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Senate Candidate Hinds Sets Education Priorities
11:59PM / Sunday, July 03, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Adam Hinds, candidate for the Democratic nomination for state Senate, set forth the following statement on education priorities:

I come from a family of educators. My father was a public school teacher and my mother a librarian in the public high school I attended. Public education prepared me for the world, and I am running for state Senate to protect that opportunity for every child in the district.

 Yet towns now finalize budgets in challenging financial circumstances, forcing difficult choices related to school budgets. This week I released my education priorities with a focus on bolstering schools by fixing funding.

First, update the Chapter 70 funding

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CATA Artists on Exhibit at Clark Art Institute
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:57PM / Sunday, July 03, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute is featuring plenty of exceptional works of art this summer.

Some of it is for sale.

Starting Monday, July 4, the South Street museum presents “I Am a Part of Art,” a collaboration with the Great Barrington-based nonprofit Community Access to the Arts.   "CATA at the Clark" is an expansion of the CATA’s annual summer art show celebrating the works of area artists with disabilities. Part of the show opened on Friday at Pittsfield’s Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. The North County exhibition will be on display in the Clark’s Lunder Center at Stone Hill through Aug. 14.   Between the two

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'Inside My Battle' Exhibit Reflects Artist's Cancer Experience
By Judith Lerner, Community Submission
10:05AM / Sunday, July 03, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Art Gallery at Bagels Too, 166 North St., for the month of July, will be showing the most recent series of artworks by beloved and powerful Berkshire artist Anne Pasko of Lanesborough.

Last summer, Pasko was diagnosed with and told she had inoperable pancreatic cancer. After her immediate shock, disbelief and despair, her feelings drove her into her studio to experience, express, work through and, ultimately, emerge as herself with new depths from the life-altering digression she was now enmeshed in.

As her feelings surfaced, she created collages to make them visible, one by one, for herself, the people most closely surrounding her, others who have gone or are

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Constantopoulos Pitches, Hits Bulldogs to Win
10:11PM / Saturday, July 02, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Lanesborough Bulldogs stayed in the winners bracket and South Berkshire stayed alive on Day 2 of the Cal Ripken Baseball Western Massachusetts 12-and-Under Championship Saturday at Bill Laston Field.   Lanesborough 7, Greenfield 4   Panayiotis Constantopoulos and Jack Gitterman each homered and drove in a pair of runs as the Bulldogs won their second game of the double-elimination tournament.   “Our big inning came in the third,” Lanesborough coach Rick Paris said. “With two out and none on, Derek Paris hit a curve ball into left. Then Landen Jamula hit a line drive down the third base line, scoring Derek. Then Panay hit a two-run

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Berkshire Tidbits: Fire Company Breakfast, Farm Tours
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
04:24PM / Saturday, July 02, 2016

The Yoked Parish of Becket presents its free monthly pasta dinner this Friday. All are welcome.

Parish minister, the Rev. Kevin Smail said that the meal includes a pasta dish, salad, Italian or garlic bread and an assortment of mostly homemade desserts and beverages.

The purpose of the regular meals is to build community, he said.

Becket resident Arlene Adler said she tries to attend the dinner whenever she can. She said it does make her feel connected with her neighbors.

"And there is always a meat sauce and a vegetarian sauce. Some nice salad. It's always good. Homemade," she said."

The free dinner will be at the parish house of the Becket Federated Church,

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@theMarket: Fourth of July Started Early for Markets
By Bill Schmick,
04:11PM / Saturday, July 02, 2016

It wasn't supposed to happen. After the British surprise vote to exit the European Union caught global investors leaning the wrong way last week, most traders expected a blood bath.

Instead, after a two-day 5 percent sell-off, markets have regained almost 90 percent of that loss in the last few days. So how could the "smart money" get it so wrong twice in one week?

Readers may recall that traders had at first bid the stock market higher in anticipation that the UK would remain in the EU. When that didn't happen, traders flipped the other way by selling and shorting. Most of the world markets were down by 5 percent or more between last Friday and Tuesday.

