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Our general news show is concerned with Massachusetts’ northwestern-most corner, with occasional forays into southern Vermont and New York’s Hudson Valley.

    Top Left Corner #178: NTRVW — Michael Lavery, Candidate for State Rep., Mass. 3rd Dist.

    Top Left Corner #178: NTRVW — Michael Lavery, Candidate for State Rep., Mass. 3rd Dist.

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    And this is Episode #178 of the Top Left Corner. I am your host Jay Velázquez, and I do thank you for tuning in as always. Today is Saturday, November 5, 2022 – at least that’s the day that I hit record on this episode. We have a very special guest on the show, Michael Lavery. He’s been on this show a couple times in the last several years, and we are always happy to have him back a member of the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow party, the Berkshires chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, a very deep thinker, and an all-around great guy. He is running this election to unseat Massachusetts State Representative, William “Smitty” Pignatelli, in the race for Berkshire 3rd district.







    I like to have both contestants in the campaign on the show, but I’ve contacted Smitty number of times on different issues, and he’s never responded, so I figure, if he got in touch with me, fine. If he didn’t, fine. And he didn’t. We speak with Michael about some of the issues that have been on his mind for a long time in, including transparency and Beacon Hill the toxins in the water supply, and this time the push to decriminalize or legalize antigens — organic natural substances found in such plants as psilocybin mushrooms and peyote, increasingly of interest to the medical community after showing amazing promise treating major depression, PTSD, and other conditions.







    As I mentioned at the top of the interview, Michael is a longtime supporter of the Greylock Glass, even before he ran his first campaign for the Beckett Select Board. I say this in the interest of transparency, because I want people to know who supports us, and be able to judge for themselves if we have an inappropriate bias in any direction. I only had one area of concern going into this interview, which was the question of how he can reconcile his antiwar stance with working for General Dynamics, and I pressed him on it.







    Whether or not Michael does manage to defeat Smitty pig Natale on Tuesday, I’m sure that the very fact that he challenged and incumbent Democrat will cause some of his issues of concern to gain more widespread attention. Let’s go down to that interview with Michael livery here on the top of corner







    NTRVW: Michael Lavery — Candidate State Rep, Berkshire III District

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    Top Left Corner: And five, four, three, two. And with me on the line is Michael Lavery, Selectboard member in Beckett, Massachusetts. Michael, thanks so much for joining us again on the Top Left Corner.







    Michael Lavery: Hi, Jason. Thank you for having me.







    Top Left Corner: My pleasure. Well, in the in the interest of full disclosure, because we believe in transparency here at The Greylock Glass, Michael, you are a donor. You are a contributor to our continued operations, and we always are grateful for that.







    Michael Lavery: Well, I appreciate your honesty and I pride myself on being truthful and transparent. And I also like to support local media that speaks truth to power. So I don’t mind contributing at all. I think it’s a good cause.







    Top Left Corner: So yeah, I mean, I say that I would say that whether you were running for office or not,

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    Top Left Corner #177: NTRVW X2 — Local Artist, Thor Wickstrom on Green River Farms; Tom Conklin in our Solopreneur Spotlight

    Top Left Corner #177: NTRVW X2 — Local Artist, Thor Wickstrom on Green River Farms; Tom Conklin in our Solopreneur Spotlight

    And this is Episode Number 177 of the Top Left Corner. I’m your host Jay Velázquez and I do thank you for tuning in as always. Today, at least the day I’m recording this, is Sunday, October 30, 2022, and what a glorious Sunday it is. Brought to you by our new sponsor, climate change, making sure that every November feels like August. Today’s show is truly a confluence of a bunch of great things. We have a couple of conversations that have been in the hopper for a while — One for a couple of weeks, one for over a year.









