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Mancinvalano Leads Team to Narrow Win on Giorgi League Opening Night
04:57PM / Monday, June 20, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Mike Mancinvalano scored 16 points, and Andrew Harmon scored 15 to lead Frame all to a 53-51 win over Yard Work By Dan on Sunday on opening night of the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Robert Jutras scored 15 points, and Trevor Alibozek added 11 with seven rebounds and a pair of blocks for Yard Work By Dan.   In Sunday’s other games, Moonlight Diner and Dagnoli/Troiano and Sons Building each picked up wins.   Brendan Kordana scored 17 points, and Khalil Paul scored 14 to lead Moonlight Diner past the Celtics, 60-38. Kordana and Paul each had eight rebounds in the win.   Keith Czubryt led the Celtics with 15 points.   Sedale Jones

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Northern Berkshire Phenoms Wrap Up Successful Spring
04:42PM / Monday, June 20, 2016
The Northern Berkshire Phenoms put the bow on their third season over the Father's Day weekend.   The 17-and-under team finished second in the varsity division at the inaugural Summer Heat Check Invitational tournament hosted by the Boys and Girls Club of Pittsfield. The 14-and-under team kept busy too, winning the 8th-grade division in Pittsfield and losing in the semi-finals at the Basketball Summer Tip-Off Classic in Springfield.    After a short break from the winter season, the two teams hit the gym again in April to play a six-tournament schedule. The 17u's took home second place honors in their final two tournaments, while the 14u team finished with three

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Car Wash Mechanism Falls on Car, Briefly Trapping Driver
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04:40PM / Monday, June 20, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An elderly Vermont man had to be helped from his car after it got stuck in the automatic car-wash bay at V's Car Wash on State Road on Monday afternoon.

Police, fire and EMS were called to the car wash, located behind the Monro Muffler Brake & Service, around 3:30 p.m. after a report that a piece of the car wash had collapsed on a car and trapped the driver inside.

Police said the driver, whose name was not released, had driven into the bay a little crooked. When he tried to correct, the front tire of the car went over the rails, sending the car into the cleaning mechanism. That machinery then fell onto the front right side of the car, blocking the

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North Adams Police Seek Information on Armed Robbery Suspect
04:23PM / Monday, June 20, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police are seeking information on a man who brandished a handgun during an attempted armed robbery on Monday morning.

The incident occurred at about 9:21 a.m. at Quadlands Flowers & Gifts on Holden Street.

The suspect is described as a clean-shaven white man, standing about 5-foot-6, weighing 130 to 140 pounds and with light hair in a buzzcut.

According to police, the man entered the store and brandished a handgun that had been tucked in his waistband. He did not get any money and no one was injured.

The suspect was last seen wearing a dark blue shirt, gym shorts, and had a black backpack. He was running east by Little's Pharmacy on Eagle

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Berkshires Beat: Humans of the Berkshires Initiative Celebrates Local Youth
04:14PM / Monday, June 20, 2016

We're only human: Berkshire County has adapted the successful Humans of New York social media campaign to create a countywide forum that celebrates the rich lives of local youth as well as the abundant, positive, intergenerational interactions in the area.

Humans of New York was started by photographer Brandon Stanton in 2010 as an effort to catalog New York City’s eclectic residents, posting a simple photograph of the subject alongside their story. The initiative has blossomed into a movement, having been recreated around the world to celebrate the diversity and positivity of copious communities.

Seventy percent of eighth-graders in Berkshire County do not feel appreciated by

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New 'Snack Attack' Opens at Windsor Lake Concession Stand
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:12PM / Monday, June 20, 2016

BFAIR's Snack Attack opened at Windsor Lake on Memorial Day.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city has invested some $150,000 in the past couple years just in making Windsor Lake look good.

A multi-year weed eradication program is in process, some $90,000 in grants was leveraged for a new playground and the old concession building has been spiffed up with renovated bathrooms, paint and roof.

