BIFF toasts to another year

BIFF toasts to another year

GREAT BARRINGTON — A sea of lanyards swung through the crowded sidewalks as the downtown was transformed into a festival showcasing film over the past weekend. The Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF), now in its 14 year, offered movie-goers and filmmakers as well as artists on either end of the camera a look at 21 […]

New businesses opening in time for tourist season

New businesses opening  in time for tourist season

GREAT BARRINGTON — Local business owner Steve Carlotto said the town has long been known for its thriving business district. But sometime in the 1980s, the character of Great Barrington’s downtown began to change. The barber shops, shoe shops and furniture stores began to be replaced by gift shops and galleries during that time, said […]

DA Harrington reaffirms that Sheffield family of 5 was murdered by husband

DA Harrington reaffirms that Sheffield family of  5 was murdered by husband

SHEFFIELD — As new details emerge, Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington reasserts that the assailant behind the deaths of a family of five in Sheffield was the father. The evidence, she says, is “unequivocally” consistent with the original evidence suggesting that 41-year-old Luke Karpinski murdered his wife, Justine Wilbur, 41, and their three children, […]

New partnership brings mental health services linked with Barrington police

New partnership brings mental health services linked with Barrington police

GREAT BARRINGTON — A new partnership is bringing additional resources to those suffering from mental illness. The Great Barrington Police Department has partnered with the Brien Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and as a result, have established a Mental Health Co-Responder Program. Based in Pittsfield, The Brien Center is a community-based, nonprofit […]

Business puts a ring on it

Business puts a ring on it

GREAT BARRINGTON — Like some young girls, Genève Brossard saw a ring in her future. And in April, the dream became a reality. The Mount Washington resident secured the ring of her dreams — a boxing ring. For the past three years, Brossard, the founder of Berkshire Boxing Club, has been floating her boxing program […]

When turnout gear can turn deadly

When turnout gear can turn deadly

GREAT BARRINGTON — Dirty, soot-laden turnout gear has traditionally been seen as a badge of honor for firefighters. But as it turns out, that badge isn’t doing anyone any favors. In fact, the filthy gear has been shown to present more danger to firefighters than the flames they fight. From Jan. 1, 2002 to March […]