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'Incredibles 2': The American Family to the Rescue
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
04:31PM / Friday, June 29, 2018
I doubt I've ever said this in a review, so here goes: "Incredibles 2," an intelligently humorous follow-up to the 2004 original, is good fun for the entire family. There, said it.   Just don't let the opportunity for bonding among parents, children and crotchety Aunt Edna, if you deign to charitably invite her, bankrupt the clan. While only an anecdotal bit of accounting, I estimate that the mom two rows in front of me spent at least 21 minutes and about $57.25 going back and forth to the concession stand fetching cheese nachos et al for her flock of five before finally sitting down. Harrumph!   It boggles the mind, but I kind of get it: a phylum of moviegoer

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@theMarket: A Wash-Rinse-Repeat Market
By Bill Schmick,
04:07PM / Friday, June 29, 2018
There was nothing to see in the markets this week, simply more of the same crisis news that may keep the media happy, but no one else. Tariffs and trade remain in the forefront and will continue to do so. What should investors do?   Just move on and enjoy your summer. The Fourth of July falls in the middle of the coming week with stock markets closing for half the day on Tuesday. As such, many professional traders will take the entire week off. Given that the Northeast faces their first summer heatwave as well, the corridors of Wall Street should be quite empty.   So whatever ups and downs the stock market may have next week will mean little to nothing. Those who must

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Berkshire Humane Society Offers Guides for Pets in Hot Weather
01:46PM / Friday, June 29, 2018

Berkshire Humane Society advises all residents of the Berkshires and surrounding areas to be mindful of their pets' safety during the forecasted upcoming heat wave.

With expected temperatures in the 90s and an even higher heat index, it is extremely important to keep pets indoors and out of the sun, constantly hydrated and well groomed. The heat is predicted this weekend through the end of the week.

Ideally, pets live indoors with their families. If they must spend time outside, make sure they have constant shade throughout their time outdoors even as the sun moves across the sky. Provide plenty of water along with ice cubes. Consider setting up a kiddie pool for dogs that enjoy

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BArT Announces Junior Book Awards
12:18PM / Friday, June 29, 2018

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School presented Junior Book Awards during a ceremony on Friday, June 15, at an all-school assembly.

The recipients follow:

Cornell Club Sweatshirt Award Program: Ruth Bristol

Lasell College Book Award for Intellectual Exploration (valued up to $1,000 merit scholarship): Darrel Lynch

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Book Award (valued up to $500 toward bookstore): Thomas Cook

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medal Scholarship Award (valued up to $125,000 merit scholarship): Isaiah Albright

The Sage Colleges' Student Sage Scholar​ ​Award (valued up to $40,000+ merit scholarship):​

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Berkshire Country Day School Names Interim, Future Heads of School
11:16AM / Friday, June 29, 2018

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. &mash; The Board of Trustees of Berkshire Country Day School, an independent school for students in preschool through ninth grade, welcomes Dr. Mark Segar, who joins the school on July 1 as interim head of school for the 2018-19 school year, and Jenifer Fox, who has been appointed head of school beginning in the 2019-2020 year.

This announcement comes following an extensive search process with substantive input from a broad array of stakeholders, and both decisions by the board were unanimous approvals of the search committee's recommendations. Stephanie Buchanan, search committee co-chair and board member, said, "We are thrilled to have both Mark and

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Emergency Responders Jointly Practice Mass Casualty Incident
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Friday, June 29, 2018

The 'patients' immediately got into character when the alarm went off. Many were yelling for staff and others were passing out after attempting to stand. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — This is just a test of the emergency response system.   One man died during a fire at Berkshire Health Center's Central County Dialysis Center on Thursday evening and 17 others were taken to the hospital. Shortly after 7 p.m., the fire alarm went off at the center with 18 patients in the midst of treatment.   Staff had to quickly unhook the panicked and immobile patients from the machines and one by one get them out of harm's way.    Police closed of Conte Drive,

