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Public Hearing Set on Passenger Rail Study
11:41AM / Monday, July 11, 2022
BOSTON — The first public information meeting of the Northern Tier Passenger Rail Study will be held on Thursday, July 14, at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held virtually and is open to the public.   The study team will share an overview of the study's background, review the existing conditions analysis, and garner feedback on issues and opportunities along the corridor.    This meeting will be recorded. Register for the Zoom link here.    The state Department of Transportation provides reasonable accommodations and/or language assistance free of charge upon request (e.g interpreters in American Sign Language and languages other than English, live captioning,

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North Adams Beach Party Returns After 2-Year Absence
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
01:58PM / Sunday, July 10, 2022

Beach Party founder Eric Rudd at 2018's event. The party includes beach pails and shovels to help make sand sculptures.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Eagle Street Beach Party is returning after a two-year hiatus on Saturday, July 16, weather permitting with the rain date scheduled for Saturday, July 23.    The annual beach party has endured many trials and tribulations over the years but has become a local favorite with hundreds of residents attending.    The idea to lay 250,000 pounds of sand on Eagle Street for a family-friendly event was cultivated by artist and developer Eric Rudd back in 1999.   Rudd and his wife, Barbara, moved to North Adams

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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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Rose Leads SteepleCats to Road Win
09:51PM / Saturday, July 09, 2022
LACONIA, N.H. -- Cedric Rose went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs Saturday to lead the North Adams SteepleCats to a 7-5 win over Winnipesaukee.   Tommy DiTullio had three hits in a 10-hit attack for North Adams.   Randy Reyes gave up one earned run in five innings to earn the win on the mound. Gerry Peacock shut down the Muskrats for three innings to pick up a save.   The SteepleCats (6-20) visit the Valley Blue Sox on Monday.

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Mainers Rally Past SteepleCats
09:39AM / Saturday, July 09, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Sanford Mainers scored five times in the top of the seventh to erase a three-run deficit and takea  6-4 win over the North Adams SteepleCats at Joe Wolfe Field on Friday night.   David Bermudez went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI for Sanford.   Cedric Rose went 3-for-5 with a triple and three RBIs for the SteepleCats.   North Adams (5-20) goes to New Hampshire to play Winnipesaukee on Saturday.

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Weekend Outlook: Movie Nights, Concerts, and More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:45PM / Friday, July 08, 2022
Berkshire County is having an array of events this warm cloudy weekend including movie nights, baseball games, concerts, and more.   Williamstown Theatre Festival    The annual Williamstown Theatre Festival kicks off this weekend and will run until Aug. 14 featuring musical events, plays, and readings by award-winning directors and performers.    The festival commenced July 5 with the comedy thriller "Man Of God" on the Nikos Stage that runs through July 22.    Every Friday at 3 p.m., the festival will host a new reading series program in an effort to highlight the development and discovery of new work. More

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North Adams Woman Celebrates 100th Birthday in City Hall
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:00PM / Thursday, July 07, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — After a police escort to City Hall, Orella Loretta Robare celebrated a century in the corner office with a proclamation from Mayor Jennifer Macksey.   "It is incredible," Robare said Wednesday during the small gathering. "I am meeting so many people here today. It is wonderful."    Robare, who was born July 6, 1922, walked through city hall with a handful of police officers. City employees gave their best wishes as she passed by making her way to the elevator.   Macksey first joked and asked if Robare was in trouble, surrounded by so many officers.   "Are you in trouble with the city because there are a lot of

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Sharks Rally Past SteepleCats in 11 Innings
11:09PM / Wednesday, July 06, 2022
OAK BLUFFS, Mass. -- Henry Wallen hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the 11th to give Martha's Vineyard a 6-5, comeback win over the North Adams SteepleCats on Wednesday night.   The Cats led, 2-1 in the fourth and 3-1 in the seventh before the Sharks (13-10) came back for the win.   Taconic graduate Cedric Rose had a pinch-hit double for an RBI for North Adams.   The Steeple Cats (5-19) host Sanford, Maine, on Friday.

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Clarksburg Trying Out Pickleball
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:52PM / Wednesday, July 06, 2022
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — After a lengthy discussion over pickleball last week, the Select Board voted to allow temporary tape lines for the game to be taped on the basketball court.   Newly elected board member Robert Norcross has been advocating to use part of the basketball court for pickleball for the past year. Norcross, also a member of the Council on Aging, said the sport was popular and could help attract more members.    Last year, he had wanted to paint lines on the court at Town Field but the Select Board balked at the idea. Then board member Danielle Luchi had objected to painting the court without determining the appropriate materials to use and questioned the

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New Appointments at Big Y
03:35PM / Wednesday, July 06, 2022
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The management of Big Y Foods, Inc. has announced the following new appointments in Berkshire County.   "At Big Y, we are committed to providing the tools and training necessary to support our employees in their development," said Michael J. Galat, vice president employee services. "We look forward to their growth in the pursuit of excellence as they personally develop their own skills in order to take on these new levels of responsibility."   North Adams resident  Vito A. Guerino was promoted to Night Manager in the North Adams Big Y Supermarket.   Pittsfield residents Daniel J. Dufur was appointed as Meat & Seafood

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Leader of the Vermont State Parks
02:54PM / Wednesday, July 06, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Nathan McKeen is the director of Vermont's State Parks and the next guest on Medical Matters Weekly.    Viewers are invited to tune in at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, and learn about all of the wellness and other fun opportunities available through the parks system.    The show is produced by Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers can view on facebook.com/svmedicalcenter and facebook.com/CATTVBennington. The show is also available to view or download as a podcast on svhealthcare.org/medicalmatters.   McKeen studied forestry at the University of Maine and has worked for

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Key West Gets Restrictions Lifted, Fiesta Will Have Margaritas
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:30AM / Wednesday, July 06, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Two requests postponed at last week's License Commission meeting were approved on Tuesday during a heated session.    The discussions over a permit and a license condition were at times more a shouting match with an argumentative Commissioner Peter Breen.   Peter Oleskiewicz had requested a one-day license for Desperados to sell margaritas at the popular Eagle Street Beach Party and Fiesta, which he's been doing since 2009. But Breen raised issues about the city's open-container ordinance leading to Oleskiewicz having to get an opinion from the city solicitor.    That issue had not been raised in April when Bright Ideas Brewing

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