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Encore! Billy Collins

Billy Collins is surely the most popular American poet since Robert Frost. We are pleased to offer an encore column of his wonderful work.

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Race Brook Lodge quarantine program; small business survey; new Berkshire Music School executive director; new BCC faculty, staff

The survey will help CDCSB focus professional technical assistance to businesses where they most need it in order to weather the economic impact of the pandemic.

Bits & Bytes: ‘The World of Peonies’; virtual run; dance discussion; cohousing documentary

The event can be completed while maintaining social distance in one’s own neighborhood, at a favorite running trail or park, or even on a treadmill.

Construct, Lenox and GB offer emergency rental assistance during COVID-19 pandemic

Both housing trusts are allocating funds received from the local Community Preservation Act surcharge and granted to the trust in previous annual town meetings.

News Brief: Lenox Affordable Housing Trust, Construct partner for COVID-19 emergency rental assistance

The partnership also ensures that residents will be connected to existing resources as need is demonstrated.

It’s Not That Simple: Affordable Housing, Part 2

Forty years ago a full-time job would provide enough to pay for housing. Now someone can be working full-time or even more and still not be able to afford a place to live.

It’s Not That Simple: Who needs affordable housing? We do.

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...

‘Everything was pointing in this direction’: Pathways to the Trades is putting students to work

Participants will spend two to four afternoons per week working hands-on in the work world, on construction sites and working farms, earning both class credit and stipends, and learning skills in virtual and physical 'makerspaces.'

Don’t just stand there: Volunteer!

Underwritten by AARP Massachusetts, the volunteer fair at St. James Place in Great Barrington will give 35 nonprofits as well as municipalities the opportunity to meet face to face with prospective volunteers.

Business Briefs: Appeal letter party; Donoyan joins Main Street Hospitality; human resources workshop; Jewish Women’s Foundation grants; Stockbridge Chamber annual meeting

Main Street Hospitality Group CEO Sarah Eustis has announced the appointment of H. Jackson Donoyan as vice president of operations.

Construct’s Walk into the Future utilizes community support to fight homelessness in South County

The annual Walks raise money, but more importantly, create an awareness of the struggles individuals in South County experience with finding housing.

‘Walk into the Future’ Sept. 22 with Construct

The current theme is “Walk into the Future” so that neighbors can remain hopeful knowing preventive measures can be taken to avoid a housing crisis.

Our Golden Doors

Jonathan and Fatima’s success story today — car parked outside and apartment whose rent they pay on time and which comfortably houses a growing family — was made possible by the very hard work, and very long hours, of many people, coordinating their assistance among many local social service organizations.

Celebrate Construct: A summer evening for kids of all ages

There will be something for everyone starting with games and entertainment for the kids, and four bands onstage ending with a spectacular fireworks.

Bits & Bytes: Construct anniversary; Jewish Festival of Books; Quebe Sisters at Infinity Music Hall; ‘In Plain Site’

The Jewish Festival of Books' opening night event Thursday, July 18, at 7 p.m. will feature an Egg Cream Eggstravaganza with Barry Joseph, author of “Seltzertopia: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary Drink.”

Construct Inc.: Celebrating 50 years of helping the homeless

“When I hear about 500 people on a waiting list to get housing that’s affordable, I think we all have a community obligation to step forward and solve this problem.” -- Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox.

“It’s not just opinions flying around the room”: The Berkshire Conversation Project considers gun violence

One local group of about a dozen people has started a conversation about guns by learning how not to interrupt each other.
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