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Central Berkshire Record Show Returns October 2
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:09PM / Sunday, September 18, 2022

DALTON, Mass. — After a successful inaugural event in the spring, the Central Berkshire Record Show is returning this fall at the Stationery Factory.

Hosted by Berkshirecat Productions, it will feature two dozen vinyl dealers, CDs, cassettes, music memorabilia, food truck fare, local craft beer and drinks, and consistent DJ sets.

Organizer Andrew Garcia said the first show in May was "super successful" and exceeded expectations. He aims to recapture the spirit and success of that event and make it a set standard.

"The place all day long was busy with activity and lots of smiling faces," Garcia said.

 "And what was cool was to see younger people as

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Pittsfield Council OKs Honorary Street Name for Theater Leaders
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:15AM / Sunday, September 18, 2022

Maggie LaMee, general manager of Barrington Stage, speaks at the council meeting in support of the honorary designation.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Union Street will now honor Julianne Boyd and Mary Ann Quinson of Barrington Stage Company as "Boyd Quinson Way."

The City Council on Tuesday approved the city's first honorary street naming after Ward 6 Councilor Dina Guiel Lampiasi petitioned for such a process.

Lampiasi wanted to give Pittsfield an opportunity to highlight its strengths.

"We, like so many New England towns, have an incredible history, we are the sum of the people that have lived here and come from here and often times dedicated their

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Berkshire Humane Society Overloaded With Cats
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:16AM / Saturday, September 17, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Have you been considering welcoming a feline friend into your life? Now may be a good time.

The Berkshire Humane Society is overloaded with cats and kittens due to decreased spay-neuter surgeries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The shelter currently has a wait list for cat surrenders and is discounting adoption fees for adult cats 7 months and older by 50 percent for the rest of the month.

Executive Director John Perreault said pet ownership boomed during the pandemic but during that time, the veterinary community got smaller with some vets leaving the profession and fewer entering it.

He clarified that the overcrowding has nothing to do with COVID-19 adoption

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@theMarket: Consumer Price Index Triggers Market Decline
By Bill Schmick,
03:33PM / Friday, September 16, 2022
Sticky inflation, as represented by Tuesday's Consumer Price Index (CPI), caught most investors off guard. The resulting equity market rout drove the three main averages down over 4 percent. It was the worst market day in more than two years. Is the selling over?   I doubt it. The rampage lower spared few stocks. The dollar soared higher and most commodities as well as precious metals plummeted. That's what happens when you get everyone on one side of the rowboat.   Many analysts, traders, economists, and retail investors had bid up stocks in the days prior to the report in anticipation that the CPI would result in a cooler inflation print. The opposite happened and

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Poodle Breeder's Legal Disputes New to Sonsini Shelter
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02:42PM / Friday, September 16, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter is distancing itself from poodle breeder Lee Kohlenberger Jr. after discovering multiple legal complaints against him.    Kohlenberger told iBerkshires this week that the shelter would be relocating to his Berkshire Dogs Unleashed location in Lenox. He said that operation had closed last week so his family could "focus on its breeding program Berkshire Poodles."   However, The Berkshire Eagle on Friday reported that Kohlenberger could face a larceny charge over a customer's complaint.   Berkshire Poodles has recently provided "comfort dogs" for free to schools, organizations and police

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Mass Taxpayers Getting Money Back
12:31PM / Friday, September 16, 2022
BOSTON — Taxpayers are expected to get more than 10 percent back of the income tax they paid into the state for last year.    Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday that state will be returning nearly $3 billion in excess revenue to taxpayers this November.    "Stronger-than expected state tax revenues have led to a major surplus for fiscal year 2022, and we are pleased to be able to return nearly $3 billion in excess revenue to the taxpayers," said the governor. "With families facing continued pressure from high prices and inflation, these returns will provide some needed relief. Even with nearly $3 billion going back to taxpayers, significant state

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Pittsfield Discusses Taconic Transition to Vocational Focus
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
04:53AM / Friday, September 16, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee discussed the concerns raised by community members regarding Taconic High School transition to vocational focus.    Committee members on Wednesday said residents have been expressing their unease about the decision, questioning how this would affect the students' lives if they decide to go to college instead of continuing the vocational path.    Multiple committee members noted that although the school would focus on vocational, this decision would not harm the students’ opportunity of attending college.   "There is certainly a perception, I would assume from long ago, that if a student chooses a

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The Retired Investor: Too Late to Stop Climate Change?
By Bill Schmick,
04:31PM / Thursday, September 15, 2022
Invest in energy infrastructure now. Our grandchildren's future depends on it.   The argument over climate change has been going on for years. Disagreement over how bad the effects will be, how long we have left to act, and, how much needs to be spent in combating this worldwide danger has resulted in delays, underspending, and even ignoring the threat altogether. And now it may just be too late.   Here in the U.S., we tend to focus on our own needs. After years of wrangling, we have finally passed the $1 trillion, bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. It promises to address America's dilapidated infrastructure. On the shopping list of investment

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Weekend Outlook: Art Festivals, Comedy Nights, and More!
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
03:34PM / Thursday, September 15, 2022
Berkshire County is hosting a variety of events this weekend including Art Festivals, Comedy Nights, and Jazz Performances.    Lenox Jazz Stroll Lilac Park, Lenox   The third annual Lenox Jazz Stroll will be taking place this weekend throughout Lenox providing free jazz programming for through Sept. 17.    The programming starts this Thursday, Sept. 15, at Lenox Library with the documentary "The Modern Jazz Quartet: From Residency to Legacy” by George Schuller.    The rest of the week will feature a variety of jazz performances including the Ted Rosenthal Trio, Don Mikkelsen Quartet, Wanda Houston Band, and many more.    A full

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Sonsini Shelter Moving to Former Berkshire Dogs Unleashed
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
11:19AM / Thursday, September 15, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After about four years in a temporary shelter on Crane Avenue, the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter is moving to just over the Lenox border.

Lee Kohlenberger, owner of the recently shuttered Berkshire Dogs Unleashed, will be serving as the interim manager for the transition after stepping down from the shelter's board of directors.

"When we lost our spot with the city this was kind of a holdover for a year or so, so we've overstayed not so much our welcome but we've overstayed the time we wanted to be there," he explained.

"I can't even say that it worked because it would have worked for a short time, but we've definitely been

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Baseball in the Berkshires to Screen Belanger Documentary at Athenaeum
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11:08AM / Thursday, September 15, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The documentary "Belanger: Big League Ball Player, Small Town Story," will be screened on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Berkshire Athenaeum.   The event is sponsored by the Baseball in the Berkshires museum and is free and open to the public.   The movie, which runs about 70 minutes, will be followed by a question and answer session with Al Belanger, the brother of Mark, a Pittsfield native who won eight gold gloves in an 18-year Major League Baseball career.   The Athenaeum is located at 1 Wendell Ave in Pittsfield.

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Influencers, Journalists Invited to 'Love Pittsfield'
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:46AM / Thursday, September 15, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A marketing analysis of the city revealed that it was "missing the mark of millennials" so Pittsfield brought in journalists and influencers and wound up with a New York Times review.

Director of Cultural Development Jen Glockner and consultant Roger Matus on Tuesday updated the City Council on Pittsfield's public relations campaign to rebuild travel, tourism, and hospitality economy-post pandemic.

Glockner said a writer with The New York Times scored Pittsfield "as beautiful as I expected. ... walkable … lively music scene and a growing number of bars, coffee shops, and restaurants."

The next step is to leverage the

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