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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Review: 'Hair' is a Must See
By Nancy Salz, iBerkshires columnist
01:12PM / Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Kayla Foster leads the cast of 'Hair' at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge.

It didn't have to be this good.

Just hearing one or two songs from the 1968 rock musical "Hair" – like "Let the Sunshine In" or "Good Morning Starshine" – would have been enough to bring tears to our eyes and a longing for a time when the youth of America could and did change our country.

That's what happened when Kate Maguire, artistic director and CEO of the Berkshire Theatre Group, heard a young woman sing the above songs at an American Theatre Wing event not long ago. She told us in a talkback that on the spot she decided to bring a revival of the

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Tanglewood, Tannery Pond, Taconic Music, Sevenars Shine
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
12:52PM / Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Tanglewood enters its second week of classical programming with inspiring concerts in the Shed and in Ozawa Hall. As always, excellence is the watchword: from Leonard Bernstein’s delightful and brilliant comic opera "Trouble in Tahiti" to classic symphonic works of Mozart, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Wagner; from Bernstein's emotionally uplifting "Chichester Psalms" to a semi-staged performance of Puccini's "La bohème," Tanglewood hits all the high notes.

In Manchester, Vt., there's the Taconic Music festival. Taconic's concerts are always thrilling to hear and to experience, both in terms of repertoire and the level of

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Help Protect Vulnerable Family Members from Scam Artists
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:06PM / Wednesday, July 11, 2018

If you have older family members whose cognitive functions or decision-making abilities have declined, or who are lonely or recently widowed, you might need to help protect them against financial scams. What steps should you take?

First of all, try to gain a good sense of their overall financial activity. Look for red flags, such as a reluctance to discuss money matters, consistently unpaid bills, unexplained withdrawals, mysterious wire transfers or a sudden need to purchase large quantities of gift cards. And watch out for new "best friends" or caretakers who show an unusual interest in your loved one's finances.

Whether or not you've observed any of these activities,

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Berkshire Community College Awarded $5.5M for Student Center
05:20PM / Tuesday, July 10, 2018

We are here in Westfield to celebrate the signing of our capital investment bond bill worth nearly $4 billion. Included in this plan is $950 million towards public higher education to address the deferred maintenance backlog and to support workforce skills needs. pic.twitter.com/f4T0JxqWr3

— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) July 10, 2018 PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has been awarded $5.5 million for a project that will transform the first floor of the Field Administration building into a One Stop Student Success Center.   Gov. Charlie Baker announced this award on Tuesday at Westfield State University. The funding is part of a five-year $190 million

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Baumann Leads West to Bay State Hockey Gold Medal
08:33PM / Monday, July 09, 2018
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Lenox Memorial student Brock Baumann scored six goals and compiled nine assists in five games to lead the West team to a gold medal in the Bay State Games hockey tournament.   The West went 4-0 in pool play to earn the top seed in the medal round.   In the gold medal game, it beat Coastal, 14-3, to win the title.   McCann Tech's Caleb Rondeau finished the tournament with a goal and an assist for the West.

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Review: Bernstein Goes to 'Town' at Tanglewood
By Nancy Salz, iBerkshires columnist
02:56PM / Monday, July 09, 2018

What a rare and delicious treat – a large Boston Pops Orchestra playing Leonard Bernstein's musical "On the Town" behind a stellar Broadway cast dancing and singing to perfection. The performance took place at Tanglewood on the evening of July 7 before a huge, enthusiastic audience. It was part of this summer's Bernstein 100 birthday celebration. Even the weather was in the cool, comfortable 60s.

The musical, Bernstein's first, is based on Jerome Robbins's ballet idea, "Fancy Free." With book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, "On the Town" premiered in 1944 during World War II. Between the movie and the four major Broadway

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Berkshires Beat: Kids Place Hosts Annual Jimmy Bernardo Memorial Ride
02:13PM / Monday, July 09, 2018
Remembering Jimmy

The 23rd annual Jimmy's Ride to benefit victims of child abuse will be held on Saturday, July 28. This annual event is held in memory of Pittsfield native Jimmy Bernardo. Jimmy was born August 13, 1978, and was abducted from a local movie theater on October 20, 1990. A month later, his body was found in Ithaca, N.Y. Three and a half years later, the Bernardo family was able to find peace after the Pittsfield Police captured a suspect when he tried to abduct another young girl in Pittsfield. The suspect subsequently pled guilty to murdering Jimmy and is serving life in prison.

Jimmy's Ride will start at Berkshire County Kids Place once again this year. Register in

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Community Health Programs Achieves 100 Percent Federal Compliance Score
01:29PM / Monday, July 09, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Health Programs has earned a perfect compliance score from the federal agency that provides critical funding for federally qualified health centers.

The Health Resources Services Administration delivered its findings following an onsite review in April. CHP manages CHP's eight primary care and dental practices throughout Berkshire County: in Great Barrington, Lee, Pittsfield, Adams and North Adams.

Massachusetts is home to 39 community health centers; CHP is the only one serving the Berkshire region.

HRSA provides nearly 20 percent of CHP's annual funding through federal grants. The agency oversees more than 1,400 federally qualified

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Criticism Of Caccaviello Leads To Sharp Exchanges With Businesses
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:59AM / Monday, July 09, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Back on May 11, the owner of Otto's took to his personal Facebook to criticize the way the district attorney got the job.   David Capeless in March stepped down from the position early after working for months with the governor's office to get Paul Caccaviello appointed to the job. Capeless made no bones about it saying, "I am taking this step now because I want Paul to run for election as the district attorney as I did 14 years ago." He gave is full support behind his first assistant.   On March 14, Caccaviello was appointed. He now runs as the district attorney in the race, giving him somewhat of an advantage. And many have been

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Berkshire Business Interns Learning From Real Experience
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Monday, July 09, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Instead of taking the summer off, the Berkshire Business Interns are hard at work getting a glimpse of life after college.   Some of the 32 Berkshire Business Interns enjoyed some well-deserved respite Wednesday at Taconic Golf Club’s Fourth of July feast and took a small break from their 10-week summer internships.    "Learning how to follow the action is really important because there are clear expectations in college and achievable goals," Community Health Programs intern and North Adams native Morgan Michaels said.   "A big part of my job is finding the person that knows the answer to the question that no one else has

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Harrington Running to Reform District Attorney's Office
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:15AM / Sunday, July 08, 2018
  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — If you want things to change, you need to do something different.   That's Andrea Harrington's view when it comes to reforming the criminal justice system. And now, she wants to be that change. She is seeking election as the next district attorney following the retirement of David Capeless.    "We see progressive defense attorneys without prosecutorial experience being elected across the country. That's because if you want to change the system, it takes somebody with a different view," Harrington said.   "If you want reform, you need a reformer."   Harrington entered the race shortly after Capeless

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Caccaviello Leans On Experience in Race for District Attorney
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:15AM / Saturday, July 07, 2018
  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — For Paul Caccaviello, the district attorney's job is a call to service.   After 14 years as the first assistant district attorney, Caccaviello is looking to fill the shoes being left by the retired David Capeless, who handpicked his successor. With some 30 years as a prosecutor, Caccaviello said he has the most experience and qualifications to take over the office.   "My philosophy is to show compassion when it is appropriate, have a consequence when it is needed. And it is not mutually independent concepts. Many times, if not the majority of times, you have to have a balance when confronted with something. I've been in the office,

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