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Police in Pittsfield are searching for a man suspected of committing four arsons in the city on Saturday.

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The mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, says today’s visit by a member of Governor Charlie Baker’s cabinet represents the beginning of a new economic opportunity for the city.

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The Pittsfield City Council tackled transgender rights and celebrated the city’s championship Little League team at Tuesday’s meeting.

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A Pittsfield bowling alley that dates back more than a century is closing this week.

The first Berkshire Jazz Showcase will bring local talent to the Pittsfield Common Saturday. 

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Federal funds are moving a long awaited park in Pittsfield, Massachusetts closer to reality. WAMC has an update on the West Side Riverway Project.

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Although August is usually a time for vacations, it’s a busy period in Berkshire County politics, according to Pittsfield, Massachusetts Mayor Linda Tyer. WAMC asked Tyer about her thoughts on the Berkshire District Attorney’s race. The first-term Democrat also shared her reaction to a recent Boston Magazine article’s portrayal of Pittsfield, and delivered an update on recreational marijuana in the city. She also described the city’s involvement in a study to explore the installation of a solar powered microgrid that would protect crucial municipal infrastructure in the event of disaster. Tyer began by discussing a citizens oversight committee for the city’s police department, refuting claims that it doesn’t go far enough to check the force.

For its third mainstage production this summer, Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Massachusetts presents “West Side Story,” book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The original 1957 Broadway production of “West Side Story,” was conceived, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the births of both Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins.

Barrington Stage’s Artistic Director Julianne Boyd directs the masterpiece tale of star-crossed lovers which will run August 3 through September 1 and she joined us at The Linda along with the production’s Maria, Tony, and Anita -- respectively played by Addie Morales, Will Branner, and Skyler Volpe. We are also joined by Musical Director Darren Cohen.

Berkshire Opera Festival is presenting Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece, “Rigoletto” with performances August 25th, 28th, and 31st at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

The production is conducted by Artistic Director Brian Garman and directed by General Director Jonathon Loy.

A timeless story of love, betrayal, and vengeance, “Rigoletto” tells the story of a young woman suffering at the hands of self-entitled and abusive men: a theme never more relevant than in our present day.

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The Berkshire Concert Choir held its first Summer Sing of the season Tuesday night.

Laila Robins in "A Doll's House, Part 2" at Barrington Stage
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In the final scene of Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 ground-breaking masterwork, “A Doll’s House,” Nora Helmer makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children and begin a life on her own. Lucas Hnath’s “A Doll’s House, Part 2” dares to wonder what Nora has been up to since she slammed the door. The play received eight 2017 Tony Award nominations.

Joe Calarco directs “A Doll’s House, Part 2” on Barrington Stage Company’s Main Stage in Pittsfield, MA through July 28. Laila Robins stars as Nora.

Robins appeared in the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of George Bernard Shaw's “Heartbreak House,” other Broadway appearances include “Frozen” by Bryony Lavery, “The Herbal Bed” by Peter Whelan, and “The Real Thing” by Tom Stoppard, directed by Mike Nichols. Large and small screen credits include “Deception,” “Murder in the First,” “Homeland,” “Bored to Death,” and “Planes, Trains & Automobiles.”

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In a move that surprised Pittsfield, Massachusetts Mayor Linda Tyer, three city councilors have signed on to a letter from a disgruntled resident addressed to the Environmental Protection Agency. 

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The city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts has designated a cooling station for residents celebrating Independence Day downtown. 

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Over the weekend, hundreds gathered in Pittsfield, Massachusetts to join nationwide demonstrations against the Trump administration’s immigration policies.

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The city council president in Pittsfield, Massachusetts says he’ll take action to shorten their bimonthly meetings.

"Typhoid Mary" - a new play by Mark St. Germain - is playing at Barrington Stage Company's St. Germain Stage in Pittsfield, MA through June 16.

The play tells the true story of Mary Mallon, one of the most infamous women in America, she was incredibly stubborn, ambitious, and in fierce denial of any wrongdoing. Master storyteller Mark St. Germain ("Freud’s Last Session" and "Dancing Lessons") has captured the woman behind the myths while exploring the battle between science and religion.

St. Germain has another play running in our region. "Relativity" is running at Penguin Rep Theatre in Stony Point, NY through June 10.

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The director of Pittsfield’s main senior center retired Friday, ending a long public service career.

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Pittsfield has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to design a park along the Housatonic River.

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Pittsfield’s Ralph J. Froio Senior Center celebrated its 25th anniversary Tuesday with a ribbon cutting for the restoration of its iconic marquee.

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Facing an August deadline, Pittsfield’s city council overcame an outspoken minority Tuesday night to pass a $74 million spending plan to upgrade the city’s ailing wastewater plant. The federal government is requiring the fixes.

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The Pittsfield City Council will hold a second vote Tuesday night on the mayor’s controversial wastewater plant upgrade plan.

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Mayor Linda Tyer plans to reintroduce a controversial plan to upgrade Pittsfield’s wastewater plant at the next city council meeting.

Pittsfield Celebrates A Snowy Free Cone Day

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The citizens of Pittsfield celebrated an unorthodox — and unofficial — city holiday on Tuesday.

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It may not feel like spring has sprung – but it is nearly time for a major regional spring event: Baby Animals at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

On April 14, Hancock Shaker Village will begin welcoming visitors to visit their newly restored silos, Dairy Ell, and Round Stone Barn – which will be full of lambs, piglets, calves, chicks, and kids through May 6.

We are joined by Hancock Shaker Village’s Director of Facilities and Farm Billy Mangiardi and Director of Education Cindy Dickinson.

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With an August deadline approaching, Pittsfield’s city council remains divided over a plan to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s requirements for upgrades to the city’s wastewater plant. 

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Norman Rockwell's three sons have withdrawn from a lawsuit against The Berkshire Museum, which wants to sell one of their father's paintings from its collection.

Stone barn at Hancock Shaker Village
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Hancock Shaker Village is a living history museum - marrying past and present, proving with every addition to its programming that it is becoming a vibrant, new center for ideas, music, art, food, outdoor activities, and adventure.

The Village, which was settled in 1783, became a museum in 1960, just one year after the last Shakers left. Contained within its 20 historic buildings and 750 acres that sprawl across three towns is the only round Shaker barn in the world that was built in 1826. 

Jennifer Trainer Thompson, who spent the last 28 years helping to co-found and develop MASS MoCA in the Berkshires, took over as president of Hancock Shaker Village in January 2017. Jennifer joins us along with the village’s curator Lesley Herzberg and farmer Billy Mangiardi. 

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A replica handgun was discovered at a Pittsfield high school.

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Berkshire County is still waiting on anticipated state aid to advance the nascent Berkshire Innovation Center. 

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Massachusetts has approved 14 new projects under its Economic Development Incentive Program. 

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