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Celebrate Juneteenth with ‘Black Barbie’

The Netflix documentary directed by Lagueria Davis drops today.

Alan Chartock: I Publius

But, of course, why should conventional beauty matter? Quite right! Somehow, we got stuck with this false premise that beauty is the most important quality a woman can possess.

A Yankee in Letitia’s court

Beyond learning to avoid moonshine and duck ponds in Tallahassee, I did learn the joys of oysters from Apalachicola and fresh Gulf shrimp.

BUSINESS BRIEFS: CFP, BMM partnership; Erikson Prize for Dreier; program director, board members for SculptureNow; food bank donation

Price Rite Marketplace of Pittsfield and four other local stores raised more than $4,000 for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

Douglas Macdonald, 83, longtime resident of Sheffield

In the 1980s he transitioned to his second career and true calling, receiving his MSW at Smith College and becoming a psychotherapist.

Michael Bacha, 97, of Lenox

He was known for his joyful laugh, the letters of advice he would meticulously type, and making sure everyone backed out of the driveway properly.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Deaths of Despair’ shines spotlight on the growing divide between the wealthy and the working poor

The authors were finished in October 2019, months before the manifest COVID-19 failures of the Trump administration. Obviously, we didn’t get it right.

TV in the time of coronavirus

CoronaTime offers the opportunity to appreciate the best of the great work our actors and writers and directors and editors and all the vital members of the crew bring to life.

Gloria Goss, 88, of New Jersey, formerly of Pittsfield

Gloria was a switchboard operator for Hood Ice Cream for about 10 years, and a professional seamstress for Maplewood Fabrics and Fabric Fabrications in the 1970s and ‘80s.

Dr. David K. Kanter, 82, of Lenox

He served his patients, who came to his Teaneck office from all over the New York City metropolitan area, until retiring in 2003 and returning to live in his beloved Berkshires.

John Downie, 96, of Canaan, Conn., formerly of Great Barrington and Sheffield

John began his insurance career with companies in Newark, New Jersey, and in Boston and later joined the Wheeler & Taylor agency in Great Barrington. He served as its president from 1976 until his retirement in 1985.

Alan Chartock: Betting on pot and wagering

Now it looks like the door is opening for sports betting at upstate casinos. When all else fails to bring economic vitality to upstate, bring on the betting.

In the wheelhouse of the Russell I

Hilary Russell weaves the tugboat history into a telling of his personal quest to learn more about his family

Daniel J. Whittaker, 67, of Scotch Plains, N.J., formerly of Great Barrington

Eventually he branched out on his own, opening and operating several businesses in Pittsfield before retiring to Florida in 1999.

Marguerite Wodarski, 88, of Lenox

Marguerite enjoyed her family, cooking, and making new friends wherever she went.

Harold ‘Boots’ Potler, 95, of Lenox

Boots later founded and became president of Whalon’s Furniture and Design stores in Ship Bottom, Avalon, Villas and Absecon, New Jersey.

Kenneth MacFadyen, 78, of Longmeadow, graduate of Lenox High School

He was employed by the city of Springfield for 38 years, retiring as deputy director of parks and recreation in 2002.
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