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Cages Baseball Club Drops a Double-Header
06:27PM / Saturday, July 16, 2016
The Cages Baseball Club dropped a pair of close decisions to the Champlain Mariners on Saturday.   Champlain won the first game, 2-0, and the second, 3-2.   In the 3-2 loss, Dominic DeFelice went 2-for-3 with a runs scored and an RBI, and Matt Braman had a hit and scored a run.   Alex Carusotto went the distance on the mound, allowing just two earned runs on seven hits and one walk.   In the shutout loss, Josh Jezouit was the hard luck loser, allowing just one earned run and striking out seven over six innings.   The Cages Club is home on Sunday against the South Troy Dodgers at Mount Greylock Regional School at 2 p.m.  

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@theMarket: Markets Make Hay
By Bill Schmick,
11:27AM / Saturday, July 16, 2016

A series of new historical highs rewarded investors who remained patient this year and remained invested. Unless something changes in the world of central banking, there is a good chance that further gains are in store for the stock market.

There will be pullbacks from time to time as the markets digest their gains. We have enjoyed several back-to-back gains in the stock market. The S&P 500 Index, for example, has climbed over 100 points without one down day. That is not something that can continue unabated.

The key to all this upside momentum is, of course, the worldwide largesse of governments and central banks. Take, for example, the events in England this week. Although

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SteepleCats Fall to .500 with Home Loss
10:17AM / Saturday, July 16, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- After a two and a half hour rain delay, the North Adams SteepleCats (15-15) struggled to get the bats going offensively in a 5-1 loss to the Valley Blue Sox (14-13) in a wet night at Joe Wolfe Field Friday night.   The loss sent the SteepleCats into a three-way tie for third place in the Northern Division.   Trent Astle was dominant on the mound for the Blue Sox. In his six innings of work, he did not allow any runs and only allowed one hit and struck out eight.   The only base runners he allowed were John Mazza who reached on an infield single and C.J. Price who reached on an error.  Mazza’s single ended a streak of eleven consecutive hitters

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Election 2016: Harrington Endorsed by Mass Women's Political Caucus
Campaign Statement,
07:09PM / Friday, July 15, 2016

RICHMOND, Mass. — Andrea Harrington, a local attorney and small business owner running in the Democratic primary for state Senate, has been endorsed by the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus.

The non-partisan organization has a proven record of electoral success in Massachusetts, including its support of the campaigns of Attorney General Maura Healey, Treasurer Deb Goldberg, Auditor Suzanne Bump, and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

This announcement follows recent endorsements from Western Massachusetts Carpenters Union Local 108 and SEIU Local 888.  Harrington is a Democrat running for state Senate for the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden District soon to be

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Election 2016: Del Gallo Throws Support to Clinton
By Rinaldo Del Gallo, Campaign Statement
06:55PM / Friday, July 15, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — If one were to go to my Facebook page and read my post endorsing Hillary Clinton, it was met with criticism by some Bernie Sanders supporters and progressives. Apparently, my endorsement of Hillary Clinton is controversial in progressive circles. Nonetheless, I stand by my July 13 comments and press release endorsing Hillary Clinton.

I was not surprised — I have spoken to countless people in the district that I have indicated to me that they voted for Bernie Sanders but they will not vote for Hillary Clinton if she became the nominee. I believe not voting for Hillary Clinton is a mistake.

The simple reality is that because we do not have instant run-off

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'The Secret Life of Pets': Won't be Secret Fur Long
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:35PM / Friday, July 15, 2016

While "The Secret Life of Pets" isn't quite "Lady and the Tramp" (1955), I've no problem mentioning the two kiddy flicks in the same sentence. Both are proof positive that you can learn a lot from the animals, especially the cartoon variety if they're as lovable as Max, a Jack Russell terrier voiced here by Louis C.K.

A contemporary variation of the iconic Tramp, who resisted domestication until romance curtailed his wanderlust, this Manhattanite is dedicated to hearth, condo and his master, Katie (Ellie Kemper).

