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Pittsfield Americans Open State Tourney Thursday
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08:29PM / Wednesday, July 25, 2018
The Pittsfield American League Little League 12-year-old All-Stars Thursday will go for its state title in 17 years when it takes on Westboro in the first round of the state tournament at Woolie World Park in Milbury.   The Americans -- who last won the state championship as Pittsfield South in 2000 and 2001 -- advanced out of Section 1 on Monday with an 8-1 win over Worcester-Joe Schwartz in Worcester.   Evan Blake struck out 11 in a complete-game win in the sectional final, allowing just two hits.   The Americans scored first, taking a 2-0 lead with a two-out rally in the second, and never looked back. Nick Brindle had an RBI single in th einning.   Pittsfield


Singing! Dancing! Naked Singing and Dancing!
By Grace Lichtenstein, iBerkshires columnist
02:56PM / Wednesday, July 25, 2018

'West Side Story' will be shown at Tanglewood on Saturday night, accompanied live by the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Musical theater thrives in the region this week — on stage and on film. It might require a drive, but you can hear country/western music, Bernstein and great stuff for children in the coming days ... or catch up with nudity that began 50 years ago and caused a sensation on Broadway.



The most famous work by Leonard Bernstein, whose centennial is being celebrated all summer worldwide, is, of course, "West Side Story." At the Shed on Saturday night at 8 p.m., Tanglewood presents the remastered movie of this iconic musical, on big


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

Classical Music High Season is Ablaze
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
12:42PM / Wednesday, July 25, 2018

During late July into early August, with concerts at Tanglewood and at other celebrated regional venues, the classical music festival high season lights up with sure-fire programming. Major orchestral offerings at Tanglewood this week include Mozart's groundbreaking Symphony No. 40 and Brahms' poignant Symphony No. 3, along with solo star turns by the world-renowned pianist Garrick Ohlsson and the sublimely poetic violinist Gil Shaham.

Adventurous listeners take note: Add to the above the Festival of Contemporary Music from July 26-30 in Ozawa Hall, directed by composer/conductor/pianist Thomas Adès. The musical palette broadens to present a gallery of newly composed works,


Where You Live as Retiree Can Affect Financial Strategies
11:54AM / Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Upon retiring, many people relocate to enjoy a more favorable climate, or to be closer to grown children, or to live in an area they have visited and enjoyed. If you, too, are thinking of moving someday, you will want to study possible locations, but you also need to be aware that where you eventually decide to live can greatly affect your savings and investment strategies – both now and during your retirement.

Here are some relocation costs to consider:

Housing: Not surprisingly, the larger the city, the more expensive the housing is likely to be. Also, locations near an ocean or the mountains tend to be more costly. But the type of housing you select – house, apartment or


Barrington Stage Youth Theatre Presents 'James and the Giant Peach'
11:49AM / Wednesday, July 25, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Barrington Stage Youth Theatre presents "James and the Giant Peach" from July 26 through Aug. 12 at Berkshire Museum.

"James and the Giant Peach," book by Timothy Allen MdDonald, based on the book "James and the Giant Peach" by Roald Dahl, is a brand new take on this "masterpeach" of a tale. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this is an adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions.


Environment Massachusetts Releases 'Roadmap' To 100 Percent Renewables
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:45AM / Wednesday, July 25, 2018

State Director Ben Hellerstein is urging lawmakers to "go big" with policies to quickly roll out renewable energy technology.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Environment Massachusetts is pushing for Massachusetts to get 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources.   On Tuesday the organization joined with those heading local renewable energy projects to release its agenda, or roadmap, to do so.    "We could produce 19 times as much electricity as the state consumes each year from offshore wind. From solar power, we can get 47 percent of the state's electricity just by putting solar panels on every rooftop in the state - to say nothing of larger,


