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Thrilling Music at Tanglewood, Sevenars
Stephen Dankner,
05:43AM / Tuesday, July 26, 2022

With the arrival of August, we are at the mid-point – the height of the classical music festival season. Programs at Tanglewood this week offer as the artistic highlight an enthralling full traversal of all five Beethoven piano concertos performed by the luminous pianist Paul Lewis, and accompanied by the BSO, led by maestro Andris Nelsons – two each on Friday (Nos. 2 and 4) and Saturday (Nos. 1 and 3), and concluding with No. 5 (the magisterial "Emperor") on Sunday. The week’s other prominent occasion, on Tuesday, August 2, will showcase each of the entities that comprise the Tanglewood Music Festival during the all-day ‘Tanglewood on Parade’

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Christian Center Holds Community Day, Celebrates 130 Years
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:02AM / Tuesday, July 26, 2022

The Civitan Club has been providing picnic food for the event for a number of years.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A portion of Robbins Avenue was filled with a celebration on Saturday as the Christian Center held its annual Community Day and marked 130 years as an organization.

"To be honest, for the last 130 years, the Christian Center has done essentially the same thing," Executive Director  Betsy Sherman said, explaining that the center offers food, clothing, paths to jobs, and referrals to housing with the goal of helping people have a more secure life.

It was founded in 1892 as the Epworth Mission by the Methodist Church and has been at its current location since 1906.

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Pittsfield Babe Ruth 14-Year-Olds Advance to New England Semi-Finals
09:26PM / Monday, July 25, 2022
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield Babe Ruth Baseball program is sending a pair of teams into the semi-final rounds of their respective New England Regional Championships on Tuesday.   In the 14-year-old age group, Pittsield Monday defeated Warwick, R.I., 6-4, in the quarter-finals to earn a berth in Tuesday game against Norfolk, Mass., at 10 a.m.   The winner of that game will take on the winner of the tournamet's 1 p.m. semi-final at 4 p.m. at Billy Bullens Field for the right to advance to the Babe Ruth World Series next month in North Dakota.   The Pittsfield Babe Ruth 13s had a bye in Monday's quarter-finals in its tournament in Trumbull, Conn.   Pittsfield

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Local Organizations Unite to Address Food Insecurity, Chronic Illness
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:28PM / Monday, July 25, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County Sheriff's Department, Berkshire Health Systems, and other partner organizations have teamed up to address food insecurity and chronic illness.

The Flexible Services Initiative is a free 10-week meal delivery and grocery program that aims to make a healthy diet accessible for everyone. Medically tailored meals are delivered to Berkshire County residents who suffer from chronic illness and/or struggle to put food on the table. 

This is a MassHealth funded program through participating Accountable Care Organizations, which in this case is Berkshire Fallon Health Collaborative.

Since the program was established one year ago, its

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Berkshire Museum Welcomes New Executive Director
12:50PM / Monday, July 25, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A museum administrator with more than three decades of experience with institutions in Texas and California is coming east to take the reins of the Berkshire Museum.    Kimberley Bush Tomio comes from the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, where she was director of museum services for the past decade. Her hiring was announced on Monday by museum President Ethan Klepetar, on behalf of the board of trustees.   Her appointment as executive director comes nearly a year after the sudden departure of Jeff Rodgers last September after 2 1/2 years with the museum. The board contracted with national search firm m/Oppenheim earlier this year to find a new

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Child Found in Onota Lake Taken to Baystate Medical Center
12:29PM / Monday, July 25, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An 8-year-old child rescued from Onota Lake on Sunday night was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Their condition is listed as stable, according to police.    The child was found unresponsive in the water by others at the public beach at Burbank Park and they began administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation. First-responders were notified of the emergency at about 4:58 p.m. and police, fire and County Ambulance responded to the scene.    Emergency workers took over rescue measures upon their arrival and the child was first taken to Berkshire Medical Center.    Anyone who wishes to provide information regarding this

