Judge spikes lawsuit, dismisses allegations of improper police interference in Sheffield woman’s death

Dobson’s civil case alleges that Fred Weller, the intoxicated driver who killed his daughter, would have been in jail if not for the interference of a small-town police department in nearby Monroe that was using Weller, now 40, as a drug informant.
Great Barrington lawyer Ira Kaplan, one of the Dobson’s attorneys, confirmed that a notice of appeal has been filed with the Connecticut Appellate Court.

Bits & Bytes: First Fridays Artswalk; Chesterwood/Boston Athenaeum collaboration; Ghana ThinkTank at WCMA; American Brass Quintet at Hotchkiss; Gabriel Squalia book launch; Deborah Hanlon at Club Helsinki Hudson

Williams College Museum of Art commissioned the project with Ghana ThinkTank as part of the 2016–17 campus-wide academic program called “Confronting Climate Change,” a series of events, talks, and initiatives aimed at raising issues around climate change.

Bits & Bytes: Woofstock 2016; ‘Out of the Darkness;’ ‘A Sense of Place;’ nature immersion program; solar eclipse talk; ‘Overdose’ poem performance; Multicultural BRIDGE garden party

On August 31, 2017, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the continental United States from coast to coast for the first time in 99 years. The partially eclipsed sun will be visible from all of the United States, Canada, and Mexico, with 72 percent coverage in the Berkshires.

Bits & Bytes: Kiwanis scholarship picnic; Kristen Graves at Hotchkiss; Allmon to give Selke lecture; ‘EXPOSED’ art exhibit; Hedda Lettuce at Helsinki Hudson; Anna-Marie Holmes in Sandisfield

Anna-Marie Holmes is a recipient of the prestigious Dance Magazine Award and an Emmy Award for her staging of “Le Corsaire” for the American Ballet Theatre on PBS’ “Great Performances.” She served as ballet program director for 16 seasons at Jacob’s Pillow.