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Belanger Film Screens Tuesday Evening in Cheshire

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CHESHIRE, Mass. -- The Baseball in the Berkshires museum Tuesday evening will offer a free screening of "Belanger: Big Time Ball Player - Small Town Story" at the Cheshire Community Center.
The 70-minute film chronicles the career of Pittsfield native Mark Belanger, an eight-time Gold Glove Award winner with the Baltimore Orioles and 1970 World Series champion.
The doors open at 6 p.m., and the screening will begin at about 6:30.
Tuesday's event will feature special guest Al Belanger, Mark's brother.
The screening is being held in conjunction with "Spreading Baseball Across Adams and Cheshire," a special temporary exhibit from Baseball in the Berkshires on display at the Community Center at 117 School St.
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Cheshire Picks Alibozek as New Police Chief

By Brian RhodesiBerkshires Staff

CHESHIRE, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen voted on Tuesday to pick Sgt. Michael Alibozek to replace the retiring Timothy Garner as the town's new police chief, beginning July 1. 

Alibozek has served full time with the Police Department for the last five years after previously working part time in both Cheshire and Lanesborough. Alibozek's familiarity with the department and the town led the selectmen to pick him for the position. 
"For the record, though, both candidates offered extremely close skill levels. And I think, within the board, the decision was tough," said Selectman Raymond Killeen. "But the current employee provided slightly more benefits. Not necessarily skill-level benefits, but his association within the community." 
Alibozek was one of two finalists interviewed earlier this month. The other was Joshua Dufresne, assistant director of public safety at Mount Holyoke College. Selectman Ronald DeAngelis highlighted Alibozek's emergency medical technician experience as another reason he stood out over other candidates. 
"I think that, besides being the police chief, he is going to be available for a lot more emergencies for people than we had in the past," he said. 
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