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  Three Positive West Nile Virus Samples Found in Pittsfield
by Soapbox
11:00PM / Friday, September 21, 2012
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The Board of Health has identified 3 samples of West Nile Virus from different areas of Pittsfield.

PITTSFIELD - The City of Pittsfield Board of Health said that three positive West Nile Virus Mosquito samples were reported this week from three separate neighborhoods. The positive samples were found on Meleca Ave., Garland Ave., and near Interprint on Route 41.

 The board once again reminds city residents that although cooler temperatures reduce mosquito activity, there remains a potential risk of contracting a mosquito borne virus from mosquito bites. The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from mosquito borne viruses is to take the following precautions.

 Avoid Mosquito

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  Italian Goth Band "The Spiritual Bat" Make Debut Western Mass Appearance
by Rebel Sound Records
11:28PM / Monday, July 30, 2012
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Long-running Italian gothic/darkwave band, The Spiritual Bat, will make their debut appearance in western Massachusetts on Saturday August 4th at Chameleon’s nightclub.  The Spiritual Bat formed in the early 1990s and has been making waves across the world since their first release.  The band draws comparisons to Siouxsie & the Banshees, Sisters of Mercy, Fields of the Nephlim and Switchblade Symphony.  Also appearing will be local “acoustic doom” favorites, Forever Autumn, Antidote for Annie, V.I., Era Noctura and from Boston, Amber Spyglass. 

 

Chameleon’s opens at 6:30pm on Saturday August 4th and

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  Making the Loop
by Soapbox
04:44PM / Wednesday, July 11, 2012
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We had some free time this week to walk the 2-mile loop through the downtown. Here's a few of things that caught our eye. (In between taking photos, we were heel-toeing and arm-pumping as prescribed.)

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  3rd Thursday Celebrates 6 Years of Downtown Revelry
by Soapbox
11:22AM / Thursday, May 17, 2012
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Downtown Pittsfield reflects on the impact of 3rd Thursday on the 6th birthday of the popular street fair.
Crowd at August 2011 3rd Thursday


By Joe Durwin

Pittsfield, MASS- North Street shopkeepers expressed a range of cautious
optimism to beaming enthusiasm as they prepared Wednesday for the city's
6th year of 3rd Thursday festivities to begin.

"Shopping or not shopping, they're coming downtown, they're checking things
out," said Michael Moore of Persnickety Toys, a co-sponsor of this month's
event, which is themed around local youth.  Moore, like other downtown
merchants, said even the customers who don't make purchases the night of
the event are more likely to return.

Moore  said he was pleased that the announced cancellation of this week's
kickoff had been reversed, as he was hoping

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  Town Players Shine in "Somewhere in Between" at Stage 2
by Palmer Dietrich
11:48AM / Monday, March 26, 2012
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 America's second oldest theatre troupe performed admirably over the weekend in their first offering of 2012, in Craig Posposil's "Somewhere in Between."   Joshua Carty is hilarious and believable as the anxiety ridden protagonist Jasper, whose awkward journey through New York social life forms the core of the story.  
Other standouts include Anya Krawcheck and Todd Hamilton who reappear in several roles, from an oversexed couple to a fesity construction worker and panicking businessman.  Jon Slocum also shines as a homeless man who encounters Jasper, in a poignant scene that at first seems out of place in the oddball comedy, but ultimately ties the story

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  Bowling Green State University Men's Chorus Performance at Stockbridge Congregational Church
by Chris Clark
07:58AM / Tuesday, February 21, 2012
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The Bowling Green State University Men’s Chorus from Bowling Green, Ohio, will present a concert of sacred and secular music at First Congregational United Church of Christ at 7:30 P.M. on Tuesday, March 6. This 60-voice touring chorus is conducted by Timothy Cloeter. Admission is free (a free will offering will be collected).
The varied concert program spans from Renaissance music to Russian folksongs, and from opera choruses to barbershop. Concert highlights will include Victoria’s “O vos omnes,” Poulenc’s third “Prayer of St. Francis,” Wagner’s “Pilgrims’ Chorus” from Tannhäuser, Martin’s “The

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  Ferrin's Response to Committee Appointment
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10:31AM / Thursday, February 16, 2012
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Jeffrey Ferrin's response to discussion that arose at the Feb. 15 City Council meeting in response to his appointment to the Ambulance Review Board
 I will say that I am amazed that this is even happening. Especially since I have made this information available ever since I ran against Mayor Bianchi in his first bid to be mayor. The mayor took the time to discuss these matters with me then and even before the appointment. So if he was willing to take the time to look at these issues and found that they were not an issue I am hopeful that the councilors will as well.   I will say that I was a little but not totally surprised that Jonathan Lothrup would do what he did that is how he operates. I would be more encouraged if this councilor took the time to see all the evidence and not just what was published I however

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  Let's Go Paperless
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05:07PM / Monday, February 06, 2012
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This is from Ward 6 Councilor John Krol's eblast today. His switch to digital immediately caught our attention. With the associated costs - nearly $4,000 a year for paper alone! - zipping councilors "the packet" (as we in the know like to call it) over the ether makes loads of sense. Digital also means the average citizen gets far better access to these public documents than ever before. The city clerk's office has been diligent about posting meeting agendas and, where possible, relevant documents. So in terms of saving money and time and getting information out efficiently, digital is the way to go.

I would like to thank City Clerk Linda Tyer for agreeing to print out one less city council packet, as I have officially gone paperless for council meetings - which I hope will be a trend that can be extended throughout city government.

The bulky (and often, very bulky) city council packet that councilors use for a reference costs an average of $170 per meeting for paper alone. Add the additional costs of ink/toner, wear and tear on city hall copiers, and the time and energy of staff who put it all together - and a simple transition away from paper benefits everyone.

With the packet now fully digital in pdf form, all councilors, and everyone with an internet

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  Town Players of Pittsfield is on the Move
by Laura Gardner
09:34AM / Monday, January 30, 2012
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Board Members Melanie Rivers, Chairman of Play Selection; Monica Bliss, President; and Sara Clement, Chairman of Membership stand in front of the sign for the new home of Town Players of Pittsfield at 31 South St. Pittsfield.

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  Town Players of Pittsfield is on the Move
by Laura Gardner
09:30AM / Monday, January 30, 2012
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Celebrating their 91st season, Town Players of Pittsfield, one of the nation’s four oldest community theaters, was almost forced to end its run after the devastation of hurricane Irene shut down its workshop location. As good fortune would have it, they have moved into a prime location in the center of Pittsfield taking its well-earned place in what is now being touted as the Pittsfield Downtown Theater District. Town Players has created a mutually beneficial arrangement with costume shop owner, Kara Demler, a Town Players Board member, to share their new home at 31 South Street on the corner of South St. and Bank Row in Park Square. Town Players will be using this new home to

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