Local News
In letter to Berkshire Museum, artists group asks them to consider selling off works

PITTSFIELD — More than 20 people in the county's arts community have signed on to a letter urging the Berkshire Museum to halt its plan to sell 40 works of art to fund an expansion and an endowment.The list of artworks, released Monday, …

Berkshire Medical Center nurses file complaint with National Labor Relations Board against hospital

PITTSFIELD — Unionized registered nurses at Berkshire Medical Center are accusing hospital management of threatening to stop their health care and other benefits if they call a one-day strike.Through the Massachusetts Nurses Association, the …

State's highest court blocks detentions at behest of immigration officials

BOSTON — State law does not permit officials to detain immigrants solely at the request of federal immigration officials, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled Monday, putting up a legal barrier to a long-running component of immigration …

Mildred Elley could be affected by easing of financial aid rules

PITTSFIELD — Mildred Elley, a for-profit career training school with a Pittsfield campus, is turning 100 this year. The Department of Education may have a birthday present in store.Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is loosening regulations on …

1st Berkshire District: Canning is first Republican to announce run

NORTH ADAMS — The race for state representative has its first Republican candidate.Though Christine Canning will be on the GOP ticket, Canning said she puts politics over party and has campaign support from a broad political spectrum."

With talks on politics, art, psychology and more, TEDxBerkshires returns July 31

STOCKBRIDGE — For the third year, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health is hosting a series of locally organized TEDxBerkshires talks ranging from community politics to new psychiatric techniques, research on sleep and dreams, and the …

Top Sport Stories
North Adams SteepleCats stumble at home against Winnipesaukee

NORTH ADAMS — For five innings, things were going swimmingly for the North Adams SteepleCats.Starter Alex Pantuso had thrown five scoreless frames, and in the home fifth, North Adams scored three runs to break the tie.That all changed in the …

Spieth takes road less to traveled to British Open

Valbuena's solo homer lifts Angels to 3-2 win over Red Sox

Jordan's wild journey: Spieth wins British Open

Local sports
Roundup: Pittsfield 13U Babe Ruth team into New England semifinals

WESTFIELD — The Pittsfield 13U Babe Ruth All-Stars are in the semifinals of the New England Regional after defeating North Providence/Smithfield, R.I. 10-0 on Sunday.Pittsfield, playing as the home team, hopped out to a 5-0 lead after an …

Sean Puleo and Tanner Donovan successfully defend Four-Ball Invitational title at Wyantenuck

Pittsfield Suns lit up by Bristol Blues

Tee to Green: Berkshires Singles set to tee off on Friday

Three North Adams SteepleCats players selected to NECBL All-Star team

Opinion
Our Opinion: SJC instructs ICE to respect boundaries

The state Supreme Judicial Court's decision Monday curtailing overreach by federal immigration officers was the obvious one for the justices to make. That doesn't make it any less important in ways that could extend beyond Massachusetts.The SJC …

Our Opinion: A key position stays in county with Pignatelli

Our Opinion: Pot bill establishes new era in state

Our Opinion: Cultural Council cuts will impact Berkshires

Our Opinion: Brick-and-mortar businesses need level playing field

Columnists
Eric Rudd: Berkshire Museum art sell-off no solution

NORTH ADAMS — I enter the discussion about the Berkshire Museum with great sympathy as I continuously struggle to pay the annual deficit for my own Berkshire Art Museum in North Adams. While I have a 100-year plan, there are daily …

Seth Brown | The Pun Also Rises: We all envy Batman, but real superheroes run for office

Ruth Bass: For Alaskans, most Americans are just a clump of the Lower 48

Lauren R. Stevens: There are many good reasons to bike in Berkshires

Rochelle O'Gorman: The siren call of the Great White Way

Letters
Letter: Gravesite flower theft immoral, disrespectful

To the editor:I made my Sunday visit to Bellevue Cemetery July 23 to water the two pots of flowers on my mother's grave. They had been there on the previous Wednesday, but to my dismay, I found that they were gone. Someone had decided that they …