And then a

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Cangelosi Pitches Bulldogs to Win in State Tourney Opener
08:09PM / Friday, July 01, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Lanesborough Bulldogs' Jack Cangelosi struck out eight and allowed just three hits in a complete-game, 9-1 win over Westminster Friday in the opening round of the Cal Ripken Baseball 12-and-Under Western Massachusetts State Championship tournament at Bill Laston Field.   Cangelosi had a perfect game through four innings before Ben Mattson belted a solo home run for Westminster.   Panayiotis Constantopoulos went 3-for-3 with two homers, a double and three RBIs for the Bulldogs (6-6), who also got a homer and a pair of RBIs from Derek Paris.   Josh Polumbo doubled in a pair of runs in the win.   "We jumped on them early in the first,

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Retired Physician Joins CHP Board
11:31AM / Friday, July 01, 2016

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Health Programs has named Dr. Patricia Salomon, a retired pediatrician and commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, to its board of directors.

She is a resident of Monterey.

As a commissioned officer, Salomon worked primarily with the federal Health Resources and Services Agency on issues of access to primary care. As medical director for the Bureau of Primary Health Care, she led the National Health Service Corps in working to bring medical, dental and nursing staff to underserved communities. She also led efforts to develop programs the nation’s community-based health centers.

While in the USPHS, Salomon developed health

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Jacob's Pillow Taps New Director of Marketing and Communications
10:34AM / Friday, July 01, 2016

BECKET, Mass. — Jennifer Young has joined Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival as the director of marketing and communications,

Young will work closely with Director Pamela Tatge and Managing Director Andrea Sholler to set the Pillow’s strategy for all efforts related to marketing, ticket sales, audience development, patron services, public relations, and interdepartmental and external communication. She will oversee the 16-person marketing department (including seasonal staff and interns) at Jacob’s Pillow and manage staff in the successful implementation of their strategic and financial goals.

Based in nearby Pittsfield, Young comes to the Pillow from the Lewis Family

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The Independent Investor: Clicks vs Bricks — Who Will Win the Retail War?
By Bill Schmick,
07:46AM / Friday, July 01, 2016

Have you noticed that you are buying more products via the internet? Do you find yourself showroom shopping when you do make the trip to that department store or mall? It is happening to all of us and as it does, the traditional brick-and-mortar retailers are feeling the loss.

That doesn’t mean the demise of malls or department stores altogether, but over the next decade there will be fewer of them, especially in depressed areas of the country. The main culprit in this story is e-commerce or internet shopping. In the first quarter of this year, e-commerce accounted for $74.9 billion. That might sound like a lot of money but it still only accounts for 7 percent of overall consumer

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Terrorism Charges Leveled Against Ciccolo
Staff Reports, iBerkshires Staff
03:06PM / Thursday, June 30, 2016

ADAMS, Mass. — Alexander Ciccolo, held by federal authorities since his arrest last July 4, was indicted Thursday in connection with a plot to engage in terrorist activity inspired by and in the name of ISIL.

Ciccolo, a resident of Adams at the time of his arrest, was indicted on one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and one count of attempting to use of weapons of mass destruction.  

These charges from a superseding indictment were added to a pending indictment charging Ciccolo with one count of being a convicted person in possession of firearms and one count of assaulting a nurse during a jail intake process by use of a

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'Independence Day: Resurgence': Oh No, Not Again
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:52PM / Thursday, June 30, 2016

In one scene of director/co-writer Roland Emmerich's "Independence Day: Resurgence," brainy scientist Julius Levinson, played by Judd Hirsch, berates his equally brainy scientist son, David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum), thusly: "So, it takes the end of the world for a son to visit his father?" It is but one of a long list of clichés the filmmaker surmises would attend a planet facing Armageddon at the hands of alien beings. Uh, well, more correctly, it's not at the hands of, but at the tentacles of, which of course is much scarier.

Skipping my usual diatribe and head-scratching inquiry as to why folks would want to see a film about our threatened

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