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North Adams Native Writes Financial Self-Help Book
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — City native and Drury graduate Catie Hogan hopes to empower and nudge millennials toward adulthood with her new book "The Millennial's Guide to Getting Your Sh*t Together."   Hogan, a financial planner and published comedy and satire writer now living in Atlanta, said the bulk of her
Judge Denies BMC's Request To Halt Strike
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A federal judge has denied Berkshire Medical Center's request for a temporary injunction to halt the one-day strike planned Tuesday by the nursing union.   The hospital had filed an emergency motion requesting the federal courts to put a stop to the strike. The hospital alleged that the Massachusetts
Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 18 - Sept. 29
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, September 18.   Logan Delisle, 20, of Pittsfield was found guilty of one count of rape and abuse of a child without force.   On Tuesday, he was sentenced to two years at the Berkshire County House of Correction. Delisle sexually assaulted a girl who was 15 at the time
Jacob's Pillow Offers Year-Round Programming Through May
BECKET, Mass. — After celebrating its record-breaking 85th anniversary season, Jacob's Pillow announces new, expanded fall, winter and spring programming as a main component of Vision '22, a strategic approach to the Pillow's transformation into a year-round center for dance research and development and a civic partner in our
MCLA Announces Distinguished Alumni Awards
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts announces that this year's Distinguished Alumni Awards were given to Jamal Ahamad '11, Wayne A. Soares '89, Susan A. Bell '97, Russell J. Pearce '60, Daniel J. Trombley '90 and Ellen L. Kennedy '83, who were honored at an awards ceremony as part of
Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 19-Oct. 5
VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR     September 29 - October 5, 2017 SATURDAY is the 10th Annual Berktoberfest Berktoberfest, an annual fundraiser held to benefit the Elizabeth Freeman Center and Moments House, will be held from 1-5 p.m.* on McKay Street. The 10th annual fest will feature regional brews from Bright Ideas, Big Elm, Wandering Star, Angry Orchard, Sam Adams, Glass Bottom, White Lion, von Trapp and many more.    Enjoy food from your favorite local restaurants, including Hot Tomatoes, Flavours of Malaysia, Otto's Breakfast & Deli and more, plus live music and games all day!    *A VIP ticket gets you in an hour earlier, at Noon, and a free t-shirt! New Opportunities for Massachusetts Artists!   Assets for Artists is accepting applications for its Matched Savings Grant Program and fall/winter Professional Development Workshops. Artists/makers in Mass. are eligible for grants of up to $2,000, as well as two free workshops (a personal finance "boot camp" and a business planning workshop), and one-on-one financial and business coaching. Applications are due by October 9!   MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE SAT Live from Laurel Canyon at The Colonial Live From Laurel Canyon: Songs & Stories of American Folk Rock is an homage to the musical legacy of Laurel Canyon, with interpretations of classic songs and narrated stories. Songs will include those by The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, The Mamas & the Papas, Crosby Stills & Nash, The Eagles, Jim Morrison, Neil Young and more! The Colonial Theatre, 8 p.m. $25/$40. Plus...  FRI After Ours Duo at Hotel on North | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | SAT Riverside Brothers at Balderdash Cellars | SAT Dinner with Dar Williams at Hancock Shaker Village | SAT Hotshot Hillbillies at The A | SAT Mary Talbot & The Sidemen at Rainbow | SUN Emerson String Quartet at South Mountain Concerts | SUN Gypsy Jazz Ambassadors at The Whit | MON Jazz Night at Mission | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Jazz Vespers at Zion Lutheran Church   FAMILY FRIENDLY SUN Kids Yoga Class Begins at Berkshire Yoga Dance Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness welcomes back Julie Pellerin-Herrera for a special 8-week kids yoga class held every Sunday from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Sept. 24-Nov. 12 for boys and girls ages 5-11. Pre-registration is required. Plus...  FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | SAT Kitchen Ka-Boom! at Berkshire Museum | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | TUE Grandparents Day at Hancock Shaker Village | THU Farm Friends at Hancock Shaker Village | THU FREE Learn-to-Skate Day at Boys & Girls Club   WELLNESS ONGOING Core De Force at Berkshire Salsa Join Melissa at Berkshire Salsa for mixed martial arts-inspired workouts designed to slash inches off your waist, blast belly fat, and sculpt total-body definition - no equipment needed. Take on boxing, kick-boxing and muay Thai in 3-minute rounds. This class is offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 a.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. Plus...  SAT Run With Healers at Springside Park | TUE Meditation Class at Wellness Underground | WED Adult Contemporary Jazz Dance at Berkshire Fitness & Wellness Center | WED Pregnancy Belly Dancing at Berkshire Salsa | THU Intro to Zumba at Berkshire Yoga Dance   PERFORMANCE THU+ Gaslight at Barrington Stage Company  Barrington Stage Company presents the story of a suavely handsome man who is slowly driving his wife to the brink of insanity by sowing seeds of doubt, memory loss and misperceptions. Playwright Patrick Hamilton has built and sustained some of the most brilliant, suspenseful sequences in modern theatre. Boyd-Quinson Mainstage.    