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Fields, Melle Lead Teams into Little League Tourney Title Games
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
10:40PM / Thursday, July 07, 2022
Leah Melle and Kaelyn Fields led their respective Little League baseball teams to championship games in the Don Gleason District 1 Tournaments on Thursday night.   Melle hit an inside-the-park home run to lead off the bottom of the sixth and give Dalton-Hinsdale’s 10-year-old All-Stars a 7-6 win over Great Barrington.   Fields went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and threw 3-? perfect innings to lead the Pittsfield National Division 11-year-olds to a 13-1 win over Great Barrington.   Those wins put the Dalton 10s and Pittsfield National 11s into Saturday’s title games – both against squads from the Pittsfield American Division.   The Pittsfield Americans played

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The Retired Investor: China Tariffs on Deck
By Bill Schmick,
04:06PM / Thursday, July 07, 2022
The Biden administration is wrestling with whether to ease some of the Chinese import tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese goods. If they do, it would mark the first step in reconciling the trade differences between the world's two largest economies and could even nudge down the inflation rate.   The trade war is now over four years old and substantial tariffs remain. "To what end," some may ask, as certain deadlines approach. The first tranche of the Section 301, China imports tariffs on $34 billions of goods, is set to expire this week. Another $16 billion worth of tariffs will expire on Aug. 23 followed by $100 billion of tariffs on Sept.

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Return of Pittsfield's Summer Playground Program
07:28AM / Thursday, July 07, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city of Pittsfield Department of Community Development Recreation Program has announced the return of the Parks Summer Playground Program at three city parks for six weeks beginning Monday, July 11.   The Summer Playground Program offers a variety of recreation activities for Pittsfield children ages 6 to 13 free of charge.   Playground leaders create safe, supervised and fun-filled environments with activities including sports, games, arts and crafts, and nature activities.   Hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The program runs through Friday, Aug. 19. Playground leaders will be stationed at Clapp Park, Durant Park

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Sheriff Candidates Answer Community's Questions at Forum
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:22AM / Thursday, July 07, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The candidates for Berkshire County sheriff answered questions from the community in a forum held by the Berkshire County NAACP, the League of Women Voters, and the ACLU of Massachusetts on Wednesday.

Incumbent Thomas Bowler and his challenger Alf Barbalunga were queried on the interworkings of the office and their stances on national issues related to the position during the Zoom event.

"I always talk about how important elections are, and I always talk about the political scene. We know that there's nothing more important than local politics," Berkshire NAACP President Dennis Powell said.

"So it's really important and we feel it's

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Pittsfield Squads Roll Up Double-Digit Wins
By Stephen Dravis,
10:55PM / Wednesday, July 06, 2022
ADAMS, Mass. – A pair of Pittsfield Little League squads Wednesday gave the scoreboard a workout at “Beaver” Bard Field in the Don Gleason District 1 Tournament.   In the 11-year-old division, the Pittsfield American Division All-Stars scored 10 first-inning runs en route to a 26-0, three-inning win over Great Barrington.   In the 12-year-old tourney, the Pittsfield National Division scored 13 times in the top of the sixth to break the game open and cruise to a 20-0 win over Dalton-Hinsdale.   Mateo Fox gave up one hit in a three-inning “complete game” shutout for the Americans.   For the Nats, Jason Fields and Kevin Smith combined to strike

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New Appointments at Big Y
03:35PM / Wednesday, July 06, 2022
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The management of Big Y Foods, Inc. has announced the following new appointments in Berkshire County.   "At Big Y, we are committed to providing the tools and training necessary to support our employees in their development," said Michael J. Galat, vice president employee services. "We look forward to their growth in the pursuit of excellence as they personally develop their own skills in order to take on these new levels of responsibility."   North Adams resident  Vito A. Guerino was promoted to Night Manager in the North Adams Big Y Supermarket.   Pittsfield residents Daniel J. Dufur was appointed as Meat & Seafood

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Pittsfield Welcomes Officials from Sister City Ballina Ireland
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
11:55AM / Wednesday, July 06, 2022

Gifts were exchanged between the two Sister Cities at Tuesday's event, with Ballina Councillor Mark Duffy, right, and Irish Sister City Committee President Robert Dwyer. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Officials from sister city Ballina, Ireland, in Mayo County traveled to Pittsfield this weekend to experience its culture and build international relationships.

