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Maxymillian Awarded Final Pittsfield Streetscape Contract
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:21PM / Tuesday, August 18, 2015
The final phase will extend from Columbus Avenue to Madison Avenue, connecting the last two phases of the project. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — J.H. Maxymillian has been awarded the final streetscape contract.   The company's bid of $4,261,384.75 for the final phase was awarded by the city's purchasing department after bids were opened at the end of July. Maxymillian was previously awarded the contracts for the prior two phases of the North Street reconstruction.   "We did award the contract to Maxymillian and they will start construction in the first week of September," said Laurie Mick, community development specialist, on Tuesday.   Tony Simonelli, of


Pittsfield Babe Ruth 15s Blank Midwest Plains Champion at World Series
08:56AM / Tuesday, August 18, 2015
LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. -- Izaiya Mestre and Jacob Flynn combined on a two-hitter as the Pittsfield All-Stars defeated the Midwest Plains regional champions, 6-0, on Monday at the Babe Ruth Baseball 15-year-old World Series.   Mestre struck out eight and allowed one hit over five innings before Flynn came on to pitch the sixth and seventh.   Mestre also went 1-for-2 with an RBI, and Brett Murphy singled and scored a run as Pittsfield (2-2) rallied for five runs in the bottom of the fourth to break open a 1-0 game.

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New Permaculture Biz Plots Expanded Local Food Supply
By Joe Durwin, iBerkshires Correspondent
11:00AM / Monday, August 17, 2015
Matt Lamb and Jay Allard are introducing permaculture methods of growing foods to Berkshire County, with a showcase garden at Shire City Sanctuary. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — They're not your average entrepreneurs, and it isn't your typical business model.   Berkshire Earth Regenerators was recently launched with the ambitious mission of widespread edible abundance, enhancement of local open spaces, and "connecting people not only with the community, but with the planet," according to co-founder Matt Lamb.   Lamb, a contractor and landscaping expert, together with Jay Allard, a mechanical engineer, formed the company earlier this year with the intention of


Pittsfield 15s Edged by Mid Atlantic Champs at Babe Ruth World Series
07:43AM / Monday, August 17, 2015
LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. -- The Pittsfield Babe Ruth All-Stars fought back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game only to fall, 4-3, to the Middle Atlantic regional champions on Sunday night at the Babe Ruth Baseball 15-year-old World Series.   Izaiya Mestre had a single and an RBI, and Drew DeMartino and Tyler Cowdrey each drove in a run for Pittsfield (1-2).   After falling behind, 3-0, after the first, the New England regional champs scored one each in the third, fourth and fifth innings to tie the game. But Middle Atlantic broke that tie with a run in the bottom of the fifth and held on.   Hunter Brasie went 4-2/3 innings on the mound before Mestre came in to


Pittsfield 15s Fall to Hosts at Babe Ruth World Series
07:51AM / Sunday, August 16, 2015
LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. - Host Lawrencburg scored 12 runs in the first inning on the way to a 14-1 win over the Pittsfield Babe Ruth 15-year-old All-Stars on Saturday night at the World Series.   Izaiya Mestre scored the game's first run in the top of the first, but it was all Lawrenceburg after that.   Drew DeMartino and Jack Cooney accounted for Pittsfield's two hits.   Jake McNeice, Jacbo Flynn and Kyle Crocker combined on the pitching duties for a game that ended in the middle of the fifth.   Pittsfield, the New England regional champ, looks to bounce back Sunday night as it continues pool play with a game against the Middle Atlantic regional champion.


