Housatonic marijuana plan exacts a toll

Housatonic marijuana plan exacts a toll

HOUSATONIC — Concerns over a proposed marijuana cultivation and manufacturing facility has cost some area residents more than a night’s sleep. The uneasiness felt over Fulcrum Enterprises LLC’s proposal to set up an 80,000-square-foot development at 22 Van Deusenville Road has already cost more than a handful of residents of Housatonic thousands of dollars. Last […]

Area youth speak out against horseracing at Fairgrounds

Area youth speak out against horseracing at Fairgrounds

GREAT BARRINGTON— The potential resurrection of horse racing in town has prompted residents from all over the county to voice their opposition — even those without the ability to vote.In January, state Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, co-sponsored the bill, “An Act Relative to Regulating Horse Racing and Wagering,” which was originally filed by state Sen. […]

Oct. 5 event aims to de-stigmatize addiction and promote recovery

Oct. 5 event  aims to de-stigmatize addiction and promote recovery

GREAT BARRINGTON— From its scenic vistas to its myriad eateries located in an especially walkable downtown, Great Barrington has often been described by tourists and longtime residents alike as idyllic. But could the 2012 Smithsonian-ranked “best small town in America” be among the many communities throughout the Commonwealth and beyond struggling to defend against an […]

Great Barrington Selectboard votes to keep Lake Mansfield Road open

Great Barrington Selectboard votes  to keep Lake Mansfield Road open

GREAT BARRINGTON— Last month, the town’s Selectboard voted to close Lake Mansfield Road to vehicular traffic after hearing concerns that the deteriorating road was impacting the ecosystem of the protected town resource. But upon further review, town officials felt that the decision was premature, said Great Barrington Town Manager Mark Pruhenski. “While we respect the […]

Water bottle ban kicks in Nov. 1

Water bottle ban kicks in Nov. 1

GREAT BARRINGTON— In nearly a month from now, the town will begin implementing enforcement on a bylaw that was first approved last year. Starting Nov. 1, the town’s ban on the sale of single-use plastic water bottles, one liter or less, will go into full effect. Much like the plastic-bag ban, the town’s health department […]

Barrington police ramp up downtown traffic coverage

Barrington police ramp up downtown traffic coverage

GREAT BARRINGTON— Police have ramped up enforcement in the downtown following traffic complaints. Last month, several residents came forward voicing concerns for pedestrian safety and motorists traveling at speeds much higher than what’s posted. Area residents like David Rosenberg questioned why there wasn’t a police officer consistently present to deter people from violating traffic bylaws. […]

Cottage Street residents told bridge cannot be reopened

Cottage Street residents told bridge cannot be reopened

GREAT BARRINGTON— Could the Cottage Street bridge resemble something like the Bridge of Flowers in Shelbourne Falls as it awaits total replacement? The suggestion was one of several options raised during a Selectboard meeting Monday night at the Claire Teague Senior Center. The 142-foot town-owned bridge was built in the 1930s and later rebuilt in […]