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To help keep virus at bay, Supreme Judicial Court OKs release of some inmates

BOSTON — Citing practical and constitutional concerns, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has authorized the release of some inmates in an effort to avoid potential COVID-19 outbreaks in …

Baker: New virus models estimate up to 172,000 cases statewide Speaking in greater detail than he previously has, Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday that the state's coronavirus model anticipates the greatest surge in patients between April 10 and April 20, and …
Dalton resident gathers up, delivers supplies in Berkshires amid national shortages DALTON — Deciding to apply his resources to the new coronavirus crisis was a matter of simple mathematics, said Allen Harris, head of Berkshire Money Management. He saw people hoarding …
State allows real estate to continue, worrying some in Berkshire industry First came sniffles, then the dry cough, and then an overall body ache and headache. The fever was spotty. By mid-March, Dan Alden, a real estate broker, was leveled by whatever bug he had caught. …
Reps. push for state support as coronavirus ravages Williamstown nursing home WILLIAMSTOWN — Without widespread testing at Williamstown Commons, Berkshire lawmakers say a new coronavirus hot spot soon could turn into a blazing fire. Two of the nursing home's …
The Rest of River Cleanup Settlement

Visit our Rest of River Cleanup page, covering the planned burial of toxic Housatonic River sediment in Berkshire County dump sites.

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Kyle Navarro was kneeling down to unlock his bicycle when he noticed an older white man staring at him. Navarro, who is Filipino, tried to ignore him, but that soon became impossible.The man walked …
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The workplace where 'mission' matters

PITTSFIELD — Few companies can afford to embrace the long-view term quite like General Dynamics Mission Systems, the big Pittsfield defense contractor. One of its contracts with the …

Blantyre for $38,000 a day? Revised virus shutdown nixes that deal, and others

What little survived of the hospitality industry, including short-term rentals, in the Berkshires and statewide has been snuffed out by the COVID-19 pandemic. Until further notice. When Gov. …

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Stop the hop: Workers average 2.3 jobs in a 5-year span

PITTSFIELD — Never before have workers in the United States had so many occupational options. It’s a boon for job seekers, but a bane for employers. Job-hopping (yep, that’s a …

CEO spotlight: Carlo Zaffanella, vice president of maritime and strategic systems, General Dynamics

PITTSFIELD — Carlo Zaffanella is sure his mother wanted him to be a musician. But his father was a scientist, and Zaffanella always liked mathematics and science. He attended the Berkshire …

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Mike Walsh | Powder Report: Going for a shred along with Jiminy Peak ski patrol
There was a moment a couple months ago, I was interviewing former Team USA skier Ryan Riley at Dottie's in Pittsfield and he said … Read More
Gene Chague | Berkshire Woods and Waters: Alice Christman, a very special angler
A couple of weeks ago, I featured the MassWildlife Gold Pin and Angler of the Year Awards. You may remember that picture of … Read More
Howard Herman | Designated Hitter: Drury's Vidal seizes moment at glory
AMHERST — Twelve months ago, Keeghan Vidal was watching basketball in the Curry Hicks Cage. Saturday, he got to celebrate as a … Read More
Geoff Smith | From the Baseline: McGuire puts himself in WMass basketball lore with finals performance
The perks of being a sportswriter are plentiful, but high up on that list is getting the chance for a front-row view of history as it … Read More
Lauren R. Stevens | Hikes and Walks: Forging and sharing tracks at Mountain Meadow Preserve
Deer, dogs, snowshoers, cross-country skiers, walkers, all-terrain vehicles — lots of tracks appear on the snow-covered trails … Read More
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Tracy Wilson approaches career coda, but love of music will go on PITTSFIELD — For Berkshire Music School executive director Tracy Wilson, it's all about the music. "Music is so deeply connected to the soul," she said during a recent interview in her office at the 80-year-old institution on Wendell Avenue. "If only people could find a way to make music, it would make them feel better."
Looking for cooking inspiration? Grab your favorite cookbook In this period of quarantine, people are doing more cooking and baking than ever. Most of us are used to serving up one or two meals a day — with family members at …

Mysteries from the morgue: Did a H.P. Lovecraft collaborator live in North Adams?

NORTH ADAMS — Anna Helen (Crofts) McCuen lived a secret literary life. It was so secret, that her achievements, including co-authoring a short story with the master of horror fiction, H.P. …

Yes, your local farm is still open Farmers Ashley Amsden and Michael Gallagher had been floating the idea of adding home delivery of their pasture-raised chicken, beef, pork and eggs as an option for customers of their Lanesborough "for a while." The husband-and-wife team, who own Square Roots Farm, were waiting for the right time to launch the service.
John Seven | Viewer's Discretion: 'Years and Years' more than just family dramedy Back in the 1980s, it was nuclear war that got the dire television warnings that tapped into the public's apocalyptic fear in the form of the amazing British TV movie, "Threads," and its American …
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