DA launches broad program to cope with domestic violence

DA launches broad program to cope with domestic violence

PITTSFIELD – Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington has launched a community-wide initiative and announced new systems in the DA’s Office to prevent and prosecute domestic and sexual violence, which she said had reached a crisis point with the murders of several Berkshire County women, significant increases in restraining order filings and high rates of reported […]

Three Barrington candidates vie for two selectboard seats

Three Barrington candidates vie for two selectboard seats

GREAT BARRINGTON — A new contender has entered the selectboard race to challenge its two incumbents. Leigh Davis, a former finance committee member, has tossed her hat into the ring for one of the two seats on the selectboard. The seats are held by board members Daniel Bailly and chairperson Steve Bannon. But before residents […]

Lenox petition would block all marijuana enterprises

Lenox petition would  block all marijuana enterprises

LENOX — The Planning Board has listened to the concerns of voters and is bringing forth a revised bylaw for adult-use recreational marijuana businesses for its May 2 annual town meeting they hope will pass. But after a resident presented a citizens petition to prohibit marijuana enterprises altogether, the board may have another hurdle besides […]

Barrington’s iconic Snap Shop up for sale

Barrington’s iconic Snap Shop up for sale

GREAT BARRINGTON — After nearly 50 years, one downtown business owner has a new focus: retirement. Steve Carlotta, owner of the photography business, The Snap Shop, has decided to sell his business and the building it resides in. This year, Carlotta, who spends up to 12 hours a day in his Railroad Street store, will […]

18 applications have been received for new Fire Chief in Stockbridge

18 applications have been received for new Fire Chief in Stockbridge

STOCKBRIDGE — The search for the new fire chief is on. Since posting the position on its website last month, the town has received 18 applications, according to Town Administrator Danielle Fillio. Applications have come in from as far away as Nevada and Florida. At the select board’s last meeting on March 27, members authorized […]

Lenox panel to offer alternatives to plastic straws, not a ban

LENOX — When it comes to local solutions to the growing plastic pollution problem, the environmental committee isn’t grasping at straws. During its monthly meeting Monday, the Lenox Environmental Committee discussed steps it could take to lessen the local impact that plastic straws have on the environment. The U.S. used roughly 390 million straws each […]

Lenox to hold candidate forum for 3 seeking select board seat

Lenox to hold candidate forum for 3 seeking select board seat

LENOX — Three candidates are vying for the open select board seat, but before the community casts their ballost, they’ll have a chance to meet them at a candidates forum, Monday, April 8. The forum, hosted by the Mondays with Me Coffee Hour at the Lenox Community Center, will give voters an opportunity to familiarize […]

Funding on tap for public water at three locations

Funding on tap for public water at three locations

GREAT BARRINGTON— Funding has been secured to purchase and install three public water filling stations. The Selectboard gave the green light to its public works superintendent to begin purchasing and installing water station to be located outside of Town Hall, the Mason Library and in Housatonic, said Stephen Bannon, chairman of the board. The Town […]

First marijuana shop in Lee expects to open in early April

First marijuana shop in Lee expects to open in early April

LEE — A new business could shatter the town’s “grass ceiling” as early as next week. Pending an inspection and issuing of a final license from the state Cannabis Control Commission, Canna Provisions could open its doors as Lee’s first recreational retail marijuana dispensary during the first week of April, said Erik Williams, chief operating […]

Irish Person of the Year

Irish Person of the Year

PITTSFIELD — The Hillcrest Education Foundation has named a Berkshire County deputy sheriff as its “Irish Person of the Year.” Robert “Robin” McGraw, a resident of South Egremont, was recognized at the Country Club of Pittsfield during Hillcrest’s annual Robert “Bees” Prendergast St. Patrick’s Day reception Wednesday. Named after Prendergast, a founding board member of […]