December 2016-January 2017 NEWS ARCHIVE
Like other prominent institutions and retreats devoted to meditation and holistic health, the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health normally caters to the affluent. But about two years ago, Kripalu set out to share the benefits of yoga and meditation with people who might otherwise never have encountered them. The center launched a new program for “frontline professionals” -- people who work directly with those living in poverty or struggling with the effects of violence, abuse or addiction. Now techniques borrowed from yoga are showing up in schools and social-service organizations from Bennington to Great Barrington and beyond.
The scene at Salem Central School has become a common one this fall around eastern New York: Five water fountains at the school have been taken out of service after tests showed they were dispensing water with unsafe levels of lead. Salem was among the first wave of school districts in the region to learn the results of lead testing mandated by a new state law that took effect in September. By late November, about 30 districts across Rensselaer, Washington, Saratoga and Warren counties had learned that at least some of their water fountains and sinks had lead at unsafe levels, and many other districts were still awaiting test results.
After a series of controversies in recent years in which developers demolished or threatened to raze historic structures in Pittsfield, city voters have approved a local property-tax surcharge that could help fund preservation of local landmarks.
Forty years after his death, Frank Sullivan’s career as a writer is being rediscovered and celebrated in his hometown. Sullivan’s house on Lincoln Avenue in Saratoga Springs was recently designated a national literary landmark, and a series of local events are planned in 2017 to recognize his achievements. Sullivan wrote for many publications but became best known for his humorous articles and Christmas poems that ran in The New Yorker from 1932-74.