Berkshire Playwrights Lab fundraises to continue elevating new voices, talent

Berkshire Playwrights Lab fundraises to continue elevating new voices, talent

GREAT BARRINGTON — For 12 years, Berkshire Playwrights Lab has offered established writers, as well as emerging ones, a creative environment to develop their work. And though this year’s season has wrapped, the nonprofit has begun fundraising to continue seeing its mission through for its 13th season. Founded in 2007 by Joe Cacaci, Jim Frangione, […]

State assures home rules will apply to Fairgrounds horse racing

State assures home rules will apply to Fairgrounds horse racing

GREAT BARRINGTON — Concerns regarding horse racing in town may have packed a recent selectboard meeting, but the future for the Fairgrounds is still in the running. Shortly after the Monday night meeting began, the chairman of the board, Stephen Bannon, read a prepared statement indicating that while the issue was a matter of importance, […]

Former Barrington assistant collector arraigned for stealing $100,000 over 3 years

Former Barrington   assistant collector arraigned for stealing $100,000 over 3 years

GREAT BARRINGTON — A former town employee has been arraigned for allegedly stealing more than $100,000 over the course of three years. On Wednesday afternoon, 63-year-old Deborah Ball of Great Barrington was charged with embezzlement by a municipal officer; and larceny over $1,200 by a single scheme at Berkshire County Superior Court. At the arraignment, […]

Southfield man now facing OUI-related homicide charges in motorcycle crash

Southfield man now facing OUI-related homicide charges in motorcycle crash

PITTSFIELD — A Southfield man who was allegedly drunk when he caused the death of a 70-year-old Connecticut motorcyclist entered a not-guilty plea Tuesday at Berkshire County Superior Court. On May 22, 39-year-old Kristopher Laine was traveling eastbound near 199 Canaan Road in Sheffield around 3 p.m. when his pick-up veered out of his lane […]

Berkcirque to close its doors at end of month

Berkcirque to close its doors at end of month

GREAT BARRINGTON — A circus school is taking its show on the road. The recreational circus and aerial yoga studio Berkcirque, located at 115 Gas House Lane, is closing its doors at the end of August. Jill Fleming, founder and director of Berkcirque, announced the news via social media over the weekend. “It’s time to […]

Going from trash to très chic

Going from trash to très chic

Deborah Carter has an endless supply of materials that she uses to create her fashion line, Smooth Stone Clothing. Sometimes she uses linens or cotton. And sometimes, she works with a dash of trash. “Very rarely do I actually buy fabric,” said Carter, while glancing from one end of her Lenox-based studio to the other. […]

Grant will fund new library lending resources program

Grant will fund new library lending resources program

GREAT BARRINGTON — Times are changing and the role of long-established institutions are, too. In this town, the library system is following suit. In response to patron requests for increased lending resources, creative programming and a community gathering space, Great Barrington Libraries is planning to launch a unique lending program at the beginning next year. […]

Housatonic School rehab plans fizzle; it’s now back to square one for ideas

Housatonic School rehab plans fizzle; it’s now back to square one for ideas

GREAT BARRINGTON — The town’s agreement with remodeling contractor Grayhouse Partners Inc. for the redevelopment of the former Housatonic Elementary School has been severed. Now, the town is back to square one. The Housatonic-based firm was the only organization to respond to the town’s third request for proposals for the former school by the August […]