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Music Before, During and After the Fourth of July
By Grace Lichtenstein, Special to iBerkshires
03:20PM / Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Hi, pop fans. You'll note that today's column covers both this week and next, right through the weekend following the Fourth of July.

 

Berkshire Theatre Group

There will be several new musicals to enjoy, thanks to the Berkshire Theatre Group. "Coming Back Like a Song!" features songs by Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen and Jimmy Van Heusen. It was written by Lee Kalcheim and is at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage, 83 East Main St., in Stockbridge. The show begins previews Thursday, June 28, at 7 p.m. and runs through Saturday, July 21. The official opening night is Sunday, July 1, with BTG's 90th gala beginning at 5p.m. and the show itself at 6 p.m. Matinees are Thursdays,

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Summer Classical Music Festival Season Heats Up
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
02:50PM / Wednesday, June 27, 2018

It's here! The summer concert season is upon us, with stellar programs at Taconic Music, located in idyllic Manchester, Vt., and at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass. Concertgoers will have the opportunity to hear great chamber music performed at its artistic best, in inviting and intimate surroundings.

 

Taconic Music

Taconic Music's second Summer Festival week features a masterclass with Grammy-nominated guest ensemble the Enso String Quartet, a Saturday-night concert showcasing canonical masterworks (and also including a touch of the musically exotic), and the first NextGen concert of the 2018 season.

Why go? Taconic Music is a unique and engaging music festival, with outstanding

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Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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Work Toward Your Own Financial Independence Day
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:04PM / Wednesday, June 27, 2018

We're getting close to the Fourth of July, our national Independence Day. This celebration may get you thinking of the many freedoms you enjoy. But have you thought of what you might need to do to attain financial freedom?

Your first step is to define what financial independence signifies to you. For many people, it means being able to retire when they want to, and to enjoy a comfortable retirement lifestyle. So, if this is your vision as well, consider taking these steps:

Pay yourself first. If you wait until you have some extra money "lying around" before you invest for retirement, you may never get around to doing it. Instead, pay yourself first. This actually is not

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Pittsfield Backs Compromise For Mosquito Control
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:10AM / Wednesday, June 27, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council ratified what it sees as a compromise with the Board of Health over mosquito control.   The council on Tuesday voted in favor of recommending to the Board of Health to eliminate spraying properties by request and instead base the chemical spraying on two criteria. The Board of Health is in charge of the project and has verbally agreed to vote on the policy.    "To a certain extent, I am happy with the compromise," City Council President Peter Marchetti said.   The city has been part of the Berkshire County Mosquito Control project since 2010 and just about every year, a group of residents has ferociously fought the

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Mack Molding Donates $5M Toward SVHC's ER Renovation
02:16PM / Tuesday, June 26, 2018
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Mack Molding, the privately-owned business of Don Kendall and his family, has donated $5 million for Southwestern Vermont Health Care's emergency department expansion and renovation project at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.    "The Kendall Emergency Department" will be unveiled at a ribbon-cutting event once the future project is approved by the state and construction is completed. The gift constitutes the largest in the health system's history since Henry W. Putnam Sr. bequeathed the Bennington public water system for the construction of the community hospital more than 100 years ago.    "Mack Molding is pleased and

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Pittsfield Finance Committee Backs 11 CPA Applications
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:50AM / Tuesday, June 26, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city's Finance Committee is on board with funding at all 11 qualified applications for the Community Preservation Act — at least somewhat.   A total of 12 applicants requested a total of $823,026 worth of funding in the first year of the new program. The Community Preservation Committee ultimately decided it would fund every one -- except one which withdrew -- at least somewhat with $320,000 of the $433,819 available.   "The 11 applications are really the 11 that stuck with this process," City Planner CJ Hoss said.    Hoss said 20 applications were received -- totaling some $1.4 million in requests -- but eight of those

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Berkshire Museum Seeks Private Sales in Next Round
Staff Reports,
07:16PM / Monday, June 25, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Museum has selected nine more works of art to be sold toward its goal of $55 million that museum officials say is required to secure the institution's future.    Thirteen pieces have been sold by auction or private sale. Sotheby's will be working with the museum to find private sales for seven more works and will auction two in September.    The century-old museum's decision to deaccession parts of its 40,000-piece collection was announced almost a year ago to fund a $60 million plan to modernize and update the aging institution and develop an endowment to continue its operations. Without the funds, officials say the

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Man Rescued After Getting Stuck in Lanesborough Cave
By Andy McKeever,
03:40PM / Monday, June 25, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Firefighters freed a man stuck upside down in a cave off Silver Street on Saturday night.   Fire Chief Charlie Durfee said the local man had slipped on wet rocks at about 9:15 p.m. while checking out a cave behind 96 Silver St. and fell head first into the cave opening. Durfee said the man was attending a birthday party when he and a friend took a walk to look at the caves.   He was stuck there for about two hours while the Western Mass Technical Rescue Team worked to free him.   "He was probably in the hole for about two hours," Durfee said.   More than a dozen local firefighters who serve on the technical rescue team was

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Final Public Tours Of Taconic High School Scheduled
Staff Reports,
01:41PM / Monday, June 25, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Residents will get one final chance to walk the halls of the current Taconic High School before it meets the wrecking ball.   Superintendent Jason McCandless said the current Taconic will be open for walk-throughs on Saturday, June 30, and Sunday, July 1, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.   "These walk-throughs are to give members and friends of the Taconic family and Taconic community from the last 50 years a chance to see the place that they knew and loved before it gives way to new playing fields for the next generation of the Taconic family," McCandless wrote in an email announcing the tours.   "We look forward to welcoming alumni and

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Porch Wraps Up, Phase 2 Exterior Work on Deck for Springside House
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:32AM / Monday, June 25, 2018

The rest of the house will match the historic paint scheme as the porch. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The renovation of the Springside House will continue this summer, some five years after efforts to bring the historic mansion back up to snuff began in earnest.   Next up, he plan is to finish the exterior -- complete with new clapboards, trim, windows, and soffits. The project will fully complete three years worth of exterior work and officials will then turn their eyes toward the interior.   "But June 30 of next year, we'll be looking at a completely restored exterior," Parks and Open Spaces Manager Jim McGrath said.    The most recent project, we

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Berkshires Beat: VanSant Honored as 2018 Unsung Hero
11:03PM / Sunday, June 24, 2018
Congratulations

Gwendolyn VanSant of Great Barrington was honored as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s (MCSW) 2018 class of Unsung Heroines during a State House ceremony on Wednesday, June 20.  State Sen. Adam Hinds nominated VanSant for this recognition because of her leadership in the Berkshires on matters of diversity, cultural competence and coalition building for justice and equity. In total, the Commission named 130 women from across the state their 2018 Unsung Heroines.  

VanSant is the chief executive officer and co-founding director of Multicultural BRIDGE, a grassroots organization dedicated to catalyzing change and integration

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Pittsfield Councilors Question Budget Transfers
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:45PM / Sunday, June 24, 2018

The city's Finance Committee ultimately supported the director's request for a transfer, despite Councilors Mazzeo and Connell raising numerous questions. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council will once again debate "truth in budgeting" as it now looks to move more than a million dollars around in its budget to close out the books.   The request is for $945,000 from various accounts — plus the use of some $300,000 in free cash — to close a gap in the snow and ice budget. The director of finance is also looking to transfer a total of $400,000 from 11 different budget lines to cover a deficit for police overtime budget.    Those two

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