The Berkshire Edge On-Air – Wednesday September 2, 2020

The Berkshire Edge LLC is a locally owned, regional publication. Our goal is to provide – regularly and in depth – content that truly reflects the life, interests and aspirations of this unusually rich and vibrant community.

Guided by respected journalistic standards, the principle of fairness, the quest for truth, a commitment to social, economic and environmental justice, and an abiding admiration for the independent spirit of the Berkshires, The Berkshire Edge offers in-depth local news reports and features, perspectives on the arts, wide-ranging commentary, and a comprehensive calendar of events – all written, illustrated, and, in some cases performed, with wit, intelligence, insight and humor.

1.  First, we should convey the results from the Democratic primary — we don’t yet have the tally from Great Barrington, or Berkshire County —But here are the winners and losers:

a. In the U.S. Senate primary incumbent Ed Markey prevailed over U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy, the first time a Kennedy has lost an election in Massachusetts.
b. District 1 incumbent, U.S. Rep. Richie Neal was victorious over former Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, though in Great Barrington Morse won by a margin of 53-46 percent. Overall, Neal won by a margin of 60 to 40 percent.

2.   And while nationally we are in a major meltdown over the Black Lives Matter movement, the Berkshire Hills Regional School District is seriously considering — again — naming one of their three schools after the civil rights leader, NAACP founder, and Great Barrington native W.E.B. Du Bois. This is certain to provoke a furious debate:

3. And speaking of schools, the same Berkshire Hills School District has come up with a creative plan to offer educational enrichment during the COVID pandemic and schools are closed for in-class sessions. The district has teamed up with five area nonprofits to offer programs during the days students are scheduled to work remotely. thus allowing parents to go to work.

4. Knowing that pandemic weary residents are yearning for distraction, the Millerton Movie House has scheduled a showing of “Jaws” on Sept. 6 — a drive-in movie benefit at the Sharon Playhouse…

5.  Boston Mayor Marty Walsh declared Sept. 1 to have been Seiji Ozawa Day, in honor of the longtime conductor and music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra… Ozawa was a particular favorite at Tanglewood during his tenure.

6. And finally, another product of the pandemic era is Joe Grochmal’s @GBLabs, a resource for those interested in exploring Great Barrington and surrounding environs. Joe has put together 8 destinations — The Great 8 — in an effort to bring a sense of identity to the community greater awareness of its treasures.


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