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For 50 years, Construct Incorporated has worked to provide residents of southern Berkshire County with both affordable housing and the tools and resources it takes to get it. Tonight, the nonprofit is holding a benefit concert called “Warming Up The Winter” at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Executive Director Jane Ralph tells WAMC that proceeds from the show will shore up Construct’s work to provide fuel assistance to the needy.

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At last week’s Great Barrington, Massachusetts selectboard meeting, a teenager offered a new vision of public transit.

Downtown Great Barrington, Massachusetts, has been home to eponymous cosmetics company Jane Iredale since 2000.  Earlier in January, it confirmed that a California private equity firm had bought a majority share in the business. WAMC Berkshire Bureau Chief Josh Landes spoke with Jane Iredale about her company’s new partnership with San Francisco Equity Partners – and what impact it will have on the Berkshires.

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The police chief of Great Barrington, Massachusetts sat down with WAMC for a long talk about the department and contemporary law enforcement.

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At 10 o’clock this morning, the first legal recreational marijuana sales began in Berkshire County.

A Southern Berkshire County nonprofit group that works with young people is bringing in a new staff member.

Berkshire County’s first adult use recreational marijuana sales start Friday morning, and both the business and the town of Great Barrington are prepping for the big day.

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Having cleared its final hurdle with the state of Massachusetts, a Great Barrington medical marijuana business plans to begin selling recreational pot to adults 21 and over on Friday.

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The Great Barrington, Massachusetts selectboard held a special meeting Wednesday night over two requests to remove a member of the town’s housing authority.

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Downtown Great Barrington was officially designated a Massachusetts cultural district Tuesday.

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Community activists are working to pass local ordinances in the sanctuary city model in communities in the Berkshires.

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Great Barrington, Massachusetts has made the guiding principles of one of its most famous residents a formal part of its identity.

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The Great Barrington, Massachusetts Selectboard meets again tonight.

The 8th annual Bike ‘n’ Fly is this Saturday at the Great Barrington Airport.

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Following a Berkshire County resident’s encounter with a black bear that left the animal dead in Housatonic last month, WAMC reached out to the state’s chief black bear biologist. David Wattles works for MassWildlife, the state agency that oversees the conservation of freshwater fish and wildlife in the Commonwealth. Wattles explained what his job entails, and says you can minimize run-ins with bears like the one in July.

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An attempt to end years of complaints and litigation around a controversial trucking business in Great Barrington, Massachusetts failed at Monday night’s special town meeting.

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An effort by Great Barrington residents to overturn the town’s May vote to ban single use plastic water bottles has fallen short. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Josh Landes reports from last night’s special town meeting.

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A rare special town meeting is set for tonight in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. WAMC has a preview.

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The shooting of a bear last month is stirring strong feelings in Berkshire County. 

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Great Barrington, Massachusetts is holding a special town meeting Monday night to revisit its May vote to ban single use plastic water bottles.

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Steve Katz, founding member of the legendary Blood, Sweat & Tears, and The Blues Project, will be at Hevreh in Great Barrington, Massachusetts presenting a humorous discussion about his first hand experiences with folk songs of the 60’s and the Greenwich Village scene at the time.

Steve will perform songs from that period. His stories include anecdotes about many of the musical icons of the folk, rock, jazz and blues idiom, including his performance at Woodstock.

Katz is best known as a member of the rock-pop-jazz group Blood, Sweat & Tears. Katz was an original member of the rock bands The Blues Project and American Flyer. As a producer, his credits include the 1979 album "Short Stories Tall Tales" for the Irish band Horslips, and the Lou Reed albums "Rock 'n' Roll Animal" and "Sally Can't Dance."

The Guthrie Family is producing a new series at the Guthrie Center. The Talkin’ Series will feature a line-up of folks who will join them for 4 Wednesday’s in August. In addition to the music, they will have discussion with special guests and Q&A opportunities from the audience with Arlo Guthrie as the host!

Arlo’s daughter, Sarah Lee Guthrie will be on one on the panels and helped put this all together and she joins us.

The Great Barrington, Massachusetts selectboard dealt with recreational marijuana, Mass Development grants, and more at its Monday night meeting.

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As Great Barrington prepares for state-funded improvements to its downtown, some business owners have concerns about how the construction will affect commerce.

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Lee will conduct its annual town meeting tonight.

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Great Barrington, Massachusetts is preparing for its town meeting on Monday.

Great Barrington, Massachusetts is turning to its residents to find ways to make its streets safer.

Great Barrington Boards Feud Over Pot Permits

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Town officials in Great Barrington, Massachusetts are battling over marijuana policy.

A Trump administration cabinet member will be spending some time in the Berkshires.

  Giovanni Boivin from The Book Loft in Great Barrington, MA, joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

List:
“Heart Berries: A Memoir” by Terese Marie Mailhot
“Bad Kansas: Stories” by Becky Mandelbaum
“Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings” by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie
“Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories” by Kelly Barnhill
“The Sea Beast Takes a Lover: Stories” by Michael Andreasen
“The Sky is Yours” by Chandler Klang Smith

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