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Licensing Board Rescinds Johnny's Beach Club Liquor License
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:03PM / Tuesday, August 23, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There is one less liquor license in Pittsfield.

On Monday, the Licensing Board voted to rescind Barcelona Tapas and Bar's annual all-alcohol license.  Its former tavern, Johnny's Beach Club, has been closed for a number of years and, in 2019, the owners opted to put it on the market. 

At the board's June meeting, owners were given two months to make a sale or the liquor license would be rescinded. Since then, the front section of the building was demolished after a pickup truck crashed into it and no sale has been made.

Attorney Jeffrey Lynch asked for a continuation, citing the city's efforts to revitalize Wahconah Park and the promise

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State Rep, DA Candidates Meet in Final Forums
02:51PM / Tuesday, August 23, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — There are two more forum/debates planned before the Democratic primary on Sept. 6.   Nominees for state representative for the 1st Berkshire District will meet on Thursday, Aug. 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the training room at the Williamstown Police Station.    The candidates are incumbent John Barrett III and Paula Kingsbury-Evans. They will take questions from the audience in a forum hosted by the Williamstown League of Women Voters. Questions can be submitted in advance to Jennifer Howlett at howlettjjj@gmail.com.   The event is open to the public and will be recorded for later viewing on Willinet.      The Berkshire Democratic

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Arrest Made in Greylock Federal Robbery
01:22PM / Tuesday, August 23, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Pittsfield man has been arrested in connection with the unarmed robbery at Greylock Federal Credit Union on Aug. 8.    Police say Daniel McCutchen, 53, was identified as the person who walked into Kellog Street branch, presented a handwritten demand note for money and then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.    Video surveillance in the area aided in the identification of McCutchen. Police investigators applied for and were granted an arrest warrant charging McCutchen with unarmed robbery.   On Aug. 18, members of the Anti-Crime Unit were conducting foot patrol in Springside Park when they encountered McCutchen at a small

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Pittsfield Cell Tower Opponents Turn to Supreme Judicial Court
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:45AM / Tuesday, August 23, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Shacktown residents want the Supreme Judicial Court to weigh in on the city's notification process for the cell tower at 877 South St., alleging that they found out about it when construction vehicles showed up on their narrow residential roads.

In April 2020, the abuttors filed a complaint in Berkshire Superior Court trying to annul the Zoning Board of Appeals' approval of the tower and seeking a new ZBA hearing. They claimed that notification was not received through the mail.

The defendants, Pittsfield Cellular Telephone Co., doing business as Verizon Wireless, and the ZBA, filed a joint motion for summary judgment. the judgment ruled against the

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Nudel Closing After 13 Years in Lenox
Staff Reports,
07:27PM / Monday, August 22, 2022

LENOX, Mass. — Nudel restaurant is ending its 13-year tenure in the fall with the hope that a new owner will continue its legacy.

Earlier this month, owner Bjorn Somlo took to social media to announce that his time with the eatery is coming to an end. It will be wrapping up on Labor Day weekend and has switched to "NudelBAR" in the meantime, opening from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Monday.

"Hospitality is a full contact sport and there's a lot of people out there that really love punching down but it was always the good ones that saved us," He said during an Instagram Live video on Aug. 11.

"We got to find a core group of people that ate and tasted

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Lanesborough Economic Development Committee Justifies Existence
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
01:27PM / Monday, August 22, 2022

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Economic Development Committee is trying to justify its existence to the Select Board.

A discussion came up during Thursday's meeting after comments were made questioning the committee's function by Select Board member Michael Murphy at the Aug. 8 meeting. 

"The only committee I'm a little reluctant to just blanket appoint is the Economic Development Committee. I'm talking about them as a whole. I'm happy to meet with them as a whole, to discuss some of my concerns about how the committee operates," he said.    "And I mean, no disrespect to any of the efforts they put in, but I don't think

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Black Star Tattoo Studio Continues Historical Legacy in Pittsfield
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
07:06AM / Sunday, August 21, 2022

Examples of Lefty Lanphear's work at left and his daughter Viviana's 'twig' work at right. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There is a piece of tattooing history right here in Pittsfield.

