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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

@theMarket: G-20 Weighs on Stocks
By Bill Schmick,
05:06PM / Friday, June 28, 2019
It wouldn't be a normal weekend in the financial markets without something to worry about. This weekend, it is the meeting of the two presidents, Trump and Xi, in Japan with $350 billion in new tariffs hanging on the outcome. What are the odds that they clinch a deal?   Not great, in my opinion. That doesn't necessarily mean that we need to brace for a worldwide economy-killing deluge of massive tariffs and counter-tariffs either. There is too much at stake for Donald Trump and China knows it. Instead, I expect we will get a classic Trumpian foreign policy "speak loudly and carry a little stick" maneuver.   Robert Lighthizer, our U.S. trade representative,

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Hot Weather Brings T-Storms for the Weekend
01:12PM / Friday, June 28, 2019

The sun will be shining over the Berkshires most of the weeked but be prepared for possible thunderstorms on Saturday.

The National Weather Service is forecasting scattered storms late in the afternoon and into evening Saturday but only slight risk of severe weather.  The primary threat will be damaging wind gusts, however, large hail is also possible.

Temperatures will stay in the 80s on Friday but dip slightly on Saturday into the high 70s and drop into the 60s to provide some relief on Sunday -- but also bring in more rain and possible lightning storms.

The thousands attending the Solid Sound Festival in North Adams should prepare for some rain over the weekend but hopefully not

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Biz Briefs: New Berkshire Food Co-op Opens in Great Barrington
12:03PM / Friday, June 28, 2019

The project expanded the co-op's space from 4,400 square feet to 7,600 square feet. Co-op expansion

The Berkshire Food Co-op celebrated its grand opening in the Powerhouse Square Building at 34 Bridge St. in Great Barrington on June 19 with local vendor demonstrations, live music, prizes and thousands of dollars in giveaways. "It's been a long haul and a tremendous community effort. We’re thrilled to fling wide the doors of our new store and welcome the entire community inside for their first look at the tangible results of our collective hopes and dreams," said Daniel Esko, project manager.

 A ribbon cutting ceremony was at 7:30 a.m. with remarks from

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NAMI Berkshire County Names New Program Director
11:09AM / Friday, June 28, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Berkshire County has welcomed Stephanie Adornetto as its new program director, following the departure of Brenda Carpenter as executive director in December 2018.

Adornetto initially joined NAMI Berkshire County as a board member in October 2018. Stephanie has been an early childhood coordinator for the Berkshire United Way for the past two years, gaining experience in managing programs and working with families and community members. Prior to joining the United Way, she was a lead teacher for Berkshire County Head Start, so in both of these roles, she provided support, education and advocacy to the children and families

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Review: Do Not Leave at Intermission of 'Into the Woods'
By Nancy Salz, Guest Column
10:47AM / Friday, June 28, 2019

The story of Stephen Sondheim's "Into The Woods" only appears to be over at end of the first act of this farcical and entertaining mash-up made from four Brothers Grimm fairy tales. While everyone is about to live happily ever after, Act I is really a foreshadowing of the pay-back set forth Act II.

Bring your mind as well as your sense of humor to Barrington Stage's fine production of this musical theater classic.

As the show begins, The Baker (Jonathan Raviv) and his Wife (Mara Davi) are on a quest. They desperately want a child but are unable to conceive. The Witch (Mykal Kilgore) has cursed them, and to undo it, she demands four items: a cow as white as milk from

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'The Dead Don't Die': Having Fun With the Oxymoron
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:36PM / Thursday, June 27, 2019
I'd be impressed if I learned that a history prof in some U.S. university was showing his class director Jim Jarmusch's zombie/horror/comedy "The Dead Don't Die" as an instructive metaphor for the zombies down in Foggy Bottom. It might be a stretch, but then again, c'mon.   Possessed of no morality and dedicated only to their perverse survival, the sudden infestation of the undead in previously peaceful, Centerville, Pennsylvania, is fraught with tidbits of parodic wit, the satire there for all who are willing to recognize the real horror that threatens us.   In his latest example of off-the-hook, avant-garde filmmaking, wherein he pays tongue-in-cheek

