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Passport Parking App for Downtown Pittsfield

Looking for another easy way to pay for parking in downtown PIttsfield? You can use the Passport parking app! Visit the website or download the app. Web Users: ppprk.com/park App Users: passportinc.com/consumers   Pittsfield Zones: 1012 – Zone A (Downtown Pittsfield Area) 1013 – Zone B (Berkshire Medical Center Area) 1014 – Zone C (Municipal Parking…

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Spotlight on partnerships: Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito tours Pittsfield with Mayor Tyer

Excerpt from the Berkshire Eagle By Carrie Saldo , csaldo@berkshireeagle.com   PITTSFIELD — Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said she saw public-private partnership in action during a visit to the city on Thursday. Growing the workforce is in part reliant on “doing more of what works,” she said, and she cited continued partnerships with private developers…

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Healthcare: Berkshire Orthopedics affiliates with BHS

Excerpt from the Berkshire Eagle By Tony Dobrowolski tdobrowolski@berkshireeagle.com   PITTSFIELD — One of the county’s leading providers of orthopedic services has entered into an affiliation with the Berkshire’s largest employer, Berkshire Health Systems. Berkshire Orthopedic Associates, located in the Crane Center for Ambulatory Surgery on Park Street, had previously been a private community practice…

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Four Freedoms Coalition plans Park Square event to show solidarity to immigrant

Excerpt from the Berkshire Eagle by Patricia LeBoeuf, pleboeuf@berkshireeagle.com PITTSFIELD: After less than a week in office, President Donald Trump has signed executive orders that signal a sweeping shift on national immigration policy, which he has been promising since he was on the campaign trail. He has called for “… the immediate construction of a…

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2017 Pittsfield 4th of July Parade Theme Announced

Reprinted from iberkshires.com PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Parade Committee announced that the 2017 Fourth of July Parade theme is “Celebrating Our Heroes.” “Most of the suggestions we received for this year’s theme were based on the importance of patriotism and honoring our veterans,” Pittsfield Parade Committee President Peter Marchetti said. “This theme is broad,…

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Bagels Too owner plans to close in 2017; will a buyer emerge?

Excerpt from Berkshire Eagle by Tony Dobrowolski, tdobrowolski@berkshireeagle.com PITTSFIELD — Barring a change in ownership, Bagels Too, the breakfast and lunch spot at 166 North St., will close in early 2017, owner Susan Gordon said on Thursday. Gordon said she is planning to close Bagels Too because she’s been unable to come to an agreement…

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Have questions for your state senator? Hinds hosting meetings for constituents

Excerpt from the Berkshire Eagle by Dick Lindsay, dlindsay@berkshireeagle.com PITTSFIELD — As Adam Hinds prepares for his rookie year on Beacon Hill, the state senator- elect wants his constituents’ input on what most concerns them entering the new year. The Pittsfield Democrat has scheduled a community dialogue series next week titled “Speak-Up Western Mass.” Hinds…

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Jim’s House of Shoes marking 70th anniversary

Jim’s House of Shoes, one of Pittsfield’s oldest family retail-establishments, is observing its 70th anniversary as a business, which includes the last 40 years at its current location on North Street. Originally founded as a department store on Woodlawn Avenue, Jim’s became solely a shoe store after moving to North Street in 1967. Store owner…

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Art popping up in downtown Pittsfield

Excerpt from the Berkshire Eagle by Carrie Saldo, csaldo@berkshireeagle.com   PHOTOS | Pittsfield Pop-up Art Galleries   PITTSFIELD — It’s that time of year, again. Consumers get to ask themselves: To shop local, or not to shop local? This holiday season, the city is making it easier to get your hands on local art. In…

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Metered Parking Comes To Pittsfield In January

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Metered parking downtown will start in the new year. The city will be installing the new parking kiosks on North Street and in the First Street and McKay lots in December and the program will go live on Jan. 3. On Wednesday, Mayor Linda Tyer gave a demonstration of how the new…

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Newspaper veteran Alan English named publisher of The Berkshire Eagle

