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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

'Beatriz at Dinner': Manifesto Under Glass
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
04:31PM / Friday, June 30, 2017
There isn't any doubt what writer Mike White had in mind when he penned "Beatriz at Dinner."   His insightful parable, brought to life by Miguel Arteta's skillful direction and a superb cast starring Salma Hayek in the title role, takes place at the very crux of humanity's social ills.   Expect diagnosis, but alas, no cure. You see, beneath the dramatic layers, both disingenuously polite and blatantly hateful, it's about the money. As my rich big sister Ann says, "It's always about the money, especially if they say it's not about the money."   Oh, it wasn't much different before we invented the stuff. Back then, the love of

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BArT Announces New Chair of Board of Trustees
03:38PM / Friday, June 30, 2017

Dianne Cutillo

ADAMS, Mass. — Trustees of the BART Charter Public School elected a new board chair and treasurer, Dianne M. Cutillo and Jennifer Kerwood, and a new trustee, Maura Delaney, at the board's June meeting.

Officers re-elected were Christopher Perkins, vice chair, and Geraldine Shen, secretary. In addition to electing Delaney to a first term of two years, the board approved a third three-year term for Perkins and a second three-year term for Cindy Brown, Cutillo and Kerwood.

"It is a privilege to serve BArT as a Trustee," Cutillo said. "The school's work makes such a difference for area students by helping them achieve academic success and prepare


YMCA to Host Camp Green Mountain in Bennington
03:12PM / Friday, June 30, 2017

BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Berkshire Family YMCA announces open registrations in its new Camp Green Mountain to be held at the Bennington Recreation Center. Weekly sessions are from July 3-Aug. 18, with no camp on July 4.

The YMCA Camp Green Mountain develops the necessary building blocks for youth development by providing a safe, creative learning environment for young people to feel empowered, build self-esteem, explore personal interests, develop interpersonal skills and make lasting friendships and memories.

Held at Bennington Recreation Center, Camp Green Mountain will offer Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) activities. Activities also include swim time,


Berkshire Choral International Announces Its Final Summer in Sheffield
02:41PM / Friday, June 30, 2017

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Choral International, a nonprofit educational organization that provides amateur singers with professional-level choral immersion experiences, has announced that 2017 will be its final summer in its Berkshires location of Sheffield.

In efforts to increase both its national and international presence, BCI will bid farewell to its Sheffield home this summer after 35 years, closing out its Berkshires presence with two sessions scheduled to take place on July 15 and July 22. Founded in 1982, BCI is a mecca for amateur choral singers from across the world. BCI's choristers reside in 30 US states and five countries, and the faculty is comprised of career


Great Barrington Fire Uses New UTV to Reach Injured Hiker
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12:48PM / Friday, June 30, 2017

The department demonstrates how an injured person can be transported with the new UTV.  GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Fire Department used its newly purchased utility task vehicle (UTV) this week to rescue an injured hiker.   Around 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, the Fire and Police departments, along with Southern Berkshire Ambulance, responded to Monument Mountain Reservation for a report of a 23-year-old woman with a broken ankle.   First responders were able to use GPS to track her location, which they determined to be a few thousand feet off Indian Mountain Trail, or about a mile-and-a-half into the woods, according to Fire Chief Charles Burger.   Using the


Berkshire Immigrant Center Director Steps Down After 18 Years
12:36PM / Friday, June 30, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hilary Greene has stepped down from her position as director of the Berkshire Immigrant Center to pursue time off and perhaps new opportunities.

Greene will be remaining at the center as a case worker, representing clients through this transitional period and until the center can hire additional staff. Brooke Mead, who has been BIC for 15 years, for many of them the center's only full-time staff member, will step into the role of director. Ben Fish is one of two new case workers also being hired.

Although all at the Berkshire Immigrant Center are saddened by her departure, we are so grateful for her wonderful leadership and years of service to our

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MCLA Adds Two New Health-Related Majors
11:52AM / Friday, June 30, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is offering two new major programs in the Department of Biology, a bachelors of science degrees in health sciences and in community health education. These programs will launch in the fall of 2017.

Also starting this fall, the Biology Department will offer two new concentrations — pre-medical professions and pre-veterinary. In addition, new biology faculty members will join the campus in September.

MCLA President James F. Birge said he knew the college had to fast-track its already developing plan for new health care-oriented biology majors after hearing from the Berkshire health-care community about the need for


Berkshire Force 14s Take Exciting Series from Greylock Thunder
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10:30AM / Friday, June 30, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire Force 14-and-under softball team this week edged the Greylock Thunder in the state championship tournament in a best-of-three series that featured three one-run games.   Game 1   The Force 14U took Wednesday's game in dramatic fashion, with a 7-6 walk-off victory over Greylock Thunder.    The game was tied at six with the Force batting in the bottom of the seventh when Taea Bramer laid down a sacrifice bunt, scoring one run.   Greylock scored five runs in the sixth inning, but the Force still managed to pull out the victory. The big inning for Greylock came thanks to a single by Taylor Cornell, a error, a double by Katie Booth,


Fourth of July Festivities Include Parades, Fireworks
09:01AM / Friday, June 30, 2017

Festivities marking the nation's 240th birthday will be held around the Berkshires. All events are on Tuesday, July 4, unless otherwise noted. Planning a trip to Boston? See MassDOT's traffic information.

A list of what's open and closed on the holiday can be found here.


The annual July 4 Esplanade Events are Monday night practice (no fireworks) and Tuesday night with fireworks following the Boston Pops. MBTA usually runs free after the July 4 concert. More information here.


Shakespeare & Company is hosting its annual free celebration with music and activities, with food available for purchase, beginning at 1:30 with a reading of the Declaration of

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Plan In Place to Continue Cariddi's Work Until Special Election
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Friday, June 30, 2017

The Berkshire Delegation is stepping up to make sure constituents of the late state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi are being served until her seat can be filled in August.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire delegation is teaming up to ensure no work of late state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi gets left behind.   The special election to fill Cariddi's seat isn't until November but the rest of the delegation and staff has geared up to work closely with the North Adams Democrat's staff members to ensure a continuation of service.   Kevin Towle, Cariddi's legislative aide, will remain on the job as a local liaison to the Legislature and


The Independent Investor: Small Business Linchpin of America's Success
By Bill Schmick,
04:37PM / Thursday, June 29, 2017
The facts are that small businesses still create the lion's share of jobs and at least half the economic growth in this country. It would be wonderful if our lawmakers would finally realize that.   Look around you: with few exceptions, we are surrounded by entrepreneurs who have created over 60 percent of the jobs in our communities since the financial Crisis of 2009. What we don't see is the enormous burden that these heroes are living under on a daily basis.   A startup is largely a game of survival. Those who stay in business the longest are most likely to succeed.  About two thirds of businesses only survive two years. Of them, another 50 percent will go under


Classical Beat: Tanglewood, Taconic Music and 'Ragtime' at Barrington Stage
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:46PM / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

James Taylor returns to Tanglewood for the Fourth of July holiday.

For many music lovers, Tanglewood in Lenox virtually defines music in the Berkshires. It is the largest summer presenter, with the most comprehensive schedule of performances across the full spectrum of musical styles and genres. Before getting into imminent opening events, bookmark the Boston Symphony's website for the full summer concert schedule, season highlights, tickets and general information.

During the opening week's events, from Wednesday, June 28, through Tuesday, July 4, Tanglewood celebrates the opening of their 77th Music Festival with a generous sampling of popular, classical and new music/dance


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