MCLA to Hold Girls and Women in Sports Day Feb. 2

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts athletic department will hold its 30th celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Saturday, Feb. 2.
 
A day of sports clinics is free for girls in grades 3 through 8 and a $5 pickleball clinic and tournament for women will be held at the Amsler Campus Center starting at 8:15.
 
The day includes lunch and admission to the Trailblazers women's basketball game against Worcester State at 1 p.m.
 
The girls clinic includes instruction in volleyball, softball and lacrosse.
 
NGWSD is celebrated in all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies, and activities honoring the achievements and encouraging participation of girls and women in sports.
 
NGWSD began in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women's sports. Hyman died of Marfan's Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan.
 
Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.
 
To register for the event, visit: http://athletics.mcla.edu/information/NGWSD/index
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North Adams Parks Commission Hears Plea for Benches

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

The playground at River Grove Park is popular but there's no place for adults to sit and watch their children. 
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Parks and Recreation Commission is open to benches at River Grove Park and a have a simple solution to prevent Kemp Park from going to the dogs. 
 
The commission on Monday heard several updates and recommendations on the city's parks, including a request made through City Councilor Marie T. Harpin to install benches at the playground on Houghton Street. 
 
"They would like some more benches over there at River Grove Park at the playground," said Commissioner Timothy Koperek. "I went over there, and there is one bench and then they've been sitting on the plastic that holds all the material inside. And it's not very comfortable and you're sitting close to the ground and if you have kids and grandparents and parents there, it would be nice to have several more benches."
 
Harpin said she had been contacted by a woman who liked to take her grandchild to the park. There is the one bench, she said, but it's on one side of the playground that is separated into to sections. 
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