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Blaze, Swat Earn County Titles
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10:25PM / Thursday, August 02, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Rylee Paronto struck out eight to fire a one-hitter as the Berkshire Blaze 12-and-under travel softball team Thursday defeated Dalton, 7-2, to win the Berkshire County Championship.   Hannah Friedman, Leena Schettini, Amelia Lesure and Natalia Smith each had a pair of hits for the Blaze, who jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings and never looked back.   Casey Wilson doubled in a pair of runs for Dalton, which got four strikeouts and no walks from starting pitcher Casey Wilson.   Each team turned in some defensive gems.   For Dalton, Danny Barry caught a line drive to start a double play in the fifth.   Blaze catcher Schettini threw out a

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Marauszwski, O'Bryan Lead Dalton to County Tourney Title
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
08:54PM / Thursday, August 02, 2018
DALTON, Mass. -- The Dalton 14-and-under travel softball team traveled a long way in a short period of time.   Morgan Marauszwski went 4-for-5 with a triple, and Kayle O'Bryan struck out eight in a complete-game effort and hit a three-run triple Thursday as Dalton defeated the Berkshire Blaze, 9-2, to win the Berkshire County Championship at Pine Grove Park.   It was a solid win to end the summer for a team that looked a little shaky when the season began.   “The first tournament we went to, we were awful,” Dalton coach Ken Pease said. “We learned so much since that tournament. We got mercy-ruled almost every game.   “We kind of regrouped, and

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Licensing Board Puts A-Mart On Warning Following May Incident
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:22PM / Thursday, August 02, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Licensing Board has put A-Mart on notice after the store allegedly sold alcohol to a heavily intoxicated individual.   Police say on May 25, officers responded to the area for a report of a heavily intoxicated man stumbling in the street. Officers conducted a field sobriety test and the man blew a .32 — four times the legal limit — on a breathalyzer. The man had apparently just purchased alcohol at A-Mart moments before, which Capt. Michael Grady said managers at the store confirmed to the responding officer.   Selling alcohol to an already intoxicated individual is against the law and, while the man was walking and not driving, the

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The Independent Investor: The Incredible Shrinking Stock Market
By Bill Schmick,
04:44PM / Thursday, August 02, 2018
There was a time, back in the late Nineties, that publicly-traded stocks were the envy of all companies, great and small. But times have changed, and since then the number of public companies have fallen by 50 percent.   You might have missed that trend, however. That's because the market capitalization of equities has been increasing for a decade. This year the market cap of the U.S. stock market hit a record $32.2 trillion. Globally, the World Bank estimates stock market capitalization is above $80 trillion. The largest contributor to this trend has been the large increases in stock prices.   Bottom line: investors are simply bidding up the prices of existing stocks in an

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District Attorney Candidates Display Differences in Lengthy Debate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Thursday, August 02, 2018

Andrea Harrington promised to be a leader who inspires others to address the issues. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Judith Knight says she has "shown you what I am."   On Wednesday night, the candidate for district attorney boasted of some 30 years of work in the community. She stood as a defense attorney more than a dozen years ago for teenagers for whom she believed were inappropriately getting the book thrown at them from former District Attorney David Capeless for selling marijuana.   When those from the West Side neighborhood felt the same injustice was being served on young woman in 2007, Knight showed up again. In 2008, there was a similar call. In 2012, after a

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Berkshire YMCA Seeks Nominations for 'Changing Lives After 55' Awards
02:01AM / Thursday, August 02, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Family YMCA's inaugural Changing Lives After 55 awards will celebrate and recognize community members over the age of 55 who have made significant contributions and achievements in Berkshire County.    Local financial management firm, Berkshire Money Management, has signed on as the event's title sponsor; iBerkshires.com is one of the media sponsors along with The Berkshire Eagle.   The awards night, slated for Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Berkshire Money Management in the historic Model Farm, the former Crane & Co. Mansion in Dalton, will salute honorees in the areas of Education, Arts and Culture, Business,

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Wonderful Week on Tap in the Berkshires
By Grace Lichtenstein, Guest Column
02:26PM / Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Pat Metheny will perform at the Mahaiwe.

