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Letter: Question 2 Contrary to the Commonwealth
To the Editor: Charter schools are an expensive proposition in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with no oversight from our locally elected officials.  This year over $400 million will be diverted from local school districts to fund these privately managed schools. The broad coalition that has organized against this misguided
MCLA to Host 2nd Annual Berkshire Natural History Conference
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The second annual Berkshire Natural History Conference will feature presentations by local and regional naturalists as well as acclaimed authors on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Church Street Center. "This annual event will bring natural history home to the Berkshires,"
Kennedy Rallies Berkshire Dems For Final Election Push
Those in attendance gathered for a quick group photo before heading back to work on the campaign efforts for Democratic candidates. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There is a lot of frustration with politics, especially on the national level, shown throughout this campaign season. While local Democrats say they understand it, they
Biz Briefs: Canyon Ranch Unveils Luxury Residences in Lenox
Luxury living: Canyon Ranch has launched Canyon Ranch Residences at Bellefontaine, a collection of exquisitely-designed condominiums at its 120-acre Lenox. location. William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Great Barrington, Mass., agents Gladys Montgomery and Marc Bachman will serve as the exclusive sales and marketing agents for the
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Awards $769,000 in Fall Grants Cycle
SHEFFIELD, Mass. — The board of directors of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation have announced the recipients of the third round of grantmaking for 2016. The foundation distributed a total of $50,134 in grants to individuals and nonprofits in the four-county region it serves and grants totaling nearly $720,000 from donors with
Berkshires Beat: Cheshire Celebrates Halloween
Spooktacular: The Cheshire Elementary School PTG hosted its annual Halloween Dance Party on Friday, Oct. 21, in the school auditorium. DJ Bob Heck of Bob Heck Entertainment played music and games with the kids. The kids danced and played the night away. The Hoosac Valley Cheerleaders came and volunteered their time to help run the game and
No on 2 Campaign Rallies in Pittsfield as Election Day Nears
MTA President Barbara Madeloni said so far 'the 413 is no on 2.' PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Corporations and big business cannot buy public education.   That is the message that those opposing Question 2, a ballot initiative calling for raising the cap on charter schools by a dozen, is
Letter: David vs Goliath
To the Editor: My comments about the Massachusetts Senate race for our district: Berkshire, Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin). I watched debates, read the articles, saw and heard local TV and radio appearances and have seen Facebook posts for both candidates. There are major differences between the two! Hurrah, a clear choice. As
Letter: Support Community Preservation Act
To the Editor: Becket passed the [Community Preservation Act] law in 2009. The projects that have been approved since passage are projects that otherwise would have been difficult for the town to fund in a timely manner. We passed the law after almost two years of public outreach and public hearings. We have a 1.5 percent surcharge,
'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back': Doesn't Quite Grab You
It is what it is. I contemplated saving approximately 805 words by simply having the above overworked phrase stand as my review of director Edward Zwick's "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back." However, despite its relatively appropriate description of this action-thriller starring Tom Cruise as the title maverick, fear of a random
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