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Pittsfield 15s Open World Series With 10-0 Win
07:59PM / Thursday, August 13, 2015
LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. -- Drew DeMartino went 2-for-2, drew two walks and drove in three runs to lead the Pittsfield Babe Ruth All-Stars to a 10-0 win over Ohio Valley in their first game of the Babe Ruth Baseball 15-year-old World Series on Thursday.   Jake McNeice drove in two runs, and Jack Cooney and Devon Walker each scored twice for Pittsfield, which cashed in on five Ohio Valley errors while playing flawless defense.   Izaiya Mestre went the distance on the mound, striking out eight in a game that was called in the bottom of the sixth via the 10-run mercy rule.   Pittsfield takes on host Lawrenceburg on Friday at 9 p.m.

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Adams Aces Rally for Win in Berkshire Adult Baseball League
03:17PM / Thursday, August 13, 2015
The Adams Aces scored six times in the seventh inning to beat the division-leading Bandits, 7-4, last weekend in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League.   Kevin Davis had an RBI single and an outfield error factored into the rally for the Aces (9-4), who moved within a game of the Bandits (10-3) in the 35-and-over division of the BABL.   Trevor Swistak struck out six to earn the win for Adams. He and mike Rinaldi had two hits apiece in the win.   Tom Bishop, Joe Rooney and T.J. Hillard each had two hits for the Bandits.   At the top of the 20-and-over division, second place BBA (11-3) split a double-header with Housatonic.   After losing the first game, BBA trailed 6-3

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Pittsfield Pulls Preliminary Ballot Order; Tyer Takes Top Spot
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:06PM / Thursday, August 13, 2015
Catherine Van Bramer and Michelle Cetti pulled the names to set the ballot order. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Linda Tyer's name will sit atop the preliminary ballot.   On Thursday, the city's officer of registrar of voters held a ballot drawing in the City Council chambers. The drawing formed the order in which the four mayoral candidates will appear on the preliminary ballot.   Tyer's name will be followed by Donna Walto, Daniel Bianchi and Craig Gaetani, in that order.   The preliminary will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 22, and will narrow the field down to two candidates for mayor in the general election in November. No other elected offices had enough

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'Ricki and the Flash': No Flash in the Pan
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:02PM / Thursday, August 13, 2015
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Meryl Streep morphs into a rocker trying to harmonize with her deserted family in 'Ricki and the Flash.'

Seeing Meryl Streep dissolve into rock musician Ricki Rendazzo in Jonathan Demme's "Ricki and the Flash," it occurred to me how lucky I am. The simple facts of chronology precluded me from seeing baseball players like Babe Ruth, Mel Ott, Tris Speaker and Ty Cobb ply their craft. But in that fickle, sometimes great equalizer of fate, I've had the opportunity to witness the Great Streep's career, right from the beginning. A few films in, I actually disliked her

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Pittsfield Bakery Closing North Street Shop
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:05AM / Thursday, August 13, 2015
Ashley Summers is closing Madeleine's Patisserie & Cafe after negotiations for a new lease were unsuccessful. She will focus on Berkshire Bakes now. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After two years, Madeleine's Patisserie & Cafe is closing its North Street bakery at the end of the month.   Owner Ashley Summers says customers can still purchase her croissants, muffins, cookies and cupcakes through her catering and wholesale arm, Berkshire Bakes. And she hopes to find a new location on North Street in the spring.   "While we are closing here, you can still get some of what we offer," Summers said on Wednesday.    Summers said she was unable to

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Berkshire Force 16s Go 2-1 on Busy Wednesday
01:53PM / Wednesday, August 12, 2015
JENSEN BEACH, Fla., -- The Berkshire Force scored four runs in the third inning to erase a 2-0 deficit on the way to an 8-3 win over Madison, N.C.   Britney Perkett went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, and Haley Tobin went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.   Elena Cerveira drove in two with a 2-for-4 day at the plate for the Force, which improved to 5-3 at the tournament.   Giuliana Pierce went the distance in the circle, pitching around three errors and allowing no earned runs.   Earlier on Wednesday, Berkshire defeated the host Jensen Beach White, 6-3, in a game continued from Tuesday evening.   Toni Satrape went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, and Emily Koldys

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The Classical Beat: BSO Wrapping Up At Tanglewood
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:22PM / Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Maestro Asher Fisch will lead the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and the BSO in their final appearances of the 2015 Tanglewood season in this single concert on Sunday, Aug. 16.

