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Pittsfield Post 68 Juniors Down Wilbraham
iBerkshires.com Sports,
09:59PM / Monday, July 01, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Connor Devine went 2-for-3 with a double Monday to lead the Pittsfield Post 68 Juniors to a 7-2 win over the Wilbraham in American Legion Baseball play on Buddy Pellerin Field.   Colby Robb doubled, Simon Mele went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs, and Ethan O'Donnell drove in four runs in a nine-hit attack for Post 68.   Ethan O'Donnell and Robb split time on the mound.   O'Donnell started and went five innings, striking out two and allowing both Wilbraham runs. Robb struck out one, walked one and allowed no hits in two innings of work.   Post 68 (8-2) goes to Westfield Post 124 on Sunday.

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Pittsfield Little League 10-Year-Olds Open Tourney with Win
By Leland Barnes, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:50PM / Monday, July 01, 2024
PITTSFIELD , Mass. — A strong first and third inning, and a consistent outing on the mound by Myles Morrison-Gould led the Pittsfield Little League 10-year-old All-Stars to an 18-3, run-rule win over Adams-Cheshire in the first game of pool play in the Don Gleason District 1 Tournament on Monday.   Control issues on the mound plagued Adams-Cheshire, as it allowed 11 walks in the three-inning game.   Pittsfield outhit Adams-Cheshire by a margin of 12-3.   All players did well for Pittsfield, all but one scoring at least once.   “It's Little League there's always room for improvement,” Pittsfield coach Jack Chevalier said.   “We saw

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Haddad Subaru 'Shares the Love' With Berkshire Humane Society, Donating $8K
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:04PM / Monday, July 01, 2024

Haddad's 'charity mobile' is decked out with logos of organizations the dealership has supported. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An $8,000 boost from Haddad Subaru sparked canine and human smiles at the Berkshire Humane Society on Friday.

The sizable donation is a result of the dealership's 2023 Share the Love event, which has raised more than $130,000 for the shelter in eight years of being a beneficiary. In partnership with Subaru of America, the dealership donates a fraction of service tickets and car sales during November and December.

"The consumer that actually is purchasing the vehicle gets to choose where they want this donation to go and overwhelming

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Teen Arrested in North Street Shooting
02:01PM / Monday, July 01, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. —  A Savoy teen was arraigned on murder charges Monday in the June 14 shooting of two men on North Street.    Deakan Sayers, 18, charged in Pittsfield District Court with two counts each of armed assault with the intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (firearm) and single counts of carrying a loaded firearm without a license and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling.   Police officers were dispatched just after 5 p.m. on Friday, June 14, to the area of North Street at Bradford Street for a reported shooting.    According to a report, responding officers found two Pittsfield men who were shot. The

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Holiday Hours: Independence Day
10:55AM / Monday, July 01, 2024

  Above, the famous John Trumbull painting depicting the presentation of the Declaration to John Hancock. John Adams is standing on the right of the Committee of Five. Right, the Bill of Rights currently on display at Williams College.

Independence Day will be celebrated Thursday, July 4. It is a federal holiday marking the ratification of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Representatives from 13 original colonies, of which Massachusetts was a leader, actually voted on July 2 at the Second Continental Congress to declare their independence from Great Britain. The Declaration formalizing the decision — and giving the reasons for doing so — was written

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State Fire Marshal: Leave Fireworks to the Professionals
08:00AM / Monday, July 01, 2024
STOW, Mass. — Every year in Massachusetts, illegal fireworks cause fires, explosions, property damage, and serious injuries.    As we enter the weeks around July 4, when more than 60 percent of these incidents occur, State Fire Marshal Jon M. Davine is reminding residents and visitors to leave fireworks to the professionals.   "Fireworks are inherently dangerous," said State Fire Marshal Davine. "Possessing or using them in Massachusetts requires licensing and certification. They are illegal for personal use here even if purchased legally in another state. These laws work: the rate of fireworks injuries in Massachusetts is about one-fifth the national

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Wahconah Park Committee Moving Forward with $28M Design
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:44AM / Monday, July 01, 2024

Architect Salvatore Canciello goes over the new numbers with the Wahconah Park Restoration Committee last week.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The proposed reconstruction of historic Wahconah Park has been trimmed by $2 million.

