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Pittsfield Parks Looking For Solutions To Keep Skate Park Open
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:20AM / Wednesday, January 20, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Parks and Open Spaces Manager James McGrath is hoping to find middle ground with the school department regarding the skate park.   Officials from the Pittsfield High School have requested that the skate park be closed during school hours in the wake of a stabbing last month. School officials say the park is a distraction and leads to many kids congregating and causing trouble during the day.   However, their request was met with strong opposition from skaters and bikers who use the park appropriately and say they shouldn't be punished for misbehaving students.   After a lengthy Parks Commission meeting with numerous residents opposing the closure

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Berkshire Bruins Squirts Win Kittredge Tourney Title
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
02:10PM / Monday, January 18, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Bruins Squirt team was confident it could hold a lead, as long is at Holden between the pipes.   Holden Kotelnicki stopped all six shots he faced — including at least four breakaway opportunities — to lead the homestanding Bruins to a 4-0 win over Northern Berkshire on Monday morning in the championship game of the 45th annual Gib Kittredge Hockey Tournament at the Boys and Girls Club.   "I pulled the guys in, I think it was between the first and second periods when we had a one-goal lead, and I told them we need to play an open and aggressive game because our goalie will pick us up if we slp," Berkshire coach Jarrett

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Gib Kittredge Tournament Returns to Boys & Girls Club
08:05AM / Tuesday, January 12, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. – The Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires, Inc. will host the 45th annual Gib Kittredge Hockey Tournament Friday through Monday, Jan. 15-18, at the club’s rink on 16 Melville St.   The first puck drops Friday night at 5 p.m. when the host Berkshire Bruins take on Bethlehem, N.Y., in the Squirt Division. Games continue Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The finals begin Monday at 9 a.m. The tournament also utilizes Williams College's Lansing Chapman Rink in Williamstown during the weekend. Admission is free.   “We are proud to again host the Kittredge Tournament," Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Chris Jacoby said.

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Calling Adult Baseball Players
11:59AM / Saturday, January 02, 2016
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Players  are  needed  for  the  2016  season  of  the  Berkshire Adult Baseball League.   The BABL offers competiton in a 20-and-over league and a 35-and-over league.   Players  of  all  experience  levels  are  welcome.  Teams  cover all of Berkshire County from Great Barrington to North Adams and play on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Occasionally, games are scheduled for Wednesday evenings.   Local fields are used as well as seasoned umpires.   The season runs from May 15 to August.   All ages are welcome.   For more information on teams in either league call 

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Skaters, Bikers Raise Opposition to Limiting Pittsfield Park Hours
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:45PM / Tuesday, December 15, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ethan Lillie earned his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Southern California.    And he is a skateboarder.   Now living back home, the Pittsfield native heads down to the skate park on his days off; it's his preferred form of exercise. But now there is an effort afoot to limit his and others access to the city's only skate park.   "I work here as an engineer professionally and the less there is for me to do that fall into my interests, the less likely I will stay in the community," Lillie told the Parks Commission on Tuesday.   He was just one of nearly a dozen residents speaking in

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Miss Hall's School Student-Athletes Earn All-Star Spots
11:40AM / Tuesday, December 15, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Five Miss Hall’s School student-athletes have received all-star recognitions for their performances during the fall sports season.   Juniors Diamond Best, of Danvers and Sally Nason, of Lee, were named all-stars for the Women’s Western New England Prep School Soccer Association, while senior Paige Alcala, of Saudi Arabia, and juniors Simone Brown, of Pelham, N.Y., and Mikala L'Hote, of Pittsfield, were named all-stars for the Western New England Prep School Volleyball Association.   Best and Nason, both three-year varsity soccer starters for the Hurricanes, were key offensive veterans for the squad. Best, a three-sport varsity athlete at

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Miss Hall's Girls Top Westover
04:08PM / Thursday, December 10, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass, -- Junior Grace Guachione scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Miss Hall's girls basketball team to a 51-28 win over Westover on Wednesday.   Sarah Willson scored six points with 12 boards as all 15 Miss Hall's players contributed to the win.   Miss Hall's travels to Ethel Walker on Saturday for a 2 p.m. game.

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PHS Leaders Call For Locking Skate Park After Stabbing
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:32AM / Thursday, December 10, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — School officials want to close the skate park during school hours after a stabbing there on Friday.   The School Committee on Wednesday voted unanimously to ask the Parks Commission to put up a gate and a lock. Superintendent Jason McCandless offered to have custodial staff be responsible for locking and unlocking the gate. The move follows a stabbing on Friday involving two Pittsfield High School students that led to a "shelter in place" at the high school for approximately 35 minutes.    That stabbing, however, is just the tipping point for a location that is problematic, according to PHS Principal Matthew Bishop.   "I feel the

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High School Student-Athletes Attend Leadership Summit
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:53AM / Tuesday, December 08, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Before they could learn to stand up as leaders, 10 dozen local high school students had to lie down on the floor of the Boys and Girls Club gymnasium.   Tuesday's fourth annual Berkshire County Leadership Summit began with a brief yoga session led by Kripalu instructor Iona Smith, who reminded boys and girls from throughout the county of the importance of breathing, focus and listening.   "A lot of yoga is about listening," Smith said.   And after leading the group through a series of breathing and stretching exercises, Smith had them pair up and practice active listening with a boy or girl whom they had never met.   "We want

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BCC Unveils New Logo to Go With Resurgence Of School Sports
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:32PM / Wednesday, December 02, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A peregrine falcon swoops in at some 200 mph, clenches its claws and pulverizes its prey.   That's the intimidating mascot Berkshire Community College alum Craig Cusson chose for the basketball team in the 1960s when the college formed its first sports program. The school's founding President Thomas O'Connell picked blue and green as the school's colors.    For years the school had a sports program with a multitude of offerings but, in 2001, the soccer team was the last team left to play the final sports game for the school. After a 12-year hiatus, sports have returned to the college and coupled with the revitalization of the program,

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