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Pittsfield-Based 10th Grade AAU Team Wins Tournament
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05:00AM / Saturday, May 06, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield Heat 10th grade AAU basketball team won the Team Mass Spring Blast AAU Tournament in Sturbridge last month.   The team title follows a second-place finish in the season opening Springfield Trailblazers Spring Tournament.   The team finished eighth at the YBOA Nationals last year and includes players from Pittsfield High, Taconic and Drury.   The roster includes: Quincy Davis, Amin Purry, Sam Higuera, Dylan Thompson, Odin Williams, Josh Tayi, Robert McCowan, Javi Osorio, Collin Frinks, Nick Sayers, Gage Williams, Justin Mendez and Victor Fred. The coaches are Vince Higuera and Dave Williams.   The local AAU program's 12th grade team


Locals Vying for Conference Titles on College Teams Sports,
04:49PM / Friday, May 05, 2017
Westfield State senior Jaclyn  Farrell earned six points to help the Owls women’s track and field team win the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference Championship last month.   The Wahconah alumna placed fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 35 feet, 11-¼ inches, and she was eighth in the long jump, hitting a mark of 15-7-½.   Earlier this spring, Farrell won the triple jump at the Springfield College Invitational, a non-team scored event.   Also at the MASCAC meet, Fitchburg State’s Michaella Vecchiarelli (Drury) tied for second in the pole vault, clearing 2.9 meters and helping Fitchburg finish fourth in the


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

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by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

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Mosquito Control Project Ready for 2017 Program in Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:30PM / Friday, May 05, 2017

Board of Health member Steve Smith looks at samples collected from one tire. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Last year was the "season that never was" when it came to mosquito control.   But this year, Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project Superintendent Christopher Horton is back at it with approval for the 2017 plan from the Board of Health.   Horton said the program will remain mostly unchanged as in previous years with the exception of a new barrier chemical and a new state process for opting properties out of treatments.    "All of our no-spray requests are going to have to be replaced through the new process," Horton told the Board of


'The Circle': The Shape of Things to Come?
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
02:45PM / Friday, May 05, 2017
Do you find yourself peering endlessly into your smartphone, hoping to make connections, seeking information, wiling away the time, looking for the secret of life and maybe even G-d? It has become your crystal ball and indeed, if we take the cue from director James Ponsoldt's "The Circle," it may show the way to a very creepy future. More important than it is good, this fictionalized audit of the mass voyeurism that has become a frightening offshoot of the information explosion demands the attention of people who still care to think for themselves.   The delve into this world by Mae Holland, a young woman previously in a dead-end customer service job who is recruited by a


Superior Court Briefs: May 3 - May 5
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02:23PM / Friday, May 05, 2017
Cases heard before Judge Edward McDonough on Wednesday, May 3.   Gabrielle Garzone, 23, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of manufacturing cocaine, conspiracy to violate drug laws, possession of heroin, possession of suboxone, and possession of trazadone in connection with the execution of a search warrant on March 3.   She also pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws. Garzone conspired with others to sell cocaine and heroin in Berkshire County between January 20, 2015, and March 6, 2015.   She was given a two-year suspended sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the manufacturing cocaine and conspiracy charges. She was


Berkshire Fire Chiefs Donate to Senior Center in Honor of Former Captain
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:55PM / Friday, May 05, 2017

The Fire Chiefs Association presented a $500 check to Council on Aging Director Vincent Marinaro in honor of the former captain.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Even after retiring from the Fire Department, Capt. Richard Briggs would attend monthly meetings of the Berkshire County Fire Chiefs Association.   Briggs had been a member of the Fire Department from 1952 until 1984 and continued to stay in touch.   "I know he gave his heart and soul to the Fire Department for 32 years that he worked there and stayed with the fire service, mentoring us, talking to us," Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski said.    "Every month he brought up a good topic for


Pittsfield Suns Hire New Assistant Coach
10:56AM / Friday, May 05, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Suns have hired Chris Haynes as assistant coach for the 2017 season. Haynes will assist Head Coach Matt Gedman with on-field duties this summer.

Haynes, a 2009 graduate of Le Moyne College, was a catcher for the Dolphins. He has a career .292 batting average, with a season best .353 and seven home runs as a junior. Haynes was recognized with a spot on the 2008 All-tournament first team and the 2009 pre-season Division I first team. He currently still holds a Division I NCAA record for most home runs in one inning (two) against St. Peters on April 12, 2008.

The 2017 season marks Hayne's second season as an assistant coach at Oswego State


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 5-11
10:17AM / Friday, May 05, 2017

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McCann Tech Welding Grads Hope to Spark New Careers
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:24AM / Friday, May 05, 2017

Nick Lannan looks over his certificate of completion at Wednesday's graduation event.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Certificates of completion were awarded Wednesday to the dedicated graduates of McCann Technical School's evening welding course, part of a workforce development program to train for manufacturing skills.    "This is a compressed course. You went through a lot of material in a very short period of time," metal fabrication instructor John Kline said. "You know how far you've come in the short seven weeks we had here. ...   "I hope you got a lot of out of it, and not just the hands-on welding but what you learned in the


The Independent Investor: Only The Rich Are Saving
By Bill Schmick,
06:12PM / Thursday, May 04, 2017
Last quarter, the  percent age of Americans' personal savings rate stood at 5.9  percent of their disposable income, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis'. Given that number had fallen to as low as 1.9 percent in 2005, that's a large improvement. But who is saving and who is not is the real question to ask.   Our savings rate is clearly higher than it used to be relative to other countries. It is nowhere near the Chinese savings rate of 38 percent of 2014, for example, but it has improved to the point that we are now somewhere in the middle of the pack when looking at the 35 member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and


Health Screenings Save Time for Busy Moms
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03:20PM / Thursday, May 04, 2017
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Women lead busy lives. Many function in multiple roles in caring for their families every day including chauffeur, chief executive, banker, scheduler, professional organizer and cook. 

When you’re a mom, taking care of yourself can seem like a extravagant luxury. But visiting your healthcare providers for regular screenings can save you time and money in the long run - not to mention keeping you in good health so you can continue to juggle all of those responsibilities without getting run down.

Women’s Health Week begins on May 14, Mother’s Day. It is a great time to remind your mom and the other women in your life (even yourself) to


BMC, Nurses Remain at Odds During Contract Negotiations
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:02PM / Thursday, May 04, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center has presented what it says will be its "best and final offer" to settle a contract with the Massachusetts Nurses Association.   A letter sent out by President David Phelps and Chief Operating Officer Diane Kelly was released on Wednesday outlining the hospital's offer. The MNA and BMC have been at an impasse as the two sides try to negotiate a new three-year contract. The current one expired in September.   "We have always offered our nurses a fair and reasonable financial package and have proposed adjustments this year to keep it so. However, we have now concluded that we cannot reach that appropriate result by


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