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NEW YORK — Some optimism about Detroit's future has emerged, at least in news stories and magazine pieces. There is a new hockey arena, a trolley, and a manufactured beach, an active art scene, trendy restaurants and housing under construction … more
I remember when Zayre first opened in Pittsfield back in 1959. I had never been in such a big store with so much merchandise on display on one floor. It was probably Pittsfield's first real "big box" store. What also really impressed me was what I … more
PITTSFIELD — As a member of the Pittsfield School Committee for the past four years and as a retired teacher, I have witnessed the dynamic and strategic learning that takes place in all 12 of the schools that comprise Pittsfield Public … more
SHEFFIELD — Sitting at a restaurant overlooking a Newport harbor recently, sipping an Arnold Palmer and waiting for my lobster salad to arrive, I turned to my lunch companion, an experienced tech VC turned 'impact investor" from Connecticut's … more
PITTSFIELD — The contrast made it all the more painful.I had just concluded a week with the rabbinic faculty at Crane Lake Camp in West Stockbridge. Our theme was the biblical passage in which humanity is made "in the Divine image" (Genesis … more
RICHMOND — If the command to circle the wagons was given at Tanglewood, a melee would ensue as the lawn people scrambled to comply. On a sunny Sunday afternoon, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra draws more wagons than a country … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — As the political leadership in Washington grapples with the grim debate over who will have access to health care in the future, and who will not, there is, in fact, good news about health care in the United States. This … more
LENOX — If you're among the many Berkshires homeowners who rent out their abodes to help cover property taxes and other expenses, you'll have to wait until next year to find out about anticipated new rules, regulations and taxes that might be … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — Several years ago (OK, many years ago), when I moved to Great Barrington, I lived in a guy's basement for a while. It was a space that had been converted into an apartment, but there was a boiler down there and when somebody … more
FITCHBURG — Compassion was missing among many when a GOP bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act recently threatened health care coverage for those most in need, prompting the American Medical Association to voice opposition. A pioneering woman … more
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