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The Independent Investor: Reverse Mortgages
By Bill Schmick,
04:17PM / Thursday, June 27, 2019
Some Baby Boomers have found themselves financially between a rock and a hard place. Rising costs, insufficient retirement savings and, in some cases, health issues, have forced seniors to consider taking out a reverse mortgage on the only asset they own. Is it a good idea?   For those who don't know, a reverse mortgage is a loan that uses a primary residential dwelling as collateral. It provides an option to generate cash by borrowing money against their home equity. Funds can be drawn as a fixed monthly payment, or a line of credit.   In order to participate, at least one owner must be over 62 years old. The bank or financial entity figures out what the house is worth at the

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Berkshire Medical Center Honored with Five Quality Achievement Awards
10:50AM / Thursday, June 27, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center again has received several Get With The Guidelines Awards for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of patients who suffer strokes, heart failure, atrial fibrillation/flutter (AFIB), cardiac arrests or heart attacks.

For 2019, BMC received the following awards: Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite, Heart Failure Gold Plus with Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll, AFIB Gold, Resuscitation Gold (Adult) and Mission: Lifeline NSTEMI (Non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction) Silver Referring Center.

The Get

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A Deeper, Darker Exhibit Debuts at Berkshire Art Museum
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:25AM / Thursday, June 27, 2019

Dan Wolf manipulated negatives to create creepy to horrific artworks. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire Art Museum opens its sixth season by dipping into dark matter — art that's slightly twisted, disturbing, tortured, sorrowful, disastrous and, well, dark.    That's the theme running through "Not Just Another Pretty Picture," a group exhibit that opens on Thursday at 6 p.m. during the first DownStreet Art of the season.     "I like to do shows that I can relate to and also I feel that maybe are a little bit underrepresented in galleries," said museum founder Eric Rudd. "Gallery dealers will tell you what sells are

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Louison House Breaks Ground and Plants Hope for Rebuild
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:05PM / Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The 'groundbreaking' filled a pot for planting daisies, a symbol of hope.  ADAMS, Mass. — The imposing Victorian on Old Columbia Street isn't just any house — it's  been a place of rebirth for  thousands of struggling and homeless area residents.   "You are not just in any yard, looking at just any house. This is my birthplace, in my opinion," said Brandi Doran.   Doran told the dozens of community members, volunteers, supporters and elected officials on Wednesday morning that Louison House had been the place where she learned to deal with her agorophobia.    "Thanks to all the efforts of the most amazing

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DownStreet Art Kicks Off 12th Summer of Art on Thursday
03:55PM / Wednesday, June 26, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — DownStreet Art kicks off its 12th season of gallery openings, exhibits and performances this Thursday.    The annual summer event is a prelude this year to the Solid Sound Festival at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art that opens on Friday. But while Wilco and the gang have the weekend, DownStreet Art continues with monthly events through the summer.    Local and regional artists have decked out Main Street storefronts for the occasion, and three locations will host simultaneous gallery openings downtown from 5 to 8 p.m.   Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Berkshire Cultural Resource Center coordinates the summer art

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Berkshire Thunder Posts 13-Inning Win in BABL
01:31PM / Wednesday, June 26, 2019
DALTON, Mass. -- Jesus Lay worked a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 13th to give the Berkshire Thunder a 4-3 win over the Berkshire Bandits in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League last weekend.   It was 2-2 after nine innings that featured strong pitching from starters Joe Delsoldato and Seamus Morrison.   The Bandits had a chance to go on top in the 11th, but a great relay to Lay at the plate cut down the go-ahead run on a double by Mitch Storie.   In the 12th, the Bandits took the lead on a bases-loaded wild pitch.   In the bottom of the frame, the Thunder faced two-out with a man on second when an errant throw on a ground ball allowed the tying run to come

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