What has been missing has been an operator for the concession to make an afternoon at Fish Pond even more attractive.

That changed on Memorial Day when the stand reopened under the auspices of the employment services division of Berkshire Family and Individual Resources. A ribbon cutting on

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SteepleCats Top Keene at Joe Wolfe
01:12PM / Monday, June 20, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- After dropping the first two head to head meetings in 2016, the North Adams SteepleCats (6-4) went into Sunday’s game against Keene (7-2) looking for their first win of the season against the Swamp Bats.   The ‘Cats scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a commanding 7-0 lead en route to an 8-5 win.   The ‘Cats sent 10 hitters to the plate in that inning alone.  It was all they would need in the victory.    Pitcher Braxton Wilks was solid in his second start of the season for the ‘Cats. He gave up no runs off five hits and struck out three. Just like his first start last Monday, he pitched five innings of

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New Historic District Commission Wants a Say in St. Francis Property
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Monday, June 20, 2016

The top of the spire is in a pile on the church lawn. A new city commission is hoping to declare the area a historic district to limit what can go there.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Efforts begun nearly three years ago to save St. Francis of Assisi Church may have come to naught, but the new Local Historic District Commission Committee is hoping to prevent anything unworthy from taking its place.

"I started this effort three years ago to save St. Francis by creating a historic district to prevent it from being demolished," said Chairman Kurt Kolok. "Obviously, we're a little late for that."

The former Catholic church, the oldest in the city, fell prey to neglect

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Cages Baseball Club Splits with Averill Park
09:44PM / Saturday, June 18, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Eric Leitch went 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI to lead the Cages Baseball Club Under-22 team to a 7-4 win over Averill Park in the first half of a double-header on Saturday.   Averill Park came back to win Game 2, 6-5.   In the opener, Dominic DeFelice had a pair of hits, drove in three runs and stole a couple of bases for Cages.   Josh Jezouit got the win with 6-⅔ innings of work, striking out eight and allowing just two earned runs. Alex Carusotto retired the last out to finish the game.   In the nightcap, Averill Park rallied for a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth to come from behind for the victory.   Matt Braman went

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@theMarket: It's Still a Coin Toss
By Bill Schmick,
06:11PM / Saturday, June 18, 2016

Despite all the algorithmic programs, high-powered computers, enormous capital and worldwide connections, what happens in the investment world sometimes comes down to a coin toss. The British vote next Thursday to stay or exit the European Community is shaping up to be one of those binary events.

Have you noticed that there are more and more of these kinds of events in the world?

Remember the U.S. government shutdown, the Greek Referendum, the TARP vote, the German bailout votes for Greece, the vote on Spanish austerity? These are just some of the either/or occasions that sent global markets up or down in double-digit moves.

If you listen to some of the big brokers, they are predicting

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Dance Troupe's Residency Deepens Ties With Berkshire Community
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:57PM / Saturday, June 18, 2016

Thasia Giles of Jacob's Pillow said the organization has been growing its partnerships with the rest of the community. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An internationally acclaimed dance company is not only performing in the Berkshires, but also teaching and sharing its skills with the city's teens.   The office of Cultural Development announced Tuesday a community partnership with the Brooklyn-based Urban Bush Women Dance Company, providing 30 teenage girls a chance to participate in workshops with the troupe.   Further, the group is holding two community workshops for men and women of all ages throughout the county. There will also be a dance party at the Crowne Plaza,

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Downing Accepts Coalition's Hero Award, Thanks Community
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:26AM / Saturday, June 18, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The proverbial glass was neither half empty nor half full on Friday afternoon but instead overflowed with praise, love and gratitude as the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition marked its 30th anniversary and said goodbye to state Sen. Benjamin Downing.

North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright first mentioned looking at life in a "glass-half-full" way when giving opening remarks at the Coalition's annual meeting at the Williams Inn, He retold a story about an experiment on two boys — one who was locked in a room with all the latest video games and one who was locked in a room with a pile of horse manure. When researchers checked on the first

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