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Attorney General Funds Summer Jobs for Young People
12:00PM / Sunday, July 10, 2022
BOSTON — Attorney General Maura Healey  announced that her office is awarding more than $262,000 in grant funding to 70 organizations across the state to fund summer jobs for young people that are focused on promoting health and wellness.   In Berkshire County, Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, the Berkshire South Regional Community Center and Greenagers in South Egremont will receive funding to support jobs for young people.   "For eight years, we've worked closely with inspiring organizations in every corner of the state to create safe, positive summer experiences for young people," said Healey. "These

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Reed Leads Pittsfield Americans to 11-Year-Old District Title
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
06:57PM / Saturday, July 09, 2022
ADAMS, Mass. – Cooper Reed did it all for the Pittsfield Little League American Division 11-year-old All-Stars on Saturday afternoon.   On the mound, Reed struck out five and allowed just two hits.   At the plate, he doubled in the game’s tying run and scored the game-winner as the Americans defeated the Nationals, 2-1, in the Don Gleason District 1 Championship Game.   In throwing a complete game, Reed got stronger as the game went along. He left just one runner on base after giving up his only run in the top of the second inning.   And he had two strikeouts against the heart of the Nats’ lineup to finish the game in the sixth.   “My God,

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Pittsfield Americans Outlast Dalton in Back-And-Forth Tourney Final
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
06:25PM / Saturday, July 09, 2022
DALTON, Mass. – Jeremiah Bullett drove in the tying run and raced around the bases for the go-ahead score in the bottom of the bottom of the fourth Saturday as the Pittsfield Little League American Division 11-year-old All-Stars beat Dalton-Hinsdale, 9-7, in the Don Gleason District 1 Championship Game.   Bullett went 2-for-3 with a double, and Jake Knauth and Landon Marquis combined to strike out seven for the Americans, who went 4-0 over the last eight days to win the four-team tournament.   Dalton-Hinsdale earned nine hits, but Knauth and Marquis allowed just one walk. They also got a couple of big assists from catcher Alec Houghtaling, who threw out runners attempting to

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Audit Recommends MOITI Improve Administrative Practices
12:00PM / Saturday, July 09, 2022
BOSTON — The Office of State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump released an audit of the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (MOITI), which found that MOITI's process for collecting and recording information about small businesses in underserved small business communities (USBCs) applying to the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) is ineffective.    Additionally, the audit found that MOITI has not implemented requirements for graduating small businesses from STEP.     "Our audit found that MOITI does not effectively collect information on whether small businesses applying for STEP financial assistance awards are part of the four federal

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BERP Works to Boost Women and Minority-Owned Business Enterprise Certifications
08:00AM / Saturday, July 09, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass—The Berkshire Economic Recovery Project announced the launch of its women- and minority-owned business enterprise (W/MBE) module in an effort to Boost Women and Minority-Owned Business Enterprise Certifications.   This training module, available in both English and Spanish, provides a high-level overview of what it means to be a certified woman and/or minority-owned business enterprise, and how such a certification can help support the small businesses here in the Berkshires.   In addition to the short overview training modules, interested businesses will also find a direct link to schedule a free intake consultation with the Economic Development team at

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Sold Out Berkshire Flyer Arrives at Pittsfield's Intermodal Center
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:06AM / Saturday, July 09, 2022

State Sen. Adam Hinds rode the Flyer's inaugural trip from New York City to Pittsfield. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Flyer arrived at the Joseph Scelsi Intermodal Transportation Center with the first New York City passengers to Pittsfield in 51 years.    On board was state Sen. Adam Hinds who has been instrumental in getting the weekend tourist train on track over the past several years.    "It is so enjoyable. The ride along the Hudson is just amazing," he said. "And so smooth, sitting in air conditioning with leather seats and space, with wi-fi."   This inaugural trip on Amtrak was sold out despite what Hinds described as

