Friday, July 19, 2024

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Sophisticated contemporary Berkshires compound

Selina Lamb of BIRCH Properties offers the pinnacle of Berkshires living with privacy, tranquility and modern comfort in an ideal location.

I Publius: Remembering Michael Ballon

Michael Ballon would come out in his white chef’s outfit and we would gossip about things. Make no mistake about it: he had definite opinions and sometimes we would disagree.

Alan Chartock: I Publius and the New York Express

A Chartock merit award to Great Barrington’s Steve Picheny for getting Peter Pan Bus Line to create an express bus from New York City to Great Barrington.

Michael Ballon, 63, pioneering farm-to-table chef and restaurateur

Michael Ballon, Great Barrington chef and restauranteur at Castle Street Cafe in Great Barrington, dies at age 63.

Alan Chartock: Cuomo on the warpath

I have been speaking with him a lot lately on the radio and I’m here to tell you the guy gets angry when he is challenged. Nothing gets by him.

ALAN CHARTOCK: In Memoriam, Judy Grunberg  

Judy Grunberg was one of those rare individuals who makes such a difference that you just don’t know how you can go on without her. 

Alan Chartock: Gov. Cuomo rides roughshod over Democrats

So what’s really going on here? Does Andrew REALLY want the Democrats in the Senate? He says he does.

2019 Berkshire International Film Festival ‘the best year yet’

Great Barrington -- “This will be the best year yet,” Kelley Vickery, founder and artistic director of the Berkshire International Film Festival, stated during her...

Caroline Paton, 86, of Sharon, Conn., founder with Sandy Paton and Lee Haggerty of Folk-Legacy Records, now a part of the Smithsonian Institution in...

Over the next 50 years, Caroline and Sandy brought music and joy to thousands through performances, special gatherings, and sales of the traditional and contemporary folk recordings they produced.

Alan Chartock: Whither Gov. Andrew Cuomo?

Andrew Cuomo is in his third term as governor. He is sort of boxed in. He can run for a fourth term, he can run for president OR he can run for vice president, but, like in the case of the senior prom, you’ve got to be asked.

Opening the Weedgates III: The cruel and unusual legal world of recreational marijuana

Though Great Barrington might soon be hosting four or five cannabis retail stores, you are likely to have a hard time figuring out what they sell.

William ‘Bill’ Graulty Jr., 68, of West Stockbridge, radio broadcaster

Bill gave generously of himself to the community, serving as a West Stockbridge selectman, youth hockey coach, Little League baseball umpire, on the board of the local United Way and Chamber of Commerce, and on the vestry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Stockbridge.

News Briefs: GBFD responds to chemical spill at high school; WAMC, Berkshire Theatre Group to present DA candidates’ debate

Set to take place one week before the Sept. 4 primary election, the debate will feature Berkshire County District Attorney Paul Caccaviello, Andrea Harrington and Judith Knight moderated by WAMC president and CEO Alan Chartock, WAMC’s Berkshire bureau chief Josh Landes and WAMC news director Ian Pickus.

Environmental activists want to ban the sale of popular water bottles

If it passes at town meeting, the GB On Tap program intends to provide additional drinking fountains and bottle refilling stations throughout town. In addition, it will help participating merchants and restaurants offer refillable water bottles for sale.

Bits & Bytes: Berkshire Beatles Bash; First Friday Artswalk; ‘The Book Show’ at the Mount; Tagliapietra visit, exhibit; ‘Under Siege: The Addiction Epidemic and...

In her presentation, Dr. Jennifer Michaels will describe the disease of addiction; explain how people become addicted to substances, with a focus on heroin and prescription pills; and discuss how treatments and recovery work.

Bits & Bytes: CATA art exhibit; ‘Found Footage” at Berkshire Museum; Arlo at Mahaiwe Thanksgiving week; Soldier On info session; Thanksgiving meal for LGBTQ...

With housing in Leeds and Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Soldier On provides emergency and transitional housing to 250 veterans, as well as case management.

EYES TO THE SKY: Astronomer Bob Berman  

“There’s no such thing as free will. Astronomy was my destiny. My first memory of life is looking into the night sky from my carriage or stroller. I memorized every star in the sky and their spectral classes by the time I was 12 or 13 years old." -- Astronomer Bob Berman

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