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.
Local News
North Adams is getting its own TEDx Talks

NORTH ADAMS — TEDx is coming to North Adams. TEDx events are independently-organized versions of the popular TED Talks that have drawn millions of views online, sharing the thoughts and ideas of people ranging from comedian Reggie Watts to …

Customer thwarts robbery at East Street Video

PITTSFIELD — A robbery at a local variety store was thwarted Wednesday when a customer subdued the suspect as she was trying to leave.Ivy Rogers, 32, of Pittsfield, walked into East Street Video on Lyman Street shortly before 8:45 p.m. and …

North Adams suspect pleads not guilty in stabbing case

PITTSFIELD — A man was arraigned on three charges Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to each one.Travis T. Perras, 25, of North Adams, appeared in Berkshire Superior Court to face Judge Daniel Ford on one allegation each of armed assault with …

'Silence is simply not an option': Berkshire County leaders respond to rising racism and national tension

GREAT BARRINGTON - Amid a national crisis sparked by emboldened white supremacy and spiking tensions, local officials, lawmakers and religious leaders say they, too, are ratcheting up resistance to bigotry and hate in all its guises."This certainly …

State officials: Windsor Pond safe for swimming, severe skin reaction is 'isolated incident'

WINDSOR — The state's chief epidemiologist sayss partner say is responsible for his hospitalization for a severe skin infection there is no reason to worry about a parasite in Windsor Pond (Duke's Pond) …

Path cleared for 10 percent sewer rate hike in Great Barrington

GREAT BARRINGTON — Residents knew a potential rate hike was just a matter of time, since debt from the town's three-phase wastewater treatment plant overhaul has to be paid for somehow.The lack of surprise apparently made for a calm public …

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Journey starts now: High school football season kicks off on Friday

Football players across the state are lacing up their cleats, strapping on their helmets and returning to the gridiron, as today marks the first day of football practice in Massachusetts. Last season, Berkshire County had three teams compete in …

Haunted by legacy, Red Sox owner wants to rename Yawkey Way

MLB's Manfred working on pace of play with Clark, union

Blake Whitney earns NECBL top starting pitcher honor

Opinion
Our Opinion: Answer hate speech through our own words and deeds

The violent events in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend shocked and revolted Americans all across the nation, not in the least due to the virulence of the hatred expressed by those who have been variously described as white nationalists, the …

Our Opinion: Making the pot law work in the state

Our Opinion: Trees, tree program need room to grow

Our Opinion: Berkshires, nation, rally against hate

Our Opinion: Seeking right balance in curbing emissions

Columnists
Derek Gentile | History lives for us to examine

GREAT BARRINGTON — My cousin Kenny Palmer was among a number of relatives on both sides of my family who fought in World War II. Unfortunately, he is, to my knowledge, the only one who didn't come back to Adams at the war's conclusion. I've …

Linda Tyer: Crime data attest to progress in Pittsfield

Leonard Quart:|Letter From New York: Nightmare Detroit - Riot of '67

Jim Shulman | Baby Boomer Memories: Zayre was Pittsfield's First 'big box' Store

Cynthia Taylor: Innovative city schools ready for exciting year

Letters
Letter: BHS made concessions to benefit nurses

To the editor:I'm writing to add more information to your recent news article about the BMC nurses and their vote to authorize a one-day strike at the hospital.Included in the story was a breakdown of our offer for salary increases over the span of …

Letter: Repaint highway markings

Letters to the Editor

Letter: False separations block united fight against hate

Letter: Template established for museum's rebirth

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Local News

String of thefts lands Pittsfield man in jail

GREAT BARRINGTON — A local man was sentenced to 150 days in the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction on Monday after being found guilty of a string of thefts over the past few weeks. Mark C. Shafer, 32, was sentenced on Monday in …

Newton Mayor Setti Warren tours the Berkshires as gubernatorial campaign begins

NORTH ADAMS — Though the 2018 election may seem far away, the race for governor has already begun. Newton Mayor Setti Warren, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, stopped by Bright Ideas Brewing in North Adams on Tuesday to introduce himself …

A closer look at the appeal challenging Elm Court hotel project

LENOX — When Thomas Sebestyen moved to Old Stockbridge Road in 1997, he was drawn to the "nice, quiet neighborhood with good schools."Sebestyen, an attorney for Berkshire Children & Families, was among a group of eight neighbors who recently lost their Massachusetts Land Court challenge of the Lenox Zoning Board of Appeals' approval of a hotel at Elm Court.

