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Berkshire Blaze Travel Softball Tryouts Friday and Saturday
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10:45AM / Monday, January 07, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire Blaze travel softball program will hold tryouts this week for the 14-and-under and 16-and-underage groups.   Two days of tryouts will be hosted by The Infield at 10 Lyman St.   On Friday Jan. 11, pitchers and cathchers will try out from 7 to 7:30 p.m., and fielding and hitting tryouts will be from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.   On Saturday, pitchers and catchers will try out from 1 to 1:30 p.m., and fielding and hitting will be from 1:30 to 3:30.   Sign up on the team's Facebook page check in when you arrive.    Tryouts are being held in January to establish the teams in order to build schedules and purchase uniforms and equipment

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BRPC Looks to Kick Start Mountain Biking Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:14AM / Monday, January 07, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BRPC is hoping to kick off an effort to bolster mountain biking in the area.   Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is joining with two others Western Massachusetts planning organizations in a grant application to map, analyze, identify trail conditions, and lay the framework for a marketing effort to make Western Massachusetts known as a mountain biking hub.   The hope is that the Mass Trails grant will kick off the project and a previously secured $800,000 in an environmental bond bill by state Sen. Adam Hinds can follow. Those funds have not been released by the administration.   "The senator is a strong advocate for mountain

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Pittsfield Police Hosting Expo on Law Enforcement Careers
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04:23PM / Sunday, January 06, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Want to fight crime? Because the Pittsfield Police Department is looking for candidates to join the force.   The department is holding a recruitment expo on Tuesday at Taconic High School to answer questions and demonstrate equipment for those who may be thinking of entering the profession. The expo is being held in anticipation of the next Civil Service test for police officers.   The department has been hiring over the last few years as it looks to expand its ranks. The last test was done in 2017 and to get more candidates the department has suspended its residency requirement.    The written examination to become an officer is administered by

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Berkshire Registers of Deeds to Standardize Procedures
07:07PM / Saturday, January 05, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The county's three registers of deeds say they will be working together to ensure consistency in procedures in the three offices.    Maria T. Ziemba, Northern Berkshire District Register of Deeds; Patricia M. Harris, Berkshire Middle District Register of Deeds; and Michelle Laramee-Jenny, Southern Berkshire District Register of Deeds, were all sworn into office in the Middle Berkshire District Registry of Deeds on Wednesday, Jan. 2.   All three registers have agreed to identify and standardize any differences in recording requirements and procedures between the registries in an effort to become more accommodating to law firms, financial

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Pittsfield Awards Wastewater Project Contract
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:09AM / Saturday, January 05, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant will cost $13 million less than expected.   The city awarded Methuen Construction a contract of $51,423,287 to make the upgrades required to comply with a U.S. EPA mandate to lower the levels of phosphorous and aluminum being discharged into the Housatonic River. It also includes adding a nitrogen optimization process. The City Council had previously authorized $74 million to complete the work.   "I think it shows our engineers and third-party review team did an amazing job at designing a system that could be constructed for a price below what we estimated. This is obviously good news for the city of

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Gov. Baker Highlights Success of Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:10PM / Friday, January 04, 2019

Following the tour of the facility, Baker has lunch with company officials, interns, and local elected officials. The governor was sworn into his second term of office on Thursday and was leaving to attend events in Holyoke, Springfield and Worcester.   LEE, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker blitzed the commonwealth this week as he kicks off his second term in the corner office.   On Friday, Baker visited Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing where the state had played a role in helping the company both expand and bring on interns.   Baker toured the facility, met with the interns, heard from company officials about future plans, and highlighted it as an example of the

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Jan. 4-10
11:06AM / Friday, January 04, 2019
SAT Body, Mind & Soul Health Expo at The Plaza Hotel presents the Body, Mind & Soul Health Expo from 2-5 p.m. at the Berkshire Plaza Hotel (1 West Street). There you'll find information and demonstrations to improve your heath and well-being. Meet professional fitness trainers, health experts, and health and sports club representatives. Plus: blood pressure and testing, workshops, food and drink samples, and more!   MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE NEXT

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Pittsfield To Update Body Art Regs To Include Microblading
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:18AM / Friday, January 04, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Board of Health is revisiting its body art regulations as the trend of microblading has recently arrived in the city.   Health Director Gina Armstrong said the department recently received two inquiries from people looking to open a microblading practice. Armstrong said the practice is covered by the tattoo regulations but that there is room in the regulations for further definitions and a requirement of experience.   "What we need to look at is establishing a minimum experience for someone to operate solely," Armstrong said.   The technique is similar to tattooing in the most basic way. The practitioner uses needles to puncture the

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State Police Investigating 2 Separate Head-on Collisions
09:07PM / Thursday, January 03, 2019

Route 20 was closed for more than three hours after a head-on collision seriously injured three people.  HANCOCK, Mass. — Two separate head-on crashes occurred on Thursday evening that required the transportation of at least one person by medical helicopter.    The first occurred around 5 p.m. on Lebanon Road (Route 20) near the Overlook parking area in Hancock. Three people were taken to area hospitals with serious injuries. Traffic on Route 20 was detoured until the road was reopened shortly before 9 p.m.    The second accident occurred about 7:30 p.m. on Route 7 in New Ashford, near the Springs inn. Route 7 is closed in both directions from Mallery

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Baker Upbeat, Stresses Bipartisanship in 2nd Inaugural Speech
06:19PM / Thursday, January 03, 2019
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker delivered his second inaugural address from the House Chamber on Thursday, stressing the benefits of bipartisanship and the initiatives he'll be pushing in the coming months.    Baker, who easily won a second four-year term in November, welcomed the new and returning legislative members who were sworn in on Wednesday to the ongoing work on behalf of the state.   "I'm quite sure you've heard about the good work that goes on here, as well as those areas in which we fall short," he said. "We all strive to build a commonwealth of hope, opportunity and possibility. ...    "And in this era of snapchats,

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WTBR Returns to The Airwaves
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:34PM / Thursday, January 03, 2019

Executive Director Shawn Serre said a lot of people were involved in the project. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It seemed like everywhere Bill Sturgeon went in the last six months he'd get the same question:   "When is WTBR coming back?"    The Brave FM had gone silent in June as the old Taconic High School, which was the radio station's home, began to be torn down.   Pittsfield Community Television had reached a contract with the city schools to take over management and operations of the station and had been building a new studio, relocating the tower, transporting and setting up the equipment, and following through on all of the licenses and

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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for January
02:45PM / Thursday, January 03, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The staff of state Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will host two community outreach events during January.   The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Blandford and Lenox for this month's staff office hours on Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Blandford Town Hall, located at 1 Russell Stage Road Legacy Room of the Lenox Library, located at 18 Main St. All residents of the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden Senate District are invited to participate in these sessions if they have an idea, question or comment about state government

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