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Holiday Hours: Columbus Day

Columbus Day is a state holiday being observed Monday, Oct. 8, to commemorate Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas on Oct. 12, 1492.

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Pittsfield Resident Sues School Committee Over Indigenous Peoples Day

A city resident is suing for $75,000 over alleged "pain, suffering and emotional distress" caused by the School Committee's decision to change the name of Columbus Day on the school calendar to Indigenous Peoples Day. Alexander Blumin filed a lawsuit in Berkshire Superior Court against the entire School Committee except for Joshua Cutler, the city of Pittsfield, and Human Rights Commission Chairman Drew Herzig. Blumin argues that the School Committee used deceptive practices and broke state l

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Pittsfield Schools Hold Ground on Indigenous Peoples Day

The School Committee held firm on its decision to rename Columbus Day on the school calendar to Indigenous Peoples Day. The committee took a moral stand back in January that Christopher Columbus was not someone to be celebrated and vowed to teach the true history of the man and the atrocities he for which he was responsible. And with that, they stripped the name of the holiday on the second Monday in October and renamed it in honor of the people whose cultures were destroyed because of his ac

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Holiday Hours: Independence Day

Independence Day will be celebrated Wednesday, July 4. It is a federal holiday.

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Pittsfield School Committee to Reconsider Indigenous Peoples Day

The School Committee will reconsider its decision to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day after the Italian-American community voiced outrage at the decision. The School Committee in January voted to make the change on the school calendar. But, that brought out the ire of the Italian-American community who showed up in numbers at both this week's City Council meeting and School Committee meeting.

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Pittsfield Schools Backs Indigenous Peoples Day

Elias joined in a unanimous vote on Wednesday to delete Columbus' name from the school calendar on the second Monday of October and replace it with Indigenous People's Day.

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Pittsfield Schools Considers Using Indigenous People Day, Not Columbus

The School Department may join the growing movement behind switching our Columbus Day with Indigenous People Day. School Committee member Cynthia Taylor suggested the school change the name when written on the school calendar. The change may be small but the gesture is part of a growing movement to use the weekend to celebrate Native Americans instead of the person who invaded their land.

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Holiday Festivals and Craft Fairs 2017

This is the season of holiday craft fairs and art shows. This list will be regularly updated throughout the fall. Send submissions to info@iberkshires.com.

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Happy Thanksgiving to All Our Readers

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During Holidays, Be Extra Vigilant About Protecting Financial Data

It's obviously important to be vigilant at any time, but you need to be even more on your toes during the holiday season, when fraudsters are particularly active.

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