Berkshire Museum: Art on the Block The Berkshire Museum recently announced a $60 million plan for its future, largely supported by the sale of those works from its permanent collection, including a $40 million boost for its endowment and a $20 million renovation.
Local News
Advanced Learning Seminar promises deep dives on diverse topics, from swearing to eclipses to Russian corruption PITTSFIELD — Four speakers are offering a crash course in an eclectic array of topics from the psychology of swearing to a history of dwarfs in Europe's royal court at the One Day Advanced …
Adams-Cheshire School Committee opts against sharing superintendent with North Adams CHESHIRE — The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee has, for now, kicked aside the concept of a shared superintendent, paving the way for the district hiring its own school boss.By a 6-0 …
Pittsfield woman injured in ATV crash over weekend PITTSFIELD — A young city woman escaped serious injury following an all-terrain vehicle accident off West Housatonic Street over the weekend.Lauren Russo, 22, was riding her ATV in the area of …
With city solicitor retiring, North Adams goes with municipal law firm KP Law for city's legal counsel NORTH ADAMS — The city has transitioned to a municipal law firm after the retirement of former City Solicitor John DeRosa.The city joined more than one-third of municipalities in Massachusetts …
Suspect who allegedly exchanged gunfire during Asiyanna Jones killing to get new lawyer PITTSFIELD — A dangerousness hearing for a city woman charged in connection with the fatal shooting of Asiyanna Jones in October has been postponed — again — due to a conflict.Carey …
105, with more life to live: Barbara Broderick of Lee celebrates her birthday in style LEE — Barbara Broderick has lived a full life for 105 years.The Pittsfield native taught foreign languages (she speaks five of them), religiously played the piano and organ — the latter …
Top Sport Stories
Pittsfield boys, girls track & field sprints to sweep of Lenox

GREAT BARRINGTON — Kevin Amenlemah wasn't sure what his crop of sprinters would look like at Pittsfield High this season. After practicing outside less than a handful of times, and seeing …

Opinion
Maintain momentum on opioid addiction

At last, the scourge of opioid addiction that has cast a shadow on every city, town and rural hamlet in the land shows the beginning signs of diminishing (Eagle, April 20). Thanks to increased …

Our Opinion: Tragedy doesn't make case for death penalty

Our Opinion: Earth Day's importance at a hazardous time

Columnists
Ruth Bass: The Fenway mystique has extra magic this season - so far

RICHMOND — A new Red Sox season often starts with a sigh. The players' equipment buses arrive in Boston, everyone is on the annual spring high, and then, they lose a bunch of April games. It's …

Clarence Fanto: Bulldog that he is, Giuliani could be Trump's ace in the hole

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud: Championing rural broadband will require a new rep. in Congress

Letters
Letter: Don't use CPA money on a BCC turf field

To the editor:I object to using Pittsfield Community Preservation Act funds for the BCC turf field. As planned, the BCC turf field will use crumb rubber pellets made from more than 40,000 used car …

Letter: Goodwin right choice as Williamstown planner

Letter: Museum trustees, city will lose this war

Letter: Amatul-Wadud offers change in 1st District

Letter: Time to be on the lookout for motorcycles

State House News
Selection of offshore wind providers delayed 1 month

BOSTON — Faced with a Monday deadline to select a project that can deliver between 400 and 800 megawatts of offshore wind energy to the Bay State, utility companies working with the state …

Garden of peace bill returned to Legislature

Senate official: Rosenberg probe reaches 'end phase'

National Headlines
Bernie Sanders to unveil employment plan

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., will unveil a plan for the federal government to guarantee a job paying $15 an hour and health-care benefits to every American worker "who wants or needs one," embracing …