The Weepies, Liz Glynn exhibit headline Mass MoCA's fall season

NORTH ADAMS — After a whirlwind summer that included a massive expansion into Building 6 and a packed slate of performing arts, Director Joseph Thompson described the fall as a time for the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art to "take a …

Police: Pittsfield man injures hand with a large firework

PITTSFIELD — Police and fire department personnel descended on a city home early Wednesday after a 33-year-old man suffered severe injuries when a large firework exploded in his hand, according to Pittsfield police. Witnesses reported hearing a "loud bang" from 38 View St. about 7:45 a.m., police said. The injured man, a Pittsfield resident, was transported to Berkshire Medical Center for treatment.
Berkshire Landscapes

Tanglewood: Some of the best seats are in the back

LENOX — Children chasing one another behind the trees, wine and cheese passing between family spreads, a cloudless twilight finale capping a sparkling summer day — the ingredients for a rollicking picnic atmosphere on the lawn outside …

Jacob's Pillow Dance: A taste of culture - and free delivery

Navigating the long, winding roads through the Becket forest to Jacob's Pillow Dance is a rite of passage for some visitors, a gateway into the venue's rustic aura.But for Stephen Pepper, it's a barrier."I'm not a big fan of driving," said Pepper, …

"Food, Farming and our Future": Sowing seeds of success

You might not think acclaimed chef Dan Barber and distinguished economist Paul Krugman have much in common — but as it turns out, they do. And they'll have plenty of time to go over it all during an Aug. 27 fundraiser event, catered by The Old …
The Arts

Barn Gallery at Stanover Farm: A lasting impression

LENOX — Each summer during the late 1960s and early 1970s, young artists from schools across the country traveled to an eight-week drawing and painting course at Tanglewood held by Boston University in conjunction with Berkshire Music …

'I'll Drink To That': Mugs - like art - come in all shapes and sizes

NORTH ADAMS — Tall mugs. Short mugs. Mugs with or without handles. Mugs with astronaut cats on them. "I'll Drink To That," a show of drinking vessels made by 25 local and national artists at the Eclipse Mill Gallery, has them all. And the best …

ART BRIEFS

WilliamstownWCMA to receive gift of African ArtWilliams College Museum of Art (WCMA) announces a promised gift of over 340 objects of African art from Drs. Carolyn and Eli Newberger. The collection includes works from the late 19th through late 20th …
Music

Movie scores fill a Tanglewood night

LENOX — John Williams' Film Night, an iconic event high on the list of long-enduring Tanglewood traditions, also offers a first this season — Boston Symphony Music Director Andris Nelsons as a conductor of cinema scores for half of the …

BSO Chamber Players at Tanglewood: Every day is another game

LENOX — Violist Steven Ansell spoke: "All borders are like a line drawn with a stick of wood or a heel of the shoe in the sand. Up to here there's the borderline. All this is artificial. Tomorrow we play another game."The inscription, cited by …
Lifestyles

Greek Fest: It's all about the food, dancing and music

Opa! What would a Greek Fest be without music and dancing?There will be plenty of both this weekend at St. George Greek Orthodox Church of the Berkshires' annual Greek Fest. Athenian Entertainment will provide music, and dancers from the Greek …

New study: High school athletes not being fully protected

NEW YORK — A high school sports study conducted by the Korey Stringer Institute shows that many individual states are not fully implementing key safety guidelines to protect athletes from potentially life-threatening conditions, including heat …

Ron Kujawski | Garden Journal: Residents of garden are eating more than their share

I have a dilemma. A few weeks ago I discovered a nest of baby cottontails in the middle of my vegetable garden. Admittedly, they were as cute as a bunny ... which, if you're a rabbit, is better than being cuter than a bug's ear. At the time I …
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Best of the Berkshires

Did you drop by the Berkshire Photo Booth during our Best of the Berkshires event? View and download your photos: berkshirephotobooth.shootproof.com/bestofthebest

Cannabis Road
THE CANNABIS ROAD

Larry Parnass, investigations editor for The Berkshire Eagle, spent a little over a week in Colorado reporting on that state’s experience with medical and recreational marijuana. With …

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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