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BMC Registered Nurses Plan to Strike Again
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:03AM / Tuesday, June 05, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The nurses' union has re-issued its plans to strike after lengthy negotiations Monday.   The Massachusetts Nurses Association's Berkshire Medical Center chapter and the hospital have been attempting to settle a contract for more than a year and a half after the last contract expired in September 2016. In October, the nurses went on a one-day strike that was followed by a four-day lockout.    In February, the nurses again issued a strike notice but withdrew it at the last minute as progress was seemingly made. After multiple negotiation sessions since, with the latest being on Monday, no settlement was reached and the union has again re-issued

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Pittsfield Inching Closer to Decision on Plastic Bag Ban
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Tuesday, June 05, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — City officials are slowly getting closer to rendering a decision on the plastic bag ban.    Attorney Rinaldo Del Gallo proposed a ban on single-use plastic bag -- specifically the bags used at the checkout of grocery stores -- a little over five years ago. Pittsfield would have been at the forefront of the effort but during the time it has kicked around the legislative process, 79 other communities in the state have passed bans.   Del Gallo said he'd even like to build on the petition by adding a surcharge for customers who use paper bags, an incentive to encourage residents to go with reusable bags. But, given the length of time it has been

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Following Democratic Convention Win, Palfrey Heads To Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:29AM / Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Hinds showed Palfrey both the positive steps in the city's longtime effort to build its downtown and the challenges that the downtown still faces. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Fresh from receiving the endorsement of the state Democratic Party, Quentin Palfrey was out for a stroll in downtown Pittsfield.   Palfrey is seeking a spot as lieutenant governor on the ticket this fall. The party's delegates at the weekend convention endorsed him over his competitor Jimmy Tingle by 59-41 percent. He is looking to build on that win as he looks forward to the primary.   "We were really gratified. I am a first-time candidate and I was thrilled to get the endorsement of the

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'Solo: A Star Wars Story': The Stuff of Heroes
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:27PM / Monday, June 04, 2018
I liked "Solo: A Star Wars Story" about as much as I could possibly like this genre of film, and recommend it as a starter movie for those who have avoided such techno-extravaganzas like the plague, but who now wish to experience one while still compos mentis.    At worst, it is relatively harmless, your understanding of this outer space Western not dependent on a cognizance of the jargon and minutiae of George Lucas' cultural phenomenon. Plus, former Hippies who coordinate the viewing with a flashback might enjoy the light show.   At the end of the day, after marveling at its vaunted, $250 million price tag, the immensity of the thing, and trying to wrap your

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Miss Hall's School Graduates 56 in Class of 2018
, Community Submission
03:28PM / Monday, June 04, 2018

The private girls' high school included 18 area students in this year's graduating class.  PITTSFIELD, Mass.  — Fifty-six students, including 18 from Berkshire County and nearby communities, graduated on Sunday, June 3, during Miss Hall's School's 120th commencement.   Ceremonies took place under a large tent on the front lawn of the school's Holmes Road campus. Vanessa Stair, corporate relations officer for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and a member of the Miss Hall's School Class of 2006, delivered this year's commencement address.   Among the Class of 2018 graduates are the following local

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SVHC to Hold Centennial Community Day on June 10
02:12PM / Monday, June 04, 2018

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care will host a Centennial Community Day, a celebration of its 100th anniversary, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 10, 2018, on the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Campus at 100 Hospital Drive.

"Our first 100 years at Southwestern Vermont Health Care have been extraordinary," said Thomas A. Dee, the health system's president and CEO. "The purpose of this event is to celebrate with the community in a truly memorable way and to thank those — our physicians and staff, our community leaders and local businesses, our donors and, most importantly, our patients — who have contributed to making this health

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Watercooler: Michelle Little of Pittsfield Wins Berkshire United Way Car
12:19PM / Monday, June 04, 2018
The winner is ...

Michelle Little of Pittsfield won the Berkshire United Way car on May 10 at The Johnson Dealerships. The 2018 Ford Fiesta was sponsored by The Johnson Dealerships and Greylock Federal Credit Union as an incentive for donations to Berkshire United Way's 2017 campaign. This marks the 18nth year the two companies have participated in this giveaway, their contributions totaling more than $200,000.

Berkshire United Way board member Mike Stoddard, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Greylock Federal Credit Union, drew the winning ticket and left Little a voicemail during the Driving Our Community Forward event, informing her that she had won.

Berkshire

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Berkshires Beat: Clark Acquires Guillaume Guillon Lethière Masterpiece
11:06AM / Monday, June 04, 2018
Adding art

The Clark Art Institute has acquired "Brutus Condemning His Sons to Death," an important early work by neoclassical French artist Guillaume Guillon Lethière (1760–1832), marking a significant addition to its permanent collection.

Completed in 1788 when Lethière was at the French Academy in Rome, and subsequently displayed at the Salons of 1795 and 1801, the painting depicts a dramatic scene featuring the decapitation of one of the sons of Lucius Junius Brutus. Brutus led the 509 BC revolt to overthrow the last king of Rome and establish the Roman Republic, swearing a sacred oath before its citizens that Rome would never again be subject to the rule

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New Adams Art Gallery Opens on Park Street
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Monday, June 04, 2018

Bill and Francie AnneRiley have wanted to open a gallery for some time.  ADAMS, Mass. — William "Bill" Riley has spent most of his career creating visually arresting scenery for theater productions.    Now his backdrop is a spare white space, the better to accentuate his own works of art and those of other local artists.   "I started studying art kind of seriously when I was 16," Riley said during the buzz of conversation at Saturday's opening reception for Real Eyes Gallery. "Eventually, in order to make a living, I became a scenic artist in the theater industry."   But Riley said he wanted to do more than express other

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Local Authors Extend Their Boulder Hunt From Massachusetts To New England
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:47AM / Monday, June 04, 2018
CHESHIRE, Mass. — With their new book "Erratic Wandering," local authors Christy and Jan Butler expand their boulder hiking guide from Massachusetts to Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.   "We are all living in New England and we all go to Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine," Butler said. "They are close and are destinations for people who like the outdoors…and there are some big rocks out there."   Butler, a Cheshire resident and visual artist, published two waterfall guidebooks with co-author Russell Dunn, a licensed hiking guide.    In 2016, the two came together to publish their first boulder book "Rockachusetts" that

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Taconic Construction: Final Month Before 'Substantially Complete'
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:30AM / Monday, June 04, 2018

Equipment in the shops is being installed. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In one month, a certification of occupancy will be issued and staff will be allowed into the new $120.8 million to start setting up their offices.   Before then, more than 100 tradesmen remain on site putting together the final pieces. Work is expected to continue for a few months after June as workers complete punch list items.   The next milestone is at the end of June when the building hits the "substantially complete" mark.    The newest development is the gymnasium floor. The space had been built out early and then used mostly for storage. In the last few months, workers completed

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Wahconah's 118 Graduates Urged to Follow What They Love
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:44PM / Sunday, June 03, 2018

The class quote 'define yourself' was a theme in many of the speakers' addresses to the graduates. See more photos here.

DALTON, Mass. — The Wahconah Regional High School Class of 2018 was asked to follow what they love and continue to define themselves.

The class motto that was hung above the 118 graduates in the school's gym was a present theme throughout Sunday's graduation ceremony and instead of defining the legacy of the class, Principal Aaron Robb asked the class members to define themselves

"The quote is quite fitting in spite of the finality of graduation and the end of your public schooling career you remain unfinished with 90 percent of your life

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