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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

RSVP Visitor Center Opens in Pittsfield
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
04:43AM / Tuesday, August 09, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Berkshire County launched its new visitor center adjacent to the Berkshire Athenaeum, located at 16 Bartlett Ave.    This collaborative initiative between RSVP and the city's Office of Cultural Development will be open from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday.    The center will include information materials on countywide activities, a ticketing station that gives reduced rates on theater tickets, a kiosk, and a volunteer on hand to answer questions.    Torrey said Pittsfield RSVP had an information station for tourists in 1971 that closed in 2015 making a center like this


Sheriff Candidates Discuss Incarcerated Women, Operations in Debate
By Brian Rhodes,
04:24AM / Tuesday, August 09, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The two candidates for Berkshire County Sheriff, incumbent Thomas Bowler and challenger Alf Barbalunga, questioned each other on incarcerated women, operations and more in a debate on Monday. 


Moderator Dan Valenti asked the candidates questions and allowed them to ask each other questions without a time limit on answers. Bowler and Barbalunga both took part in a forum held by the Berkshire County NAACP, the League of Women Voters, and the ACLU of Massachusetts in July.


Bowler, who has held the position since 2010, said his experience in public safety sets him apart. 


"There's nobody in this room was more



Pittsfield Police Seeking Greylock Federal Robber
07:33PM / Monday, August 08, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are searching for the suspect in Monday morning's robbery of the Greylock Federal Credit Union on Kellog Street.    A man reportedly passed a note to a teller demanding money shortly before 9 a.m. and then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.   There were no weapons or injuries involved.   The suspect is described as a white male, possibly in his 40s, with black hair and a thin build. He was wearing a baseball cap and a dark-colored surgical mask. He appeared to have fled on foot.    This incident is currently under investigation and anyone with any information is urged to contact Det. Tim Koenig at 413-448-9700, Ext.


Pittsfield Babe Ruth 13s Celebrated on Path to World Series
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
04:00PM / Monday, August 08, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A ride through the city on a fire truck, a ceremony on the steps of City Hall with the mayor, TV cameras from the local news station out of Albany, N.Y.   It’s a lot for a group of 13-year-olds.   And it is all very much deserved.   But as Pittsfield Babe Ruth 13-and-under All-Stars Manager Ben Stohr was putting his team through its final full practice at Deming Park before leaving for this week’s Babe Ruth World Series in Virginia, he also was thinking about how to make sure his players do not get overwhelmed by the moment.   “Balance is definitely the key,” Stohr said about an hour before the team loaded up on a


Thistle and Mirth Owners Open Third Downtown Eatery
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:49AM / Monday, August 08, 2022

Co-owner Austin Oliver says featuring bagels at Lulu's Tiny Grocery was a good initial draw to breakfast and lunch spot.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The owners of Thistle and Mirth recently opened their third downtown eatery: Lulu's Tiny Grocery.

The breakfast and lunch spot, located inside Crawford Square at 137 North Street, offers coffee and tea, bagels, sandwiches, pastries, and more. It opened in late May and has been well received by old and new customers.

Joad Bowman and Austin Oliver had been utilizing the space as a commissary for Thistle and Mirth and Flat Burger Society since the beginning of the year before opening Lulu's. They saw a need for a bagel spot in that


City of Pittsfield Enacts Water Usage Restrictions
12:28PM / Saturday, August 06, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass.  – With a fast-increasing depletion of the water supply at the Pittsfield Cleveland Reservoir, the city of Pittsfield’s Department of Public Services and Utilities has enacted a State of Water Supply Conservation to ensure an adequate supply of water for fire protection and emergency response effective Monday, Aug. 8.   The action, which falls under the city’s Stage 2 Drought Management Plan, implements mandatory water restrictions.   Restricted activities include outside water use in general, watering lawns and  gardens, washing vehicles, and filling swimming pools. These activities are only permitted before 7  a.m. and after 7


DA Finds Officer Acted Lawfully in Shooting Miguel Estrella
By Brittany Polito,
04:45PM / Friday, August 05, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire County District Attorney’s investigation of Miguel Estrella’s death by police in March cleared Pittsfield Police officer Nicholas Sondrini of criminal charges, stating that he used lawful force with his firearm in self-defense.

