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New Shakespeare & Company Head Strives for 'Resonance' with First Season
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:30AM / Wednesday, February 08, 2017

LENOX, Mass. — Celebrating four decades of theater and maintaining relevance for contemporary audiences is the focus of Shakespeare & Company's 2017 season.

With founding Artistic Director Tina Packer at his side, first-year Artistic Director Allyn Burrows Tuesday morning unveiled the venue's lineup for its 40th anniversary season.

Burrows wasted no time establishing that the company cannot program its season in a vacuum and has to recognize the environment beyond its stages.

"Some of us, and Tina as well, were just down at the Shakespeare Association conference in Baltimore," Burrows said. "It was a collection of all the Shakespeare companies around the

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Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates Affiliates with Berkshire Health Systems
05:55PM / Tuesday, February 07, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates, a provider of orthopedic care in the Berkshire region, has entered into an affiliation with Berkshire Health Systems.

“Through this affiliation, Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates will be able to preserve and strengthen the availability of orthopedic services across Berkshire County,” said Dr. Kevin Mitts, division chief of orthopedics at Berkshire Medical Center and a surgeon with the practice. “In addition, this agreement gives us critical access to a variety of support services, including assistance in recruiting new physicians and other providers to serve our community’s orthopedic needs. In fact, two new

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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Williamstown Medical Changes Name, Relocates North Adams Offices
11:48AM / Monday, February 06, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Williamstown Medical Associates has changed its name to Williamstown Medical of BMC (Berkshire Medical Center) and relocated its North Adams offices.

The practice moved on Feb. 1 to the second floor of the main building of the North Adams Campus of BMC at 71 Hospital Ave. The suite has been fully renovated and refurbished and can be accessed through the main lobby. The practice had previously been in the Ambulatory Care Center.

Williamstown Medical became an affiliate of Berkshire Health Systems at the end of 2013 and is now fully integrated with the BHS physician practices in order to gain advantages for the long-term health of the practice. Williamstown

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North Adams Rallies Protest, Support Trump's Travel Ban
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:20PM / Saturday, February 04, 2017

A Trump supporter joined the rally to express his opinion, which was that no Muslims should be allowed into the country as a safety measure.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Some 100 protesters gathered at City Hall on Saturday afternoon to express their objections to a recent executive order that banned travel into the United States from seven majority Muslim countries.

Across the street, a much smaller group that was no less passionate waved American flags in support of President Trump's travel ban.

It was dueling chants and songs for about two hours until the frigid cold cut the rallies short.

Resident Marty Packer had organized the City Hall standout through a Facebook event with

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Pittsfield Police Suspending Residency Preference For Hiring
Staff Reports,
05:17PM / Friday, February 03, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Police Department is suspending its residency preference for the next Civil Service exam to boost its list of eligible candidates.   The department has been ramping up its hiring of new officers after the City Council authorized a $1 million boost in funding in the budget. Last month, the department put another 10 officers on the roads and had seven in the pipeline. But even more hiring is taking place.   The ramp-up in hiring led the department to exhaust the local list of candidates, which preferenced those who live in the city of Pittsfield. That list was completely depleted so in the next exam, the department is opening it up to the entire

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@theMarket: Trump Tweets Tweak Markets
By Bill Schmick,
04:28PM / Friday, February 03, 2017

Financial markets, under the new president, continue to react on an hour-by-hour basis to Donald Trump's latest electronic missives. That's no way to conduct business but it is what it is. At what point will traders begin to discount these tweets?

It will take some time, in my opinion, because there has been nothing quite like this in the history of the world. What makes it worse, as it turns out, some of the new president's statements have proven less than factual, while others have clarified the growing mountain of fake news that media outlets appear happy to broadcast. In the middle are the High Frequency Traders and the computer algorithm geeks who find themselves running

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'20th Century Women': Vive la Différence
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:03PM / Friday, February 03, 2017

Folks who require a certain amount of shock, awe and disturbingly aberrant behavior in their cinema might do well to skip filmmaker Mike Mills' highly intelligent "20th Century Women" and perhaps instead focus on the 3-ring circus currently posing as our national body politic. However, if you're the sort who still believes there's room for truth, honest analysis, thoughtful contemplation and selfless, humanitarian goals, then here's your ticket to a sophisticated and high-minded respite from that hopefully temporary insanity lately threatening our democracy.

Rather than informing what "20th Century Women" is about, it might be easier to relate what it

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Clarksburg Receives $142,000 Green Communities Grant
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:46AM / Friday, February 03, 2017

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Clarksburg has officially gone green. And the result is a $141,590 state grant to make this town of 1,700 more energy efficient.

Clarksburg was one of 30 new Green Communities announced by the Baker administration on Thursday. They are eligible for grants totaling $6,460,385 to complete renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

Town Administrator Carl McKinney was in the middle of a webinar on the use of LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, when contacted on Thursday, and his first response was "Yay!"

"It's been about a 14-month process and a lot of work, a lot of research," said McKinney, who lead the charge over the past year to push

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North Adams Mayor: Neighborhood Parks Won't Disappear
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:53PM / Wednesday, February 01, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The administration is reassuring residents that the decision to consolidate sports programming at the two athletic complexes in no way means the neighborhood parks will disappear.

"The intent of these conversations was never to eliminate anything except programming on certain parcels where they're not being used anyways," said Mayor Richard Alcombright on Wednesday afternoon. "The commitment of the administration here and Parks & Rec is still very, very strong to keeping neighborhood playgrounds and neighborhood green spaces."

The Parks and Recreation Commission on Monday night voted to allow Little League to use Municipal Field

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The Independent Investor: All You Need to Know About Medicare
By Bill Schmick,
05:38PM / Wednesday, February 01, 2017

More of us are signing up for Medicare every day. And like social security, there are plenty of unanswered questions for those of us who are beginning the process. There are plenty of places to seek answers, but how to separate facts from sales pitches from health insurance brokers is part of the problem. Here is a primer that may help you navigate these muddy waters.

Presidents as far back as Teddy Roosevelt in 1912 toyed with the idea of a government-sponsored health insurance program. Harry S. Truman and John F. Kennedy both tried and failed to get an act passed. But in 1965, under the administration of Lyndon B. Johnson, Medicare was finally passed.

You qualify for Medicare at age

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High School Art Show Opens at Norman Rockwell Museum
02:23PM / Wednesday, February 01, 2017

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The annual Berkshire County High School Art Show returns for its 31st year at Norman Rockwell Museum with a special exhibit opening to be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Visitors can celebrate the creative talent on display from Berkshire County high schools, and meet the artists; original works in all media — from painting and drawing to photography, ceramics, three-dimensional assemblage, and digital art — will be on view.

Participating schools include: BArT Charter School, Berkshire School, Berkshire Waldorf School, Drury High School, Lee High School, Lenox Memorial High School, Monument Mountain Regional High School, Mount Everett

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MCLA to Present Student Leadership Conference
02:13PM / Wednesday, February 01, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will present the 22nd annual Leadership Conference, "100 Yards of Leadership," on Sunday, Feb. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Amsler Campus Center Gym, when MCLA will welcome AJ Adams, an award-winning speaker, author and entrepreneur, as the keynote speaker.

Registration for this event, open to college and high school students, will remain open through Thursday, Feb. 2. This event is free to all members of the MCLA community, and $40 for those from other campuses. The cost includes breakfast, lunch and a snack.

"This conference is a place where students – whether they are emerging leaders or

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