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Berkshire Force 12U Team Wins Connecticut Tourney
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11:40AM / Monday, October 05, 2020
WINDSOR, Conn. -- The Berkshire Force 12-and-under travel softball team went 5-0 to win a tournament title at Fast Pitch Nation Park over the weekend.   Its victories included an 8-4 win over the Western Mass Heat and a 9-8 win over the Connecticut Seahawks in the championship game.   Team members include Mariah Barnes, Evelyn Julieano, Gionnah Levardi, Jianna Kruger, Madeline Harrington, Ella Stodden, Bella Tart, Madison Barber, A.J. Pelkey, Kylie Duhamel,  Mia Dejesus and Grace Julieano.


Berkshire Advanced Manufacturing Training Graduates 56
11:37AM / Monday, October 05, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Despite interruptions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, 56 trainees completed their training as part of the Berkshire Advanced Manufacturing Program.    Some 21 unemployed and underemployed participants received certificates of completion for their participation in Introduction to Basic Advanced Manufacturing Skills Training held at Taconic High School in Pittsfield and McCann Technical School in North Adams. The training was 120 hours.   Six trainees completed training in MIG and TIG Welding held McCann Tech. The training combined classroom, hands-on as well as virtual training through ToolingU on-line manufacturing. Trainees received instruction in

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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

BCC TRIO Student Support Services Program Renewed
11:28AM / Monday, October 05, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College TRIO Student Support Services program has been renewed with a $1.4 million award.   In August, The U.S. Department of Education announced that Berkshire Community College's (BCC) TRIO Student Support Services grant program was renewed for five years, with an award of $1,473,625 to help students succeed in and graduate from college.    BCC's program will receive $294,725 per year, allowing it to continue serving 165 students per academic year through 2025.   TRIO grants are awarded every five years on a competitive basis, with a total of $270 million allocated to 968 institutions by the federal government in


Berkshire BPW Woman of Achievement Raises $27,890
09:27AM / Monday, October 05, 2020
RICHMOND, Mass. — the Berkshire Business & Professional Women's annual fundraiser raised $27,890 at the Woman of Achievement Gala the largest amount to date.    The Gala was held Monday, Sept. 21 at Balderdash Cellars in Richmond and the celebration was continued online, available on the BBPW YouTube Channel.    All proceeds of the event go toward the BBPW Career Advancement Scholarship Fund. This fall, BBPW is proud to announce its largest awarding to 24 applicants, who are pursuing degrees and certifications. Scholarships awards ranged between $500 -$1,000 each.   The Berkshire Business and Professional Women organization meets year-round providing


Fire Prevention Week: Test Smoke Alarms, Practice Escape Plan
09:00AM / Monday, October 05, 2020
MEDFORD, Mass. — National Fire Prevention Week is October 4-10, and the Red Cross of Massachusetts urges residents to test their smoke alarms and practice their escape plan as home fires continue during COVID-19.   Since July 1, the Red Cross has responded to 98 home fires in Massachusetts to help more than 500 people with urgent needs like emergency lodging, financial assistance and recovery planning. The nation's most frequent disaster, home fires are most often caused by cooking, according to the National Fire Protection Association, which is sponsoring Fire Prevention Week with the theme, "Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!"   "Unfortunately, home


Dalton Man Restores Art of Barbering to Hometown
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Monday, October 05, 2020

Peter Terpak gets the first trim seated in the chair his grandfather used at the former White's Barbershop in Pittsfield. DALTON, Mass. — Daniel Slater was born a year after the last barbershop apparently closed in Dalton.    Now the 26-year-old is returning the tonsorial art to his hometown with the opening of Clean Slate Barber Shop on Tuesday.     Slater began at Sim's Barber Shop on Tyler Street in Pittsfield and then moved to Upstreet Barber Shop on Linden Street in the city after Sim's closed. His hair-cutting roots began at a young age, as he discovered his talent at 16 when a friend asked him to cut his hair.   "All my


Pittsfield Firefighters Douse Fire at Redemption Center
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09:30AM / Sunday, October 04, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An electrical fire caused damage to the redemption center at George's Liquor Store on Elm Street.    The fire broke out late Saturday night. No one was in the building. 


Naumkeag Pumpkin Show Debuts 1,500 Jack-O'-Lanterns
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:50PM / Saturday, October 03, 2020

Brian Cruey and his team at Naumkeag have turned the historic mansion and grounds into an fantastical Halloween-themed garden. See more photos here. STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Naumkeag is shining a light during these dark pandemic times wiith a spooktacular pumpkin show.    The historic home and gardens made an extra effort this year to provide a haunting outdoor experience, nearly doubling its jack-o'-lantern count to 1,500.   Brian Cruey, director for the eight Southern Berkshire properties of the Trustees of Reservations, said Naumkeag takes up a majority of his time because of the large acreage of historic land that it offers.   COVID-19 has not affected

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Pittsfield Police Investigating Homicide
08:17AM / Saturday, October 03, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A 22-year-old woman was reportedly shot and killed on Friday night.   According to a statement from the Berkshire district attorney's office, the Pittsfield Police responded to the Robbins Avenue and Bradford Street neighborhood around 9 p.m.    First-responders found Cassandra Brouthers, of Woodlawn Avenue, suffering from a gunshot wound and they transported her to Berkshire Medical Center. She later succumbed to her injuries.   Investigators believe Brouthers was a passenger in a vehicle traveling on Robbins Avenue at the time of the shooting. Police do not believe the shooting is random and there is not an ongoing threat to the


League of Women Voters Endorses Question 2, Ranked-Choice Voting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:18AM / Saturday, October 03, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Advocates for ranked-choice voting, the second public question on the ballot in November's election, point to last year's mayoral recall election in Fall River as Exhibit A when making their case.   Anne Skinner also points to a different election -- far less recent but far more impactful for all Bay Staters.   "There's very little question that Ralph Nader threw the election in Florida to [George W.] Bush," Skinner said, referring to the 2000 presidential contest. "[Nader] had 95,000 votes, and the margin of victory was less than 1,000. That creates a lot of bitterness toward third-party candidates.   "This would


Artscape Unveils New Mural in Downtown Pittsfield
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
09:31PM / Friday, October 02, 2020

Stephanie Quetti, Jesse Tobin McCauley and Jay Tobin pose beneath their rising sun mural on North Street. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — North Street became more colorful late Friday afternoon when a collaborative mural titled "The Sun Will Rise" was unveiled.

Jesse Tobin McCauley, Jay Tobin, and Stephanie Quetti stood on the roof above West Side Clock Shop next to their work as Kathie Penna of Mill Town Capital and Abigail Powers of Artscape unmasked the mural for a cheering crowd.

"The Sun Will Rise" features an abstract, cubist image of a bright orange sun rising over a colorful mountaintop.

This mural can be seen at the corner of Linden and North Streets. The

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BCC To Host Virtual Info-Sessions
03:07PM / Friday, October 02, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Community College (BCC) Admissions team is hosting virtual information session events.   These sessions are designed to help students enroll in classes this spring. This October, the sessions will be on Monday, Oct. 5 at 4:00 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 15 at 12:00 p.m.   The virtual info-sessions include conversations with Admissions Counselors about applying, registering for classes, financial aid opportunities, and what the spring semester will look like. Registration for these virtual info-sessions are available at   During the virtual info-session, prospective students of all ages can ask questions about


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