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'Cars 3': It Thinks it Can, It Thinks it Can
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
01:27PM / Friday, June 23, 2017
Point of disclosure: I am a lifelong, died-in-the-wool car enthusiast. As a child I spent endless hours on the floor pushing toy cars around, speeding under the kitchen table, through my mother's legs, around the linoleum perimeter, over the saddle leading to the foyer for the long straight to my bedroom. There, circling to the cheers of my other toys, I issued an acknowledging "zoom, zoom, rhoom, rhoom," then scooted back into the hallway and made a hairpin right into the carpeted living room, the off-road part of my imaginary Indy 500.   Thus I know and embrace firsthand the special, magical relationship some of us humans have with the spiritual successor to Old Dobbin,

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The Independent Investor: A Tale of Two Charities
By Bill Schmick,
05:47PM / Thursday, June 22, 2017
As Senate Republicans unveil their version of a new health care law replacing the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, Democrats are already crying foul. But while politicians are busy back-stabbing each other, there are real people out there who are sick and getting sicker.   These are Americans who can't afford, or can no longer find, insurance. Their stories are evidently not "newsworthy." Instead, the media prefers to accentuate the divisions among our lawmakers, while President Trump describes the House "Choice Act" as "mean." In the meantime, who is taking care of all those sick and elderly victims in this supposedly divisive America? Well, the

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Community, Massachusetts House Bids Farewell to Rep. Cariddi
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:12PM / Thursday, June 22, 2017

Cariddi was to be buried in Bellevue Cemetery in Adams.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A litany of elected state and local officials, friends and family packed into St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church on Thursday to bid farewall to state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, who died Saturday at age 63.    "It's an honor to be here on behalf of an institution that Gail Cariddi loved and, by the way, loved Gail Cariddi," said Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo.    More than 100 state representatives, from as far as Cape Cod, came by bus and car to attend the funeral, a testament to how they felt about her, said state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox,

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Wahconah Football Program to Hold Youth Camp in August
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09:25PM / Wednesday, June 21, 2017
DALTON, Mass. -- The Wahconah Regional High School football program this summer will host a Youth FUNdamental Football camp.   Coach Gary Campbell Jr., will conduct the camp, scheduled for Monday, Aug. 7, through Thursday, Aug. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m.   Campbell's teams have won four out of the last five Western Massachusetts titles and in December 2016 played in the state final at Gillette Stadium for the second time in three years.   Players from the Wahconah team will join Campbell to teach fundamental skills, teamwork, self-discipline and how to achieve your potential on and off the field.   The coaching staff will instruct each camper in every position, and all

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Comedic Opera Comes to Great Barrington
02:46PM / Wednesday, June 21, 2017

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Boston Early Music Festival will return to the Berkshires this summer with a double bill of Neapolitan comic opera by Pergolesi.

Winner of the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording, BEMF will present encore performances of its 2014 production of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi's "La Serva Padrona" and "Livietta e Tracollo" at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 25. Tickets range from $25 to $85 are available online.

Originally written as interludes to be performed between acts of a more somber production, Pergolesi’s light-hearted comedies quickly enchanted audiences

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The Classical Beat: Summer 2017 Music Festival Begins
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
12:48PM / Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The summer concert season is virtually upon us, and how lucky are we music lovers to be living right here, in the Berkshires, at what can only be described as "Music Central"?

With programs in Lenox and in Manchester, Vt., concertgoers will have a wide selection of music in a multiplicity of styles to enjoy in venues large and small: from solo jazz piano to the stellar Chris Botti with the Boston Pops, followed by a celebration of beloved show tunes by Rodgers and Hammerstein at Tanglewood. Added to this, Taconic Music offers a feast of chamber music by Strauss and Ravel, and a master class with the distinguished classical cellist/mentor Sharon Robinson.

Scanning the upcoming

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Don't Let Your Investments Take a 'Vacation'
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:07PM / Wednesday, June 21, 2017

It's summer again – time for many of us to take a break and possibly hit the open road. But even if you go on vacation, you won't want your investments to do the same – in summertime or any other season. How can you help make sure your portfolio continues to work hard for you all year long?

Here are a few suggestions:

* Avoid owning too many "low growth" investments. As you know, different investments have different characteristics and can help you in different ways. For example, you typically own stocks because you want them to grow in value so that you can eventually sell them for a profit. Other investments, such as certificates of deposit (CDs), provide

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Area Grads Wrap Up Successful Spring Campaigns
iBerkshires.com Sports,
01:10AM / Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Rob Buffis earned all-tournament recognition from the Empire 8 Conference after helping Ithaca win the conference title and a berth in this spring’s NCAA Division III Championships.   On May 11, he went 6-⅔ innings on the mound, scattering four hits and one earned run in a tournament win over Elmira. Two days later, he came out of the bullpen to throw two innings of one-hit, shutout relief in the title game against St. John Fisher.   He made one appearance in the NCAAs, going 5-⅔ innings in a loss to Oswego. On the season, he had a 4.52 ERA and a 6-2 record in 14 appearances.   Kevin Donati (Pittsfield) led Division I University at Albany with a .327

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Plenty of Nail-Biters in Berkshire Adult Baseball League
11:33AM / Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Three pitchers combined on a 4-3 win Sunday that lifted B.B.A. into first place in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League’s 20-and-over division.   Seamus Morrison, Connor Lein and Joe Delsoldato threw for B.B.A. in the win over the North County Knights, who slipped to 0-5-1 this summer.   B.B.A. improved to 5-1, pushing it past Lenox and Housatonic, who are tied for second in the seven-team division at 4-2.   On Father’s Day, Jesus Lay went 1-for-1 with two walks and scored twice for B.B.A.   The Knights got a pair of hits from Joe Boucher.   Lenox Bulldogs 9, Great Barrington Millers 8   Great Barrington scored four times in the top of the seventh to

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Senate Chair on Global Warming Takes Input on Energy Policy
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Tuesday, June 20, 2017

State Sens. Adam Hinds and Marc Pacheco visit Seth Nash of Blue Q on Monday afternoon, before the hearing. Nash is one of the private-sector businesses to install a photovoltaic array to power his business.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Marc Pacheco has chaired the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture and thought he had heard everything about the environment.   Until 11 years ago, when he saw Al Gore's documentary "An Inconvenient Truth."   "I saw the reality come to life on a movie screen," Pacheco said.   He signed up to become a "climate messenger" and went to a training in Nashville, Tenn.

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Free Fun Fridays Return This Summer
02:25PM / Monday, June 19, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Two Berkshire County museums bookend the Highland Street Foundation's ninth annual Free Fun Fridays initiative, a summer program that offers visitors no-cost admission to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts.

Eighty-five institutions, from art museums to zoos, will join the program, an increase from the 80 venues that took part in 2016. This summer, each week for 10 consecutive Fridays — beginning June 23 and continuing through Aug. 25 — multiple venues will welcome visitors, free-of-charge.

"Free Fun Fridays provides access to the best exhibits, programs and experiences that the city and the commonwealth have to

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BArT Announces Third Trimester Honor Roll
01:39PM / Monday, June 19, 2017

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the third trimester of the 2016-2017 school year. Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

Students in Grade 6 who earned High Honors are: Dion

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