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Letter: City Needs to Support Local Artwork
Letter to the Editor,
10:00AM / Tuesday, July 31, 2018

To the Editor:

Over the past year, I have joined a number of North Adams residents in an effort to restore the schoolchildren's paintings of Berkshire County mill workers that were depicted on the cement pillars on Marshall Street in North
Adams until workers from Mass MoCA illegally painted over the historic work. Below is the letter sent to Mayor Bernard following our meeting on July 24, 2018, at which he refused to take any steps to restore the historic community art.

To Mayor Thomas Bedard,

Tom, I enjoyed the give and take of our discussion today and reflecting on that, have concluded that some of your logic is counterproductive to the work of our school children, teachers,

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McCann Tech Practical Nursing Program Switching to Day Courses
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Tuesday, July 31, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School's Practical Nursing Program will shift from an evening program to a day program.   McCann will be making some changes this upcoming semester to better fit the schedules of students.   "I think it is a good change and a good opportunity to look at the entire program and make some changes," Superintendent James Brosnan said. "It opens it up and more students will be able to apply for the program."   When the program was restarted in 2004, the Advisory Committee recommended that courses be held during the evening to accommodate working students who may only be available at that time but this has changed,

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

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by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
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Dauk, Tony's Electric Win in Giorgi League
10:48PM / Monday, July 30, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Morgan Dauk scored 23 points Monday to lead Tony's Electrick/The Print Shop/Flynn & Dagnoli's to a 60-46 win over Moulton's Hearing Aids/Mingo's in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Destiny Crews scored 10 points in the win.   Moulton's was led by Annie Canales with 13 points. Katie Toomey had nine rebounds and five blocks to go along with five points.   Monday's other scheduled game ended in a forfeit for Williamstown Physical Therapy.   On Tuesday at Noel Field, league play continues with a 6:30 double-header. Williamstown Physical Therapy plays Moulton's first, and the Hoosac Women take on Tony's

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Post 68 Bows Out at State Legion Baseball Tourney
06:25PM / Monday, July 30, 2018
QUINCY, Mass. -- For the second game in a row, a late Post 68 rally fell short, and the team bowed out of the double-elmination American Legion state tournament with a 5-3 loss to Shrewsbury on Monday afternoon.   Shrewsbury led, 5-1, after five innings, but Post 68 rallied with two out for a pair of runs in the top of the seventh before succumbing.   Shrewsbury drew first blood with a run in the bottom of the first.   Post 68 tied it two innings later thanks to singles by Ian Benoit, Jack Cooney and Hunter Potash to load the bases and a fielder's choice off the bat of Joe Cracolici to score Benoit.   Shrewsbury regained the lead with three in the fourth inning and

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District Attorney Candidates to Appear at Williamstown Forum
05:36PM / Monday, July 30, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The three candidates for Berkshire district attorney will take questions from the audience on Tuesday night during a forum sponsored by the Williamstown League of Women Voters.    The forum will take place Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Paresky Center's auditorium on the Williams College campus. The public is invited to attend and participate.    Paul J. Caccaviello, Andrea Harrington and Judith C. Knight are competing for the Democratic nomination in the state primary on Sept. 4. With no other candidates in the race, the winner of the primary will essentially be the victor in the general election in November.    The candidates

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Letter: Recent Article on BRTA Cuts
Letter to the Editor,
03:30PM / Monday, July 30, 2018

To the Editor:

This past BRTA meeting was my first as a returning board member and it is very hard to see BRTA contending with the same basic problems there were when I left the board three years ago: lack of funding to cover its service area to meet the demand for more routes, evening and weekend service.

So much money from Berkshire County goes to fund eastern Massachusetts transportation and so little comes to BRTA, even after our Berkshire delegation has secured increased funding.