    Links Mentioned on the Show







    Thor Wickstrom • The Happy Curmudgeons • Tom Conklin • READY.gov • Ballot Questions









    Our first guest is Thor Wickstrom, local painter I literally meant by the side of the road overlooking the view surrounding Green River Farms in Williamstown. I didn’t have any equip equipment with me but I did have my phone and I did my best to try to capture the artists thoughts on that particular stretch of scenery and the importance of open space. Cars went by. The wind picked up. And in the end, I thought that I had erased the conversation when I updated my phone. Fortunately nothing online ever really disappears, and I stumbled across it this week as I search for information about the farm now that it is on the block, so to speak. We learned that Green River Farms is now officially up for sale for approximately 2 1/2 million dollars, which is a piece more than most small farmers can possibly come up with.







    Listing for Green River Farms at Burnham Gold Real Estate







    The community is concerned about the possibility that the view, which is a quintessential New England landscape, could be marred forever if developers purchase the property and pull some or all of it out of the tax classification that is one way agricultural land is protected. Unlike placing land in indefinite conservation, chapter 61a can be reversed by paying back taxes — a pittance compared to the amount of money builders developers couldn’t realize with bulldozers and blueprints for a community of McMansions.







    We speak next with local celebrity of the airwaves, The voice you know and love, Tom Conklin, who has been a fixture on the radio dial for quite some time. He is also the one of the principles of the local band the matchstick architects. We are going to be talking about his transition into professional voice work outside of radio on a full-time basis. He shares a number of tips, and explains a little bit about what it’s like to get a career going invoice work. I think you’ll find it as fascinating as I did. And I’m always a little wary about having him on an episode since his voice is so gold it shows me up every time.







    We also have a song from a band I’ve been wanting to introduce you to for a while — the Happy Curmudgeons. Haling from the Detroit music scene, they’ve been nominated for a 2022 W.A.M.

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    Top Left Corner #176: NTRVW — Dean Martilli, U.S. House candidate, 1st Dist. of Mass.

    Top Left Corner #176: NTRVW — Dean Martilli, U.S. House candidate, 1st Dist. of Mass.

    J. Velázquez: This is episode number 176 of the top left corner. I’m your host, Jay Velázquez. And as always, I do thank you for tuning in. Today is Sunday, October 23rd, 2022. At least that’s the date that this episode dropped. And we have a really fascinating conversation for you today. We have as our guest, Dean Martilly, candidate for First District of Massachusetts. That’s right. This is a Republican who’s going up against Richard Neal, who has been in that seat through the seat’s various transformations, including absorbing new territory for three decades now, something like that. It’s been a long, long time that Richie Neal has been warming that chair.







    And this race, while in the Berkshires, may not seem to be contentious, I have heard from other areas of the district, from people out out that to the east of us. And it sounds like they have some pretty, pretty strong support out that way this campaign. So what we’ll do is it’s a long we had a much longer conversation than we intended, which happens, as you know, quite frequently in the Top Left Corner because we have such fascinating guests. So we’re going to get right to it after this word from the US Department of Veterans Affairs and the Ad Council.







    Candidate Dean Martilli — website







    NTRVW







    Editor’s Note: The Greylock Glass pays to have rough transcripts of interviews produced. We attempt to remain as faithful as possible to the speakers’ original meaning, and apologize for any errors of transcription. That said, even the imperfect transcription we perform is costly. Please support us financially by becoming a member or making a one-time contribution to help us continue to provide this service.







    Top Left Corner: And with me on the line is Dean Martilli, who is running for Berkshire First District Congressional District, Massachusetts. Dean Martilli, thanks so much for being on the Top Left Corner.







    Dean Martilli: Thank you very much. Great to be with you.







    Top Left Corner: So this is interesting. You know, you’re running against Richie Neal, who has faced some primary challengers in the past couple of elections, neither of which were successful and but not has not faced any significant challenges from the GOP for his seat, which he’s had for about 18 years now, I think maybe more. But what gave you the idea that this was the year that a Republican might be able to take on this entrenched fellow in this seat? What was what gave you the the signals?







