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Valentine Walkoff Leads Adams-Cheshire 12s to Big Tourney Win
09:54PM / Monday, July 11, 2022
ADAMS, Mass. -- Julius Valentine drove a 1-1 pitch to left field to drive in two runs in the bottom of the sixth and give the Adams-Cheshire Little League 12-Year-Old All-Stars an 11-10 win over the Pittsfield Nationals on Monday night in the Don Gleason District 1 Tournament.   Valentine's walkoff hit completed a seven-run rally in Adams' final at-bat and gave the team its second win in the five-team round-robin tournament.   The winning rally included a single from Brayden Durant, a two-run double from Mikey Durant and an RBI from Zack Mazzeo.   "This team fights till the end," Adams-Cheshire manager Steve Albareda said. "It never gives

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Activists Demand Climate Legislation 'In the 11th Hour'
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
08:06PM / Monday, July 11, 2022

Their are four bills in the Legislature addressing air quality, energy facilities, jobs and clean energy. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local activists are pushing for the state Legislature to adopt a series of strong climate bills, saying we are in the "11th hour" for such initiatives.

These include an act to improve outdoor and indoor air quality for communities burdened by transportation pollution; an act relative to energy facilities siting reform to address environmental justice, climate, and public health; an act for building justice with jobs; and an act transiting the state to clean electricity, heating, and transportation.

Berkshire Environmental Action Team, in

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Girls' Softball Team Gets $2,500 Donation From Pittsfield Kiwanis Club
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:20PM / Monday, July 11, 2022

The presentation was made at Friday's Pittsfield Suns game.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Force Lightning girls' softball team has received a boost from the Kiwanis Club of Pittsfield to aid its travel to the Babe Ruth Softball World Series in Jensen Beach, Fla.

The club presented the U12 team with a $1,300 check on Friday at the Pittsfield Suns game.  In addition, the Kiwanis purchased its $1,200 uniforms required for the competition, bringing the total donation to $2,500.

From July 19 to July 28, the girls will travel to the sunny state to compete against teams from all over the world.

Kiwanis Club of Pittsfield President Curtis Janey was excited to see the

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Bicyclist Injured in Motor Vehicle Crash in Pittsfield
09:41AM / Monday, July 11, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. —  A bicyclist escaped critical injuries on Sunday afternoon after a colliding with a car in the area of the Onota Lake Boat Ramp Access Road.   The cyclist was traveling west about 4:16 p.m. toward the boat ramp negotiating the curves in the roadway when the bike collided with an eastbound 2021 Subaru Impreza. The operator of the bicycle was taken to Berkshire Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.   Police, fire and County Ambulance responded. Traffic was reduced to one lane for approximately 75 minutes as the result of this incident and subsequent investigation.   This incident remains under

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Pittsfield Americans, Great Barrington Earn District Tourney Wins
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
06:16PM / Sunday, July 10, 2022
ADAMS, Mass. – The Pittsfield Little League American Division All-Stars secured a spot in the 12-year-old Don Gleason District 1 title game on Sunday afternoon.   Who they will meet in that final is anyone’s guess.   The Americans improved to 3-0 in the five-team round robin with a 13-3 win over the city rival Pittsfield Nationals at Willard “Beaver” Bard Field.   Two other teams also have a shot at three wins, but they play one another in Tuesday’s finale of the round-robin.   Great Barrington (2-1) earned its second win of the tournament on Sunday with a 15-3 victory over Dalton-Hinsdale (0-3).   Host Adams-Cheshire, which has played

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Attorney General Funds Summer Jobs for Young People
12:00PM / Sunday, July 10, 2022
BOSTON — Attorney General Maura Healey  announced that her office is awarding more than $262,000 in grant funding to 70 organizations across the state to fund summer jobs for young people that are focused on promoting health and wellness.   In Berkshire County, Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, the Berkshire South Regional Community Center and Greenagers in South Egremont will receive funding to support jobs for young people.   "For eight years, we've worked closely with inspiring organizations in every corner of the state to create safe, positive summer experiences for young people," said Healey. "These

