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Be the Match and Suns Partner
04:27PM / Monday, July 12, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Suns announced a partnership with Be The Match at their game on Saturday, July 17 vs. the Norwich Sea Unicorns.   Be The Match, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, manages a marrow donor registry. The organization facilitates thousands of transplants every year for patients battling blood cancers like leukemia, blood disorders, or genetic disorders for which transplant may be a cure.   "Support from community members like the Suns is essential to raising awareness and funds for the Be The Match Registry and for all of our patients in need," said Joy King, Chief Advancement Officer at the Be The Match Foundation.

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Donít let investments go on vacation
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:29AM / Monday, July 12, 2021
Now that we've gained at least some space from the COVID-19 pandemic, summer travel is heating up. But while you might be eager to hit the road, you won't want your investments to take a vacation – you need them to work hard for you consistently. But how can you make this happen?   Here are some ideas: Know your destination. "If you don't know where you want to go, then it doesn't matter which path you take." This bit of wisdom, paraphrased from the classic children's book, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, may be appropriate for, say, hikers exploring a new landscape. But as an investor, it matters a great deal which path you take. If you only

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Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

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Dr. Payne Joins Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Services of BMC
10:09AM / Monday, July 12, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Health Systems announced the appointment of Nicole Y. Payne, MD, FABPMR, a board certified and fellowship trained Physiatrist to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the provider staff of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Services of BMC.    Dr. Payne is accepting new patients in need of Physiatry services and is partnered with Katie Hatt, DO, at Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Services of BMC.   Dr. Payne comes to the Berkshires from Maine, where she served with Northern Light AR Gould Hospital in Presque Isle. She previously worked at medical centers in Georgia, Washington state, Kansas, Vermont and

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BCC Trains Our Heroes
09:48AM / Monday, July 12, 2021
Heroes. Perhaps the word conjures a superhuman figure, like those portrayed in Hollywood films. But real-life heroes live and work among us every day.    Educators, nurses, social workers, firefighters, police officers, respiratory care practitioners, and other essential workers in the Berkshires have been on the front lines of the pandemic since its inception. Many of these everyday heroes were trained in our backyard at Berkshire Community College (BCC). They relied on BCC as an affordable, flexible way to earn certificates or degrees in their fields, or as a stepping stone to transfer to a four-year college.      Fighting fires and crime  The Fire Science

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National ĎAchieving the Dreamí Program Taking Shape at BCC
08:07AM / Monday, July 12, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Achieving the Dream (ATD), a national program that partners with more than 300 community colleges, including Berkshire Community College, aims to prepare students for college and make higher education more accessible.   "In a time of hyper-competitive higher education, ATD works to break down barriers within and between colleges with the belief that access to higher education is a cultural good that will transform the country," said Adam Klepetar, BCC Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.    As a rural college located near many major metropolitan areas, BCC is  positioned to support economic advancement,

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Archive Project Space Contributes to Downtown Pittsfield Art Scene
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:10AM / Monday, July 12, 2021

Ari Marcopoulos' is displaying his photographs and films made over the past 14 months at Archive. 'Time Motion' opened Saturday and runs through August. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Archive Project Space opened in the thick of the pandemic and has been contributing to the artistic landscape of downtown Pittsfield since.   The gallery at 141 North St. opened in December with painter Roberto Juarez's exhibit "Ramona's Front Yard" and welcomed "TIme Motion" by photographer/videographer Ari Marcopoulos on Saturday.   "In the depths of the pandemic it was good," owner and artist James Casebere said about the gallery's first year.

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Berkshire Regional Planning Commission Chooses Hybrid Meeting Format
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:58AM / Monday, July 12, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Regional Planning Commission on Thursday voted to continue with a hybrid model for future correspondence, hosting in-person meetings at the BRPC offices with the option for members and the public to participate remotely.   This is reportedly the "best of both worlds" for accessibility and is made possible by the act Gov. Charlie Baker signed on June 16 extending certain COVID-19 measures adopted during the state of emergency until April 2022.   The Executive Committee decided to continue Zoom meetings. BRPC has a setup that allows members to participate remotely from its offices with the help of BRPC employees if need be.   Many

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Gritty Great Barrington Comes Back to Win District Title
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
06:41PM / Sunday, July 11, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- Two games, two come-from-behind wins and one district championship for the 11-year-old all stars from the Great Barrington Little League.   Luke Fenig doubled in a run and went three innings on the mound as Great Barrington topped the Pittsfield Little League American Division, 5-3, in the rain-shortened championship game of the Don Gleason District 1 tournament at Olympian Meadows.   On Saturday, Fenig drove in the tying and winning runs of a 14-13 game against the Pittsfield Nationals that saw Great Barrington surrender three runs in the top of the sixth to fall behind, 13-10.   “We haven’t been together too long, and our first game

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Veteran Spotlight: Navy Petty Officer Ron Reda
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
04:29PM / Sunday, July 11, 2021

Petty Officer Ron Reda with President Clinton at the White House. Reda served in the White House for five years.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ron Reda spent a decade in the Navy, the first the half in the Navy's "silent service" and then five years serving up dinner in the White House. He ended his service to the country in 2000 as a petty officer.    Growing up Chicago, he came from a large Italian family.   "We always had tons of food from my mom, my grandmother, my aunts ... we always respected food. Never thought I'd grow up to be a chef," he said with a laugh.    He was sent to basic training at Naval Station Great Lakes

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Feline Feature: Cats Seeking Forever Homes at Pittsfield Animal Shelters
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
07:03AM / Sunday, July 11, 2021

Charlie loves to be pet and snuggled and is very playful.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Are you looking for a feline friend? Search no further than Pittsfield animal shelters.

Both Berkshire Humane Society and the Eleanor Sonsini shelter have a variety of cats available for adoption ranging from large to small, young to old, and short-haired to fluffy.

There is currently a waitlist for cat surrenders at both of the facilities because of the large volume of felines in-house and there are some distinguished senior residents looking for forever homes.

"A lot of these animals come in for no fault of their own," said Catherine Hibbard, the society's marketing  and

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Pittsfield Americans Win 10-Year-Old District Crown
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
06:28PM / Saturday, July 10, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- The 10-year-old All-Stars from the Pittsfield Little League American Division redefined dominance in Saturday’s Don Gleason District 1 Championship Game.   The Americans scored more than twice as many runs as its opponent had plate appearances in a 23-1 win over Dalton-Hinsdale to advance to the state sectional tournament.   Pittsfield pounded out 13 hits and batted around three times -- including twice in the same inning.   But all that offense was superfluous with a lights-out pitching performance from the tandem of Cooper Reed and Jack Wendling.   Reed struck out five in two innings of work and allowed just one unearned run before

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Williamstown Theatre Festival Playwright Explores Theme of Loss
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:12AM / Saturday, July 10, 2021

Ngozi Anyanwu returns to the Berkshires with a new play as part of WTF's 'Celebrating the Black Radical Imagination: Nine Solo Plays.' WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Ngozi Anyanwu has been part of Berkshire County theater history before, and she returns this month to make some more.   In 2005, Anyanwu helped Barrington Stage Company make the transition from South County to the former Berkshire Music Hall in Pittsfield.   Sixteen years later, she is helping break in a new stage for the Williamstown Theatre Festival, which this week kicked off its all outdoor 2021 season with a collection called "Celebrating the Black Radical Imagination: Nine Solo

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