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REPORT FROM LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA: Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore

Our reporter at the Venice Biennale describes a breathtaking installation based on archangels in the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore.

In the Sandisfield woods, a testament to Thoreau stares down those who cut and blast

Sitting right next to the existing right-of-way being widened aggressively by Tennessee Gas Company is a "Thoreau Cabin," so named for American transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau, who wrote the famous essay on civil disobedience.

News Briefs: MassDOT schedules toll plaza demolition, extra E-ZPass sign-up opportunities; Downing to lead discussion on hunger; State Senate debate on TV

On Friday, Oct. 28, crews stationed at every toll plaza location along I-90 will begin setting up the new traffic patterns, pavement markings, and electronic message boards for the initial stage of toll plaza demolition.

News Brief: State Sen. Benjamin Downing endorses Adam Hinds

A factor in Downing’s decision to support Hinds' candidacy was Hinds’ familiarity with facilitating collaboration and dialogue among diverse sets of stakeholders.

PROFILE: GOP State Senate candidate Christine Canning-Wilson, a progressive Republican

Christine Canning-Wilson says this is Massachusetts, where Republicans aren’t as hardcore as they are elsewhere. “My social values are very left. I’m very people-oriented. People are people; a soul is a soul.”

EDGECAST: News in Review with Heather Bellow — a podcast

Interviewed by Jim Frangione, Berkshire Edge Managing Editor Heather Bellow discusses the issues she's been covering: proposed PCB dump in Housatonic; the new Jane Iredale/Louisa Ellis store in Great Barrington; the redevelopment of the top of Railroad Street; access to broadband Internet in the rural Berkshires; and the Democratic primary election.

Adam Hinds wins Democratic primary for state Senate seat

Hinds said he wanted a “positive political process” going into November “to demonstrate that we can work together to overcome big issues...we can’t afford to be dividing residents in this district at a time when we face big challenges.”

Berkshire Edge co-sponsors state Senate Democratic candidates forum at The Mahaiwe

Ballotboxtees.com, The Berkshire Edge, The Berkshire Record, and the Great Barrington Democratic Town Committee are sponsoring a fast-paced, quick-response forum.

New identity, new name for 20 Railroad in Great Barrington; reopening in May

20 Railroad Public House owners Benjamin Downing and Laura Shack are working on a menu with traditional pub fare like burgers and fries, and dinners with ingredients from around the region. They’ll use as much locally farmed veggies and meat as possible.

Bits & Bytes: Legislative breakfast; BTG presents Ben Kronberg; Writers Read series; Williams diversity lecture; GBRSS science fair

The Writers Read monthly reading series at the Lee Library will continue on Tuesday, February 23, at 5:30 p.m. with guest host Frances Roth and poets Hilary Russell and Jan Hutchinson.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Artful Food’ in North Adams; Berkshire Jazz tribute; Salisbury Bank Shred Day; life & work of H.G. Adler; Berkshire arts funding...

State Senator Benjamin B. Downing announced that the House and Senate have overridden approximately 87 vetoes by Gov. Charlie Baker, restoring $5.17 million in cuts to the Office of Travel and Tourism and $2.37 million to the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Massachusetts activists call for end to fossil fuel investments

“I think you owe it to us, you owe it to Generation Y, Generation Z, whatever, Generation Omega, you owe it to all the young generations to divest from fossil fuels. You started it, and now you’ve got to help us, because you know what, I want to live to see 50.” -- Nathan Tran-Trinh, a student at Boston Latin School.

Great Barrington Town Hall briefs

"In order to adopt [at the Annual Town Meeting] a formal requirement affecting a regional school district...an amendment of the applicable school district agreement would be required.” -- Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin, reading from Town Counsel opinion

‘Unconscionable’ electric rate hike

In his letter to the editor, John Grogan of Housatonic writes: "Notice the ridiculous 37 percent rate hike?!? We can't take that lying down."

Federal grants to benefit Housatonic and homeowners

'This [grant money] will provide direct assistance to homeowners who need to put a new roof on, get a boiler upgrade, or energy efficient windows.' -- town Planner Christopher Rembold

State to buy Berkshire rail line; first step in restoring passenger service

'This is absolutely a good idea. It's a massive investment in infrastructure, and it will be significant for the Berkshire economy.' -- State Sen. Benjamin Downing

‘Death with dignity’: Make it possible in Massachusetts

In her letter to the editor, Joyce Scheffey of Great Barrington addresses the dilemma of end-of-life decisions and urges passage of legislation.
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