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The Fall Run Will No Longer Rumble Through The Berkshire Hills
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:39AM / Saturday, July 08, 2017
ADAMS, Mass. — After 35 rides and more than $500,000 raised for charity, the Custom City Cycle Fall Run will cease to roar through Western Massachusetts.   "It’s a tough thing to give up and it is probably one of the biggest organized rides," Co-founder and owner of Custom City Cycle Mike Roberts said.   "I know people are going to be disappointed. It’s a rough thing and I didn’t want to tell anybody."    Roberts said the 60-mile ride that starts in Adams, goes over the Mohawk Trail and ends in Charlemont at Mohawk Park and is coupled with bike night, simply became too expensive between insurance, extra police detail and the

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SteepleCats Stymied by Ocean State Pitching
10:37PM / Friday, July 07, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. - The North Adams SteepleCats were held to just four hits on Friday night, and took a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Ocean State Waves, who hold the best record in the New England Collegiate Baseball League at 17-5.   In two games against the Waves this season, the 'Cats managed just two runs- both of which were supplied on home runs by the same player.   Both starting pitchers- North Adams' Alex Pantuso (Slippery Rock) and Ocean State's Ryan Stark (Stetson) worked two scoreless innings before the Waves took the lead in the top of the third. Hits by Daniel Keating (Southern Mississippi) and Michael Alescio (Seton Hall) put runners on second and third

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

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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
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by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

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Berkshire Force 14U Squad Advances at Regional
08:10PM / Friday, July 07, 2017
BARRINGTON, N.H. -- A big defensive play by Molly Sherman Friday sparked the Berkshire Force 14-and-under softball team to a 9-5 win in bracket play at the Babe Ruth New England Regionals.   Sherman’s shoestring catch in left field ended a three-run rally in the top of the fourth.   The Force then took the lead for good in the bottom of the frame with five runs of its own.   Kirstyn Carrigan and Lexi Sondrini each had two hits for the Force.   Carrigan also combined with Sophia-Marie Groves to strike out five in the circle.

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North Adams Honored for 'Putting the Berkshires on the Map'
05:45PM / Friday, July 07, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams has been selected to receive 1Berkshires' 2017 Putting the Berkshires on the Map award in recognition of the substantial contribution that the community has made to the economy of the Berkshires.    This recognition will be presented at the seventh annual Celebrate the Berkshires event on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m. at Bloom Meadows in Hancock.   "While many of the communities in our region are deserving of recognition for their progress in recent years, the national attention garnered by North Adams and the organic way in which the city, business community, [Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art], and other community

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Lear RBI Lifts Thunder in Ninth at Regional
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
04:19PM / Friday, July 07, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Eight was not enough to silence the Thunder on Friday.   The Greylock Thunder 16-and-under Babe Ruth Softball team bounced back from two demoralizing eight-run innings to win two games over the Berkshire Force in the New England Regionals at the Doyle Complex.   In the morning, the Adams-based Thunder rallied after falling behind, 8-1, in the first inning, to earn a 9-8 to wrap up pool play in the four-team tournament.   In the afternoon, the Thunder squandered an 8-0 lead when the Force rallied for eight in the top of the seventh. Then Greylock gutted out a 9-8 win on Abby Lear's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to advance in the winners'

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Berkshire 12U Cal Ripken Team Reaches Western Mass Semi-Final
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04:08PM / Friday, July 07, 2017
TURNERS FALLS, Mass. -- The Berkshire All-Stars 12-and-under Cal Ripken Baseball League team last weekend advanced to the semi-finals of the Western Massachusetts State Tournament.   The Berkshire team used a 3-1 record to advance to the semis, where it led early before dropping an 18-7 decision to Ayer-Shirley.   In Berkshire's first game, Cliff Flyn and Seamus Barnes combined to strike out seven in a four-inning, 11-0 win over Narragansett.   Dylan Ely had a double and a home run, and Flynn had a two-run double. Jackson Shelsy added a single, a double an RBI.   Berkshire dropped its second game of pool play, 10-5, to Ayer-Shirley despite home runs from Ely and

