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Taconic Construction: Walls Going Up, Power Coming On
Artist's rendition of the new Taconic High School. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The wrap around the construction site at Taconic High School is expected to be fully removed soon.   The work has ramped up in recent week with the onset of nicer weather. On Thursday, there were close to 150 workers on site through
@theMarket: Earnings Better Than Expected
First-quarter earnings are coming in higher than expected while stock indexes hover just below historical highs. All that is necessary for further gains is a catalyst and that may be just around the corner.   This Sunday, French presidential elections will occur. As I wrote last week, it appears that the centrist candidate,
Pittsfield-Based 10th Grade AAU Team Wins Tournament
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield Heat 10th grade AAU basketball team won the Team Mass Spring Blast AAU Tournament in Sturbridge last month.   The team title follows a second-place finish in the season opening Springfield Trailblazers Spring Tournament.   The team finished eighth at the YBOA Nationals last year and
Locals Vying for Conference Titles on College Teams
Westfield State senior Jaclyn  Farrell earned six points to help the Owls women’s track and field team win the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference Championship last month.   The Wahconah alumna placed fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 35 feet, 11-¼ inches, and she was eighth in the
Mosquito Control Project Ready for 2017 Program in Pittsfield
Board of Health member Steve Smith looks at samples collected from one tire. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Last year was the "season that never was" when it came to mosquito control.   But this year, Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project Superintendent Christopher Horton is back at it with approval for
'The Circle': The Shape of Things to Come?
Do you find yourself peering endlessly into your smartphone, hoping to make connections, seeking information, wiling away the time, looking for the secret of life and maybe even G-d? It has become your crystal ball and indeed, if we take the cue from director James Ponsoldt's "The Circle," it may show the way to a very creepy
Superior Court Briefs: May 3 - May 5
Cases heard before Judge Edward McDonough on Wednesday, May 3.   Gabrielle Garzone, 23, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of manufacturing cocaine, conspiracy to violate drug laws, possession of heroin, possession of suboxone, and possession of trazadone in connection with the execution of a search warrant on March
Berkshire Fire Chiefs Donate to Senior Center in Honor of Former Captain
The Fire Chiefs Association presented a $500 check to Council on Aging Director Vincent Marinaro in honor of the former captain.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Even after retiring from the Fire Department, Capt. Richard Briggs would attend monthly meetings of the Berkshire County Fire Chiefs Association.   Briggs
Pittsfield Suns Hire New Assistant Coach
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Suns have hired Chris Haynes as assistant coach for the 2017 season. Haynes will assist Head Coach Matt Gedman with on-field duties this summer. Haynes, a 2009 graduate of Le Moyne College, was a catcher for the Dolphins. He has a career .292 batting average, with a season best .353 and seven home
Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 5-11
VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR       May 5 - May 11, 2017 MAY 5 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 the Intermodal Center @ BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave.    Art in Our Schools celebrates more than 25 years at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, showcasing the work of middle and high school students in the Pittsfield Public Schools.   For one night only, during the May 5 Artswalk, Soldier On's Veterans Community Arts Initiative will host an art show displayed at Soldier On: Veterans & Families Transportation Call Center within the Intermodal Center at 1 Columbus Ave.   The Colonial Theatre will host an opening reception for the Berkshire Nasty Women Art Exhibit & Fundraiser from 7-9 p.m. 100% of sales will go to your choice of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) or the League of Women Voters. Buy art and protect our civil liberties! The fun doesn't stop at 8 p.m.! An Afterwalk Party will be held at The Whitney Center for the Arts, at 42 Wendell Ave. from 8-10 p.m.   MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE NEXT THU (May 11) Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at The Colonial Berkshire Theatre Group presents The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, a band consisting of seven brothers who began their musical training at the ages of four and five with their father, jazz trumpeter and bandleader Kelan Phil Cohran (Earth, Wind & Fire; Chaka Khan and Sun Ra). The brothers incorporate hip-hop, rock and reggae music into the cosmic jazz style of their father to create their signature sound. $25/$35/$45. 7 p.m. Plus...  FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Cinco de Mayo Karaoke at Bousquet | FRI Garson&Sullivan at PortSmitt's | SAT Latin Fiesta for Moments House at Itam Lodge | SAT Five Gun Draw at The A | SAT Crafter, Escuela, The Broken & Seasons at Crossroads | MON Trivia with Double Entendre at Thistle & Mirth | MON The Whitdiots Improv at The Whit | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE Craft on North at Hotel on North | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | WED Johnny Irion at Methuselah   DINING MON Italian Dinner at Hotel on North   Hotel on North and Executive Chef Ron Reda team up with local saucemaker Ooma Tesoro's and Berkshire Mountain Distillers for a delicious three-course Italian dinner. 6 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person and seating is extremely limited. Please call Kerri at (413) 553-4212 to reserve your spot.  Plus...  FRI Cinco de Mayo Community Dinner at Shire City Sanctuary   FAMILY FRIENDLY SAT Kids' "Owl" Paint Party at Berkshire Paint & Sip     Berkshire Paint & Sip welcomes children ages 6 through 12 (adults are invited, too!) to paint "Owl" on a 16"x20" canvas. $25 per person. All painting materials, instruction and a light snack are included in the price. 10 a.m.  Plus...   FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | FRI "Morning Fog, Mount Greylock" Richmond School Trip Benefit at Berkshire Paint & Sip | FRI Youth Empowering Youth Pasta Dinner Fundraiser at Boys & Girls Club | FRI-SUN Footloose The Musical at PHS | SAT Celebrate Families at Berkshire Athenaeum | SAT WeeMuse: Art Lab at Berkshire Museum | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum | SAT Rock On Spring Concert & Dance Party at Boys & Girls Club | SUN Dinner with the NAACP Youth Committee at The Lichtenstein | MON+ Short Story Writing Contest at Berkshire Athenaeum | MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | TUE Sensory Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum | WED WeeMuse: Parent/Child STEM at Berkshire Museum | THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum   WELLNESS SAT Renew, Release & Restore Yoga at BYDF   Berkshire Yoga, Dance & Fitness presents a brand-new class with Diane Agar on Saturdays from 9-10 a.m. Learn how you can begin to relieve the stress in your life through yoga, breath control, muscle release and mindfulness techniques. $10 cash or check. Drop-ins always welcome. Plus...  SAT Reiki Level 2 Class at BCC | MON FREE Yoga with Katie at Berkshire Athenaeum | WED Run to North at Hotel on North    GET CREATIVE SAT-THU Open Studios at The Dirty Brush     Just in time for Mother's Day, The Dirty Brush, located at 141 North Street, will host an open studio class each day (times vary). Choose any pottery or canvas design, including the special "mom and child" painting (shown right.) Call Lexi at (413) 442-9300 to reserve your table!  Plus...  FRI Make Your Own Salvaged Beverage Table at The Funky Phoenix | FRI "Morning Fog, Mount Greylock" Richmond School Trip Benefit at Berkshire Paint & Sip | SUN Paint Your Own Kitchen or Bar Sign Boston Children's Hospital Benefit at Berkshire Paint & Sip | TUE Craft on North at Hotel on North   COMMUNITY SAT Pittsfield Garbage Cleanup & Celebratory Picnic The citywide Pittsfield Garbage Cleanup will be held from 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. rain or shine. An early cleanup around Silver Lake will run from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Report to the Woodlawn Ave. parking lot behind Pizza Works for your assignment. Bags, gloves, t-shirts, coffee and donuts will be provided! The event will be followed by a celebration picnic from 2-4 p.m. with lunch, drinks, a face painter for the kids and a collection bin for non-perishables, clothes and blankets to be donated to the homeless. Plus...  FRI Cinco de Mayo Community Dinner at Shire City Sanctuary | FRI Youth Empowering Youth Pasta Dinner Fundraiser at Boys & Girls Club | FRI-SUN Footloose The Musical at PHS | SAT Women of Color Giving Circle Graduate Event at BCC | SAT Merit Scholarship Winners Recital at Berkshire Music School | SUN Dinner with the NAACP Youth Committee at The Lichtenstein | SUN Domingo Brunch with The Jazz Ambassadors at Dottie's | MON State Senator Adam Hinds & His First 5 Months at Knesset Israel | TUE Last World Toastmasters Meeting | WED NAACP Public Meeting at Conte School   LEARN SAT Cooking Class at Shire City Sanctuary Shire City Sanctuary's May cooking class will focus on sushi! Ingredients will include avocados, sweet potato, tofu, carrots, cucumbers and tempeh. Chef Mariana Bergtold will lead students through the process of preparing a healthy meal made entirely of organic, vegetable-based ingredients. $15 for adults, $8 for children under 16. Pre-registration is necessary. 3 p.m. Plus...  FRI Make Your Own Salvaged Beverage Table at The Funky Phoenix | SUN The Roots of Anti-Semitism & Islamophobia at Berkshire Museum | MON State Senator Adam Hinds & His First 5 Months at Knesset Israel | MON Drum Class at The Lichtenstein | THU A Pittsfield Family's Rare Disease at Knesset Israel   FILM Cezanne et Moi at The Little Cinema This historical drama traces the lifelong friendship between two renowned 19th century French artists - painter Paul Cézanne (Guillaume Gallienne) and writer Emile Zola (Guillaume Canet) - from their first meeting as schoolmates to their creative rivalry as fame and success continue to elude Cézanne.   Click here for screening dates and times.   Plus...  ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon Cinema  Submissions Wanted - Last Call!   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     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 from May 5 - May 27. Stop in May 5 during Artswalk or 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!  
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