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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Letter: Harrington Will Stand Against Injustice
Letter to the Editor,
02:43PM / Monday, August 20, 2018

To the Editor:

The district attorney race in our community is significant. Many have dedicated their life work preventing or making efforts to eradicate injustices in our criminal justice system.

Bryan Stephenson, a widely known lawyer and activist, stated at a TED Talk "many understand that the moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice. We cannot be fully evolved human beings until we care about human rights and basic dignity. That all of our survival is tied to the survival of everyone. That our visions of technology and design and entertainment and creativity have to be married with visions of humanity, compassion, and justice." He has dedicated his life

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Berkshires Beat: Williams Prepares to Welcome Class of 2022
02:26PM / Monday, August 20, 2018
Welcome to Williams

The 540 students who make up the Williams College Class of 2022 will arrive on campus on Monday, Aug. 27, for First Days, their official orientation to the college. The tradition of First Days introduces first-year students to the college through meetings with academic advisers and opportunities to learn about academic departments and the campus. Students will also take placement exams and the college's mandatory swimming test. In between scheduled events, students will settle into their dorms and get to know their classmates.

During the second half of the week, first-year students will participate in EphVentures, a program that enhances their orientation experience

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First Berkshire Jazz Showcase Set for Aug. 25 on Pittsfield Common
01:56PM / Monday, August 20, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshires Jazz has announced the lineup and final schedule for the inaugural Berkshire Jazz Showcase, a free festival to be held on the Pittsfield Common on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 1 to 6 p.m.

The jazz extravaganza features five of the most popular regional bands: The Lucky 5 at 1 p.m.; Gruppo Mondo at 2 p.m.; the Benny Kohn Quartet at 3 p.m.; the Jason Ennis Quintet with vocalist Natalia Bernal at 4 p.m.; and Andy Kelly’s Gypsy Jazz Ambassadors at 5 p.m.

The showcase will also include food vendors, as well as a beer and wine garden. Consumables will be available from Assembly Coffee Roasters, Balderdash Cellars, Ernie's Hot Dog Cart, Lucia's

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Neal, Amatul-Wadud To Meet In Two Televised Debates
Staff Reports,
01:04AM / Monday, August 20, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Richard Neal and Tahirah Amatul-Wadud have agreed to two televised debates.   The two are seeking the seat of U.S. Representative in the September primary. The longtime sitting Congressman Neal is being challenged by attorney and activist Amatul-Wadud. The two will first meet on Aug. 22 for a debate on WWLP, channel 22 and then on Aug. 30 on WGBY.   The first debate won't be available for the public to view live in the Berkshires because the station was pulled off the air by the cable provider. It will be available online after it concludes. The WGBY debate will be aired live starting at 8 p.m. and will also be available online after it

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Daughter's Book Celebrates Legacy of Leonard Bernstein
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
12:00PM / Friday, August 17, 2018

It's hard to imagine the classical music world without Leonard Bernstein. His death, 28 years ago, left a void that will be very difficult, if not impossible, to fill. Yes, there are young, stellar conductors now on the scene who hold great promise – Ken-David Masur in Boston and the fiery Gustavo Dudamel in Los Angeles. Time will tell if they, or others, possess the potential of the mature Bernstein, who was blessed with unparalleled musical and communicative gifts as conductor, composer, pianist and mentor/lecturer - classical music’s, and America’s, emissary to the world.

There were three great composers who created and thus changed the course of early-to mid-20th

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Elder Services Appoints New Executive Director
11:07AM / Friday, August 17, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Elder Services of Berkshire County has appointed Christopher McLaughlin as their new executive director.

"I am delighted to return to work in the Berkshire community and lead Elder Services of Berkshire County as it continues its mission of providing the highest quality care, resources and support to its clients and their families," McLaughlin said.

The board of directors conducted an extensive search with many fine candidates. In the end, the clear choice was a local resident who has built a successful management career in the healthcare field.


"Chris has excellent interpersonal and strong oral communications skills. We feel he will provide

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Saint James Place Elects New Member of Board of Directors
10:15AM / Friday, August 17, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Saint James Place has elected Leigh Davis, director of development at Mill Renaissance LLC and Eagle Mill Redevelopment LLC, to its board of directors.

