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
Domestic Abuse in Massachusetts: In seeking escape, victims face hurdles

From language barriers and religious stigma to poverty, a lack of transportation or fear of being deported, advocates Tuesday outlined a host of obstacles women can face when seeking to escape …

Berkshire Medical Center raps union over erroneous news release

PITTSFIELD — A public relations blunder heightened tensions Tuesday between Berkshire Medical Center and its biggest union, even before the sides return to collective bargaining after a strike …

Wednesday last chance to register to vote in Pittsfield city election

PITTSFIELD — Wednesday is the last day to register to vote in advance of the city election on Nov. 7. The city clerk's office will be open late, until 8 p.m., on Wednesday to accommodate those …

Police arrest Pittsfield man in murder case gone cold

PITTSFIELD — Six hundred and thirty-three days after police found James Dominguez III dead on the street from a gunshot to the back of the head, police have a suspect in custody.James …

Felix Carroll: New-school farming idea meets `old school' in New Marlborough

NEW MARLBOROUGH — If your image of the archetypal farm obliges a big, red barn, maybe a silo, a split-rail fence and a few cows scattered across four corners of pasture to hold everything in …

Great Barrington shooting incident: One man released, another still detained

GREAT BARRINGTON — One of the men charged in recent gun incidents at Cumberland Farms and Lake Mansfield beach is out of jail, for now, the other remains in custody.

Opinion
Our Opinion: Police don't need military weaponry

President Trump's ongoing drive to undo the efforts of his predecessor now include rolling back an Obama administration executive order that blocked armored vehicles, high-caliber weapons and other …

Our Opinion: Casting bright light on suicide prevention

Our Opinion: State actions are limited against D.C sabotage

Our Opinion: Tricky balancing act for cannabis board

Our Opinion: Arts funding grant is good news for many

Columnists
Francis Moriarty: Art, local identity and civics

PITTSFIELD— A number of artworks, including two paintings by Norman Rockwell, are soon to be auctioned off as part of a controversial deaccession of art held in the collection of the Berkshire …

Felix Caroll: Lessons lived and learned under the Friday night lights

Carole Owens: Doggie chauffeurs on errands of mercy

Ruth Bass: Sometimes, boys should be boys and girls should be girls

Lauren R. Stevens: The four Newton boys and the three Vermont lakes

Letters
Letter: Questions about Sotheby's, contractors unanswered

To the editor:As a longtime member of the Berkshire Museum's Collections Committee, a longtime curator at the Clark and the curator of two exhibitions at the Berkshire Museum, I ask some simple …

Letter: Self-appointed patriots should respect others

Letter: Descent into tyranny by a mean little boy

Letter: Those who kneel ask us to understand pain

Letter: Finally, Pittsfield has first female firefighter

World News
Local News

Thanksgiving basket raffle to support North Adams Farmers Market SNAPx2 Program

NORTH ADAMS — The centerpiece of your Thanksgiving meal could help support those who rely on food assistance programs buy fresh produce. The North Adams Farmers' Market is holding a raffle, the …

Police identify suspect in shooting death of Asiyanna Jones

PITTSFIELD — Police have identified a suspect in the recent shooting death of Asiyanna Jones.Gary Linen, 36, of Pittsfield, known by the street name "G-Black," is believed to have come under …

Stockbridge to explore possible roundabout at tricky intersection

STOCKBRIDGE — Call it a rotary, a roundabout or plain and simple, a traffic circle — it remains a subject of intense discussion following a series of accidents and many more near-misses …

3rd annual suicide prevention walk offers comfort for some families, awareness for others

ADAMS — Aaron Coty was two months shy of turning 19 when he took his own life two years ago.The Pittsfield High School alum was an active, athletic, outgoing teenager on the PHS campus. Aaron …

Berkshire Museum plan spurs New England Museum Association think tank on 'deaccessioning dilemma'

PITTSFIELD — Amid the conversation sparked by Berkshire Museum's plan to sell key pieces of its art to fund a renovation and new direction, the New England Museum Association has decided to add …
Berkshire Landscapes

I'll be right back ... Your guide to horror films

A group of teen camp counselors sit around a campfire in the woods, each trying to scare the other with tales of a serial killer that slaughtered the campers at a nearby summer camp in the recent …
Harvest Season in the Berkshires: Part III

Honoring original CSA's legacy at Indian Line Farm

GREAT BARRINGTON — Rays of autumn sun settled over Indian Line Farm last Friday evening, swaddling the South Egremont hills in a lingering, golden glow. CSA members meandered between tables of harvested produce in the old dairy barn and then, wandering down a two-track dirt lane, entered the fields to pick husk cherries and flowers.

Find your way out of the Hicks Family Farm Corn Maze

CHARLEMONT — In a more difficult labyrinth, the pun-laden advice from animals on information sheets lining the paths of Hicks Family Farm Corn Maze might seem unnecessarily cruel."Cherish wide …
The Arts

Artist Morgan Bulkeley searches for hope amid rubble of despair in exhibit at Berkshire Museum

PITTSFIELD — Morgan Bulkeley's 50-year career retrospective, "Morgan Bulkeley: Nature Culture Clash," at Berkshire Museum, aims to bring hope — to an institution that is selling 40 …

A closer look at what's on gallery walls this fall

With the work of some big names (Picasso, Warhol, Frankenthaler) on display, an historic expansion to one of its foremost institutions and a major controversy, the Berkshires art world provided …

WCMA launches a cosmic experience

WILLIAMSTOWN — In simple terms, one might say Williams College Visiting Professor Barbara Takenaga's work is out of this world.On a more complex level, Takenaga's work calls forth echoes of galaxies, exploding stars and dazzling orbs, which …
Music

Ray LaMontagne leaves a lot in his wake as he just passes through

TROY, N.Y. — Ray LaMontagne's "Just Passing Through" tour will make a stop at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Sunday night, and Ashfield, Mass.' resident rocker is bringing another …

The ukulele gets a serious feminine touch at 7th Annual Berkshire Uke Fest

WILLIAMSTOWN — Berkshire County Uke Fest organizer Bernice Lewis believes the four-stringed instrument helps women overcome musical barriers."I think that most of Western music from the get-go …
Lifestyles
Dinner Is Served

Chef's Challenge: One pan, 30 minutes and $25 = Dinner

PITTSFIELD — Although it wasn't (hopefully) as daunting as the mystery box challenge Gordon Ramsey gives contenders on "Master Chef" — and we don't think we're anywhere close to being as …

Thom Smith: Stop! Don't touch that fuzzy, white caterpillar

Q: When I walk around my gardens, I frequently see a hairy white caterpillar, about 1 1/4" long. It has a tiny black bead-like head and a row of tiny black triangle-like marks down its back. …

Ron Kujawski: Time to plant wonderful, multi-purpose garlic

Garlic is perhaps the most useful of vegetables. It is a key ingredient in all cuisines; it has medicinal properties; it wards off vampires; and it can help clear a crowded room in no time at all. …
State News
National News
Diagnosis: Discord | Nurses Strike at Berkshire Medical Center

Over 100 nurses on strike march outside of Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) in Pittsfield. After a year of failed negotiations with the hospital, the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) and nurses …

Cannabis Road
THE CANNABIS ROAD

Larry Parnass, investigations editor for The Berkshire Eagle, spent a little over a week in Colorado reporting on that state’s experience with medical and recreational marijuana. With …

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