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Lenox local composes new musical, 'Rescue Rue'

04/18/2014 11:17 AM EDT

Music is 28-year-old Lenox Memorial High School graduate Joshua Zecher-Ross' life -- and career. The New York resident is a music director, vocal coach, conductor and an accompanist. And while he has done some arranging -- chiefly liturgical music for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, where his mother Deborah Zecher is rabbi (his father, Dennis Ross, also is an ordained rabbi) -- composing has not been part of Zecher-Ross' resume. Full Story

Short Answers: Get permission or seek forgiveness
04/18/2014 11:18 AM EDT -

Life is complicated. Short Answers isn't.

Dear Short Answers: My wife and I are both in our 40s and have had a great marriage for the past 12 years. I recently decided that I wanted to get a tattoo Full Story

Honoring tradition one Easter egg at a time
04/12/2014 05:36 PM EDT -

LENOX -- If you want to take your Easter egg decorating up a notch this year, beyond the store-bought dye kit, grab a candle, a raw egg and muster up some patience. Full Story

Raised garden beds are all the rage
04/10/2014 02:44 PM EDT -

Schuyler and Colby Gail have raised expectations for this summer's garden. For nearly three years, the owners of Climbing Tree Farm have successfully raised pigs, chickens and other livestock for meat sold at area markets, but growing a traditional garden has been a bust.  Full Story

Berkshires to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month
04/10/2014 02:54 PM EDT -

PITTSFIELD -- In keeping with the spirit of national Jazz Appreciation Month, Berkshires Jazz, Inc. has announced a series of musical events that run the gamut of styles and venues.  Full Story

Strange but True: No need for corkscrew, just hit wall
04/10/2014 02:55 PM EDT - Q: How do you open a wine bottle with a book? Please be sure you're sober before trying this one. Full Story

An evening of art with Community Access to the Arts
04/04/2014 12:29 PM EDT -

Community Access To The Arts is well-known for its continuing efforts to provide artistic and performing opportunities for people with disabilities. After two decades of pursuing this mission from its southern Berkshire County headquarters, the organization is hoping to widen its presence in the north, beginning with an evening of art by CATA artists from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, at the Stone Hill Center of the Clark Art Institute. WILLIAMSTOWN Community Access To The Arts is well-known for its continuing efforts to provide artistic and performing opportunities for people with disabilities. Full Story

Book review: A mother's powerful memoir
04/04/2014 12:25 PM EDT - Stella Elliston's second son, born two months premature, suffered a massive bleed in his brain when he was only six days old. Full Story

Wedding venues in the Berkshires
03/29/2014 09:34 AM EDT -

From gardens to barns, mountains to fountains, Berkshire County can offer an array of wedding backdrops and venues for couples near and far. Full Story

Young equestrians saddle up in Williamstown
03/20/2014 01:36 PM EDT -

A newly established equestrian team is aiming to bring students closer to horses and their fellow teammates. Full Story

(Brendan Smialowski)
Congress is using Twitter, but which party is most active?

Your representative in the House is almost certainly on Twitter. Your senator definitely is. But how are they using the social network? Full Story
(Elise Amendola)
Watch Yankees pitcher get caught using pine tar

Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected for using pine tar less than two weeks after appearing to get away with using a foreign substance in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat New York 5-1 on Wednesday night. Full Story
(Francois Mori)
Justin Bieber is sorry for visiting this Japanese war shrine

Justin Bieber apologized Wednesday to those he offended by visiting Japan's Yasukuni war shrine this week, saying he was misled to see it as only a place of prayer. Full Story