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Community Groups Plan Rally In Response To Pittsfield Shooting
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:12PM / Tuesday, July 07, 2015
A group of community activist are holding a rally at the site of the shooting. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It takes a village to raise a child.    In Pittsfield, many residents won't sit by idly when bad things happen. They are going to respond, become active in the lives of young people, and try to create something positive.    "We're really trying to encourage people to operate on the principal that it takes a village to raise a child," said Shirley Edgerton, who is involved in a multitude of community groups and works for the Pittsfield School System.   On Saturday night, a young man was shot dead at the intersection of Linden Street and


Tyer, Bianchi Battle Over Public Safety In Wake Of Shooting
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:23PM / Tuesday, July 07, 2015
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Fourth of July shooting may well have been the real start of the mayoral race.   The shooting left one man dead and four others injured — one of whom is still fighting for his life at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.   Both incumbent Daniel Bianchi and challenger Linda Tyer were speaking out on the issue this week, with Bianchi defending his actions to date to ensure the public's safety and Tyer countering that it's not enough.   On Monday, Bianchi released a statement urging residents to get involved in neighborhood watches and expressed confidence in area law enforcement's efforts to solve the crime.   "The


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Pittsfield Election: Walto Takes Out Nomination Papers For Mayor
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:49PM / Tuesday, July 07, 2015
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Donna Walto has taken out nomination papers for what could be her fourth campaign for the corner office.   The founder of Berkshire Sightseeing Backroad Tour Co., a company running sightseeing tours of the county, took out nomination papers on Thursday. She lost campaigns for the corner office in 2005, 2007, and in 2011. In her most recent campaign she didn't secure enough votes to get past the preliminary election.   Walto is a 1967 graduate of Pittsfield High School. She attended the University of Miami before eventually receiving a degree from Williams College in 1986 as an adult student.   The mayoral race is thickening as five potential


Sheffield Chef Brings 'Pop Up' Dining Experience To Berkshire County
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:24AM / Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Theo Friedman brings a course of food out to a dozen or so guests at Methuselah in Pittsfield. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Theo Friedman remembers when he was a teenager and made some cream puffs for his father's birthday - because that is the day he learned how to communicate through food.   The Sheffield native's passion for cooking has grown since then. But he isn't in a position to open his own restaurant.   Instead, he has been holding "pop-up dinners" in various places throughout the Northeast.    "This came from my desire to continue exploring ideas and look for platforms and spaces to create these

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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

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Man Remains In Critical Condition Following Pittsfield Shooting; Police To Boost Patrols
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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


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.


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