Sunday, July 14, 2024

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THE OTHER SIDE: The king is not dead — not really

Well, in one fell swoop, the new conservative majority—it might be more accurate to call them the new MAGA majority—betrayed originalism and textualism.

Bits & Bytes: Postmodern Jukebox at the Mahaiwe; Aretha Franklin tribute; Freedom Fund Awards dinner; Ice Glen walk; Harvest Fiesta

Whitney Battle-Baptiste, director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center and associate professor of anthropology at UMass Amherst, will be the keynote speaker at the fourth annual NAACP - Berkshire County Branch Freedom Awards dinner.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Studio 54’ at the Moviehouse; BSO at MCLA; Moors & McCumber at Dewey Hall; ‘Fantastic Terrors’ at Ventfort Hall; fuel assistance...

As part of the BSO Community Chamber Concert series’ ongoing artistic exchange program, students from Berkshire Children and Families’ Kids 4 Harmony program will present a special pre-concert program at 2:30 p.m.

Bits & Bytes: Fairview Monster Dash; Schumacher lectures; STEAM challenge night; ‘A Haunting in the Hills’; Williamstown Repair Cafe

Speakers Leah Penniman and Ed Whitfield are doing work that builds on Du Bois’ legacy — his commitment to black economic development, cooperative structures and fair access to land.

Bits & Bytes: ‘She Kills Monsters’ at MCLA; childhood anxiety talk; papercrafting workshop; mindful eating class

The Mindfulness Based-Eating Awareness Training program uses mindfulness meditation, eating exercises, instruction and self-reflection to cultivate awareness and help repair the relationship an individual has with food.

Berkshire Hills official wants referendum on possible merger with SBRSD

The recommendation came amid mounting frustration with the slow pace of progress in gaining public approval for taking some tangible action.

Bits & Bytes: ‘The School of Love’ at Simon’s Rock; ‘North on the Wing’ birding lecture; college financial aid presentations; Fairview gala celebrates nurses

Naturalist and ornithologist Bruce Beehler will recount his 100-days-long 2015 field trip following the spring migration of songbirds from the coast of southeastern Texas up the Mississippi River and into the boreal forests of northern Ontario

Business Briefs: Berkshire Trendsetter winners; Moulton joins Berkshire Grown; CHP welcomes Strickler; gift for GB Rotary Club; Arts Integrative Initiative

Berkshire Grown's board of trustees is pleased to announce that Margaret Moulton has assumed the role of executive director.

Bits & Bytes: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes; ‘Being Black in the Berkshires;’ Joachim Frank at Lenox Library; ‘Having Difficult Conversations’ workshop; Amanda...

A discussion of African-Americans’ Berkshires history and culture as well as the stories and voices not being told or heard, 'Being Black in the Berkshires' will remember the past, assess the present and plan for the future.

Bits & Bytes: Josh Billings RunAground; Berkshire BioBlitz; ‘Escaped Alone’ at WAM Theatre; ‘The Vagina Monologues’ at the Whit; ‘Historic New England’ at Chesterwood

In addition to surveying local species, Berkshire BioBlitz will include family events such as bird banding, microscope and specimen set-ups, and a hands-on water filtration activity, as well as interactive walks and conversations that will run throughout the day.

Business Briefs: GALAxy fundraiser a success; charging stations at Hawthorne Valley; new academic dean at Miss Hall’s; project leadership workshop; ‘Best Practices’ status for...

Hawthorne Valley has announced the installation of six destination charging stations for electric vehicles in its parking lot. The stations are available for public use, free of charge, and were installed in partnership with Tesla.

News Briefs: Amatul-Wadud in Sheffield; FY19 conference budget report approved; Mass. solar, wind power increase

Among the issues Amatul-Wadud is raising in her run for Congress are climate change; universal public education; and affordable, high-speed internet access for every resident of the 1st Congressional District.

Can’t find decent help? ‘Workforce issue’ likely the cause

There are a variety of theories as to why the seasonal labor market has been tightening over the years. Birth rates have been dropping for at least a generation, and more students are willing to forgo a paycheck in the summer while taking a volunteer position or internship to build their resumes for life after college.

The universal language of soccer: An interview with Sean Flynn

I felt a big pull to do something in a community, to come back here, and make a difference, the way my coaches made a difference for me.

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