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GREAT BARRINGTON — My cousin Kenny Palmer was among a number of relatives on both sides of my family who fought in World War II. Unfortunately, he is, to my knowledge, the only one who didn't come back to Adams at the war's conclusion. I've … more
PITTSFIELD — Creating a place where people want to live, work, and visit requires, first and foremost, a sense of safety and security. Every aspect of community life depends upon public safety initiatives that stabilize neighborhoods and … more
NEW YORK — Some optimism about Detroit's future has emerged, at least in news stories and magazine pieces. There is a new hockey arena, a trolley, and a manufactured beach, an active art scene, trendy restaurants and housing under construction … more
I remember when Zayre first opened in Pittsfield back in 1959. I had never been in such a big store with so much merchandise on display on one floor. It was probably Pittsfield's first real "big box" store. What also really impressed me was what I … more
PITTSFIELD — As a member of the Pittsfield School Committee for the past four years and as a retired teacher, I have witnessed the dynamic and strategic learning that takes place in all 12 of the schools that comprise Pittsfield Public … more
SHEFFIELD — Sitting at a restaurant overlooking a Newport harbor recently, sipping an Arnold Palmer and waiting for my lobster salad to arrive, I turned to my lunch companion, an experienced tech VC turned 'impact investor" from Connecticut's … more
PITTSFIELD — The contrast made it all the more painful.I had just concluded a week with the rabbinic faculty at Crane Lake Camp in West Stockbridge. Our theme was the biblical passage in which humanity is made "in the Divine image" (Genesis … more
RICHMOND — If the command to circle the wagons was given at Tanglewood, a melee would ensue as the lawn people scrambled to comply. On a sunny Sunday afternoon, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra draws more wagons than a country … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — As the political leadership in Washington grapples with the grim debate over who will have access to health care in the future, and who will not, there is, in fact, good news about health care in the United States. This … more
LENOX — If you're among the many Berkshires homeowners who rent out their abodes to help cover property taxes and other expenses, you'll have to wait until next year to find out about anticipated new rules, regulations and taxes that might be … more
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