Excerpt from Berkshire Eagle by Tony Dobrowolski PITTSFIELD – Alan English, a newspaper industry veteran, was named publisher of New England Newspapers Inc. on Monday. The company publishes The Berkshire Eagle and the Bennington Banner, Brattleboro Reformer and Manchester Journal in Vermont. New England Newspapers President Fredric D. Rutberg introduced English to employees gathered in…

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1Berkshire celebrates merger, looks ahead

Excerpt from the Berkshire Eagle by Tony Dobrowolski PITTSFIELD – 1Berkshire generated nearly $2 million in combined income during fiscal 2016, president and CEO Jonathan Butler said at the organization’s annual meeting on Thursday night. Those figures include income from the 1Berkshire Strategic Alliance, the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce and the Berkshire Visitors Bureau because…

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New menu at Eat on North, many benefit dinners planned

EAT ON NORTH NEW MENU Ron Reda, chef de cuisine at Eat on North, Hotel on North’s seasonally inspired restaurant, introduces a new menu for fall and winter. “The new Eat on North menu provides guests with a simple yet sophisticated dining experience,” said Reda. “We are excited to feature something for everyone’s palate including…

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Generosity, with all the fixings: Registration open for Thanksgiving Angels program

Excerpt from Berkshire Eagle By Dick Lindsay rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com @BE_DLindsay on Twitter PITTSFIELD — Dozens of religious, business, educational and social organizations are gearing up to provide thousands of city residents with do-it-yourself Thanksgiving dinners next month. The Thanksgiving Angels program is starting to see monetary and food donations toward the holiday charitable collaboration that culminates…

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Berkshire Carousel kicks off special weekends to boost attendance with Halloween theme

Excerpt from Berkshire Eagle By Dick Lindsay rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com @BE_DLindsay on Twitter PITTSFIELD — Keira Francis has quickly become an aficionado of the Berkshire Carousel. On a blustery Sunday afternoon, the 12-year-old from Huntington, N.Y., joined her Pittsfield cousins as first-time riders on the hand crafted, volunteer driven, enclosed merry-go-round. Keira hopped on several horses, knew…

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After wet and windy weekend, rain will cease but chillier temps won’t

Excerpt from Berkshire Eagle By Dick Lindsay rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com @BE_DLindsay on Twitter After a weekend of heavy rain and damaging high winds, unseasonably cold weather will settle in over the Berkshires to start the work week. Upwards of 3.5 inches of rain fell on parts of the county from Friday afternoon to overnight Saturday, according to…

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Havana Cuba All-Stars shake the Colonial

Excerpt from Berkshire Eagle By Derek Gentile dgentile@berkshireeagle.com @DerekGentile on Twitter PITTSFIELD >> A significant stride in favor of U.S.-Cuban relations was made on Thursday night, when the Havana Cuba All-Stars shook the stage with brilliant performance at the Colonial Theatre. The All-Stars are essentially band leader Michael Pedron’s core band, Asere, with several talented…

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Business Briefs: Inaugural Women in STEM Conference slated for BCC

Excerpt from Berkshire Eagle By Berkshire Eagle Staff PITTSFIELD Inaugural Women in STEM Conference at BCC The Flying Cloud Institute of New Marlborough will hold its first conference to launch a Women in STEM Network from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17 at Berkshire Community College. The conference will address the stubborn obstacles…

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MUSIC

Eagles Band: 80th Anniversary Free Community Concert; performing ensembles include the Eagles Big Band and Wind Symphony. Free, but reserved seating, 413-997-4444; eaglescommunityband.org. 7 p.m., Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield.

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Live music, First Fridays Artwalk fill weekend calendar in the Berkshires

By Jenn Smith The Berkshire Eagle Happy November, dear readers! Yes, that’s right, it’s November. Halloween festivities are now dead and gone, but there’s still plenty of things happening this weekend to keep you entertained. Here’s a sample of what’s on tap: ONGOING – There are two musical guests in the BOOM Room this weekend,…

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ARTS BRIEFS

Jammies in style for museum event PITTSFIELD – It’s Pajama Night Friday at Berkshire Museum when families, dressed in their favorite pajamas, can roam the museum’s galleries, which are being converted into reading centers featuring area educators and community leaders as guest readers. The event, which runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., is part of…

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Paul Green and Friends performing Saturday in Berkshire Music School series

