PITTSFIELD

"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 a file photo.
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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.
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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, Mass.
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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.

Nurses walk the picket line outside Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass., on Oct. 3, 2017.
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About 800 unionized nurses with Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield held a one-day strike Tuesday. It's the latest in a more than year-long contract dispute between the nurses and the hospital centered around staffing levels.

Sandra Vosburgh works in the maternity ward. She said on her unit, one position has gone unfilled for 10 months, which is making it difficult to care for patients.

Unionized nurses at Berkshire Medical Center are planning to strike on Tuesday.
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Officials at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield say they're ready for a planned 24-hour strike by 800 unionized nurses starting Tuesday morning.

Unionized nurses at Berkshire Medical Center are planning to strike on Tuesday.
File photo / MassLive

The Massachusetts Nurses Association put Berkshire Medical Center on notice that they plan to strike next month, largely because of a dispute over staffing levels at the Pittsfield hospital.

A plane at Pittsfield Municipal Airport.
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Pittsfield Municipal Airport is getting more than $6 million from the federal government to help rebuild its two runways.

The city-owned airport currently handles private flights, charters and some military training missions.

Its manager, Gloria Bouillon, said the runways are at the point where they can't be repaired any longer. And with smoother landing strips scheduled to be in place next year, she didn't rule out the possibility of trying to attract commercial service in and out of Pittsfield in the future.

A jar of marijuana buds for sale inside the River Rock dispensary in Denver.
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Massachusetts regulators are now preparing the state for retail sales of marijuana. Governor Charlie Baker last week signed a bill into law making changes to the voter-approved measure legalizing marijuana for recreational use. 

The rail platform at the Joseph Scelsi Intermodal Transportation Center in Pittsfield, Mass.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

A study on expanding rail service between Springfield-to-Boston was left out of the final Massachusetts state budget. But lawmakers did OK another rail study, looking at seasonal service between Pittsfield and New York City.

Transportation officials in Massachusetts will look at the feasibility of weekend service between late May and October.

State Senator Adam Hinds, who represents the Berkshires, said this could demonstrate an appetite for regular, year-round trains to and from New York City.

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