Wildcats swarm to beat Spartans

Wildcats swarm to beat Spartans

LEE — In a close game in the fourth quarter, conventional wisdom typically says that the team with more experienced players on the floor will usually win the game. Thursday’s girls’ basketball game between the Lee Wildcats and Monument Mountain Spartans looked to follow a similar script toward the end of the third quarter. It […]

Egremont police chief says he won’t renew his contract

Egremont police chief says he won’t renew his contract

EGREMONT — The town’s police chief, Erik Josephson, has disclosed that when his contract expires in June he does not plan to ask to have it renewed. Whenh asked why, the chief replied. ““I am supposed to be able to run the department as I see fit. They’re interfering in the day-to-day.” “This is not […]

Homeowners offering short-term rentals will pay a 5.7% tax to state

Homeowners offering short-term rentals will pay a 5.7% tax to state

Regulations intended to level playing field with all the B&Bs, hotels, motels and inns BOSTON — Governor Charlie Baker has signed a bill that will regulate short-term rentals, clearing up any hesitation about conflicts that local lawmakers might have regarding local regulations. “Our administration has long supported leveling the playing field for short-term rental operators […]

Collingwood fined $2,500 for conflict of interest by state Ethics Commission

Collingwood fined $2,500 for conflict of interest by state Ethics Commission

SHEFFIELD — Jeffrey Collingwood, a member of the town’s Conservation Commission, has agreed to pay a $2,500 fine for violating the state ethics law. According to Gerry Tuoti, a public information officer for the state Ethics Commission, Collingwood violated Section 17 of interest law. Collingwood was found in violation of the conflict of interest law […]

Barrington Selectmen Abrahams, Cooke are cleared by ethics panel

Barrington Selectmen Abrahams, Cooke are cleared by ethics panel

Liquor license approval for Berkshire Co-op does not constitute a legal conflict of interest GREAT BARRINGTON —The state ethics commission has cleared select board members Ed Abrahams and Bill Cooke of any conflicts of interest in relation to the granting of a liquor license to the Berkshire Coop. “It was by no means a probe […]

Harrington sworn in as Berkshire County District Attorney; will go down in Berkshire history as first woman in post

Harrington sworn in as Berkshire County District Attorney; will go down in Berkshire history as first woman in post

PITTSFIELD — Andrea Harrington made history this week when she was sworn in as the first woman Berkshire Country District Attorney. Last November, Harrington defeated incumbent district attorney, Paul Caccaviello, who was present at the inauguration. He previously served as former District Attorney David Capeless’ first assistant district attorney. Former associate justice of the state […]

Fiber-optic installations under way in parts of downtown Barrington

Fiber-optic installations under way in parts of downtown Barrington

GREAT BARRINGTON — Businesses and residents have waited for a long time. But now the waiting is over.Fiber-optic cable installation has begun. Fiber Connect of the Berkshires, a regional service provider, expects residents and business owners to begin taking advantage of the new developments by the beginning of 2019. Most of Main Street, Castle, and […]

Eagles clipped by Mustangs

Eagles clipped by Mustangs

SHEFFIELD — In Western Mass. Division IV girls’ basketball, few teams carry the reputations of the Mt. Everett Eagles and the Monson Mustangs in recent seasons. For each of the last five years, at least one of the teams has reached the sectional semifinals, where the Eagles and Mustangs met a season ago. After Friday’s […]

Stockbridge Fire Chief Cardillo put on paid administrative leave

Stockbridge Fire Chief Cardillo put on paid administrative leave

Reprimanded for role in discovered $45,000 scam By Joel Williams STOCKBRIDGE — Fire Chief Ernest “Chuckie” Cardillo has been placed on paid partial administrative leave. The announcement came Dec. 19 at the board’s first open meeting since its executive session on Dec. 17 to discuss the personnel matter. Cardillo was reprimanded for his failure to […]