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Pittsfield Suns Ousted from FCBL Playoffs
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
10:50PM / Tuesday, August 08, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Nashua Silver Knights Tuesday rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh to end the Pittsfield Suns’ season with a 5-2 decision in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League playoffs.   Tom Blandini broke a 2-2 tie with a solo home run off the right field fair pole, and Cam Cook and Anthony Meduri each doubled in a run to help Nashua score three off Pittsfield reliever Austin Wendt and advance out of the play-in game and into the best-of-three league semi-finals.   Pittsfield (26-28) fell behind, 2-0, after the third inning thanks to a pair of unearned runs allowed by starter Austin Pope.   But the Suns tied it in the bottom of the fifth when

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Pittsfield Board of Health Gets Update On Toter System Plan
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:12AM / Tuesday, August 08, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Board of Health Chairman Jay Green sees proposed changes to the city's trash collection system as a way to fight blight.   An internal working group has been working on the details of moving to an automated toter system for trash collection all summer. The plan is to provide city-issued totes — a 32-gallon one for trash and a 95-gallon one for recycling — to residents. Those totes will allow for Republic Services, the company that contracts with the city to collect the rubbish, the ability to use trucks with automated arms to do so.   Health Director Gina Armstrong sits on the internal working committee and told the Board of Health last

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

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Yard Work by Dan, Troiano & Sons Reach Giorgi League Final
10:15PM / Monday, August 07, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Joe Wiggins scored 28 points, and Dave Wellington scored 23 Monday to lead their respective teams into the championship game of the John Giorgi Summer Basketball league.   Wiggins’ teammate, Taverick “Tank” Roberson, added 27 as their Yard Work by Dan squad jumped out to a 21-point half-time lead and held off a furious second-half comeback bid by defending champion Moonlight Diner before prevailing, 77-65, in Monday’s opener at the Armory.   In the nightcap, Wellington was backed up by 21 points from Lawrence Carrier and 20 from Sedale Jones in a 75-62 win for Troiano & Sons/Kingsbread/Flynn & Dagnoli against Central

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Youth Teams Sought for Soccer Kickoff Event at BCC
10:10PM / Monday, August 07, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Registration is under way for the 24th annual Berkshire Kickoff Classic Youth Soccer Tournament, scheduled for Sept. 2 and 3 at Berkshire Community College.   Teams are welcome for boys and girls in the under-10, under-12 and under-14 divisions.   The event begins with a high school preseason jamboree for varsity boys and girls teams on Friday evening.   "As the competition has grown in popularity the High School Jamboree has become an integral part of the tournament," the tournament's website reads. "In addition, it provides our young players a vision of playing soccer at the next level after their youth soccer

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BMC Nurses: No Resolution Found In Latest Bargaining Session
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:53PM / Monday, August 07, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Another negotiation session between Berkshire Medical Center and its registered nurses concluded Monday and the nurses say little progress has been made toward a resolution.    Mark Brodeur, who sits on the bargaining committee for the Massachusetts Nurses Association, said hospital officials rejected a change to leave charge nurses unassigned. The nurses have been pushing for what they call "safe staffing" in the negotiations and contractually binding the hospital to provide what they see is adequate staff.   The nurses started asking for specific nurse-to-patient ratios and through negotiations have more recently called for the plan to

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Berkshires Beat: 350Vermont Brings Summer Pop-Up Series to Bennington
11:36AM / Monday, August 07, 2017

Popping up: 350Vermont's Summer Pop-Up Series is taking the Burlington-based climate organization to four Vermont communities, including a last stop this week in Bennington County. The pop-up tent will appear in four Bennington County locations: the Bennington Farmers Market (Aug. 8, 3-6 p.m.), the Left Bank in North Bennington (Aug. 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.), the Manchester Farmers Market (Aug. 10, 3-6 p.m.), and Willow Park in Bennington (Aug. 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.). Each site will also host other activities such as workshops or cantastoria performances. A full schedule can be found online.

