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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: April 13-29
Baby Animals at Hancock Shaker Village It's finally springtime, and that means visiting the newborn lambs, piglets, chicks, calves and kids at Hancock Shaker Village. Enjoys tours, talks and story time every day, with special events on the weekends including pony rides, face painting, balloon art and ice
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The Independent Investor: The Facebook Fallacy
After a grueling two-day inquisition before both houses of Congress, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, has left the building. The question is how much did anyone really learn about the privacy issues of this social media behemoth?   As most readers are aware, the present controversy erupted when it was revealed that a
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Pittsfield Schools Shift Bus Payment Back to City, Reduces Budget
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The final payment for the school bus fleet is moving to the city's side of the budget.   At the public hearing on the School Department's proposed budget Wednesday, Superintendent Jason McCandless said the $558,469 payment is being pulled from the budget request.   That drops the
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BRTA Consider Fare Increases, Service Reductions
The BRTA is considering a menu of options to save money. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The BRTA is prepping for increasing fares and reducing services.   Berkshire Regional Transit Authority Administrator Robert Malnati said the state's funding for the organization is flat in the governor's
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George Lucas Buys Rockwell's 'Shuffleton's Barbershop'
The Lucas Museum will loan the painting to the Norman Rockwell Museum for up to two years.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The under-construction $1 billion Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles has identified itself as the buyer of "Shuffleton's Barbershop."   Don Bacigalupi, director of
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Pittsfield Police Dog to Receive Protective Vest
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Police Department's K9, Jango, will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s. Jango's vest is sponsored by fundraiser hosted by Heather McKibben of HeatherFest in Norton, Mass., and will be embroidered with
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Strategies for Your Investment 'Garden'
If you're a gardener, your busy season is at hand, as April has been designated National Garden Month. But could the skills you deploy at gardening be transferred to other areas of your life – such as investing? Here are a few ideas for doing just that: * Establish a timeline. As a gardener, you typically follow a
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Pittsfield Finalizes Local Marijuana Ordinance
Steven Goldman would like to open a marijuana manufacturing facility at the former Notre Dame Church but it is too close to the Boy's and Girl's Club. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When Christopher Swindlehurst and Crispina ffrench first saw the former Notre Dame Church on Melville Street, they loved
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Dozen Pittsfield Projects Vie For Community Preservation Funds
Michael MacDonald has been working on the BCC turf field project for four years. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A total of $823,026 was requested of the city's new Community Preservation Act funds.   But, the panel overseeing the funds will only able to expend less than half that amount.   The
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Pittsfield's Carnevale To Lead Governor's W. Mass Office
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — MEMA's Regional Manager Patrick Carnevale will lead the governor's Western Massachusetts office.   Gov. Charlie Baker appointed Carnevale to run the Springfield office and be a liaison between the communities in Western Massachusetts and the executive
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