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House, Senate Pass Bond Bill With Funds for Greylock Glen
04:58PM / Tuesday, July 31, 2018
BOSTON — Both the House and Senate have passed a $2.4 billion environmental bond bill that is focused on improving climate change resiliency and adaptation, enhancing environmental and natural resource protection, and investing in parks and recreational assets.   The bill now heads to the governor's desk and awaits his signature.   It includes some $2.3 million toward the development of the Greylock Glen, which envisions an outdoor center, lodge and campground; $1.5 million toward water conservation and stormwater runoff infrastructure at Tanglewood and $300,000 for improvements at Kennedy Park, both in Lenox; $400,000 to the Great Barrington Land Conservancy and W.E.B.

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Rusty Anchor Challenging Pittsfield Building Inspectors' Ruling
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:16AM / Tuesday, July 31, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Rusty Anchor is appealing to the state after local building inspectors have characterized its second floor as a nightclub.   Owners Scott Graves and Paula Messana had just finished renovating the second-floor space at the private marina and are hoping to use it for such events as baby showers or anniversary get-together.   But the city's Building Department says it needs to make significantly more investments in the fire safety system because by definition the use of that space is for a "nightclub."   The Rusty Anchor is now appealing to the state, saying that classification is "unfair."   "He doesn't want to

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Post 68 Bows Out at State Legion Baseball Tourney
06:25PM / Monday, July 30, 2018
QUINCY, Mass. -- For the second game in a row, a late Post 68 rally fell short, and the team bowed out of the double-elmination American Legion state tournament with a 5-3 loss to Shrewsbury on Monday afternoon.   Shrewsbury led, 5-1, after five innings, but Post 68 rallied with two out for a pair of runs in the top of the seventh before succumbing.   Shrewsbury drew first blood with a run in the bottom of the first.   Post 68 tied it two innings later thanks to singles by Ian Benoit, Jack Cooney and Hunter Potash to load the bases and a fielder's choice off the bat of Joe Cracolici to score Benoit.   Shrewsbury regained the lead with three in the fourth inning and

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District Attorney Candidates to Appear at Williamstown Forum
05:36PM / Monday, July 30, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The three candidates for Berkshire district attorney will take questions from the audience on Tuesday night during a forum sponsored by the Williamstown League of Women Voters.    The forum will take place Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Paresky Center's auditorium on the Williams College campus. The public is invited to attend and participate.    Paul J. Caccaviello, Andrea Harrington and Judith C. Knight are competing for the Democratic nomination in the state primary on Sept. 4. With no other candidates in the race, the winner of the primary will essentially be the victor in the general election in November.    The candidates

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Letter: Recent Article on BRTA Cuts
Letter to the Editor,
03:30PM / Monday, July 30, 2018

To the Editor:

This past BRTA meeting was my first as a returning board member and it is very hard to see BRTA contending with the same basic problems there were when I left the board three years ago: lack of funding to cover its service area to meet the demand for more routes, evening and weekend service.

So much money from Berkshire County goes to fund eastern Massachusetts transportation and so little comes to BRTA, even after our Berkshire delegation has secured increased funding.

What we need to focus on now is making sure Berkshire County and Western Mass. have strong representation on the RTA Performance and Funding Task Force and that our unique transportation needs and

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Letter: Police Union Endorses Caccaviello for District Attorney
Letter to the Editor,
03:00PM / Monday, July 30, 2018

To the Editor:

The IBPO Local 447 (Pittsfield Police Officers Union) and IBPO Local 447S (Pittsfield Police Superior Officers Union) formally endorse Paul Caccaviello for the office of Berkshire County district attorney.

