New Marlborough continues Oasis Campus hearing, requests more details

New Marlborough continues Oasis Campus hearing, requests more details

By Cory Willey MILL RIVER — A heavily attended public hearing on the Oasis Campus LLC special permit application for a large marijuana growing and processing facility was continued to next month and resulted in more questions than answers. Following the more than a two -hour long public hearing on the application Monday night, the […]

Hinds discusses Berkshire rail and EPA at Sheffield town hall

Hinds discusses Berkshire rail and EPA at Sheffield town hall

SHEFFIELD — The town’s Democratic Committee hosted state Sen.Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, Monday night for a town hall event at the Bushnell Sage Library, the first of a series. Ben Hillman of the Sheffield Democratic Committee (and former campaigner for Hinds), introduced the senator. “I’d like to start by telling you briefly about Adam, in case […]

Berkshire Hills proposes $279,000 in reductions FY19 school budget

Berkshire Hills proposes $279,000 in reductions FY19 school budget

GREAT BARRINGTON — At a March 1 public budget hearing, the Berkshire Hills Regional School District School Committee voted 8-1 to accept an updated budget proposal with changes to revenue and cuts that ultimately amount to a $279,000 reduction from earlier proposals for fiscal year 2019. The most prominent cuts include omitting a new, extra […]

Residents petition for vote on marijuana moratorium

Residents petition for vote on marijuana moratorium

MILL RIVER— With the state set to begin receiving license applications for recreational marijuana establishments on April 1 and one special permit application for a marijuana business already submitted to the town, a grassroots effort to put a moratorium on such applications has arisen. Calling itself the Concerned Citizens of New Marlborough, this group of […]

Lenox Planning Board considers Housatonic St. solar development

Lenox Planning Board considers Housatonic St. solar development

LENOX — The Planning Board met Tuesday with representatives from Syncarpha Capital, a New York-based firm specializing in solar power, to consider the possibility of creating an overlay district to accommodate a $10-million, 7 megawatt solar project. The site in question is a 48-acre lot off of Housatonic Street by Mountain View Cemetery. 25 acres […]

O’Brien trucking company, town attorneys will enter negotiations

O’Brien trucking company, town attorneys will enter negotiations

GREAT BARRINGTON — As a second night of arguments drew to a close, the opposing attorneys representing trucking businessman Gary O’Brien and the town’s zoning enforcement officer each agreed to try negotiating terms to resolve a longstanding dispute over what is allowed at O’Brien’s Roger Road property. O’Brien’s attorney Paul Feldmen had been arguing before […]

Monterey will meet with MBI again about broadband plans

Monterey will meet with MBI again about broadband plans

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 a fully-connected network. […]

SBRSD School Committee votes on schools

SBRSD School Committee votes on schools

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 Monterey and Carl Stewart of Alford […]

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

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

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 town would be […]