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Great Music at Tanglewood, Manchester and Glimmerglass
11:21AM / Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tanglewood enters its third week, and the highlights abound. Performances of music by great Classical, Romantic and 20th Century composers, i.e. Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Dvorák and Vaughn Williams, take center stage, featuring outstanding examples of chamber and orchestral music by these iconic masters.

Why go? Add to the above the Festival of Contemporary music that contributes some modern-day spice to the mix and you have a week of future musical memories that define what Tanglewood is all about - the best of older and newly composed music.

And, if the offerings at Tanglewood aren’t enough to pique your musical interest, there are also outstanding

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Investing: A Marathon, Not a Sprint
10:59AM / Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Next week, the 2016 Summer Olympics begin in Rio de Janeiro. One of the most compelling events is the marathon, a 26.2-mile endurance contest with roots dating back to ancient Greece. It may be that we’ve kept our interest in the marathon because it can teach us much about life – and it certainly has lessons for investors.

In fact, if you were to compare investing to an Olympic sport, it would be much closer to a marathon than a sprint. Here’s why:

Long-term perspective: Sprinters are unquestionably great athletes, and they work hard to get better. Yet their events are over with quickly. But marathoners know they have a long way to go before their race is done, so they

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

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
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Panel Discussion, Film Screening Sheds Light On Heroin Epidemic
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:45AM / Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Congressman Richard Neal headed the effort to bring the screening to BCC. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County has seen 105 people so far this year taken to the hospital after overdosing.   That's on pace for more than 300 in a year.   Last year, there were 158, a sharp increase from the average of 40 to 60 from 2011 through 2013. There were 36 deaths in 2015 from overdoses and so far in Pittsfield alone there have been nine. A total of 36 out of 800 babies born this year have been exposed to opioids while in utero.   Those statistics come from John Rogers, vice president and general counsel for Berkshire Health Systems. He detailed those numbers after a

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Soccer Domain Academy Successful in New York Tourney
10:46PM / Tuesday, July 19, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Soccer Domain Academy Massachusetts capped of a great season with remarkable performances which included the under-14 boys winning the 40th annual Hudson Invitational Tournament.   The tournament was successful for the u12 girls and u11 boys, who finished in second place. The two remaining SDA teams who took part finished in a very respectable third place.   The Hudson Valley Tournament tournament, which took place in New York, saw teams competing from all over the East Coast and the standard was very good throughout.   U11 Boys  After just missing out on the league title, this team was more determined than ever and bounced back after a disheartening

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Barrington Stage Opens Headquarters on North Street
04:48PM / Tuesday, July 19, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Barrington Stage Company is moving its headquarters into the newly opened Wolfson Theater Center at 122 North St.

The company's Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson made the announcement on Tuesday morning in the new space in the 1884 England Building. The 28,000-square-foot building will be the company's main headquarters and will house its administrative offices, which will all be under one roof for the first time since the company moved to Pittsfield.

The center has been made possible through a generous gift from Jessie and Bernard Wolfson of Miami. The longtime Floridians have contributed to and participated in

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PERC Presents 31-Page Document Supporting Westwood Lease Agreements
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:21AM / Tuesday, July 19, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Barry Clairmont on Monday dropped the mic, so to speak, ending uncertainty on the airport business park.   Clairmont essentially put a halt to an ongoing debate over land leases at the Westwood Business Park on Monday night when he delivered a 31-page packet of documents outlining the history and supporting the agreements as they exist to the Airport Study Group.   The study group was formed by Mayor Linda Tyer early this year and the land leases at Westwood have been an ongoing topic at every meeting since February. The entire matter centers on just $20,000 seven companies pay the city for the land on which their buildings sit.   The land leases are