The body art practice was made legal in 2000 after Stephan "Lefty" Lanphear won a lawsuit against the state that found its 40-plus year ban on tattooing unconstitutional.

"I got into tattooing and I wanted to have a shop on [Martha's Vineyard] and so I didn't know that tattooing was illegal in Massachusetts until somebody told me, and at the time the general law only let physicians tattoo, so only doctors could tattoo. They did medical marking, like

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Q&A: Mark Hopes to Move from House to Senate
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:40PM / Saturday, August 20, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Asked to position himself for a photo in front of Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art's signature upside-down installation "Tree Logic," Paul Mark is ready with a quip.   "I'm an old lineman," Mark says. "I like that"   As he campaigns for a seat in the state Senate, Mark works his life experience, which includes time as a lineman for the phone company, into a variety of contexts.   One context is his commitment to the concept of Medicare for All, which drove him to be an inaugural member of the Medicare for All Caucus in the state House of Representatives, where he has served the 2nd Berkshire District

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Tyler Street Firehouse Gets Kaleidoscope Project Treatment
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:21AM / Saturday, August 20, 2022

David Carver offered Amy Lynn Schwartzbard a list of projects he's working on and she picked the firehouse. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The former Tyler Street firehouse is soon to feature four individually curated market-rate units.

Developer David Carver has teamed up with the Kaleidoscope Project of West Stockbridge to have the apartments completed by well known Black and Hispanic designers. Each one has a different inspiration and feel.

"The Kaleidoscope Project started almost two years ago with a mission to give our BIPOC [Black, indigenous and people of color] interior design and artists a voice," said Amy Lynn Schwartzbard, founder and interior designer of more

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Hawaii Squad Tops Pittsfield in Babe Ruth World Series Final
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com
05:15PM / Friday, August 19, 2022
GLEN ALLEN, Va. — Pittsfield's quest to bring a Babe Ruth World Series title back to the Berkshires came up just a bit short on Friday.   But it will be a long time before anyone forgets what this team accomplished.   Kado, Hawaii, played error-free ball in the field and manufactured just enough offense at the plate to earn a 5-1 victory at Glen Allen Stadium.   "It's been big," Morris Fried said after being named Pittsfield's MVP in the title game. "We've been working hard all summer, and to get this far — I'm really proud of these guys. We worked as a team. It's not just one person who got us here.   "It's

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Wayfair Cutting Workforce by 900
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
04:59PM / Friday, August 19, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Wayfair is reducing its workforce by nearly 900, with more than a third of those reportedly at its Boston headquarters after a disappointing second-quarter report.    The online home decor company hasn't further detailed where the rest of the cuts will come or how the Pittsfield customer service center will be affected. The retailer had close to 9,000 workers in Boston and close to 16,000 internationally.    Total revenue for Wayfair was down about 15 percent over last year at this time and U.S. revenue down about 10 percent, or $302 million, for a net loss of $378 million. The company is projecting a further decrease in profit in the third

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Pittsfield 13s Face Hawaii in Friday Afternoon's World Series Final
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Sports
06:35AM / Friday, August 19, 2022
GLEN ALLEN, Va. — The Pittsfield Babe Ruth 13-year-old All-Stars came to the World Series with a perfect record.   They end it Friday by attempting to keep another team from finding perfection.   Pittsfield, the New England Regional Champion, takes on Pacific Southwest Champion Hawaii at 1 p.m. at Glen Allen Stadium for all the marbles in a tournament that started with 10 teams back on Aug. 12.   The game can be viewed via live stream through the team's account on Gamechanger, where they are listed as "Pittsfield 13u All Stars."   The Kado, Hawaii, team has been dominant here in central Virginia, going through the tournament's American Division

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