Berkshire Museum: Art on the Block The Berkshire Museum's $60 million plan for its future, largely supported by the sale of well-known works from its permanent collection, has been central to a firestorm that swept the art world and set off a legal war.

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A lasting legacy: Larry Bell reflects on coaching career after stepping down as Mount Greylock girls cross-country coach

WILLIAMSTOWN — Larry Bell is not a numbers guy. "As you can tell, you ask me numbers and I have to stop and do the math," the longtime Mount Greylock cross-country coach says one morning at …

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What goes around, comes around for new owners of Parlor Cafe in North Adams NORTH ADAMS — As students, Julia Daly and Nick Tardive loved The Parlor Cafe. As graduates, they own it. The former Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts students are taking over the …
Book house a fitting honor for comrade who sought 'any excuse to ride' DALTON — Rick Petricca would be in a staff meeting and, on occasion, get a one-word text from his close friend, Billy West."Ride?" West asked.That's all Petricca needed to know — and if …
As new Williams Inn rises, goal is to nail down outside essentials by winter WILLIAMSTOWN — The concrete pad floors are in, insulation panels are being installed and roofing is underway.Construction continues apace on the new Williams Inn, a $32 million steel and …
Red Sox, community knock it out of the park to honor 106-year-old fan from Cheshire CHESHIRE — Juliette Campbell is more than just a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan; she is Red Sox history.At 106 — that's the same age as Fenway Park — Campbell has seen in person or on …
York Lake bathrooms another victim of state park cuts SANDISFIELD — The town just can't catch a summer break these days. Last year, it was pipeline construction. Now, it's the bathrooms at York Lake, which remain closed since last year, after the …
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College Graduates Kaitlin S. Cirullo, daughter of Greg and Deborah Cirullo of Clarksburg, graduated May 19 with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Westfield State University.- Briell Dzierga, daughter of …
Cheshire: Student musician attends band camp Paul Swanson of Cheshire, a percussionist, is among more than 130 young people participating in University of Massachusetts Lowell's Mary Jo Leahey Symphonic Band Camp from July 15 to 21.The 22nd …
Great Barrington: Singer, historian celebrates Broadway Harvey Granat, singer and a historian of The American Songbook, will perform a four-part series at 7 p.m. Thursdays, July 19 through Aug. 9, at Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey …
Births Berkshire Medical CenterJeffrey and Kelly Baumes of Dalton, a daughter, Mairead, July 12.Fairview HospitalSteven George Seddon Sr. and Laurie Beth Knowles of Sandisfield, a son, Hunter Tyler, July …
Pittsfield: Invasive plants used as food Rosemary Wessel, director of No Fracked Gas in Mass, will speak at the Pittsfield Green Drinks meeting hosted by the Berkshire Environmental Action Team at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at J. Allen's …
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You want a piece of me? ... Our top Pittsfield pizza picks No matter which way you slice it — we love our pizza in Pittsfield. Whether you are ordering in a quick meal for the family, or enjoying a night out, pizza is undeniably a popular go-to option. …
'Blind Eye': Clark landscapes inspire video installation at Jennifer Steinkamp exhibition WILLIAMSTOWN — The first exhibit of video installations at the Clark Art Institute isn't just expanding the Williamstown institution's visual landscape; it's drawing inspiration from it.At …
'Don't mess with the weapons master ...' LENOX — Deep in the confines of Shakespeare & Company's Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, there's a room that you don't want to wander into aimlessly. Gaze straight ahead from the threshold, and …
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Arts Briefs for Sunday, July 15 LenoxSECOND GUILD ART SHOW OPENINGThe Guild of Berkshire Artists will present its second art show of the month at the Lenox Library, 18 Main St., Lenox, beginning Monday. More than 23 local artists …
Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood: 40 years of conversation between art, nature STOCKBRIDGE — The large hulking mass of welded chunks of steel shouldn't move, but it does.Mark di Suvero's "For Lincoln," dips and sways in the breeze, its shiny steel arms outstretched, …
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At Tanglewood, Bernstein as psalmist LENOX — "Why," the Psalmist asks, "do the nations rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?"Good question, especially in our time of enemy nations and vain imaginings at the highest level. …
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Ron Kujawski | Garden Journal: We're being invaded - by Japanese beetles From an aesthetic point of view, it is quite attractive with its metallic green body and shiny bronze wing covers. From a gardener's point of view, it's as ugly a critter as ever roamed the earth. …
Could walking barefoot on grass improve your health? It is not a secret that spending time in nature is good for you. For years, researchers have been detailing how people who live near green spaces — parks, greenbelts, tree-lined streets, rural …
What's your favorite kitchen gadget? Kitchen gadgets are to cooks like Jimmy Choo shoes are to stylish women — you can never have too many (as our kitchen drawers attest) and there is one you would never be without.
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Slain officer, local woman remembered, vigil planned

