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Pittsfield Welcomes Irish Sister City Mayor
Ballina Mayor Michael Loftus was welcomed during a reception at City Hall. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When Michael Loftus got to town after a lengthy flight from Ireland, he knew where to go. He's been here before.   The mayor of Ballina, Ireland returned to Pittsfield on Friday for his second visit. He comes
@theMarket: Mushy Markets in March
Investors took a break this week from the ongoing Trump rally, even as the pace of change in Washington seems to be accelerating. Both the financial downside and political upside should be positive for your investment portfolio overtime.   The minor consolidation I have been expecting in the stock market began this week. The
Superior Court Briefs: March 6 - March 10
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, March 6.   Zachary Santoro, 29, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to four counts of rape and abuse of a child and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person who has attained age 14.    He was ordered to serve four to six years at the Massachusetts
Pittsfield Schools Ending Student Resource Center Program
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The school district is ending the partnership with the sheriff's office to provide alternative education.   Since 2006, the district has been contracting with the Berkshire County sheriff's office to run the Student Resource Center, formerly known as the Juvenile Resource Center. The program was
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Barrington Stage Company Names New Managing Director
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Barrington Stage Company has announced that Michele Weathers will assume the role of managing director of Barrington Stage Company beginning March 13. Current Managing Director Tristan Wilson departs the company in May after the completion of the renovation of the theatre's new home at the Wolfson Center, 122
MountainOne Insurance Appoints Jake Rand to Sales Team
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Jake Rand has been appointed account executive at MountainOne Insurance. As account executive, Rand will be responsible for developing a portfolio of new commercial insurance clients, as well as maintaining an existing book of business. Prior to joining MountainOne Insurance, Rand served as a personal
Change Your Clocks, Check Your Alarms This Weekend
BOSTON — State fire officials are reminding people that as they change their clocks this weekend to check their smoke detectors as well. "Prevent that annoying chirp of a dying smoke alarm battery by replacing the alkaline batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms now, unless you have newer alarms with 10-year sealed
Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 10-16
VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR       March 10 - March 16, 2017 SAT Downtown Pittsfield Winter Farmers Market Shop this month's Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Marketfor fresh, local and seasonal fruits and vegetables, pasture-raised meats, eggs, cheese, bread and baked goods, wine, coffee, artisan goods and more from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at The Boys & Girls Club, located at 16 Melville St. This month's market will feature free chair massages with Susan Rogers of Hands of Light Mobile Massage Therapy & Reiki, balloon creations for the kids from Balloon Ben, free neck and back muscle tension testing with New Life Chiropractic and information and activities with Berkshire Children and Families.   MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE FRI The TEN Tenors at The Colonial Theatre Berkshire Theatre Group presents The TEN Tenors at The Colonial Theatre. Celebrated for their vast repertoire, breathtaking arrangements and powerful live performances, The Tenors are one of Australia's most successful touring groups. In their new show, "The Power of TEN," they deliver a high-octane blend of operatic arias and heart-pounding rock anthems. 8 p.m. $25/$40/$75. Plus...  FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | SAT Rev Tor Band at Mission | SAT Latin Night at The Whit | SAT Garson&Sullivan at Rainbow | SAT Karaoke Night at Bousquet | SAT Live Wire at The A | SUN Happy Mirthday at Thistle & Mirth | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE Craft on North at Hotel on North | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Comedian Kyle Ayers at The Colonial   FAMILY FRIENDLY SAT Pittsfield Figure Skating Club Ice Show   The Pittsfield Figure Skating Club will host its annual ice show at The Boys and Girls Club, at 16 Melville Street. The first show is at 1 p.m. and the second show is at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10. Plus...   FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | SAT FUNDation at the Funk Box Dance Studio | SAT Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum | SUN Mom & Me Art Therapy Group at NuArts | MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE Sensory Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum   WELLNESS SUN BRC's Frosted Mug 5K #4 at Zucchinis Restaurant   Berkshire Running Center presents its fourth and last Frosted Mug 5K race of the series. This one begins and ends at Zucchinis Restaurant. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the race starts at 11 a.m.  Plus...  SAT Minds Align Yoga at Berkshire Yoga, Dance & Fitness | TUE Prenatal Toning, Fitness & Yoga at Berkshire Yoga, Dance & Fitness | WED Run to North at Hotel on North   GET CREATIVE FRI Benefit Paint Party For St. Joe Field Trip Berkshire Paint & Sip will hold a benefit painting party at St. Joe High School for the Crusader Club's closing field trip. Paint "Cliffs of Moher, Ireland." All painting materials, instruction, a light snack and a donation are included in the price. BYOB. $35. 6-8 p.m. Plus...  FRI Create Your Own Salvaged Art Shelf at The Funky Phoenix | SAT Berkshire Crafting Club at Yummy Treasures | TUE Craft on North at Hotel on North | WED Wine Glass Painting Party at The A   COMMUNITY FRI 11th Annual Civitan Soup Fest at Crowne Plaza The Civitan Club of Pittsfield will host its annual Soup Fest at The Crowne Plaza from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Enjoy music, appetizers, a silent auction and raffles, plus soup from many vendors. Tickets are $25 per person and all proceeds go to local soup kitchens and food pantries. Plus...  ONGOING OLLI Catalog Photo Contest | FRI Friends Book Sale Preview Night at Berkshire Athenaeum | SAT Giant Tag Sale at South Congregational Church | SUN Sprout Film Festival at Berkshire Community College | WED-THU The Hundred Dresses with UBU Theatre at The Boys & Girls Club   LEARN SAT Sewing Workshop at Shire City Sanctuary Shire City Sanctuary will hold an Introductory Sewing Class from 1-3 p.m. The focus of this month's class will be on mending and repair. Participants are encouraged to bring in items to repair during class! This workshop is great for anyone with an interest in this area, as well as new and prospective members who are learning the equipment. Beginners welcome! Pre-registration is required. $15. Plus...   FRI-SAT Docent-led Tours of Tell Me More Exhibit at Berkshire Museum | SAT Non-violent Action Training at St. Stephen's Church | SAT Learner's Lab: Quilting at Berkshire Athenaeum | MON Drum Class at The Lichtenstein | TUE Jazz & Tap Dance Class at Berkshire Music School | WED 3D: Let's Print at Berkshire Athenaeum   FILM Mifune: The Last Samurai at The Little Cinema This feature-length documentary about the life and films of legendary actor Toshiro Mifune, weaves together film clips, archival stills, and interviews with such luminaries as Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese. Narrated by Keanu Reeves. Click here for screening dates and times.   Plus...  ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon Cinema | SUN Sprout Film Festival at Berkshire Community College | TUE Cinema of Law: Judgement at Nuremberg, Part Two at Berkshire Athenaeum   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! 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     The Berkshire Art Association (BAA) College Fellowship Show features the work of Berkshire County residents enrolled as art majors at any college in the country, as well as non-residents currently majoring in art at a Berkshire County college. Prizes will be awarded to students whose work is selected. The mission of the BAA is to connect artists and the community in order to inspire creativity and increase access to the visual arts. VIEW FULL CALENDAR    
Vascular Surgery Specialist Joins Berkshire Health Systems
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has announced the appointment of Dr. Elie S. Semaan, a vascular surgeon, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC. Dr. Semaan is accepting new patients in need of vascular care, and joins Drs. Michael Cohn, Eugene
Homeless Man Charged With Using Parking Kiosks For Threats
      PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A 27-year-old homeless man allegedly using the parking meter kiosks to leave a threat on a vehicle.   Police say Joshua Tagge was charged with threat to commit a crime and a civil rights violation for allegedly printing a ticket reading "KILL THE JEW"
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