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Pittsfield Parks Commission Suggests New Location for Pump Track
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:48AM / Thursday, July 22, 2021

The Parks Commission is still mulling the proposed pump track. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Parks Commission continues to mull the possibility of a 2.3-acre pump track and bike skills course at Springside Park, suggesting Tuesday it be moved to the southern part of the site.

Commissioners also recommended that the project leaders file a request for determination of applicability (RDA) to be reviewed by the Conservation Commission.  

Chairman Anthony DeMartino spoke to Conservation Agent Robert Van Der Kar about the project following a site visit and a public hearing early this month. Van Der Kar's recommendations included filing an RDA for construction near

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Pittsfield Pitchers Dominant in Sectional Tourney Opener
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:18PM / Wednesday, July 21, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- It takes 18 outs to get through a Little League baseball game.   On Wednesday, the 12-year-old All-Stars from the Pittsfield American Division got 15 of those outs on strikeouts.   Christian Barry set the tone by striking out 10 over 3-⅓ innings and helped his cause with a first inning leadoff home run as Pittsfield opened the Section 1 tournament with an 8-1 win over Rutland at Deming Park.   “Really, I just was throwing to the catcher,” Barry said. “I had a lot of trust in him. I knew he wasn’t going to let anything by him. I just had to throw strikes.”   Rutland did get one baserunner on a ball to the backstop

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New Funding Opportunity to Support Air Quality Sensors in Communities
04:08PM / Wednesday, July 21, 2021
BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration announced that $200,000 in grants is now available to communities to place 10 air quality sensors on homes, schools or businesses to measure fine particle pollution (PM2.5) throughout local neighborhoods.   These small sensors produce data that will be displayed on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's AirNow Fire and Smoke Map online, along with data from PM2.5 monitoring stations operated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).    "Massachusetts is committed to helping communities affected by air pollution, especially those with Environmental Justice populations," said Energy

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August 12 Deadline for EforAll Fall Business Accelerator
08:04AM / Wednesday, July 21, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Berkshire County is accepting online applications for the Fall 2021 Business Accelerator, which will begin in early September.     The deadline is Thursday, August 12th at noon.  The application link is:  https://eforall.org/programs/berkshire-county-fall-2021-accelerator/   Up to 15 entrepreneurs will be selected for the free 12-week intensive training program.   The twice-weekly business classes will be offered virtually for the convenience of the students.  Additionally, each person in the cohort will be matched with three community mentors who meet with them weekly

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Pittsfield's Bicycle Network Will Connect 100 Miles of the City
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Commissioner Ricardo Morales and City Planner CJ Hoss answer questions  over the Zoom platform.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — At its third and final public meeting, the Bike Facilities Master Plan project team on Monday announced that designs for a bicycle network that covers nearly 100 miles of Pittsfield are complete.

This plan aims to create a safe, user-friendly connected bicycle network throughout the city based on transportation factors, land use factors, and demographic factors. It will be implemented over the years as the city has opportunities to add more bike accommodations to its infrastructure.

"We understand that the city may not have all the resources necessary right

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Pittsfield Perfection: Little Leaguers Stay Unbeaten, Win Sectional Crown
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:35PM / Tuesday, July 20, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- It is seventh heaven for the 10-year-old All-Stars from the Pittsfield Little League American Division.   The Pittsfield Americans Tuesday beat Longmeadow, 11-5, to win the Section 1 title, advance to the state tournament and run their all-star record to 7-0 this summer.   Cooper Reed struck out seven in 4-⅓ innings, and Jack Wendling went 3-for-3 with a double, two stolen bases and four runs scored.   Pittsfield, which went 4-0 at the District 1 tournament, knocked off Longmeadow for the second time in three days to win the sectional through the winners bracket.   The Americans scored first in the bottom of the first at Deming Park and built

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BRTA Service Update: Reduced Services
04:27PM / Tuesday, July 20, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. —  Because of a lack qualified drivers to operate Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) vehicles, there will be a reduction of transportation services, including fixed bus route and paratransit.    BRTA noted that they too are affected and impacted by the nationwide workforce shortage.    To continue BRTA's service, some weekday routes will be curtailed for a short-term, approximately 6-8 weeks, as they continue to hire and train additional operators. Saturday schedules are not affected.   This will begin on Sunday, July 25, 2021. Monday-Friday Scheduled Bus Service: Route 4: Service will start at 6:05 AM at the ITC,

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Pittsfield Child-Care Leader Named Commonwealth Heroine
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:03PM / Tuesday, July 20, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A local child-care leader was named a Commonwealth Heroine by the state House of Representatives for her support of children and families during an unprecedented year.   

Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center's Chief Executive Officer Kelly Marion was named by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women as one of its Commonwealth Heroines — formerly known as the Unsung Heroine of Massachusetts — for the class of 2021.

Marion pivoted the center's operations to provide emergency care to essential workers in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and then opened back up to further support families.

"How do you pick one person

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No Drought Conditions In Berkshire County
12:03PM / Tuesday, July 20, 2021
BOSTON — With precipitation events occurring throughout Massachusetts over the course of the past several weeks, drought conditions in Berkshire County, along with the majority of regions in the Commonwealth, have improved.   Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides declared Level 0-Normal Conditions in all regions across the Commonwealth, except the Cape Cod region, which remains at a Level 1-Mild Drought.   "Following recent rainstorms throughout much of the state and continued water conservation efforts, most regions of the Commonwealth have made a strong recovery and are now under normal conditions," said Theoharides. "However, Cape

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Here's a look at the 'New Retirement'
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:00AM / Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Once you retire, what can you expect from your life? You might be surprised by the things that current retirees are saying about their lifestyles, priorities, relationships and hopes for the future. And you also might find this knowledge quite helpful as you prepare for the day when you become a retiree.   First of all, retirement today is far different – and potentially far more rewarding – than was the case a generation or so ago. Of course, people are living longer now, but the new retirement environment isn't just about longevity – it's also about using one's time in a meaningful way, deepening connections with family and contributing to communities.

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BCC Upcoming Admissions Info Sessions
08:07AM / Tuesday, July 20, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) invites prospective students to its next series of free Virtual General Information Sessions: Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 5 pm, Thursday, Aug. 19 at 12 pm, and Saturday, Aug. 21 at 12 pm.    The 30-minute info sessions, presented by admissions counselors on Zoom, are designed to familiarize prospective students with the application and registration process.      Virtual General Information Session participants can:     Ask questions about the admissions

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MCLA Athletics Golf Classic Returns
04:04PM / Monday, July 19, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The MCLA Athletics Golf Classic will make its return Monday, Aug. 2 at Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield after a one year absence due to the pandemic.    The Golf Classic serves as a major fundraiser for the College's Athletics Department. Over the years, the Classic has netted more than $40,000 in funds to support the MCLA's student-athletes.    Jointly hosted by the offices of Institutional Advancement and Athletics, this year's event will honor 2020 and 2021 senior student-athletes, who either had significant portions of their season cut short or were unable to begin their season as a result of the

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