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Pittsfield Resident Sues School Committee Over Indigenous Peoples Day
Staff Reports,
01:23AM / Monday, August 06, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city resident has filed suit for $75,000 for alleged "pain, suffering and emotional distress" caused by the School Committee's decision to change the name of Columbus Day on the school calendar to Indigenous Peoples Day.   Alexander Blumin filed the lawsuit in Berkshire Superior Court against the entire School Committee except for Joshua Cutler, the city of Pittsfield, and Human Rights Commission Chairman Drew Herzig. Blumin argues that the School Committee used deceptive practices and broke state law that recommends schools recognize Columbus Day. He then contends Herzig attempted to do the same by proposing the city follow the School

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Little League Notebook: Night Baseball Requires Some Adjustment
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
11:01PM / Sunday, August 05, 2018
BRISTOL, Mass. -- On Monday, the Pittsfield American Little League plays its second straight game under the lights at the A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Leadership Training Center.   Night baseball is still failry unique for the 12-year-olds, and that novelty nearly worked against the Americans in Sunday's opener.   Goffstown, N.H., had two runs in and a man on with one out in the top of the sixth, and Pittsfield was clinging to a 4-2 lead when Alex Magdziarsz lofted a fly ball to center field.   After finding the ball in the night sky, Owen Salvatore made the adjustments he needed to make the grab, helping to preserve an eventual 4-2 win.   "Honestly, I

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Pittsfield Americans Win Opener at Little League Regional
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:52PM / Sunday, August 05, 2018
BRISTOL, Conn. -- Evan Blake had 10 strikeouts in his Little League New England Regional debut on Sunday night.   None was bigger than the one that came with two out in the top of the third inning of an eventual 4-2 Pittsfield American Little League win.   It was a scoreless game in the third, but Goffstown, N.H., was threatening to change that with the bases loaded.   And Blake, who had allowed his first two hits in the inning, started off Goffstown's No. 3 hitter with a ball.   That is when Pittsfield manager Joe Skutnik sent assistant coach Pat Bramer to the mound.   "He said: Just relax and take your time," Blake said. "I was rushing a little

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Swallowtails and Purples Abound at Stoney Ledge
By Tor Hansen, iBerkshires columnist
04:33PM / Sunday, August 05, 2018

A monarch sips nectar from a lily. Its wings can brush against the flower's stamen and anthers, spreading its pollen to the next flower. ADAMS, Mass. — The winding trail out to Stoney Ledge on the slopes of Mount Greylock is wide enough to allow sunlight to penetrate the high leafy canopy above, creating light gaps where wildflowers abound that attract assorted butterflies.    The tiger swallowtail is the sole swallowtail here in late June through mid-July, and quite numerous, leading to a surprising estimate in the thousands for the whole Greylock mountain range and neighboring valleys. Swallowtails looping and fluttering through the green woodland in this great

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End of Session Review 2018: Tricia Farley-Bouvier
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:26AM / Sunday, August 05, 2018
  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The massive criminal justice reform bill stands out as a highlight of the legislative session for state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier.   The Legislature just wrapped up its formal session on Tuesday night, concluding deliberations on most major pieces of law until a new Legislature takes over in January -- though there are still informal sessions during which bills can be passed.   Farley-Bouvier, representing the 3rd Berkshire District that encompasses most of Pittsfield, highlighted the criminal justice reform bill as one of the top undertakings lawmakers completed in the last two years.   "That has wide-ranging implications for most

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Pittsfield Little Leaguers Carry Mass. Banner to New England Regional
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Sports
04:23AM / Saturday, August 04, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Unlike his players, Pittsfield American Little League coach Joe Skutnik knows just what his team is getting into this week.   "As a coach who has been there before and when you get to this point, a state final game, you sit there and say, 'Man, the kids would have a blast down there,' " Skutnik said after Sunday's state title game win over Danvers. "So as a coach, you're really hoping that you can get there — not for yourself but for the kids because it's fun. It's a lot of fun down there."   On Sunday evening in Bristol, Conn., a fun summer for the Pittsfield Americans will continue when they take on

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Absentee Ballots Available for September Primary
05:08PM / Friday, August 03, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Absentee ballots for the Tuesday, Sept. 4, state primary election are now available at most town and city clerks' offices.   The last day to register to vote or change party affiliation for the primary is Aug. 15 by 8 p.m.; the last day to register to vote in the general election on Nov. 6 is Oct. 17 by 8 p.m.    If you are unable to vote on Election Day, you may stop by your local clerk's office and vote any time during office hours. Mail-in voter registration forms must be postmarked no later than Aug. 15.   Office hours in North Adams are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.   If you

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Superior Court Briefs: July 30 - July 31
Staff Reports,
05:04PM / Friday, August 03, 2018
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, July 30.   Robert Turner, 36, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws.   He was released on $2,500 bail. The charges are in connection with a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on June 20, 2018.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, July 31.   John Pierce, 42, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of assault by means of a dangerous weapon.   He was ordered to serve 122 days at the Berkshire County House of Correction. He was given credit for 122 days served for the time he

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@theMarket: Stocks Set for a Volatile August
By Bill Schmick,
04:23PM / Friday, August 03, 2018
This month would be a good time to go on vacation. Otherwise, you might be tempted to do something rash like chase stocks or sell at their lows. That is the kind of market volatility investors should expect in August.   The market's trading range is still intact and should continue and keep stock market values corralled into September and probably October.    We had our moves up to the old highs (or slightly beyond) in most of the averages in July. A combination of anticipated stellar second-quarter earnings and somewhat less rhetoric from the "Trumpster," allowed equities to notch their fourth month of gains. Second quarter earnings have come in as expected for

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Adams Agricultural Fair Features Farming Traditions, Rodeo, Demo Derby
By Matt McGrory, iBerkshires Intern
02:49PM / Friday, August 03, 2018

See photos from last year's event here.  ADAMS, Mass. — The 44th annual Adams Agricultural Fair will once again showcase the agricultural pursuits of Berkshire County along with family-friendly entertainment.   The event, commonly known as the Aggie Fair, is set to take place from Friday through Sunday,  Aug. 3-5, at Bowe Field, 371 Old Columbia St.   The fair continues its mission to keep farming traditions alive by endorsing the local agricultural community, 4-H and other participating members.   Betty Randall, one of the main organizers of the Aggie Fair, said the fair recognizes the importance of agriculture to the community and noted that the

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Miss Hall's School Appoints Academic Dean
01:17PM / Friday, August 03, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School announces the appointment of Lisa J. Alberti as the school's new dean of Academics and Faculty.

Alberti, a member of the Miss Hall's School Class of 1973 and a Lenox native, joined Miss Hall's on July 1, bringing more than 40 years of classroom and administrative experience to the school. Previously the associate head of school at Trevor Day School in Manhattan, she has worked with faculty to guide curriculum development, advance inquiry-based learning and teaching, and support academic excellence, collaboration, and student-centered learning.

"I am very pleased to welcome Lisa back to Miss Hall's," said Head of

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'Mission: Impossible-Fallout': It Takes All Kinds
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
12:57PM / Friday, August 03, 2018
"Why do bad people have to be bad?"   Thus spake my great nephew-in-law, Nate, 4, after recently seeing his first movie in a theater, "Incredibles 2." His other inquiry was whether or not the lights would come back on when the film concluded.   Well Nate, in answer to your first question, we've been working on that since time immemorial, both in real life and in fiction, and we have some theories ... none conclusive. Some scientists believe it's bad mommies and daddies that make bad people. And then there's the bad seed concept: the matter of an aberrant gene causing one to think they have not only the right, but nay, the obligation to bully people

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