Egremont voters turn down CPA for second time

Egremont voters turn down CPA for second time

By Cory Willey EGREMONT — For the second time in four years, in a vote that divided the select board from the town finance committee, the town has rejected the acceptance of the Community Preservation Act. After resident Richard Allen requested the CPA vote be moved up on Monday night’s special town meeting in order […]

South Egremont School will not open for first day of classes due to district concerns over lead paint

South Egremont School will not open for first day of classes due to district concerns over lead paint

SHEFFIELD — The South Egremont Village School won’t be open for the first day of classes on Aug. 29 due to the Southern Berkshire Regional School District’s safety concerns over the possible presence of lead in the historic building. The school is still slated to host an early-kindergarten and kindergarten program during the 2018-2019 school […]

Canna Provisions hopes to open Lee’s first marijuana retailer on Housatonic Street

Canna Provisions hopes to open Lee’s first marijuana retailer on Housatonic Street

LEE — The first prospective marijuana retailer in town has eyes on a location on Housatonic Street, within sight of the Massachusetts Turnpike. Canna Provisions Inc. hopes to operate the first adult-use marijuana retail storefront at 220 Housatonic Street, currently occupied by Southern States Auto Sales. The site neighbors the Lee Dunkin’ Donuts location. The […]

NYC officer with roots in Alford helped save Brooklyn tot’s life

NYC officer with roots in Alford helped save Brooklyn tot’s life

NEW YORK, NY — A Brooklyn police officer with local connections is being hailed as a hero for his efforts in saving an infant’s life. Daniel Newman—who received his initial emergency medical technician training in the Berkshires during his time with the Southern Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance Squad—was instrumental in resuscitating a 15-month-old child who stopped […]

Medical marijuana bylaw vote expected at special town meeting

Medical marijuana bylaw vote expected at special town meeting

LEE — Special town meeting voters will have the opportunity to decide where future medical marijuana dispensaries will be allowed to operate. A vote on the bylaw amendment recommended by the planning board is tentatively set to take place sometime in January. The bylaw has nothing to do with regulating or zoning recreational marijuana facilities […]

South Egremont school takes center stage during regional roundtable talk

South Egremont school takes center stage during regional roundtable talk

SHEFFIELD — As the South Egremont Village School repair project moves into the bidding phase, questions regarding a minimum number of students needed to make its future program financially feasible are being raised. During a much-needed and cathartic regional round table conversation between representatives from the Southern Berkshire Regional School District and its five towns […]

Southern Berkshire plans to review regional agreement

Southern Berkshire plans to review regional agreement

By Cory Willey SHEFFIELD — The Southern Berkshire Regional School District school committee has set upon a path to review the district’s regional agreement. The committee’s unanimous vote took place during its regularly scheduled Nov. 9 meeting, establishing a subcommittee – titled the Regional Agreement Review committee – tasked with reviewing the district’s establishing document. Art […]

BMC, nurses make little progress in latest negotiation talks

BMC, nurses make little progress in latest negotiation talks

PITTSFIELD — A month removed from the nurses’ strike, talks between the group and Berkshire Medical Center management have yet to improve. On Tuesday BMC management and members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association – the union that represents approximately 800 BMC nurses – bargaining committee came together for the first bargaining session since the Oct. 3 […]

In Egremont, retired police chief takes over for Tyler Race

In Egremont, retired police chief takes over for Tyler Race

EGREMONT — Brian Shaw will return to the police department he once led, serving as the interim chief while the town searches for a full time replacement. Shaw’s hiring comes after Tyler Race resigned last month for unspecified reasons, leaving a vacancy that town officials are being careful not to fill in haste. Race plans […]

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