The Berkshire Eagle PITTSFIELD — The Berkshire Music School’s professional performance series, Music@theTaft, continues at 5 p.m. on Saturday with “Paul Green and Friends,” with BMS clarinet faculty member Paul Green and two colleagues, Larry Wallach on piano and Ron Gorevic on viola/violin. The Taft Recital Hall is located behind BMS, at 30 Wendell Ave.…

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#SaveStJoe: ‘Crusaders’ rally as bishop reaffirms decision to shutter St. Joe’s

Excerpt from Berkshire Eagle By Larry Parnass lparnass@berkshireeagle.com @larryparnass on Twitter PITTSFIELD — A day after trending on Facebook, advocates of Berkshire County’s only Catholic high school turned a downtown square into a kind of social medium — posting themselves at Park Square to signal their resolve to save St. Joseph Central High School. They…

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Letters to the Editor

Pittsfield must use valuable CPA program To the editor: I’m a local real estate broker/owner of Gile Real Estate. As a broker I see the money that we’ve given to other CPA communities for the past 16 years in real estate document recording fees ($170 every time a property is purchased.) Only the communities that…

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Berkshire County Championships cross-country races set for Saturday at Berkshire Community College

Excerpt from Berkshire Eagle By Geoff Smith gsmith@berkshireeagle.com @GSmith_Eagle on Twitter PITTSFIELD — Berkshire County cross-country teams will descend upon Berkshire Community College on Saturday for the Berkshire County Championships. This year’s race is being hosted by Hoosac Valley. The county’s premier cross-country event kicks off at 11 a.m. with the jayvee races. The boys…

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Berkshire County: Pittsfield Co-op Bank conducting food drive

Pittsfield Cooperative Bank is conducting a food drive during November and December. Food collection boxes have been set up at each branch location for donations of non-perishable items. Cash donations will also be accepted. The Co-op will also make a donation. Recommended items include peanut butter and jelly, rice, canned soup and beans, spaghetti and…

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Pittsfield: Moviemaking workshop uses iPhones, iPads

Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative, in partnership with Berkshire Community College, will present “How to Shoot a Movie on Your iPhone/iPad,” a non-credit workshop, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at BCC, 1350 West St. Filmmaker Erica Spizz will lead participants through the basics of storyboarding, camera techniques, editing, audio techniques, and…

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THEATER

Pittsfield High School: Proteus presents Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap.” Tickets: $8 students and seniors; $12 adults; 413-236-8888, info@barringtonstageco.org. Barrington Stage Company, 30 Union St., Pittsfield.

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Ty Allan Jackson’s ‘Danny Dollar, Millionaire Extraordinaire’ brought to life by Berkshire Theatre Group

Excerpt from Berkshire Eagle By Jenn Smith jsmith@berkshireeagle.com PITTSFIELD – This fall, Berkshire Theatre Group has helped transform a popular local youth novel into a touring play, spotlighting both young actors from the community and teaching the value of family and financial literacy. City man Ty Allan Jackson penned the book, “Danny Dollar, Millionaire Extraordinaire:…

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Tito’s Mexican Grill set to replace Baba Louie’s, pending liquor license transfer

Excerpt from Berkshire Eagle By Dick Lindsay rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com @BE_DLindsay on Twitter PITTSFIELD — Arrivederci, Baba Louie’s; hola, Tito’s Mexican Grille. Nearly a year after Baba Louie’s closed its Pittsfield restaurant at 34 Depot St., that space will soon be replaced by a Mexican eatery that has other locations in Ohio and Tennessee. Tito’s owner Jose…

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Catholic Youth Services joins forces with YMCA

By Patricia Leboeufpleboeuf@berkshireeagle.com PITTSFIELD — The Catholic Youth Center now has a home base three years after vacating its previous building on Melville Street due to deteriorating conditions. The CYC has partnered with the Berkshire Family YMCA in a move YMCA CEO Randy Kinnas called “paying it forward.” “It’s helping another organization that has done…

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Barrington Stage Company dominates first Berkshire Theatre Awards

