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Bera Dunau


Northampton, MA, United States

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Recent articles by Bera:

Postcards from a pandemic: City artist draws his way through COVID-19

EASTHAMPTON — On March 4, Mark Brown and his wife, Susan Boss, artistic partners who have made Easthampton their home for more than 30 years, left the city and drove to south Georgia, where Brown was raised.The couple arrived at their destination on... → Read More

Easthampton mayor extends health-related closure of city buildings to Sept. 1

EASTHAMPTON – City buildings will be closed to the public until Sept. 1, the mayor has announced in extending a closure order in place for more than three months.Mayor Nicole LaChapelle said she does not think it’s safe yet to bring the public into... → Read More

Focus of social justice group’s grants expands amid pandemic

NORTHAMPTON — Both individuals and organizations have been forced to adapt to a world indelibly altered by the coronavirus. And for The Markham-Nathan Fund for Social Justice, that has meant supporting activism in ways it previously has not done... → Read More

Easthampton board raises water, sewer bills an average 8%

EASTHAMPTON — The Board of Public Works has voted to raise the water and sewer bill for the average Easthampton user by about 8% in the next fiscal year. With the average water and sewer user in Easthampton using 1,800 cubic feet per year, according... → Read More

Easthampton adds complaint form to website

EASTHAMPTON — The city has put a complaint form on its website for municipal employees and departments, possibly for the first time in its history.“It was really a stunning omission,” said Mayor Nicole LaChapelle.LaChapelle said that Easthampton... → Read More

Measuring a meltdown: Man displays ruler showing potential sea level rise due to global warming

NORTHAMPTON — For about a month, Florence resident Vinny Valetutti has been going to a parking lot off King Street to display a giant, 30-foot-long ruler. Why? He wants people to understand the seriousness of the sea level rising due to climate... → Read More

Southampton hosts ‘solidarity march’ in support of Black Lives Matter

SOUTHAMPTON — Around 100 people showed up outside Town Hall at 5 p.m. Tuesday for a march in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.“We were inspired, quite frankly, by the protests going on across the country,” said David Kris, who co-organized... → Read More

Easthampton Police seek man who fled crash scene

EASTHAMPTON — Police are still looking for a man who they say crashed a vehicle into a utility pole early Friday morning and then fled through a cemetery.A call came in at 4:58 a.m. about a vehicle hitting a utility pole on Main Street near Glendale... → Read More

Easthampton residents aim to keep mayor, chief focused on policing issue

EASTHAMPTON — A small, committed group of residents used the public speaking time at the Easthampton City Council’s meeting Wednesday to call for significant changes to policing in the city and beyond, as well as for the police to partner with local... → Read More

Easthampton setting up pandemic rent relief fund

EASTHAMPTON — The City Council has approved $300,000 in Community Preservation Act funds to set up a rent relief program for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.The supplemental appropriation was passed unanimously at the council’s Wednesday night... → Read More

Caravan delivers Southampton Lions Club scholarships

SOUTHAMPTON — Caravans of vehicles have been a popular way to celebrate birthdays and graduations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now the Lions Club of Southampton, for the first time in its history, has delivered annual scholarships in this way.“We... → Read More

Easthampton set to reopen parks, playgrounds

EASTHAMPTON — Board of Health Chairwoman Maggie Hebert has rescinded the board’s order forbidding the use of a number of outdoor recreation facilities in the city, although some restrictions are still in place.At the same time, Mayor Nicole LaChapelle... → Read More

Stolen Northampton yard sign depicting MAGA-BLM hug sets off Facebook firestorm

NORTHAMPTON — The theft of a Northampton activist’s lawn sign has stirred up a firestorm online centering on ethics, free speech and race.Billy Park noticed June 6 that a lawn sign he had displayed in his front yard on Crescent Street — depicting a... → Read More

Easthampton limits non-essential outdoor water use

EASTHAMPTON – The Department of Public Works has announced new water use restrictions for city residents in response to a drop in stream flow in the Connecticut River.The restrictions, announced Friday, limit residents to doing the following... → Read More

Southampton police to give away free bike safety gear

SOUTHAMPTON — The town’s police force has received a grant to help keep cyclists safe, and as part of this effort, it will be giving away free helmets and bicycle lights.“The whole purpose is to increase the safety of pedestrians and cyclists,” said... → Read More

‘The model of an engaged citizen’: Family, friends recall Mike Ahearn

NORTHAMPTON — Michael “Mike” J. Ahearn Jr., a former city councilor and community pillar for decades, died at Linda Manor last week. He was 87 years old.“He was born in Leeds, and he finished his life in Leeds,” said Dan Ahearn, the youngest of... → Read More

Easthampton will let its pride flag fly all month

EASTHAMPTON — Last May, the LGBTQ pride flag flew for the first time outside 50 Payson Ave., the seat of the city’s government, for a week. Now, the flag is flying again, except this time it’s set to stay flying through the month of June.“I’m happy to... → Read More

Easthampton City Council will take up proposed budget cuts at next meeting

EASTHAMPTON — The City Council passed several sections of the mayor’s fiscal 2021 budget last week while continuing several other sections to the council’s June 17 meeting because of cuts to the budget that are being considered.“I think things went as... → Read More

Full Tilt brothers recount fire, hope to stay in city

EASTHAMPTON — Standing outside Full Tilt Auto Body & Collision on Ferry Street on May 22, watching as a raging fire spread to the roof and burned the building housing the business he owned with his brother to the ground, was a wrenching moment for... → Read More

Body of Northampton firefighter found in woods; death not suspicious

SOUTHAMPTON — The body of a Northampton firefighter was found in a wooded area of Southampton on Sunday evening, according to the Northampton Fire Department.Northampton firefighters aided in the successful search and the Northwestern district... → Read More