Local News
St. Charles welcomes new pastor

PITTSFIELD — A city native who eyed the priesthood as an adolescent is the new pastor at St. Charles Church.The Rev. Michael Wood will succeed Rev. Peter Gregory, who announced his retirement from pastoral duties in March after guiding the …

New Selectman in by a nose

OTIS — Gary Thomas is the town's newest selectman — by a nose. Thomas beat out Michael Ernst for the seat vacated by outgoing Selectman Roberta Sarnacki by only three votes in Tuesday's town election.Thomas received 171 votes to Ernst's …

Goodell wins spot on Select Board

CLARKSBURG — Kimberly Goodell has won a two-year term on the Select Board as a write-in candidate.Selectman Carlyle "Chip" Chesbro Jr., who ran uncontested, coasted to a three-year term on the board in Tuesday's election.Only 190 out of 1,138 …

Carrie Saldo | Youth program gets new focus, new digs

New digs A reconfigured approach to Pittsfield Public Schools' alternative education programs is moving forward. The School Committee approved a one-year lease for about 2,000 square feet of space at 53 Eagle St. The $36,810 price tag includes daily …

Lenox to hire parking planner

LENOX — Does the town have a summer-season parking problem, or is it a "parker problem:" visitors or locals unwilling to walk several minutes to their destinations?Either way, and despite studies showing availability of spaces even on the …

Williamstown man charged with rape

NORTH ADAMS — A Williamstown man is facing charges for allegedly raping a woman on two separate occasions — one of which he recorded on his cellphone.Robert Billington, 33, is accused of raping the woman once in Williamstown and once in …

Top Sport Stories
Drury's Connor Meehan earns victory at Central/West Mass. Division II boys track and field championships

WESTFIELD — In one of the final races of his high school career, Drury senior Connor Meehan stepped onto the track and Westfield State University as the man with the target on his back in the 800-meter run.His competitors got a real good look …

Meisberger, Gamberoni win at Central/West Mass. Division II girls track and field championships

St. Joseph baseball celebrates Senior Day for the final time

Berkshire Woods and Waters: It's fishing derby time

Local sports
Williams softball stays alive with victory over rival Amherst

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — When the Williams College softball team clinched its Super Regional win a week ago, the players knew they might face a rival in the NCAA Division III championships.That's because Williams and Amherst both made their way …

Roundup: Keagan McGrath, Hoosac Valley baseball defeat Lenox

Pittsfield, Taconic participate in Central/West Mass. Division I track and field championships

Designated Hitter: Double standard for TV playoffs

Taconic baseball tops Pittsfield, improves to 19-0

Opinion
Our Opinion: A major leap in evolution of Mass MoCA

Who would have believed two decades ago that the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams would today be unveiling its third and final phase, mammoth Building 6? Well, not everybody, but after early stops and starts as the unlikely …

Our Opinion: Keep pushing for NYC rail link

Our Opinion: Pittsfield confronts harsh realities of budget process

Our Opinion: Berkshire Bank's Boston presence should pay off

Our Opinion: Common ground may be reached on dental bills

Columnists
Clarence Fanto | Open hostility to journalists isn't costing votes, yet

LENOX — The combination of Donald Trump's open contempt for the news media and his own unrestrained hostility, even on the world political stage directed at leaders of NATO nations, gave us yet another week of disturbing developments at home …

Rabbi Josh Breindel: Gift of remembrance

Mehernosh Khan, M.D.: A time for dragons

Anne Horrigan Geary: Farmers and their markets

Alan Chartock | I, Publius: Fall of Confederate statues a small victory in war against racism

Letters
Letter: Riding the wind for revenue savings

To the editor:The public-use Otis Wind Project at the Williams Stone Quarry will produce estimated budgetary gains of $200,000-$250,000 annually. Financed with loans, a $400,000 grant, and a $2.7 million subsidy, the community is going to come out …

Letter: Past time to honor service in Cold War

Letter: Grim warning from future

Letter: Kindness in Hinsdale

Letter: Assn. for blind thanks, welcomes, volunteers

Entertainment
Mayim Bialik combines intelligence and experience in new book

LOS ANGELES — Mayim Bialik plays smart on TV's "The Big Bang Theory" and is smart in real life, with a Ph.D. in neuroscience as evidence.She joins her intelligence with experience in "Girling Up: How to be Strong, Smart and Spectacular," a …

