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Berkshires Beat: CATA Publishes First Book
10:26AM / Monday, June 11, 2018
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Community Access to the Arts has published its first-ever collection of artwork and poetry, titled "You Can't Replace Yourself," featuring work by 46 artists and writers with disabilities. CATA celebrates the release with a Book Launch event at the CATA Studio in Great Barrington on Tuesday, June 12, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

"You Can't Replace Yourself" is a window into the lyrical and deeply felt work of writers and artists with disabilities. It draws from 25 years of poems, paintings and drawings created in CATA's weekly arts workshops. From touching observations and fantastic dreams, to tender musings on love, life, and hairdryers, "You

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'Adrift': Cast Away in an Inconvenient Genre
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
05:28PM / Friday, June 08, 2018
If your idea of a good time is anguishing aghast on tenterhooks as a couple of shipwrecked young lovers try to survive against all odds in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, director Baltasar Kormákur's "Adrift," loosely based on a true story, is for you. I, for one, don't really get the thrill, and have yet to receive a satisfactory response from either horror film or disaster flick aficionados when I question their inclination. Neither genre is my cup of tea. Just wondering what the morning mail will bode is more than enough suspense for me. Thus, I surprised myself.   In service to my fellow moviegoers who enjoy the blood pressure rush that film-induced fright

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Superior Court Briefs: May 30 - June 7
Staff Reports,
02:42PM / Friday, June 08, 2018
Cases heard before Judge Maureen Hogan on Wednesday, May 30.   Raekwan Jackson, 22, of Springfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.   The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on March 21, 2018.    Cases heard before Judge Mark Mason on Wednesday, June 6.   William Fiske III, 29, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of breaking and entering in  the daytime, assault by means of a dangerous weapon, larceny from a building, assault and battery, negligent operation of a

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The Independent Investor: Trump's trade war
By Bill Schmick,
03:52PM / Thursday, June 07, 2018
Over the weekend, the G-7 group of nations met to denounce the recent actions of the United States. This coming Friday, these same leaders convene in Quebec. President Trump will attend and seems determined to face them down.   Ever since the Trump administration announced plans to raise tariffs on imported steel and aluminum by 25 percent and 10 percent respectively, our allies have been livid. Some are referring to the upcoming meeting as the G-6, plus the United States. You've got to hand it to the president, he doesn't back off, but given the circumstances, maybe he should.   I doubt that anyone in this country believes the present trade agreements we have signed

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WCVB Pulled From Berkshire TV Lineups; Lawmakers Petition For It Back
Staff Reports,
10:43AM / Wednesday, June 06, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Spectrum is pulling WCVB Boston, Channel 5, from its lineup and Berkshire lawmakers are petitioning to get the station back.   Wednesday morning the station went dark on many televisions across the county. The change follows the removal of WWLP Channel 22 from the lineup last year. Now, state Rep. John Barrett and state Sen. Adam Hinds are calling on the company to bring the stations back.   "I was most disappointed this morning to see that our friends at Spectrum removed WCVB Channel 5 from its Berkshire County lineup. I was still holding out hope that North Adams would determine that Spectrum had breached its contract and would be referring the

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BMC Registered Nurses Plan to Strike Again
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:03AM / Tuesday, June 05, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The nurses' union has re-issued its plans to strike after lengthy negotiations Monday.   The Massachusetts Nurses Association's Berkshire Medical Center chapter and the hospital have been attempting to settle a contract for more than a year and a half after the last contract expired in September 2016. In October, the nurses went on a one-day strike that was followed by a four-day lockout.    In February, the nurses again issued a strike notice but withdrew it at the last minute as progress was seemingly made. After multiple negotiation sessions since, with the latest being on Monday, no settlement was reached and the union has again re-issued

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Following Democratic Convention Win, Palfrey Heads To Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:29AM / Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Hinds showed Palfrey both the positive steps in the city's longtime effort to build its downtown and the challenges that the downtown still faces. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Fresh from receiving the endorsement of the state Democratic Party, Quentin Palfrey was out for a stroll in downtown Pittsfield.   Palfrey is seeking a spot as lieutenant governor on the ticket this fall. The party's delegates at the weekend convention endorsed him over his competitor Jimmy Tingle by 59-41 percent. He is looking to build on that win as he looks forward to the primary.   "We were really gratified. I am a first-time candidate and I was thrilled to get the endorsement of the

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'Solo: A Star Wars Story': The Stuff of Heroes
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:27PM / Monday, June 04, 2018
I liked "Solo: A Star Wars Story" about as much as I could possibly like this genre of film, and recommend it as a starter movie for those who have avoided such techno-extravaganzas like the plague, but who now wish to experience one while still compos mentis.    At worst, it is relatively harmless, your understanding of this outer space Western not dependent on a cognizance of the jargon and minutiae of George Lucas' cultural phenomenon. Plus, former Hippies who coordinate the viewing with a flashback might enjoy the light show.   At the end of the day, after marveling at its vaunted, $250 million price tag, the immensity of the thing, and trying to wrap your

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Miss Hall's School Graduates 56 in Class of 2018
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03:28PM / Monday, June 04, 2018

The private girls' high school included 18 area students in this year's graduating class.  PITTSFIELD, Mass.  — Fifty-six students, including 18 from Berkshire County and nearby communities, graduated on Sunday, June 3, during Miss Hall's School's 120th commencement.   Ceremonies took place under a large tent on the front lawn of the school's Holmes Road campus. Vanessa Stair, corporate relations officer for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and a member of the Miss Hall's School Class of 2006, delivered this year's commencement address.   Among the Class of 2018 graduates are the following local

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SVHC to Hold Centennial Community Day on June 10
02:12PM / Monday, June 04, 2018

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care will host a Centennial Community Day, a celebration of its 100th anniversary, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 10, 2018, on the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Campus at 100 Hospital Drive.

"Our first 100 years at Southwestern Vermont Health Care have been extraordinary," said Thomas A. Dee, the health system's president and CEO. "The purpose of this event is to celebrate with the community in a truly memorable way and to thank those — our physicians and staff, our community leaders and local businesses, our donors and, most importantly, our patients — who have contributed to making this health

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Watercooler: Michelle Little of Pittsfield Wins Berkshire United Way Car
12:19PM / Monday, June 04, 2018
The winner is ...

Michelle Little of Pittsfield won the Berkshire United Way car on May 10 at The Johnson Dealerships. The 2018 Ford Fiesta was sponsored by The Johnson Dealerships and Greylock Federal Credit Union as an incentive for donations to Berkshire United Way's 2017 campaign. This marks the 18nth year the two companies have participated in this giveaway, their contributions totaling more than $200,000.

Berkshire United Way board member Mike Stoddard, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Greylock Federal Credit Union, drew the winning ticket and left Little a voicemail during the Driving Our Community Forward event, informing her that she had won.

Berkshire

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Berkshires Beat: Clark Acquires Guillaume Guillon Lethière Masterpiece
11:06AM / Monday, June 04, 2018
Adding art

The Clark Art Institute has acquired "Brutus Condemning His Sons to Death," an important early work by neoclassical French artist Guillaume Guillon Lethière (1760–1832), marking a significant addition to its permanent collection.

Completed in 1788 when Lethière was at the French Academy in Rome, and subsequently displayed at the Salons of 1795 and 1801, the painting depicts a dramatic scene featuring the decapitation of one of the sons of Lucius Junius Brutus. Brutus led the 509 BC revolt to overthrow the last king of Rome and establish the Roman Republic, swearing a sacred oath before its citizens that Rome would never again be subject to the rule

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