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SHARON — Nearly 40 costumed youngsters flocked to the Sharon firehouse for the Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary’s annual Halloween Gathering costume contest on a rainy Thursday, Oct. 31. The parade inside the firehouse began at 5:30 p.m., allowing the judges to get a good look at all the contestants. 

The judges selected a winner in each of six different categories. Many of the parents asked that the last name of their child not be printed in the newspaper. 

The cutest costume award was given to Baltazar, who was  “The Cowboy Riding a Horse...

Sharon

Life in the White House — and tales of a mischievous Jackie Kennedy

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SHARON — A group of fascinated children and adults got to hear first-hand stories of life in the nation’s capital from former White House Social Secretary Nancy Tuckerman.
Tuckerman’s talk on Sunday, Feb. 20, was part of the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon’s First Family Sunday. The celebration was held in honor of the library’s newly expanded schedule, which now includes Sunday hours.
For nearly an hour, Tuckerman answered questions and shared anecdotes about the Kennedy family, for whom she worked during her time in Washington, D.C.

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Selectmen have mixed feelings on Sharon Ridge expansion plans

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SHARON — After making a presentation of plans for the expansion of the Sharon Ridge development to the Planning and Zoning Commission on Feb. 9, Sharon Housing Authority Vice Chair Lea Davies brought the proposal to the Board of Selectmen on Feb. 15.
While the reaction of the Planning and Zoning Commission was largely positive, several dissenting opinions arose at the selectmen’s meeting.
The main opposition to the three new buildings planned for the Sharon Ridge affordable housing complex came from Selectman John Mathews.

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To celebrate history of Woman’s Club, an exhibit and a tea party

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SHARON — The Sharon Woman’s Club celebrated an exhibition of the club’s history at the Sharon Historical Society with a reception on Sunday, Feb. 20.
Much of the exhibit was put together by club member Judy Albright and consisted of poster boards detailing the club’s accomplishments during each decade of its existence.
Many of the women looking at the displays recalled memories of the past, when they attended Woman’s Club events as children.

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Site plan shows details, design of new Sharon Ridge buildings

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SHARON — Representatives from the Sharon Housing Authority (SHA), as well as an architect and civil engineer who are working to design the three new buildings planned for the Sharon Ridge affordable housing development, presented a site plan to Sharon’s Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at the commission’s regular monthly meeting.
Present at the meeting were SHA Chair Mike Silverman, Vice Chair Lea Davies and architects Randi Westermann of Paul B. Bailey Architect LLC and Glen Martin of TO Design LLC.

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Read Aloud Day brings together students, teachers, community

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SHARON — Thirteen representatives from the community visited Sharon Center School on Wednesday, Feb. 9, to read books aloud to each class.
The school was one of many that participated in this year’s Read Aloud Day, which has been happening annually for 20 years.

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Library expands hours, offers new programs

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SHARON — The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon has recently been focusing on ways to improve the library and make its materials as accessible as possible to community members.
In addition, the library is coming up with new ways to expand library membership and usage.
Several community-oriented events have been held in the building recently, including art shows, receptions and talks.

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McGuire’s paintings play with local views

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SHARON — Colleen McGuire never expected to be a resident of a rural area.
The painter, a native of Canada who always considered herself a city dweller, moved to Sharon more than a decade ago and says she now couldn’t imagine living away from the countryside — and from the rural vistas and views that are a focus of her work.
McGuire’s canvases are on display at the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon, in a solo exhibit that opened Feb. 1.

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Love in miniature at Barrington Bites

SHARON — “Cupcakes are a big deal now, and have been for two to three years,” says Barrington Bites co-owner (and Sharon resident) Wendy Weinberg.
Despite the growth in popularity of these sweet treats, Weinberg and her partner, Sherri Gorelick, prefer to keep things small.
In a miniature shop in the back of The Chef’s Shop on Railroad Street in Great Barrington, the two bakers make and sell miniature cupcakes in a massive variety of flavors.

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Historical Society celebrates valentines

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SHARON — A tradition continued on Saturday, Feb. 5, when the Sharon Historical Society hosted 16 children and seven adults for its annual Valentine’s Day Tea.
The day was divided into two parts: a Valentine-making session and a formal tea service.
The tea has been an annual highlight of late winter for the past eight or nine years, according to Sharon Historical Society Director Liz Shapiro, who planned the tea with Kathy Amiet, the children’s librarian at the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon.

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