Egremont voters approve 3% tax on marijuana sales

Egremont voters approve 3% tax on marijuana sales

EGREMONT — Town residents nearly unanimously voted in favor to adopt a 3-percent gross sales tax applicable to cannabis retailers at Tuesday’s special town meeting. Of the 1,007 registered voters, 108 were in attendance at the fire station at the Sept. 17 special town meeting, according to Egremont Town Clerk Juliette Haas. A quorum of […]

Housing Authority agrees to diversity training in wake of racial slurs charges

Housing Authority agrees to diversity training in wake of racial slurs charges

GREAT BARRINGTON — A diversity training program is in the pipeline for the Housing Authority following last week’s special meeting to discuss a board member’s alleged misconduct. At the Sept. 10 meeting, Housing Authority member Jackie Sinico was publicly accused of using racial slurs when referring to minority tenants at Flag Rock Village. Sinico denied […]

Barrington police ramp up downtown traffic coverage

Barrington police ramp up downtown traffic coverage

GREAT BARRINGTON— Police have ramped up enforcement in the downtown following traffic complaints. Last month, several residents came forward voicing concerns for pedestrian safety and motorists traveling at speeds much higher than what’s posted. Area residents like David Rosenberg questioned why there wasn’t a police officer consistently present to deter people from violating traffic bylaws. […]

Cottage Street residents told bridge cannot be reopened

Cottage Street residents told bridge cannot be reopened

GREAT BARRINGTON— Could the Cottage Street bridge resemble something like the Bridge of Flowers in Shelbourne Falls as it awaits total replacement? The suggestion was one of several options raised during a Selectboard meeting Monday night at the Claire Teague Senior Center. The 142-foot town-owned bridge was built in the 1930s and later rebuilt in […]

So. Berkshire school panel to investigate vaping risks

So. Berkshire school panel to investigate vaping risks

GREAT BARRINGTON—  Vaping is a growing trend nationwide and also among teens in Berkshire County. The annual Prevention Needs Assessment Survey distributed by the Berkshire United Way  shows that 43 percent of high school seniors in Berkshire County self-reported to have used e-cigarettes during their lifetime. Amid an outbreak of vaping-related illnesses across the country, […]