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Superior Court Briefs: Nov. 13 - Nov. 15
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, November 13.   Christopher Rathbun, 28, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws, and possession of cocaine.   He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire
Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Nov. 17-23
VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR     November 17 - November 23, 2017 FRIDAY Festival of Trees Preview Party Be among the first to preview this year's enchanted indoor forest of spectacular trees, fueled by imagination and tales of fantasy and whimsy. You'll feel as if you've stepped into the pages of an I-SPY book, with displays boasting unlikely combinations of objects, strange juxtapositions, and marvelous scenes. Celebrate the start of the holiday season and enjoy an alluring variety of appetizers and beverages at the Festival of Trees Preview Party. Guests are invited to dress to fit the theme or wear their holiday best. 5:30-7:30 p.m.   MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE FRI The New York Bee Gees at The Colonial The New York Bee Gees tribute show is full of past and present musicians from world renown acts including the Alan Parsons Project, Meatloaf, Queen, Blue Oyster Cult and more. The most extravagant Bee Gees show a fan can experience, this band delivers all of their classic 1970's disco hits. 8 p.m. $24/$37/$44. Plus...  FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Jokes at J. Allen's Fall Show at J. Allen's | FRI Magpie at South Congregational Church | FRI Generation X Rock at The A | FRI Justin & Rizo at Portsmitt's | FRI Randy Cormier at Hotel on North | FRI Oldies But Goodies Show  at Reid | SAT Forever Autumn & Moon Worship at The Lichtenstein | SAT Dining to Donate for Williams Elem. PTO at Panchos | SAT Latin Party at The Whit | SAT ZipStohr Comedy at Crowne Plaza | SAT Blue Light Jazz at Rainbow | WED Throwback Party with Whiskey City at Itam Lodge | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | WED Knit on North at Hotel on North | WED Shyne at The A    FAMILY FRIENDLY SUN Finding Brooklyn Event at Barnes & Noble For every copy of local author Dan Sadlowski's Finding Brooklyn - And the Next Great Superhero sold, an additional copy will be donated to Strong Little Souls Holiday Toy Drive for children! 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Plus, enjoy a fun reading at 12 p.m., a book signing, fun and free activities, and limited-edition FREE gifts! Plus...  FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | SAT Pop-up Play Day at Berkshire Museum | SAT FREE David Grover Concert at The Colonial | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | WED WeeMuse: Parent/Child STEM at Berkshire Museum   WELLNESS THU ThanksLiving with Gillian at Radiance Yoga    Radiance Yoga presents its annual pre-feast celebration, fundraiser and special in-studio sale! ThanksLiving is for all levels and is pay-what-you-like, with all proceeds going to the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market. 9-10:15 a.m. Plus...  SAT Kundalini Yoga Master Class at Berkshire Yoga Dance | SUN Wild Woman Project Circle at Rogue Yoga | THU Thankful 5K Run/Walk with Berkshire Running Center   GET CREATIVE SUN Benefit Paint Party at Berkshire Paint & Sip Berkshire Paint & Sip invites you to paint "Lean on Me" on a 16 x 20 canvas. The $35 fee includes all instruction and materials, a light snack and a donation to Strong Little Souls. BYOB. 4-6 p.m.  Plus...  FRI Choose Your Own Workshop at Funky Phoenix | SAT Creative Healing Workshop with Funky Phoenix at Berkshire Museum | TUE Open Studio at Berkshire Paint & Sip | TUE Pumpkin Centerpiece Class at Township Four | WED Knit on North at Hotel on North   COMMUNITY MON Trans in the Berkshires at Berkshire Athenaeum The Pittsfield Human Rights Commission presents Trans in the Berkshires: A Conversation with Our Trans Community. Panelists will discuss the challenges faced by the trans community in our county, the support groups they've created, and the rise in hate-crimes against the trans community nationwide. FREE. 7 p.m. Plus... ONGOING Food for Fines at Berkshire Athenaeum | FRI Art Gallery Opening at Berkshire Humane Society | MON Folk Music with Lee Rogers at Knesset Israel | THU Thanksgiving Day at Mazzeo's | THU Thanksgiving Dinner at the Christian Center   LEARN MON Libations with Librarians at Hotel on North Join your favorite Berkshire Athenaeum librarians at Hotel on North for the monthly Libations with Librarians series. November's selection is Claire Vaye Watkins' book of short stories, Battleborn. Copies are available at the library. 6-7:30 p.m. Plus...  FRI Divine Life Path Tarot Lesson at New Moon Gifts | SAT Reiki Level 1 Class at Wellness Underground | SAT Final Cut Pro Editing Basics at BCC | SAT Crystal Bowl Meditation at New Moon Gifts | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Class at The Lichtenstein | TUE Crystal Bowl Meditation at New Moon Gifts   FILM FRI-MON The Commune at The Little Cinema  The new film by lauded Danish director Thomas Vinterberg examines the fallout from the social upheavals of the 1970s through the microcosm of a Copenhagen commune created by Anna and her husband Erik when they inherit a huge house. While Anna is anxious to stay home, Erik finds a more traditional way of reinvigorating himself: an affair with one of his students.     See website for dates and times.   ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon 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 and more!  28 Renne Ave. | Open Wednesday - Saturday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.       The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts presents artwork by Soldier On's Veterans Community Arts Initiative for the month of November.   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!  
House Passes $45 Million For Broadband & Massive Capital Bond Bill
Money to replace the Columbus Avenue Garage has again been added to a state bond bill. The Senate still has to pass it and then it will be up to the administration when, or if at all, to release the funds to move forward. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Legislature has allocated $45 million more toward connecting all corners of
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Pittsfield Places Annual Christmas Tree in Park Square
The spruce was donated to the city by Teena Guenther and Paul Askew. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city's Christmas tree has arrived.   City workers, with help from L.P. Adams, installed the 35-foot donated tree Thursday morning.   Weighing just about one ton, the tree was donated by Broadway
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Lanesborough to Join Mosquito Control Project
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — A mosquito control program will start in the spring following an affirmative vote at Tuesday's special town meeting.   Lanesborough becomes the ninth town the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project will operate in. The state-backed agency focuses on reducing mosquito populations and monitoring for
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Boino, UMass Home Thursday in NCAA Tourney
Kevin Boino and the University of Massachusetts men’s soccer team completed a rare Atlantic 10 double last weekend and will look to extend their season on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Division I Championship.   The
Waterstone Will Continue to Pursue Pittsfield Project
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Waterstone fully intends to move forward with a development at the William Stanley Business Park.   The company has spent five years and hundreds of thousands of dollars designing the project, which had been aimed at bringing a Walmart Supercenter to the 16.5-acre site known as the
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Developers Submit Plans For Pittsfield 'Walmart' Project
Walmart is looking to build on the largest parcel in the William Stanley Business Park. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Waterstone Retail has filed its request for a special permit to build a 196,000 square-foot Walmart Supercenter at the William Stanley Business Park.   The developers signed a letter of intent to
Changes To Curbside Trash Pick Up On City Council Agenda
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A proposal to overhaul the curbside trash pickup system is heading to the City Council.   Mayor Linda Tyer has put forth a request to move to a toter system, with which residents will be provided a 45-gallon tote for trash and a 95-gallon tote for recycling. Those totes allow for Republic Services to use
Lanesborough Restaurant, Neighbor Take Dispute to Selectmen
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen are hoping for a peaceful resolution to an ugly dispute between a local business and its residential neighbor.   The Selectmen have fielded complaints from Stephen Ciepiela regarding Matt Reilly's. Ciepiela lives next door and says the restaurant is blaring music until late at
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