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts police officer who was shot about 10 times with his own service weapon was described by community members on Monday as a loving and compassionate family man who …

Baseball's shifting culture set to play out in All-Star Game

WASHINGTON (AP) — David Ortiz can now laugh, sort of, at the shifting culture of baseball. For Mike Trout, Nolan Arenado, Bryce Harper and most every other All-Star hitter, dealing with …

Harper's future is shadow hanging over DC's All-Star moment

WASHINGTON (AP) — By the time Bryce Harper gets to the plate at the All-Star Game, Max Scherzer could already be out of the game.Harper is batting sixth in his fifth All-Star start, the …

Massachusetts House, Senate leaders: Final budget deal near

BOSTON (AP) — Democratic leaders in the Massachusetts House and Senate say they're hopeful a budget deal is near.House and Senate negotiators have been holding closed-door talks on the $41 …

Sheriff's captain guilty of helping 'Codfather' smuggle cash

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts sheriff's office captain has been convicted of helping a fishing magnate known as "The Codfather" smuggle profits of an illegal fishing scheme to Portugal.The …

National News

The Latest: Safety investigators eye firefighter death

MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a deadly wildfire near Yosemite National Park (all times local):4:30 p.m.California workplace safety officials are investigating the death of a …

Man convicted of hate crime, arson in Texas mosque torching

VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — A man accused of torching a South Texas mosque last year has been convicted of federal arson and explosives charges and of a hate crime charge.A jury in Victoria, Texas, …

Johnny Depp settles lawsuits involving former managers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Johnny Depp has settled lawsuits with his former business managers that put a spotlight on the actor's spending.Depp's representatives said on Monday that the "Pirates of …

Slain officer, local woman remembered, vigil planned

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts police officer who was shot about 10 times with his own service weapon was described by community members on Monday as a loving and compassionate family man who …

Baseball's shifting culture set to play out in All-Star Game

WASHINGTON (AP) — David Ortiz can now laugh, sort of, at the shifting culture of baseball. For Mike Trout, Nolan Arenado, Bryce Harper and most every other All-Star hitter, dealing with …

World News

Man convicted of hate crime, arson in Texas mosque torching

VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — A man accused of torching a South Texas mosque last year has been convicted of federal arson and explosives charges and of a hate crime charge.A jury in Victoria, Texas, …

Johnny Depp settles lawsuits involving former managers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Johnny Depp has settled lawsuits with his former business managers that put a spotlight on the actor's spending.Depp's representatives said on Monday that the "Pirates of …

Slain officer, local woman remembered, vigil planned

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts police officer who was shot about 10 times with his own service weapon was described by community members on Monday as a loving and compassionate family man who …

Baseball's shifting culture set to play out in All-Star Game

WASHINGTON (AP) — David Ortiz can now laugh, sort of, at the shifting culture of baseball. For Mike Trout, Nolan Arenado, Bryce Harper and most every other All-Star hitter, dealing with …

Families bury the dead after bloody weekend in Nicaragua

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Families began burying the dead Monday following a bloody weekend in Nicaragua as police and paramilitary groups attacked roadblocks set up by anti-government …

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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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