"Leigh brings vitality and experience, combined with passion and a demonstrated commitment to the community of Great Barrington," said Sally Harris, co-founder of Saint James Place. "For the past year and a half, 36 local organizations have used Saint James Place to fulfill their missions–everything from the arts to People's Pantry–and with Leigh now onboard, we look forward to expanding our reach."

"Sally and Fred inspire me," Davis said. "Their

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Outlook Builders, Teddy's Pizza Win Giorgi League Titles
09:53PM / Thursday, August 16, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Deshawn Hamlett scored 13 points Thursday to lead Outlook Builders/Pizza House to a 58-50 win over Kingsbread/Flynn & Dagnoli in the championship game of the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League Men's Division.   In the Women's Division, Teddy's Pizza defeated the Hoosac Women, 40-30, behind 10 points apiece for Peyton Steinman and Grace Guachione.   Guachione grabbed seven rebounds, and MVP Hollie Steinman had eight points and eight rebounds.   For the Hoosac Women, Emily Rosse led the way with a game-high 11 points, and Mckenzie Robinson scored 10. Kayla Hotaling had seven points, eight rebounds and a pair of blocks.   Hamlett was

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Tiger Muskies Win Berkshire County Lax Title
Community submission,
08:51PM / Thursday, August 16, 2018
DALTON, Mass. -- Jimmy Chase scored six goals Thursday to lead the Tiger Muskies to a 12-7 win over Pittsfield High in the championship game of the Berkshire County Summer Lacrosse League.   "All I’ve been thinking about all week at work was keeping my hair silky, being awesome and putting goals where the kitten sleeps (top shelf)," Chase joked.   "As a former goalie at Western New England, I knew where to put my shots where the goalie couldn’t get to them."   Chase scored 10 goals and recorded four assists between the league semi-final and final combined.   Mike Snyder had a goal and two assists, and Brian Kelly scored a goal and set up

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The Independent Investor: Turmoil in Turkey
By Bill Schmick,
04:28PM / Thursday, August 16, 2018
Turkey, a country that represents about 1 percent of the world's gross domestic product, has suddenly become a cause of concern for investors worldwide. Both developed and emerging financial markets have plunged over the last week as that country's currency plummeted. Fear that this tiny country's problems could somehow spark a global financial contagion has everyone on edge.   Those fears are unfounded. There will be no "contagion."  What is happening in Turkey is truly a "Tempest in a Teapot" that bears little resemblance to the crisis in Greece several years ago. Yet, over the last week, Turkey's currency, the lira, fell to record lows,

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'BlacKkKlansman': There's no Politics like Show Business
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:35PM / Thursday, August 16, 2018
I doubt I've ever reviewed a movie more important than Spike Lee's "BlacKkKlansman."   Greater? Most likely. Although, in astutely fashioning his heartfelt SOS about America's burgeoning racist threat, Spike Lee is no slouch in the art department, either. This scintillating film based on a true story about how, via a white counterpart, Afro-American cop Ron Stallworth infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan, wouldn't be nearly as shocking in its appeal to our better angels were it not such a fine achievement in cinema.   Will it win Best Picture? A mere bag of shells. If Lee's magnum opus proves to be this generation's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and

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Enjoy Great Music at Tanglewood, Sevenars, Tannery Pond
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
08:26AM / Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Cellist Yo-To Ma returns to Tanglewood on Sunday, Aug. 19.

Come late August, classical aficionados are grateful for the cornucopia of musical riches the Boston Symphony Orchestra bestows to rapt audiences within the incomparably bucolic setting that is Tanglewood. Many of those superlative concerts will reside in our collective memory for a long time.

During this penultimate week of the Tanglewood Music Festival, the spotlight will focus on a range of classical fare in varied genres: from chamber and solo piano music by Beethoven, Brahms, Britten and Mahler to symphonic works by Beethoven, Copland, Bartók and Shostakovich. A special treat – part of Tanglewood's

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