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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

Pittsfield 12-Year-Olds Earn Walkoff Win in Little League Sectional
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
09:27PM / Friday, July 19, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Dave Wildgoose ripped a single up the middle in the bottom of the sixth to score Joey Roccabruna Friday and give the Pittsfield Little League American Division All-Stars a 5-4, come-from-behind win over Agawam in the 12-year-old sectional tournament.   Cam Harrington and Mitch Hall each singled in the seventh-inning rally, which started with the visitors clinging to a 4-3 lead at Deming Park.   "I just tell them to stay confident," Pittsfield manager Matt Stracuzzi said. "We're a confident team, and I just keep preaching to those guys: Just be confident. Don't get down on yourselves.   "Just because we're down a run or two,


Braintree Blanks Pittsfield Babe Ruth 15s at Regional
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
09:04PM / Friday, July 19, 2019
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- The best thing that could be said about the Pittsfield Babe Ruth 15-year-old All-Stars' New England Regional opener is that it was just the first game of pool play.   But that was not the only positive to take away from a 4-0 loss to Braintree at Bullens Field.   The biggest other positive may be that despite 10 walks and four Pittsfield errors, the team only gave up four runs, all in the top of the second.   Pittsfield pitchers Sam Sherman, Stevie Zuccalo and Mike Zwinglestein stranded 13 runners to help keep the team in the ballgame.   Another plus to take going into Saturday's 2 p.m. matchup with the Rhode Island State


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

Pittsfield Babe Ruth 14s Rally to Beat Plymouth at New England Regional
08:32PM / Friday, July 19, 2019
ROCHESTER, N.H. -- Tyler Gaudette tripled in two runs in a six-run top of the seventh as the Pittsfield Babe Ruth 14-year-old All-Stars came from behind to earn a 9-5 win over Plymouth on Friday to open the New England Regional.   Pittsfield went to its last at-bat trailing 5-3.   Chase Doyle and Matt Lee got the rally started with back-to-back doubles that got Pittsfield within one run.   Lee then tied the score when Will Kinne reached on an error attempting to bunt him to third.   Nick Guachione singled, and Chase Racine walked ahead of Collin Merwin's sacrifice fly to score Racine and give Pittsfield a 6-5 lead.   Gaudette tripled to center to score a couple


Kavey Announces Run for Pittsfield's Ward 5
04:11PM / Friday, July 19, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Patrick Kavey has formally announced his candidacy for election for the Ward 5 seat on The Pittsfield City Council.   Kavey, a resident of Spadina Parkway said, he "was looking forward to meeting and listening to fellow Ward 5 residents and hearing their concerns on the issues facing Ward 5 and the city of Pittsfield."   A graduate of Taconic High School's Academy of Business Management, Kavey also graduated from Westfield State University, from which he received a bachelor of science in business management.   Kavey stated his top priorities for his Ward 5 election are: Work to create programs and initiatives to retain talented youth


Biz Briefs: Tourists Hotel to be Honored at Celebrate the Berkshires Event
12:07PM / Friday, July 19, 2019
Tourists awards

Tourists, the 48-room hotel that opened in North Adams in 2018, will receive the 2019 Putting the Berkshires on the Map honor in recognition of the substantial contribution that they have made to the Berkshire economy. This recognition will be presented at the 1Berkshires' ninth annual Celebrate the Berkshires event on Sept. 26 at Jiminy Peak.

"In the past 18 months, no property has garnered as much press or shone a light on the Berkshires more consistently than Tourists," said Jonathan Butler, CEO of 1Berkshire said. "With over $15 million in private investment, this project has assembled and reimagined a diverse collection of properties that illuminate


Berkshire Money Management Staffer Earns Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional Designation
11:30AM / Friday, July 19, 2019

DALTON, Mass. — Berkshire Money Management's Lauren Russo has earned her Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional designation from the College of Financial Planning.

