Monterey will meet with MBI again about broadband plans

Monterey will meet with MBI again about broadband plans

By Christopher McDermott MONTEREY — Town leaders agreed to a March 15 deadline for coming back to the state’s Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) with plans for moving forward in a broadband installation plan likely revolving around Berkshires-based startup Fiber Connect. The town still hopes to get a $1.2 million state grant towards it getting it […]

SBRSD School Committee votes on schools

SBRSD School Committee votes on schools

By Cory Willey and Christopher McDermott SHEFFIELD — The Southern Berkshire Regional School Committee has voted in favor of pursuing the closure of the Monterey School and the South Egremont Village School. In an open meeting Wednesday night, the committee voted 6-2 in favor of the action with the Monterey School. Members Mary Ellen Brown of […]

Barrington’s $16.3 million share of school budget comes to 73%

Barrington’s $16.3 million share of school budget comes to 73%

By Christopher McDermott GREAT BARRINGTON— The proposed budget for the Berkshire Hills Regional School District in its current preliminary state would be asking for $22.2 million in total from its three towns. For Great Barrington in particular, if this school budget and the similarly preliminary town budget were both passed in their current state, the […]

Great Barrington cracks down on parking

Great Barrington cracks down on parking

By Christopher McDermott GREAT BARRINGTON — Effective immediately, overnight on-street parking in Great Barrington will be banned from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. from November 15 to March 30, as approved by a select board vote Monday night. The rule states that violators will be ticketed and vehicles blocking the town’s snow plows will be […]

McCormick surrenders law license to avoid disciplinary action

McCormick surrenders law license to avoid disciplinary action

By Cory Willey GREAT BARRINGTON — Prominent attorney Edward G. McCormick has resigned from the Massachusetts Bar Association, surrendering his license to practice law as a result of disciplinary sanction. The Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers accepted McCormick’s resignation on Feb. 5, according to the board’s office. Legal experts told the Record that McCormick chose to […]

Public hopes for cannabis regs with start-ups in mind

Public hopes for cannabis regs with start-ups in mind

By Cory Willey Residents of Berkshire County see opportunities in the recreational marijuana industry, but are wary of some state regulations that could create obstacles for small business start-ups and farmers. During a public hearing on the Cannabis Control Commission’s recent draft regulations of adult use recreational marijuana industry at Berkshire Community College, residents from […]

In blow to 37 Interlaken, Stockbridge Planning Board rejects Cottage Era Estate bylaw change

In blow to 37 Interlaken, Stockbridge Planning Board rejects Cottage Era Estate bylaw change

By Joel Williams STOCKBRIDGE — The Planning Board voted unanimously Tuesday night to recommend a “no” vote on a proposed amendment to the town’s Cottage Era Estate bylaws. The proposed amendment, which would allow by-right developments on Cottage Era Estates, was discussed at length during Tuesday night’s public hearing, eliciting a large turnout from the […]

Hiring, firing of library staff main sticking point in Sheffield charter talks

Hiring, firing of library staff main sticking point in Sheffield charter talks

By Joel Williams SHEFFIELD — The select board wants to streamline disciplinary action, and to do so may mean giving much more power to the Town Administrator. The town held a session Monday night to discuss proposed changes to the town’s charter, recommended by the town’s charter revision committee. The select board had endorsed the […]

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