    Dean Martilli: Well, first of all, this will be 32 years for Richie Neal in Congress. I view him as a follower, not a leader. And he shows he demonstrates that every day. And doing Nancy Pelosi’s dirty work, whatever that is. And we can get into that later. But I was I was chief of staff for a Democrat, Patrick Kennedy, out of Rhode Island. And I went in and took over that that seat to help him out. He had some health issues, and I was trusted enough to go in and take the chief of staff position and run the entire operation, both the Rhode Island office, the D.C. office and the campaign. And we worked with Congressman Neal’s office. And what I saw and I know that I was working for a Kennedy this is in 2000. Our office is a lot busier than his office. We had so many meetings. We were conducting meetings out in the hallway in the Cannon Building. And so I just watched the way we did things, in the way he the way his office was doing things. And we were far more efficient and far better. And I’ll say that one of my proudest accomplishments that we did in that office, we were there, like I said, during 911,

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Top Left Corner #175: Eliza Edens — “We’ll Become the Flowers”

    Top Left Corner #175: Eliza Edens — “We’ll Become the Flowers”

    Welcome, brothers and sisters!







    This is episode number 175 of the Top Left Corner. I’m your host, Jay Velázquez, and I do thank you for tuning in. This show was released Thursday, October 20th, 2022. And it is a I don’t know if it’s a plus-size show, but it’s definitely a jam packed show. We have a very special guest, sort of semi local musician, a singer songwriter. Eliza Edens is going to be with us for almost the entire hour. And in fact, any of that hour that isn’t taken up with our conversation will be taken up with two songs. That’s right. You heard it. Two songs, not just one, but two that Eliza has graciously allowed us to share with you, dear listeners. So it is going to be a special treat.







    Connect with Eliza EdensWebsiteBandcampFacebook







    Eliza is performing to a sold out show to a sold out venue tomorrow night, which is the 21st at the Five Corners Cafe on Cold Spring Road. That’s Route 7, just south of Williamstown. And unfortunately, it didn’t even occur to me to ask because I haven’t had a haven’t had a lot of live shows in the last couple of years. But I didn’t I did not ask if I could get a couple of tickets to give away as sort of a contest because they are at capacity now. However, hopefully this interview will make up for that and of course, links to her brand new full length release will become the flowers is is in the show notes so you can listen on Bandcamp if you like. And if you go into the show, I encourage you to listen before you go so you can hear the hear the words first. Although if you’ve got a good ear, maybe you’ll be able to catch enough.







    Just I love knowing kind of the words before I go into a show, but that’s just me. But again, tomorrow night, I think Doors open at six, show begins at seven at the Five Corners Cafe in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Not to be missed. If you have tickets. If you don’t have tickets, maybe, who knows? Maybe somebody you know will have to beg off and we’ll give them to you. You might get lucky. So if we’re going to fit this entire. Show in with these two tunes. I should probably stop talking and I will write and we will get to that interview with Eliza right after these words from FEMA and the Ad Council.















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    Album Credits: We’ll Become the Flowers

    Released October 14, 2022All songs & lyrics by Eliza EdensRecorded & mixed by Dex WolfeProduced by Pat Keen & Dex WolfeAdditional production by Eliza Edens & Shane LeonardAdditional production by Matt Bedrosian on “I Needed You”Additional songwriting on “I Needed You” & “Westlawn Cemetery” by Dex WolfeAdditional bass arranging on “How” by Nate SabatMastered by Huntley MillerPhotography by Matt GailletDesign & layout by Elena ForakerRecorded in February, July & September 2021 in Minneapolis, MN







    The Band:Eliza Edens on Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Aux Percussion (1, 7)Pat Keen on Upright & Electric Bass, Synth, Backing Vocals (9), Acoustic Guitar (7)Shane Leonard on Drums, Aux Percussion, Fiddle (2), Keys (3), Backing Vocals (6), ProgrammingDex Wolfe on Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar (7), Lap Steel, Aux Percussion (7), Backing Vocals (9), Programming

















    CD RELEASE PARTYWhen: Friday, October 21, 2022; Doors at 6:00 p.m., Show at 7:00 p.m.Where: The Store at Five Corners,

    • 57 min
    Top Left Corner #174: Lenox residents, officials not on same wavelength about cell towers.