At least 10killed in van attack

NASA baffled by mysterious ice circles in the Arctic

Local News
New Stockbridge committee eyes 'transparent guidelines' on PILOT payments from tax-exempt properties STOCKBRIDGE — The PILOT Program Committee established by the Select Board to consider a policy for payments in lieu of taxes from the town's long list of tax-exempt properties is seeking …
ArtWeek coming to Berkshires for the first time For the first year since its founding in 2013, ArtWeek has crept it's way to the westernmost part of the state, About 30 art exhibits and events, many of them free to the public, will be offered …
'Indebted to their courage': 4th annual Blue Mass pays tribute to first responders PITTSFIELD — On Sept. 11, 2001, police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians were thrust into the war on terrorism. The attack on New York City alone killed 412 emergency …
Sean Stanton looks back on a decade with the Great Barrington Select Board GREAT BARRINGTON — After 10 years serving on the Select Board, outgoing Chairman Sean Stanton says the biggest challenge facing Great Barrington is how public schools are funded.Stanton …
At public hearing, Ipswich Pharmaceuticals makes fourth pitch for pot facility in Becket - to familiar concerns BECKET — Despite a significant portion of residents voting to legalize medical and recreational marijuana, and a moratorium on establishments and a public consumption ban failing, some Becket …
Community News
North Adams: Drury High School 2nd quarter honor roll NORTH ADAMS — Drury High School has announced its honor roll for the second marking period of the 2017-18 school year.High honors is earned when a student's grade point average is 90 to 100; …
Berlin, N.Y.: Berlin Middle/Senior High School 2nd quarter honor roll BERLIN, N.Y. — Berlin Middle/Senior High School announces the names of principal's list, high honors and honors students for the second quarter of the 2017-2018 school year.Principal's list is …
Lenox: Local woman marks 100 years LENOX — Jeannette Maura Kearns, a resident of Devonshire Estates in Lenox, celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday, April 14. Mrs. Kearns was born April 14, 1918, in New York City, and moved …
Williamstown: Anti-alarmist talk on climate change The American Enterprise Institute student chapter at Williams College is sponsoring a lecture on climate change at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in Griffin Hall, room 6."How (Not) to Worry About …
Worthington: Gardening for pollinators talk Amy Pulley, owner of the Wing and a Prayer Nursery, will give a talk on the basics of gardening for pollinators with native plants and the urgency of creating and protecting pollinator habitat.The …
Berkshire Landscapes
A portrait of a second act SPENCERTOWN, N.Y. — Performers Linda Lavin and Steve Bakunas have a history in construction. In Wilmington, N.C., the couple transformed an automotive garage into the 50-seat Red Barn Studio …
Canty seeks to find discovery once more NORTHAMPTON — In February 2015, San Francisco Chronicle pop music critic Aidin Vaziri declared that singer-songwriter Caitlin Canty was "ready to be discovered" following the release of her …
Berkshire School student reaches finals of NEA's Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge SHEFFIELD — Though his parents live in New York City, Berkshire School senior Tucker Donelan doesn't attend ballyhooed Broadway musicals much."I'm not going to go see 'Chicago,'" the …
The Arts
A pioneer of photorealism visits North Adams NORTH ADAMS — If you attend the April 28 artist reception for "Tom Blackwell: Motorcycles and Mannequins" at The Artist Book Foundation's Louis and Susan Meisel Gallery, don't ask the …
Exhibit forces you to see yourself in America's story of race, violence NORTH ADAMS — The names comes fast and too regularly, they seem to blur together. Eric Garner, Sean Bell, Trayvon Martin, Freddie Gray. Even before we catch up another appears — last …
Music
Post-punk band Ganser: Lanesborough native part of group that isn't afraid to ramp up the anxiety Lanesborough native Nadia Garofalo wasn't a stand-out music student as a child."I think it was really frustrating for me and the music teacher," she said of trying to learn guitar during elementary …
Lifestyles
Thom Smith | NatureWatch: Where have all the pigeons gone? Q There are no more pigeons in downtown Pittsfield. Where did they all go? I have been in business on North Street for 44 years and have not seen any for the last several years. I saw one single …
Ron Kujawski | Garden Journal: Friday is Arbor Day - plant or hug a tree! This coming Friday is Arbor Day, a day dedicated to trees. Some will celebrate the day by participating in a community project, such as a commemorative tree planting, while others will demonstrate …
Vaccinated against shingles? Great. Do it again. Federal officials have recommended a new vaccine that is more effective than an earlier version at protecting older adults against the painful rash called shingles. But persuading many adults to get …
State News

Draft deadline gone, now it's time to wait on NBA decisions

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The deadline has passed for college players to declare early for the NBA draft. Now it's time to wait for the draft entries who didn't hire an agent to decide whether …

Bucks' Maker, other reserves step into NBA playoff spotlight

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Thon Maker is having his biggest games at the biggest time of the year.Not bad for a bench guy and someone who, as recently as last week, was a roster afterthought.Maker had …

Boston airport decides against fees for drop-off, pickup

BOSTON (AP) — A plan to charge drivers a fee for picking up or dropping off passengers at Boston's Logan International Airport has been rejected by the agency overseeing the airport.The aim of …

Police: Driver ran over traffic cones before hitting officer

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say a Massachusetts police officer has been injured by a motorist who drove over traffic cones and struck the officer with her car.The Standard-Times …

Andersen helps Maple Leafs beat Bruins 3-1 to force Game 7

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs won this one for their city.Frederik Andersen stopped 32 shots to lead the Maple Leafs to a 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Monday night, forcing a …

National News

Moon to raise Japanese abductee issue in North Korea summit

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in plans to raise the issue of Japanese citizens who were abducted decades ago by North Korea in his meeting with North Korean leader …

Syrian migrants bring traditional Arab dance to Berlin

BERLIN (AP) — With stomping feet, swinging hips, a drumbeat and lots of laughter, two Syrian migrants lead a group of Germans and others in traditional Arab dance at a Berlin studio to …

Father: Sick UK child surviving after life support withdrawn

LONDON (AP) — The father of a terminally ill British toddler said the child is surviving after being taken off life support, surprising doctors who had argued he should be allowed to die.Tom …

Lawyer says court has sentenced Egypt's former anti-graft chief to 5 years in prison for insulting the military

CAIRO (AP) — Lawyer says court has sentenced Egypt's former anti-graft chief to 5 years in prison for insulting the military.

Israeli army says it demolished Palestinian attacker's home

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has demolished the home of a Palestinian involved in the killing of a West Bank settler.The military said on Tuesday that troops knocked down the …

World News

Moon to raise Japanese abductee issue in North Korea summit

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in plans to raise the issue of Japanese citizens who were abducted decades ago by North Korea in his meeting with North Korean leader …

Syrian migrants bring traditional Arab dance to Berlin

BERLIN (AP) — With stomping feet, swinging hips, a drumbeat and lots of laughter, two Syrian migrants lead a group of Germans and others in traditional Arab dance at a Berlin studio to …

Father: Sick UK child surviving after life support withdrawn

LONDON (AP) — The father of a terminally ill British toddler said the child is surviving after being taken off life support, surprising doctors who had argued he should be allowed to die.Tom …

Lawyer says court has sentenced Egypt's former anti-graft chief to 5 years in prison for insulting the military

CAIRO (AP) — Lawyer says court has sentenced Egypt's former anti-graft chief to 5 years in prison for insulting the military.

Israeli army says it demolished Palestinian attacker's home

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has demolished the home of a Palestinian involved in the killing of a West Bank settler.The military said on Tuesday that troops knocked down the …

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Berkshire Business Outlook: A diverse economy, geared for the future

The Berkshire economy is changing. The pace of the transition has often been frustrating, especially considering the economic boom at the other end of the state. But it looks like there is new light …

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