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@theMarket: Uncertainty Descends Upon the Markets
Pick your poison — U.S.-Syrian strife, weak employment numbers, China-U.S. relations — those are just some of the issues investors had to contend with this week. Despite these potential roadblocks, the averages hung in there, losing little ground as the week closed.   There was even more bad news, if you include the
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Girls Inc. of the Berkshires Announces Scholarship Winners
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center, home of Girls Inc. of the Berkshires, has announced this year's scholarship winners. The following scholarship recipients will be awarded at the annual Ruth P. Boraski Celebration Evening, to be held at the Colonial Theatre on Thursday, May 4. This year, the Brigham
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Superior Court Briefs: March 31 - April 5
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, March 31.   Jason Pennell, 28, of Holyoke had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute - his second offense - and conspiracy to violate drug laws.   He was ordered to be held at the Hampden County House of
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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: April 7-13
VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR       April 7 - April 13, 2017 APRIL 7 is First Fridays Artswalk & More! Enjoy a dozen different art shows featuring work by over 20 accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Fridays Artswalk and all month long! In most venues, artists will be present from 5-8 p.m. A free guided tour begins at 5 p.m. at the Intermodal Center @ BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave.    Grafitti art is filling the walls of the Lichtenstein this month, all leading up to the Funkdation Hip Hop Festival, curated by the Funk Box Dance Studio. Click here for more information. April is Autism Awareness Month, and to celebrate, Berkshire County organizations are launching a campaign to increase awareness of services available to individuals and families impacted by autism in the Berkshires. A kickoff celebration, held from 5-8 p.m. at AdLib at 215 North St., will feature autism resource provider information, a First Fridays art show, and student performances.   At Berkshire Music School, Sally-Jane Heit presents her one-woman show, My Alternative Facts of Life, to benefit the music school. 7 p.m.   The fun doesn't stop at 8 p.m.! An Afterwalk Party with Wes Buckley will be held The Whitney Center for the Arts at 42 Wendell Ave. from 8-10 p.m.   MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE SUN FREE BSO Community Chamber Concert The Colonial Theatre welcomes members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for a 3 p.m. concert of high-quality, relevant and engaging chamber music. The program will last approximately one hour and will be followed by a coffee and dessert reception for the audience. Tickets are free and can be reserved online or by calling (617) 266-1200.  Plus...  FRI Misty Blues at Hotel on North | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Metal Night at The A | FRI Wes Buckley at The Whit | FRI Rev Tor & Friends at Mission | FRI 1970's-themed Karaoke at The Elks | SAT Student Perform-a-thon at Berkshire Music School | SAT Berkshire Rowing & Sculling Society (BRASS) Sip & Swirl at Berkshire Hills Country Club | SAT Eavesdrop at J. Allen's | SAT On Tap at The A | SAT Latin Night at The Whit | MON Jazz Night at Mission | MON The Whitdiots Improv at The Whit | TUE Craft on North at Hotel on North | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow   FAMILY FRIENDLY SAT Parent/Child Yoga at Funk Box Dance Studio The Funk Box Dance Studio, at 307 North Street, will offer a class with Rogue Yoga from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Parents and children ages 5 and older are invited to breathe together, stretch together and challenge each other with some acro yoga! There will also be a craft or activity. Beginners are welcome - no experience needed! $10 per duo.   Plus...   ONGOING T-Shirt Art Contest at Berkshire Athenaeum | FRI+ Teen Book Giveaway at Berkshire Athenaeum | FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | SAT FREE Playwright Mentoring Project Performance at Barrington Stage | SAT Imagination Playground at Berkshire Museum | SAT FREE David Grover Concert at The Colonial | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | TUE Sensory Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum | WED WeeMuse: Parent/Child STEM at Berkshire Museum | THU+ Kids' Yoga Series at Berkshire Yoga, Dance & Fitness   WELLNESS FRI Zumba with Janet at Berkshire Salsa   Berkshire Salsa, located at 137 North Street, presents a fun workout that will help you stay healthy as you move to contagious music. Zumba uses a mix of Latin rhythms (such as salsa, merengue, bachata and flamenco) and cardio movements for an energizing workout experience. 5:15-6:15 p.m. Plus...  FRI FREE Gentle Yoga Class at Berkshire Yoga, Dance & Fitness | SAT Color Fun Run at Kids' Place | MON Mom & Baby Fitness at Berkshire Yoga, Dance & Fitness | WED Run to North at Hotel on North   PERFORMANCE FRI-SUN Women's Shorts at BCC  Berkshire Community College will host an annual production of short plays by women playwrights and performers. This year's featured performers are playwright and actor Anne Undeland, playwright Jane Denitz Smith, filmmaker and playwright Cindy Parrish, and playwright and actor Maizy Broderick Scarpa. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets: $10 general admission and FREE for students, staff and seniors.  Plus...  