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Pittsfield Babe Ruth Baseball Teams Move on to Bracket Play at Regionals
10:27PM / Sunday, July 24, 2022
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield Babe Ruth 14-year-olds Sunday beat Vermont state champion Lyndon, 8-1, to advance to bracket play at the New England Regional Championship.   The win gave Pittsfield a 1-1 record in pool play and sent it to Tuesday morning's game at Billy Bullens Field against Warwick, R.I.   The winner of that game moves on to Tuesday's semi-final against Eastern Massachusetts champion Norfolk.   15-Year-Old Tournament   KEENE, N.H. -- The Pittsfield Babe Ruth 15-year-olds were edged by Vermont champion Three Corners, 4-3, on Sunday, but it still advanced to bracket play at the New England regional Championship.   With a record of 1-2 in

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Former Starbase Technologies Building Eyed for Cannabis Cultivation
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:42PM / Sunday, July 24, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Cannabis cultivator Berkshire Kind is looking to put a grow facility in the former Starbase Technologies facility at the corner of Peck's and Valentine Roads.

The Community Development Board on Tuesday approved a site plan application for the adaptive re-use of the existing 37,700 square foot building with about 25,000 square feet of cultivation space.

It was approved with conditions related to odor management and a requirement of downward casting lights.

"Basically they're looking to repurpose that existing building for cannabis cultivation so no retail sales on site, just cultivation," civil engineer Jeff Randall said on behalf of the

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Pittsfield Babe Ruth 14s Blow Out Rhode Island at Regional
09:04PM / Saturday, July 23, 2022
TRUMBULL, Conn. – Jackson Almeida went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and five RBIs Saturday to lead the Pittsfield Babe Ruth 13-year-old All-Stars to a 15-0, four-inning win over North Providence-Smithfield, R.I., at the New England Regional Championships.   Morrie Fried continued to tear up the competition at the regional, going 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI in a 14-hit Pittsfield attack.   Fried also earned the win with three innings of work on the mound, striking out five and combining with Cam Hillard on a no-hitter.   Andrew Hammill and Luke Ferguson each doubled, and John John Mullen drove in a pair of runs.   Pittsfield improved to 2-0 in pool play. It

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Pittsfield Americans Outlast Leominster, Claim Sectional Title
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
04:43PM / Saturday, July 23, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Moment after his team lost a heart-breaking, 15-12 decision in the Massachusetts Little League Section 1 title game, Leominster Manager Rob Lora made a bold prediction.   “I’ve already put it out there in the [Fitchburg] Sentinel in Central Mass, and I told my friends here [in the Berkshire County media] to make sure it goes in tomorrow: I already put the state of Massachusetts on warning,” the Hoosac Valley High School alumnus said. “Whoever won this game today is going to win the state title.”   If that Bay State title is decided on heart, it is hard to think of any two teams better positioned to win it all.   The

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Drury Alumnus Seeks Funding for Upcoming Film Production
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
04:17PM / Saturday, July 23, 2022

Nick Burchard, a Drury High graduate, is raising funds for 'The Ghost Light' that he hopes to film at the Colonial Theatre.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Drury High School alumnus Nick Burchard is back behind the camera with his newest film, "The Ghost Light," this time in the historic Colonial Theatre with a plan to start production in the fall.    This short film follows high school theater geek Winnie who has a horrible experience during an audition due to her stage fright.    Feeling defeated at the end of the day Winnie is helping her teacher clean and flicks on the "ghost light" and starts to hear the voices of ghosts doomed to

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Youth Sports Program Honors Harrigan
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10:53AM / Saturday, July 23, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – The Berkshire Reign Youth Sports program recently named Taconic High School graduate Sean Harrigan the winner of its inaugural Gaudette Scholarship.   Harrigan volunteered his time and expertise at the program’s basketball clinic at Lenox Memorial Middle High School.   This winter, he was named the Western Massachusetts Boys Basketball Player of the Year by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

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