In order to receive this designation, Russo completed a rigorous, 10-module course of study encompassing the financial planning process, the five disciplines of financial planning and general financial planning concepts, terminology and product categories. The course culminated in an exam that tested her ability to apply theoretical concepts to real-life situations.

"Money management is no longer just about investment returns," BMM founder and CEO Allen Harris said. "Everybody does that, some


Excessive Heat, Humidity Forecast Through Sunday
11:10AM / Friday, July 19, 2019

The National Weather Service is forecasting excessive heat and humidity to begin this afternoon, peaking Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Daytime highs are forecast to be in the 90s to low 100s today through Sunday, with dew points in the low to mid 70s. Little cooling is expected to take place in the overnight hours, with lows in most areas only dropping to the mid 70s to near 80.

Heat index values are expected to reach 95 to 100 degrees this afternoon. Heat index values could reach 107 to 112 degrees on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon for most of Massachusetts, with values between 96 and 102 locally in the Berkshires.

This level of heat and humidity is dangerous and relatively rare


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: July 12-18
10:36AM / Friday, July 19, 2019
  MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE FRI Tanglewood in the City at the Common    The Boston Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with Mill Town Capital, the City of Pittsfield and local organizations, will present its first-ever free community event on the Pittsfield Common.  "Tanglewood in the City: Pittsfield",  which aims to bring Tanglewood into the Pittsfield community and share one of the festival's major performances


Pittsfield Stars Travel Team tops Scotia, N.Y., in Tournament
07:56AM / Friday, July 19, 2019
The Pittsfield Stars edged the Scotia, N.Y., Renegades, 3-2, Thursday to advance to the second round of the Eastern New York Travel Baseball League's Super 8 Tournament.   Caden Frazier got the start on the mound and gave up two runs on one hit. Patrick Rindfuss struck out five and allowed a hit in three innings of relief, and Christian Marchbanks finished up with twoinnings of hitless relief.   Pittsfield looks to continue in the tournament when it takes the field Saturdya morning at Clifton Common in Clifton Park, N.Y. 


Pittsfield Americans Open Sectional Tourney with Road Win Sports,
10:04PM / Thursday, July 18, 2019
LEOMINSTER, Mass. -- David Wildgoose turned a double play with nobody out in the bottom of the sixth to preserve a 2-0 win for the Pittsfield Little League American Division 10-12 All-Stars on Thursday in the sectional tournament.   Second baseman Wildgoose snared a line drive up the middle with the bases loaded and stepped on the bag to leave runners at the corners.   "That changed the whole outlook of that inning," Pittsfield Americans coach Matt Stracuzzi said.   Reliver Cam Harrington got the final out on a groundball to Wildgoose to send his team home with a 1-0 record in pool play.   Jason Codey earned the win on the mound, going 4-1/3 innings and


The Independent Investor: Paid Family & Medical Leave Overdue
By Bill Schmick,
04:28PM / Thursday, July 18, 2019
Paid family and medical leave are long-overdue in this country   What do the United States, Papua New Guinea and Oman have in common? Those are the only three countries in the world that do not legally obligate employers or taxpayers to pay for maternity leave.   Many American businesspeople will hide behind a knee-jerk response to the above statement: "We are a free-market society," they will argue, "and paid leave is paramount to just another form of socialism."   Good try, but that old argument is no longer based in facts. Free markets have given way to corporate socialism in this country, while corporations are now legally considered to have the same


Wetlands Derails Restoration of Pontoosuc Beach
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:58PM / Thursday, July 18, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Wetland issues have derailed planned improvements to Pontsoosuc Lake Park.   The Friends of Pontoosuc Lake received $15,000 from the Community Preservation Act with the intent to restore the beach on the Hancock Road side. The city's Parks, Open Space and Natural Resource Program Manager Jim McGrath, however, said it was found that the former beach has essentially turned into wetlands.   "We can't disturb that area of Pontoosuc Park," McGrath told the Parks Commission on Tuesday.   McGrath said the way the drainage currently is in the park has led to wetland soils and plants covering the former beach so it is now treated as a


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