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THE LAZY BERKSHIRE GARDENER: Week of May 29, 2024

Sometimes the lazy gardener must choose what can be done in the time available.

Barrington panel eyes Housatonic School as site for office condos or child care

Economic development committee Chairman Steve Picheny wanted an update from town manager Mark Pruhenski on the environmental status of the building and then solicited thoughts from committee members about what uses they thought would suit the empty building.

Looking back, looking ahead: Efforts to name a school after the legendary W.E.B. Du Bois

Now another movement to rename a different school building in Berkshire Hills is taking shape. Supporters of Du Bois are ramping up an effort to rename Monument Valley Regional Middle School in memory of Du Bois.

Rumors of downtown hotel project’s death greatly exaggerated

Chrystal Mahida and her husband, Vijay, who own several hotels in Berkshire County, did not offer a specific timeline for when construction to convert the school would begin, but she wanted to assure the public that plans are proceeding.

Petition to rename regional middle school after scholar, civil rights advocate W.E.B. Du Bois to be on town meeting warrant

In an incident that garnered much publicity, the Berkshire Hills Regional School Committee in 2004 declined to name after Du Bois one of the two new regional schools it had just built.

Another go-around: The complicated matter of naming a school after Du Bois

Monument Valley Regional Middle School was selected for the renaming rather than a second try at Muddy Brook Elementary due, in part, to the fact that Du Bois' life is actually taught in the middle school curriculum.

Tribute to Du Bois’ 150th birthday kicks off with new exhibit and youth involvement

The birthday events for Great Barrington's most famous native son seem to signal a newfound appreciation of the civil rights leader, who had not been fully embraced by the community because of his sometimes-controversial past.

Hollywood in Great Barrington: Sequel to Will Ferrell movie starts filming today

“Daddy’s Home 2” will star Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini and John Cena, with two big gun additions of Mel Gibson and John Lithgow.
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