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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

Emotional Start to Little League Season in Pittsfield
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
02:19PM / Sunday, May 01, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Little League American Division had a lot to celebrate at Sunday's Opening Day ceremonies.   Chief on the list: last year's success in state tournament play and the life of one of the volunteers who helped make that success possible.   The league's first real season-opening festivities since 2019 featured a touching tribute to longtime coach David "Zip" Zerbato, who died at age 50 in 2017.   Zerbato's widow, Sherry, and their sons helped league president Greg Coscia unveil a plaque just beyond the fence in center field at Deming Park to recognize "Zip" and his contribution to the

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Scholarship Offered to BART Graduates
12:00PM / Sunday, May 01, 2022
ADAMS, Mass. — Graduates of Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School (BArT) who have completed their first year of college are invited to apply for the Julia Bowen Bridge to College Scholarship.   The scholarship fund was established in 2017 to honor Julia Bowen, BArT's founding executive director.    The scholarship was created by and is managed by the BART Foundation to provide financial assistance to select BArT alumni through their college career.   A scholarship of up to $1,000 will be awarded to a BArT alumnus or alumna who has successfully completed year 1 of college. Assuming successful completion of the school year, the award will be

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Kevin Donati Named as Head Coach of Pittsfield Suns
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:27AM / Sunday, May 01, 2022

Suns Director of Media Relations, Billy Madewell, head coach Kevin Donati, general manager Sander Stotland talk about the Suns' upcoming season at  Donati's sports academy on Wednesday.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Former player and Pittsfield native Kevin Donati will take over as head coach of the Pittsfield Suns and the team promised a great 10th season.

"I'm looking forward to the opportunity, being with the Suns for three summers was a great time, I'm looking to build on that," he said when introduced last week. "What I'm looking forward to the most is the friendships that you build, the relationships that you build, and the memories that you

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Bird Scooters Land in Pittsfield
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:58PM / Saturday, April 30, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Bird scooters landed in Pittsfield this week and iBerkshires took a ride on one to see what they are all about.

Pittsfield is partnering with micro-mobility company Bird to provide a fleet of electric scooters that can be rented by the ride. It is at no cost to the city and the company has agreed to hold all liability. Pittsfield's only job is to provide messaging, education, and preparation for the fleet.

According to the city's Facebook page, the scooters arrived on Wednesday and were placed in a few places in the North Street vicinity.

Renting a scooter starts with downloading the free Bird app, which then shows a map of where the nearest ones are

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Pittsfield CPA Recommends Funding for 11 Projects
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:38PM / Saturday, April 30, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Community Preservation Committee was generous with its disbursement of 2022 Community Preservation Act funds, recommending that 10 applications be fully granted and the 11th, partially funded.

The slate of recommendations totals about $670,000 and will go to the City Council for final approval next month.

"I know we said we weren't flush with money in the past, we didn't have as much money, we had to make these decisions, but I think it's been good stewardship of the resources," Historical Commission representative John Dickson said.

"The state's been giving us extra money so that we could provide more, we didn't have

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Pittsfield Hydrant Flushing Week Two Schedule
12:00PM / Saturday, April 30, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Monday, May 2 marks the start of week two for the flushing of the City of Pittsfield's water system.    Water mains throughout the city will be flushed through hydrants over the next three weeks to remove accumulations of pipeline corrosion products. Mains will be flushed Monday through Friday each week, except holidays, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.   The upcoming flushing for this week may be expected to affect the following areas: Starting at Unkamet Park Drive heading west up to North Street working north to the Broadway and Lake streets neighborhood. Starting at Plastics Avenue moving west on Dalton Avenue including the

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State, USDA Worked to Contain Avian Flu in Berkshire County
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
05:07AM / Saturday, April 30, 2022

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture and several state agencies are working to contain an avian influenza outbreak in Berkshire County after samples from a 240-bird flock in Lanesborough were confirmed to have the virus in late March.

The non-commercial flock contained ducks, chicken, geese, quail, and turkeys, all of which are capable of getting sick with and spreading "highly pathogenic avian influenza," or HPAI. The state and the USDA euthanized the flock and quarantined the area to prevent further spread.

Local officials declined to identify the location of the flock and referred to inquiries to the state. 

"It's important to note that

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Pittsfield Celebrates Trees on Arbor Day at Kellogg Park
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:36PM / Friday, April 29, 2022

City Council President Peter Marchetti reads a council proclamation for Arbor Day with parks program manager James McGrath.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — This year's Arbor Day was marked at Kellogg Park, Pittsfield's newest open space.  

Parks, Open Space, and Natural Resource Program Manager James McGrath, who led the Friday ceremony, pointed out that this site also contains the 3,000th tree planted during the Greening the Gateway Cities program. The trees line the side of the park. 

About 20 people gathered on the concrete letters of the literacy-inspired park to celebrate the woody organisms that give off oxygen needed to breathe, house animals, and shade people from

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Weekend Outlook: Spring Flings & May Days
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
02:32PM / Friday, April 29, 2022
Berkshire County will be hosting a variety of indoor and outdoor events this warm weekend including festivals, dance parties, museum activities, and performances from world renowned performers.      Thistle's Spring Fling Berkshire Hills Country Club, Pittsfield   Thistle 'N Thorn will be hosting its second annual Spring Fling this Sunday at Berkshire Hills Country Club.   Participants will get a chance to sign up for ''mini services" and purchase from over 30 small business vendors in the ballroom while they wait.    The event will have a photobooth camper, and DIY flower and candle bar. Mocktails and cocktails will also be available

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Berkshire Health Systems Welcomes Orthopaedic Surgeon
12:21PM / Friday, April 29, 2022
Berkshire Health Systems welcomes Khaled "Kelly" Instrum, MD, a board certified and fellowship trained orthopaedic   surgeon, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the provider staff of Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates. Dr. Instrum, who has specialized training and experience in shoulder and knee surgery, is accepting new patients in need of Orthopaedic care.   Dr. Instrum is board certified in orthopaedic surgery and was fellowship trained in Shoulder and Knee Surgery at the University of Calgary. He received his medical degree from Dalhousie Medical School, Halifax, Nova Scotia and completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of

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The Retired Investor: Shrinkflation
By Bill Schmick,
04:30PM / Thursday, April 28, 2022
By now, you may have noticed that something doesn't look quite right on your grocery shelves. Could be that bag of chips, or maybe that roll of toilet paper seems to have shrunk? Let me assure you it is not your eyes; we have all come down with a bad case of shrinkflation.   Shrinkflation is an actual term, according to Wikipedia, which means "a rise in the general price level of goods per unit of weight or volume, brought about by a reduction in the weight or size of the item sold." I must admit that, until recently, the shrinkage that has now become commonplace in most grocery stores and supermarkets, thanks to a generational high in the inflation rate, went largely

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Roots Rising Awarded $430K State Grant for Equiptment
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:49PM / Thursday, April 28, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A substantial state grant will help Roots Rising further its mission to address food insecurity and empower youth.   The nonprofit was awarded $430,219 from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs for the purchase of farm and industrial kitchen equipment during its land acquisition process.   This is the largest award that the organization, founded and directed by Jamie Samowitz and Jessica Vecchia, has received by far and they are notably excited for what is to come.   "The grant is for our upcoming youth farm," Samowitz said. "We were in a land analysis for a year and a half now, we've been

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