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Youth Teams Sought for Soccer Kickoff Event at BCC
10:10PM / Monday, August 07, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Registration is under way for the 24th annual Berkshire Kickoff Classic Youth Soccer Tournament, scheduled for Sept. 2 and 3 at Berkshire Community College.   Teams are welcome for boys and girls in the under-10, under-12 and under-14 divisions.   The event begins with a high school preseason jamboree for varsity boys and girls teams on Friday evening.   "As the competition has grown in popularity the High School Jamboree has become an integral part of the tournament," the tournament's website reads. "In addition, it provides our young players a vision of playing soccer at the next level after their youth soccer

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BMC Nurses: No Resolution Found In Latest Bargaining Session
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:53PM / Monday, August 07, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Another negotiation session between Berkshire Medical Center and its registered nurses concluded Monday and the nurses say little progress has been made toward a resolution.    Mark Brodeur, who sits on the bargaining committee for the Massachusetts Nurses Association, said hospital officials rejected a change to leave charge nurses unassigned. The nurses have been pushing for what they call "safe staffing" in the negotiations and contractually binding the hospital to provide what they see is adequate staff.   The nurses started asking for specific nurse-to-patient ratios and through negotiations have more recently called for the plan to

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Inauguration 2016
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Berkshires Beat: 350Vermont Brings Summer Pop-Up Series to Bennington
11:36AM / Monday, August 07, 2017

Popping up: 350Vermont's Summer Pop-Up Series is taking the Burlington-based climate organization to four Vermont communities, including a last stop this week in Bennington County. The pop-up tent will appear in four Bennington County locations: the Bennington Farmers Market (Aug. 8, 3-6 p.m.), the Left Bank in North Bennington (Aug. 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.), the Manchester Farmers Market (Aug. 10, 3-6 p.m.), and Willow Park in Bennington (Aug. 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.). Each site will also host other activities such as workshops or cantastoria performances. A full schedule can be found online.

350VT's Jen Lazar describes the pop-up as a "mix of a traveling roadshow, a listening tour, a

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Letter: Comments on the Recommendation of the Berkshire County Education Task Force
Letters to the Editor,
01:00PM / Friday, August 04, 2017

To the Editor:

Like many others, I appreciate the time the members of the Berkshire Educational Task Force have spent on a challenging and important problem. Their recommendation is being discussed in a variety of places, and thus merits a response.

Most recently, at a public forum on July 31 in Lanesborough on the proposed regionalization between Lanesborough and Williamstown, a resident asked if the Mount Greylock Committee has voted on the task force's recommendation. We have not, but I have asked for agenda items on it for future meetings.

The task force concentrated efforts on roughly three options: do nothing, form three regions, form one region. These are just three

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 4-10
05:15PM / Thursday, August 03, 2017

 

AUGUST 4 is First Fridays Artswalk & More! Enjoy more than a dozen different art shows featuring work by more than 20 accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Fridays Artswalk and all month long!
Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. hosts Adriana Sgobba, an artist from Pittsfield's Italian Sister City: Cava De Tirreni.  There will be a reception, hosted by the Italian Sister

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'A Ghost Story': Lacks Spirit
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:26PM / Thursday, August 03, 2017
Faced with reviewing writer-director David Lowery's supernaturally obscure "A Ghost Story," my first inclination is to ask myself, 'Why didn't I just see some nice, old-fashioned cowboy movie?' Y'know ... something about the waning days of the Wild West, where there's nothing more symbolic to scrutinize than the ubiquitous tumbling tumbleweed. How nice, how tranquil, how straightforward. But nooo, I have to complicate my life by trying to describe in normal human words a film preoccupied with no less than eternity and the meaning of life.   Were I back at Olde Ivy Film Criticism College, still bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, and "A Ghost Story"

