Planning Board amends cannabis bylaw ahead of town meeting

Planning Board amends cannabis bylaw ahead of town meeting

LENOX – The Planning Board has made one major change to their proposed medical cannabis dispensary bylaw alongside several other minor amendments. The most consequential change – as Planning Board Chairman Kameron Spaulding described it – is that medical dispensaries, formally known as registered marijuana dispensaries, will no longer be allowed in the commercial district. […]

Selectmen: Ramsdell healthy despite complaints

Selectmen: Ramsdell healthy despite complaints

HOUSATONIC – Amid changes made to library hours and complaints from a former trustee that Ramsdell Library is nearing its end, the Great Barrington Select Board has promised that closure is simply not the case. Former library trustee Holly Hamer called attention to what she described as “neglect” of the Ramsdell Library in a recent […]

Route 183 bridge out, again, until May

Route 183 bridge out, again, until May

HOUSATONIC – The Route 183 bridge saga continues as the state’s transportation department announces the indefinite closure of the bridge and the construction of a temporary replacement structure. According to an April 15 statement pushed out by MassDOT, the temporary bridge will be put in place by May, meaning cars will, next month, once again […]

Construct breaks ground for latest affordable housing development

Construct breaks ground for latest affordable housing development

GREAT BARRINGTON – A ceremonial groundbreaking was held at the future Forest Springs affordable housing development, with State Rep. William Pignatelli, D-Lenox – the honored guest – stressing the importance of such realistic housing projects. “This is going to be a good start. They’re housing the young teacher, the young reporter, the firefighter,” Pignatelli said […]

Lenox makes Expedia, USA Today best lists

Lenox makes Expedia, USA Today best lists

LENOX – An Expedia travel blog and USA Today have featured the town in their respective best lists. The Expedia article, “26 most extravagant vacations around the world,” names Lenox the number 25 destination among 26 total locations. Other locales on the list include Udaipur, India; the Mahe Island in Seychelles; Aspen, Colorado; Cancun, Mexico; […]

Task force gains South County member with Michael Wise

Task force gains South County member with Michael Wise

GREAT BARRINGTON — Michael Wise, the chairman of the town Democratic Committee, has joined the Berkshire County Education Task Force. “Education is an important issue to the county,” Wise said, explaining his reasoning for joining in an April 11 interview. Wise was invited to join the task force by Chairman John Hockridge. Recent efforts by […]

Annual youth conference inspires Berkshire County students to lead

Annual youth conference inspires Berkshire County students to lead

HANCOCK — As high schoolers from across Berkshire County filed into their seats, coffee and pastries in hand, local author and activist Ty Allen Jackson began his speech. “Do what betters humanity, do what gives you joy… do what pisses people off,” Jackson said. “Doing is essential to being successful.” Jackson, a Bronx, New York […]

Barrington’s Triplex screens ‘1984’ in protest of Trump

Barrington’s Triplex screens ‘1984’ in protest of Trump

Great Barrington – Cokes  and Icees and popcorn in hand, about 100 people slid into Triplex Cinema’s theater two for a screening of George Orwell’s dystopian “1984.” The crowd, an amalgamation of older folks, the majority, middle and high school-aged kids and middle-aged parents, came to the Triplex to take in Orwell’s anti-totalitarianism work as a […]

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