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Pittsfield 14s to Finish Game Suspended by 'Forfeit'
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
10:02PM / Monday, July 06, 2015
    UPDATE TUESDAY MORNING: PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield 14s had a short-lived reign as champions of the Babe Ruth District 1 tournament.   Late Monday night, coach Eric Stone reported that Westfield was successful in its appeal of a decision that it needed to forfeit its game at Pittsfield.   That means the two teams will pick up where they left off on Friday night in Westfield -- with one out in the bottom of the seventh and Westfield holding a 7-5 lead, Stone said.   If Westfield holds on, the teams will play a third and deciding game in their best-of-three District playoff immediately after.   If Pittsfield comes back and wins the game in the seventh


Man Remains In Critical Condition Following Pittsfield Shooting; Police To Boost Patrols
Staff Reports,
05:20PM / Monday, July 06, 2015
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police say there will be increased patrols in the westside neighborhood where a 25-year-old man was killed and four others injured.   The shooting on the Fourth of July killed Ronald Pinel. District Attorney David Capeless' office said on Monday that Massachusetts Associate Chief Medical Examiner Andrew Sexton determined that Pinel died because of a gunshot wound to the chest. The autopsy was performed Saturday night.    A 20-year-old man was transported to Baystate Medical Center, where he remains in critical condition, and a 25-year-old man was hospitalized but then released from Berkshire Medical Center. A 20-year-old woman remains at


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Berkshire Bank Completes Companywide Week of Service
02:34PM / Monday, July 06, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Nearly 350 Berkshire Bank employees completed more than 20 community service projects as part of the bank’s Companywide Week of Service June 8-12.  

The week of service is an expansion of the bank’s highly successful day of service that took place in previous years. The 2015 week of service represented the highest number of employee participants and most projects undertaken during a single week in the company’s history.

The series of projects benefited nonprofit organizations and communities across Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut and Vermont.  Local Berkshire Bank employees, who serve as leaders of the company’s XTEAM


UCP to Host 17th Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser
01:32PM / Monday, July 06, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County is holding its 17th annual golf tournament fundraiser on Monday, Aug. 3, at Berkshire Hills Country Club.

Proceeds raised from the event will be used to benefit programs for more than 2,400 children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities throughout Berkshire County.

Players can sign up as individuals or as a team of four. The $130 per-golfer entry fee includes green fees, golf cart, lunch, buffet dinner and gift bag. This year UCP has added a $30 dinner only ticket. Additional sponsorship levels range from $30 to $3,500. The deadline to register is Friday, July 17, or until all slots are filled.



Tanglewood Picnic Book Seeing 'Amazing' Success
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:16PM / Monday, July 06, 2015
Author Gina Hyams sells and signs her new book at the Lee Outlets over the 4th of July holiday weekend.

LENOX, Mass. — When local author Gina Hyams was working on a proposal for her 12th book — a book about the food culture of Berkshire County — she kept coming back to one chapter that excited her the most.

The topic of that chapter? Picnics on the lawn of Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a cultural landmark in Berkshire County.

"I would just light up when I talked about it," Hyams said.

So she followed her instincts and pitched a book just on Tanglewood picnics. Her literary agent thought it was "too niche" for a


Lanesborough 12-Year-Olds Reach State Final
11:18PM / Sunday, July 05, 2015
FITCHBURG, Mass. -- Andre Collins went 3-for-3 and scored three runs to lead the Lanesborough 12-year-old Bulldogs to a 10-4 win over Westminster in the Cal Ripken State Tournament semi-finals.   The Bulldogs will face Ayer-Shirley on Monday at 5:30 at Fitchburg's Anson Field for the state championship.   Lucas Bombardier hit a home run and Ethan Lebatt pitched four strong innings to earn the win on the mound for Lanesborough.   Tyler Cantata pitched a scoreless fifth before Bombardier came on to close things out in the sixth   Westminster loaded the bases with nobody out and a seven-run deficit, but Paulie Roeder stabbed a grounder at third, touched third and threw


Brien Center Management, Union Reach Deal to Avert Strike
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
10:40PM / Sunday, July 05, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Brien Center management and employees have settled on a contract that will stop an agency-wide strike.set to start  Monday.

Last month, nearly 350 union workers voted to go on strike July 6 because of failed negotiations with management to resolve pay and benefit issues. However, after emergency negotiations this holiday weekend, a contract settlement was agreed upon that would improve wages, reduce health-care costs for front-line clinicians and direct care staff.

"This settlement is proof of the real, positive change that mental health workers can create by standing together," said Jessica Kemp, a registered nurse in Brien’s substance


Steinmann Pitches Pittsfield 13s Past North Adams
06:55PM / Sunday, July 05, 2015
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Christian Womble went 3-for-3 with two doubles to lead the Pittsfield Babe Ruth 13-year-old all-stars to an 11-1 win over North Adams on Sunday in District tournament play.   Jett Steinmann pitched five solid innings to earn the win in a game that was ended by the mercy rule.   Pittsfield (2-0) travels to Amherst on Tuesday.   North Adams (1-2) finishes pool play on Tuesday at 7 p.m. against Westfield at Alcombright Field.


@theMarket: Global Markets Weather a Wild Week
By Bill Schmick,
08:02AM / Saturday, July 04, 2015

After weeks of trading in a narrow range, world markets broke to the downside. The culprit was once again Greece. Now investors must wait until this Sunday to discover if there is more selling ahead.

Last weekend's move by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece to call a voter referendum in the middle of last-minute negotiations with its creditors effectively destroyed what chance there had been for a reasonable solution to that country's debt crisis.

European negotiators from the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund (commonly known as the Troika) stormed away from the bargaining table. They withdrew further financial support from Greece,


Pittsfield 15s Impressive in Babe Ruth District Opener
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
09:01PM / Friday, July 03, 2015
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield Babe Ruth 15-year-olds got the holiday fireworks started early and sent the visitors from Westfield home early, too, on Friday night.   Pittsfield pounded out 10 hits, including a home run and a triple, against three different pitchers in an 11-0 win that ended in the middle of the fifth in the District 1 tournament opener for both teams.   Devon Walker hit a two-run homer to left-center to lead the hit parade at Deming Field, and Jake McNeice left the bases loaded twice in four innings of scoreless pitching for Pittsfield.   "Jake did what he does best -- throw strikes and get a head of the hitters," Pittsfield coach Tom Rizzo


'Ted 2': Raunchier Than the Average Bear
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:55PM / Friday, July 03, 2015
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Universal Pictures The irreverent Ted is back in all his foul-mouthed glory.

It is the juvenile innocence behind the unabashed raunchiness manifested by Mark Wahlberg's John Bennett and his title teddy bear come-to-life that makes this franchise so ridiculously inviting. Who among us didn't have a childhood filled with uncountable fantasies ... make-believe beings and anthropomorphic imaginings that made the world we were entering just a bit more perfect? Director Seth MacFarlane's "Ted 2" says let the no-nonsense spoilsports believe what they will. They're wrong. Ted


Team Bianchi Wins Road Race Challenge
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:11AM / Friday, July 03, 2015
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Daniel Bianchi's team won the friendly Independence Day Road Race challenge.   The mayor was challenged by his election competition Linda Tyer to the team race to raise funds for the Pittsfield Parade Committee. Each candidate fields a team of six, three men and three women. The overall place of the top three from each team are added together. The losing team donates $100 to the parade committee and the other teams donate $50.    Bianchi was the only candidate to respond to the challenge and fielded a team in which three runners from his team finished in the top ten. Kent Lemme finished in fourth with a time of 16:22; Nicholas Curelop


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