Abrahams running for reelection, opponent unlikely

Abrahams running for reelection, opponent unlikely

  GREAT BARRINGTON — The May 9 town elections are taking shape, and while there are a handful of contested races, it looks like the lone Select Board seat won’t be up for grabs. Selectman Ed Abrahams is up for re-election, having completed his first three-year term. But as of early this week, he is […]

Berkshire Hills approves $26.5 million spending plan

Berkshire Hills approves $26.5 million spending plan

GREAT BARRINGTON — The Berkshire Hills Regional School District now has a budget proposal to put forward to voters later this spring. After an unusually late discussion on reallocating funds, the committee on Thursday, March 9, unanimously endorsed a gross operating budget of $26.5 million, an increase of 3.89 percent over last year. The budget […]

Berkshire Hills cuts $100,000 to get Barrington increase under 6%

Berkshire Hills cuts $100,000 to get Barrington increase under 6%

GREAT BARRINGTON — In advance of its budget vote slated for Thursday, March 9, the Berkshire Hills Regional School Committee has opted to present a spending plan about $100,000 less than originally proposed. The near unanimous decision was made at a sparsely attended public hearing March 2 after an hour of deliberation. When the committee […]

Fessenden abuse part of a larger pattern

Fessenden abuse part of a larger pattern

SHEFFIELD — The allegations of sexual abuse from more than 45 years ago lodged against current Berkshire School faculty member C. Dary Dunham are part of a larger pattern of abuse in independent schools that has come to light in the last several years. Hundreds of victims — often former students at New England boarding […]

New Bridge Street development gets green light from selectmen

New Bridge Street development gets green light from selectmen

GREAT BARRINGTON — A development project that could change the complexion of downtown cleared a major hurdle as the Select Board granted the company behind the so-called Powerhouse project a special permit. The board’s decision last week to grant the permit for the $15-million mixed-use development on Bridge Street was unanimous, but it came with […]

Great Barrington Senior Center to close for repairs after flooding

Great Barrington Senior Center to close for repairs after flooding

  GREAT BARRINGTON — Council on Aging Director Polly Mann Salenovich announced Friday that Great Barrington’s Claire Teague Senior Center and Council on Aging offices at 917 Main Street will be temporarily closed as cleanup crews get to work to repair damage caused by recent flooding. In a written statement, Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin said flooding damage […]

Neighbors continue opposition to three new hangars at airport

Neighbors continue opposition to three new hangars at airport

GREAT BARRINGTON — After listening to a lively crowd oppose and support the Great Barrington Airport, the Select Board opted to continue a public hearing on a special permit sought by airport owners to justify its existence under the town’s zoning bylaws. The selectmen heard from a dozen people in the span of about an […]

Monument Mountain Principal Marianne Young to resign this summer

Monument Mountain Principal Marianne Young to resign this summer

Monument Mountain Regional High School Principal Marianne Young has told district officials she will resign sometime this summer, Berkshire Hills Superintendent Peter Dillon told the School Committee at its Feb. 16 meeting. Young first became Monument principal in 1999 and held the post for eight years until she became superintendent of the Lenox Public Schools. She returned two […]

Neighbors wary of airport plan to add three hangars

Neighbors wary of airport plan to add three hangars

GREAT BARRINGTON — Opponents of the Great Barrington Airport’s expansion project — and there appear to be many — will get another chance to weigh in on its controversial plans after the Select Board voted to continue the public hearing on the airport’s legal status. Dozens of opponents and supporters of the airport’s proposal for […]

Suspects in Barrington bank heist arrested after robbery in Conn.

Suspects in Barrington bank heist arrested after robbery in Conn.

GREAT BARRINGTON — Police in Connecticut have arrested two suspects wanted in connection with a bank robbery this week in Great Barrington. Great Barrington Police Chief Bill Walsh said Connecticut State Police have informed him that Eric James Sheridan, 36, of Danielson, Conn., and a companion, Rachelle Winter, 30, of East Providence, R.I., were arrested […]