Statewide Artweek initiative returns to Berkshire County

Statewide Artweek initiative returns to Berkshire County

LENOX—A week-long, statewide festival centered around arts and creativity has returned to Berkshire County. What started as a Boston-based event, produced by the Boch Center as a way to strengthen the creative economy in 2013 has expanded across the commonwealth with hundreds of events taking place over the course of a week. This year, the […]

Flowers in full bloom for Naumkeag’s first Daffodil Festival

Flowers in full bloom for Naumkeag’s first Daffodil Festival

STOCKBRIDGE — Nature’s golden trumpets have heralded in springtime at Naumkeag. The Trustees of Reservations announced that Naumkeag has officially opened for the 2019 season with its first-ever Daffodil Festival. The flowery event is the only one of its kind throughout all of the the Trustees properties, said Brian Cruey, Naumkeag’s director. Last fall, more […]

Stockbridge narrows fire chief candidates down to two finalists

Stockbridge narrows fire chief candidates down to two finalists

STOCKBRIDGE — The search committee has delivered two finalists for the fire chief position, despite ongoing litigation with the town’s former fire chief requesting that he be reinstated. Gary Johnston, chairman of the search committee and town moderator, announced at the select board’s meeting on Monday the committee was pleased with the candidates the committee […]

Navigating through the cannabis craze

Navigating through the cannabis craze

Medical marijuana is legal in more than 30 states. Adult-use recreational marijuana is legal in 10 states. In the Commonwealth, a number of new marijuana enterprises are opening their doors each month. With the proliferation of marijuana enterprises in Massachusetts, one licensed mental health counselor has assessed that more and more teenagers perceive marijuana to […]

Former Stockbridge fire chief sues the town, selectboard, its members

Former Stockbridge fire chief sues the town, selectboard, its members

STOCKBRIDGE — The former fire chief is suing the Town of Stockbridge and two select board members, both in official and individual capacities, in federal court. Ernest J. “Chuckie” Cardillo, who is still serving as a member of the select board in Stockbridge, is alleging that board members Donald M. Chabon and Terrence R. Flynn […]

Barrington E.coli scare closes downtown eateries

Barrington E.coli scare closes downtown eateries

GREAT BARRINGTON — A boil-water mandate closed several downtown eateries and led to a temporary caffeine shortage last week. Great Barrington Fire District issued an alert on the afternoon Wednesday, April 10, urging all water users in Great Barrington to boil water after a water sample collected on the previous day from the town’s source […]

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 […]