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Holyoke Mayor Morse Challenges Neal In Congressional Race
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Morse is joined by a large crowd of supporters at the Unicorn Inn on Monday night. HOLYOKE, Mass. — They said he couldn't do it.   There is no way a 21-year-old, turning 22, could defeat an incumbent mayor with years of political experience. And there was no way the city of Holyoke was ever going to be as good as it had been.   "When I ran for mayor eight years ago, people had a few things to say. They said No. 1, wait your turn. No. 2 maybe run for something else. Or No. 3, don't run at all, you are too young, too gay, too progressive, you are not going get elected here in the city of Holyoke," Alex Morse said at the Unicorn Inn on Monday night to a

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State FY2020 Budget Has Funding for Flyer, Rural Schools
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09:07PM / Monday, July 22, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A compromise state spending bill reached over the weekend contains good news for the Berkshires, particularly its rural school districts.    State Sen. Adam Hinds' amendment to increase the Rural School Aid grant program by $1 million, raising the total appropriation to $2.5 million, is included in the fiscal 2020 state budget along with $7.7 million for projects in the senator's district.   "This is a strong budget with serious investments in key areas such as public education and transportation, while addressing other pressing policy issues such as reducing the cost of prescription medications," Hinds said in a

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

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College Notes: June 2019
03:51PM / Monday, July 22, 2019
Madison Ryan of Adams was a member of a student team that recently completed an intense, hands-on research through the Worcester Polytechnic Institute project center in Australia. The rising junior, who is majoring in biomedical engineering at WPI, participated in "Developing a Training Kitchen and Social Enterprise Initiative." All WPI undergraduates are required to complete a research-driven, professional-level project that applies science and technology to addresses an important societal need or issue.    In their project summary, the students wrote, "The Brotherhood of St. Laurence has identified a skills gap between the skills youth possess and the skills

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Pittsfield Police Respond to Shooting, Robbery, Arson
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02:59PM / Monday, July 22, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police were busy in the wee hours of Sunday morning as officers responded to an armed robbery, an arson incident, and a shooting within a span of two hours.   Police say it began at about 12:30 a.m. when a black man, described as being 5-feet-10-inches tall robbed Alltown at gunpoint. The man escaped with an undisclosed amount of money. Anyone with information regarding that incident is asked to contact Detective Glenn Civello at 413-448-9700, Ext. 538.   Less than a half-hour later, police and firefighters responded to 82 Wendell Ave. for a report of a structure fire. There was a small fire on the porch that appeared to have been deliberately set,

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Review: 'Working: A Musical' Is Minimalist, Meaningful
By Nancy Salz, Guest Column
11:41AM / Monday, July 22, 2019

Why do we work? It's usually for more than money. To express ourselves, perhaps. To make a better life for our children. To create a legacy. To contribute to our country, our society. We can love our jobs or hate our jobs, but our reasons for working and our emotions about our jobs – which take up so much of our lives – are always deeply felt.

To explore these reasons fully, the author Studs Terkel crisscrossed America in the early 1970s recording more than 130 people in all kinds of jobs, from blue collar to professional. The result was a best-selling book – "Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do" (published

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Graves Looks to Make Pittsfield's Corner Office Business Friendly
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Monday, July 22, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — By 2010, the old YMCA boathouse was just about to topple into Pontoosuc Lake because it had fallen into such disrepair.    Scott Graves had an idea to save it. He'd take the property that wasn't on the tax rolls, renovated it and turn it into a private marina and club. Instead of the city ultimately having to demolish the building, it is back up and running and generating tax revenue.   But it wasn't easy as he kept hitting roadblock after roadblock from the city. After some 30 years restoring buildings, Graves doesn't want to have to deal with all of the red tape that the city puts in front of someone with an

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Campers From Camp Lenox Help Clean Up Pittsfield's West Side
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:48AM / Monday, July 22, 2019