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Homeless Man Arrested in North Adams Tire Slashings
By Jack Guerino,
02:37PM / Friday, July 07, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police arrested a homeless man who is suspected of slashing and popping at least 20 vehicle tires throughout the downtown.   Lt. Jason Wood said Henry Vasquez, was arrested Friday after the police identified him using video surveillance from a local business.    "One of the local business had video surveillance of him and one of our detectives were able to identify him," he said. "Ten minutes later the officer was headed down to State Street to take a complaint of a slashed tire and lo and behold, there he was walking up the road."   Wood said the bulk of the slashings took place Thursday, July 6, between the hours of 4 p.m.

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The Independent Investor: The Market's Half-Time Report
By Bill Schmick,
12:56PM / Friday, July 07, 2017
Financial markets worldwide ended the first six months of the year much better off than they started. Here in the U.S., the Dow and the S&P 500 Indexes both gained 8 percent, while NASDAQ delivered 15 percent.   The Russell 2000, the small cap index, underperformed (up 4 percent) and the Transports gained 5 percent. All-in-all, it paid to be in large-cap, especially the large cap growth sector for the first half. At the same time, the Volatility Index continued to make new lows, despite the fact that at least half the investing population was/is worried and fearful of our new president's agenda.   All of the top 20 economies around the world are growing this year. That

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Pittsfield Superintendent to Speak on Schools as Sanctuaries
11:28AM / Friday, July 07, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Leadership Academy at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Saturday, July 8, welcomes Pittsfield Public Schools Superintendent Jason McCandless, who will speak on the topic of schools as sanctuaries, from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. in Murdock Hall.   The event is free and open to the public.   In his presentation, McCandless will look at the many types of "at-risk" students, the state of at-risk students in the Commonwealth, what Pittsfield Public Schools have done to become more "sanctu-arial," and the special care that immigrant and refugee children require.   According to McCandless, because of current affairs, rhetoric and

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Superior Court Briefs: July 6
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11:12AM / Friday, July 07, 2017
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, July 6.   Richardo Lozada, 39, of Adams pleaded guilty to a single count of trafficking in heroin.   He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction until sentencing on Sept. 26. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant on Orchard Street in Adams on October 22, 2015.   A single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws was dismissed by the state.   William Morrison Jr., 33, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of breaking and entering in the daytime, two counts of larceny over $250, two counts of receiving stolen property, and single counts of larceny of a firearm, illegal

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Classical Beat: Great Music Abounds at Tanglewood, Taconic & Tannery Pond
By Stephen Dankner, iBerkshires Columnist
09:16AM / Friday, July 07, 2017

Tanglewood, the nation's largest and most prestigious summer music presenter, officially opens its 77th classical festival season. Here's a rundown of the concerts and performers from July 5-11.

As if that's not enough, don't miss out on the brilliant offerings at Taconic Music and Tannery Pond – two additional stellar venues in Manchester, VT. and New Lebanon, NY.

Why go? Great performers interpret iconic music from across historical eras – much of it beloved favorites of audiences worldwide. Read below for the details.

Tanglewood

• Wednesday, July 5, 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall: The Cleveland-based Baroque chamber orchestra Apollo's Fire will present a

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Stephanie Bosley Announces Campaign For State Representative
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:36AM / Friday, July 07, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Stephanie Bosley is looking to follow in her father's footsteps.   The 29-year-old Democrat announced her campaign for state representative, a seat her father held for 24 years. She becomes the first to announce a campaign in the special election to fill out the term of Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, who died on June 17.    "I wish I was running under different circumstances. I considered Gail a mentor and I envisioned that if I did run for state rep. she would be there as a mentor," Bosley said.   Bosley has most recently worked at 1Berkshire in client relations. There she worked with businesses to make sure they understood their

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