    Top Left Corner #174: Lenox residents, officials not on same wavelength about cell towers.

    We speak with Courtney Giraldi of Pittsfield Cell Tower Concerned Citizens about the current state of play in the battle over responsible, safe cell tower placement in Berkshire County.







    Town of Lenox Planning Board Meeting







    Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 6:00 p.m.







    MEETING AGENDA







    Hybrid Meeting







    * Form A: 279 Under Mountain Rd* Wireless: Discuss mapping work conducted by the Town’s consultant, Isotrope LLC; discuss location preferences and draft bylaw language to prepare for a Special Town Meeting in November (tentative date is 11/17); discuss wireless bylaw content.* Approval of Minutes* October 11







    * July 26, August 9, September 13 pending completion







    * Adjourn







    A meeting packet is available on the Town of Lenox Planning Board webpage. It will be available no later than Monday, October 17th: https://www.townoflenox.com/planning-board







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    Editor’s Note: The Greylock Glass pays to have rough transcripts of interviews produced. We attempt to remain as faithful as possible to the speakers’ original meaning, and apologize for any errors of transcription. That said, even the imperfect transcription we perform is costly. Please support us financially by becoming a member or making a one-time contribution to help us continue to provide this service.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Top Left Corner #173: Bill Densmore on protecting source identity

    Top Left Corner #173: Bill Densmore on protecting source identity

    Editor’s Note: The Greylock Glass pays to have rough transcripts of interviews produced. We attempt to remain as faithful as possible to the speakers’ original meaning, and apologize for any errors of transcription. That said, even the imperfect transcription we perform is costly. Please support us financially by becoming a member or making a one-time contribution to help us continue to provide this service.







    Top Left Corner: This is the top left corner at The Greylock Glass. And this is Episode #173 of the Top Left Corner right here on The Greylock Glass GreylockGlass.com the Berkshires’ mightiest independent alternative news thing. I’m your host, Jay Velázquez, and I do thank you for tuning in today. At least the day that I hit record on this episode is Tuesday, October 4th, 2022. And it is another great show. It is a part deux. It’s a continuation of episode 172 in which we spoke with Larry Parnass, the Berkshire Eagle’s managing editor for Innovation, who discussed the issue of source confidentiality as it pertains to the investigation that he has been has been ongoing, that he’s been in charge of into clergy abuse that went on during the 1960s and has resulted in. A court case, John Doe versus Roman Catholic Bishop of Springfield, a Corporation, Sole and others. And the situation is somewhat resolved because I’ll give you a spoiler. The court order that we’ve been expecting came down today, just a few hours ago, and we’ll talk a little bit about that. But basically the situation is this. As you heard in episode 172, the Diocese of Springfield, in an effort to…Well, I guess protect itself. Defend itself. At least that’s the theory. They tried to compel Larry Parnass to turn over all of his notes, any documents that might be related to the investigation that he’s done. The judge originally and this is Karen Goodwin, justice of the Superior Court, Hampton County, said no, everything.















    RELATED: Top Left Corner #172: The Berkshire Eagle’s Larry Parnass on protection of confidential sourcesOp-Ed: “On The Berkshire Eagle and “Reporter’s Privilege”Judge in clergy rape suit says diocese can’t have information that reveals confidential Eagle sources















    Top Left Corner: No way, Jose. That would be I think she called it a classic fishing expedition and said maybe she’d consider a certain amount of stuff that that Mr. Parnass could be compelled to surrender. Big mess. People have been sitting on pins and needles. It is a case that has been watched. I know personally know of at least one college professor that is teaching this to their students right now as the case sort of unfolds. In any event, the the part deux was already planned. I had interviewed a local journalism scholar, Bill Densmore. He’s a friend of mine, and he has a lot of great things to say, but a lot of insights that he brings to the table from his years of of both doing journalism and teaching it. So this is a very great to have him on the show, even though just a few hours ago, the court order, the memorandum and order on motion for reconsideration has been returned. Judge Goodwin heard Larry Panos basically appeal his request that certain elements of the original decision be revisited. And she did so.

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