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The complex off East Street has three fields and a number of buildings in poor shape through lack of use.

Pittsfield Hoping To Bring Softball Back To The Complex This Summer

By Andy McKeeveriBerkshires Staff
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is currently looking for somebody to run a softball league at the 13-acre complex on East Street.
 
Last summer, with proper notice, the lessee of the city-owned park backed out of the lease in the final year. The building, which served as a concession stand, and the fields have fallen into poor condition. 
 
Purchasing Agent Colleen Hunter-Mullett offered the use of the fields during the day to an interested individual looking to continue a softball league there to finish out the summer, but that ultimately that did not come to fruition. The city was willing to allow that individual to finish the year for free.
 
"Because it is so late in the season, and the City really wants to provide a space for this type of activity for our residents, we are offering them the use of the fields at no cost as long as they are willing to maintain them for the duration of their league. We are looking at our options for future years," Hunter-Mullett wrote in an email last July.
 
This spring, the city issued a request for proposals for somebody else to take it over. But there were no bids. 
 
Now, Hunter-Mullett said she is again working with an individual to get softball leagues up and running again.
 
"Currently, I have a gentleman who is interested in running a softball league at the facility this summer. Once the snow melts we plan to meet with him on site to discuss the limitations of the facility, as well as the do's and don'ts," Hunter-Mullett wrote in an email this week.
 
"I have an e-mail into the Building Inspector's office to see if I can get something in writing as to the number of code violations the building has and what it will take to re-open the snack bar, or not, whichever the case may be."
 
Hunter-Mullett said the interested individual doesn't necessarily need a concession stand but he would like to know what it would take to get it back into compliance with city code.
 
"The gentleman interested in running the league agrees that he does not need to provide a concession stand in order to run a league because there is that great community interest in having the league itself.  But he would like to know what exactly the building needs in case he can come up with the money to fix the building. He plans to provide porta-johns at a minimum this summer," she wrote.
 
For years, Berkshire County Softball Complex Inc. and Jim Bridges ran league among the three fields on the parcel. Most recently, Mark Montemagni signed a lease in 2012 for five years and ran leagues. 
 
The city is now hoping to bring softball back to the complex this summer.

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Miss Hall's School to Present 'Gut Girls'

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Take a step back in time to late-Victorian England and the "gutting" sheds of a South London cattle market, where the lives of the women working there are about to be turned upside down.

The Miss Hall's School Theater Ensemble will present "Gut Girls," a gritty drama about working women at the turn of the 20th century. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15; 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17. All shows will take place in the Woods Theater of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the Miss Hall's School campus.

Call 413-395-7023 to reserve tickets. General admission is $10, and reservations are recommended. Senior citizen and handicapped-accessible seating is available. The performance is rated PG-13, with adult content and implied violence.

This MHS production features senior Erica Morales-Armstrong as Maggie; senior Emily Carmel of Pittsfield as Polly; junior Jiho Shin as Ellen; sophomore Keely O'Gorman of Lee as Kate; and freshwoman Olivia McKeon of Pittsfield as Annie. They are the "gut girls," plying their trade in less than glamorous conditions. That is, until well-meaning socialite Lady Helena, played by junior Hannah Holt, pays a visit to the market and is intent on reforming the women.
 

The production also stars junior Olivia Doerr of Lenox and sophomore Halie Swallie as Priscilla and Arthur, an upper-crust couple. Additionally, Halie performs as Harry, who is the gutting shed foreman, and as Mad Jacko, a music hall performer. The cast also includes sophomore Milie Madourie as Edwin, who is a friend of Lady Helena's, and as Len, a local Deptford pub owner; junior Nya Mielke, of Richmond, as Kate's love interest, Jim, who also works in the gutting shed; sophomore Olivia Kick-Nalepa of Dalton as Emily, Lady Helena's maid; senior Betty Xiao as Eady, Maggie's mom; junior Linda Le as Edna, Polly's mom; and freshwoman Lucy Garrison of Pittsfield as Nora, Lady Helena's downstairs maid.

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