Berkshire Museum: Art on the Block The Berkshire Museum recently announced a $60 million plan for its future, largely supported by the sale of those works from its permanent collection, including a $40 million boost for its endowment and a $20 million renovation.
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Pittsfield Post 68 moves to 3-0 with home win over Longmeadow

PITTSFIELD — Pittsfield Post 68 starting pitcher Carter Matthews had complete control of his off-speed pitches against Longmeadow.The Pittsfield Generals ace dropped in his change-up for …

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Williamstown man charged with sexually assaulting babysitter he hired NORTH ADAMS — A Williamstown man is accused of sexually assaulting a babysitter.Peter Kapiloff, 36, hired an 18-year-old babysitter and allegedly touched her without her consent April 23, …
Plea deal unravels in Pittsfield domestic abuse case PITTSFIELD — A 56-year-old city man withdrew a guilty plea to charges including domestic assault and strangulation after a judge added a two-year period of probation.Judge Mark Mason said he …
Richmond voters to decide on solar project at school RICHMOND — Completion of a two-phase solar installation project at the Richmond Consolidated School is up for voter approval at a special town meeting Thursday evening.The project would supply …
Berkshire mayors call on federal lawmakers to condemn immigration policy Outrage over the federal government's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which has separated thousands of children from their parents at the …
Student-made speed signs turn heads along notorious roadways PITTSFIELD — Colorful, student-made speed signs are harder to ignore than the standard-issue black and white.That's the idea behind the latest move in the Pittsfield Police Department's …
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BART announces upcoming enrollment deadline ADAMS — Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School (BART) is currently accepting applications for students in grades 6 through 10 for the 2018-2019 school year. The next enrollment …
Middlefield: Purple Heart ceremony slated The National Purple Heart Truck Run will pay a special honor and tribute to a Revolutionary War hero at noon Saturday, June 23, at Bell Cemetery on the Skyline Trail.The police escorted convoy will …
Huntington: Gateway Hilltowns to reveal new brand The six towns of Blandford, Chester, Huntington, Middlefield, Montgomery, and Russell, having joined forces as the Gateway Hilltowns, will unveil a newly created shared marketing identity at "The Big …
Pittsfield: Sexuality talk explores myths Hillcrest Commons Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at 169 Valentine Road will host a talk by Dr. Ashley Mader on "Sexuality Across the Lifespan" from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 27.Mader …
Pittsfield: Knesset Israel gala features 'Rockwell' excerpts "Rockwell: Life on a Palette," a new musical based on Norman Rockwell's covers for the Saturday Evening Post, will present excerpts at Knesset Israel's annual gala fundraiser on Monday, June 25, at …
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'Love affair' between dance Royal Danish Ballet and Jacob's Pillow BECKET — In the summer of 1954, in the middle of his international dance festival, Ted Shawn was staying up nights and sending long-distance cables.Just before the curtain of his next …
Ani DiFranco rises up, like she always has GREAT BARRINGTON — Ani DiFranco is on deadline.The Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, activist and feminist has a memoir coming out next year, but she owes a draft much sooner than …
We asked Andy Grammer: What's your favorite song? Andy Grammer makes music for sunny days. The 34-year-old pop musician has long been comfortable singing upbeat tunes, including his hits "Keep Your Head Up" and "Honey, I'm Good." His latest album, …
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'Women Artists in Paris, 1850-1900': A quiet, yet powerful, revolution The woman leans on the wooden table, as a thin curl of smoke escapes from her lips. She rests her chin in one hand, as she gazes off the canvas into the distance. She holds a cigarette in her other …
SculptureNow: An appreciation of art in nature Edith Wharton had a high appreciation for art and was quite knowledgeable, according to Susan Wissler, executive director of The Mount. But what would she think of these sculptures dotting the …
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Cabaret act, "My Kinda Sixties," is no drag for Charles Busch PITTSFIELD — Longtime drag actor Charles Busch is in the midst of a creative reinvention."For the past six years, I've had this new chapter of my life as a cabaret entertainer, and I've just …
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In the kitchen (in Vermont) with Gesine Prado Gesine Prado might be a star on the Food Network with her popular cooking show, "Baked in Vermont," but she is most at home on her Green Mountain State farm, cooking and baking up a storm for …
Great brew gifts for Dad With Father's Day looming this weekend, you may need help finding the gift pack of brews that are sure to be a perfect gift for Dad every beer-loving dad.All dads' tastes in beer are different. It …
Ron Kujawski | Garden Journal: Protect your garden from unwanted pests Bug off! No, not you! I am referring to the bugs, or more accurately, the insect pests that are beginning to bug me. Among these are the tiny flea beetles chewing holes in leaves of my radishes, the …
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Police identify man fatally shot in Massachusetts

