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People in folding chairs in front of rows of parked cars in a parking lot hold up pink slips to a row of seated people on a stage
Josh Landes / WAMC

Great Barrington, Massachusetts residents rejected new restrictions on marijuana businesses and a new downtown parking project at the town meeting Monday night.

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       This week's Book Picks lists comes from Giovanni Boivin from The Bookloft in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. 

List:
Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead
The Maidens by Alex Michaelides
Helm of Midnight by Marina Lostetter
Arsenic and Adobo by Mai P. Mansala
Borges and Me by Jay Parini
The Whispering Dead by Darcy Coates
Enchanted, edited by Jesse Kowalski

A man stands on a podium below an American flag before a parking lot full of cars with seated people on a grassy strip behind him
Josh Landes / WAMC

Some changes are coming after Tuesday’s election in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

A brick building sits behind a green lawn.
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At its Monday night meeting, the Great Barrington, Massachusetts selectboard got an update on public works projects in the town and debated the merits of a downtown licensing request.

Under a photo of a protest with sign-holding attendees and next to the town seal, it says "Fiscal 2022 Municipal Budget July 1st, 2021 - June 30th, 2022"
Town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts

Residents of Great Barrington, Massachusetts weighed in this week on the town’s proposed fiscal year 2022 budget.

Facebook: Great Barrington Fairgrounds

Town leaders in Great Barrington, Massachusetts say a plan to explore buying a former fairgrounds property have stalled. 

Book covers for the books listed below on this page
provided - assorted publishers

      This week's Book Picks lists comes from Giovanni Boivin from The Bookloft in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. 

List:
Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells
Norse Mythology Volume 1 (Graphic Novel) by Neil Giaman and P. Craig Russell
Never Have I Ever by Isabel Yap
Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
Day Zero by C. Robert Cargill
Later by Stephen King
Galaxy and The Ground Within by Becky Chambers
The Burning: The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 by Tim Madigan

A cannabis plant.
By Skalle-Per Hedenhös - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=82766847

The town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts will soon decide how to spend the millions of dollars in retail marijuana revenues it has banked since 2019. Before the annual town meeting in June that will determine the fiscal year 2022 budget, residents will be able to share their thoughts in a virtual public hearing on the matter March 30th. WAMC spoke to selectboard member Ed Abrahams to learn more about how much Great Barrington has made from legal weed sales — and how town leaders think it should be spent.

Under a photo of a protest with sign-holding attendees and next to the town seal, it says "Fiscal 2022 Municipal Budget July 1st, 2021 - June 30th, 2022"
Town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts

The town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts is preparing its fiscal year 2022 budget ahead of a public hearing later this month.

A black and white photograph of a bald black man in a suit and bowtie with a mustache
Cornelius Marion Battey / Wikipedia Commons

Great Barrington, Massachusetts is marking the birthday of native son W.E.B. Du Bois today. 

A bald white man wears a police uniform in front of a brick house
Town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts

At a virtual coffee hour today, the new Great Barrington, Massachusetts police chief introduced himself to the community.

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Josh Landes / WAMC

The Great Barrington, Massachusetts selectboard says it’s considering purchasing fairgrounds that have sat rotting and unused for years just south of town center.

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CORNELIUS MARION BATTEY / WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

The birthday of civil rights icon W.E.B. Du Bois will be recognized with an official holiday in his hometown of Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

A bald white man wears a police uniform in front of a brick house
Town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts

Great Barrington, Massachusetts has chosen a new permanent police chief. 53-year-old Paul Storti is a town native. The former sergeant has been Acting Police Chief since December, when Chief William Walsh retired after 40 years. His official start date remains pending as he negotiates a contract with the town. Storti, who’s been with the department since 1995, spoke with WAMC about why community outreach is his top priority, and what he learned from calls to cut public funding for the department at last year’s town meeting.

Book covers for the books listed below on this page
provided - assorted publishers

     This week's Book Picks lists comes from Giovanni Boivin from The Bookloft in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. 

List:
"Hench" by Natalie Zina Walschots
"Butcher's Blessing" by Ruth Gilligan
"All God's Children" by Aaron Gwyn
"Daughters of Smoke and Bone" by Laini Taylor
"Broken" by Jenny Lawson
"Ellie and the Harpmaker" by Hazel Prior
"Killer Come Back to Me" by Ray Bradbury

The Great Barrington Town Seal
Town Of Great Barrington

The town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts has approved a plan to build 14 to 20 affordable housing units in the village of Housatonic.

The Great Barrington Town Seal
Town Of Great Barrington

The Great Barrington, Massachusetts selectboard has tabled an open letter from community members aimed at rebutting a controversial pro-herd immunity declaration named after the town. 