Pittsfield Receives Lots Of Interest From Marijuana Businesses
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:45AM / Wednesday, July 25, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — At any given time, Permitting Coordinator Nate Joyner is talking with 10 potential marijuana business owners.   Every since Massachusetts voters approved recreational marijuana sales, Joyner's phone has been ringing off the hook. He has become the point person in the Office of Community Development to field inquiries from individuals looking to start marijuana retail, cultivation, or manufacturing operations.   "I've been surprised with the interest and activity. I hear at least every day from somebody new," Joyner said.   As of last week, Joyner was in regular conversation with six or seven individuals with a serious interest in


Pittsfield's Mayor Linda Tyer Gets Married
Staff Reports,
10:10PM / Tuesday, July 24, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Linda Tyer and former City Councilor Barry Clairmont have tied the knot.   The couple was wed Sunday in the presence of close friends and family. The mayor posted on Facebook Tuesday a photo of the two with a brief caption.   "This past Sunday, surrounded by the love of our dearest family and friends, my sweetheart and I were married. For our two day Berkshire honeymoon Barry and I spent time in Lenox, Pittsfield, North Adams, and Williamstown. It has been magical filled with happy memories that we will cherish forever," Tyer wrote.   Tyer is in her second of four years as mayor after previously serving as a ward councilor and later


Matthews, Post 68 Blank Wilbraham in District Final
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
09:49PM / Tuesday, July 24, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Rivalry is the essence of high school sports.   And a little friendly rivalry between teammates can go a long way.   So when Pittsfield High’s Carter Matthews followed Taconic graduate Jake Flynn in the rotation for Tuesday’s American Legion District Championship playoff game, their Post 68 coach was not above stoking their rivalry.   “Carter’s one of our biggest competitors,” Pat Bassi said. “I told him, kiddingly, before the game, ‘Are you going to try to match Jake from last night?’ He said, ‘I’m going to try my best coach,’ and he did.’ “   On the heels of Flynn’s


Pittsfield Babe Ruth 13-Year-Olds Bow Out at Regional
09:41PM / Tuesday, July 24, 2018
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Eastern Massachusetts champion Milton jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one inning and went on to a 9-5 win Tuesday to knock the Pittsfield 13-year-olds out of the Babe Ruth Baseball New England Regional.   After Chase Doyle walked and came home on an error to make it 3-1 in the top of the fourth, Milton scored four more in the bottom of the frame to keep Pittsfield at arm’s length.   Collin Merwin went 2-for-3, and Connor Lavinio drove in a run and scored a run for Pittsfield.   Merwin, Adam Lazits and Tyler Gaudette split time on the mound in the loss.   Milton moves on to Thursday’s bracket play. Pittsfield finished pool play with a record


Hinds Secures Funding For Rural School Aid In State Budget
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:07AM / Tuesday, July 24, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Nine rural Berkshire County schools will get a little extra state aid this year because of a new program introduced by state Sen. Adam Hinds.   Hinds secured $1.5 million to start a rural sparsity aid program in the state budget. For schools in towns with less than 10 students per square mile and a per capita income below the state average, the state will give an additional $100 per student. The Pittsfield Democrat sees that as only a start and hopes to expand the program next year.   "The overall line item is $1.5 million and we view that as a starting point because we are introducing the concept. We truly hope that it will expand to an amount so we


Pittsfield 14-Year-Old Babe Ruth Battles Back, Falls Short at Regional
08:42PM / Monday, July 23, 2018
NORWALK, Conn. -- The Pittsfield Babe Ruth 14-year-old all-stars battled back from a five-run deficit to tie it in the top of the seventh but dropped a 7-6 decision to Rhode Island on Monday at the New England Regional.   The loss drops Pittsfield from the eight-team regional, but it did not go down without a fight.   "I couldn't be prouder of how they battled back," Pittsfield coach Bryon Sherman said. "We fell down early and could have given up. I'm proud of the boys for their effort."   Sherman said starting pitcher Shane Bernardo deserved a better fate on the mound, but North Providence, R.I., jumpe out to an early lead with four unearned runs


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