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Great Barrington, Adams 12-Year-Olds Earn Narrow Wins in Little League Tourney
10:24PM / Friday, July 08, 2022
ADAMS, Mass -- The Great Barrington 12-year-old All-Stars executed a rundown to stop a runner attempting to score on a whild pitch in the sixth inning to secure a 5-4 win over the Pittsfield Little League National Division in the Don Gleason District 1 Championship on Friday night.   Finn Mason earned the win on the mound by throwing 4-two-thirds innings. Trevor Leonard picked up the save.   Johnny Ireland and Levi Martin each had a hit for Great Barrington.   Kalvin Phillips had a two-run single for the Nats who got a triple from Ruben Freed and a strong performance from Kevin Smith on the mound.   In Friday's late game, hosts Adams-Cheshire defeated

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@theMarket: More Market Gains Ahead, But for How Long?
By Bill Schmick,
04:47PM / Friday, July 08, 2022
Stocks bounced again this week. Recession fears raised hopes that the Federal Reserve Bank might a relent a bit on their tightening program. That could be a false hope but was enough to provide a relief rally.   There is a higher probability that we could continue to rally in fits and starts. Exactly what does and does not gain will likely have more to do with what has lost the most in the last month. Energy comes to mind since we have seen more than a 25 percent decline in energy stocks triggered by a sharp decline in oil and gas. Commodity stocks have also swooned with some stocks experiencing double digit declines in the last month or so.      The expectations that

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Bowler Launches Re-election Campaign for Sheriff
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:45PM / Friday, July 08, 2022

Thomas Bowler speaks to the crowd at his campaign kickoff on Thursday at Country Club of Pittsfield.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Thomas Bowler said the driving force behind his re-election campaign is family, supporters, and his campaign group.   "Everybody here is a close and dear friend," he said at his campaign kickoff Thursday at a crowded Country Club of Pittsfield.   "That's what keeps this drive going for me, and to know that in some way shape, or form I can make their lives better and this community better with their help and their support."   The kickoff came on the heels of a candidate forum on Wednesday and two-term sheriff wasted

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Weekend Outlook: Movie Nights, Concerts, and More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:45PM / Friday, July 08, 2022
Berkshire County is having an array of events this warm cloudy weekend including movie nights, baseball games, concerts, and more.   Williamstown Theatre Festival    The annual Williamstown Theatre Festival kicks off this weekend and will run until Aug. 14 featuring musical events, plays, and readings by award-winning directors and performers.    The festival commenced July 5 with the comedy thriller "Man Of God" on the Nikos Stage that runs through July 22.    Every Friday at 3 p.m., the festival will host a new reading series program in an effort to highlight the development and discovery of new work. More

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Pittsfield Back in 'Yellow Zone' for COVID-19 Transmission
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:19PM / Friday, July 08, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Following the holiday weekend, the city has dipped into the yellow incidence rate for COVID-19 transmission.

On Tuesday, the percent positivity rate was 4.3, down from 5.3 last week. To be in the yellow zone, a community must have 10 or fewer average cases per 100,000 people or have a 5 percent or less positivity rate.

The average case rate was 29.1 on Tuesday, a metric that has stayed rather steady since mid-June.

The city is still close to the red zone, which is categorized by having equal to or more than 10 average cases per 100,000 and having a five percent or higher positivity rate in a 14-day period.

There are 54 estimated actively contagious cases in the

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Application Deadline Announced for BCC Associate Degree in Nursing
08:00AM / Friday, July 08, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College announces a deadline of Thursday, September 1 to apply for the spring semester cohort of the Associate Degree in Nursing program.    The program accepts up to 60 students fills quickly. Prospective students are encouraged to apply early. The spring semester begins in January 2023.     The program offers a diverse and wide range of career paths, ample employment opportunities and competitive salaries, nursing attracts people with not only a focus on caring, but also with a desire for flexible work schedules and opportunities to excel within the profession.   BCC’s nursing program is a sequence of

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