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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


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


Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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


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


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


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


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


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:


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 15-21
09:27AM / Friday, June 15, 2018
NEXT THURSDAY, June 21 is 3rd Thursday! June's 3rd Thursday celebrates health and fitness with the 9th running of the Green Mile Road Race, plus Tamarack Hollow Nature Preserve; Berkshire Yoga, Dance & Fitness; and Berkshire Salsa. Berkshire Concert Choir will be performing at The Lichtenstein, and the Jacob's Pillow Dance Zone welcomes the U.S. debut of Scottish company Janis Claxton Dance with .


THU Shire City Sessions at Hotel on North

Shire City Sessions' presents its second concert of the


Strike Averted: Hospital, Nurses Union Reach Agreement
Staff Reports,
07:55AM / Friday, June 15, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The registered nurses union and the hospital have tentatively settled on a contract, averting what would have been the second strike.   Bargaining for three consecutive days and stretching late into the night, Berkshire Medical Center and the local Massachusetts Nurses Association chapter settled on a five-year deal. That agreement needs to be ratified by a vote of the full 800 union members.   "We are incredibly proud of this agreement that reflects our priority of improving nurse staffing and patient care," said Alex Neary, co-chair of the union's bargaining unit.   "Berkshire Medical Center nurses care deeply about our patients


Ready Set Learn Renovating St. Martin's Church Into Preschool
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:36AM / Friday, June 15, 2018

The interior is getting a full renovation. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ready Set Learn is expanding after purchasing and renovating the former St. Martin's Episcopal Church on Dalton Avenue.   Owner Melissa Fawcett is moving the business from a residential home on Virginia Avenue to the former church in time for the next school year.   Currently, the renovations are underway, creating three classrooms and play space. The preschool is also fundraising to build a playground outside.   "The biggest thing for us was the indoor play space. We don't have a gym and in the winter you are inside a lot. They are little and they need to play. So we liked that there was


'Ocean's 8': What's Bad for the Gander is Bad for the Goose
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:42PM / Thursday, June 14, 2018
Watching director Gary Ross' "Ocean's 8," starring Sandra Bullock in a feminine spinoff of the "Ocean's 11" (1960) franchise, I couldn't help but get cynically philosophical. Did I somewhere along the way of reviewing movies fall into a Rip Van Winkle-like sleep, only to awake and find that stealing obscene amounts of valuables was now not only OK, but lauded? I'm not talking politicians who'd back up their trucks to Fort Knox if they could. I refer to our unelected criminals earning mass approval at the Bijou.   Of course, there is a sliding scale of acceptability, with Robin Hood earning a 10. Shh! While a bit out of favor lately, he gave


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