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Part 2: Biden or Trump and the Nonprofit Sector NGOs, international nonprofits and social service agencies

The author makes an impassioned case for the nonprofit sector to recognize the dire outcome of another Trump term and to take action.

Business Briefs: Restaurant listings; gift cards for local businesses; COVID-19 strains nonprofits

The results from the survey underscored the enormity of the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on nonprofits’ essential operations, programs and services.

Coronavirus impact: Some South County businesses close, some struggle, others do well

If you're a restaurant owner who wants to stay open in the midst of a public health crisis such as the coronavirus pandemic, you essentially have one choice: trying to eke out a living by offering take-out, and perhaps delivery.

Carr Hardware opens new store in Lenox: Fifth location to serve the Berkshires

A brand new store, #8 in the Carr Hardware network, opens in Lenox with state-of-the art experiences and services.

Henry F. “Sonny” Driscoll Jr., 89, of Sheffield

He worked at GE as a machinist in the transformer division, but his trade was meat cutting and he worked at Adams Supermarket, First National, A&P, Mohegan Market, Millerton Supermarket, Nejaime’s, Aldo’s and Carr Hardware.

It’s Not That Simple: Nobody goes downtown anymore; it’s too crowded

If the solutions were easy, there wouldn’t be problems. This column is a companion to the WSBS-AM radio show, “It’s Not That Simple.”  (Listen...

Looking back, looking ahead: Efforts to name a school after the legendary W.E.B. Du Bois

Now another movement to rename a different school building in Berkshire Hills is taking shape. Supporters of Du Bois are ramping up an effort to rename Monument Valley Regional Middle School in memory of Du Bois.

Business Briefs: Berkshire Chamber visitors’ booth; Carr Hardware in Springfield; honors for William Pitt Sotheby’s agents; Barnbrook Realty in Pittsfield; BCC, WNE transfer agreement

Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce opens new visitors’ booth South Egremont -- Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce employees, board members, Egremont Select Board members, and contractor...

Proliferation of pot shops in Great Barrington prompts questions about social justice

"Ultimately, it costs so much money for people to start these businesses, that it's just another way for rich people to make more money. That's not a great thing for a town that touts itself as progressive." -- Great Barrington Selectboard member Kate Burke

Downtown goblins and ghosts : A Great Barrington Halloween tradition — ‘It’s glorious’

"This event provides our students with the much needed opportunity to contribute their skills and energy to the supportive community where they live." -- Neel Webber, Monument Mountain Regional High School art teacher

Reformer Judith Knight running for Berkshire County District Attorney ‘to get real change’

A Lee resident, Knight has, since 2006, been in private practice in Great Barrington. About 80 percent of her practice has been in criminal defense, with most of the remainder of her practice in mediation.

Jobs, hundreds of thousands in revenue expected as third marijuana store proposed for Great Barrington

Brian Vincent and Andy Vincent of Commonwealth Cultivation are looking to establish a retail marijuana outlet at 82 Railroad St., a property that overlooks the Taconic parking lot where 14 years ago State Police under District Attorney David Capeless conducted a sting operation that resulted in the arrest of more than a dozen teenagers for possessing pot.

A new way to party: Daniel’s Art Party at Simon’s Rock

“One of the main objectives of the festival is to include and engage the audience in new and exciting ways – and to include the wider Berkshire community.” --- Sandy Cleary, director of the Daniel Arts Center at Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Brace yourself: Great Barrington downtown streets to be upgraded

"In general, this is much less intense than the Main Street reconstruction ... Primarily because the rights of way are limited, the funding source is not MassDOT ... which gives us a lot more flexibility in what we can do." --Great Barringtn town planner Chris Rembold

Cadre of residents, merchants look to repeal plastic water bottle ban

While a long list of businesses and other organizations said they supported the new bylaw, it did not sit did well with a number of other merchants, who felt the ban would harm their businesses or who objected on the grounds of legislative overreach. 

A reformer, Andrea Harrington, running for district attorney; questions raised about Capeless’ tactics

As Harrington sees it, trying cases against defendants is not the only relevant experience that qualifies one to be a prosecutor. Her extensive experience as a defense attorney, for example, has given her a clear-eyed and detached view of the criminal justice system.

Berkshires’ Karen Smith, Phil Pryjma embark on humanitarian mission to Kenya

Their projects focus on children, education, families and self-sufficiency and sustainability through revenue generating projects that empower people to strengthen their local economies and enrich their communities.
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