Warren talks health care, infrastructure, values at Mahaiwe

Warren talks health care, infrastructure, values at Mahaiwe

GREAT BARRINGTON — Speaking to an overflowing Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center for her 30th town hall, and expecting a significant election year for the country, Sen. Elizabeth Warren stayed on message: Where we spend shows what we value, and voters should elect Democrats, because Republican leaders choose tax cuts to the wealthy over essential services […]

Ramsdell report calls for focus on arts, youth, collaborative spaces

Ramsdell report calls for focus on arts, youth, collaborative spaces

By Christopher McDermott HOUSATONIC — The Ramsdell Library should strive to offer something unique, with a smaller circulating collection but more collaborative space and services focused on arts, local history and youth programming, according to a report by consultants hired to study the 100-year-old historic library. “Housatonic, a former mill town, has lost most of […]

Housatonic School reps, BCC talk plans for collaborative workspace grants

Housatonic School reps, BCC talk plans for collaborative workspace grants

By Christopher McDermott GREAT BARRINGTON — The Select Board voted to endorse four different plans seeking state funding toward collaborative workspaces for small businesses, including proposals from the new owners of the former Country Curtains factory and planners for the Housatonic School. Town planner Christopher Rembold explained, “MassDevelopment supports small planning for actual workspace grants […]

Berkshire 11’s win State Tournament

Berkshire 11’s win State Tournament

By Ethan Winter MARLBOROUGH—Everything that manager Brian Shepardson’s team needed to go right, did go right for them as the Berkshire 11s won their second straight Cal Ripken state title in a rematch of last year’s 10U age group title game. “Last year, there were only three really good players that carried us, but this […]

Elm Court developers approved for special permit extension

Elm Court developers approved for special permit extension

By Joel Williams STOCKBRIDGE — Front Yard LLC, developers of the Elm Court project on 310 Old Stockbridge Road, are expecting to begin work within the year after being granted a second extension on their special permit from the town of Stockbridge. The special permit, which was granted in September 2014, and extended in 2016, […]

Bottle ban will face challenge at special town meeting

Bottle ban will face challenge at special town meeting

By Christopher McDermott GREAT BARRINGTON — Voters will have the choice to uphold or undo a coming ban on selling single-use plastic water bottles at a special town meeting scheduled for Monday Aug. 6, at 6 p.m., at Monument Mountain Regional High School. A citizen petition calling for this second vote received 337 confirmed signatures, […]

Planning board: Let the market decide number of pot shops

Planning board: Let the market decide number of pot shops

By Christopher McDermott GREAT BARRINGTON — With at least five marijuana retailers looking seriously at opening up shop in town, town leaders still express hesitance (or outright opposition) to setting a town-wide limit on the number of establishments. At a joint meeting of the town’s planning board and select board, Planning Board Chair Brandee Nelson […]

Egremont school gets waiver until next August for ADA work

Egremont school gets waiver until next August for ADA work

By Cory Willey EGREMONT — The town has been granted a temporary waiver to bring the South Egremont Village School up to current accessibility standards set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The waiver — granted by the Massachusetts Architectural Advisory Board — allows temporary relief from the ADA regulations for the building until August 2019, by which time the town […]