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1Berkshire Announces 2018 Berkshire Trendsetter Finalists
02:05AM / Thursday, July 19, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire has announced the finalists for the 2018 Berkshire Trendsetter Awards that will be presented at the eighth annual Celebrate the Berkshires event on Sept. 13 at the new Proprietor’s Lodge on Pontoosuc Lake.   The 1Berkshire Trendsetter Awards showcase Berkshire-based individuals and businesses who demonstrate excellence in several areas. Each year these winners are the highlight of the annual Celebrate the Berkshires event.    This year saw the most nominations were received this year since the awards began. More than 140 businesses, organizations and individuals were nominated in

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Flynn, Post 68 Win American Legion Tournament Opener
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
10:02PM / Wednesday, July 18, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Jake Flynn was on fire, and the Post 68 bats were red hot as the team opened sectional tournament play with a 12-1 win over Wilbraham on Pellerin Field at Clapp Park on Wednesday night.   Flynn cruised through five innings of work, allowing just one hit and striking out nine, and Ian Benoit launched a two-out, three-run double to right center to end the game via the mercy rule in the bottom of the sixth.   Post 68 stays in the winner's bracket of the double-elimination phase of the tournament and will go to Greenfield on Thursday night.   Flynn was the story on Wednesday, not allowing a baserunner through the first three innings and retiring the side

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Inauguration 2016
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Greylock Thunder Goes 1-2 on First Day of Maryland Tourney
08:54PM / Wednesday, July 18, 2018
SALISBURY, Md. -- The Greylock Thunder 14-and-under softball team went 1-2 on Wednesday on the first day of the U.S. Specialty Sports Association nationals.   After a 5-1 loss to the South Jersey Maniacs in the Thunder's opener, the team bounced back to beat Pennsylvania's Harrison City Heat, 3-0.   Madi Puppolo allowed just three hits in a complete-game, five-inning shutout victory.   Puppolo also went 1-for-3 and scored the only run the Thunder needed in the top of the first, when it scored all three of its runs.   Ashley Bird and Kaylee Tatro each drove in a run in the rally.   In the Thunder's third game of the day, it dropped a narrow, 2-1 decision

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Agawam Forces Deciding Game Against Pittsfield AL
08:33PM / Wednesday, July 18, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Agawam 9- to 11-year-old Little League team scored six runs in the fourth inning to earn a 6-3 win over the Pittsfield American League on Wednesday in the Section 1 tournament.   With the win, Agawam stayed alive in double-elimination tournament and earned the right to host Pittsfield on Thursday in a winner-take-all sectional title game.   Simon Mele went 2-for-4 with a double and scored a run, and Jack Abel and Jason Codey each scored a run for the Americans.  

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Elizabeth Warren to Host 30th Town Hall in Great Barrington
08:04PM / Wednesday, July 18, 2018
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be holding a town hall on Sunday, July 22, at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.    This will be the senator's 30th town hall event since taking office in 2013.   The state's senior senator said she will take questions from the audience and discuss her work standing up for working families of Massachusetts against powerful corporate interests.    The event is free and open to the public and admission is first come, first served. No signs or posters will be allowed into the theater. The website for the event is here where those planning to attend can sign up or not, or

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Authorities Investigate Report of Shooting at Pittsfield Officer's House
By Andy McKeever,
04:59PM / Wednesday, July 18, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A woman was shot at the home of a city police officer on Wednesday.   The woman was taken to Berkshire Medical Center where she underwent surgery and is listed in stable condition, according to a statement from the district attorney's office.    Police have not released much in the way of details but say an off-duty officer called in the shooting on Cromwell Avenue on Wednesday afternoon.   "At approximately 3:09 in the afternoon we received a call in the dispatch center from an off-duty police officer reporting that he found a shooting incident at his residence," Police Chief Michael Wynn said at the scene.   According to

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Concerts at Tanglewood, Sevenars Are Not To Be Missed
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
02:48PM / Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Pianist Emanuel Ax will be at Tanglewood this weekend.

Tanglewood in Lenox is the place to be this week for unforgettable music. Why go? To experience the symphonic and solo concerto masterworks of Mozart, Sibelius and Aaron Copland in the Shed, as well as stirring, not-to-be-missed, stellar performances in Ozawa Hall. Fabulous guest artists – the masterful pianist Emanuel Ax, brilliant violinists Pamela Frank and Christian Tetzlaff and the phenomenal Emerson String Quartet – will take center stage.

For something uniquely special and just as eagerly anticipated, consider attending Sevenars Concerts in South Worthington, Ma., for an exhilarating program of cello/piano

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'Lempicka,' 'Anthracite Fields' Roll Into North County
By Grace Lichtenstein, Special to iBerkshires
02:09PM / Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Our focus this week shifts to north county — Williamstown and North Adams. While that might require a bit of a drive for those coming from farther south, I believe it will be worth it as you discover a brand new musical and a masterwork that combines elements of folk, rock and classical.

 

Williamstown Theatre Festival

At the Williamstown Theatre Festival, which always has treats in store, the world premiere of "Lempicka" opens its run Thursday, July 19, on the Main Stage, at the '62 Center on the campus of Williams College.

The music is by Matt Gould, with book and lyrics by Carson Kreitzer. It is inspired by the life of the artist "who transformed herself

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What Should You Do With an Inherited IRA?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:42PM / Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) are quite popular. At the end of 2017, investors owned nearly $9 trillion in IRA assets, according to the Investment Company Institute, a trade association of U.S. investment companies. Given these numbers, it probably wouldn't be surprising if you inherited an IRA someday. But what should you do with it?

First of all, you'll need to be aware of some basic rules. If your parent, or anyone other than your spouse, leaves you a traditional IRA – one in which contributions are typically tax-deductible and earnings can grow tax-deferred – you can transfer the money into an "inherited IRA," from which you’ll need to take

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Three More Marijuana Companies Seek Pittsfield Permits
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Julia Germaine was one of the first to seek approvals to open a medical marijuana facility after that was legalized and is now looking to do recreational sales as well. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Three more marijuana companies are working their way through the local permitting process.    Temescal Wellness, Bloom Brothers, and David Graziani all received approvals from the Community Development Board Tuesday night -- though the first was more of an update to a previously approved medical marijuana facility to become recreational and the third requires a secondary approval.   Nonetheless, all three will now be asking for the required special permit through the Zoning

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Defense Seeks Dismissal In Assault Case Against Police Officer
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:00PM / Tuesday, July 17, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The attorney representing a city police officer accused of assault and battery has taken aim at the witness's credibility.   Officer Michael McHugh is accused of assaulting a 54-year-old man while off duty on the evening of July 4, 2016.   The case is now eyed to go to trial in November but on Monday, attorney Timothy Shugrue argued for the case to be dismissed saying the victim's account of the night is untrustworthy because he was allegedly under the influence of alcohol and painkillers.    Shugrue further contends that the district attorney's office distorted that aspect when presenting the case to a grand jury, which indicted

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Egremont School Takes Extra Safety Precautions As Police Respond To Nearby Incident
Staff Reports,
03:12PM / Tuesday, July 17, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. - Egremont Elementary School took precautionary measures Tuesday morning as Police responded to a Williams Street home for a man threatening to harm himself.   Police said at 9:40 p.m. officers were dispatched to the address and learned that there was a summer program happening at Egremont School. The school took additional safety measures while police managed the nearby situation.   Walter Bradley, 38, of Pittsfield was reportedly threatening to do harm to himself with a gun. He then left the home and was stopped by police shortly after. Bradley was arrested and charged with disturbing the peace.

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