Gravesite flower theft immoral, disrespectful

Walking and bike trails may make your day

Gravesite flower theft immoral, disrespectful

Factor in the beauty between pike exits

Local News

A bit more parking power returns to downtown Pittsfield

The Berkshire EaglePITTSFIELD — Starting Tuesday, motorists will find some improved parking options in the city.Officials on Monday announced the reopening of the newly renovated parking lot on First Street. The new lot will be available from …

At 'Fun Day,' DeSisto developers take public's pulse on project plans

STOCKBRIDGE — A community event staged by the developers of a potential resort complex on the former DeSisto School site attracted throngs of curiosity-seekers, many from neighboring towns, over the weekend.On a sunny Saturday, 270 people …

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 …

Those once supported by Moments House team up to help Alice Trumbull after cancer diagnosis

PITTSFIELD — Sharon Debonis, cancer-free for four years now, recalls vividly the first time she saw Moments House, the nonprofit center that offers support for cancer suffers and their families. She drove by it. Several times.

John Barrett III sets sights on 1st Berkshire District seat

NORTH ADAMS — John Barrett III isn't ready to retire from politics: He's launching a campaign to represent the 1st Berkshire District in the state House of Representatives."I'm confident that I can provide the leadership, but most importantly …
Berkshire Landscapes

Breakfast with Emanuel Ax

WEST STOCKBRIDGE — For eminent pianist Emanuel Ax — "Manny" to one and all — this is an especially sweet Berkshires summer.For the first time, he has cleared his concert schedule, except for several performances at Tanglewood, so …

Gilded Age Fashions: A weekend in the country ... and the many outfits that entailed

LENOX — How many outfits do you pack when planning for a four-day trip? Depending on your plans, it's probably one to two outfits per day. But in the late 1800s, packing for a four-day trip to the Berkshires would require a steamer trunk or …

A delicate dance: Veterans captivated by very carefully planned day at Jacob's Pillow

BECKET — "I had shivers up my spine." Larry, a U.S. Marines veteran, had just watched Roy Assaf Dance perform a duet exploring an intimate relationship between a man and a woman at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.
The Arts

Frankenthaler pushes boundaries in two exhibits at Clark Art Institute

WILLIAMSTOWN — Superficially, Helen Frankenthaler's relationship to abstract expressionism resembled that of an obedient wife to an overbearing husband. She loved the movement, contributed to its growth and, when conflicts arose — say, …

Berkshire Theatre Group's "Music Man' celebrates community

PITTSFIELD — In Meredith Willson's "The Music Man," Harold Hill arrives in River City, Iowa with plans to carry out his typical con: posing as a music teacher and convincing a town that it needs a marching band of youngsters before making off …

Take a tour of artist Cynthia Wick's open studio in Lenox

LENOX — As an executive for companies that produced movie marketing materials in New York City and Los Angeles, Cynthia Wick needed to capture the essence of feature films in limited amounts of space and time. Nearly 20 years later,
Music

At Tanglewood, a gentleman on Olympus

LENOX — A big ovation greeted pianist Emanuel Ax when he walked onto the Tanglewood stage Saturday night to play Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His gentlemanly ascent of Mount Olympus provoked an even bigger …

Long after Frankie Valli, the Hit Men are still making music

CRANFORD, N.J. — Five years ago, some musicians who had played with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons during his comeback in the 1970s rounded up some of their friends, slicked back what hair they had left and set out on a tour to capitalize …
Lifestyles

Get the most from your primary care visit

With all the talk of health care reform dominating the news and halls of government for the better part of the last decade, much can be done to help wellness without fancy legislation, or costing billions of dollars. Doctors at the grass-roots of …

Keep your kids cool with these sweet treats

We're (finally!) entering the dog days of summer. Those hot, steamy New England summer days when the cicadas can be heard singing, the dog is comatose in the shade in the backyard and even the pool or lawn sprinkler isn't enough to cool your kids …

Scene: Tanglewood Gala celebrates Andris Nelsons and horticulture

LENOX — Nearly 400 people attended The Tanglewood Gala, a fundraising cocktail hour, dinner and post-performance reception on Friday, July 7, the Boston Symphony Orchestra's opening night at Tanglewood. But it was a man who wasn't in attendance …

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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 …

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