"We do have a budget issue," architect Salvatore Canciello told the Wahconah Park Restoration Committee on Thursday.

The panel has recommended a move from the schematic design to the design development phase for a $28.4 million rebuild of the grandstand and parking lot. Through value engineering, S3 Design was able to shave almost $2 million off the original $30 million price tag — half of the savings goal.

With $18 million committed between

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Pittsfield Panel Supports $280K Winter Maintenance Deficit
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:15AM / Monday, July 01, 2024

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The finance subcommittee recently OK'd a $280,000 transfer to the Department of Public Services for winter maintenance overages with the understanding that the ask may be higher when it goes to the full City Council.

The account is permitted to operate a deficit and has overspent $781,220.  At the time of the request, $501,220 was recovered and the $280,000 will address the rest, with $200,000 coming from the Fire Department and $80,000 from the building maintenance department.

It was explained that the order was about two weeks old and some of the recovered funds had to be diverted to get to the close of the fiscal year on June 30. Commissioner of

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Start Time Changed for Pittsfield July 4 5K
02:13PM / Sunday, June 30, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire Health Systems 4th of July 5K start time has been moved to 9 a.m., the Berkshire Running Center announced on social media on Saturday.   The organizer of the annual road race said that the time was changed by half an hour in order to accommodate parade road closures.   On Sunday morning, the center said that 904 runners were signed up for the 5-kilometer race through downtown Pittsfield, including runners from five different countries and 22 states.   This is the 37th running of the holiday 5K, which will use the same course as Pittsfield's annual Independence Day parade.   Runners will start the course on Wahconah Street adjacent

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Berkshire Force Drops Regional Final, Grabs World Series Bid
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
01:11PM / Sunday, June 30, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – The Berkshire Force 12-and-under travel softball team Sunday rallied for five runs in the top of the sixth inning but could not eclipse the Stamford, Conn., Stars in a 14-8 game to decide the championship of the Babe Ruth New England Regional.   Stamford took advantage of eight Force errors and pulled away late with five runs in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth to secure the regional title.   Both teams qualified for the July’s Babe Ruth World Series, though.   The Stars previously qualified for the national tournament with a tourney win in Londonderry, N.H., in May, leaving one open bid for this weekend’s tournament at the

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'Bei Tempi' Wants to Bring Good Times to Pittsfield's West Side
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:16PM / Sunday, June 30, 2024

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Owners of the former Crossroads Cafe want to bring "Bei Tempi" to the West Side with a new restaurant.

"The new name is Bei Tempi, which means ‘good times' in Italian," Elizabeth Zucco told the Licensing Board on Monday. "Bring a little Italian to the West Side."

The Onota Street establishment was granted an annual weekday entertainment license owners Elizabeth and Richard Zucco reported that food will be returned. The interior will also see some changes to be more suitable for dining.

"We're going to be bringing back the food that was there for many years," she said.

"So there's going to be

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Berkshire Force 12Us Make Final Day of New England Regional
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
06:27PM / Saturday, June 29, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Olivia Archambault threw three innings of no-hit ball Saturday to lead the Berkshire Force 12Us to a 13-3 win in a must-win game at the Babe Ruth Softball New England Regional.   The victory, Berkshire’s second of the day, keeps the Force alive to take another crack at the Stamford, Conn., Stars on Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Doyle Complex on Benedict Road.   Archambault, Lilly Pudelko and Tori Blanchard had two hits apiece in Saturday’s elimination game against Windham, N.H., which the Force ended in the bottom of the fourth inning via the run rule.   “We had to play a third game for the day,”  Force coach Mike Lodowski

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