There are a number of reasons for our endorsement with the most obvious being that his experience with the criminal justice system in Berkshire County and particularly the district attorney's office are unmatched by any of the other candidates seeking election. Many members of both unions have worked closely with DA Caccaviello for the past 25-plus years. He has worked as a prosecutor in the district court, Jury of Six, Berkshire Superior Court, and ultimately as the

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Berkshires Beat: WAM Theatre Names Fall Beneficiaries at Gala
02:52PM / Monday, July 30, 2018
WAM Beneficiaries

WAM Theatre supporters packed the grounds of the Berkshire Equestrian Center in Richmond on July 25 helped raise more than $38,000 for WAM's Education programs and the company's upcoming fall production of Ann by Holland Taylor, starring Emmy-award winning actress Jayne Atkinson and directed by WAM Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven.

The highlight of the evening was the premiere of WAM's 2018 Girls Ensemble's new devised theater piece, "Seeking Justice." The 12 participants of this year's cohort received a standing ovation for their performance. Audience members were delighted to hear that, thanks to WAM’s education sponsors, Girls

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WordXWord Festival Kicks Off in Pittsfield
02:40PM / Monday, July 30, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The 10th annual WordXWord Festival will present a wide range of poetry and spoken word events from July 29 through Aug. 5.

Celebrating home-grown poetry and spoken word, as well as the work of visiting artists, the festival includes poetry and story slams - including the second annual invitational team poetry slam; themed events; a haiku competition; a day supporting and celebrating the voices of youth poets; outdoor events; and WordXWord's own twist on the celebration of Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday.

Festival events will take place in the Downtown Cultural District of Pittsfield as well as at The Mount in nearby Lenox. WordXWord events are free

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Eight Displaced Following Fire in Pittsfield Building
By Andy McKeever,
01:53PM / Monday, July 30, 2018

The building is likely uninhabitable, which leaves eight people without a home. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Firefighters aggressively knocked down a fire in a Linden Street bedroom Monday afternoon.   Deputy Chief Thomas Sammons said that just before noon firefighters responded to 86 Linden Street where thick smoke was billowing out of the rear of the two-story structure.    "Initial units in made an aggressive interior attack and knocked it down quick," Sammons said.   The fire itself was knocked down in about 10 minutes, Sammons said, but it took time to overhaul the structure.   After the initial knockdown firefighters had to tear open ceilings and

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Review: 'Lempicka' Beautifully Painted at Williamstown Theatre Festival
By Nancy Salz, Guest Column
01:20PM / Monday, July 30, 2018

For the first few minutes of "Lempicka," the stunning world premiere musical at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the music level was so assaulting, I wanted to wave a white flag of surrender as happened – perhaps apocryphally – during an early performance of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. But very soon thereafter, either the music level was lowered, or I got used to it – and it was I who surrendered to this wonderful, beautifully realized musical. If you wear socks to "Lempicka," be prepared to have them knocked off.

The show is the story of a strong woman named Tamara de Lempicka (Eden Espinosa). She was an Art Deco painter who had two

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World Breastfeeding Week: Support Nursing Mothers
By MaryElizabeth Merritt , Special to iBerkshires
12:35PM / Monday, July 30, 2018

CHP Family Services and South Berkshire WIC celebrate World Breastfeeding Week with a gathering on Thursday, Aug. 2, 10 a.m-noon, at Family Services, 444 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington. Children are welcome and refreshments will be served. RSVP to wic@chpberkshires.org or call 413-528-0457.

In a world filled with inequality, crises and poverty, breastfeeding can be a building block for lifelong health for babies and mothers. Even an hour or a day of breastfeeding after birth delivers benefits to mother and baby; nursing exclusively for six months offers even greater health rewards for both mother and child.

Support for breastfeeding in the United States and around the world has

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Braintree Tops Post 68 at State American Legion Tourney
08:43PM / Sunday, July 29, 2018
QUINCY, Mass. -- Braintree rallied for seven runs in the bottom of the second to take control of the game and hand Post 68 a 10-5 loss at the American Legion State Championship tournament.   Post 68 drops into the losers' bracket of the double elimination tourney, where it will face Shrewsbury on Monday afternoon.   On Sunday, Post battled back with three runs in the top of the seventh but ran out of outs.   Joe Cracolici had a two-run single in the first to give the Pittsfield-based squad a 2-0 lead. And he went 2-for-3 on the day.

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