GET CREATIVE WED Pumpkin Centerpiece Class at Township Four Township Four, the new florist, gallery and antiques store located at 419 North Street, presents its first workshop. Learn to make a pumpkin floral centerpiece - no gutting of pumpkins required! Reservations are required and may be made by calling (413) 347-3244. $40. 7-8:30 p.m. Plus...  FRI Choose Your Own Workshop at Funky Phoenix | SAT Open Studio at Berkshire Paint & Sip | SAT Paint Party to Benefit Walk Out of Darkness at Berkshire Paint & Sip | SUN Paint Party to Benefit Moments House at Crossroads Cafe | WED Paint Scarecrow/Snowman on a Pallet at The Dirty Brush | THU Paint Party to benefit Walk Out of Darkness at Berkshire Hills Country Club   COMMUNITY SUN Crop Walk to Combat Hunger at First Church The annual Crop Hunger Walk begins with registration at 1 p.m. at First Church of Christ on Park Square. Walkers will follow a 2-mile loop on North and South Streets, and return to the church for refreshments. Participants walk to raise awareness and funds to combat hunger all over the world. 25% of all donations come back to the Berkshires to support the Western MA Food Bank. Plus... ONGOING Winter Clothing Drive at Berkshire County Arc | FRI Hair Extensions Fundraiser at Moments House | FRI Taste of Germany Dinner at Zion Lutheran Church | SAT-SUN Housatonic Heritage Walks | SAT Community Poetry Reading at Berkshire Athenaeum | SUN Domingo Brunch with Cassandra Redd & Jake Roach at Dottie's | SUN Get Ready to Race at Plaine's | MON Art & Process Peer Supervision Group at NuArts | TUE Personnel Open House & Career Fair at City Hall | WED Dogs on North at Hotel on North | WED Become A PCC Mentor at Berkshire Children & Families | THU Pungl Launch Party at Hotel on North   The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the First Street Common! This Saturday, enjoy music from the Banulis & Miller Jazz Duo from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.   LEARN SAT Community Movement Workshop at The Licht Jacob's Pillow Dance presents What the Body Knows, a FREE, all ages/all levels movement class led by Paloma McGregor and Meghan Abadoo. Dancewear is not required. Light refreshments will be provided. 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Plus...  SUN Challenging the Stigma of Mental Illness at Berkshire Museum | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Class at The Lichtenstein | MON MASS MoCA: A Rich History at Knesset Israel | MON Real Talk on Race Workshop with Multicultural BRIDGE | THU Protecting Your Energy at New Moon Gifts | THU Memory Matters at Berkshire Hills Country Club   FILM FRI-MON Manhattan Short Festival at Little Cinema   Unite with over 100,000 film-lovers around the world and view this year's Final 10 short films, representing an extraordinary range of genres: comedy, drama, horror, sci-fi, animation and martial arts!    See website for dates and times.   ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon What's Showing at The Licht Pittsfield's city-owned community arts center, the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, features nine working artist studios, a ceramics studio, a community room and an art gallery with changing exhibitions, classes, performances and more!  28 Renne Ave. | Open Wednesday - Saturday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.   The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts presents Illuminated Broadsides: Word & Image, curated by Julio Granda. In this exhibition, at least 25 poets and artists have collaborated to create works of art that incorporate a variety of printing methods - letter press/offset/silkscreen/inkjet - to achieve an unusual but beautiful marriage of word and image.   INFORMATION ABOUT THE PARKING METER PLAN Five things to remember about the new downtown parking system:   1. Always enter your license plate number - even for the FREE first 30 minutes.   2. On-street parking is $1 per hour; lot parking is 50 cents per hour. There are also nearly 400 free parking spaces on the city's side streets.   3. You can pay by coin, credit card, or by downloading the Passport parking app.   4. You do not need to display the parking receipt on your dashboard.   5. Parking is FREE on evenings and weekends!  
Gonzalez Looks to Bring Aggressive Agenda to Governor's Race
The Needham Democrat stopped at Dottie's for coffee and conversations. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Jay Gonzalez sees a lack of leadership coming from the governor's office.   The Needham Democrat says when it comes to transportation, health care, and early childhood education, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker
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Grant Helps Spread the 'Bee Friendly Williamstown' Buzz
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town has received a $9,120 grant from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at University of Massachusetts at Lowell to further its efforts to become "Bee Friendly Williamstown." Last May, Williamstown residents approved a non-binding resolution declaring the town a pollinator-friendly community. The
Panel Explores Big Challenges Facing Local Education System
The forum was moderated by NAACP President Dennis Powell and included Alicia Costa from Working Cities, Brendan Sheran from Pittsfield High School, Andrea Wadsworth from the Lee School Committee, and William Cameron, the former superintendent of the Central Berkshire Regional School District. PITTSFIELD, Mass. —
Letter: Suicide Prevention Walk Set in Adams
To the Editor: Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people between the ages of 10 and 34; it is the only leading cause of death to have increased every year of the past decade. (Statistics provided by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention). Members of the Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention Board (BCSP)
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