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Westside Legends Hosts Annual All Roads Lead Home Event
04:00PM / Monday, July 04, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. —The non-profit Westside Legends are hosting its annual All Roads Lead Home event to celebrate and thank Pittsfield’s Westside neighborhoods.   The party starts at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 3rd, at Bousquet, located at 101 Dan Fox Drive, featuring entertainment for all ages.   The party includes food by Bousquet, musical performances by Sample the Cat ad DJ Young Champ, raffles, cash bar and more.   This event is open to the public and costs $15.   For more information, contact Tony Jackson at horacetee@aol.com or Marvin Purry at purrdawg32@aol.com.    

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Return of the Summer Outdoor Movie Series at Clapp Park
12:18PM / Monday, July 04, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city of Pittsfield Department of Community Development Recreation Program has announced that the “Summer Outdoor Movie Series” will return Friday, July 8 and continue each Friday night through July 29 at Clapp Park.   Movies are scheduled to begin at approximately 8:30 p.m. at the park which is located at 233 West Housatonic St. Rain cancels the showing.   This year's lineup again features family-friendly movies. For a complete listing of movie titles,  visit the city's Department of Community Development page and click on the link for the Recreation Program on the city's website, cityofpittsfield.org or call

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Fourth of July: The Declaration of Independence
09:06AM / Monday, July 04, 2022

A reminder what today is really all about: The adoption of a (literally) revolutionary document that stated the grievances of the colonists against England and their resolve to pursue a course of self-determination — without the bindings of hereditary rule.


The Unanimous Declaration
of the Thirteen United States of America
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent

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Berkshire Taconic Grant Funds BEAT Youth Program
08:00AM / Monday, July 04, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Crane Family Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation awarded $2,200 to Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) in support of connecting kids with nature through programs in parks in the Westside of Pittsfield.    The grant will allow BEAT to purchase materials and plan programs that will give kids the opportunity to collect insects. the program will teach them how to collect in a safe and mindful way that is beneficial to themselves and the insects.    It will also allow teaching opportunities on pollination, biodiversity, and the importance of insects to the global ecosystem.     

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Pittsfield AL, NL All-Stars Earn Wins
iBerkshires.com Sports,
07:57PM / Sunday, July 03, 2022
DALTON, Mass. -- Both Pittsfield 10-and-under Little League All-Star teams earned wins on Sunday at the Don Gleason District 1 Championships.   The Pittsfield American League All-Stars improved to 2-0 in the four-team round-robin tournament with a 12-4 win over Dalton-Hinsdale on Sunday.   Landon Murphy got the win on the mound and helped his cause with a single.   Brennan Lyon and Will Nichols each had two hits for the Americans.   For Dalton-Hinsdale (0-1), Cam Sievers had a pair of hits, and Leah Melle and Cam Wilds had a hit apiece.   The Pittsfield National League All-Stars downed Great Barrington, 11-4.   Seth Laprade picked up the win on the

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Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade Coming 'Back With a Bang!'
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:08PM / Sunday, July 03, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city's historic Fourth of July Parade will return on Monday for the first time since 2019.

Themed "Back With a Bang," the procession will have 164 units.

"We have an arrangement of community groups, floats, fire departments, musical units, veterans organizations," parade Committee President Peter Marchetti said. "And, of course, the balloons."

For this year, the planners want to thank the community for its ongoing support with a grand celebration.

Parade hallmark Miss Cookie Crumple will make an appearance along with the Great Kensington String Band, also known as the Mummers, from Philadelphia. The popular band is

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Audit Provides Recommendations to MassDOT Aeronautics Division
12:00PM / Sunday, July 03, 2022
BOSTON — In an audit of Massachusetts Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division, the Office of State Auditor (OSA) found the Aeronautics Division failed to meet a number of administrative requirements.   The audit found the Aeronautics Division does not have a business continuity plan (BCP) or an internal control plan (ICP). The audit also noted that not all employees signed acceptable use policies and/or completed cyber security awareness training.    Additionally, it was noted that policies and procedures related to the Aeronautics Division's pilot program for unmanned aircraft systems (drones) should be strengthened.   "In two previous audits of

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Pittsfield Street Improvement Project Schedule
08:00AM / Sunday, July 03, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The following work will take place July 5-8, as part of the city of Pittsfield's 2022 Street Improvement Project.   On Tuesday and Wednesday, crews will be milling Appleton, Stratford, and Belvedere avenues, and Howard, and ElmView Terrace. The first course of asphalt will be applied in these locations on Thursday and Friday.   On-street parking is prohibited during this work between the hours of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.   The schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions. 

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Pittsfield American 10-Year-Olds Win Tourney Opener
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
04:59PM / Saturday, July 02, 2022
DALTON, Mass. – The Berkshire County Little League Baseball All-Star season got underway on Saturday with a solid win for the Pittsfield Americans and a soggy outing for the teams from Dalton and Great Barrington.   The Pittsfield American League 10-and-under All-Stars defeated their crosstown rivals from the Pittsfield NL, 14-5, at Chamberlain Park.   In the second game scheduled, host Dalton-Hinsdale jumped out to a 3-0 lead in bottom of the first before a torrential rain left the field unplayable. The teams will pick up the game in progress on Thursday.   The Americans took control in the opener by batting around and scoring six runs in the top of the

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Pittsfield Receives Grant to Expand Zoning Concept
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:44PM / Saturday, July 02, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city has received more than $42,000 to expand the concept of the Downtown Creative District in the West Side and Morningside neighborhoods. The goal is to alleviate barriers caused by zoning and modernize the city's ordinance.

On Tuesday, the City Council accepted a $41,250 grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs for the endeavor. 

Depending on the budget, both neighborhoods may not make the cut but the focus is on the West Side.

"Last year, the City Council adopted a zoning amendment that created the Downtown Creative District. This effort overhauled the zoning ordinance in the downtown area, creating

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Audit Advises DHE to Ensure Employees Receive Cybersecurity Training
12:00PM / Saturday, July 02, 2022
BOSTON — the Office of State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump (OSA) released an audit of the Department of Higher Education (DHE), which identified that DHE did not ensure all employees responsible for managing and administering Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Funds, completed annual cybersecurity awareness training.    Additionally, the audit found DHE did not meet annually with the Commonwealth Commitment Advisory Board (CCAB) to review key aspects of the MassTransfer Commonwealth Commitment program. Some areas required to review include cost structures, operations, accreditation and licensure-related issues. As a result of not meeting annually DHE did not provide

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Fourth of July Festivities Include Parades, Fireworks
08:01AM / Saturday, July 02, 2022

Festivities marking the nation's 243rd birthday will be held around the Berkshires. All events are on Thursday July 4, unless otherwise noted. Planning a trip to Boston? See MassDOT's traffic information.

A list of what's open and closed on the holiday can be found here.

Boston

The annual July 4 Esplanade Events are July 3 night practice (no fireworks) and Thursday night with fireworks following the Boston Pops, which begin at 8. This year's event features a flyover, Queen Latifah and Arlo Guthrie. MBTA usually runs free after the July 4 concert. More information here.


Lenox

Shakespeare & Company is hosting its annual free celebration with music and activities, with

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