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Stay inspired and involved for the election in November

I pray that all of us can get—and stay—Ainspired and involved. November is a heartbeat away.

Great Barrington Selectboard denounces racism, initiates review of police practices

The goal of the reexamination of the role of the police is to “transform the police into a force for justice. We are not painting our Police Department with the same brush as other departments in other cities.” -- Selectboard member Leigh Davis

Alan Chartock: I Publius, A farewell to Carl Reiner

I have quoted liberally from “The 2000 Year Old Man” for years. Many of my friends and I have committed a good deal of his work to memory and it has become a short hand for almost every political situation. 

Great Barrington proclamation calls for sweeping police reforms

Burke said her proclamation was based on one passed last month by the city of Somerville, near Cambridge.

Police ‘defunding’ effort fails, town and school budgets pass, but Great Barrington Annual Town Meeting to continue Thursday

Two young South County residents, Jake Borden of Egremont and Mae Whaley of Great Barrington, proposed to cut police budgets in their towns.

NEWS BRIEFS: Voter registration deadline;’Wave parade’ plans; GB police enforce junk car and boat bylaw

Wave parades, cropping up around the country in recent months, usually include police and fire vehicles with lights and sirens leading the way.

Thousands join #BlackLivesMatter demonstration in Great Barrington

Longtime police Chief Bill Walsh told the board his department was an early adopter of the principles enunciated in President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

‘Silence’ of GB police ‘cannot go unnoticed’

In a letter to the editor, Mae Whaley writes, "As much as it is necessary for us to stay aware of the overt ways in which police departments across the country are contributing to racism, we cannot allow the constant images and videos of tear gas, rubber bullets and concussion grenades to lower our standards for how we expect our police to behave."

Alan Chartock: I Publius

Now is a time in which police are under a microscope.

East Street man causes disturbances, ‘jumps into river half naked’

Zalewski kept police busy all weekend as police received numerous complaints of him jumping into the river on Grove Street half-naked, refusing to leave a local business for not wearing a mask and prompting a complaint from a local hotel for larceny of room items.

Stolen car in Great Barrington involved in three crashes

Around 7 a.m. the Columbia County Sheriff's Office in New York notified authorities in Massachusetts that a damaged vehicle matching the wanted car had crashed into a culvert in Hillsdale.

News Brief: Speeding patrols stepped up on Van Deusenville Road

On May 14 at 9 p.m., Officer Joseph O’Brien, while running radar on the street, stopped a white Kawasaki motorcycle for doing 57 miles per hour in a 35 mph speed zone.

Longtime Great Barrington police chief to retire at end of year

Walsh said he was giving early notice at this time to allow "a smooth passing of the torch."

Great Barrington police arrest suspect, seize ‘extremely large cache of narcotics’

The inventory revealed 748 bags of heroin, several bags of cocaine, 18 bags of marijuana, several different prescription drugs and $2,700 in cash.

Town Hall Briefs: Fairview Hospital’s COVID-19 ‘surge’ plan; illegal parking at Monument Reservation; runners and cyclists take caution

But thankfully the surge never materialized. So Dr. Adrian Elliot urged those who would normally be seeking care at Fairview to return to that practice.

Motorcycle rider dies in crash on Stockbridge Road

From video obtained from another motorcycle rider at this time, no other vehicles or motorcycles are believed to have been involved in the crash.

Alan Chartock: I Publius

We are learning how to do things within our family units and with our neighbors that make our lives fuller and more important.

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