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Lanesborough Pub Opens With New Owners, New Name
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:08AM / Saturday, August 25, 2018

The former Matt Reilly's has a storied history in the town of Lanesborough. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — It wasn't that long ago when Kim McArdle and her brother Brant Boyington decided they didn't want to work for other people, they wanted to work for their own family.   The pair considered opening a business. McArdle spent much of her career in restaurants — that's where she met her husband, Tom — and she had also opened a marketing company.   She was playing cards one day with a bookkeeper for Matt Reilly's who told McArdle that Helen Reilly was looking to sell the longstanding business on the lake.   Matt Reilly's has been a staple

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Great Barrington Fire Department Responds to Chemical Spill at High School
02:09PM / Friday, August 24, 2018
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Great Barrington Fire Department responded toa chemical spill at Monument Mountain Regional High School on Thursday.    Just after 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, the department responded to the 600 Stockbridge Road school after the spill was reported in one of the science labs.   Upon arrival, firefighters learned that approximately two liters of ammonium hydroxide, a solution that in high concentrations can aggravate the nose, throat and respiratory tract, was knocked over by a teacher who was working in the lab, said Chief Charles Burger.   The state Hazardous Materials Emergency Response team was called for assistance, and crews

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'Crazy Rich Asians': Poor Little Rich Millennials
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
01:53PM / Friday, August 24, 2018
There you are, standing on your porch, looking for either a pickup truck or a van to pull up, something a handyman might drive. It's just a little job: the repair and painting of the front steps. Twenty minutes pass, as do numerous workmen — none of them looking for your house.   "He said he'd be here," you grumble, steaming about the déjà vu of it all. More time passes.   Finally, as it becomes apparent he isn't showing, you issue the bourgeoisie lament: "If I were crazy rich he'd sure be here."   I mulled this example of class-influenced helplessness following a viewing of director Jon M. Chu's moderately

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The Independent Investor: Should You Bury Yourself?
By Bill Schmick,
01:05PM / Friday, August 24, 2018
In today's world, the idea that you should prepay, or at least set aside some money to cover your funeral expenses is gaining traction. Given the escalating costs of paying for a loved one's funeral, it is no surprise.   Most of us don't want to face it, let alone discuss it. In some quarters, it is "bad mojo" to consider planning for your death, so pardon me for bringing up such a squeamish (some might say ghoulish) subject.  But as your fiduciary in all things financial, I feel obligated to discuss prepaid funeral expenses.   This year, I was introduced to this concept when my Mom died. She was 93 years old, bless her soul, and had a good life.

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Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Hoosick Falls Welcomes Administrator
10:13AM / Friday, August 24, 2018

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. — The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Hoosick Falls, a skilled nursing facility serving the needs of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., and the surrounding communities, has welcomed David Lovelace as administrator. Lovelace has more than 10 years of experience in the field.

"We are pleased to have someone with David's skills and background join this team of dedicated professionals," said Gregory Laurin, president of the CNR Board of Directors. "We have confidence that he will enhance our ability to fulfill our mission to provide a rich and personalized environment for every resident and patient in our care."

Lovelace earned his master's

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Book Review: Mister E's Mysteries Are Great Fun
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
09:29AM / Friday, August 24, 2018

Often, when we think of our greatest, we may assume that their lives are fully taken up by mastering their art. So, it may come as a surprise that occasionally, a maestro can find the time and passion to dedicate her/himself to a completely different art form – and to, over the years, excel equally at that "secondary" activity. Such is the case with former Boston Symphony violinist Gerald Elias.

A graduate of Yale University, Elias has also been associate concertmaster of the Utah Symphony, adjunct professor of music at the University of Utah, first violinist of the Abramyan String Quartet and music director of the Vivaldi Candlelight concert series.

