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Southside Knocks Out Racing Mart in Torchia League Playoffs
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
08:06PM / Monday, August 19, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Jocelyn Duhamel went 3-for-4 with a double Monday to lead Southside to a 12-6 win over Racing Mart in an elimination game in the Pat Torchia Women’s Softball League tournament.   Southside survived to play again on Wednesday in the double-elimination tournament at Disanti Field.   On Monday, it erased an early 2-0 deficit with a five-run bottom of the first inning.   Emily Rosse led off the first with a double to straightaway center, and Ashley Ciepala and Caroline Tomkowicz each had an RBI single in the rally.   Duhamel’s leadoff double to left kicked off a three-run rally in the bottom of the second. Kayla Malloy and Heather Boucher

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Clarksburg Eyeing Master Plan to Prioritize Projects
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:40PM / Monday, August 19, 2019
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Town officials are looking to pursue a master plan to help prioritize capital improvements and the town's vision.    The Select Board has been considering long-range planning for some time — particularly since the failure of the school project vote in 2017. The issue was raised two weeks ago at a School Committee meeting during discussions about the repairs being attempted at the school.    "I bring this up because we had some conversations last week as to the future of Clarksburg and where we want to see it," said Select Board Chairman Ronald Boucher on Thursday. "And in my time, here, probably in [board member Jeffrey

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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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River Street's East End Closed for Pole Replacement in North Adams
01:33PM / Monday, August 19, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — River Street was closed between Freeman Avenue and Eagle Street for a few hours on Monday afternoon to replace a utility pole.    Police reported that the pole was struck in a motor vehicle accident on Monday morning. The pole is located by Dave's Package Store at the corner of Eagle and River.    "Crews are working diligently to resolve this issue and the roadway will be reopened as soon as possible,"  stated Lt. Anthony Beverly in a posting on the Police Department's Facebook page. 

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Berkshire Adult Baseball League Finals Start Saturday
12:15PM / Monday, August 19, 2019
The final round matchups are set in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League, where BBA will take on Lenox in the 20-year-old division and the Adams Aces against the Moneymakers in the 35-year-old division.   The best-of-three series begin on Saturday morning at Lenox's War Memorial Field (for the 20s) and the Dalton Legion Field (for the 35s) at 10 a.m.   On Sunday, the venues change, and the teams will play at least one game -- two if necessary -- starting at 10. The 20-year-old final will be in Dalton while the 35s will be at Hoosac Valley High School.   Lenox earned its berth in the final with a 2-1 series win over the defending champion Cornerstone 90s last

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Review: 'Fall Springs' is a Musical With a Message
By Nancy Salz, Guest Column
11:49AM / Monday, August 19, 2019

Can a musical comedy convey a serious message?
 
"South Pacific" addresses race relations and WWII while also making us smile with "There's Nothing Like A Dame" and "Honey Bun."

Combining two approaches is the difficult goal of the promising new musical "Fall Springs," which is having its world premiere at the Barrington Stage. And they manage to pull it off. Not perfectly, but well enough to provide a very entertaining evening in the theater.

"Fall Springs" is best described as a serious farce – with the themes of fracking, science versus disbelief,  and age versus youth. Confused? Perhaps this description of the

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Trustees Tour Conditions at North Adams Library
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, August 19, 2019

Meranti leads the library trustees through the historic building to explain some of its issues.   NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Building Inspector William Meranti led a tour of the library — from basement to belvedere — last week and pointed out ongoing, new, and addressed maintenance items.   "This is a nice building but there are a lot of moving parts and a lot of different systems," he told the library trustees on Wednesday. "We have a long list of things to do and it is not getting any shorter."   With new trustees, a new library director, and a change in administration, the trustees had asked for a tour of the 1865 mansion get up to

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Jack's Hot Dog Contest Crowns Local Champ, Raises Charity Funds
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
06:32PM / Sunday, August 18, 2019

Professional eater Kevin Strahle goofs around with Mayor Thomas Bernard and Jack's Hot Dog Stand owner Jeffrey Levanos.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Kevin Strahle traveled all the way from his home in New Jersey to compete in the Jack's Hot Dog Stand eating contest on Eagle Street on a sweltering Saturday.   But because of some late intestinal distress, he did not take the title home with him.   Strahle, better known as "L.A. Beast," is a professional eater with over 2.3 million subscribers on YouTube. He holds several distinctive records in the world of professional eating, including: eating five light bulbs in 10 minutes, the entire menu of burgers

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New Williams Inn Opens on Spring Street
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:32AM / Saturday, August 17, 2019

Chef Kevin DeMarco has put together a menu informed by local produce. He is part of leadership team appointed by Waterford Hotel Group, which manages the hotel for Williams College. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The new Williams Inn is positioned to be a catalyst for the town's retail center on Spring Street as well as a bucolic retreat for guests — as exampled by the deer grazing near the patio this week.     "We really want to be an indoor/outdoor experience," said Kevin Hurley, the inn's general manager, during a press preview just days before the hotel's opening on Thursday. "We will see a lot of those features, again with the windows,

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Boys & Girls Club Announces Pebble Beach Golf Raffle
05:35PM / Friday, August 16, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires has announced that raffle tickets for a trip to the world renown Pebble Beach Golf Resorts located on the  Monterrey Peninsula of California are now available.   The winner will stay in the world class luxury accomodations at The Lodge at Pebble Beach which features an ocean side setting overlooking the famed 18th hole of The Pebble Bach Golf Links. The prize package includes one round for two of golf at the Pebble Beach Golf Links, and one round for two at Spyglass Hill Golf Course.   The Pebble Beach Course is recognized as one of the most beautiful courses in the world as it hugs the coastline and opens up to

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Biz Briefs: Jacob's Pillow Founderís Property on the Market
11:29AM / Friday, August 16, 2019
Property for sale

William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty has listed a 19th-century compound in the town of Chester formerly owned by the founder of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. The estate is listed for $685,000 and is represented by Great Barrington/Lenox agent Stephanie McNair.

Ted Shawn lived on the property in the 1930s during which he founded what would become the country's oldest internationally celebrated summer dance festival in Becket, but the seeds of Jacob's Pillow are found here in Chester. The property, nestled on a hilltop overlooking 73 acres, provides opportunity for swimming, tennis and hiking.

According to McNair, this was the original dance

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Pittsfield Native Returns Home to Join Smith, Watson & Company
10:54AM / Friday, August 16, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — CPA Jeffrey D. Belair of Pittsfield has been admitted as a partner at Smith, Watson & Company,, a full-service, regional based, public accounting and advisory firm with offices in Pittsfield, Great Barrington, North Adams and Lakeville, Conn.

Belair has more than 15 years of public accounting experience advising individuals, including business executives, owners and their families with the numerous aspects of wealth accumulation and transfer. Specializing in tax, he offers clients extensive experience and insight related to complex individual tax compliance and strategy, financial and philanthropic planning, and trust and estate design.

"As we continue

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Berkshire County Arc Announces New Senior Employment Manager
09:43AM / Friday, August 16, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc has named Kyle Harvey as senior employment manager of Employment Services.

She will oversee the three employment managers, as well as her own caseload of some 35 individuals employed around the Berkshire County region.

"Kyle has a keen sense for matching the people we serve with appropriate employment situations, and growing the relationships," said Kenneth W. Singer, BCArc's president and CEO. "Today we have more than 130 employers who have hired our individuals, and Kyle deserves a lot of credit for identifying and nurturing new partners."

Kyle started at BCArc in 1984, where she worked as a residential director of

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