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Tanglewood, Tannery Pond Offer Concluding Concerts
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
10:34AM / Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Tanglewood concludes its 2019 classical programming this week, culminating with two "heavy hitters": John Williams' Film Night, performed by the Boston Pops on Saturday, Aug. 24, and, of course, the traditional final concert featuring Beethoven's glorious and triumphant Ninth Symphony ("Choral"), performed on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 2:30 p.m. in the Shed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with stellar vocal soloists and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus – all under the direction of Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero.

For all that, the upcoming program at Concerts at Tannery Pond promises to be memorable: The phenomenal Miró String Quartet offers a program of

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Pittsfield Candidates Debate Needs of Ward 5
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:34AM / Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Moderator Larry Kratka asks questions at BCC.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The three candidates running to represent Ward 5 sought to differentiate themselves in the first debate of the 2019 election season on Monday night.    Jonathan Lothrop, Eugene Maselli, and Patrick Kavey — seated in the order their names will appear on the ballot — took questions in Room K-111 at Berkshire Community College. The debate, moderated by radio host Larry Kratka, was sponsored by the Pittsfield Gazette and hosted by BCC; Pittsfield Community Television broadcast the debate live.    The three candidates are running at this point to earn one of two spots on the

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Berkshire Adult Baseball League Finals Start Saturday
12:15PM / Monday, August 19, 2019
The final round matchups are set in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League, where BBA will take on Lenox in the 20-year-old division and the Adams Aces against the Moneymakers in the 35-year-old division.   The best-of-three series begin on Saturday morning at Lenox's War Memorial Field (for the 20s) and the Dalton Legion Field (for the 35s) at 10 a.m.   On Sunday, the venues change, and the teams will play at least one game -- two if necessary -- starting at 10. The 20-year-old final will be in Dalton while the 35s will be at Hoosac Valley High School.   Lenox earned its berth in the final with a 2-1 series win over the defending champion Cornerstone 90s last

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Review: 'Fall Springs' is a Musical With a Message
By Nancy Salz, Guest Column
11:49AM / Monday, August 19, 2019

Can a musical comedy convey a serious message?
 
"South Pacific" addresses race relations and WWII while also making us smile with "There's Nothing Like A Dame" and "Honey Bun."

Combining two approaches is the difficult goal of the promising new musical "Fall Springs," which is having its world premiere at the Barrington Stage. And they manage to pull it off. Not perfectly, but well enough to provide a very entertaining evening in the theater.

"Fall Springs" is best described as a serious farce – with the themes of fracking, science versus disbelief,  and age versus youth. Confused? Perhaps this description of the

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Marchetti Wants to Continue Providing 'Professional Leadership' to Council
By: Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:20AM / Monday, August 19, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — City Council President Peter Marchetti feels he's brought "professional leadership" to the city and he wants to continue doing so.   Marchetti is again seeking re-election to the council. which will be his ninth campaign for council and 10th for elected office in the last two decades. He's had what he calls a "political rollercoaster" when it campaigns — he's either one of the top voter-getters or he loses — since his first unsuccessful run for council in 1999.   "In 2001 I ran again and was top vote-getter. I kind of had a political roller-coaster career. In 2003, I lost. In 2005, I was 100 votes from the

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Moon Looks to Bring Diverse Views to Council in Re-election Bid
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:50PM / Saturday, August 17, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — At a ward meeting, Helen Moon was elated to see a young woman in her 20s take a seat in the audience.   At ward meetings and at the polls, it is often the same group of people making their voices heard. But this woman wasn't someone Moon had heard much from in the past so it makes her happy to see more and more people involved.   "The way that city government works is we are making decisions for people who vote all the time instead of people who don't vote. I still think that the people who don't vote still need representation," Moon said.   The woman heard about the Ward 1 meeting through a bi-annual newsletter Moon sends out.

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New Williams Inn Opens on Spring Street
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:32AM / Saturday, August 17, 2019

Chef Kevin DeMarco has put together a menu informed by local produce. He is part of leadership team appointed by Waterford Hotel Group, which manages the hotel for Williams College. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The new Williams Inn is positioned to be a catalyst for the town's retail center on Spring Street as well as a bucolic retreat for guests — as exampled by the deer grazing near the patio this week.     "We really want to be an indoor/outdoor experience," said Kevin Hurley, the inn's general manager, during a press preview just days before the hotel's opening on Thursday. "We will see a lot of those features, again with the windows,

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Boys & Girls Club Announces Pebble Beach Golf Raffle
05:35PM / Friday, August 16, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires has announced that raffle tickets for a trip to the world renown Pebble Beach Golf Resorts located on the  Monterrey Peninsula of California are now available.   The winner will stay in the world class luxury accomodations at The Lodge at Pebble Beach which features an ocean side setting overlooking the famed 18th hole of The Pebble Bach Golf Links. The prize package includes one round for two of golf at the Pebble Beach Golf Links, and one round for two at Spyglass Hill Golf Course.   The Pebble Beach Course is recognized as one of the most beautiful courses in the world as it hugs the coastline and opens up to

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Youth Works Participants Honored in Pittsfield
By: Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:42PM / Friday, August 16, 2019

The program got Destane Pope-White's foot in the door and now it has turned into a full-time, permanent job. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Destane Pope-White felt it was better to just do something rather than wait.   She was applying for jobs but not having much luck. She decided to enter the Youth Works program through MassHire Berkshire Career Center. The program is state-funded pays the wages for youth to work in various local companies. Pope-White ended up working for Jae's Spice this summer.   "I was a little discouraged. I was job searching and couldn't find anything. It took me to get into a program to be making some money again. I thought at least I am

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Biz Briefs: Jacob's Pillow Founder’s Property on the Market
11:29AM / Friday, August 16, 2019
Property for sale

William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty has listed a 19th-century compound in the town of Chester formerly owned by the founder of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. The estate is listed for $685,000 and is represented by Great Barrington/Lenox agent Stephanie McNair.

Ted Shawn lived on the property in the 1930s during which he founded what would become the country's oldest internationally celebrated summer dance festival in Becket, but the seeds of Jacob's Pillow are found here in Chester. The property, nestled on a hilltop overlooking 73 acres, provides opportunity for swimming, tennis and hiking.

According to McNair, this was the original dance

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Pittsfield Native Returns Home to Join Smith, Watson & Company
10:54AM / Friday, August 16, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — CPA Jeffrey D. Belair of Pittsfield has been admitted as a partner at Smith, Watson & Company,, a full-service, regional based, public accounting and advisory firm with offices in Pittsfield, Great Barrington, North Adams and Lakeville, Conn.

Belair has more than 15 years of public accounting experience advising individuals, including business executives, owners and their families with the numerous aspects of wealth accumulation and transfer. Specializing in tax, he offers clients extensive experience and insight related to complex individual tax compliance and strategy, financial and philanthropic planning, and trust and estate design.

"As we continue

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 16-22
09:57AM / Friday, August 16, 2019
TONIGHT: Thursday, Aug. 15 is Touch a Truck! Beep beep! Honk honk! Join us for a fun 3rd Thursday celebration and touch a truck! Kids (and adults) will be able to see, touch, interact with and learn about dozens of cool vehicles, including fire trucks and police cars, construction vehicles, airport vehicles and more.   There will also be live music from the Amy Ryan Band, The Hoping Machine, and students from the Rock On workshop, plus a tap dance performance at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Zone and free yoga and Zumba in Park

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