350VT's Jen Lazar describes the pop-up as a "mix of a traveling roadshow, a listening tour, a

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Letter: Comments on the Recommendation of the Berkshire County Education Task Force
Letters to the Editor,
01:00PM / Friday, August 04, 2017

To the Editor:

Like many others, I appreciate the time the members of the Berkshire Educational Task Force have spent on a challenging and important problem. Their recommendation is being discussed in a variety of places, and thus merits a response.

Most recently, at a public forum on July 31 in Lanesborough on the proposed regionalization between Lanesborough and Williamstown, a resident asked if the Mount Greylock Committee has voted on the task force's recommendation. We have not, but I have asked for agenda items on it for future meetings.

The task force concentrated efforts on roughly three options: do nothing, form three regions, form one region. These are just three

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 4-10
05:15PM / Thursday, August 03, 2017

 

AUGUST 4 is First Fridays Artswalk & More! Enjoy more than a dozen different art shows featuring work by more than 20 accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Fridays Artswalk and all month long!
Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. hosts Adriana Sgobba, an artist from Pittsfield's Italian Sister City: Cava De Tirreni.  There will be a reception, hosted by the Italian Sister

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'A Ghost Story': Lacks Spirit
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:26PM / Thursday, August 03, 2017
Faced with reviewing writer-director David Lowery's supernaturally obscure "A Ghost Story," my first inclination is to ask myself, 'Why didn't I just see some nice, old-fashioned cowboy movie?' Y'know ... something about the waning days of the Wild West, where there's nothing more symbolic to scrutinize than the ubiquitous tumbling tumbleweed. How nice, how tranquil, how straightforward. But nooo, I have to complicate my life by trying to describe in normal human words a film preoccupied with no less than eternity and the meaning of life.   Were I back at Olde Ivy Film Criticism College, still bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, and "A Ghost Story"

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Pittsfield Raises Concerns Over Rise in Tick-Borne Illnesses
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:41AM / Thursday, August 03, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Health Department has expressed concern with a growing number of cases of tick-borne illnesses.   Public health nurse Kayla Donnelly-Winters cited rising numbers of human granulocytic anaplasmosis (HGA)and Lyme disease over the last three years. In 2014, she said there were 15 cases of HGA and 51 cases of Lyme. In 2016, the number of HGA was up to 17 and 82 for Lyme. This year, the number of cases of HGA is already at 25 and there have been 74 cases of Lyme.    "Until the ground freezes, we're still going to see these cases," she said.    Anaplasmosis is potentially fatal if not treated properly if only for less than 1

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Quinto Finishes 32nd at Junior Am
11:24PM / Wednesday, August 02, 2017
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. -- Recent Pittsfield High graduate Kevin Quinto carded a 5-over 76 on Wednesday to finish tied for 32nd at the 99th annual Massachusetts Junior Amateur Golf Championship at the Orchards Golf Club.   Quinto finished the three-round event as one of seven players tied at 16-over.   On Wednesday, he earned a pair of birdies, on the 151-yard, par-3 10th hole and the 449-yard, par-5 16th. He birdied the 16th in all three rounds of the competition.   The championship was claimed by Dillon Brown of the Country Club of Halifax, who was 4-under on Wednesday and finished at 8-under for the tournament.

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BMC Nurses Take Second Step Toward Strike
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:27PM / Wednesday, August 02, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The nurses at Berkshire Medical Center have taken the second step toward a strike.   The Massachusetts Nursing Association filed a notification to end the existing agreement. The contract currently in place prohibits a strike and while the contract had an expiration date of September 2016, the duration clauses continued it unless a 30-day notice from either side was made or a new agreement was signed.    "While we are disappointed that the union has moved one step closer to a strike, we look forward to meeting again with the union on Aug. 7, with hopes of reaching an agreement," Berkshire Health Systems Vice President of Human Resources

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