Charter-Spectrum slammed by residents who want broadband

Charter-Spectrum slammed by residents who want broadband

EGREMONT — Residents packed the Board of Selectmen meeting room on Monday to give their thoughts on Charter’s proposal to provide a high-speed, broadband network to the town. Attendees of the meeting were highly vocal in their support of Fiber Connect, a local provider vying for the opportunity to provide a high-speed fiber network to […]

Southern Berkshire District embraces ‘sanctuary’ policy

Southern Berkshire  District embraces ‘sanctuary’ policy

SHEFFIELD — The Southern Berkshire School Committee has adopted a new policy resolution to protect the rights of undocumented students and families in the district and develop an official protocol for dealing with agents of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office seeking entry into the school building. The policy resolution was presented to the committee […]

Egremont selectmen question legality of closing town school

Egremont  selectmen question legality of closing town school

EGREMONT — The town’s Board of Selectmen has decided to seek advice from legal counsel before proceeding on the Southern Berkshire School Committee’s proposed plan to suspend the elementary program at the South Egremont Schoolhouse. News of the proposed suspension comes just months after the town approved approximately $250,000 in repairs and upgrades to the […]

Dunham resigns from Berkshire School amid abuse allegations

Dunham resigns from Berkshire School amid abuse allegations

SHEFFIELD — C. Dary Dunham, a faculty member at Berkshire School since 2009, has resigned amid allegations that he sexually abused a former student of his at another school in 1971. The Record reported this week that on March 1, Michael Parker, a former student of Dunham’s, alleged via a written release to the media […]

Berkshire School counselor accused of past sexual abuse

Berkshire School counselor accused of past sexual abuse

SHEFFIELD — A former student of Dary Dunham’s, a current faculty member at the Berkshire School, has come forward with allegations that Dunham sexually abused him back in 1971. The abuse is alleged to have taken place at the Fessenden School in West Newton, where Dunham was a teacher and coach, while the student-victim, Michael […]

State upholds 37 days of liquor license suspension issued for Michael’s restaurant

State upholds 37 days of liquor license suspension issued for Michael’s restaurant

STOCKBRIDGE — The state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission has upheld 37 days of the Board of Selectmen’s original 50-day combined liquor license suspension levied against Michael’s Restaurant in April of last year. The restaurant’s owner, Michael Abdalla, appealed the Selectmen’s April 29 decision to the ABCC in May. The appeals hearing took place on Sept. […]

Southern Berkshire chooses Beth Regulbuto as the district’s next superintendent

Southern Berkshire chooses Beth Regulbuto as the district’s next superintendent

SHEFFIELD — The Southern Berkshire Regional School District has extended an offer to Beth Regulbuto to become the district’s next superintendent after an extensive search that began in September. Should Regulbuto accept the school committee’s contract offer, she will replace current Superintendent David Hastings, who plans to retire on June 30. A release announcing their […]

Tax-exempt status costs Stockbridge $1.1 million a year

Tax-exempt status costs Stockbridge $1.1 million a year

STOCKBRIDGE — Approximately one-eighth of the value of the town’s property is off the tax rolls, a Berkshire Record investigation has found, costing the town about $1.1 million in lost tax revenue. The total assessed value of real and personal property within the town’s borders is nearly $933 million for fiscal year 2017, according to […]

Eversource solar array project stalled once again

Eversource solar array project stalled once again

LEE — Eversource’s plan to install 9,500 solar panels on its property adjacent to the Mass Pike Exit 2 and north of Water Street has been stalled once again by the town’s planning board, which cited a need to distribute the updated site plan to the Department of Public Works, among other town departments, for […]

So. district school bus contract to increase more than $750,000

So. district school bus contract to increase more than $750,000

SHEFFIELD — The Southern Berkshire Regional School District is looking to reduce the number of bus routes it offers students in an effort to lower transportation costs following an increase of over $750,000 on its new contract with the Massini Bus Company, the sole bidder on the contract. The decision to accept the bid has […]