Excerpt from Berkshire Eagle By Jeffrey Borak jborak@berkshireeagle.com @BE_Theater on Twitter PITTSFIELD — Pittsfield-based Barrington Stage Company has swept the first Berkshire Theatre Awards, winning 19 out of a possible 25 awards for its productions of “The Pirates of Penzance,” “American Son,” “Broadway Bounty Hunter” and “Kimberly Akimbo.” “Pirates” leads the way with eight awards,…

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Two youths net inaugural William S. Litty Youth Hockey Scholarship Award

The Berkshire Eagle PITTSFIELD >> The first annual William S. Litty Youth Hockey Scholarship Award has been presented to two Berkshire Bruins players: Lauren Crocker, a Bantam player and Preston Phair of the Mites team. The memorial scholarship award was established by the Litty family, in honor of Bill Litty, following his death in July…

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Election fun and games

Excerpt from Berkshire Eagle By Jenn Smith jsmith@berkshireeagle.com @JennSmith_Ink on Twitter PITTSFIELD — Fun, educational, family-friendly — these may not be the words you choose to associate with the current election campaign and debate season. But the Berkshire Museum has been doing its part to offer patrons a less complicated, non-partisan, civically-minded way at looking…

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Final phase of Pittsfield Streetscape project sees more than 80 trees planted

By Dick Lindsay rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com @BE_DLindsay on Twitter PITTSFIELD — New trees sprouting up near Paul Rich and Sons on Wednesday are a sure sign the final phase of the 11-year, $18 million downtown streetscape project is nearing completion. Workers from CSL Landscaping Inc. of Ludlow were planting zelkova, a Japanese ornamental, with tulip trees waiting…

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Will Porter be memorialized in Highland Park?

Excerpt from Berkshire Eagle By Dick Lindsay rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com @BE_DLindsay on Twitter PITTSFIELD — Chris Porter was a doer. The late owner of C.R. Porter Builders resigned after serving for a year on the Pittsfield board of the Berkshire Family YMCA; board meetings weren’t his style, he said. Instead, Porter pledged to fix up the century-old…

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Pittsfield: Athenaeum Friends host fall book sale

The Berkshire Eagle The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum’s fall book sale will take place Thursday, Nov. 3, through Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave. The public is invited to shop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Members of the Friends can shop from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday.…

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Catching those who fall through cracks of crisis, criminal justice

Excerpt from Berkshire Eagle By Jenn Smith jsmith@berkshireeagle.com @JennSmith_Ink on Twitter PITTSFIELD — There’s a significant disconnect between the criminal justice, addiction treatment and mental health care systems. That fact is nothing new. What is new is the way local law enforcement, behavioral health and human services sectors are coming together to talk about it…

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Pittsfield Harvest Festival a big draw

Excerpt from Berkshire Eagle By Derek Gentile The Berkshire Eagle PITTSFIELD >> For Jennifer Glockner, the city’s director of the Office of Cultural Development, Saturday’s daylong Harvest Festival/Farmers Market combination at the Pittsfield Common was almost a no-brainer. “We are all about collaboration,” she said. “We love collaboration. And this one made a lot of…

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St. Joseph Central High School parents appeal closing

Excerpt from Berkshire Eagle By Larry Parnass lparnass@berkshireeagle.com @larryparnass PITTSFIELD — Students enrolled at St. Joseph Central High School should be allowed to finish their education there, a parent group says. In a formal appeal Monday to the Most Rev. Mitchell T. Rozanski, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, six parents cite “spreading…

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Come watch the debate with us! Community Debate Watch at Berkshire Museum on Oct.19

Excerpt from Berkshire Eagle By Dick Lindsay rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com @BE_DLindsay on Twitter PITTSFIELD — Bring your opinions, your love of popcorn and don’t be afraid to boo and hiss when Berkshire voters gather next week to view the third and final presidential debate at the Berkshire Museum. Co-sponsored by the museum and The Berkshire Eagle, the…

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Children’s Holiday Extravaganza at Colonial set for Nov. 27

Excerpt from Berkshire Eagle By Dick Lindsay rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com @BE_DLindsay on Twitter PITTSFIELD — Plenty of caroling, dancing, clowning around and Santa Claus will entertain children of all ages Thanksgiving weekend at the Colonial Theatre — free of charge. The 2nd annual Children’s Holiday Extravaganza, set for Nov. 27, will be bigger and likely better attended…

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