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The Independent Investor: Currencies & Trade Wars
By Bill Schmick,
04:34PM / Thursday, June 28, 2018
What's up with the dollar? The greenback is strengthening and is having its best quarter since 2016 against an array of foreign currencies. Is this an accident, or is it something far more dangerous?   Economists will tell you that the Trump tariff crusade is responsible. New trade barriers, which the president is suggesting, would usually lead to higher prices at home, according to economic doctrine. Products we import would cost more, whether we are talking about steel, automobiles, or baseball caps.   As prices increase, so should the U.S. inflation rate. As inflation rises, bondholders will demand higher interest rates to keep up with inflation. In turn, higher interest

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Music Before, During and After the Fourth of July
By Grace Lichtenstein, Special to iBerkshires
03:20PM / Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Hi, pop fans. You'll note that today's column covers both this week and next, right through the weekend following the Fourth of July.

 

Berkshire Theatre Group

There will be several new musicals to enjoy, thanks to the Berkshire Theatre Group. "Coming Back Like a Song!" features songs by Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen and Jimmy Van Heusen. It was written by Lee Kalcheim and is at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage, 83 East Main St., in Stockbridge. The show begins previews Thursday, June 28, at 7 p.m. and runs through Saturday, July 21. The official opening night is Sunday, July 1, with BTG's 90th gala beginning at 5p.m. and the show itself at 6 p.m. Matinees are Thursdays,

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Summer Classical Music Festival Season Heats Up
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
02:50PM / Wednesday, June 27, 2018

It's here! The summer concert season is upon us, with stellar programs at Taconic Music, located in idyllic Manchester, Vt., and at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass. Concertgoers will have the opportunity to hear great chamber music performed at its artistic best, in inviting and intimate surroundings.

 

Taconic Music

Taconic Music's second Summer Festival week features a masterclass with Grammy-nominated guest ensemble the Enso String Quartet, a Saturday-night concert showcasing canonical masterworks (and also including a touch of the musically exotic), and the first NextGen concert of the 2018 season.

Why go? Taconic Music is a unique and engaging music festival, with outstanding

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Work Toward Your Own Financial Independence Day
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:04PM / Wednesday, June 27, 2018

We're getting close to the Fourth of July, our national Independence Day. This celebration may get you thinking of the many freedoms you enjoy. But have you thought of what you might need to do to attain financial freedom?

Your first step is to define what financial independence signifies to you. For many people, it means being able to retire when they want to, and to enjoy a comfortable retirement lifestyle. So, if this is your vision as well, consider taking these steps:

Pay yourself first. If you wait until you have some extra money "lying around" before you invest for retirement, you may never get around to doing it. Instead, pay yourself first. This actually is not

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Mack Molding Donates $5M Toward SVHC's ER Renovation
02:16PM / Tuesday, June 26, 2018
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Mack Molding, the privately-owned business of Don Kendall and his family, has donated $5 million for Southwestern Vermont Health Care's emergency department expansion and renovation project at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.    "The Kendall Emergency Department" will be unveiled at a ribbon-cutting event once the future project is approved by the state and construction is completed. The gift constitutes the largest in the health system's history since Henry W. Putnam Sr. bequeathed the Bennington public water system for the construction of the community hospital more than 100 years ago.    "Mack Molding is pleased and

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Berkshire Museum Seeks Private Sales in Next Round
Staff Reports,
07:16PM / Monday, June 25, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Museum has selected nine more works of art to be sold toward its goal of $55 million that museum officials say is required to secure the institution's future.    Thirteen pieces have been sold by auction or private sale. Sotheby's will be working with the museum to find private sales for seven more works and will auction two in September.    The century-old museum's decision to deaccession parts of its 40,000-piece collection was announced almost a year ago to fund a $60 million plan to modernize and update the aging institution and develop an endowment to continue its operations. Without the funds, officials say the

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