Egremont voters approve 3% tax on marijuana sales

Egremont voters approve 3% tax on marijuana sales

EGREMONT — Town residents nearly unanimously voted in favor to adopt a 3-percent gross sales tax applicable to cannabis retailers at Tuesday’s special town meeting. Of the 1,007 registered voters, 108 were in attendance at the fire station at the Sept. 17 special town meeting, according to Egremont Town Clerk Juliette Haas. A quorum of […]

Housing Authority agrees to diversity training in wake of racial slurs charges

Housing Authority agrees to diversity training in wake of racial slurs charges

GREAT BARRINGTON — A diversity training program is in the pipeline for the Housing Authority following last week’s special meeting to discuss a board member’s alleged misconduct. At the Sept. 10 meeting, Housing Authority member Jackie Sinico was publicly accused of using racial slurs when referring to minority tenants at Flag Rock Village. Sinico denied […]

So. Berkshire school panel to investigate vaping risks

So. Berkshire school panel to investigate vaping risks

GREAT BARRINGTON—  Vaping is a growing trend nationwide and also among teens in Berkshire County. The annual Prevention Needs Assessment Survey distributed by the Berkshire United Way  shows that 43 percent of high school seniors in Berkshire County self-reported to have used e-cigarettes during their lifetime. Amid an outbreak of vaping-related illnesses across the country, […]

Survey offers insights into risk factors for students

Survey offers insights into risk factors for students

GREAT BARRINGTON— While the usage rates of cannabis and alcohol are trending down among high school students in Berkshire County, the attitudes of parents continues to remain highly favorable compared to national averages, according to a county-wide teen survey. The survey, administered by the Railroad Street Youth Project (RSYP), identifies favorable parent attitudes towards drugs […]

Mass Pike interchange discussions return to Becket, Otis

Mass Pike interchange discussions return to Becket, Otis

BECKET — From Boston to Seattle, Interstate 90 serves as the longest highway in the nation, spanning more than 3,000 miles from coast to coast. Locally, a 30-mile stretch from Exit 2 in Lee to Exit 3 in Westfield marks the longest span of the highway between exits without an interruption. Traveling west from Exit […]

Barrington board requested to probe racial slur charges against town housing official

Barrington board requested  to probe racial slur charges against town housing official

 GREAT BARRINGTON—The chairman of the Housing Authority is asking the select board to remove a member of the Housing Authority who allegedly used racist slurs towards tenants.  A Housing Authority special board meeting intended to discuss the alleged misconduct of board member Jackie Sinico was ended abruptly when two of the four board members walked […]

Lee’s schools superintendent Eberwein quits as of December

Lee’s schools superintendent Eberwein quits as of December

LEE — The town’s school district will soon be looking for a new superintendent. Lee Public Schools Superintendent Jake Eberwein announced that he would be resigning– effective the first week of December– to the school committee meeting held on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Serving as superintendent for the district in a part-time role since November 2017, […]

Riverfront Trail designed to be completely accessible

Riverfront Trail designed to be completely accessible

GREAT BARRINGTON — Along the west bank of the Housatonic River, running parallel to Main Street, the Housatonic River Walk trail has been open to the public for nearly 27 years as a project of the Great Barrington Land Conservancy. The construction of a brand new trail, called the Riverfront Trail, will soon give hikers […]