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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

Pittsfield Officials Urge Caution Against Vaccination Scams
01:35PM / Tuesday, January 26, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As COVID-19 vaccinations continue throughout the Commonwealth and across the country, city and health officials are urging the public to be cautious in light of a growing number of vaccination scams targeting users through multiple platforms.   "In the cybersecurity community, we're seeing an uptick in scams related to the vaccine. The attack vectors are email, text messaging, and phone calls," Mike Steben, the city's Chief Information Officer said. "The newest ones are online ads for vitamins that are alleging to ward off COVID-19. We just want people to very cautious."   Dr. Alan Kulberg, chair of the city's Board of

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Pittsfield Human Service Programs Receive CDBG Funds
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
10:36AM / Tuesday, January 26, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The city has allocated about $138,000 of additional Community Development Block Grant funds into local human service programs. The Office of Community Development's Program Manager Justine Dodds said there is additional funding available for qualifying organizations.

At the Jan. 12, City Council meeting, Pittsfield received its second allocation of Community Development Block Grants in the amount of $475,103.00. The federally funded program is designed to help small cities and towns meet a broad range of community development needs.

In total, the city has received $1,264,444. The first allocation was accepted by the City Council on April 28, 2020. These two

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MassWildlife Asks Public Not to Feed 'GE Deer'
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:20AM / Tuesday, January 26, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — If you have ever driven down New York Avenue and seen the deer grazing behind the fencing that encases General Electric's property, it is likely that you have been inclined to feed them.

Though this action is rooted in kindness, it is not healthy for the woodland friends and could be fatal, which is why MassWildlife has put up signs asking that residents do not throw food over the fences.

"Obviously, people see the deer in there and they probably think 'what are they going to eat? They're limited in there they're stuck in there.'  I will say, they're definitely not stuck in there," MassWildlife's wildlife biologist

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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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Let's Go Paperless
by Soapbox
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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Berkshire Music School Kicks Off 2012 Classes With Open House
by Soapbox
12:29PM / Sunday, January 29, 2012
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The open house featured a sample class, access to musical instruments, information for parents, refreshments ...and more than a few delighted squeals.


January 29, 2011
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dozens of youths, many of them under the age of 5, attended an open house at the Berkshire Music School Saturday, as the educational nonprofit enters its 70th year at its 30 Wendell Avenue home.
The open house featured a sample class, access to musical instruments, information for parents, refreshments... and more than a few delighted squeals, proving once again the inherent interest in making a joyful noise is not generational, and will never go out of style.
The open house featured a Music for Preschoolers class, designed to "children’s awareness of rhythm, ability to sing and move creatively to music," which

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Daniel Bianchi Sworn In As Mayor
by Soapbox
11:55AM / Monday, January 02, 2012
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Video taken on Jan. 2, 2012, by Joe Durwin of Daniel Bianchi being sworn in for his first term as mayor of Pittsfield.

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Generals Fall to Wildcats on Tuesday
by Soapbox
02:11PM / Wednesday, December 21, 2011
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Check out the action between the Pittsfield Generals and the Lee Wildcats on Tuesday night.

Pittsfield at Lee High - Boys Basketball 12/20/2011 from iBerkshires on Vimeo.

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Pittsfield Cuts Ribbon at Skate Park
by Soapbox
09:14PM / Tuesday, December 13, 2011
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Don't try this at home. :D

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Downing Hosting Energy Issues Forum
by Soapbox
10:33PM / Monday, December 12, 2011
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Sen. Benjamin B. Downing is hosting a forum on energy issues on Wednesday evening, Dec. 14, from 5:30-7 at Berkshire South Regional Community Center.

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"Holiday Pittsfield": Barrington Stage Opening House
by Soapbox
12:02PM / Sunday, December 04, 2011
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Down on Union Street, Barrington Stage Company was hosting a holiday open house, an opportunity to look around the theatre, enjoy refreshments, and most importantly, speak to the clear headlining star of the weekend, Santa Claus. 




In a quiet moment with the Man in Red, he said he was thrilled to be here, and was looking forward to hearing from many more children.  Always gracious, Mr. Claus thanked iBerkshires for stopping by.  Always pressed for appearances this time of year, Claus was slated to appear later that evening at the Colonial Theatre.





 

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Pittsfield Up High
by Soapbox
06:38PM / Friday, August 19, 2011
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We shot this cool photo of Pittsfield High's cupola covered in scaffolding last week.

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