Book covers for books listed below on this page
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      This week's Book Picks lists comes from Julia Hobart from The Bookloft in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. 

List:
"Killer, Come Back to Me" by Ray Bradbury
"We Keep the Dead Close" by Becky Cooper
"Black Sun" by Rebecca Roanhorse
"Ring Shout" by P. Djèlí Clark
"The Lost Spells" by Robert MacFarlane & Jackie Morris
"Everything Sad is Untrue" by Daniel Nayeri
"The Burning: The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921" By Tim Madigan
"Unrestricted Access" by James Rollins
"Why Didn't We Riot?: A Black Man in Trumpland" by Issac J. Bailey

Online event: Saturday, November 7 at 4 p.m. - Noé Álvarez, author of the new book "Spirit Run: A 6,000-Mile Marathon Through North America's Stolen Land"

The Great Barrington Town Seal
Town Of Great Barrington

A selectboard member in Great Barrington, Massachusetts is presenting an open letter to a conservative think-tank tonight, rebutting the conclusions of a declaration it released this month named after the Berkshire community. The letter is being heard at tonight’s selectboard meeting, which begins at 6. As WAMC reports, the Great Barrington Declaration has garnered international criticism.

As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection.
The Great Barrington Declaration / https://gbdeclaration.org/

An argument for herd immunity in response to the COVID-19 pandemic reached in Great Barrington, Massachusetts has led to international criticism and local dismay.

The Great Barrington Town Seal
Town Of Great Barrington

A Berkshire County golf pro was killed by a falling tree during a storm in Great Barrington, Massachusetts Wednesday.

A white church building
Clinton Church Restoration / https://www.facebook.com/clintonchurchrestoration

This weekend, the Triplex Cinema and Berkshire International Film Festival are presenting a movie series titled “W.E.B. Du Bois to George Floyd: 150 Years of Resistance.” Four documentaries about famous African American activists, thinkers and social movements will be screened live and online, with a portion of the streaming cost going to the Clinton Church Restoration project. WAMC Berkshire Bureau Chief Josh Landes spoke with Dr. Frances Jones-Sneed from the CCR’s board of directors about the effort to restore the historic Black church in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and how the film series plays into its larger mission to restore local Black narratives to the public consciousness.

A crushed stone path runs along a wooden fence in the woods.
Jason Todd Saldaña / Great Barrington Land Conservancy

A land conservancy in Great Barrington, Massachusetts is preparing to open a new trail next week.

Arlo Guthrie and Alan Chartock.
WAMC

Some of the most hard hit folks in this pandemic are those in the arts. Theaters, concert halls, and many cultural offerings are suffering great financial hardship without an audience to attend in person. That also goes for the Guthrie Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

The Guthrie Center at the Old Trinity Church was founded by Arlo Guthrie to honor the legacy of his parents, Woody Guthrie and Marjorie Mazia-Guthrie. The Guthrie Center seeks to cultivate cultural preservation, promote educational achievement and foster community outreach to meet the ongoing needs of the community. However, since the pandemic began, the Guthrie Center has struggled to keep up financially.

Four ballots - one pink, one blue, one green, and one purple - are attached to a wall.
Josh Landes / WAMC

As Massachusetts prepares for in-person voting in Tuesday’s primary, town and city clerks around Berkshire County have already seen unprecedented turnout through mail-in and early balloting.

The Great Barrington Town Seal
Town Of Great Barrington

As an airport in Great Barrington, Massachusetts seeks a special permit to expand, some residents are speaking out against the environmental impact of the project.

The Great Barrington Town Seal
Town Of Great Barrington

As the long-serving police chief of Great Barrington, Massachusetts prepares to step down, the town is forming a committee to select his replacement.

A map of Massachusetts with various municipalities in different colors.
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

Thousands are still without power in Berkshire County in the wake of Hurricane Isaias.

 

   This week's Book Picks lists comes from Giovanni Boivin from The Bookloft in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. 

List:

“When These Mountains Burn” by David Joy - pub date 8/18/20 “Rules for Being Dead” by Kim Powers - pub date 8/4/20
“Survivor Song” by Paul Tremblay (out now)
“Extraordinaries” by t.j.klune (out now)
“The Ruin” and “The Scholar” by Dervla McTiernan
“The Girl and the Ghost” by Hanna Alkaf - Pub Date: 8/4/2020

The Great Barrington Town Seal
Town Of Great Barrington

The Great Barrington, Massachusetts selectboard has approved a measure that calls on the town to actively confront systemic racism and reassess its policing practices.

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