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Bramer Pitches Pittsfield Little Leaguers to State Final
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
03:33PM / Saturday, July 30, 2016
WESTWOOD, Mass. -- It is the year of the knuckleball for New England baseball fans, and Bo Bramer is following suit.   Bramer threw four shutout innings on Saturday to propel the Pittsfield American League All-Stars to a 7-4 win over Fairhaven-Acushnet in the state tournament and send his team to Sunday’s state championship game.   And he did it, he said, with his fastball, his slider and that pitch that made Red Sox starter Steven Wright an all-star.   “We’ve been working on that since the all-stars began - just little by little by little,” Pittsfield Americans manager Ty Perrault said. “I’ve caught that warming him up, and, I’ll

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Pittsfield Councilors Take Issue With Lack of Handicap Parking Downtown
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:44AM / Saturday, July 30, 2016

Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell filed a petition requiring at least one handicap parking spot for every 10 others in the downtown area. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell says it is a "disgrace" that there is no handicapped parking on Elm or West Street.    There is only one on Tyler Street and that was only recently added. The few on North are in locations without a nearby curbcut. There isn't even one in front of a store on North Street which sells motorized wheelchairs.   It's unacceptable for Connell.   "I've heard people mention that they can't find a space and they are being told there are

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

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
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Berkshire Reps Return Enthusiastic About Democratic Party
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58PM / Friday, July 29, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Rep. Paul Mark went into the Democratic National Convention with reservations about the political process.   But, four days later — after hours of speeches and networking with fellow Democrats from all over the country — he's been reinvigorated.   "I saw core values of the party and core values of what America stands for," Mark said on Friday as he embarked on the long drive back from Philadelphia to the Berkshires. "I feel good at the end of the week about what my party believes in."   The Democratic Party coalesced during the week behind Hillary Clinton as its nominee for president. The convention signaled

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Beauty Professionals Needed to Help Cancer Patients
01:46PM / Friday, July 29, 2016

BOSTON — The American Cancer Society will hold its next Look Good Feel Better volunteer training class for licensed beauty professionals on Monday, Aug. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Aztra Zenica Hope Lodge, 125 South Huntington Ave., Boston.

Locally, volunteer cosmetologists are especially needed in the Berkshires, Methuen and Greater Boston areas.The four and a half-hour class will train volunteers to teach beauty, skin care and hair techniques to women who are undergoing cancer treatment. A session for Fall 2016 in Great Barrington will be announced in the future.

Look Good Feel Better is a free, non-medical, salon and product-neutral program offered through a collaboration

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Berkshire Children and Families’ to Hold Annual Golf Classic
12:26PM / Friday, July 29, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Children and Families will hold its annual Golf Classic on Monday, Aug. 22, at the Country Club of Pittsfield.

Registration starts at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit Berkshire Children and Families’ Kids 4 Harmony, an el-Sistema inspired, intensive, after-school music program to effect social change. Kids 4 Harmony is offered in North Adams at Brayton Elementary School and in Pittsfield at Morningside Community School.

The Golf Classic is looking for golfers and sponsors. More information can be found online.

 

 

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Golf Tournament Benefits Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires
12:21PM / Friday, July 29, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires' Children First Golf Tournament will be held Monday, Aug. 29 at the Country Club of Pittsfield.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the shotgun start is scheduled for 11 a.m. This year, and in following years, the event will be known as the Gerard Miller Children First Golf Tournament, to honor Gerard Miller, a founding member of the Alumni Golf Committee and an original Alumni Board member at the Club.

"The Children First Golf Tournament, which has been going on for 15 years, now takes on added significance as we rename it the Gerard Miller Children First Golf Tournament," Boys & Girls Club of the

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Superior Court Briefs: July 27
Staff Reports,
11:57AM / Friday, July 29, 2016
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, July 27.   Sean Matthews, 25, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of armed robbery and intimidation of a witness.   He was ordered to serve concurrent three to three and a half years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. Matthews robbed K&K Liquors in Pittsfield on June 28, 2016.   Emmet Harvin, 40, of New Ashford was sentenced to concurrent five to eight years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and single counts of trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in oxycodone, distribution of

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Pittsfield Cooperative Bank Taps New VP of Marketing
11:54AM / Friday, July 29, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Victoria A. May has joined the Pittsfield Cooperative Bank as vice president of marketing.

A native of Pittsfield, May brings more than 16 years of local industry experience and will oversee marketing and public relations for the 127-year old financial institution.  

Prior to joining the Pittsfield Co-op, May held the positing of assistant vice president, manager marketing promotions and partnerships for Greylock Federal Credit Union.

Dedicated to the community, May currently serves on the boards of directors for the Berkshire Humane Society, Child Care of the Berkshires and WAM Theatre.

May resides in Richmond with her husband Rich and daughter Olivia.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: July 29-Aug. 4
11:51AM / Friday, July 29, 2016

  VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR       July 29 - August 4,

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Pittsfield 4-Year-Old Attacked By Fox
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:51AM / Friday, July 29, 2016

 
Bradlee O'Keefe gives thumbs up  after being treated at Berkshire Medical Center.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Britney O'Keefe stepped outside of her back door on Robbins Avenue on Monday and just had a bad feeling.

Her 4-year-old son, Bradlee, had followed her and she turned to bring him back inside.

Before she could, a fox was in mid-air lunging at the toddler. She grabbed her son and quickly threw him into the house but the fox kept charging.   She slammed the door on the animal and she expected it to run away. It stood up after falling and kept coming, jaws open, exposing teeth.   "He kept trying to push through the door,"

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Pittsfield Considering Community Preservation to Raise Revenues
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:33AM / Friday, July 29, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With the city approaching its debt ceiling in the coming years, it is likely some things will be put on the backburner — parks, open spaces, historic preservation, and affordable housing to name a few.   That's where advocates say the Community Preservation Act can come into play. The act allows cities to levy a surcharge on the tax bills to pay for items in those specific areas. The fee isn't included in the debt ceiling calculation and comes with a small match from the state.   A group of citizens under the banner of Preserve Pittsfield are pushing the adoption of the act, which must be approved via a ballot vote in November, in hopes to

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Galleries, Music Set for DownStreet Art on Thursday
03:53PM / Thursday, July 28, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — DownStreet Art kicks off its second session on Thursday night with the openings of four new visual art exhibits, live podcasting, musical and theatrical performances, and a night market that features local food and craft vendors.

"This year's 'Meet Your Neighbors' theme spotlights not only the amazing institutional resources available to us, but also the talented artists living and working alongside us here in North Adams and the surrounding community," said Jennifer Crowell, director of the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center. The center, part of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, coordinates the summerlong event.

Part of that

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