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Berkshire Children and Familiesí to Hold Annual Golf Classic
12:26PM / Friday, July 29, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Children and Families will hold its annual Golf Classic on Monday, Aug. 22, at the Country Club of Pittsfield.

Registration starts at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit Berkshire Children and Families’ Kids 4 Harmony, an el-Sistema inspired, intensive, after-school music program to effect social change. Kids 4 Harmony is offered in North Adams at Brayton Elementary School and in Pittsfield at Morningside Community School.

The Golf Classic is looking for golfers and sponsors. More information can be found online.

 

 

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Golf Tournament Benefits Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires
12:21PM / Friday, July 29, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires' Children First Golf Tournament will be held Monday, Aug. 29 at the Country Club of Pittsfield.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the shotgun start is scheduled for 11 a.m. This year, and in following years, the event will be known as the Gerard Miller Children First Golf Tournament, to honor Gerard Miller, a founding member of the Alumni Golf Committee and an original Alumni Board member at the Club.

"The Children First Golf Tournament, which has been going on for 15 years, now takes on added significance as we rename it the Gerard Miller Children First Golf Tournament," Boys & Girls Club of the

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Superior Court Briefs: July 27
Staff Reports,
11:57AM / Friday, July 29, 2016
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, July 27.   Sean Matthews, 25, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of armed robbery and intimidation of a witness.   He was ordered to serve concurrent three to three and a half years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. Matthews robbed K&K Liquors in Pittsfield on June 28, 2016.   Emmet Harvin, 40, of New Ashford was sentenced to concurrent five to eight years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and single counts of trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in oxycodone, distribution of

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Pittsfield Cooperative Bank Taps New VP of Marketing
11:54AM / Friday, July 29, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Victoria A. May has joined the Pittsfield Cooperative Bank as vice president of marketing.

A native of Pittsfield, May brings more than 16 years of local industry experience and will oversee marketing and public relations for the 127-year old financial institution.  

Prior to joining the Pittsfield Co-op, May held the positing of assistant vice president, manager marketing promotions and partnerships for Greylock Federal Credit Union.

Dedicated to the community, May currently serves on the boards of directors for the Berkshire Humane Society, Child Care of the Berkshires and WAM Theatre.

May resides in Richmond with her husband Rich and daughter Olivia.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: July 29-Aug. 4
11:51AM / Friday, July 29, 2016

  VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR       July 29 - August 4,

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Pittsfield 4-Year-Old Attacked By Fox
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:51AM / Friday, July 29, 2016

 
Bradlee O'Keefe gives thumbs up  after being treated at Berkshire Medical Center.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Britney O'Keefe stepped outside of her back door on Robbins Avenue on Monday and just had a bad feeling.

Her 4-year-old son, Bradlee, had followed her and she turned to bring him back inside.

Before she could, a fox was in mid-air lunging at the toddler. She grabbed her son and quickly threw him into the house but the fox kept charging.   She slammed the door on the animal and she expected it to run away. It stood up after falling and kept coming, jaws open, exposing teeth.   "He kept trying to push through the door,"

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Pittsfield Considering Community Preservation to Raise Revenues
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:33AM / Friday, July 29, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With the city approaching its debt ceiling in the coming years, it is likely some things will be put on the backburner — parks, open spaces, historic preservation, and affordable housing to name a few.   That's where advocates say the Community Preservation Act can come into play. The act allows cities to levy a surcharge on the tax bills to pay for items in those specific areas. The fee isn't included in the debt ceiling calculation and comes with a small match from the state.   A group of citizens under the banner of Preserve Pittsfield are pushing the adoption of the act, which must be approved via a ballot vote in November, in hopes to

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Galleries, Music Set for DownStreet Art on Thursday
03:53PM / Thursday, July 28, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — DownStreet Art kicks off its second session on Thursday night with the openings of four new visual art exhibits, live podcasting, musical and theatrical performances, and a night market that features local food and craft vendors.

"This year's 'Meet Your Neighbors' theme spotlights not only the amazing institutional resources available to us, but also the talented artists living and working alongside us here in North Adams and the surrounding community," said Jennifer Crowell, director of the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center. The center, part of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, coordinates the summerlong event.

Part of that

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Berkshire Reps Have Positive Impression of VP Candidate Kaine
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:17PM / Thursday, July 28, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine is an everyman. But an everyman with loads of government experience.

Kaine received the nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday and both state Reps. Tricia Farley-Bouvier and Paul Mark got their first impressions of the Virginia senator when he delivered his address.

"I found him warm, engaging, and funny, which I like," Mark said. "It seems like he is a solid choice. It's a good balance."   Kaine is one of the few who can boast of being a mayor, a governor, and a senator. Further, he comes from a battleground state where he may serve a vital role in

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Local Soccer Players Excel at Gillette Stadium Event
10:14AM / Thursday, July 28, 2016
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Four teams from Pittsfield's Soccer Domain Academy made the trip to Gillette Stadium to compete in the second annual 4 v 4 Gillette Cup hosted by the MLS New England Revolution on July 23.   The SDA Snipers, the Avengers, the Berkshire Blue Mambas and the Lenox Legends were all victorious in their divisions and earned first place trophies during the tournament.   "Over the past 10 years I have had the privilege to work with some fantastic young players, we set the foundations for teaching the game and have been extremely proud of the players they have become, SDA main focus has always been to help guide and educate players from all areas and this

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Pittsfield Post 68 Falls in American Legion State Final, Clinches Regional Berth
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
12:32AM / Thursday, July 28, 2016
NORWOOD, Mass. -- After battling its way into the state championship game on Wedneasday afternoon, the Post 68 American Legion baseball team had precious little energy for that game.   And despite battling gamely to the final out, Post 68 dropped a 9-5 decision to Shrewsbury Post 397 in the title game.   “After playing nine innings in 90-degree temperatures, and then they’re expected to come out and play again, it’s tough,” Post 68 coach Pat Bassi said. “And [Shrewsbury was] fresh.   “But that’s not an excuse. I tell the kids, we win as a team, we lose as a team.”   Pittsfield did the former in Wednesday’s first game,

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Berkshire Reps Proud to Be Part of Historic Moment
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:47PM / Wednesday, July 27, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier began her Tuesday rounding up all of the Hillary Clinton delegates from Massachusetts.   As a Massachusetts whip for the Clinton campaign at the Democratic National Convention, she was the one with the forms for them to cast their votes. The delayed flight of one delegate meant logistics had to be figured out to get that vote in. Other delegates were in different parts of Philadelphia. She worked to get the voting forms into each delegate's hand.    "My role is to make sure all of my delegates did that so there was some corralling. We needed to have people in their seats," Farley-Bouvier said.   The

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