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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

Pittsfield Babe Ruth 13-Year-Olds Win New England Regional Sports,
10:10PM / Thursday, July 25, 2019
STAMFORD, Conn. -- Christian Salzarulo threw a complete-game three-hitter Thursday to lead the Pittsfield Babe Ruth Baseball 13-year-old All-Stars to a 7-1 win over Keene, N.H., in the championship game of the New England Regional Tournament.   The win sends Pittsfield to the Babe Ruth World Series, scheduled for Aug. 8-15 in Westfield.   Nick Brindle had two hits, drew a walk and scored twice in an eight-hit Pittsfield attack on Thursday.   It drew first blood in the second inning when Damon Pause walked, stole second, went to third on Tommy Mullin's single and stole home.   In the third inning, Brindle and Antonio Scalise single ahead of a bunt single by Owen


Police Investigating Robbery Of Pittsfield Package Store
Staff Reports,
07:15PM / Thursday, July 25, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are investigating a robbery of Harte's Package Store Wednesday night.   Police say at 9:09 p.m. Wednesday night officers were called to the Dalton Avenue store for a reported robbery. The suspect was described as a short, white man with a beard and missing front teeth. He was described as wearing a light colored hooded shirt.   The suspected reportedly displayed a knige and then fled the store with cash and merchandise. No one was injured.    Police say video evidence was recovered but footage or photographs of the suspect are not being released at this time.


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

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013


'The Lion King': Reigns On
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:19PM / Thursday, July 25, 2019
Watching director Jon Favreau's spectacularly buoyant homage to the circle of life, I bemoaned not having had a little niece or nephew on loan to give me the moppet point of view. As Art Linkletter noted, kids say the darnedest things, and a quote from Taylor or Max would have at least facilitated an opening paragraph. Hey, I'd of credited them.    But then, as "The Lion King's" joyous, action-filled and altruistic wisdom unreeled before my consistently amazed eyes, it came to me. It was a Ponce de León of the mind. Blown away by the seamlessly elegant, completely infatuating majesty of the special effects, the eight-year-old in me was, for 118 engaged


The Independent Investor: Make Vietnam Great Again?
By Bill Schmick,
05:10PM / Thursday, July 25, 2019
Funny things happen when our government starts tinkering with the economy in a big way. Unpredictable results, unintended consequences, and confusion often result. U.S. tariffs on China is a case in point.   Now to hear it from the White House, slapping tariffs on imports from China is going to change the entire equation of how companies do business. As it becomes more expensive to import from China, Donald Trump promised that other foreign countries were going to flock to the U.S. creating more jobs, more tax revenues, and generally become a big part of "making the U.S. great again."   So far, the president is half right. Over 50 multinational companies have announced


Richmond Man Killed Motor Vehicle Collision on Route 41
04:53PM / Thursday, July 25, 2019
RICHMOND, Mass. —  An 84-year-old Richmond man was killed Wednesday afternoon in a motor vehicle accident on Route 41 near Dublin Road.   State police say Roland Small was a passenger in a 2007 Subaru Forester when it collided with a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado driven by a 19-year-old Chatham, N.Y., woman at about 4:20 p.m.   Small and the driver of the Subaru, a 78-year-old Richmond woman, were taken Berkshire Medical Center. Small had serious injuries, according to state police, and died at the hospital. The driver of the pickup was not injured and the driver of the Subaru is expected to survive.    The road was closed at that location for approximately four


Pittsfield Police Add Radio Show to Information, Transparency Efforts
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Thursday, July 25, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The day after authorities apprehended an escaped inmate after a three-day search, many residents tuned into the radio and heard the voices of the sheriff and officers who made the arrest telling their side of the story.   It wasn't a local news program with reporters asking questions. It was the first episode of "On Patrol with PPD," a brand-new radio show on WTBR, hosted by the Police Department.    "It is a little bit foreign but we are getting some good responses," Police Chief Michael Wynn, who hosts the show, said.   The show airs once a week and Wynn hopes to highlight the department's work and profile officers