When asked one morning by Gidget, the white Pomeranian next door who secretly loves him, if he had plans today, Max informs: "Yes, big, big

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The Independent Investor: Tax Breaks For College Savings
By Bill Schmick,
02:21PM / Friday, July 15, 2016

As the cost of college continues to soar in America, more and more states are offering tax breaks to families who are trying to save as much as they can for their kid's educational future.

The state of Massachusetts is deciding whether or not they will join the list this week.

The most commonly used vehicle for that purpose is the "qualified tuition plan," more commonly known as a 529 Plan. These plans are sponsored by states, state agencies or educational institutions and were originally authorized by Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Service Code. They are tax-free on a federal level and all but eight of the 42 states that have an income tax allow families and

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Donovan, Cross Lead Teams to Giorgi League Wins
01:10PM / Friday, July 15, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Ryan Donovan scored 11 points to lead Yard Work by Dan to a 50-46 win over Pizza House on Thursday in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Nate Alibozek added 10 points in the win.   Dahndray Sistrunk scored a game-high 20, and Sean Kut added 10 points for Pizza House.   In Thursday’s other game, Nigel Cross led three players in double figures as Dagnoli/Troiano & Sons Building earned a 73-59 win over Atlas Private Wealth Management.   Sedale Jones had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Jamual Warren scored 16 in the win.   Atlas was led by Cam Lesure with 11 points and Josh Racette with 10 points and seven

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Registration Open for Hoosac Tunnel Youth Soccer League
12:56PM / Friday, July 15, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Northern Berkshire YMCA has opened registrations for its YMCA/Hoosac Tunnel Soccer League for all boys and girls ages 4 years through eighth grade.   Session dates are Sept. 10 to Oct. 29, 2015. Register by Aug. 15.   The league has four divisions: Pre K/K (for children ages 4 years old by Sept. 1 through kindergarten); first and second grades; third- through fifth-grades; and sixth- through eighth-grades. All divisions will practice one night a week and play a game on Saturday mornings. All sessions will be held at Alcombright Field.   This eight-week program is designed to be instructional in nature. For the pre-k through fifth grade divisions, the

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Superior Court Briefs: July 11 - July 14
Staff Reports,
12:54PM / Friday, July 15, 2016
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, July 11.   Juan Lopez-Lucas, 34, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of assault and battery on a disabled person and a single count of caretaker abuse on a disabled person.   He was released on personal recognizance. Lopez-Lucas is accused of assaulting a student while he was employed at Eagleton School on July 11, 2013.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, July 12.   Eric Cohen, 57, of New Marlborough was sentenced to concurrent 20 to 24 years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on four counts of rape and abuse of a child aggravated by an age

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Local Bank CEO Elected Vice Chairman of the Mass Bankers Association Board of Directors
12:45PM / Friday, July 15, 2016

ADAMS, Mass. — The Massachusetts Bankers Association has elected seven executives to serve in positions on its board of directors, including Charles P. O’Brien, who will serve as its vice chairman for a one-year term.

O’Brien has more than 35 years of experience in banking and financial services and has been president and CEO of Adams Community Bank since 2002. 

“I am honored to serve the members of the Massachusetts Bankers Association as their Vice Chairman,” O’Brien said. “The banking industry in Massachusetts has a history that includes creating financial security and improving the lives of individuals.” 

O’Brien

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BRPC: Airfield Ruling Has Deep Implications to Zoning Laws
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:41AM / Friday, July 15, 2016

Attorney and alternative BRPC member Alexandra Glover represented Hanlon during the case and updated BRPC about the implications of the outcome on the municipal level on Thursday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A recent appeals court ruling against the town of Sheffield may have impacts on zoning throughout the state.   In May, the state court's decision sided with Sheffield resident John Hanlon in a battle over a private landing strip Hanlon built and registered.   The strip was just some 1,250 feet long in a field among some 38 acres of land he owns. It was registered with the state and sat in a mowed hayfield.    However, in 2011, the town of Sheffield ruled that

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