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Return of Youth Baseball Seen as 'Good First Step'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:02AM / Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Dalton-Hinsdale held tryouts this past weekend; Pittsfield's leagues are holding them Saturday. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After waiting more than two months to get back on the diamond, area youth baseball players may finally get to hear their favorite words: Play ball.   Little Leagues in Pittsfield and Dalton and the Williamstown Cal Ripken baseball and softball league are making plans to get kids outside and enjoying the American pastime in the weeks ahead with the Little Leagues aiming to play house league games as soon as June 29.   That is the earliest the commonwealth might move into Phase 3 of the governor's phased recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. And


Two Area Residents Being Charged in Alleged Fraud Ring
By Tammy Daniels,
06:13PM / Tuesday, June 16, 2020

District Attorney Andrea Harrington announces the arrest of two people in a multistate fraud ring.

Law enforcement in Albany, N.Y., arrested Parth "Peter" Chaudhari, 23, of Adams on Wednesday afternoon without incident. Albany officials are holding Chaudhari without the right to bail on a charge of fugitive from justice, based on a warrant issued in Massachusetts for charges associated with a fraud investigation.

The State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Berkshire District attorney's office and the Adams Police Department filed for an arrest warrant for Chaudhari on Wednesday.   He is alleged to be involved in a fraud ring with Ajaykumar Chaudhari and


Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
Instead of bickering about parking get a industry in North Adams with higher paying jobs than all the service jobs we have now. Is anyone on the commitee out there looking for any industries to come
Super Bowl Pancake Breakfast
by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

COVID-19 Testing Available for Anyone Who Was at Large Gathering
04:38PM / Tuesday, June 16, 2020
BOSTON — Anyone who's been at a large gathering in recent weeks can be tested free for COVID-19.   The governor's office made the announcement on Monday that 50 pop-up sites would be offering the confidential tests on Wednesday and Thursday, July 17 and 18.    "Obviously, there's been a significant increase in the number of people participating in demonstrations across Massachusetts and around the country," said Gov. Charlie Baker. "Thousands of people have been congregating in large groups over the past several weeks to exercise their First Amendment rights in the wake of the George Floyd murder.   "These gatherings are coinciding


Berkshires Beat: First Day School Students Donate Funds to SVHC
10:38AM / Tuesday, June 16, 2020
SVHC donation

In mid-May, the Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation received a letter and donation from the First Day School of the Bennington Friends Meeting, a local group of the Religious Society of Friends, known more commonly as Quakers. The letter was written by 11-year-old Thea Newbold of North Bennington. She wrote on behalf of the other children of The First Day School, the Quaker equivalent of Sunday school, according to Amy Newbold, Thea’s mother.

In the letter, Thea explained that the adults had provided the children with funds to give to the charity or charities of their choice and that the children had chosen to send a third of the funds to the hospital. "We


Big Y Appoints New CFO
09:58AM / Tuesday, June 16, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The board of directors of Big Y Foods has appointed Theresa A. Jasmin as CFO following the recent retirement of William T. Mahoney. 

Jasmin is responsible for the company's strategic planning, finance, accounting, treasury and tax functions. As a senior member of the executive team, she reports to Charles L. D'Amour, president and CEO, along with Big Y's board of directors. And, she represents the first woman to be appointed to the c-suite for the company.

Jasmin has more than 25 years of experience in the food industry. She began her career at Friendly Ice Cream Corporation, where she held senior management positions in both Treasury and


Can You Invest for Retirement and Education?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:42AM / Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Typically, this time of year is filled with graduation ceremonies and celebrations. But with the coronavirus pandemic, not much has been typical lately. Eventually, though, things will return to normal and schools will reopen for in-person learning. 

And if you have young children, you may want to save for their higher education, whether that be college or trade school. At the same time, though, you're moving ever closer to retirement. Can you save for your kids' education and a comfortable retirement for yourself at the same time?