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Cooney's Clutch Hit Lifts Pittsfield Post 68 to Western Mass Crown
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:38PM / Monday, July 18, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- On a night when very little was working for the American Legion Post 68 baseball team, a little patience went a long way for Jack Cooney.   Cooney crushed a base hit into left center with two out in the bottom of the eighth Monday to score Izaiya Mestre and give Pittsfield a 4-3 win over Aldenville and back-to-back Western Massachusetts championships.   “I was looking for a fastball,” Cooney said after the obligatory dousing with ice water. “He threw me a couple of curve balls to start me off. I laid off those, and I got up in the count. I knew he was going to give me a fastball, so I just sat back on it and tried not to be too

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Congressman Neal Hosts Heroin Documentary, Panel Discussion
04:02PM / Monday, July 18, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal is hosting a screening of the HBO documentary "Heroin: Cape Cod USA" at Berkshire Community College on Tuesday.

Neal is joined in the event by Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer; North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright; Berkshire County Sheriff Thomas Bowler and Berkshire County District Attorney David Capeless.

The showing in the Koussevitzky Arts Center is free and open to the public. The event begins at 5 p.m. with brief remarks; a panel discussion about current efforts to reduce the drug problem in Berkshire County will follow the 77-minute film. It is expected to conclude by 7:45 p.m.

Panelists include Alcombright; Bowler; 

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Biz Briefs: Rotary 'Citizen of the Year,' Bank Grants
03:21PM / Monday, July 18, 2016

Good citizens: The Rotary Club of Great Barrington presented its annual “Citizen of the Year” award to Sally and Fred Harris of Saint James Place.  A luncheon presentation took place on June 29 at Crissey Farm, with selection committee chair, MaryAnn Norris, presiding.

Each year Great Barrington Rotarians honor a member or members of the community exemplifying the Rotary motto “service above self.” Sally and Fred Harris were chosen for their significant contribution to Great Barrington in saving St. James Episcopal Church and embarking on a six-year long historic restoration to transform the church buildings into a cultural center destined to enhance the

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Berkshires Beat: Stockbridge Photo Contest Winners Announced
01:16PM / Monday, July 18, 2016

The winners are: Laurel Hill Association and Stockbridge Land Trust have selected five winning submissions to their first photo contest. The organizations are selling notecards, featuring the winning photos, in several local shops. All proceeds go to the two organizations.

The winning photos were taken by Dana Goedewaagen of Glendale; Stacy McMahon of Great Barrington; John R. Morse of Stockbridge; and Sharon Siter of South Egremont. The photos show the Mary Flynn Trail; the Housatonic River as it courses through Stockbridge; Konkapot Brook, with Ice Glen and Beartown Mountain in the background; the Children’s Chime Tower by the Congregational Church in Stockbridge; and the Cat and

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Early Morning Fire Destroys Pittsfied Duplex On Robbins Ave
By Andy McKeever,
08:17AM / Monday, July 18, 2016

Firefighters were evacuated from the building when the roof showed signs of collapsing. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An early morning fire destroyed a Robbins Avenue duplex, leaving two people without homes.   Fire Captain Raymond Tart said the cause is still be investigated and one firefighter was sent to the hospital.   The call in around 4 a.m. Monday morning and firefighters responded to the blaze to find heavy fire on both sides of the home.   "The deputy chief who was on the scene, Deputy [Daniel] Garner, he had heavy fire showing from the front and the back up toward attic," Tart said.   "They made an interior attack and then they eventually

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Mestre Pitches Post 68 Past Northampton
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
06:11PM / Sunday, July 17, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The American Legion Post 68 baseball team did not hit the cover off the ball on Sunday.   But Izaiya Mestre had things covered.   Mestre struck out 15 and allowed just four hits in a complete-game, 4-0, win over Northampton Post 28 that kept Pittsfield unbeaten in the Western Massachusetts tournament.   Post 68, which scored 36 runs in its first wins of the double-elimination tourney, was held to a tourney low offensive production on Sunday at Clapp Park. Pittsfield had just one extra-base hit, and Patrick Colvin’s two-out double did not lead to a run.   Pittsfield used stolen bases, bunts and, of course, pitching to eliminate Post

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