This week, May 9-15, 2021, is National Police WeekWith all the stories in the news today that might put police officers in a bad light, I would hope that people could think about, for just a few minutes, the overwhelming majority of police officers in this country that are not only good people, but also fine public servants with only the wellbeing of citizens in mind. Countless numbers of police officers have given their lives in the line of duty rendering aid to citizens in need.  

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund website: 

-- 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. --

National Police Week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America’s law enforcement community and several events are held throughout the week to recognize these brave men and women. One of them is the 33rd Annual Candlelight Vigil, happening virtually on Thursday, May 13th at 8:00 pm.  

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There are several additional events. You can see the schedule at a glance here. 

See the complete list virtual National Police Week events HERE.

The focus of this year’s National Police Week is officer safety and wellness.  

Berkshire County has so many incredible police officers from all walks of life. Think about them this week and let them be a reminder of the countless police officers around the nation that are shining examples of justice and the right.  

LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America

Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.