Berkshire bus service threatened by state talk of trimmed budgets

Berkshire bus service threatened by state talk of trimmed budgets

By Christopher McDermott GREAT BARRINGTON — Unless they they can get more than is currently on the table in state budget talks, the Berkshire Regional Transportation Authority will be weighing increased fares and reduced services. At a public meeting at the Great Barrington Fire Department on April 11, BRTA Administrator Robert Malnati explained the possible […]

Lenox Planning Board scraps short-term rentals bylaw at the eleventh hour

Lenox Planning Board scraps short-term rentals bylaw at the eleventh hour

By Joel Williams LENOX — With newfound uncertainty, the Planning Board has withdrawn a warrant article to regulate short term rentals. The decision came just 24 hours before the select board was set to approve and finalize the warrant article, and just a day after town counsel warned of the issue of “grandfathering,” which would […]

Great Barrington budget tax hikes, cuts causing concerns

Great Barrington budget tax hikes, cuts causing concerns

By Christopher McDermott GREAT BARRINGTON — With a budget that town leadership has called “a squeeze,” townspeople voiced competing concerns about tax hikes and service cuts as the select board and Finance Committee gave their recommendations at the annual public budget hearing on April 4. “We’re squeezing a little because we have to,” Select Chairman […]

Select Board seeks amendment on marijuana cultivation bylaw

Select Board seeks amendment on marijuana cultivation bylaw

By Christopher McDermott GREAT BARRINGTON— The select board gave final necessary approvals to the town meeting warrant’s nonfinancial items, but the members are still hoping to amend some proposed marijuana cultivation bylaws on the town meeting floor. The select board and the town’s Planning Board are in disagreement about what the rules on marijuana growing […]

W.E.B. Du Bois legacy committee hopes to rename middle school

W.E.B.  Du Bois legacy committee hopes to rename middle school

By Christopher McDermott GREAT BARRINGTON— W.E.B. Du Bois’s 150th birthday and an accompanying festival has passed, but a committee focusing on his legacy hopes to have a statue, school or street in the civil rights icon’s hometown bear his name. The Du Bois legacy committee, co-chaired by Gwendolyn Hampton-VanSant of BRIDGE and Randy Weinstein of […]

Barrington ZBA rejects neighbors’ appeal to block burial of airport’s new fuel tank

Barrington ZBA rejects neighbors’ appeal to block burial of airport’s new fuel tank

By Christopher McDermott GREAT BARRINGTON — The Walter J. Koladza Airport will not have to face any new regulations over its installation of a new 20,000-gallon, double-walled, underground fuel tank, after the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals denied 4 – 1 an appeal by airport neighbors. Attorneys Tad Heuer and Richard Dohoney representing appellates Marc […]

Governor Baker to face strong opposition in upcoming election

Governor Baker to face strong opposition in upcoming election

By Joel Williams PITTSFIELD — Gov. Charlie Baker has a tough road ahead if he hopes to be re-elected. Three hopefuls for the Democratic nomination for governor were in Pittsfield at the American Legion building in Pittsfield for the Democratic Governor candidates forum. A packed roomful of voters listened intently as they discussed potential policy […]

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