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Pittsfield Raises Concerns Over Rise in Tick-Borne Illnesses
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:41AM / Thursday, August 03, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Health Department has expressed concern with a growing number of cases of tick-borne illnesses.   Public health nurse Kayla Donnelly-Winters cited rising numbers of human granulocytic anaplasmosis (HGA)and Lyme disease over the last three years. In 2014, she said there were 15 cases of HGA and 51 cases of Lyme. In 2016, the number of HGA was up to 17 and 82 for Lyme. This year, the number of cases of HGA is already at 25 and there have been 74 cases of Lyme.    "Until the ground freezes, we're still going to see these cases," she said.    Anaplasmosis is potentially fatal if not treated properly if only for less than 1

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Quinto Finishes 32nd at Junior Am
11:24PM / Wednesday, August 02, 2017
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. -- Recent Pittsfield High graduate Kevin Quinto carded a 5-over 76 on Wednesday to finish tied for 32nd at the 99th annual Massachusetts Junior Amateur Golf Championship at the Orchards Golf Club.   Quinto finished the three-round event as one of seven players tied at 16-over.   On Wednesday, he earned a pair of birdies, on the 151-yard, par-3 10th hole and the 449-yard, par-5 16th. He birdied the 16th in all three rounds of the competition.   The championship was claimed by Dillon Brown of the Country Club of Halifax, who was 4-under on Wednesday and finished at 8-under for the tournament.

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BMC Nurses Take Second Step Toward Strike
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:27PM / Wednesday, August 02, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The nurses at Berkshire Medical Center have taken the second step toward a strike.   The Massachusetts Nursing Association filed a notification to end the existing agreement. The contract currently in place prohibits a strike and while the contract had an expiration date of September 2016, the duration clauses continued it unless a 30-day notice from either side was made or a new agreement was signed.    "While we are disappointed that the union has moved one step closer to a strike, we look forward to meeting again with the union on Aug. 7, with hopes of reaching an agreement," Berkshire Health Systems Vice President of Human Resources

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Guest Column: Courts Would Likely Back Berkshire Museum Deaccession
By Rinaldo del Gallo III, Guest Column
03:00PM / Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Until events of late, I had never heard of the word "deaccession." The recent controversy of the Berkshire Museum, a story that has made its way into the Boston Globe and New York Times changed all that. Deaccession is basically a $10 word for selling off part of a museum's collections, and it's controversial.   Mr. Van Shields, a man that I know personally and respect, undoubtedly knows of the controversy that happened when the Delaware Art Museum deaccessioned some of its art. Making matters worse, when the Delaware Art Museum was to sell "Isabella and the Pot of Basil," Christie's auction house expected the work to fetch between $8.4 million and $13.4

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Thrilling Music at Tanglewood, Music Mountain and Sevenars
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
02:05PM / Wednesday, August 02, 2017

With the arrival of August, we are at the height of the classical music festival season. Programs this week at Tanglewood offer a diverse and intriguing mix of symphonic music by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Rachmaninoff. The prodigious pianist Garrick Ohlsson has a busy week in store: He will perform Chopin's two piano concertos on successive evenings, and will offer a solo recital of works by Schubert and Scriabin on Tuesday evening in Ozawa Hall. Added to this, programs 4 and 5 in the special series "Schubert's Summer Journey," featuring Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma and Mr. Ohlsson, will surely be not-to-be-missed musical high points.

Enhancing the offerings above, be sure to

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Diversify Your Investments But Consolidate Your Providers
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:10PM / Wednesday, August 02, 2017

You have probably heard that diversification is a key to investment success. So, you might think that if diversifying your investments is a good idea, it might also be wise to diversify your investment providers – after all, aren't two (or more) heads better than one?

Before we look at that issue, let's consider the first half of the "diversification" question – namely, how does diversifying your investment portfolio help you?

Consider the two broadest categories of investments: stocks and bonds. Stock prices will move up and down in response to many different factors, including good or bad corporate earnings, corporate management issues, political

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