Dunham resigns from Berkshire School amid abuse allegations

Dunham resigns from Berkshire School amid abuse allegations

SHEFFIELD — C. Dary Dunham, a faculty member at Berkshire School since 2009, has resigned amid allegations that he sexually abused a former student of his at another school in 1971. The Record reported this week that on March 1, Michael Parker, a former student of Dunham’s, alleged via a written release to the media […]

Berkshire Hills cuts $100,000 to get Barrington increase under 6%

Berkshire Hills cuts $100,000 to get Barrington increase under 6%

GREAT BARRINGTON — In advance of its budget vote slated for Thursday, March 9, the Berkshire Hills Regional School Committee has opted to present a spending plan about $100,000 less than originally proposed. The near unanimous decision was made at a sparsely attended public hearing March 2 after an hour of deliberation. When the committee […]

Fessenden abuse part of a larger pattern

Fessenden abuse part of a larger pattern

SHEFFIELD — The allegations of sexual abuse from more than 45 years ago lodged against current Berkshire School faculty member C. Dary Dunham are part of a larger pattern of abuse in independent schools that has come to light in the last several years. Hundreds of victims — often former students at New England boarding […]

New Bridge Street development gets green light from selectmen

New Bridge Street development gets green light from selectmen

GREAT BARRINGTON — A development project that could change the complexion of downtown cleared a major hurdle as the Select Board granted the company behind the so-called Powerhouse project a special permit. The board’s decision last week to grant the permit for the $15-million mixed-use development on Bridge Street was unanimous, but it came with […]

Berkshire School counselor accused of past sexual abuse

Berkshire School counselor accused of past sexual abuse

SHEFFIELD — A former student of Dary Dunham’s, a current faculty member at the Berkshire School, has come forward with allegations that Dunham sexually abused him back in 1971. The abuse is alleged to have taken place at the Fessenden School in West Newton, where Dunham was a teacher and coach, while the student-victim, Michael […]

State upholds 37 days of liquor license suspension issued for Michael’s restaurant

State upholds 37 days of liquor license suspension issued for Michael’s restaurant

STOCKBRIDGE — The state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission has upheld 37 days of the Board of Selectmen’s original 50-day combined liquor license suspension levied against Michael’s Restaurant in April of last year. The restaurant’s owner, Michael Abdalla, appealed the Selectmen’s April 29 decision to the ABCC in May. The appeals hearing took place on Sept. […]

Wildcats claw past Mustangs to WMass Finals

Wildcats claw past Mustangs to WMass Finals

AMHERST, Mass. – The Cage was raging Tuesday night, as the top seeded Lee Wildcats (18-4) took on the fifth seeded Monson Mustangs (12-11) in the Western Mass Semifinals at the Curry Hicks Cage on the UMass campus. The Wildcats proved to be the victor, clawing their way past a tough Mustangs squad, 51-49 in […]

Great Barrington Senior Center to close for repairs after flooding

Great Barrington Senior Center to close for repairs after flooding

  GREAT BARRINGTON — Council on Aging Director Polly Mann Salenovich announced Friday that Great Barrington’s Claire Teague Senior Center and Council on Aging offices at 917 Main Street will be temporarily closed as cleanup crews get to work to repair damage caused by recent flooding. In a written statement, Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin said flooding damage […]

Wildcats cruise past Beavers; advance to WMass Semis

Wildcats cruise past Beavers; advance to WMass Semis

  LEE — The Wildcats are going back to The Cage. For the second year in a row the Lee Wildcats (17-4) advance to the Western Mass semifinals after defeating the Putnam Beavers (15-7) 45-34 Friday night. The Wildcats were lead by senior Karli Retzel once again, scoring a game high 20 points with 11 […]

Southern Berkshire chooses Beth Regulbuto as the district’s next superintendent

Southern Berkshire chooses Beth Regulbuto as the district’s next superintendent

SHEFFIELD — The Southern Berkshire Regional School District has extended an offer to Beth Regulbuto to become the district’s next superintendent after an extensive search that began in September. Should Regulbuto accept the school committee’s contract offer, she will replace current Superintendent David Hastings, who plans to retire on June 30. A release announcing their […]