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Welcome to Real Estate Friday!

Kate Lascar of Berkshire Property Agents offers one of Great Barrington’s classic Victorian beauties in immaculate condition. An analysis of first quarter 2024 real estate sales. Architect Pamela Sandler transforms a dark, compartmentalized condo into a light, bright and open home. Plus, recent sales, gardening columns and more.

Chang-Chavkin Scholars: Program for first-generation college students sees impressive 2020 cohort

The program, which has a sister program in Telluride, Colorado, is now working with six Berkshire County high schools.

In the trenches: At home with my kids

Despite all the uncertainty swirling about that highlights all I can’t control, there is one thing I can control: the atmosphere inside my home.

Warren is most capable presidential candidate

In a letter to the editor, Michael Wise writes: "Warren will not only unify the Democrats, but she will also appeal to independents and good-government traditional Republicans."

152 years later: Myriad lessons surrounding Du Bois’ enduring legacy

When Randy Weinstein came to live in Great Barrington at the age of 18, he remembered Du Bois’ name being “surrounded by controversy, [and] disparaging [comments],” at the time, something for which Weinstein had zero tolerance.

Dorothy Burrill of Marion, former director of Action for Opportunity in Pittsfield

Dot was the co-founder and director of the Women in Transition Program and a professor at Cape Cod Community College. Earlier in her career, she was executive director for both Action for Opportunity and the Urban Coalition in Pittsfield, where she also served as president of the League of Women Voters.

Bits & Bytes: First Fridays Artswalk; ‘The Organ Masters’; Heart Night; Claiming Williams Day; PAWS Read-A-Thon

Launched by Fairview Hospital’s critical care nurses in an effort to raise awareness of heart disease, Heart Night is designed to give participants their own working plans for heart health and better health in the coming year.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Meritocracy Trap’: The rich and the rest

But despite the one-in-a-million, up-from-the-bottom stories we all know and love, equal opportunity was never real. We’re not united by this new system any more than we were under aristocratic rule.

REVIEW: How do you define success?

For the most part high-achieving, low-income students do not apply to highly selective colleges. Many under-reachers live outside of cities, are white, and attend smaller high schools. I have seen this phenomenon play out at Great Barrington’s Monument Mountain High School. Honors track low income students are more likely to apply to schools less selective than their grades and scores would recommend.

Illuminating the Hidden Forest Chapter 7: Gear

Whatever performance is in the woods, gear has got to be a part of it. I have my bug-off pants, my bug-off shirt, socks, hat, jacket and even bug-off gaiters...

Bits & Bytes: Weekend in Norfolk; ‘The Bauhaus in America’; Keith Murphy, Yann Falquet at Dewey Hall; ‘A Melancholy Spectacle’; car seat safety check

Community Health Programs will host a free car seat safety check Thursday, Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at East Mountain Medical.

Life without Facebook: Deleting my account

I was able to calm down and temper my anxiety by acknowledging that social media is not reality. FB was not feeding my soul, and feeding my soul is what I need, especially in these times.

Music, art, and dance coming to Hancock Shaker Village

Shaker life may have been unadorned, but it was far from grim; their beliefs found expression in song no less than in exacting craftsmanship.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Shortest Way Home’: The making of a presidential candidate

“There is no going back … This is the deepest lie of our recent national politics, the core falsehood encoded in “Make America Great Again.” Beneath the impossible promises—that coal alone will fuel our future, that a big wall can be built around our status quo, that climate change isn’t even real—is the deeper fantasy that time itself can be reversed, all losses restored, and thus no new ways of life required." --Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Plans for statue honoring Du Bois in limbo after questions from Historic District Commission

The idea for the statue would have to be approved by the library trustees, the Historic District Commission, and perhaps the selectboard, as well.

CAPITAL IDEAS: Advising seniors

Dalton -- When I work with a business owner to improve their company, one of my main points is that whatever your industry looks like...

Part I: Local Berkshire Playwrights taking on Big Subjects

What I am referring to is the vast amount of playwriting talent there is in this area. We have plays in development, plays and musicals in production, and some that are being written at this very moment!

The Edge Is Free To Read.

But Not To Produce.