What we need to focus on now is making sure Berkshire County and Western Mass. have strong representation on the RTA Performance and Funding Task Force and that our unique transportation needs and

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Letter: Police Union Endorses Caccaviello for District Attorney
Letter to the Editor,
03:00PM / Monday, July 30, 2018

To the Editor:

The IBPO Local 447 (Pittsfield Police Officers Union) and IBPO Local 447S (Pittsfield Police Superior Officers Union) formally endorse Paul Caccaviello for the office of Berkshire County district attorney.

There are a number of reasons for our endorsement with the most obvious being that his experience with the criminal justice system in Berkshire County and particularly the district attorney's office are unmatched by any of the other candidates seeking election. Many members of both unions have worked closely with DA Caccaviello for the past 25-plus years. He has worked as a prosecutor in the district court, Jury of Six, Berkshire Superior Court, and ultimately as the

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Berkshires Beat: WAM Theatre Names Fall Beneficiaries at Gala
02:52PM / Monday, July 30, 2018
WAM Beneficiaries

WAM Theatre supporters packed the grounds of the Berkshire Equestrian Center in Richmond on July 25 helped raise more than $38,000 for WAM's Education programs and the company's upcoming fall production of Ann by Holland Taylor, starring Emmy-award winning actress Jayne Atkinson and directed by WAM Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven.

The highlight of the evening was the premiere of WAM's 2018 Girls Ensemble's new devised theater piece, "Seeking Justice." The 12 participants of this year's cohort received a standing ovation for their performance. Audience members were delighted to hear that, thanks to WAM’s education sponsors, Girls

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WordXWord Festival Kicks Off in Pittsfield
02:40PM / Monday, July 30, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The 10th annual WordXWord Festival will present a wide range of poetry and spoken word events from July 29 through Aug. 5.

Celebrating home-grown poetry and spoken word, as well as the work of visiting artists, the festival includes poetry and story slams - including the second annual invitational team poetry slam; themed events; a haiku competition; a day supporting and celebrating the voices of youth poets; outdoor events; and WordXWord's own twist on the celebration of Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday.

Festival events will take place in the Downtown Cultural District of Pittsfield as well as at The Mount in nearby Lenox. WordXWord events are free

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Review: 'Lempicka' Beautifully Painted at Williamstown Theatre Festival
By Nancy Salz, Guest Column
01:20PM / Monday, July 30, 2018

For the first few minutes of "Lempicka," the stunning world premiere musical at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the music level was so assaulting, I wanted to wave a white flag of surrender as happened – perhaps apocryphally – during an early performance of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. But very soon thereafter, either the music level was lowered, or I got used to it – and it was I who surrendered to this wonderful, beautifully realized musical. If you wear socks to "Lempicka," be prepared to have them knocked off.

The show is the story of a strong woman named Tamara de Lempicka (Eden Espinosa). She was an Art Deco painter who had two

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World Breastfeeding Week: Support Nursing Mothers
By MaryElizabeth Merritt , Special to iBerkshires
12:35PM / Monday, July 30, 2018

CHP Family Services and South Berkshire WIC celebrate World Breastfeeding Week with a gathering on Thursday, Aug. 2, 10 a.m-noon, at Family Services, 444 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington. Children are welcome and refreshments will be served. RSVP to wic@chpberkshires.org or call 413-528-0457.

In a world filled with inequality, crises and poverty, breastfeeding can be a building block for lifelong health for babies and mothers. Even an hour or a day of breastfeeding after birth delivers benefits to mother and baby; nursing exclusively for six months offers even greater health rewards for both mother and child.

Support for breastfeeding in the United States and around the world has

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Colegrove Students Go Green At Camp Solution
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:44AM / Monday, July 30, 2018

One of the larger groups designed posters advocating for animal adoptions.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – Colegrove Park Elementary School students designed eco-friendly programs and businesses during the Camp Solution program.   For the past four weeks, fifth and sixth-grade students have been working with CS Wurzberger, known as "The Green Up Girl," designing projects that could have real impacts in the city and the world.   "They have taken so much ownership because we told them anything is possible," Wurzberger, the green movement marketing advisor, sustainability consultant, and podcaster said. "They picked something in their community, world,

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