Monday, July 22, 2024

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Tag: Chicago

Housatonic Water Works receives $350,000 grant from MassDEP and EPA

The company has received $350,000 through the Emerging Contaminants for Small or Disadvantaged Communities grant program funded from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill.

Smoke Signals from the Swamp: Connecting the Kushner dots

“Officials in at least four countries have privately discussed ways they can manipulate Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, by taking advantage of his complex business arrangements, financial difficulties and lack of foreign policy experience." --- The Washington Post

Lenore Aronson, 88, of Stockbridge

In 1941, as an eighth-grader, she was among a group of 10 students who won the Lincoln Medallion, given by the Chicago Historical Society, for their essays on the definitions of democracy.

John Jones, 64, of Lee

In 1985 he bought the business and created Lee Texaco. In 2006 when he changed the name to JFJ Sales and Service, which it remained until his retirement in 2013.

The Self-Taught Gardener: Of cabbages and kales

For years I have been confused by the concept of ornamental cabbages and kales that are planted but not eaten. Now I have arrived at the perfect balance of beauty and edibility.

The Self-Taught Gardener: Water lilies, two ways

What intrigued me most about two water lily sightings was how the setting influenced my response to this wonderful aquatic.

John ‘Zip’ Zanin, 94, of Housatonic

Zip worked as an electrician for Rising Paper Mill, Barrington Electric and Berkshire Hills Regional School District, and was the wire inspector for the Town of Great Barrington for many years–he was the longest serving town officer in Berkshire County.

The Self-Taught Gardener: On Prairie Avenue

South side natives and North Shore residents of every ethnicity imaginable stood side by side, weathering the cold to get tickets to an unimaginable moment: a speech commemorating our first black President and his eight years in office.

The Self-Taught Gardener: Winter Wonderland — Ruminations on the winter landscape from the road

Snow negates the smaller elements of the landscape – the grasses and perennials that distract us from spring through fall -- and allows us to see the big picture. We see the architecture and poetics of the space itself.

FILM REVIEW: First couple’s first date – and first kiss — in ‘Southside With You’

This film makes no attempt at being truly realistic and skirts close to hagiography, but is too perceptive to be totally enveloped by it.

LEONARD QUART: At Whitney, painter of Jazz Age Chicago

These paintings combine realism and expressionism and are aimed at capturing the vitality and hedonism of urban life.

Paul Lasky 63, of Great Barrington, owner of Berkshire Millwork Sales

He started with Berkshire Millwork Sales in the late 1980’s and put his heart and soul into the company. Eventually he became the owner and excelled at his work. Although he would often tell you he was “behind in the office,” he enjoyed his job and his job enjoyed him.

Connections: Does a ‘warrior mindset’ infect police ranks?

Whom the police protect -- and from whom -- is never as simple as the victims from the criminals. The police role has often been dictated by politics, the economy, and the media. The police are always the guardians of someone; the question is who and who decides.

Connections: The Hawthorne Effect – does surveillance modify behavior?

In this world with crime cameras on every corner, cameras on police officers’ shoulders, and a camera phone in every hand, it would be nice to believe that filming/watching is a tool for the improvement of the human race. And yet…  

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