The camp has been doing community service projects with Habitat since 2011. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — More than two dozen teenagers from Camp Lenox spent Friday cleaning up the west side of Pittsfield.   In partnership with Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, the campers cleaned up Durant Park, Columbus Avenue, and opened up the staircase at the end of Francis Avenue that had become overgrown to help people in the neighborhood more easily get to Big Y and CVS.   "We've got 27 campers and five staff from Camp Lenox in Otis and one of their activities every summer is doing a community service project. Since 2011, that was their first year coming to Habitat to do a

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Pou's No-Hitter Lifts Force 12U to Dalton CRA Title
By Rick Duteau, iBerkshires.com Sports
10:34PM / Sunday, July 21, 2019
DALTON, Mass - Sunday’s performance was exactly the sort of thing that Berkshire Force 12U coach Jess Glebus hoped for, at exactly the right time. Just days ahead of a big trip to Florida to compete in the Babe Ruth World Series, the Force earned the Dalton CRA Softball Tournament title with a 10-0 win over the Saratoga Thunder, at Pine Grove Park.   Amanda Pou threw a no-hitter and every batter in the lineup reached base to contribute in the victory. Only one Thunder player reached base, and she was quickly thrown out by catcher Issabelle Macdonald and she attempted to steal second.   “We played Chatham yesterday and we didn’t play well, but we came out today

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Berkshire Force 16s Beat Greylock Thunder for CRA Tourney Title
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:09PM / Sunday, July 21, 2019
DALTON, Mass. -- Sunday was graduation day at Pine Grove Park.   Not the cap-and-gown and valedictory address variety. But it was a day for goodbyes for some members of the Berkshire Force travel softball program, which played its last 16-and-under tournament of the season.   And went out in style.   Mia Alfonso went 3-for-3 with a home run, a triple and four RBIs, and Kiki Carrigan struck out six while allowing just three hits and pitching the Force to a 10-1 win over the Greylock Thunder in the championship game of the 10th annual Dalton CRA Softball Tournament.   Alfonso, a rising sophomore at Pittsfield High, is one of the younger players on the team with a couple of

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Pittsfield Babe Ruth 15s Bow Out, 13s and 14s Advance at Regionals
iBerkshires.com Sports,
09:02PM / Sunday, July 21, 2019
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield Babe Ruth Baseball 15-year-old All-Stars Sunday saw their season come to an end with a 15-2 loss to Keene, N.H., in the New England Regional at Bullens Field.   The New Hampshire state champions pounded out 12 hits and put the game away with an eight-run sixth inning, handing Pittsfield its third loss in three games of pool play.   "Although the results not what we wanted or expected, we played three very solid teams and very good baseball," Pittsfield manager Bryon Sherman said. "We had a tough draw, but we gave away some outs and at bats.   "That said, we played until the last out each game."   Keene scored

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Berkshire Force 10U Squad Uses Big First Inning to Claim Title
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08:20PM / Sunday, July 21, 2019
DALTON, Mass. -- The Berkshire Force 10-and-under team Sunday scored 14 runs in the bottom of the first en route to a forfeit win in the title game of the 10th annual Dalton CRA Softball Tournament.   Mia DeJesus earned a perfect game of sorts, striking out the side in the top of the first.   After the Force rolled to its big inning in the bottom of the frame, its opponents from Latham, N.Y., threw in the towel and went home.   A.J. Pelkey and Madison Barber each had a pair of hits in the tournament-winning rally.   Earlier in the day, Pelkey hit a two-run homer in the Force' 8-0 win over Chatham, N.Y., to get to the title game.   Sunday's tournament win was

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Holden Tops Pittsfield Americans in State Sectional Final
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
07:45PM / Sunday, July 21, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- It is a sign of how good this Pittsfield Little League American Division All-Stars team is that it took a three-run sixth inning to extinguish all hope in an eventual 8-0 season-ending loss on Sunday afternoon.   But Holden got that three-spot, in part because of a two-run single by Sam Perry, to wrap up a convincing win in the championship game of the Section 1 10- to 12-year-old Massachusetts tournament.   Until he singled to right to cap that three-run rally, a dangerous Americans team was still very much alive -- even with just three outs remaining.   “Because this team -- they always fight, they don’t give up,” Pittsfield coach Matt

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