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Shaw Israel Izikson

Shaw Israel Izikson is Managing Editor for The Berkshire Edge. Izikson is an award-winning journalist, editor, and photographer from Baltimore, Maryland. He was the winner of the 2015 New England Better Newspaper competition in editorial writing. Izikson is the former editor of The Winsted Journal newspaper from 2014 to 2017. He was also the editor of The Winsted Phoenix from 2019 to 2021, and most recently The Country Journal in late 2021. He has been in the journalism field for over 20 years, starting as a reporter for The Irregular newspaper in Kingfield, Maine. He worked at The Lakeville Journal company for 11 years, working as a reporter at all three newspapers owned by the company before serving as the editor for The Winsted Journal from 2014 to 2017.

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Becket and Pittsfield residents arrested in drug trafficking charges

"Arrests such as these allow law enforcement to significantly reduce the drugs flowing into Berkshire County," Berkshire District Attorney Timothy Shugrue stated in a press release. "I commend the Berkshire County Law Enforcement Task Force for their dedicated work.”

Great Barrington Memorial Day Parade set for Monday

Great Barrington's Memorial Day Parade took a two-year hiatus in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic and was canceled last year as a result of declining participation among veterans. This year, however, a group of residents have come together to organize the event.

Memorial Day events in Berkshire County

There will be events, including parades and ceremonies, all over Berkshire County to honor the day.

Native Son comes home: Arlo Guthrie’s historical artifacts on display at exhibit

The “Native Son” exhibit, curated by Arlo's daughter Annie Guthrie, includes artifacts and memorabilia from the Arlo Guthrie Family Archives from Arlo's career, including handwritten lyrics, photographs, correspondence with musicians such as Pete Seeger, and shirts worn on album covers. 

Department of Public Utilities sets virtual public hearing for proposed rate hike settlement by Housatonic Water Works

Public hearing on controversial proposed Housatonic Water Works rate increase will be held via Zoom.

Theater for the people and by the people: Great Barrington Public Theater to begin new season

"We are jokingly calling this ‘the season of family dysfunction,’" GBPT Associate Artistic Director Judy Braha told The Berkshire Edge. "We’re not officially calling it that, but in some ways, it really is that. Almost all of the plays dig down into the very universal thing that many families experience, in particular as they grow older.”

‘Make a mark for yourself’: Bard College at Simon’s Rock celebrates graduates

“I used to think a Simon’s Rock education was about going fast, college early, big ideas,” commencement speaker Michael Lawrence told graduates. “Now I think it’s about slowing down a little, making time and space to doubt, to dialogue, to discover, and to see these as actions, not ideas, that are crucial even and perhaps, especially when the world pushes you to speed up, get in line, and have it all figured out."

MassDOT to meet with town officials about Brookside Road bridge closure, residents issue concerns

The bridge was unexpectedly closed by MassDOT on May 2 after a routine inspection.

CATA celebrates inclusivity and 30th anniversary at annual gala and performance

“There are so many people who support CATA and the work that it does,” program Director Kelly Galvin told The Berkshire Edge. “It’s just a beautiful network of community. We wanted to express how we feel about the community through this ‘CATAVERSE’ performance.”

Former Brookside Intensive Treatment Unit staffer sentenced

Douglas Agyeh, 44, was sentenced to 10 to 12 years for the charges of rape and three to five years concurrent for the charges of indecent assault and battery.

Galdós-Shapiro, teacher suing over ‘Gender Queer’ investigation, makes multiple allegations in lawsuit

Howard Cooper, representing Galdós-Shapiro, alleges that, as a result of the investigation and what subsequently happened to Galdós-Shapiro, her First, Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights were all violated by the town, school district, and Police Department.

Great Barrington election results

Great Barrington — The following election results were provided by Town Clerk Jennifer Messina: Town Moderator Michael Owen Wise - 618 votes Write in - one vote Blank...

Teacher investigated in ‘Gender Queer’ police investigation at W.E.B. Du Bois Regional Middle School files civil rights lawsuit

"[Galdós-Shapiro] alleges that because of the defendants’ unlawful actions she has been threatened and suffered serious and substantial harm which caused her to take a leave from her teaching responsibilities out of fear," Galdos-Shapiro’s attorney states in a press release sent to media outlets.
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