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Be Safe When the Temperatures Soar
11:57AM / Monday, June 18, 2018

It's that time of year when the temperature goes up and heat and humidity, which can be deadly, make being outdoors very uncomfortable. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 600 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat every year. The American Red Cross has steps you can take to help stay safe when the temperatures soar.

"It's important for everyone to realize that warm weather can be dangerous," said Holly Grant, regional chief executive officer of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts. "The Red Cross has steps you can follow to make sure you and your loved ones are protected when hot weather hits your area."

 

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Biz Briefs: Tunnel City Hosts Art Show Through End of June
11:34AM / Monday, June 18, 2018
Coffee and culture

New art can be found this spring at Tunnel City Coffee's flagship shop on Spring Street in Williamstown, with work by Vermont photographer Seline Skoug and landscape paintings by Marilyn Cavallari. The show runs until the end of June 2018 and combines bright, surreal paintings with color-rich rural photography.

Diversity in style is the goal for Tunnel City Coffee's art shows, which aim to give skilled local artists the chance to display their work in alternative venues where people gather every day. This season's show reflects on different ways of looking at the environments in which we find ourselves every day, as interpreted by Skoug's evocative

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Inauguration 2016
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Active Summer of Major Tournaments for Pittsfield Girls Softball
06:52PM / Sunday, June 17, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – The Pittsfield Girls Softball League will be very busy over the next few weeks as dozens of teams descend upon the Doyle Softball Complex on Benedict Road in Pittsfield for two separate  tournaments.    “Battle in the Berkshires II” will take place June 22-24 for age groups U16, U14, and U12.  Following that tournament, PGS and the Doyle Complex will host the Babe Ruth New England Regional Tournament July 5-8.   In the “Battle of the Berkshires II”, the first games on June 22 will begin at 4 p.m. and action will continue to the championship games on the afternoon of June 24. Twenty-six teams will battle for

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Pittsfield Warns of Increased Tickborne Illnesses
Staff Reports,
07:01AM / Sunday, June 17, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Health Department is warning people to be more cognizant about ticks.   The department has been ramping up a public education campaign to help inform people the best ways to protect themselves. The effort is in response to an increasing number of tick-borne illnesses being reported.   "While we have traditionally shared information about tickborne illness prevention, we ramped up our efforts this year due to an increase in cases related to tick bites. We want residents to be diligent about personal protection, safeguarding their pets, and minimizing tick habitats," said Health Director Gina Armstrong   "We know that these steps can

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@theMarket: Trump's $50 Billion in Chinese Tariffs Trashes Markets
By Bill Schmick,
10:46AM / Saturday, June 16, 2018
Investors waited all week for President Trump's verdict. On Friday, he did not disappoint his followers. He decided to move ahead with plans to slap $34 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports. Stock markets worldwide fell on the news as investors await a Chinese response.   And China will respond. Chinese trade officials have already outlined their planned retaliation. China will match Trump's 25 percent tariff on 818 products by doing the same on 106 American goods worth about $50 billion.   We can expect an accelerating war of tit-for-tat tariffs in the weeks ahead. For example, the United States Trade Representative plans to add an additional 284 Chinese imports to their

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Baseball Exhibit Brings Cultural, Historical Threads Together
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:09AM / Saturday, June 16, 2018

Larry Moore of Baseball in the Berkshires, left, and John DeRosa with a display of old Drury High baseball uniforms.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A new exhibit on Main Street this summer threads the legacy of the national pastime with the long history it has in Berkshire County.   "One Country, One Game: A Celebration of Baseball," part of the 25th anniversary of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, looks at the county's most famous players from Frank Grant to Mark Belanger to the artistic expressions of the Negro League to Drury High baseball team's Taiwan tour in 1978.    "Baseball is like one of those threads that tie our community

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Superior Court Briefs: June 12 - June 13
Staff Reports,
02:02PM / Friday, June 15, 2018
Cases heard before Judge Mark Mason on Tuesday, June 12.   Lemond Grady, 36, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of unarmed robbery and assault and battery on a person age 60 or older.   He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $1,000 cash or $10,000 surety bail. Grady is accused of taking money from the Pizza House on Tyler Street in Pittsfield on March 28, 2018 and assaulting the 63-year-old employee working there.   Luis Valle, 34, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of armed robbery while masked and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.    He

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Barrington Stage Names New Director of Development
12:13PM / Friday, June 15, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Barrington Stage Company has named Jessica Provenz as its new director of development.

"We are thrilled that Jessica Provenz has joined us as director of development," Artistic Director Julianne Boyd said. "Her impressive credits and knowledge of theatre as well as fundraising in the Berkshires will aid us greatly."

"BSC is a local treasure with a national reputation for artistic excellence and an unwavering commitment to education and community outreach, both in full evidence to all residents and visitors of Berkshire County.  My arrival at BSC represents the merging of a career in development with a lifelong passion for the

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Hinds Named 2018 Legislative Leader by Arts|Learning
11:51AM / Friday, June 15, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Adam G. Hinds (D- Pittsfield) received Arts|Learning's 2018 Legislative Leadership Award during the organization's 31st annual Champions of the Arts Advocacy awards ceremony at the Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham on May 30.
 
"In western Mass, we see firsthand the impact of investing in the arts and artists. With a strong creative economy, we also understand the importance of arts education. That is why the mission of Arts|Learning, the programs administered by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and strong advocacy overall for the arts are critical for the commonwealth," Hinds said. "For these reasons I am honored

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Berkshire Bank VP Named One of the Top 40 Under Forty by BusinessWest
10:41AM / Friday, June 15, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Jason Niles, vice president/relationship manager at Berkshire Bank, has been selected for one of BusinessWest's class of 2018, 40 Under Forty awards. Winners were chosen based on level of accomplishment, leadership, and contribution to the community.
 
The 40 Under Forty event is an annual celebration to honor 40 young business and civic leaders in Western Massachusetts, demonstrating excellence in their profession and a commitment to giving back to the community in which they work and live. Nominations for this award are assigned to panel of judges who will score each individual on a number of factors from success in their career field to community

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BCC Hires New Director of Academic and Career Advising
10:28AM / Friday, June 15, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has hired George Ambriz as the new director of academic and career advising.

Ambriz moved from Nevada to the area in late May. Previously, he was working as an adviser/success coach at the College of Southern Nevada, a position he has held since 2015. Before that, he was an employer relations coordinator and admissions counselor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, from 2006-2015.

He earned an associate's degree from Cochise College in Arizona, a bachelor's degree in administration of justice from Western New Mexico University, and a master's degree in public administration from UNLV. He is currently a doctoral

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Theater Review: Love Versus Broadway at the Barrington Stage
By Nancy Salz, Special to iBerkshires
09:48AM / Friday, June 15, 2018

Three generations of Cavendish women face a conundrum: Should they marry and leave their stage careers behind? Or forsake love for a life on the Great White Way?

In song, dance and frequently hilarious performances, love and Broadway are the heart of their conflicts in the world premiere comedic musical "The Royal Family of Broadway" at Barrington Stage Company. While not always perfect, the production is huge, dazzling and great fun.

William Finn (music and lyrics) and Rachel Sheinkin (book) took on a daunting challenge when they decided to turn the Richard Greenberg adaptation of the 1930 play by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber into a musical. There are 10 major characters:

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