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Shaw Israel Izikson

Shaw Israel Izikson is Managing Editor for The Berkshire Edge. Izikson is an award-winning journalist, editor, and photographer from Baltimore, Maryland. He was the winner of the 2015 New England Better Newspaper competition in editorial writing. Izikson is the former editor of The Winsted Journal newspaper from 2014 to 2017. He was also the editor of The Winsted Phoenix from 2019 to 2021, and most recently The Country Journal in late 2021. He has been in the journalism field for over 20 years, starting as a reporter for The Irregular newspaper in Kingfield, Maine. He worked at The Lakeville Journal company for 11 years, working as a reporter at all three newspapers owned by the company before serving as the editor for The Winsted Journal from 2014 to 2017.

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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.

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...

Witnessing the power of the human body through dance: A new season at Jacob’s Pillow

“Jacob’s Pillow has been a haven and a refuge for dancers and dance companies for nearly 100 years,” said Jacob's Pillow Executive Director Pamela Tatge. “Audiences should feel what I call the ‘Pillow Magic’ as they drive up George Carter Road, and when they arrive here to see a performance."

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...

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?”

Egremont Village Inn and Egremont Barn put up for sale

Egremont —  On Friday, March 15, the Egremont Village Inn and Egremont Barn properties were put up for sale. The real estate agent for the...

Mt. Everett drone team finishes seventh at New England Championship

"After they graduate from school, students may go into the technology field or they may not," said school Technology Director Chris Thompson. "But the point is that children are having fun when they are working with technology, and I think it’s important for students to find inspiration and have fun.”

‘Once Upon a Mattress’ coming to Monument Mountain High School

"‘Once Upon a Mattress’ is still famous because it’s a musical that works for the whole family," said Director Chris Tucci. "There are jokes in the musical for both mom and dad, grandma and grandpa, brothers and sisters, and even little kids. Everybody who comes to the show will find something to laugh at.”

School district looking at policy revisions concerning complaints about books, educational materials

"The School Committee will not permit any individual or group to exercise censorship over instructional materials and library collections, but recognizes that at times a reevaluation of certain material may be desired," reads the draft policy.

Baba Louie’s restaurants put up for sale

Great Barrington and Hudson, N.Y. — On Thursday, March 14, in a press release, Paul and Eileen Masiero, owners of Baba Louie’s restaurants in...

Theory Wellness, Community Growth Partners file lawsuit against Great Barrington – Story updated: Third dispensary, Farnsworth Fine Cannabis, joins in lawsuit

In his letter on behalf of Theory Wellness and Community Growth Partners, which owns Rebelle dispensary, attorney David Rich claims that both companies were "... forced to tender to the town millions of dollars in unlawful Community Impact Fees, legal fees and additional costs, payments, and reimbursements.”

Sheffield resident Milleron running against Congressman Richard Neal

“I started getting involved in politics after my daughter died in a Boeing crash,” Nadia Milleron told The Berkshire Edge. “I was apolitical before because I thought politics was disgusting and the people involved with it were awful, and I didn’t want anything to do with it. But what I discovered is that if you don’t do anything, then things get worse.”

Concerns arise over transparency of local government in Great Barrington

"[R]ecently, my trust, faith, and confidence in this board, as well as some of our town government practices, have been badly shaken," said resident Michelle Loubert during public comments at the March 11 Selectboard meeting.

‘In times of darkness, love is going to win’: Shakespeare & Company gearing up for new season

“For this season, we’re now able to be a little more measured and creative in our choices,” said Allyn Burrows, Shakespeare & Company artistic director and president of the Board of Trustees. “You will see things on our schedule that are a break from our normal and usual programming."

Toy gun incident at W.E.B. Du Bois Middle School

Great Barrington — This week,  W.E.B. Du Bois Middle School officials had to deal with a student who came to school with a toy...

Leigh Davis speaks at Berkshire County NAACP meeting about personal experiences with racism, issues impacting Berkshire County

“[My parents' work] ingrained in me this idea of public service and believing in something outside of yourself, which is something that has been a thread through my whole life,” Davis said. “I was surrounded by this whirlwind of public service and giving back to the community, and this is part of my DNA.”

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