Renovation Of North Adams Church Into Apartments Completed
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:30PM / Saturday, August 15, 2015
The former Our Lady of Mercy on State Road has been renovated into high-end apartments. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The renovation of Our Lady of Mercy Church into high-end apartments has been completed and new tenants may calling it home in just a few weeks.   Scarafoni Associates has completely renovated the interior of the State Road church into four high-end apartments. Work is "98 percent" complete, according to developer David Carver, and residents could be moving in as early as Sept. 1.   "Two out of the four are almost leased. We've been talking to a few people," Carver said on Friday when he held an open house to show off the new


West Nile Confirmed In Mosquitoes Collected In Pittsfield
Staff Reports,
03:43PM / Friday, August 14, 2015
PITTSFIELD, Mass. - Two mosquitoes collected in the city have tested positive for West Nile Virus.   The state Department of Public Health confirmed that two mosquitos collected from a batch taken from Pittsfield on Aug. 5 tested positive for the virus. The confirmation is the fourth in Berkshire County this year. In July, mosquitoes were confirmed to carry the virus in Richmond and Sheffield last month.   The Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project does the collecting as well as a number of methods to kill the mosquitos. The pests typically come out in large numbers after flooding because adults lay their larva in flood planes. When water floods, it activates the process and


NAMI Mass. and NAMI Berkshire County Partner on Statewide Campaign
03:26PM / Friday, August 14, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts, the state chapter of NAMI, is launching a statewide campaign called CEOs Against Stigma to end workplace stigma and create healthier, more productive workplaces.

NAMI Berkshire County received $5,000 through this initiative and will use the funds to work with local businesses (that have at least 50 employees) to create and foster a stigma-free workplace.

Funded through a grant from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office, CEOs Against Stigma recognizes that ending stigma requires top-down leadership to change misconceptions about mental illness — including depression and substance use —


Register now for CYC/YMCA Flag Football League
03:22PM / Friday, August 14, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The CYC and Pittsfield Family YMCA are now accepting registrations for a new Flag Football league. League dates are Mondays, Sept. 14-Oct. 12 for boys and girls ages 5-8 years.

Flag Football provides young players a fun and exciting opportunity to engage in non-contact, continuous action while learning lessons in teamwork and sportsmanship. Players will learn basic principles such as throwing, catching and running. Flag Football provides a fun, positive experience for children through on-the-field instruction.

League dates are Mondays, Sept. 14-Oct. 12, for boys and girls ages 5-8 years. All games will be played at St. Marks School, 400 Columbus Ave. Volunteer


Lee Premium Outlets Seeks Vendors for Crafts & Creations Weekend
03:17PM / Friday, August 14, 2015

LEE, Mass. — Lee Premium Outlets is seeking vendors for the inaugural Crafts & Creations weekend. The event will provide a fun and friendly atmosphere for local craftspeople and artists to reach nearly 8,000 shoppers per day.

Lee Premium Outlets is currently seeking vendors who create and sell hand-crafted items ranging from jewelry to artwork to pottery – anything that has been made by the vendor or the vendor’s family member or friend. Items for resale will not be permitted and gift baskets and arrangements of purchased items are only allowed if they are creatively developed; food items will also not be accepted.

Crafts & Creations will be open from 10 a.m. to


The Independent Investor: The Risk of Rising Rates
By Bill Schmick,
01:21PM / Friday, August 14, 2015

Conservative investors are becoming increasingly concerned that their bond holdings may be at risk. If and when the Federal Reserve Bank hikes interest rates this year, will bond holders be caught holding the bag?

It depends. The short answer would be that when interest rates rise, bond prices fall, if all else remains equal. That's because bonds have two sources of returns: changes in price and interest payments that move in opposite directions. If you hold your bond investment until the date it matures (whether that is a few months or as long as thirty years), you receive all the interest payments the bond pays out plus your original investment money back  at maturity providing


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 14-20
11:58AM / Friday, August 14, 2015
Office of Cultural Development | City of Pittsfield    

Friday+: Mary Poppins at The Colonial
 flies onto the Colonial stage for Berkshire Theatre Group's 10th Annual Community Theatre Production. In this beloved musical, written by Julian Fellowes of  fame, a practically perfect nanny teaches us"anything can happen if you let it." For the third time in a BTG community production, actors will fly through The Colonial Theatre, the first two years ago in , the second in last year's


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