Donations Sought For Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade is nearing and as organizers put the event together, they are still in need of donations.
A check may be mailed to the Parade Committee at PO Box 1738, Pittsfield 01202.  They  also may be mailed to the Berkshire Eagle at 75 South Church St. Pittsfield 01201.  
Donations also may be dropped off at the Eagle building.  Online users may go to the parade web site,, clicking Support, scrolling down and clicking Donate.  The parade committee uses PayPal.  
The same page shows ways to become a sponsor.  Donations of $25 or higher will receive a free parade poster.  Sponsorships have several additional incentives listed online.
The parade committee has made several boosts to the lineup since the Covid hiatus and is reaching out to distant organizations such as the New England Patriots and Miss Massachusetts for participation.  It has brought back the Philadelphia String Band, and the Mummers. It has also sought out better balloon companies for better visual effects. 
In addition it is working with local Air Force bases to resume flyovers at the start of the parade. 
Finally, better incentives are being offered to major donors and pre-Parade concerts are becoming a staple.
 The 2-hour long event held on Independence Day  begins at 10am on July 4.

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Shoplifters Pinch $37K in Merchandise from Ulta Beauty

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Four people have been charged for lifting thousands of dollars in merchandise from the Ulta Beauty store in Berkshire Crossing. 
Police were called to the store on Monday night by employees of the beauty products salon and arrested four people — two adults and two juveniles — who had more than $5,000 worth of products on them. 
Raquan Cartre, 22, and Jonneasia Welcome, 19, both of Albany, N.Y., are now wanted after failing to appear in Cental Berkshire District Court on Tuesday
District Attorney Timothy Shugrue says more than $37,000 in total has been stolen in four separate incidents from Ulta Beauty just in the last month. Employees have reported that in these incidents the suspects have driven away in a car with New York plates.
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