The first week in August brings great jazz and pop music to the Berkshires. Guitarist Pat Metheny, the pop group Blondie and a live production by the Barrington Stage presage a wonderful week.

 

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

The charming theater in the heart of Great Barrington will be alive with the jazz of iconic guitarist Pat Metheny on Thursday, Aug. 2. Metheny headlines a show that will also include his drummer Antonio Sanchez, bassist Linda Oh and keyboardist Gwilym Simcock.

Metheny does not just appeal to jazz purists. His music is wide-reaching enough to be enjoyed by even the most casual pops fan. This is a don't-miss. For more

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Thrilling Music at Tanglewood, Sevenars
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
02:01PM / Wednesday, August 01, 2018

With the arrival of August, we are at the mid-point – the height of the classical music festival season. Programs at Tanglewood offer an enthralling mix of large-scale, powerful and melodic symphonies by Sibelius and Prokofiev, as well as beloved piano with orchestra works by Gershwin and Rachmaninoff. The week's highlight, on Aug. 7, will be the all-day "Tanglewood on Parade" events. Read below for the details.

Devotées of solo piano music should consider attending the brilliant pianist Lynelle James' solo recital, featuring works of Mozart, Liszt, Chopin and Nicolai Roslavets (1881-1944) on Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Sevenars Academy in South Worthington,

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Consider These Financial Tips for Single Women
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:26PM / Wednesday, August 01, 2018

If you're a single woman, most of your financial challenges and aspirations may resemble those of single men. Men and women face the same economic stress factors of modern life, and both groups have similar financial goals, such as the ability to retire comfortably. But women still face specific obstacles. You need to be aware of these challenges – and do everything you can to overcome them.

For example, women still face a wage gap. In 2017, women earned 82 percent of what men earned, according to the Pew Research Center. However, the wage gap narrows among younger workers, and may even disappear for highly educated women, especially those in the STEM fields – science,

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Berkshire District Attorney Candidates Field Questions at Forum
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Paul Caccaviello, the incumbent, is facing off against challengers Judith Knight and Andrea Harrington in the September primary that will decide the next district attorney. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The three candidates for district attorney stuck to their talking points on Tuesday during a fast-paced forum sponsored by the Williamstown League of Women Voters.    Paul Caccaviello, Judith Knight and Andrea Harrington sought to impress the audience of at least 100 with their experience and progressive bona fides during the hourlong program in the Paresky Center auditorium on the Williams College campus. The session moderated by Kathy Campbell, a member of Amherst League of

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Actor, Broadcaster Shares Anti-Bullying Message With YMCA Campers
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:36AM / Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Following his talk, Soares made sure to take the time to listen to the campers' own stories and answered their questions. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Wayne Soares' two favorite baseball players of all time certainly put up a good statistics. But, what makes them his favorites is the respect they showed to him.   "When they talk to you, they talk to you. They don't talk at you. If somebody is talking to you, they are respecting you. When they talk at you, they don't respect you. Remember, do not let anybody ever disrespect you, ever. I don't care who you are, where you live, the color of your skin, your nationality, nobody deserves to be disrespected,"

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20th Annual Monument Cup Welcoming Teams
10:31PM / Tuesday, July 31, 2018
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- The Monument Cup Soccer Committee is again hosting a 3-on-3 soccer tournament for youth players in the U10, U12 & U14 age groups, in both boys and girls divisions on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Monument Mountain Regional High School.   Each team of three to four players is guaranteed at least three matches, with the top four teams in each division advancing to the semifinals.   The finals for each division will be played under the lights.   The entry fee is $80 per team before Aug. 15, $100 per team if submitted after. Each division is limited to 16 teams, so apply early. Teams from around the region are expected.   For more information and/or

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