family-style lunch and its new shop will have complimentary gifts for all mothers.   MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE SAT Latin Dance Party with Ballet Hispanico Shire City Sanctuary teams up with Jacob's Pillow Dance for a one-night-only event. Begin the evening at 7 p.m. with dance lessons from Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro and the stars of Ballet Hispánico. Then, dance the night away to live music by Los Hacheros, Brooklyn's modern-day torchbearers of the golden age of Latin music, from 8-10 p.m. $10. Cash bar.  Plus...  FRI Riverside Brothers at Hotel on North | FRI Duffy & Erin at J. Allen's | FRI Rhinegeist Tiny Tap Takeover at Thistle & Mirth | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | SAT Mary Ann McSweeney Quartet at The Whit | SAT Storm Large at The Colonial | SAT Mary Ann Palermo & 1st Take at Rainbow | SAT F-Bomb at The A | SAT Pete Boyd at The Rusty Anchor | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE Craft on North at Hotel on North | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | WED Johnny Irion at Methuselah | THU Pecha Kucha Night at Berkshire Museum   FAMILY FRIENDLY FRI Celebrate High School Musicals at The Colonial The fourth annual Encore! An Evening to Celebrate High School Musicals features 10-minute encore performances from this year's Berkshire County high school musicals. More than 100 students from Hoosac Valley, Lenox, Taconic, Miss Hall's, Mt. Everett, Mt. Greylock, PHS, Drury, Wahconah will perform. Ticket proceeds benefit BTG PLAYS!, Berkshire Theatre Group's year-round education program. 7 p.m. Adults: $15, Children 16 & under: $12. Plus...   FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | FRI-SUN Footloose The Musical at PHS | SAT FREE David Grover Concert at The Colonial | SAT Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum | SAT Fishing Derby at Wild Acres | SAT Pop-up Play Day at Berkshire Museum | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum | MON+ Short Story Writing Contest at Berkshire Athenaeum | MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum   WELLNESS SUN 40th Women's Running Race at BCC   The 40th Annual Women's Running Race is FREE this year to celebrate this milestone! It will feature the same race distances as last year. The 5K begins at 9 a.m. and the 1 mile race begins at 10 a.m.    Plus...  TUE FREE Yoga with Katie at Berkshire Athenaeum | WED Run to North at Hotel on North    GET CREATIVE FRI Vase Painting Fundraiser at Home Instead   Support The Alzheimer's Association at Home Instead Senior Care while painting a glass vase featuring 3 dragonflies, cat-tails and anything else you'd like to add! Your $35 fee includes 2 hours of painting instruction, all supplies needed, and a donation to The Alzheimer's Association. 6-8 p.m. Plus...  FRI-SAT Open Studios at Dirty Brush | TUE Craft on North at Hotel on North | TUE "Over the Edge" Paint Party for Special Olympics at Hilton Garden Inn | WED Screen Printing Workshop at Shire City Sanctuary   COMMUNITY FRI Downtown Pittsfield Spring Cleanup Grab your team and check in with Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. (located at 33 Dunham Mall) at 1:30 p.m. for the annual Downtown Spring Cleanup Day. They'll provide the garbage bags, but please try to round up your own rakes, brooms, gloves and any other supplies you think you'll need to help Pittsfield look its best! 1:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Plus...  FRI Through The Lens Closing Celebration at Berkshire Museum | FRI-SAT Plant Sale at Springside Greenhouse | FRI-SUN Footloose The Musical at PHS | SAT First Outdoor Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market of the Season at First Street Common | SAT Suit YourSelf Clothing Drive at Goodwill | SAT Decluttering Group at Wellness Underground | SAT Berkshire Crafting Club at Yummy Treasures   LEARN SAT Learner's Lab: Seed Bombs at Berkshire Museum Berkshire Museum presents Learner's Lab: Seed Bombs on Saturday at 11 a.m. Learn how to become a guerrilla gardener with Chloë Geffken of Hancock Shaker Village. Museum programs are included with regular admission ($13 adult, $6 child; children 3 and under and Museum Members free.) Plus...  MON NAACP Is Not an Anachronism at Knesset Israel | MON Drum Class at The Lichtenstein | THU Writing Historical Fiction at Knesset Israel | THU Genealogy Program at Pittsfield Country Club | THU Decluttering & Organizing Basics at Berkshire Athenaeum   FILM Burden at The Little Cinema This probing portrait of Chris Burden, an artist who took creative expression to the limits and risked his life in the name of art, made its world premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.   Click here for screening dates and times.   Plus...  ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon Cinema  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: 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    
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