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Gregory Crewdson Filming in Pittsfield: Final Week
08:05AM / Tuesday, October 05, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Photographer Gregory Crewdson's filming in the City of Pittsfield continues with one final shoot this week scheduled for Oct. 6.   From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Crewdson will be shooting at the intersection of Onota and Linden streets.    There will be some intermittent traffic control throughout the day with a road closure at the Onota and Linden intersection from 4:30-6:30 p.m.    Additionally, there will be various road closures in the following locations: Linden Street at King Street, Linden Street just west of the Crossroads Cafe, Onota Street at Chestnut Street and Onota Street at Monroe Street.   Traffic will be routed

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State Auditor Bump Releases Rural Rescue Plan for Western Mass
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:03AM / Tuesday, October 05, 2021

State Auditor Suzanne Bump uses the Pittsfield Police Station as an example of municipal buildings in need of repair in Western Mass. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Auditor Suzanne Bump is calling for a rural rescue plan to fill the gaps after her latest study showed deficiencies in Western Massachusetts public infrastructure.

She proposes an increase of state Chapter 90 road funding from $200 million to $300 million annually, the creation of a public infrastructure agency to assist communities with project designs and funding applications, and expanded access to broadband internet while lowering costs for customers.

"This should be among our highest priorities as we decide

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Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

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Berkshire Business and Professional Women Hold 2021 Woman of Achievement Gala
04:57PM / Monday, October 04, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Business and Professional Women's 2021 Woman of Achievement Gala raised $29,000 in funds for local scholarships at its annual event held in late September.     The gala, which featured a hybrid model, honored the women of the Berkshire Vaccine Collaborative.   "We were thrilled to be able to shine a spotlight on the hardworking, caring women of the Berkshire Vaccine Collaborative for this year’s Women of Achievement celebration. Through the generous support of our donors, sponsors, and supporters, we were able to exceed our fundraising goals with this event, and continue to increase the positive impact of our Career

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Pittsfield Street Improvement Project Schedule: Oct. 4-8
08:02AM / Monday, October 04, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The following work is scheduled for Oct. 4-8, as part of the City of Pittsfield's 2021 Street Improvement Project.   The schedule is as follows: Monday, Oct. 4: pave top on Malcom Driveway aprons; excavation and paving binder on driveway aprons on Dexter and Dillon streets; and raising structures on Plumb Street and Anita Drive. Tuesday, Oct. 5: pave top on driveway aprons on Dexter and Dillon streets; excavation of driveway aprons on Huron Street; and raising structures on Plumb Street and Anita Drive. Wednesday, Oct. 6: berm on Deming and High streets; raising structures on Curtain and Paul avenues, and Maloney, Lucille, and Hawk

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Mielke Confections to Open Second Shop in Historic Stockbridge
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:06AM / Monday, October 04, 2021
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Mielke Confections is opening a shop on Main Street to make the historic strip "sweeter."   Owners Steven and Trent Kinney decided to expand the Great Barrington candy operation when a storefront on the street that was famously captured by painter Norman Rockwell in "Home For Christmas" became available.   "Locations on that strip for commercial space don't become available very frequently, businesses that are there have been there for 30 years or more," Steven Kinney explained. "So when that opportunity came up, because we knew we wanted to expand at some point, this was really the best time for us to do

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Veteran Spotlight: A Vietnam Diary, Part III
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
04:13PM / Sunday, October 03, 2021

The following is the diary of a local Marine who served in Vietnam in 1968. The veteran wishes to remain anonymous but was willing to share the impressions he wrote down of his time there. This is the second of three parts as transcribed by Wayne Soares, with minor editing for clarity. The first part can be found here and the second part here.

April 24: Worked all night.   April 27: Am on a bunker detail with 20 Vietnamese. There's Hai – 16 years old but looks like he's 9 or 10. He pesters me all the time for money and my watch. Tries to put on an act to make me feel bad. He does in a way – "you boo-coo money. Me, tee-tee." I'm torn

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Pittsfield's Palace Park Arch Retiring Due to Structural Settlement
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:00PM / Saturday, October 02, 2021

The old Palace Theater's distinctive entry arch. The building was demolished years ago. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The masonry arch at Palace Park on North Street will be taken down because of structural settlement that could potentially pose safety hazards.

Manager of the Cooper Center LLC — the park's owner — Robert Shan said public safety is the main concern.  

"We've got some settlement, obviously we don't know how it was built but there are concerns that there's just too much settlement going on and we're concerned that the arch is getting into an unsafe condition," he explained.

"So we are removing the arch, we're

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BRPC, County Selectmen Hear About Baker-Polito Plans for ARPA Funds
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:55AM / Saturday, October 02, 2021

Ashely Stolba, undersecretary for community development in the Executive Office for Housing and Economic Development, speaks to the annual meeting of the BRPC and Berkshire County Selectmen's Association.   PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State officials have been hearing the same refrain from small businesses and local officials across Massachusetts: lack of housing, high housing costs and labor shortages.   "I heard the same issues on the Cape as I did in the Berkshires, in the middle of the state in Lowell, in Salem," Undersecretary of Community Development Ashley Stolba told the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission's annual meeting. "Everywhere we

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@theMarket: Markets Are on the Cusp
By Bill Schmick,
03:11PM / Friday, October 01, 2021
It was another tumultuous week in the markets. Volatility spiked as events in Washington and around the world injected an atmosphere of caution and indecision among investors. I expect more of the same.   Welcome to October. A month in which I see a continuation of the last few weeks of uncertainty. The political circus in Washington, D.C., is not helping, and is set to continue making headlines in the days ahead. The debt limit controversary is probably the largest challenge investors face this month. Simultaneously, the battle between progressive and moderate Democrats over the passage of two government spending programs, will continue to monopolize investor's

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Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates Earns Star Performer Recognition for Osteoporotic Fracture Care Program
12:15PM / Friday, October 01, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates announced that it has received 2021 Star Performer recognition from The American Orthopaedic Association's (AOA) Own the Bone program.    The orthopaedic practice with locations in Pittsfield, North Adams and Great Barrington has received Star Performer recognition each year since 2016.   "Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates is proud to be part of this national effort to aid our patients who suffer from osteoporotic fractures," said Anthony DeFelice, DO, the surgeon who leads the program for the Berkshire practice. "It's critical that our patients receive the many support services we provide so

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Pittsfield Man Convicted For Threatening People With A Machete
12:04PM / Friday, October 01, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Tuesday, a Central Berkshire District Court jury found 40-year-old Craig Mills guilty on single counts of assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct.   The jury acquitted Mills on one additional charge of assault with a deadly weapon.   "I thank the Pittsfield Police Department for their response that night and the jurors for their service. People should not be fearful in their own homes. This conviction holds the perpetrator accountable for the harm he caused," District Attorney Andrea Harrington said.   The jury found that Mills stood outside the victims' home on May 23 and began swinging the weapon and making

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Pittsfield Superintendent Addresses Tuesday Taconic Fight
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:26AM / Friday, October 01, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Following a fighting incident at Taconic High School on Tuesday, Superintendant Joseph Curtis released a letter and video assuring Pittsfield Public School families that there is no tolerance for violence in the district

"If students fight in any of the Pittsfield Public Schools they will be suspended for up to 10 days, or if warranted a longer-term suspension of 45 to 60 days," Curtis said in the communication.

"During this suspension will provide work and tutoring if necessary, we will also require a family meeting that will include the creation of a restorative plan, a plan to help the offending students make right with each person involved

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