Tanglewood concludes its 2015 classical programming this week, culminating with a powerful pair of works performed by the BSO. The “heavy hitters” are Mahler (the potent Symphony No. 6 -‘Tragic’) and, of course, the traditional final concert featuring Beethoven’s glorious and triumphant Ninth Symphony -‘Choral’).

Following its Aug. 16 performance, the Boston Symphony Orchestra will return to Boston to prepare for its first tour with Music Director

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Pittsfield Asked to Open Gates at Kirvin Park
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:42AM / Wednesday, August 12, 2015
The City Council handled and array of issues at Tuesday's City Council meeting. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council is hoping to improve access to Kirvin Park by opening the gates that secure the ballfields from vandals.   Councilor at Large Kathleen Amuso requested that the gates closing off the southerly portion of the park be opened from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily.   However, officials from both the parks department and maintenance have concerns about vehicles damaging the fields.   "I know there are issues with opening up the gate because of vandalism. We have to be careful of that," Amuso conceded, but still said she would like the gates to be

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Mayoral Candidate Tyer Calls For Early Education Program Expansions
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:02AM / Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Mayoral candidate Linda Tyer held a press conference Tuesday to discuss her plans to create a 'hybrid' model for early education. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayoral candidate Linda Tyer is calling for the creation of a new model to provide preschool programming.   The candidate held a press conference at her East Street headquarters on Tuesday to discuss her plans to service the nearly 900 pupils who are not enrolled in early education programs. She said she wants to expand the capacity of care providers both in the private sector and in the public schools.   "In Pittsfield, we have about 58 percent of 3- and 4-year-olds who are not currently enrolled in some

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Berkshire Force 16s Win Twice
09:27PM / Tuesday, August 11, 2015
JENSEN BEACH, Fla. -- The Berkshire Force picked up two wins on Tuesday at the Babe Ruth Softball 16-and-under World Series.   First, Isabella Aitken went 3-for-4 in a 10-2 win over Hoquiam.   Britney Perkett doubled and scored twice, and Elena Cerverira drove in a pair in the victory.   Emily Koldys went the distance in the circle, striking out five and scattering six hits.   In Berkshire's second outing of the day, the Force took an 11-4 lead into the bottom of the seventh and held on for an 11-8 win.   Giuliana Pierce went 2-for-3 with a double, and Ashley Keegan, Rachel Voller and Perkett each had two hits in the 12-hit effort.   Keegan and Koldys split

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Two Pittsfield Stores Robbed At Knifepoint
Staff Reports,
04:28PM / Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Police say they made an arrest in the Subway robbery.   

 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two city businesses were robbed at knife point in the last few days.   Police say on Sunday night, at about 5:45, the Subway restaurant at 179 South Street was robbed. The following night the Citgo gas station at 1330 East Street was robbed. Both robberies were by knifepoint.   On Subway robbery, the suspect is described as a white man with thin build standing at about 5-foot 6-inches tall. He was wearing an olive green t-shirt, blue jeans, a dark colored banana and had scruffy facial hair, according to police.   The suspect jumped over the counter and took an undisclosed

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Pittsfield Fire Awaiting Repairs To Two Trucks
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:12PM / Tuesday, August 11, 2015
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Fire Department is awaiting the return of multiple trucks that have gone in for repair.   Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski said the department is currently down two trucks — Tower 1 and Truck 3. Another truck, Truck 2, has just returned to the road after failing an inspection.   Tower 1 has been out of service for about a month, the chief said in an email on Friday. It was damaged at Canoe Meadows while responding to a structure fire during a thunderstorm. The truck struck a low-hanging limb and the control pedestal on the turntable was damaged. The vehicle was sent to Walpole for repairs and is expected to return to service on Thursday.   In

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