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Pittsfield Parks Commission Supports Mural at Tucker Park
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:22PM / Saturday, June 25, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Tucker Park is staged to receive a mural with a powerful message.

The Parks Commission on Tuesday approved the location for a piece of art from the Westside Mural Project, which was kicked off in May to re-imagine the neighborhood as a canvas with neighbors as the artists.

The 8-foot work was created by the Railroad Street Youth Project in Great Barrington and is titled "Rooted in Connection." It was unveiled over the weekend at the city's first Juneteenth festival in Durant Park, where the project's other murals are displayed.

It is a colorful, collaborative work made by the children of the project and lists their names in the

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Line painting on North Street in Pittsfield
09:00AM / Saturday, June 25, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Line painting is scheduled for North Street in downtown Pittsfield beginning Sunday, June 26, through Thursday, June 30.    The work will begin by Park Square and continue up to Berkshire Medical Center.   The painting will also include bike lanes, parking spaces, and stencil symbols. As painting will occur in the evenings, parking restrictions will be in effect starting at 8 p.m. each night through 6 a.m. the following morning for the duration of the work. The work is expected to conclude Thursday morning.   Tthe schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions. 

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@theMarket: Recession: 'Certainly a Possibility'
By Bill Schmick,
05:02PM / Friday, June 24, 2022
"Certainly a Possibility."    Those were the words of Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell during testimony to the U.S. Senate banking Committee on Wednesday, June 22. Investors took his warning in stride, instead of plummeting. That may indicate markets are ready for another relief rally.   Powell thought the U.S. economy was strong enough to roll with the Fed's punches of higher interest rates, and a shrinking balance sheet without too much trouble. It was the outside factors — the Ukrainian war, China's COVID-19 policy, and supply chain problems — that complicate the outlook. Avoiding the "R" word was largely out of the

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Indoors Out! Free Kids' Paint and Sip in Pittsfield
03:46PM / Friday, June 24, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. will present Indoors Out! Free Kids' Paint & Sip on Friday, July 1, 5-7:30 pm, at the parklet and outdoor seating area at The Marketplace Café, 53 North Street.    This event will be held in conjunction with the July 1st First Fridays Artswalk which will take place in a dozen locations in downtown Pittsfield from 5 to 8 pm.    This free event is best suited for ages 5 to 12, although older children are welcome.    All materials, instruction, snacks, and juice will be provided.    July's painting theme will be fireworks. Children must be accompanied by an adult and masks are

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EforAll Announces Prize Winners
12:04PM / Friday, June 24, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Berkshire County awarded nearly $10,000 in prizes to the Spring 2022 Business Accelerator Cohort at an awards ceremony held on Zoom.   The awards were granted as follows: Jenny Gitlitz (Dalton) of Berkshire Family Advocates received the Paula Buxbaum Award–established in honor of a member of the Fall 2021 cohort who died in a car crash in October 2021.   This award in Paula's memory is granted to an individual making a career pivot and incorporating a social mission into their business. $1,000 to Rachel Hailey (North Adams) for DEI Outdoors. $2,300 to Deirdre Horan (Great Barrington) of Dri Ocean

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The Retired Investor: Stock Market & Midterm Elections
By Bill Schmick,
06:37PM / Thursday, June 23, 2022
The stock market does not perform well in the year leading up to midterm elections. This year's election may just add to the overall woes besetting equities.   Historically, the average annual return of the benchmark S&P 500 Index in the 12 months before the Nov. 5 election is 0.3 percent, versus the historical average of 8.1 percent in non-midterm years. In 2022, of course, with the S&P 500 down more than 20 percent, those historical numbers look pretty good. Unfortunately, volatility also tends to rise before and after midterm elections.   But this year is different, you might say, since we are witnessing the first European war in decades, as well as the highest

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Pittsfield Officials Say Charter Objection Won't Stop Budget Vote
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:10PM / Thursday, June 23, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A charter objection to the fiscal 2023 budget at the last City Council meeting did not completely wipe out the panel's recommendations, Mayor Linda Tyer confirmed on Thursday.

Though the motion made by Ward 2 Councilor Charles Kronick "on behalf of Ward 2" adopted the originally presented budget by default, the council will be able to vote on the $116,000 of recommended increases on Tuesday.  

The city must pass a budget by July 1 or be forced to operate month by month with this year's budget.

The budget will go back to Tyer and she will have the option to amend the budget to include the increases, which she has agreed to do if passed by the

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Pittsfield's Perrault Takes 400-Plus Wins into League Final
06:14AM / Thursday, June 23, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Three state championships, eleven league titles, 28 years, 409 victories.   Those are all one way to measure the success of Pittsfield Little League coach Ty Perrault.   But Perrault can offer a different perspective.   “To me, it’s kind of like my calling,” he said this week. “When I look back at my life, it’s the thing I’ve done that I’m most happy about.   “I’ve had grown men come up to me and thank me. I’m now coaching the sons of kids who I coached, and their father will still call me coach.”   Earlier this season, Perrault earned win No. 400 with East Side Cafe. On

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Dalton Finance Committee Recommends Articles, OKs Transfers
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:38AM / Thursday, June 23, 2022
DALTON, Mass. — A day after the Select Board voted to pull a $100,000 spending article from Monday's special town meeting, the Finance Committee recommended the other two money articles on the warrant.    Article 1 authorizes the town to pay $8,643 in sewer and debt expenses not anticipated in time for the annual town meeting and Article 3 would move $2,066 from free cash to the Miscellaneous Grants account to cure a deficit. This is a deficit from a prior year so only a majority vote is required for this to pass.    The Finance Committee voted to pass over Article 2 until more information can be gathered on the scope of the Town Hall renovation that goes

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Downtown Pittsfield Photo Challenge
03:55PM / Wednesday, June 22, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. is holding a photo challenge to find the photo that best captures the theme downtown Pittsfield "Heart of the Berkshires."    Entrants are encouraged to capture photos that showcase the beauty and personality of downtown Pittsfield, keeping in mind the theme "Heart of the Berkshires". Creativity is encouraged.    The first-place winner, as determined by a panel of local judges, will have their photo featured in Pittsfield's 2023 Downtown Guide and a Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. social marketing campaign. The first and second place winners will take home a prize package donated by local downtown

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Berkshire Flyer Is First Direct Rail Connection to NYC in 51 Years
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:41PM / Wednesday, June 22, 2022

The tracks in downtown Pittsfield will see the arrival of the first Berkshire Flyer passenger train on July 8. Sen. Adam Hinds has also been pushing for high-speed rail service between Western and eastern Massachusetts. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshires will be directly connected next month to New York City through passenger rail service for the first time in more than 50 years.

After five years of planning, the Berkshire Flyer will begin transporting people from New York's Penn Station to Pittsfield via Albany-Rensselaer in New York on July 8. Officials are celebrating this as an economic development project that will enhance one of the county's key sectors:

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BMS Summer Youth Program: Adventures in Music
11:55AM / Wednesday, June 22, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Music School (BMS) announced the return of Adventures in Music, a program for youth this summer.    Designed for young music lovers, Adventures in Music gives budding musician a foundation in making music in a fun, engaging atmosphere. Participants will enjoy group classes in world music, chorus, puppetry, and creative movement on the tented lawn of BMS's historic campus, as well as small group workshops in piano, percussion, opera, and visual arts interpretation.   BMS faculty member Daniel Ariel will be one of the teachers working with our students this summer.    "I can't think of anything more enjoyable than

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