Ballina Municipal District Councillor Mark Duffy and Head of the District Declan Turnbull arrived on Saturday. Since then, they have been shown the ins and outs of the city, dined at Patrick's Pub, and even got to see its historical Fourth of July parade.

A reception was held at City Hall on Tuesday before the two

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ACLU, NAACP Host 'Know Your Sheriff' Zoom Forum
11:38AM / Wednesday, July 06, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The NAACP's Berkshire County Branch, the League of Women Voters of Central Berkshire County, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts will host the forum "Know Your Sheriff" on Wednesday, July 6, at 6 p.m. via Zoom. 

"Know Your Sheriff" is a public education campaign by the ACLU of Massachusetts to build voter awareness about the life-changing decisions that sheriffs can make. According to the ACLUM, polling shows that many voters are not familiar with sheriffs — but when they learn more, they are more likely to cast a ballot for sheriff in the next election. Polling also shows that voters favor treatment and

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Man Found Guilty, Sentenced For Pittsfield Domestic Disturbance
08:06AM / Wednesday, July 06, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. —  A Berkshire Superior Court jury found 41-year-old Jason Ostrander guilty of intimidation of a witness following a two-day domestic violence trial.    On Tuesday, Judge Jane Mulqueen agreed with the Berkshire District Attorney's Office sentencing recommendation that Ostrander serve three to four years in state prison. Defense Counsel requested time served and probation.   On May 2, 2020, Pittsfield Police responded to a Pittsfield address for a reported domestic disturbance. Police arrested Ostrander for strangulation. While detained pretrial, Ostrander sent the victim a letter urging the victim not to testify in court against him. The

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Pittsfield American 11s, 12s Dominate Little League Tourney Openers
By Stephen Dravis,
10:02PM / Tuesday, July 05, 2022
ADAMS, Mass. – The Pittsfield Little League American Division 11-year-olds beat the Nationals.   Pittsfield American’s 12-year-olds beat Adams-Cheshire.   And the grounds crew beat Mother Nature.   After letting the 10-year-old All-Stars take center stage over the weekend, the older brackets of the Don Gleason District 1 Little League Championships got underway on Tuesday evening.   Sebastian Herrera started the post-season with a bang – actually two of them – for the 2021 state finalists in the Williamsport Tournament.   Herrera homered twice, the second time a grand slam, and combined with Brendan Merwin on a three-inning no-hitter as the

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Fourth of July Fire Chars Morningside Multifamily Home
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:04PM / Tuesday, July 05, 2022

Heavy flames can be seen coming from the front of the building in this video screenshot provided by the Fire Department. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A two-alarm structure fire on the Fourth of July charred the front portion of a Morningside multifamily but caused no injuries.

The blaze at 91-93 Orchard St. was reported at about 10 p.m. on Monday. Firefighters found heavy fire and smoke coming from the front of the building.

The home is a 2 1/2-story wood frame structure with three units that dates to 1900.

The Fire Department was told there might be children trapped in the building, and a second alarm was called to bring all on-duty fire personnel to the scene. 

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BCC Names Spring Dean's List Students
08:08AM / Tuesday, July 05, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announced it has named 240 students to the spring 2022 dean's list.    To be eligible for the dean's list, full-time students must achieve a GPA of 3.250 to 3.749 for an honors designation, while students with a GPA of 3.750 to 4.000 earn high honors. All dean's list students must have declared a major and must have completed at least 12 traditionally graded credit hours during a fall or spring semester of one academic year. Part-time students have the same eligibility requirements, except that the minimum 12 credit hours must be completed during one academic year.    The following 119 students

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