SAT FREE Playwright Mentoring Project Performance at Barrington Stage | TUE Town Players Auditions for Staged Readings at The Whit | TUE-WED Town Players Auditions for Love, Loss & What I Wore at The Whit   GET CREATIVE WED+ Women's Art Class with OLLI at BCC The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) presents a six-week expressive arts class at Berkshire Community College. The class will focus on topics specific to women's creativity and empowerment. Classes are Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. beginning April 12 and ending on May 17. Plus...  FRI-SAT Canvas & Pottery Painting Open Studio at The Dirty Brush | SAT Berkshire Crafting Club at Yummy Treasures | TUE "Striking Iris" Painting Party at Hilton Garden Inn | TUE Craft on North at Hotel on North   COMMUNITY SAT Slice of Life Pizza Competition at Crowne Plaza The 7th Annual Slice of Life Pizza Competition to benefit Moments House will be held at The Crowne Plaza Hotel from 6-10 p.m. Enjoy all the pizza you can eat, live music by Misty Blues, a photobooth, balloon animals and tons of raffles. Plus you get to pick the winners in the categories of Best Sauce, Best Crust, Most Unique, and Best Overall.  Plus...  FRI Community Dinner at Shire City Sanctuary | FRI Spring Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. at First United Methodist | SAT Last Indoor Farmers Market of the Season at Boys & Girls Club | SAT Greek Pastry Sale at St. George Greek Orthodox Church | SAT De-cluttering Group at Wellness Underground | SAT Student Perform-a-thon at Berkshire Music School | SAT Ham Dinner at St. Joseph's Church | MON+ Food for Fines at Berkshire Athenaeum   LEARN SAT Cooking Class at Shire City Sanctuary Shire City Sanctuary will hold its April cooking class with Mariana Bergtold, a Cordon Bleu-trained chef who used to run the Dancing Vegan restaurant in Pittsfield. Learn to make four varieties of vegan muffins -gluten-free corn; gluten-free banana; blueberry; and pecan cinnamon. Participants will make a batch of muffins and swap at the end of class so that everyone has all four types to take home. 3-5 p.m. $15 for adults, $8 for children under 16. Plus...  FRI-SAT Docent-led Tours of Tell Me More Exhibit at Berkshire Museum | SAT Gathering Our Hearts at Standing Rock at Shire City Sanctuary | SAT The Messenger at Berkshire Museum | MON Drum Class at The Lichtenstein | TUE Lyme Disease & Food as Medicine at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE Toastmasters Meeting | THU When Comedy Went to School at Knesset Israel   FILM The Eagle Huntress at The Little Cinema This documentary follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and to rise to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Click here for screening dates and times.   Plus...  ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon Cinema | SAT The Messenger at Berkshire Museum | SAT Gathering Our Hearts at Standing Rock at Shire City Sanctuary | THU When Comedy Went to School at Knesset Israel 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 the Transformative 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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Kindergarten Registration Dates Scheduled Around County
Schools across Berkshire County are holding registration days for next year's kindergartners. Schools can submit their information to be added to this list to info@iberkshires.com. * Adams: St. Stanislaus Kostka School is now registering for the 2017-2018 school year. Openings are available in grades pre-kindergarten through grade
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Attorney General Healey to Testify at Eversource Rate Hearing In Pittsfield
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Attorney General Maura Healey will be at the library on Monday to do what her staff has been doing all across the state — opposing the electrical rate increase proposed by Eversource.   The electric company has asked for steep increases in rates throughout the commonwealth — 10
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Area's Collegians Well into Spring While Fields Back Home Soak
While Berkshire County high school student-athletes spin their wheels in the gym and watch the rescheduled and postponed game count grow, area alumnae are well into their spring seasons, most of which started on spring break trips to warmer climes.   The Wesleyan University men’s lacrosse team started its season with a
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The Independent Investor: Don't Let Romance Blind You to Finances
Don't let romance blind you to the financial downside of living together. Unmarried couples need as much, if not more, financial and estate planning than those who are married. Without it, one or both partners may lose everything they have committed to the relationship. Here is a primer on what steps you should take.   Over 6.7
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Three Dog Night Concert Being Planned For Wahconah Park
The idea would be to put the stage in left field. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Three Dog Night could be bringing joy to historic Wahconah Park this summer.   The Parks Commission on Thursday approved a request from Berkshire Radio Group Vice President Peter Barry to use the park on Saturday, Aug. 26, for the concert.
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Pittsfield Considering Cutting 73.5 Jobs In School Department
Superintendent Jason McCandless is holding firm on a $500,000 expenditure to change out curriculum materials. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — School Committee member Daniel Elias was at the bank the other day when he ran into two school employees, both of whom could be among the dozens of workers to lose their jobs this upcoming
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