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CAPITAL IDEAS: The Federal Reserve should not cut interest rates this year

I hold a correlative unpopular opinion: The stock market would continue to do well in 2024 even if the Fed did not cut rates.

Explore La Biennale Di Venezia 2024 on The Berkshire Edge!

I will be in residence in Venice from April 18th to May 29th. During my time in Venice, I will be a “roaming art reporter” for The Berkshire Edge. There are over 200 exhibitions being held throughout Venice during the Biennale, which translates into exciting art to show up in your morning edition of The Berkshire Edge.

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PETER MOST: A more PURDfect design

Since no one is making any more developable land here, let’s design thoughtfully and maximize use wisely. Let the experts be in charge.

FILM REVIEW: ‘The Old Oak’ directed by Ken Loach

Loach has always believed (too sanguinely) in the power of the working class, but his recent work has been much less optimistic about the workers capacity to transform a recalcitrant social and political world.

THEN & NOW: The Glendale Middle Road Bridge

It took four years to rebuild the span with a new concrete bridge when it collapsed in 1974. Locals complained about the lengthy repair time, but it seems that four to five years for bridge replacement is now commonplace in Massachusetts.

I WITNESS: Yiddishkeit

If someone in Hollywood were to make a musical about both sides of my family, they would have to call it “Schindler on the Roof.” That’s how good my Jew cred is.

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Stockbridge warrant seeks speed limit mandate for town-owned roads

The Select Board contemplated having the board appoint the town clerk and tree warden, rather than residents voting to elect those positions.

Edith Meininger (nee Goldfarb), 100, of Austerlitz, N.Y.

In keeping with Edith’s wishes, there will be no funeral. A private burial service for family will be held at Chatham Rural Cemetery.

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Kathryn (Kannar) Aberdale, 70, of Westlake, Fla.

A funeral mass will be held for Kathryn at Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Corpus Christi Church, on Main Street in Housatonic on Wednesday, March 27, at 10 a.m., before her body will be laid to rest in Saint Bridget's Cemetery on Van Deusenville Road in Housatonic. Family will receive friends on Tuesday March 26, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Birches-Roy Funeral Home.

Troubled property no more: Castle Street firehouse renovated

Earlier this month, after years of controversy over the building, and nearly two years after the Federal Trade Commission case, Warrior Trading announced that it was nearing completion of its restoration project.

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Kate Lascar of Berkshire Property Agents offers a hassle-free condo in a peaceful community, combining tranquility and accessibility. An analysis of potential changes in Berkshire real estate practices. Geoff Wilcox reports on the ‘transformation” of a run-down gambrel-roofed home in a small town in Massachusetts. Plus, recent sales, gardening columns and more.

Blackshires Leadership Accelerator Program goes forward for a second year

“It's important in the community at large to leverage those community members that have been historically disenfranchised and not supported,” Blackshires President and lead facilitator of the Leadership Accelerator Program Dubois Thomas said.

THE OTHER SIDE: Monsanto v. General Electric — Round One

It is remarkable what emerges when billions of dollars are at stake, and once colluding polluters decide they need to fight one another.

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Morton ‘Morty’ Josel, 87, of Alford

Funeral service for Morton "Morty" Josel will be held Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at 10 a.m., Hevreh of Southern Berkshire in Great Barrington. Burial will be held at New Montefiore Cemetery in West Babylon, N.Y.

Thomas Joseph ‘Tom’ Poole, 84, of Great Barrington

The family wants to thank the staff at Mount Carmel Care Center in Lenox and the staff at Sugar Hill Assisted Living in Dalton for the care, compassion, and comfort they provided Tom during his days at these facilities.

Ilona A. ‘Lola’ Rubino, 73, of Great Barrington

A private family service will be held on Friday, March 15, 2024, at Finnerty & Stevens Funeral Home, followed by a family graveside service at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Great Barrington.

Marcella B. Merker, 105, of Lenox

The funeral for Ms. Marcella Merker will be held Thursday, March 7, 2024, at 10 a.m., at St. Ann's Parish Center with Father CJ Waitekus officiating. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be in Belmont Cemetery in Belmont, Mass. at a later date.

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Department of Public Utilities decision on Housatonic Water Works rate increases deferred until August

Great Barrington — A decision on Housatonic Water Works's proposed rate increases by the Department of Public Utilities has been deferred until at least August 1. On March 11, Department Chair James Van Nostrand, Commissioners Cecile Fraser, and Staci Rubin...

THE BODY SCIENTIFIC: Measles again! But why?

The excellence of the measles vaccine and experience with Rinderpest led to the idea of eliminating the measles virus, but a decline in vaccine acceptance after a false autism scare ended that hope.

Town of Lee refiles lawsuit against Monsanto and GE

Lee — In a press release issued on Tuesday, March 19, the town announced that it has refiled a lawsuit against Monsanto and General Electric in Berkshire Superior Court. According to the press release, the lawsuit is for “Intentional Infliction...

Ramsdell Library showing its age, Library Trustees asking town meeting voters, state for funds

“The town has used this library for over 120 years,” said Great Barrington Libraries Board of Trustees Chairman Patrick Hollenbeck. “This building is on the National Register of Historic Places. Where else do you see something like this?”

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