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Berkshire Reps Return Enthusiastic About Democratic Party
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58PM / Friday, July 29, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Rep. Paul Mark went into the Democratic National Convention with reservations about the political process.   But, four days later — after hours of speeches and networking with fellow Democrats from all over the country — he's been reinvigorated.   "I saw core values of the party and core values of what America stands for," Mark said on Friday as he embarked on the long drive back from Philadelphia to the Berkshires. "I feel good at the end of the week about what my party believes in."   The Democratic Party coalesced during the week behind Hillary Clinton as its nominee for president. The convention signaled

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DownStreet Art Partners With Marafanyi for Community Project
03:04PM / Friday, July 29, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — DownStreet Art will partner with West African drumming group Marafanyi Drum, Dance and Song to host a series of creative labs as part of the “Marafanyi Meets the Mural” project.

The project is a creative response to Egyptian artist Alaa Awad’s mural, “Justice,” commissioned by DownStreet Art in 2014. The mural will serve as inspiration for this community art-making collaboration led by teaching and performing artists of Marafanyi Dance, Drum and Song - Lara Gonzalez, Yael Shacham and Lisa Gonzalez-Howell.

For this community artistic collaboration, Marafanyi will join with inter-generational community members of all abilities during

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Beauty Professionals Needed to Help Cancer Patients
01:46PM / Friday, July 29, 2016

BOSTON — The American Cancer Society will hold its next Look Good Feel Better volunteer training class for licensed beauty professionals on Monday, Aug. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Aztra Zenica Hope Lodge, 125 South Huntington Ave., Boston.

Locally, volunteer cosmetologists are especially needed in the Berkshires, Methuen and Greater Boston areas.The four and a half-hour class will train volunteers to teach beauty, skin care and hair techniques to women who are undergoing cancer treatment. A session for Fall 2016 in Great Barrington will be announced in the future.

Look Good Feel Better is a free, non-medical, salon and product-neutral program offered through a collaboration

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Local Bowling Giant Superneau Dies at 54
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:42PM / Friday, July 29, 2016

Gary Superneau and his family were involved with Mount Greylock Bowl for years. CHESHIRE, Mass. — To all who knew him, Gary Superneau was simply "Soup."   His impact on the North County community was simply super.   Superneau, 54, died on Wednesday after a long illness.   The former owner and manager of Mount Greylock Bowl in North Adams was remembered by lifelong friend Rick Moon as someone with a passion for bowling and a love of people, especially young people.   "I think his biggest thing would be the kids," Moon said. "Kids were everything, the junior bowlers.   "No matter what was going on, he would step up by having

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MCLA Names New Vice President for Institutional Advancement
12:30PM / Friday, July 29, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Mary Hastings, a development executive with roots in the Northern Berkshires, joins Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts this month as vice president for Institutional Advancement.

“I am extraordinarily excited to join MCLA, as I have seen the college praised and recognized for its excellence, which is a credit to the vision and energy of the board, faculty, administration and entire MCLA community,” Hastings said.

According to MCLA President James F. Birge, Hastings brings substantial experience in fundraising and development strategy to MCLA.

“Mary’s experience in development and expertise in fundraising make her ideally suited for

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Berkshire Children and Families’ to Hold Annual Golf Classic
12:26PM / Friday, July 29, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Children and Families will hold its annual Golf Classic on Monday, Aug. 22, at the Country Club of Pittsfield.

Registration starts at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit Berkshire Children and Families’ Kids 4 Harmony, an el-Sistema inspired, intensive, after-school music program to effect social change. Kids 4 Harmony is offered in North Adams at Brayton Elementary School and in Pittsfield at Morningside Community School.

The Golf Classic is looking for golfers and sponsors. More information can be found online.

 

 

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Carrier Scores 30 in Dagnoli/Troiano Win
09:28PM / Thursday, July 28, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Lawrence Carrier scored 30 points Thursday to lead Dagnoli/Troiano & Sons Building to a 93-57 win over Drury in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League at the North Adams Armory.   Sedale Jones added 17 points and grabbed 14 boards, and Jayden Cross scored 11 in the win.   For Drury, Connor Meehan scored 21 points to lead three players in double figures for Drury. Reece Racette scored 14, and Hayden Bird added 12.   In Thursday’s other game, Dave Wellington led three players in double figures for Central Radio in a 57-42 win over Pete’s Gun Shop/Maselli & Field.   Wellington scored 20. Travis Severs and David Vidal had 16 and

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Galleries, Music Set for DownStreet Art on Thursday
03:53PM / Thursday, July 28, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — DownStreet Art kicks off its second session on Thursday night with the openings of four new visual art exhibits, live podcasting, musical and theatrical performances, and a night market that features local food and craft vendors.

"This year's 'Meet Your Neighbors' theme spotlights not only the amazing institutional resources available to us, but also the talented artists living and working alongside us here in North Adams and the surrounding community," said Jennifer Crowell, director of the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center. The center, part of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, coordinates the summerlong event.

Part of that

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North Adams Council Endorses Cultural District Designation
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:26AM / Thursday, July 28, 2016

Councilors Lisa Blackmer and Eric Buddington check city ordinances in asking that the language of the new changes be cleaned up.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday endorsed the pursuit of a Cultural District designation for a large part of the downtown.

The work on the application began some three years but languished during a change over in staffing. Now being spearheaded by Jennifer  Crowell of the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the city's Director of Community Events Suzy Helme, the unanimous approval of the resolution to the Massachusetts Cultural Council completes the application process.

"The MCC is encouraging us to apply for

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DownStreet Art Returns on Thursday
03:32PM / Wednesday, July 27, 2016
DownStreet Art Thursday   July 28, 5-8pm DownStreet Art is a program of
MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center   DownStreet Art Thursday Events:  Holden Street Night Market: 5-8PM 
 

Shop a variety of local makers at DownStreet Art’s monthly night market:

A little something for everyone from farm-fresh baked good,s to handmade creations, to works of art. 

DownStreet Voices – 

Jason

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Berkshire Reps Proud to Be Part of Historic Moment
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:47PM / Wednesday, July 27, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier began her Tuesday rounding up all of the Hillary Clinton delegates from Massachusetts.   As a Massachusetts whip for the Clinton campaign at the Democratic National Convention, she was the one with the forms for them to cast their votes. The delayed flight of one delegate meant logistics had to be figured out to get that vote in. Other delegates were in different parts of Philadelphia. She worked to get the voting forms into each delegate's hand.    "My role is to make sure all of my delegates did that so there was some corralling. We needed to have people in their seats," Farley-Bouvier said.   The

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Classical High Season Approaches Its Zenith
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires.com
12:27PM / Wednesday, July 27, 2016

During late July into early August, the classical music festival high season, anchored by concerts at Tanglewood and at other regional venues, approaches its zenith, with sure-fire programming.

Offerings at Tanglewood this week include Beethoven's Seventh Symphony and Mahler's Ninth, concertos by Mozart, Brahms and Sibelius, with solo star turns by world-renowned soloists, and much more.

Not to be outdone, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA) in North Adams is concluding its on-going three-week Summer Music Festival of new music - Bang on a Can (BOAC), curated by 2014 Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Luther Adams.

Hungry for still more musical options?

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