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'Ocean's 8': What's Bad for the Gander is Bad for the Goose
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
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The Independent Investor: How to Avoid Recession? Emigrate to Australia
  "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" — "New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus (Statue of Liberty)   This
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Donna Todd Rivers Hired as 'Berkshire Workforce Czar'
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There are agencies, companies, and organizations throughout the county focused on workforce development. Each of them has their own set of offerings for job seekers and employers.    Donna Todd Rivers is now eyed to become the person who knows them all and gets them all on the same
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Popular Music Scene Awakens in the Berkshires
Please allow me to introduce myself: My name is Grace and I will be your guide each week this summer to the best in pop concerts, jazz and musical theater throughout the Berkshires. I'm a lover and student of all genres of music and a Berkshires regular. My background is as a news and feature reporter for The New York Times. I've
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Musical Festival Season Appears on the Horizon
With the upcoming summer music festival season almost upon us, music lovers in droves will soon flock to the Berkshires, Franklin County and southern Vermont to immerse themselves in classical music. Call it a reward for enduring a long, hard winter, or a yearly renewal of the soul via the musical preachments of the great masters. Whatever
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Father's Day: Lessons About Money Can Be Priceless Gifts to Children
Father's Day is almost upon us. If you're a dad, you certainly may enjoy getting cards and gifts, of course. But, over time, you will gain even greater satisfaction by what you can give your children – such as some valuable financial lessons. These lessons can include the following: Setting goals: If you are contributing
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Lanesborough Sixth-Graders Have Plan For Berkshire Mall
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Sixth-graders Tyler Hynes-Drumm and Riley Babcock understand the impact the struggling Berkshire Mall has on the town.   "This issue is important because," Riley told the Board of Selectmen on Monday and Tyler finished the sentence, "our town income is lower because the mall had just a big
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Pittsfield OKs $159M Budget Appropriation; $10M In Capital Projects
Christopher Connell, on the left, pushed for the city to use $1.5 million in free cash. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council gave its final approval on the $167.6 million spending plan for fiscal 2019.   The budget calls for a city appropriation of
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Local Children and Family Organizations Honor 'Reunification Day'
Judge Joan McMenemy said she often sees good people in bad situations. She is grateful for the organizations that help families. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Four years ago, Jose Miranda was detained by immigration and was taken away from his son, Eli, for whom he was the sole caretaker.   He knew at the time he
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State Officials Launch Passenger Rail Expansion Efforts
The state is also launching a pilot passenger service between Greenfield and Springfield next year, from the Olver Transit Center. SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The state is launching the first step in determining the feasibility of east/west passenger rail between Pittsfield and Boston.    Gov. Charlie Baker,
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