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'The Petrified Forest': Diners, Disillusionment & Diva
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:56PM / Friday, June 19, 2020

I wish that I were reviewing one of the half-dozen movies certain to be made when this pox upon our house is no more. But until that glorious return to normality has us resuming all the simple joys of life we take for granted, like going to the movies, I'll be retro-reviewing and thereby sharing with you the films that I've come to treasure over the years, most of which can probably be retrieved from one of the movie streaming services. It is my fondest hope that I've barely put a dent into this trove when they let the likes of me back into the

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Limited Indoor Dining, Nail Salons Can Resume on Monday
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:41PM / Friday, June 19, 2020

Secretary Michael Kennealy explains some of the restrictions for the next step in reopening.  BOSTON — The state is moving forward to the next step in reopening the economy based on the continued decline in COVID-19 cases.   Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday morning said the next step in Phase 2 of Reopening Massachusetts would commence on June 22, allowing for some inside dining, close contact person services, fitting rooms by appointment and increasing the occupancy percentage of offices.    "In order to monitor the impact of reopening more businesses, the administration divided this phase into two steps. Today thanks to the progress that we're making

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

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North Adams Councilors Push for Public Participation
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:30AM / Friday, June 19, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Some city councilors are itching to get back into their City Hall chambers — and let the voice of the people be heard again.   The nine-member council held its last meeting in person on March 24, days after the governor's order to limit gatherings of more than 10 people to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic. Councilors, mayor, city clerk and press had spread out through council chambers that night with no public allowed in.   Since then, they've been meeting remotely on the Zoom digital platform that allows the public to listen in over Northern Berkshire Community Television but not to participate.    The issue's come up

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MCLA Announces Plan to Begin In-Person Classes on Sept. 2
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:19AM / Friday, June 19, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — With students assigned one to each dorm room and attending each class one day per week, the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts plans to begin in-person education again on Sept. 2.   On Thursday, MCLA President James Birge announced to the school community the plan devised by its Return to Campus Advisory Committee.   In addition to giving each student in the residence hall system a single room at the same rate they would have paid, students will be expected to leave the campus at the start of the Thanksgiving break in November and not return until spring semester.   "While we cannot expect our plan to be perfect or completely free of risk, I

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The Retired Investor: Inflation, a Factor to Forget?
By Bill Schmick,
12:12AM / Friday, June 19, 2020
It has been a long time since we have seen a rise in the inflation rate of any magnitude. As a result, most investors have largely dismissed inflation as a near-term concern. But that doesn't mean we have vanquished this troublesome variable from the financial equation forever.     There is a reason that inflation fears have subsided. Ever since the Financial Crisis, when central banks and governments dumped trillions of dollars into the world's economies, investors feared that all this money would re-ignite the inflation fire. It didn't happen. Instead, the inflation rate moderated, and in some countries began to drop. Rather than worry about inflation, investors

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Third Thursday Season Canceled
11:50AM / Thursday, June 18, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development has canceled the Third Thursday street festival for what was to be its 14th season because of concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.  

"While there is a possibility that ‘street festivals’ may begin in Phase 4 of the Reopening Massachusetts Plan, the magnitude of planning, organizing, implementing, and hosting a Third Thursday is more than we ought to undertake at this time, especially if we begin to see increasing infection rates because we are spending more time together and more business and activities are reopening," Mayor Linda Tyer said.

The city-run street festival hopes to move

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Roots Rising Presents Bike Ride Challenge
11:40AM / Thursday, June 18, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When their Pittsfield Farmers Market closed due to the pandemic, Roots Rising launched a virtual farmers market to ensure the community's continued access to fresh food. 

To help support the market, Roots Rising is now calling on the community for a (socially distant) bike ride challenge: "Ride for Roots Rising." Between June 20-28, road cyclists and mountain bikers can complete either a beginner, intermediate or advanced route. 

The general registration fee is $25. There is also a low-income registration for $10, and all youth under 12 are free. The public is encouraged to form teams to rally their supporters and raise money for Roots

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Jacob's Pillow Names Dance Award Recipient
10:28AM / Thursday, June 18, 2020

BECKET, Mass. — Ronald K. Brown has been named the recipient of the 2020 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award. 

An advocate for the growth of the African American dance community for more than 30 years, Brown creates works that show audiences “the evidence of themselves and the evidence of our human condition,” and tells stories of human struggles, tragedies, and triumphs. 

Brown will be honored at "Dance We Must: A Virtual Event Supporting Jacob’s Pillow," streamed free online on Saturday, June 20, at 7 p.m. Audiences are invited to celebrate Brown virtually at a post-show dance party immediately following Dance We Must. RSVP required, event details

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Cheshire Selectmen Set First Month's Budget for FY2021
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Staff
01:20AM / Thursday, June 18, 2020
CHESHIRE, Mass. — First order of business for the Selectmen on Tuesday evening was to set a July budget to kick off fiscal 2021.    The town adopted a 1/12th budget process for the short term in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In lieu of a town meeting to set the budget by the state's June 30 deadline, towns can opt to go one month at a time based on their fiscal 2020 budget.   The board will have to submit the monthly estimate to the State Department of Revenue for approval before they can begin to pay bills.    Many municipalities are taking this approach as local aid numbers are delayed because of the pandemic and cities and towns are looking to

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Letter: Voting Makes Voices Heard
Letter to the Editor,
07:05PM / Wednesday, June 17, 2020

To the Editor:

In 2016, only 55.7 percent of eligible voters in the United States made it to the polls to cast their vote. For young people, the numbers are even lower: only 46.1 percent of people aged 18-29 cast a vote. How can we pride ourselves on being the greatest democracy in the world when half our nation has no say in the political process?

It's true that there are massive systemic barriers to voting — voting locations often have strict voter ID regulations, there's a lack of language access for immigrants, many voting locations have reduced of limited voting hours, and many working class and middle class people simply don't have time to vote — but another

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Letter: Democracy In quarantine: Vote, and Vote Safely
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Wednesday, June 17, 2020

To the Editor:

Never has it been so dangerous to cast our vote; yet, more so than ever, we need to. This upcoming national election will determine the course of our country, our town, our family, and our life. Together, we can navigate this unprecedented crisis and sail across troubled seas, but only if every voice is heard — and that includes yours.

That in-person elections in Adams and Cheshire proceeded without problems should give us hope, but it should not be a reason for complacency. In fact, there are many reasons to be concerned: New voter registration has dropped since the COVID-related lockdown. In-person elections saw a decrease and absentee ballots were not made

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North Adams Proposing $41M 'Placeholder' Budget
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Wednesday, June 17, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council is reviewing a $41 million "placeholder" budget for fiscal 2021 that comes with a host of unknowns.    Mayor Thomas Bernard submitted the document to the council on Tuesday night with the anticipation of having a spending plan in place by the end of the fiscal year on June 30.    "We know that we're seeing state revenue shortfalls, again more questions than answers, and we still don't know what, if anything, we may see in the way of federal relief," he said. "So the budget that you're going to be considering discussing tonight and then through the Finance Committee process is in many ways a

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