New Marlborough Central faces drainage, septic woes

New Marlborough Central faces drainage, septic woes

NEW MARLBOROUGH — Drainage issues and a damaged septic tank are the latest problems plaguing the New Marlborough Central school building. Southern Berkshire Regional School District Buildings and Grounds Director Jeremy Wells estimates solving the drainage problems could cost over $15,000, while estimates to replace the school’s septic tank have come in around $8,500 to […]

$20,000 to be put towards Southern Berkshire tennis courts

$20,000 to be put towards Southern Berkshire tennis courts

SHEFFIELD — The tennis courts at Mount Everett Regional High School are on their way to receiving much-needed reconstruction following the Southern Berkshire Regional School District’s reception of a $20,000 grant from the United States Tennis Association. The courts are at least 25 years old by now and may soon become unusable due to cracks in […]

During Berkshires visit, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey talks opioid crisis, environment and immigration

During Berkshires visit, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey talks opioid crisis, environment and immigration

PITTSFIELD — A considerable crowd of Berkshire County residents raised concerns over climate change, taxes, the opioid crisis and immigration during U.S. Sen. Edward Markey’s town hall meeting last Sunday. Markey, D-Massachusetts, spoke to many of the concerns raised by those in attendance as well as other topics such as gun control and North Korea, […]

Lee, Pittsfield included in Amazon headquarters proposals

Lee, Pittsfield included in Amazon headquarters proposals

Sites in Lee and Pittsfield are among the 26 locations in Massachusetts hoping to host Amazon’s much sought after second North American headquarters. The online shopping giant expects to invest $5 billion and bring nearly 50,000 high-paying jobs to the site of its second headquarters, which it is calling HQ2, according to a release announcing […]

Liquor store seeks new location next to a playground

Liquor store seeks new location next to a playground

By Cory Willey LEE — A local liquor store owner is taking steps to move his business to The Rink. The select board approved Berkshire Liquors Inc., owner David Ryel’s application for a change of location from 33 Canal St. to 130 Housatonic St. following a public hearing Tuesday night. With the board’s approval, Ryel will […]

Spectrum says fiber is best for Egremont and Monterey

Spectrum says fiber is best for Egremont and Monterey

EGREMONT — In a surprising about-face, Spectrum has decided to build its high-speed network in town, and in Monterey, using fiber cable, ultimately ditching initial plans to use a hybrid fiber-coaxial network. Word came via an Oct. 5 email from Spectrum Director of Government Affairs Anna Lucey addressed to Selectwoman Mary Brazie . “While were […]

Initial plans for Clinton church focus on community

Initial plans for Clinton church focus on community

GREAT BARRINGTON — Plans for the restoration of the historic church once attended by civil rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois are starting to take shape. Members of the community, the Clinton Church Restoration group, stakeholders and experts came together with architects and designers to craft three possible plans for the Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church. The collective […]

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 […]