Elias is also a

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Polito Announces $9.6M in Energy Resiliency Projects for Hospitals
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:20PM / Thursday, August 23, 2018

Joe LaRoche provided Polito with a tour of the newly constructed co-generation system on the hospital's top floor. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As the climate becomes ever more volatile, storms have forced the evacuation of hospitals  in some areas.   Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito doesn't want to see that happen in Massachusetts.   She announced on Thursday some $9.6 million in grant awards to nine hospitals to build energy "resiliency" to protect themselves from such possibilities.   "The impacts of climate change are felt almost daily here in the commonwealth so we need to be more resilient," Polito said, outlining shifting weather patterns since

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Tyer Backs Harrington In District Attorney's Race
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:30PM / Wednesday, August 22, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With less than two weeks to go until the primary, Mayor Linda Tyer is putting her support behind Andrea Harrington in the race for district attorney.   "My endorsement comes with the strong belief that Andrea and I share similar values and we are like-minded. We both believe in creating opportunities for social justice and for thinking differently about entrenched problems," Tyer said.   "Our leadership styles are similar in that we seek diversity of thought, opinion, and professional experiences to inform our decisions. We believe in building any bridge to find a solution or to advance a progressive idea."   Harrington is one of

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Back to School? Keep Kids Healthy and Happy
By Sandeep Kumar,
03:23PM / Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Dr. Sandeep Kumar

"Back to school" is just around the corner for our Berkshire County children. The new school year can be an adjustment challenge for the whole family – but your children's health can remain strong during this busy transition, and on into the school year.

At CHP Berkshire Pediatrics, we'd like to set you and your children and teens on a path to a healthy school season, with some helpful reminders and tips about sleep, stress, food safety and the importance of "downtime." And some advance planning can help to smooth the transition to the school year – regardless of whether you kids are in preschool, high school, or somewhere in

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Great Jazz, Super Musicals Wrap Up Summer Music Scene
By Grace Lichtenstein, Guest Column
03:04PM / Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The final days of August bring a rush of terrific jazz, a dance party and musical comedies to all corners of the Berkshires.

 

Berkshire Jazz Showcase

Head for the Pittsfield Common on Saturday, Aug. 25, for a brand new enterprise, the the first Berkshire Jazz Showcase. Between 1 and 6 p.m. five of the area's most popular bands will take the stage for an extravaganza: The Lucky 5, Gruppo Mondo, the Ben Kohn Quartet, the Jason Ennis Quintet with vocalist Natalia Bernal and Andy Kelly Gypsy Jazz.

Founder Ed Bride explains that the event offers a showcase for local talent and a signature jazz event with artists who "could easily establish careers in jazz havens like New York,

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Final Summer Tanglewood Concerts Honor Bernstein
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
02:28PM / Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Leonard Bernstein conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood in 1970. (Heinz Weissenstein/Whitestone Photo, via BSO Archives)

This week, Tanglewood concludes its 2018 classical programming, culminating with the always-anticipated traditional final concert, on Sunday, Aug. 26, featuring Beethoven's glorious and triumphant Ninth Symphony, which will be preceded by two brief works of Leonard Bernstein – a fitting tribute to cap this "Centennial Bernstein Summer" festival season.

Before the "Ninth," there are three exceptional programs you should consider attending in Ozawa Hall and in the Shed this week – most importantly the astounding lineup

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North Adams Hosts Eighth Annual Motorama on Sunday
01:59PM / Wednesday, August 22, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city of North Adams will host its eighth annual Motorama on Sunday, Aug. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Main, Holden and Eagle Streets will be closed to all but pedestrian traffic as downtown North Adams fills with cars, trucks, motorcycles, snowmobiles, tractors and more. Anything with a motor is welcome.

Last year's Motorama brought more than 500 vehicles to the streets of North Adams, and this year hopes to draw record attendance. Those interested in exhibiting their vehicles can register beginning at 7:30 a.m. the day of the event. The cost to enter a vehicle is $15, but the public can enjoy the event free of charge.

In addition to looking at

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