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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Pittsfield's Jaden Keefner shines at QB for U15 Team USA

Pittsfield resident Jaden Keefner helped lead the U-15 Stars team to a 21-14 victory over the U-15 Stripes during the inaugural Team USA Middle School Bowl Game Series at The Pro Football Hall of …

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Shop aesthetics a concern as Pittsfield board grants conditional OKs for pot retailers PITTSFIELD — Two marijuana retailers received initial green lights from the city's Community Development Board on Tuesday. The board conditionally approved site plans for Temescal Wellness, …
Al Nelson, community advocate for North Berkshire, dies at 83 NORTH ADAMS — When Al Nelson saw a problem in the Northern Berkshire Community, he worked to fix it. Nelson, the longtime former leader of the Northern Berkshire United Way and co-founder of the Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative, died Sunday following a brief illness. He was 83.
Rescues spur bid to raise awareness of turtles, environment at Smiley Pond EGREMONT — Ari Zorn is accustomed to taking daily, largely uneventful walks around Smiley Pond, but during one walk in early June, Zorn saw something horrifying.
From AC to elevators, Berkshire Common tenants fret over backlog of building deficiencies PITTSFIELD — "Can you hear that hum?" Joe Torra asked a visitor. "That's the air conditioning trying to work."Torra is the co-owner of Deidre's Special Day, one of 20 tenants in the Berkshire …
Sen. Warren announces town hall meeting in Great Barrington GREAT BARRINGTON — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will hold a town hall meeting at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center here on Sunday.The event will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the theater at 14 …
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Cummington: Music camp students join church service The Village Church has hosted Sunday visits from the students at the nearby Greenwood Music Camp since 1940.The students bring their voices and instruments to the 10 a.m. interfaith service on …
Pittsfield: Housatonic River cleanup slated Berkshire Environmental Action Team and the Housatonic Valley Association have organized a cleanup of the Housatonic River beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 21, at Wahconah Park.Crews will be …
Pittsfield: Special tour follows Melville's footsteps Veteran guide Jeff Aldrich will lead "Woods to Writing Table," a special tour following Herman Melville's footsteps through fields, forest and farmhouse, at 4 p.m. Friday, July 20, at Arrowhead, 780 …
Great Barrington: Waste oil, paint collection set The South Berkshire Household Hazardous Waste Collaborative will hold a paint and oil collection for its 15 participating towns from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Recycling Center, 601 …
Pittsfield: Track & field games offered for youth The city's Department of Community Development Recreation Program has announced that Pittsfield Track and Field Games will take place Saturday, July 21, at the Taconic High School track, 96 Valentine …
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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 …
The Arts
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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Jeremy Yudkin | Performances Not to Miss: Mozart, Bernstein and Sibelius This is the third in a weekly series of columns devoted to a brief look ahead at the weekend's principal Tanglewood concerts. For a music lover it must have been quite an experience living in Vienna …
Lifestyles
Ron Kujawski | Garden Journal: Daylilies - easy to grow, very few problems How are your outhouse daylilies doing? I suspect rather well, since daylilies are among the most reliable plants in home gardens. The outhouse daylily, also known as tawny daylily, goes by the …
What do you do with all that pickle relish? Make biscuits, of course! The summer bash you planned for weeks is over. The trash is picked up and the lawn chairs returned to their rightful places. You sent the leftover salads and desserts home with the people who brought …
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. …
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Massachusetts lawmakers approve deal on overdue budget

BOSTON (AP) — Eighteen days into the state's new fiscal year, lawmakers on Wednesday approved a $41.9 billion budget, breaking an impasse that has left Massachusetts the only U.S. state …

6 states and NYC sue US over immigration-related policy

NEW YORK (AP) — Six states and New York City sued the federal government Wednesday, joining other cities and states who say the government is trying to unlawfully force "sanctuary" communities …

The Latest: DOJ says 6 states, NYC cheat citizens by suing

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on lawsuits filed in Manhattan federal court by six states and New York City to challenge Justice Department rules requiring immigration enforcement cooperation in …

Man sentenced to 4 years in prison for 7 bank robberies

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for robbing seven banks in 2017.WMUR-TV reports 43-year-old Chaka Meredith, of Laconia, said …

The Latest: Legislature backs deal on overdue budget

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on a budget deal reached by lawmakers in Massachusetts, the only state without a permanent spending plan in place (all times local):4:30 p.m.State lawmakers have …

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The Latest: NFL concussion payouts expected to grow

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the NFL concussion settlement (all times local):5:10 p.m.Lawyers representing former NFL players in their concussion claims estimate payouts from the …

Chemical plant explodes, catches fire; wide area evacuated

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio chemical manufacturing plant has exploded and caught fire, prompting authorities to evacuate a large area around it.The Akron Beacon Journal reports an Akron Fire …

US pastor denied release in latest trial hearing in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish court on Wednesday again denied a request for the release from custody of an American pastor based in Turkey who is on trial on charges of aiding terror groups …

White St. Louis police chief candidate alleges bias

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The white former interim police chief of St. Louis is alleging discrimination based on race in the selection of a permanent chief.Lt. Col. Lawrence O'Toole was among six …

6 states and NYC sue US over immigration-related policy

NEW YORK (AP) — Six states and New York City sued the federal government Wednesday, joining other cities and states who say the government is trying to unlawfully force "sanctuary" communities …

World News

The Latest: NFL concussion payouts expected to grow

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the NFL concussion settlement (all times local):5:10 p.m.Lawyers representing former NFL players in their concussion claims estimate payouts from the …

Chemical plant explodes, catches fire; wide area evacuated

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio chemical manufacturing plant has exploded and caught fire, prompting authorities to evacuate a large area around it.The Akron Beacon Journal reports an Akron Fire …

US pastor denied release in latest trial hearing in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish court on Wednesday again denied a request for the release from custody of an American pastor based in Turkey who is on trial on charges of aiding terror groups …

6 states and NYC sue US over immigration-related policy

NEW YORK (AP) — Six states and New York City sued the federal government Wednesday, joining other cities and states who say the government is trying to unlawfully force "sanctuary" communities …

The Latest: DOJ says 6 states, NYC cheat citizens by suing

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on lawsuits filed in Manhattan federal court by six states and New York City to challenge Justice Department rules requiring immigration enforcement cooperation in …

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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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