MassDOT group begins Berkshires-NYC rail study

MassDOT group begins Berkshires-NYC rail study

By Cory Willey LENOX — Members of a state working group met Tuesday for its inaugural public meeting to discuss the challenges and possible options for a Berkshire County to New York City rail service. The group was created through an amendment drafted by state Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, and was endorsed by the senate in […]

Forest Street reopens; Polito, Pignatelli, Hinds tout infrastructure

Forest Street reopens; Polito, Pignatelli, Hinds tout infrastructure

By Cory Willey LEE — Once a pothole-ridden roadway loathed by residents and town officials alike, Forest Street is now fully repaired and more pristine than any road in town. On Sept. 26 state and local officials celebrated the much-anticipated project completion with a ribbon cutting ceremony, offering praise for those who worked to see […]

Lee planners recommend overlay zone around mill

Lee planners recommend overlay zone around mill

LEE — The Planning Board has submitted an application for a Smart Growth Overlay District that would allow for residential and commercial development at the Eagle Mill site. If accepted by the state and by district representatives at town meeting, the overlay district could pave the way for Mill Renaissance LLC’s planned $60 million to $70 […]

Museum protesters: Use attention to raise money

Museum protesters: Use attention to raise money

PITTSFIELD — The Berkshire Museum has been drawn into the national spotlight in the weeks since its leadership announced a highly controversial and heavily scrutinized plan to auction 40 works of art to fund a new direction. Save the Art, a local group dedicated to halting the sale of the paintings, is urging museum director […]

Lee committee working to reduce Founders Weekend waste

Lee committee working to reduce Founders Weekend waste

LEE — The Greener Gateway Committee is increasing its efforts to reduce waste expected from next week’s annual Founders Weekend celebration. The committee plans to be present at more events than in years prior, setting up waste disposal stations and working with vendors and attendees alike to reduce waste through proper recycling and composting techniques. […]

Duet in Black and White presents artists’ work in bold contrast

Duet in Black and White presents artists’ work in bold contrast

New Marlborough artists Jim Singelis and Linda Skipper have brought their work together in an exhibition that urges onlookers to compare and contrast precision and spontaneity, control and the perceived lack thereof. The show, dubbed “Duet in Black and White,” features work by both artists and is currently on display at the Knox Gallery within […]

Egremont selectmen talk future with district chief

Egremont selectmen talk future with district chief

EGREMONT — Town officials met with Southern Berkshire Regional School District Superintendent Beth Regulbuto for an introductory discussion and touched on the future of the South Egremont Village School, consolidation of schools and educational opportunities. The discussion took place during the selectmen’s regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 28. The meeting is part of Regulbuto’s outreach […]

Monterey officials curious about schoolhouse action

Monterey officials curious about schoolhouse action

SHEFFIELD — The Monterey Select Board is seeking a decision regarding the future of the Monterey School from the Southern Berkshire Regional School District School Committee. In a letter to the committee dated July 19, the members of the select board requested that the SBRSD School Committee come forward with its plans for the kindergarten […]