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Reed Leads Pittsfield Americans to 11-Year-Old District Title
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
06:57PM / Saturday, July 09, 2022
ADAMS, Mass. – Cooper Reed did it all for the Pittsfield Little League American Division 11-year-old All-Stars on Saturday afternoon.   On the mound, Reed struck out five and allowed just two hits.   At the plate, he doubled in the game’s tying run and scored the game-winner as the Americans defeated the Nationals, 2-1, in the Don Gleason District 1 Championship Game.   In throwing a complete game, Reed got stronger as the game went along. He left just one runner on base after giving up his only run in the top of the second inning.   And he had two strikeouts against the heart of the Nats’ lineup to finish the game in the sixth.   “My God,

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Pittsfield Americans Outlast Dalton in Back-And-Forth Tourney Final
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
06:25PM / Saturday, July 09, 2022
DALTON, Mass. – Jeremiah Bullett drove in the tying run and raced around the bases for the go-ahead score in the bottom of the bottom of the fourth Saturday as the Pittsfield Little League American Division 11-year-old All-Stars beat Dalton-Hinsdale, 9-7, in the Don Gleason District 1 Championship Game.   Bullett went 2-for-3 with a double, and Jake Knauth and Landon Marquis combined to strike out seven for the Americans, who went 4-0 over the last eight days to win the four-team tournament.   Dalton-Hinsdale earned nine hits, but Knauth and Marquis allowed just one walk. They also got a couple of big assists from catcher Alec Houghtaling, who threw out runners attempting to

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Audit Recommends MOITI Improve Administrative Practices
12:00PM / Saturday, July 09, 2022
BOSTON — The Office of State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump released an audit of the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (MOITI), which found that MOITI's process for collecting and recording information about small businesses in underserved small business communities (USBCs) applying to the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) is ineffective.    Additionally, the audit found that MOITI has not implemented requirements for graduating small businesses from STEP.     "Our audit found that MOITI does not effectively collect information on whether small businesses applying for STEP financial assistance awards are part of the four federal

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BERP Works to Boost Women and Minority-Owned Business Enterprise Certifications
08:00AM / Saturday, July 09, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass—The Berkshire Economic Recovery Project announced the launch of its women- and minority-owned business enterprise (W/MBE) module in an effort to Boost Women and Minority-Owned Business Enterprise Certifications.   This training module, available in both English and Spanish, provides a high-level overview of what it means to be a certified woman and/or minority-owned business enterprise, and how such a certification can help support the small businesses here in the Berkshires.   In addition to the short overview training modules, interested businesses will also find a direct link to schedule a free intake consultation with the Economic Development team at

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Sold Out Berkshire Flyer Arrives at Pittsfield's Intermodal Center
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:06AM / Saturday, July 09, 2022

State Sen. Adam Hinds rode the Flyer's inaugural trip from New York City to Pittsfield. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Flyer arrived at the Joseph Scelsi Intermodal Transportation Center with the first New York City passengers to Pittsfield in 51 years.    On board was state Sen. Adam Hinds who has been instrumental in getting the weekend tourist train on track over the past several years.    "It is so enjoyable. The ride along the Hudson is just amazing," he said. "And so smooth, sitting in air conditioning with leather seats and space, with wi-fi."   This inaugural trip on Amtrak was sold out despite what Hinds described as

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Great Barrington, Adams 12-Year-Olds Earn Narrow Wins in Little League Tourney
10:24PM / Friday, July 08, 2022
ADAMS, Mass -- The Great Barrington 12-year-old All-Stars executed a rundown to stop a runner attempting to score on a whild pitch in the sixth inning to secure a 5-4 win over the Pittsfield Little League National Division in the Don Gleason District 1 Championship on Friday night.   Finn Mason earned the win on the mound by throwing 4-two-thirds innings. Trevor Leonard picked up the save.   Johnny Ireland and Levi Martin each had a hit for Great Barrington.   Kalvin Phillips had a two-run single for the Nats who got a triple from Ruben Freed and a strong performance from Kevin Smith on the mound.   In Friday's late game, hosts Adams-Cheshire defeated

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