Additionally, it stated that both Sondrini and Officer Christopher Coffey’s taser deployments were lawfully used for self-defense and defense of another.   On Friday, District Attorney Andrea Harrington held a news conference to reveal those findings and give an in-depth look at the evidence.     “The facts that we have gathered demonstrate that Officer Sondrini acted in self-defense


Two Live Debates for District Attorney Candidates Aug. 15
08:31AM / Friday, August 05, 2022

PITSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Community Television, in partnership with, will present live debates for the Berkshire County Sheriff and Berkshire County District Attorney races.

The debates will both take place on Monday, August 15th, in the auditorium at the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield.

The first debate will feature Berkshire County Sheriff candidates Thomas Bowler and Alf Barbalunga at 6 p.m.  and the second debate of the evening will be for Berkshire County District Attorney candidates Andrea Harrington and Tim Shugrue. The DA’s debate will begin at 7:30 pm.

The debates are moderated by representatives of iBerkshires and Pittsfield Community


Chipotle Opens in Pittsfield
By Brittany Polito,
04:36AM / Friday, August 05, 2022


There is a new taco in town.

Chipotle Mexican Grill opened in Taco Bell's former location in Berkshire Crossing on Thursday. To mark the occasion, the first 50 people in line received merchandise from the chain restaurant.

Shortly after its doors opened, the eatery was buzzing with customers.

"We have received great feedback from other Chipotle locations surrounding the area and think Pittsfield’s burrito fan would be thrilled to have their own Chipotle location," Spokesperson Sally Evans said.

Along with a modern renovation of the building, there is a "Chipotlane" drive-thru lane that allows customers to retrieve digital orders from


DA Candidates Discuss County Issues in NAACP Forum
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:55AM / Thursday, August 04, 2022

Secretary of state candidate Tanisha Sullivan opened the event.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Incumbent Andrea Harrington and challenger Timothy Shugrue spoke on the role of the district attorney, equity, and drug prosecution during a forum on Wednesday.

It was held by the Berkshire NAACP, the League of Women Voters of Central Berkshire County, the League of Women Voters of Williamstown, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.

Berkshire NAACP President Dennis Powell gave the two an A-minus rating for their participation. He said the grade was extremely high in comparison to the sheriff's race forum the organization held last month when moderator Helen Moon had to rein


Pittsfield Soccer League Summer Final Set Sports,
09:05PM / Wednesday, August 03, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – The Maroons and the Crows survived Wednesday’s semi-finals in the Pittsfield Soccer League with a pair of 1-0 wins at Wahconah Park.   The second-seeded Crows used a first-half goal from James Pow to knock off Barcelona.   On an adjacent field, Matt Naventi scored a first-half goal to send the Maroons past the Vultures and into next Wednesday’s league championship game.   Eight teams began play this summer in the 10-year-old league.   PSL organizer Nigel Gayle said that about 130 players participated in the weekly seven-on-seven contests.   The 18-and-over co-ed league summer league is one of several adult leagues in


Blowtorch Ignites Exterior of Pittsfield Home
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:32PM / Wednesday, August 03, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The outside of a Second Street home was damaged on Monday after it was accidentally ignited with a blowtorch.

Firefighters responded to a reported structure fire at 125 Second St. at about 5:30 p.m. and found smoke and a blaze coming from the front of the single-family home.

With quick work, the first responders were able to keep the fire from penetrating the building.

Three engines and one ladder responded to the scene, with Engine 1 extinguishing the fire on the exterior, Engine 2 securing the water supply and checking to see if the fire had spread, and Engine 3 checking the interior of the home for fire.

One of the department's trucks assisted in

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