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 […]

Sheffield marijuana entrepreneurs outline plans for growth, retail, branding

Sheffield marijuana entrepreneurs outline plans for growth, retail, branding

By Christopher McDermott SHEFFIELD — Local entrepreneurs outlined their plans for marijuana growing and dispensary facility of at least 10,000 square feet on 1375 North Main St., along with some community initiatives, to a crowd of about 25 in Sheffield Town Hall. “There’s an awful lot of opportunity for the community in this industry,” said […]

Selectmen, finance panel reduce Barrington budget by $190,000

Selectmen, finance panel reduce Barrington budget by $190,000

By Christopher McDermott GREAT BARRINGTON—After accepting about $190,000 in reductions, the town’s Finance Committee and select board have settled on a fiscal year 2019 annual budget of about $11.3 million to present to a public hearing. At a budget workshop on March 19, Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin answered an earlier request to give the two […]

Main Street’s ‘Flying Church’ showing substantial progress

Main Street’s ‘Flying Church’ showing substantial progress

By Christopher McDermott GREAT BARRINGTON— The conspicuous “Flying Church” renovation project on Main Street has been showing progress on its mission to bring a new restaurant, retail and apartment rental space to downtown. The property’s owner Paul Joffe said he’s been involved in some way in every step of the renovation. He noted that even […]