BERKSHIRE COUNTY

Coverage of Berkshire County, Massachusetts.

A macro view of a dollar bill.
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Todd Wallack of The Boston Globe looked at documents filed with the IRS over the past seven years, and found more than 70 examples of fraud, diversion of assets and other losses at charities in New England. 

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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The Massachusetts attorney general wants a state appeals court to extend an injunction blocking the Berkshire Museum from selling off a bunch of its art. The injunction was set to expire Monday.

A stretch of the Housatonic River.
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Two environmental advocacy groups said they are disappointed by an Environmental Protection Agency appeals board decision about the latest phase of cleaning up the Housatonic River.

Lenox State Rep. Smitty Pignatelli (left) and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker pose for a selfie during a 2015 event in Great Barrington, Mass.
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It appears a commission charged with looking at the future of transportation in Massachusetts will have a representative from Berkshire County. That came after stinging criticism from some western Mass. lawmakers.

Nurses walk the picket line outside Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass., on Oct. 3, 2017.
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The union representing about 800 nurses at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield is voting whether to authorize a second one-day strike. The union says it's frustrated about contract talks with Berkshire County's largest hospital.

Figurines in snow.
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Western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut can expect snow and wind Thursday. But the weather's not likely to generate the blizzard conditions eastern New England could see.

Easthampton Mayor-elect Nicole LaChapelle, center, greets supporters at the Brass Cat in Easthampton on November 7, 2017.
Chris Marion / The Republican

Three new mayors will be sworn in the first week of January in western Massachusetts.

The Sheffield, Massachusetts, town line.
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The owners of the Sheffield, Massachusetts, water system are looking to increase rates by 58 percent. And that will be the subject of a public hearing Wednesday, Jan. 3 in the Berkshire County town.

Outgoing North Adams, Massachusetts, Mayor Dick Alcombright poses in his office. Alcombright decided not to run for a fifth term this year and will be replaced in January, 2018 by Tom Bernard.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

The new year brings new mayors to three cities in western Massachusetts: Agawam, Easthampton and North Adams. In North Adams, Tom Bernard will replace Dick Alcombright, who decided not to run for re-election after eight years in office.

The Massachusetts Senate president's office, bedecked with evergreens and lights, was open to visitors on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Our look at the week's news starts with some of the work done by the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission. The panel is charged with developing regulations for the state's marijuana industry, and began the process of setting policy, which could allow for cannabis cafes, and even home delivery. 

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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A Massachusetts appeals court judge has extended an injunction, which blocks the Berkshire Museum's planned auction of parts of its art collection.

Fire destroyed the Sandisfield, Massachusetts, Department of Public Works garage on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017.
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Sandisfield, Massachusetts, is scrambling to prepare for a snowstorm expected Tuesday after a fire destroyed its snow trucks.

The sign outside Crane Currency's Dalton offices in Dalton, Massachusetts. The manufacturer is the only supplier of paper for United States currency.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Crane Currency, the Boston-based company that makes the paper used for U.S. currency at its Berkshire County facility, is being sold for $800 million.

Lt. Steven Combs is one of three sailors lost when their C-2A Greyhound crashed while conducting a routine transport flight on Nov. 22, 2017.
File Photo / US Navy

Lt. Steven Combs, a Navy pilot, is being remembered for his bravery and pride in his job.

A stretch of the Housatonic River.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPM

It's been almost six months since an EPA appeals board heard a challenge to the next step in cleaning up the Housatonic River. And there's still no decision.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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Berkshire Museum lawyers are asking the state appeals court to quickly decide whether it can auction off parts of its art collection -- including two paintings by Norman Rockwell. The court last week issued an injunction halting the sale. 

Pipes waiting to be burried in Otis State Forest in July, 2017.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

The Massachusetts section of a New York-to-Connecticut natural gas pipeline is up and running. 

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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Updated Nov. 11, 2017 at 8:15 a.m.

A Massachusetts appeals court judge has blocked the auction, scheduled to start next week, of dozens of works of art owned by the Berkshire Museum.

A fine art auction at Sotheby's New York in 2010.
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The Berkshire Museum is poised to start auctioning off parts of its collection next week, including two Norman Rockwell paintings. That's after a judge Tuesday cleared the way for the sale.

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse greets his supporters at the Gateway City Arts after winning the mayor's contest over Jay Ferreira, Tuesday night in Holyoke.
Dave Roback / The Republican

Voters in western Massachusetts turned out on Tuesday to elect new mayors in three cities -- and in two others, residents voted in the incumbents.

John Barrett (left) poses for a photo with a supporter after winning a special election for state representative.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

John Barrett is officially back in politics. The former long-time Democratic mayor of North Adams beat Republican Christine Canning to win a special election for state representative in northern Berkshire County.

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The Berkshire Museum won a legal battle on Tuesday, allowing it go ahead with a planned auction next week of a host of art works, including two paintings by Norman Rockwell.

The polling place at Falcetti Towers in Holyoke, Mass.
File photo / Sam Hudzik / NEPR

Voters in some Massachusetts communities will go to the polls Tuesday to elect local government and school officials. In the four westernmost counties, five cities have contested mayoral elections.

Eagle Street in North Adams, Massachusetts, in 2010.
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On Tuesday, North Adams, Massachusetts, will elect just its third mayor since 1984. After eight years in office, incumbent Richard Alcombright decided to give up the job.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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A court hearing was held Wednesday on a request to halt the Berkshire Museum's plans to auction off part of its art collection, including two Norman Rockwell paintings. 

"The Last Arrow," by Thomas Moran, slated for sale by the Berkshire Museum.
Courtesy Sotheby's

A dispute over the Berkshire Museum's plans to sell off 40 art works will go before a judge Wednesday. 

"La Fete," by Raoul Dufy, slated for sale by the Berkshire Museum.
Courtesy Sotheby's

A hearing is scheduled next week in a Pittsfield, Massachusetts, courtroom over the Berkshire Museum's plan to sell off 40 pieces of art in order to fund renovations and boost its endowment.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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A second lawsuit has been filed against a Pittsfield museum that hopes to auction off 40 pieces of art, including two by Norman Rockwell.

Judge Thomas Estes, seen here March 21, 2016, at an arraignment in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown, Mass.
Don Treeger / The Republican

Two investigations are underway involving a Massachusetts court judge accused of sexual harassment. 

Norman Rockwell's Sons Seek To Halt Berkshire Museum Sale Of Artwork

Oct 23, 2017
The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Berkshire Museum / Creative Commons

Norman Rockwell's three sons are among the plaintiffs who have filed a court complaint seeking to halt the Berkshire Museum's plan to sell 40 works of art, including two by their famous father.

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