Lt. Gov. Polito visits South County towns to discuss broadband and more

Lt. Gov. Polito visits South County towns to discuss broadband and more

By Cory Willey, Christopher McDermott & Joel Williams Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito paid a visit to several South County towns on Tuesday to discuss a number of topics, including broadband, infrastructure, education and emergency services. In Egremont, Polito was accompanied by state Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield. Broadband was the dominant topic of Polito’s 45-minute visit. […]

Great Barrington Select board finalizes pot recommendations

Great Barrington Select board finalizes pot recommendations

By Christopher McDermott GREAT BARRINGTON— The select board has made its final amendments to the marijuana regulations that will go before the town meeting for vote in two weeks. The biggest change, and the one that has been most contentious, is the select board’s position that marijuana cultivation facilities should always need a special permit […]

Simon’s Rock students walk out on anniversary of Columbine

Simon’s Rock students walk out on anniversary of Columbine

By Christopher McDermott GREAT BARRINGTON— On the nineteenth anniversary of a the Columbine High School massacre, students from Bard College at Simon’s Rock marched down Great Barrington’s Main Street to express their fears, frustrations and aspirations about the gun violence in schools that stretches back as far as any of these young people can remember. […]

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By Joel Williams LENOX — With newfound uncertainty, the Planning Board has withdrawn a warrant article to regulate short term rentals.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 […]

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