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'Captain Marvel': Brave New Suffragette
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:43PM / Thursday, March 14, 2019
Unless you're a card-carrying, dyed-in-the-wool devotee of comic-book film extravaganzas like "Captain Marvel," they can be extremely difficult to follow. Each is chockfull of series lore, a veritable encyclopedia of minutiae that aficionados of the genre demand, and from which they deliriously kvell when given the slightest opportunity to relate in oral treatise. While too lazy to submerge my gray matter into the seemingly endless intricacies each example of the filmic breed holds, I am respectful of the passion, even if it's just to prove I'm not as much a fuddy-duddy and beside the point as I actually am.   As a stranger in a strange land, my modus operandi is

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McCandless Asks 5.7 Percent Increase for Pittsfield Schools
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Thursday, March 14, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Superintendent Jason McCandless is asking for a $3.4 million increase to the school's budget for fiscal 2020.   The large 5.7 percent increase comes as Gov. Charlie Baker has proposed a budget that gives the city $3.7 million more in Chapter 70 education aid for schools. The request comes with a number of new initiatives and positions that McCandless said will bolster specific areas the district has identified as problematic.   "This represents a budget that actually we are able to put money into things, into programs, into people, that will benefit preschools all the way through 12th-graders and CTE," McCandless said.   The plan looks

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New York Man Arraigned In Pittsfield Murder Case
Staff Reports,
05:58PM / Wednesday, March 13, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Bronx, N.Y. man was arraigned on charges of first-degree murder, carrying a firearm without a license, and carrying a loaded firearm.   Lance Burke, 40, is charged in the shooting and killing 30-year-old David Green Jr. on November 3, 2018. Burke allegedly shot Green in the neck while he sat in a pickup truck near Spring and Willow Streets in Pittsfield. Green died a few days later.   Burke is being held without bail. A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, September 9.    "Today's homicide arraignment is the result of a rigorous investigation by the Pittsfield Police Department and strong teamwork between law enforcement and

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Berkshire Beat: Simon's Rock Preparing for 'Everyone Swims' Program
12:20PM / Wednesday, March 13, 2019
'Everyone Swims'

The Kilpatrick Athletic Center at Simon's Rock College of Bard will host the "Everyone Swims" initiative this spring to give students, faculty, staff, and community members of all ages the opportunity to develop and strengthen their skills in the water. During Everyone Swims, the college will host free swimming lessons for children and adults. The initiative is one part of the year-round programming that promotes health, wellness, and safety.

Learners will focus on the five competencies of safe swimming as outlined by the American Red Cross: jumping in water over their head, treading water, turning 360 degrees, swimming across the pool, and getting

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Put Together a Professional Team to Help You Reach Your Goals
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:16AM / Wednesday, March 13, 2019

As you work toward achieving your goals in life, you will need to make moves that contain financial, tax and legal elements, so you may want to get some help – from more than one source.

Specifically, you might want to put together a team comprised of your financial advisor, your CPA or other tax professional, and your attorney. Together, this team can help you with many types of financial/tax/legal connections.

For starters, you may decide, possibly upon the recommendation of your financial advisor, to sell some investments and use the proceeds to buy others that may now be more appropriate for your needs. If you sell some investments you have held for a year or less and realize a

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Council Sends Tyer's 'At Home' Program Back For More Work
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:22AM / Wednesday, March 13, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council sent Mayor Linda Tyer's proposed home improvement program back for further consideration.   The mayor had petitioned for $250,000 from the Pittsfield Economic Development Fund to start "At Home In Pittsfield," a program to help residents make exterior home improvements or purchase fixer-uppers and make those improvements.   While supportive of the overall idea, multiple councilors didn't like the details of the program and the administration didn't have the votes for it to pass.   "I don't know if this program is quite ready to be out there," said Ward 5 Councilor Donna Todd Rivers, adding that she

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MCLA Expands Pittsfield Presence With New Location
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:31PM / Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Professor Deborah Foss said the college has support adult learners for a long time. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Michael Steben earned an associates degree from BCC and then built a career in information technology.   He worked his way up in the industry and he got offered a leadership position, heading the IT Department for the city of Pittsfield.   It didn't take him long to realize that he needed to learn more beyond just technology.   "I've had a rewarding career as a technical person and I've recently been promoted to a management position. In my new role, I quickly came to realize that despite my technical prowess, I didn't know much about being

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March 16-17 is Maple Weekend in Massachusetts
12:12PM / Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Massachusetts maple producers will have lots of pure maple products on hand for visitors to sample and purchase during Maple Weekend, set for March 16-17.

To celebrate the state’s earliest and sweetest crop, more than 40 sugarhouses are highlighting this wonderful food. A list of participating sugarhouses are available on the website.

Sugarhouses around the state will be open to the public for tours, demonstrations and tastings, and opportunities to learn all about how maple syrup is produced and how it can be used. Visitors will also be able to buy fresh maple products direct from the farms. Each farm's offerings are unique -- from a team of oxen gathering sap, to walks

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Miss Hall's School Announces Head's List, Honor Roll
11:30AM / Tuesday, March 12, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has announced 48 local students among the 149 girls schoolwide named to the Head's List and Honor Roll for the first semester, which ended Jan. 22.

For Head's List recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 92, with no single grade below B-plus.

For Honor Roll recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 86, with no single grade below B-minus.

Head's List

Grade 12: Charlotte Adelson, Lee; Trudy Fadding, Glendale; Haylee Gleason, Pittsfield; Faia Kronick, Pittsfield; Sophia

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Lanesborough Applies For State Funding For Summer Street Sidewalks
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:06AM / Tuesday, March 12, 2019
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The town is hoping the state will fund reconstruction of the sidewalks on Summer Street.   On Monday, the Board of Selectmen agreed to file an application with the state's Complete Streets program with rebuilding the sidewalks from Route 7 to the school as a top priority. The town can apply for up to $400,000 from the program per year.    "The town can apply for up to $400,000 of construction funding and that project will eat up $350,000 of it," BRPC Transportation Planner Eammon Coughlin said.    To fill out the application, Coughlin proposed smaller projects at North Main Street and Greylock Road, at Ore Bed and Balance

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Region 1 Science Fair Encourages Student Research
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:39PM / Monday, March 11, 2019

Keynote speaker Lisa Chamberlain poses with first-place winners Abigail Goyette and Suvin Sundararajan, both of Westfield High School.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Students from around the region displayed the results of some three dozen experiments Friday at the 13th annual Western Massachusetts Region 1 High School Science & Engineering Fair.    Displays ranging from wall-climbing robots to talking to plants to red dye in sports drinks to coral bleaching were set up on the Amsler Campus Center at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, offering a chance for students to explain their projects and move on to the annual state fair.    An item on reef

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Stop & Shop Unions Authorize Strike
Staff Reports,
02:34PM / Monday, March 11, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The union local representing some 2,000 area Stop & Shop workers voted Sunday afternoon to authorize a strike.    Members of United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local 1459 unanimously endorsed the strike authorization at a meeting in Chicopee in response to the grocery chain's latest offer that includes reductions in wages and benefits.    Local 1459's vote is in accord with four other UFCW locals that together represent some 30,000 workers in the grocery chain's New England stores. Union representatives are expected to continue talks with the company over the next two days.    Stop & Shop

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