(Armando Franca — the associated press)
Chinese New Year: Local residents honor traditions, celebrations

02/08/2016 05:50 AM EST
Some folks celebrate their new year with noisemakers, champagne toasts, silly hats and glasses.

But when Monday marks the start of Chinese New Year — also known as Lunar New Year and Spring Festival — millions of people around the world will usher in the ancient public holiday by donning new clothes, hanging red lanterns and setting off firecrackers. Full Story

'This Was Not the Plan': A workaholic dad learns to adapt
02/05/2016 01:47 PM EST - Charlie Goldwyn's life plan has gone awry. He didn't plan on being raised by a single mother. Full Story

Book review: Language of Secrets' is action-packed
02/05/2016 01:47 PM EST - The hot-button issues of religion and culture — sometimes wrapped in controversy and suspicion — make a compelling foundation in Ausma Zehanat Khan's second novel about Esa Khattak, head of Toronto's Community Policing Section that handles minority issues. Full Story

'The Ex' is a compelling legal thriller
02/05/2016 01:48 PM EST - An attorney represents a man who's accused of committing multiple homicides and who also happens to be her ex-fiance in Alafair Burke's latest page-turner, "The Ex. Full Story

Berkshire Theatre Group hosts festival for families
02/05/2016 01:29 PM EST - PITTSFIELD >> With little to no snow in sight and five days off from school looming in the near future, what's a parent to do? Full Story

Short Answers: Get over it and move on ...
02/05/2016 01:27 PM EST - Dear Short Answers >> Last month my wife and I had planned to go on a cruise. Full Story

Go Green: Repair, not discard, electronics
02/05/2016 01:27 PM EST - In this column, staff at the Center for EcoTechnology offer advice on easy ways for people — and businesses — to introduce green changes in their daily lives. Full Story

Strange but true: Impressive feats by young geniuses
02/05/2016 01:24 PM EST - Q: Geniuses come in all ages, even under 17 years old. Can you cite any of the achievements of these youngsters? Full Story

Berkshire Botanical Garden lecture to focus on creating garden mood, style
02/05/2016 01:24 PM EST - Like a fingerprint, each garden is unique to the person who creates it, reflecting their tastes, space, means and abilities. Full Story

9 children's authors who call the Berkshires home
02/05/2016 12:03 PM EST -

Springfield may have the twisting rhymes of Dr. Seuss, but the Berkshires has its share of colorful characters brought to life by local children/young adult authors and illustrators.

With school vacation just around the corner, grab a copy of a few of these titles and support some local authors you may not know share your zip code.

Here are nine children's book authors who live in the Berkshires: Full Story