PEOPLE: Principal ABT dancer pens memoir; "Modern Family" star clarifies health issues; Gold Star father writes about American history for young readers

Supercharged superstar Dwayne Johnson floats on success

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Town Players slates readings of seven short plays in one program

Local News

Pittsfield schools aim to attract more kids

PITTSFIELD — The Pittsfield Public Schools wants your kids.And to that end, the district may begin aggressively marketing its educational offerings to increase its enrollment.Pittsfield's school system has seen a drop in student rolls both …

VIDEO | Mass MoCA's Building 6

Explore Mass MoCA's newest space, Building 6, which adds an additional 105,000-square-feet of gallery space. Building 6 officially opens on Sunday, May 28, 2017.

Living monuments to service

LENOX — Nearly 75 years after serving their country, Max Silver, Bernie Handler and Gabe Valenzeula shared an experience of a lifetime honoring the role they played during World War II.The trio boarded a plane in Albany, N.Y., earlier this …

Lost again: Echoes of a WWI hero's suicide

PITTSFIELD — Memorial Day, when Americans reckon with war's cost, came early that year. It was Dec. 11, 1921. Three thousand people crowded into the State Armory in Pittsfield to honor the late Lt. Col. Charles W. Whittlesey, famed leader of …

Pittsfield man charged with having gun near site of reported shooting

PITTSFIELD — "They just shot up our house."That's what Jason Sefton told police Friday morning — just before he was found carrying a loaded .22 caliber handgun.Sefton, 18, was arrested Friday after police received notifications via the …
Lifestyles

Backyard flights of fancy: Hobbits, dragons, pirates, oh my!

Many a kid (and grown-up) has dreamed of having a magical playhouse. If you've got more cash than carpentry skills, there are creative entepreneurs who specialize in bringing those storybook flights of fancy alive with Hobbit holes, treehouses, …

EHLERS-DANLOS SYNDROME: 'You just have to keep going'

In 1981, Alexandra Lloyd was a 25-year-old opera singer."One day, it was just 'ah-ah'" she said, motioning to her throat. And that was only the beginning. In 1995, her hands stopped functioning properly. At the time, she was a massage therapist. In …

The Scene | Brien Center’s Annual UNICO Dinner shines light on Berkshire Health Systems

PITTSFIELD — In her moving, honest and inspirational speech, The Brien Center’s Annual UNICO Dinner guest speaker, Amy Alexander, spoke in memory of her father when she quoted Norman Vincent Peale, the American minister and author known for his work in popularizing the concept of positive thinking: “Hold an image of the life you want, and that image will become fact.”
The Arts

Mass MoCA takes the Cake

NORTH ADAMS — John McCrae, the lead singer and founder of the alt-rock band Cake, conceded in a phone interview that the group's iconic sound did not manifest itself right away. No," he said, with a short laugh.

12th annual Berkshire International Film Festival is ready to unreel

Movies often speak to the trials and tribulations of our times. Movies often provide an escape from the trials and tribulations of our times as well. Finding a balance between those two roles during these turbulent times was one of the challenges …

Let the guitar rock your world at Berkshire Museum

PITTSFIELD — The guitar may well be the best-known, most familiar instrument in the world. Now, a new exhibit opening Friday at the Berkshire Museum, goes behind the sounds and shapes that have bound the guitar and all its forms — …
Podcast: A Brief History of Mass MoCA
S01 Episode 19: A brief history of Mass MoCA

NORTH ADAMS — Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art director Joseph Thompson discusses the museum’s rich history, the institution’s impact on the regional economy and the future of Mass MoCA following the opening of Building 6 at the sprawling complex of former mill buildings in North Adams.

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St. Joseph's Central High School
St. Joseph's Central High School: The Final Year

St. Joseph Central High School, the last remaining Catholic high school in Berkshire County, will close at the end of the school year in June. Gathered here is a collection of articles documenting the days leading up to the end.

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