Pittsfield Babe Ruth 13s Reach Regional Title Game; 15s Bow in Quarter-Finals Sports,
08:35PM / Wednesday, July 24, 2019
ROCHESTER, N.H. -- Greater Portand, Maine, rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth, Wednesday to hand the Pittsfield Babe Ruth 14-year-old All-Stars a 7-6 defeat that ended Pittsfield's run in the New England Regional Championship.   Pittsfield had gone ahead, 6-4, with two runs in the top of the eighth when Matt Lee hit a sacrifice fly to score Nick Guanchione, and Chase Racine doubled to right to score Tyler Gaudette.   It was a back-and-forth game all night in the first round of the six-team bracket play at the regional.   Pittsfield battled back from a 3-1 deficit to take a 4-3 lead in the sixth thanks to a Racine sac fly and a passed ball that allowed Lee


Woman Injured In Crash at Problematic Pittsfield Intersection
Staff Reports,
03:23PM / Wednesday, July 24, 2019

A solar-powered warning sign was installed within the last two years to reduce the number of drivers missing the stop sign. The tree on the right was the target of previous inquiries about it obscuring the sign at the intersection. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A 71-year-old woman was taken to Berkshire Medical Center for minor injuries Wednesday after a collision on East Housatonic Street.   According to Officer David Hallas, the woman was westbound on East Housatonic Street in an Oldsmobile Bravada when a Subaru Legacy, driven by a 35-year-old Great Barrington man ran the stop sign at Pomeroy Avenue and collided with the Oldsmobile.   "The driver of the Oldsmobile was


The Classical 'High Season' Approaches Its Summit
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
01:18PM / Wednesday, July 24, 2019

During late July, the classical music festival "high season," anchored by concerts and special events at Tanglewood, approaches its summit, with sure-fire programming.

Offerings this week include great chamber music featuring the renowned Emerson String Quartet joined by Metropolitan Opera soprano Renée Fleming performing a world premiere, "Penelope," by pianist/composer/conductor André Previn; a highly engaging violin/piano recital focusing on the four uniquely captivating violin sonatas of Charles Ives performed by Jeremy Denk and Stefan Jackiw; Maurice Ravel's sonic masterpiece, the "Daphnis et Chloé" ballet with Boston Symphony


Pretenders, Paul Taylor Dancers, Ragtime Among Top Events This Week
By Grace Lichtenstein, Guest Column
12:48PM / Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Pretenders are coming to Mass MoCA on July 26.

If you love classic rock, Christie Hyde and the Pretenders are making a stop at Mass MoCA. If you're into dance, the Paul Taylor troupe visits the Pillow. And musical comedy aficionados can flock to the Mac-Haydn across the state line for "Ragtime."

Mass MoCA

This Friday, July 26, The Pretenders make what's being billed as the band's only North American appearance of the summer at Mass MoCA. It's a benefit, with proceeds from the concert supporting the Hans and Kate Morris Fund for New Music, which underwrites new work by emerging and established musicians. Brooklyn-based C. Gibbs is the opening act with guests


Don't Chase Last Year's Mutual Fund Category Winners
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:17PM / Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The world of mutual funds can be confusing. With more than 9,000 funds on the market, how can you choose the ones that are right for you?

One way to start is by considering the various categories of mutual funds – and there are quite a few of them: Small Cap Growth, Large Cap Growth, Large Cap Value, Diversified Emerging Markets, Foreign Large Cap Blend and more – the list is extensive, and for many people, confusing.

However, with a little study, you can understand why these funds have their names – for example, a Small Cap Growth fund will contain stocks of smaller companies thought to offer growth potential. Once you know the goals of different categories of mutual


Bayliss' No-Hitter Highlights BABL Week
11:15AM / Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Tight races abound in the Berkshire Adult Baseball league, where just one game in the loss column separates the top three teams in the over-35 division and the top two teams in the 20-year-old division.   A key game in the 35s comes on Sunday in Lenox, where the first-place Berkshire Thunder (9-2) takes on the third-place Berkshire Bandits (7-3).   The division's second-place team, the Adams Aces (7-2) has two games in the next five days, playing Tunnel City at Alcombright Field on Wednesday and the Greenridge Gremlins at the Dalton Legion field on Sunday.   Last week in the 35-year-old division, Jarrett Bayliss threw a no-hitter to lead the Dalton Moneymakers past the


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