First dispensary for marijuana in county opens in Barrington

First dispensary  for  marijuana in county opens in Barrington

GREAT BARRINGTON— Theory Wellness will be opening for recreational sale of cannabis on Friday,making them the first recreational dispensary to open in Berkshire County. “We’re pleased to share that our dispensary, Theory Wellness in Great Barrington, MA, will be the first dispensary to begin recreational cannabis sales in Berkshire County,” the company said in a […]

Stockbridge’s roundabout plan presented to DOT for discussion

Stockbridge’s roundabout plan presented to DOT for discussion

STOCKBRIDGE — After hearing residents’ opinions on a traffic study designed to solve issues with the Main Street corridor, the select board moved to begin discussions with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) on the matter. Town Administrator Danielle Fillio along with traffic engineer Juliet Locke of Vanesse Hangen Brustlin, will present an informal proposal […]

Homeowners offering short-term rentals will pay a 5.7% tax to state

Homeowners offering short-term rentals will pay a 5.7% tax to state

Regulations intended to level playing field with all the B&Bs, hotels, motels and inns BOSTON — Governor Charlie Baker has signed a bill that will regulate short-term rentals, clearing up any hesitation about conflicts that local lawmakers might have regarding local regulations. “Our administration has long supported leveling the playing field for short-term rental operators […]

Barrington Selectmen Abrahams, Cooke are cleared by ethics panel

Barrington Selectmen Abrahams, Cooke are cleared by ethics panel

Liquor license approval for Berkshire Co-op does not constitute a legal conflict of interest GREAT BARRINGTON —The state ethics commission has cleared select board members Ed Abrahams and Bill Cooke of any conflicts of interest in relation to the granting of a liquor license to the Berkshire Coop. “It was by no means a probe […]

Stockbridge Fire Chief Cardillo put on paid administrative leave

Stockbridge Fire Chief Cardillo put on paid administrative leave

Reprimanded for role in discovered $45,000 scam By Joel Williams STOCKBRIDGE — Fire Chief Ernest “Chuckie” Cardillo has been placed on paid partial administrative leave. The announcement came Dec. 19 at the board’s first open meeting since its executive session on Dec. 17 to discuss the personnel matter. Cardillo was reprimanded for his failure to […]

4 Southern District towns oppose hasty Egremont School reopening

4 Southern District towns oppose hasty Egremont School reopening

School committee still plans January classes SHEFFIELD — Four of the five towns that make up the Southern Berkshire Regional School District have told the school committee that in no way will they approve letting children back in the Egremont School until it gets a spotless clean bill of health. That was the concerted message […]

5-Town Cable Committee weighs options for countywide committee

LEE — It was mentioned last year briefly, but the 5-Town Cable Advisory Committee is beginning to talk about the possibility of a larger entity, which could give residents more say about their cable services. In 2017, Lenox’s representative to the cable committee, Linda Miller, said that she had spoken with the Attorney General, who […]

Stockbridge Fire Chief faces disciplinary hearing for scam

Stockbridge Fire Chief faces disciplinary hearing for scam

Cardillo’s fate expected to be announced Dec.17 STOCKBRIDGE — The fate of the town’s fire department leadership is currently uncertain, and will remain that way until Dec. 17. The town’s select board has officially set a date to discuss possible disciplinary action for select board member and fire chief Ernest “Chuckie” Cardillo. “We’ll be having […]

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