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@theMarket: Tariff Threat Unsettles Markets
By Bill Schmick,
04:26PM / Friday, August 02, 2019
Donald Trump's announcement on Thursday that an additional 10 percent tariff will be levied on the remaining $300 billion in Chinese exports to the U.S. on September 1 did not sit well with investors. The news could very well trigger the stock market decline that I have been expecting.   Regular readers know that I have been waiting for a 5-7 percent pullback in the markets fairly soon. Since the first two weeks of August are usually a bad time in the markets, the pullback this week might be right on cue.    In my last column, I also explained in some detail how it appeared that Donald Trump had no intention of negotiating in good faith with the Chinese this past week


Berkshire Force 10U Stays Alive with One-Run Win at World Series
10:51PM / Thursday, August 01, 2019
JENSEN BEACH, Fla. -- The Berkshire Force 10-and-under softball team Thursday earned a 2-1 victory to stay alive in the consolation bracket at the Babe Ruth World Series.   The Force beat Summit Point, W.Va., to set up a game Friday morning against The Dalles, Ore. The winner will meet Levelland, Texas, for the consolation bracket title at 1 p.m.   The Force 12U team saw its run at the national tournament come to an end in a narrow, 5-4 decision to the Mederia Beach (Fla.) Riptide in the Diamond Bracket.


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

Library's Growing Melville Collection Recognized as Literary Landmark
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:29PM / Thursday, August 01, 2019

Arrowhead Executive Director Lesley Herzberg described the relationship between the library and the historical society at Arrowhead as a partnership. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — For Herman Melville's 200th birthday, the Berkshire Athenaeum is being recognized as a literary landmark and its Melville collection is growing this fall.   "For over 75 years, the Berkshire Athenaeum has been the home of the largest collection of Melville family, personal memorabilia in the world as well as one of the largest research collections available for scholarly research," said Kathy Reilly, who heads the local history department.    Melville had written his famed Moby Dick


The Independent Investor: Brexit: The Never-Ending Story
By Bill Schmick,
05:06PM / Thursday, August 01, 2019
Back in 2018, the government of the United Kingdom and the European Union reached an agreement on exactly how the British exit (Brexit) would occur. Since then, despite countless meetings, discussions and votes, the UK Parliament has failed to approve that process. The new date for an exit is Oct. 31. Will this really be the end of the story?   The October extension was really a compromise negotiated by former Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain's Conservative Party. Some European countries were offering a much longer delay for as much as one year.  However, Emmanuel Macron, the French President, insisted on a much shorter time period.    Macron and some other

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'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood': The Golden Age, Tarnished
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:26PM / Thursday, August 01, 2019
While Quentin Tarantino has won two Oscars for his screenplays, with "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," his most profound motion picture to date, he might finally gather up those statuettes for best film and best directorial effort.    The provocative and quirkily philosophical work is thoroughly entertaining proof that he is one of America's most accomplished, living directors.   Whereas many filmmakers doubtlessly come up with a novel idea for a film that, for one reason or another doesn't make it to the silver screen with the inspired creativity of its genesis intact, Tarantino's signature talent is in making his movie dreams come true. His unique brand


Berkshire County Soccer Officials Set Training Dates
Community submission,
03:34PM / Thursday, August 01, 2019
The Berkshire County Soccer Officials Association will be hold classes for anyone interested in officiating high school soccer this fall.   The classes will be Aug. 6, 8, and 13 at the Dalton Youth Center in the Greylock Room.    If you have any questions, contact: Mark Kaley, president, 413-212-8115; Jon King, interpreter, 413-448-2428; or Dustin Belcher, assignor,413-329-9968.


Adams Agricultural Fair Marks 45th Year This Weekend
Staff Reports,
03:30PM / Thursday, August 01, 2019
ADAMS, Mass. — The Adams Agricultural Fair returns this weekend for its 45th year.   The annual fair — and the only one held in Berkshire County — celebrates the town's agricultural roots and brings together the local farming community for a weekend of history, live entertainment, and fun.   The fairgrounds at Bowe Field open at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2, and the event runs through the weekend with a rodeo Saturday and the popular demolition derby Sunday.   Touch a Truck, which allows young children the opportunity to see inside large vehicles like fire engines and highway trucks, starts at 6 p.m. on Friday and will feature the Pittsfield Police

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Scientific Evidence Unclear on Risk of Artificial Turf Fields
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Thursday, August 01, 2019

Justin Robertshaw of Traverse Landscape Architects tells the School Committee the reasons why its subcommittee decided to recommend an artificial turf field.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — From excessive heat to scrapes to cancer, the latest generation of artificial turf has been accused of being a safety risk that is unacceptable for use on athletic fields like the one being contemplated at Mount Greylock Regional School.   Even proponents of the turf will concede the first two points, admitting that "turf burn" abrasions are a real and that synthetic surfaces do get hotter than natural grass.   But reports of higher cancer incidences among athletes with


Connell Seeks Re-election to Pittsfield's Ward 4 Seat
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:21AM / Thursday, August 01, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Christopher Connell knows the phone calls and conversations in the yard will be had when the tax bill comes in.   His neighbors are retired and living on a pension but the property taxes continue to climb whereas their income hasn't. They'll tell him again that if things keep going this way they're going to have to make some serious decisions about living there.   On a recent Saturday, Connell looked out the window and giving the names and short biographies of many in Ward 4 who are in the same position. As the taxes keep climbing, more and more longtime residents are scaling back on property maintenance, losing property value year to year,

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Berkshire Force Teams Stay Alive in World Series Consolation Brackets
10:37PM / Wednesday, July 31, 2019
JENSEN BEACH, Fla. -- The Berkshire Force 12-and-under team Wednesday earned a convincing win to stay alive in the consolation bracket at the Babe Ruth World Series.   The Force dropped into the "Diamond Bracket" earlier in the day when it lost, 19-0, against Jefferson Parish (La.) West.   The Berkshire squad bounced back with a 10-0 win over Auburn, Maine, in an elimination game.   That sent the Force 12U squad to Thursday morning's rematch against the Maderia Beach (Fla.) Riptide; on Tuesday, the Force beat Mederia Beach in their pool play opener.   The Berkshire Force 10U team started its Wednesday with a win, beating the Arma (Kan.) Bulldogs, 11-1, but


Letter: Democratic Candidates That Are Right & Wrong on Filibuster
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Wednesday, July 31, 2019

To the Editor:

With the filibuster, for all practical matters, the Senate ignores the dictates of the Constitution that passage of a bill only require 50 percent Senate support. It makes a 60 percent Senate supermajority the requirement for actual passage. Elections are to have consequences, and the filibuster assures us that there are none, unless a 60 percent supermajority is obtained in the Senate.

The problem with the veto is that it thwarts the plan laid out in our Constitution. In practice, on almost any important bill, there needs to be 60 percent support of the Senate for it to pass, since a 60 percent vote support is required to end debate (cloture under Rule 22), which is way


Great Music at Tanglewood, Sevenars, Close Encounters
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
12:12PM / Wednesday, July 31, 2019

With the arrival of August, we are at the pinnacle of the music festival season. Concerts at Tanglewood traverse a wide range of musical genres and styles, from baritone Thomas Hampson exploring the Great American Songbook in a program titled "Song of America: Beyond Liberty," to the National Youth Orchestra performing virtuoso symphonic masterworks by Richard Strauss and Hector Berlioz - the magical "Les Nuits d’eté," led by Sir Antonio Pappano accompanying the stellar Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, and much more.

Read below for the details, including Tanglewood Learning Institute presentations.



• Wednesday, July


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