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Authorities have identified a 33-year-old Massachusetts man who was fatally shot in an incident in which two other men suffered gunshot wounds.Lowell police and the …

Lawmakers approve family leave, sales tax, $15 minimum wage

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers swiftly approved a compromise bill Wednesday that could keep proposals on paid leave, the minimum wage and a reduction in the sales tax from going before …

The Latest: Deal on family leave, sales tax, minimum wage

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on a compromise bill that could remove three hotly contested questions from the November ballot (all times local):7 p.m.Massachusetts lawmakers have approved a …

Fire department bows to quit in line with chief

SHUTESBURY, Mass. (AP) — A fire department in a Massachusetts town is standing with its chief.MassLive.com reports all 10 members of the Shutesbury Fire Department are vowing to quit in the …

Boston OKs self-driving car testing citywide

BOSTON (AP) — A self-driving car company is getting the green light to test its vehicles on a Colonial-era street network with a reputation for aggressive human drivers.Boston city officials …

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Australian Senate delivers $106 billion in income tax cuts

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister has achieved an important political victory with the Senate passing personal income tax cuts worth 144 billion Australian dollars ($106 …

Instagram unveils new video service in challenge to YouTube

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook's Instagram service is loosening its restraints on video in an attempt to lure younger viewers away from YouTube when they're looking for something to watch on …

UK's May defeats Brexit rebels, but divisions still reign

LONDON (AP) — The British government saw its flagship Brexit legislation pass through Parliament on Wednesday, but remains locked in a tussle with lawmakers over the direction of the …

Lawyers: Judge orders ICE to release Chinese immigrant

NEW YORK (AP) — A Chinese immigrant with a young American family in New York has won an emergency stay that temporarily prevents his deportation.The Legal Aid Society said Wednesday a federal …

APNewsBreak: Kobach sought pardon for VP of corporate donor

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach unsuccessfully sought a governor's pardon for a corporate campaign donor's vice president whose crime, police said, involved …

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Australian Senate delivers $106 billion in income tax cuts

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister has achieved an important political victory with the Senate passing personal income tax cuts worth 144 billion Australian dollars ($106 …

Instagram unveils new video service in challenge to YouTube

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook's Instagram service is loosening its restraints on video in an attempt to lure younger viewers away from YouTube when they're looking for something to watch on …

UK's May defeats Brexit rebels, but divisions still reign

LONDON (AP) — The British government saw its flagship Brexit legislation pass through Parliament on Wednesday, but remains locked in a tussle with lawmakers over the direction of the …

Lawyers: Judge orders ICE to release Chinese immigrant

NEW YORK (AP) — A Chinese immigrant with a young American family in New York has won an emergency stay that temporarily prevents his deportation.The Legal Aid Society said Wednesday a federal …

APNewsBreak: Kobach sought pardon for VP of corporate donor

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach unsuccessfully sought a governor's pardon for a corporate campaign donor's vice president whose crime, police said, involved …

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Berkshire Business Outlook: A diverse economy, geared for the future

The Berkshire economy is changing. The pace of the transition has often been frustrating, especially considering the economic boom at the other end of the state. But it looks like there is new light …

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