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'Ocean's 8': What's Bad for the Gander is Bad for the Goose
Watching director Gary Ross' "Ocean's 8," starring Sandra Bullock in a feminine spinoff of the "Ocean's 11" (1960) franchise, I couldn't help but get cynically philosophical. Did I somewhere along the way of reviewing movies fall into a Rip Van Winkle-like sleep, only to awake and find that stealing obscene
The Independent Investor: How to Avoid Recession? Emigrate to Australia
  "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" — "New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus (Statue of Liberty)   This
Colegrove Kindergarten Educator Named Kelley Teacher of the Year
Sharon Sylvester was honored on her retirement as a teaching assistant in preK and kindergarten. Principal Meehan says Sylvester, 'knows her students well. She anticipates their every need even before they do.' NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Public School's named a surprised Roberta Sullivan as its
Donna Todd Rivers Hired as 'Berkshire Workforce Czar'
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There are agencies, companies, and organizations throughout the county focused on workforce development. Each of them has their own set of offerings for job seekers and employers.    Donna Todd Rivers is now eyed to become the person who knows them all and gets them all on the same
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SteepleCats Fall To Blue Sox Amid Pitching Struggles
NORTH ADAMS, Mass —While the rain held off in North Adams, the Valley Blue Sox offense came to Joe Wolfe Field with a full head of steam. Pitching blunders and a struggling offense led to an 11-0 loss Wednesday night for the North Adams SteepleCats courtesy of the visiting Valley Blue Sox. SteepleCats starting pitcher Stanley
Popular Music Scene Awakens in the Berkshires
Please allow me to introduce myself: My name is Grace and I will be your guide each week this summer to the best in pop concerts, jazz and musical theater throughout the Berkshires. I'm a lover and student of all genres of music and a Berkshires regular. My background is as a news and feature reporter for The New York Times. I've
Musical Festival Season Appears on the Horizon
With the upcoming summer music festival season almost upon us, music lovers in droves will soon flock to the Berkshires, Franklin County and southern Vermont to immerse themselves in classical music. Call it a reward for enduring a long, hard winter, or a yearly renewal of the soul via the musical preachments of the great masters. Whatever
SteepleCats Hosting Youth Baseball Clinics
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —The North Adams SteepleCats are hosting youth player clinics on Sundays through the months of June and July. These Baseball Clinics are for boys and girls ages 6-12 and are led by our coaching staff and players every Sunday through July 15th from 11 to 12:30. Our 2018 Manager, Justin Sumner will lead each
Father's Day: Lessons About Money Can Be Priceless Gifts to Children
Father's Day is almost upon us. If you're a dad, you certainly may enjoy getting cards and gifts, of course. But, over time, you will gain even greater satisfaction by what you can give your children – such as some valuable financial lessons. These lessons can include the following: Setting goals: If you are contributing
North Adams Council OKs $41 Million Budget for Fiscal 2019
Mayor Thomas Bernard says there is not much investment in this budget but more revenue from property sales could come in later this year and next fiscal year will see $1 million in debt fall off the books.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday adopted a fiscal 2019 spending plan of $40,721,358, up just
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