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Streetwise clinician helps bring more humane approach to police calls in Berkshires

Heat lightning flashed against the night sky as Richard Collins and three Pittsfield Police officers descended on a Memorial Drive home. The lights were on and the door was ajar.Just inside, …

Pets need special care during heat waves, group says Many pet owners might not realize that high temperatures can be worse on their furry friends, who don't have the option of stripping down to their cargo shorts.The Berkshire Humane …
Steam bath: Caution advised as rare string of hot days reaches Berkshires Oppressive. Dangerous. Those warnings, rarely voiced by government forecasters in our region, sum up the tropical steam bath Berkshire residents and visitors will endure this weekend. The core of the …
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Co-responder: A career in crisis work PITTSFIELD — Richard Collins has worked with the Brien Center's Crisis Team for two decades. Before that, he worked as an emergency room technician in Fort Wayne, Ind. That "wild job" prepared …
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'A sublime experience' It started by the sea, tethered to Martha's Vineyard, its presence drawing prominent artists, musicians and more. From there, it was taken north, set to visit historical sites circling Boston. And in …
From furniture to harps: A natural progression for woodworker WEST STOCKBRIDGE — It isn't too difficult to find somebody who builds guitars in Berkshire County, but where do you go if you're in need of a harp?For the past five years, Michael Costerisan …

The Spot still the spot to be

PITTSFIELD — "We've introduced people of all ages to a lot of new products and foods and everyone has generally been really grateful for it," Jonathan Vella said. "That's definitely the most …

Too hot to cook? Just make pasta salad ... We're headed into the dog days of summer ... temperatures this weekend are predicted to be near 90 degrees. In that type of heat, no one wants to heat up their house by using the oven and even …
Mysteries From The Morgue: Otis nudist colony was among first in the nation During the summer of 1933, Otis was invaded by a nudist cult.At least that's how a headline in the Boston Globe on May 24, 1933, described the pending establishment of a nudist colony in the township …
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Twenty-five years later, 'The Lion King' roars again; this time with Beyonce

LOS ANGELES — It was just a few months ago that director Jon Favreau was sitting in a scoring session with composer Hans Zimmer for "The Lion King," his ambitious and technology-driven …

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