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BCC Rededicates Theater to the Late Robert Boland
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:24PM / Saturday, May 12, 2018

Jonathan Daube was one of three former college presidents to join for the event. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When Catherine Addy was hired to become Berkshire Community College's second president, Robert Boland was nearing retirement.   "I was completely intimidated by him. I thought the best I could do was stay out of his way, let him do his magic, and then kind of step in and take some of the credit because he worked at BCC and so did I. That seemed like a good plan at the time," Addy said.   Boland joined the new Berkshire Community College in 1961. A theater professional, he was chairman of the Theater and Fine Arts Department, overseeing more than 60

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MCLA Graduates Told to Find a Career that Captures Heart, Mind
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:04PM / Saturday, May 12, 2018

Astronaut and engineer Stephanie Wilson asks the graduates to mentor those who are follow them.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — College graduates are frequently sent off with a charge of doing their best and making the world a better place. But on Saturday, they were also reminded to reach behind them to help others along the path.    Stephanie Wilson, a member of a select group of humans who have rocketed into space, told the graduating class of 2018 at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts that she hoped that her generation has done its job correctly serving as mentors to their generation.   "Hopefully, we have taught you how to establish a support network,

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@the Market: Stocks Look Ready to Reach New Highs
By Bill Schmick,
10:25AM / Saturday, May 12, 2018
The S&P 500 Index had its best week in two months. All the averages made good gains and investor sentiment numbers are improving. We could see a return to the January highs before summer unless something comes out of left field.   Left field has become a familiar place for the markets under the present political regime, but not all the news has been negative on that front. Take the release of three American prisoners by North Korea as an example. Kudos to the president for that one. Then there is the Iran nuclear deal — another campaign promise kept. Why are these important?   An American politician willing to keep his campaign promises is a historical event, in my

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Pittsfield Looks Toward Designing Streetscape Project For Tyler Street
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:39AM / Saturday, May 12, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is looking to continue the momentum to revitalize Tyler Street this summer.   In the coming weeks, city officials will be interviewing eight consultants about potentially crafting a conceptual design for a streetscape project. The design will make many of the talked-about improvements over the last few years into a much more concrete and comprehensive vision.   "This is the initial groundwork that needs to happen," City Planner CJ Hoss said. "It allows us to start testing out what kind of options to pursue."   Tyler Street has been repeatedly cited by city officials since the North Street streetscape project was wrapping

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Lanesborough Votes to Include New Ashford Tuition Revenue In Budget
Staff Reports,
07:17AM / Saturday, May 12, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Town officials voted to include anticipated tuition revenue from New Ashford in the Mount Greylock Regional School budget, against the school official's advice.   Mount Greylock had put forth a budget aimed to keep the town's contribution for Lanesborough Elementary School flat. But, there is still uncertainty around whether or not New Ashford will continue to send their children to the district. The district is raising tuition for New Ashford and next week residents there will decide whether or not to pay it or seek to send their children elsewhere.   Superintendent Kimberly Grady previously told the Lanesborough officials that without knowing

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Letter: Caccaviello Clear Choice for DA
Letter to the Editor,
05:50PM / Friday, May 11, 2018

To the Editor:

Most Berkshire County residents will go their entire lives with only a vague concept of what role the district attorney's office has in the grand scheme of our criminal justice system. As discouraging as that may sound, it also indicates that the average citizen has been fortunate enough to not need the services of the DA's office.

If however, you find yourself the victim of a crime you will become all too familiar with the role the DA has in advocating for your dignity and rights. Who would you want on your side, navigating the legal system on your behalf? Who would you trust to win justice for you and your family? Would you trust someone who has never worked as a

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BCC, MCLA Agreement Creates Pathway to Physical Therapy Doctorate
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:55PM / Friday, May 11, 2018

College Presidents Ellen Kennedy of BCC and James Birge of MCLA say there are more oppurtunities for the two institutions to collaborate to make higher education more accessible to students. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The county's two public colleges are teaming up to create a pathway for physical therapy assistants to continue their education.    Berkshire Community College and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts signed an articulation agreement on Thursday that opens the opportunity for a four-year degree in health sciences with a concentration in pre-physical therapy to BCC graduates.   The health sciences and community health education were added to the

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'Tully': The Helping Hand that Rocks the Cradle
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:41PM / Friday, May 11, 2018
There is a surprise twist in director Jason Reitman's "Tully," about a mom whose domestic struggles increase exponentially when she adds a third child to her already challenging brood.   Ordinarily, this wouldn't be big news. Lots of movies toss us an O. Henry in the ninth inning, some preceded by clues, others with no justification other than that they had no other way to end the thing. Y'know, when in doubt, drop the deus ex machina on 'em. But here, everything — the plot, the message, the who, what where and when — hangs on that curveball.   If nothing else, the story construction alone deserves kudos. Not because it is nifty, but because

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Superior Court Briefs: May 9.
Staff Reports,
11:45AM / Friday, May 11, 2018
Cases heard before Judge Maureen Hogan on Wednesday, May 9.   Lawrence Murray, 34, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of failure to file a report of child abuse as a mandated reporter and a single count of misleading a police officer or other person.   The case was continued without a finding for one year. The incidents occurred while Murray was employed by Eagleton School between November 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. 

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The Independent Investor: What's Up With Oil?
By Bill Schmick,
11:00AM / Friday, May 11, 2018
Two years ago, the experts were telling us that the price of oil would continue to fall. Twelve-dollar oil was a real possibility. The end of OPEC was nigh as well as their ability to influence geopolitics. It appears those predictions were premature.   The price of oil has more than doubled over that time, from roughly $30 a barrel in the spring of 2016 to over $71 a barrel today for West Texas Intermediate crude. Those same experts now expect the price could gain further, but there is no agreement on how much higher it can go.   The "swing" factor in that equation is firmly in the hands of American shale producers. They are the culprit of the past three-year decline in

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 11-17
09:56AM / Friday, May 11, 2018
NEXT THURSDAY, MAY 17 is the first 3rd Thursday of 2018! The first 3rd Thursday of 2018 will celebrate youth with performances by Aimee Gelinas and Berkshire Pulse Youth Drummers, Reid Middle School Band, Kids 4 Harmony, Berkshire Theatre Groups's , Pittsfield High School's , Berkshire Salsa, Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness, Rock On, The Funk Box Dance Studio, and special guests for the season Jacob's Pillow.    Click here for the full schedule!

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Berkshire Lightscapes Project Has Only Days

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Gillette Carnival at Berkshire Mall Entertains Young Families
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:01AM / Friday, May 11, 2018

The carnival is specifically geared toward young families. 

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Gillette Carnival has returned for its 7th year at the Berkshire Mall.

But there's only a few days left to catch it.

The carnival featuring about a dozen and a half rides, food and beverage vendors, and an array of games opened shop in the Berkshire Mall parking lot last Thursday.   This is its final weekend providing an array of entertainment options for families and young children.    "It is a nice carnival. It is family owned. It is one big family and we all own the business, three generations," said owner Betty Gillette.   While the children are

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