It is indeed possible, although you may need to prioritize somewhat. Specifically, you may not want to put off saving for retirement in favor of


Summer Jazz Camp & Music Academy Open for Enrollment
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, June 16, 2020
ADAMS, Mass. — The annual Berkshires Summer Jazz Camp plans to open this August with the inaugural semester a new music academy following in September.   Applications for the jazz camp are now being accepted and Richard Boulger, executive director and co-founder of the Berkshires Academy for Advanced Musical Studies, or BAAMS, said he and his colleagues are excited to be able to offer the free camp for the third year.   "My musical philosophy is that your musical instrument is an amplifier of what you are hearing, thinking, and feeling," Boulger said. "As one develops this approach to playing and composing music, one's own life experiences are

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North Adams, Pittsfield Educators Rally for School Funding
By Tammy Daniels & Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
08:48PM / Monday, June 15, 2020

North Adams is preparing for budget cuts of 10 to 15 percent, with the worst-case scenario closing a school.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Educators and supporters in the county's two cities rallied on Monday for more educational funding even as school officials prepare for budget scenarios that could cost dozens of teaching positions and school closures.    "We want our students and our families to know that we are supporting them. And we're doing this for them," said Lisa Tanner, a math and science teacher at Colegrove Park Elementary School. "We want our state and federal legislators to know that we can't do our job if they don't do their


Drury High School Scholarships & Awards for 2020
04:08PM / Monday, June 15, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The following awards and scholarships for the Drury High school class of 2020 were announced during graduation ceremonies on June 11.   Chang Chavkin Scholarship: Francisco Alicandri; : Isabel Lescarbeau, Molly Wojnicki   Governor Phil Hoff Vermont Honor Scholar: Madison Tatro   Frank Zoltek Memorial Scholarship: Dante Woodson, Keeghan Vial, Alison Felix   Adams Outdoorsman for Youth Scholarship: Alison Felix   American Legion Auxiliary Post 125: Noah Lemaire   Walter L. Case Memorial Scholarship: Alison Felix   Robert E. Armitage Memorial Scholarship: Alison Felix   Shayley Estes Memorial Scholarship: Ashley


Pittsfield Chief, Citizens Make Commitment to Social Change
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
11:24PM / Sunday, June 14, 2020

The Rev. Sloan Letman IV describes the efforts for systemic change as part marathon, part marriage: both require years of commitment and mutual support. See more photos here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When asked if Pittsfield Police were committed to the process of engaging in the hard work of building an equitable society, the simple answer of Police Chief Michael Wynn is "yes."   His response capped a rally and procession on Sunday afternoon, "Together We Breathe," organized by Berkshire Interfaith Organizing to honor Black Lives Matter, from City Hall to Durant Park where the procession also answered in the affirmative to be a partner with police in

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'Eight Men Out': Say It Ain't So, Joe
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:41PM / Saturday, June 13, 2020
I wish that I were reviewing one of the half-dozen movies certain to be made when this pox upon our house is no more. But until that glorious return to normality has us resuming all the simple joys of life we take for granted, like going to the movies, I'll be retro-reviewing and thereby sharing with you the films that I've come to treasure over the years, most of which can probably be retrieved from one of the movie streaming services. It is my fondest hope that I've barely put a dent into this trove when they let the likes of me back into the


Adams Community Bank Taps New VP of Commercial Lending
12:46PM / Saturday, June 13, 2020

ADAMS, Mass. — Tracy McConnell joined Adams Community Bank as vice president of commercial lending. 

McConnell, a seasoned veteran in commercial lending, joins ACB with more than 25 years of experience in the banking industry, having worked in other financial institutions in Berkshire County.

"We are thrilled to have Tracy as part of our Commercial Lending Division. Her extensive lending background and broad knowledge of the commercial industry strengthens our core team as we meet the growing needs of local business owners and commercial borrowers," said Charles O’Brien, President and CEO.

As vice president of commercial lending, McConnell will focus on further


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