4 Southern District towns oppose hasty Egremont School reopening

4 Southern District towns oppose hasty Egremont School reopening

School committee still plans January classes SHEFFIELD — Four of the five towns that make up the Southern Berkshire Regional School District have told the school committee that in no way will they approve letting children back in the Egremont School until it gets a spotless clean bill of health. That was the concerted message […]

5-Town Cable Committee weighs options for countywide committee

LEE — It was mentioned last year briefly, but the 5-Town Cable Advisory Committee is beginning to talk about the possibility of a larger entity, which could give residents more say about their cable services. In 2017, Lenox’s representative to the cable committee, Linda Miller, said that she had spoken with the Attorney General, who […]

Stockbridge Fire Chief faces disciplinary hearing for scam

Stockbridge Fire Chief faces disciplinary hearing for scam

Cardillo’s fate expected to be announced Dec.17 STOCKBRIDGE — The fate of the town’s fire department leadership is currently uncertain, and will remain that way until Dec. 17. The town’s select board has officially set a date to discuss possible disciplinary action for select board member and fire chief Ernest “Chuckie” Cardillo. “We’ll be having […]

Teachers, parents, elected officials give school panel a tongue-lashing

Teachers, parents, elected officials give school panel a tongue-lashing

Members berated for way district events were handled SHEFFIELD —Teachers, parents, and community members stood up and gave the  school committee members a tongue-lashing about the the recent events in the school district. Michelle Shalaby, the chair of the New Marlborough select board,a parent of a child attending the Southern Berkshire Regional School District, began […]

Police shortage leaves Egremont uncovered during hours at night

Police shortage leaves Egremont uncovered during hours at night

From midnight until 8 a.m., no one’s on duty EGREMONT—During many overnight shifts, from midnight to 8 a.m., the phones in the Egremont police station will ring but there’s no one to answer. There is often no overnight coverage and Egremont residents are left to rely on the state police or Great Barrington and Sheffield […]

FCC rule change could mean CTSB would lose funding

FCC rule change could mean CTSB would lose funding

‘Disastrous’ outcome  for  public access station LEE — CTSB, South County’s public access station, may be losing out on federal funding thanks (or no thanks) to a rule change from the Federal Communications Commission. That was the bleak forecast presented at the 5-Town Cable Advisory Committee meeting on Dec. 11. “There’s a huge plan afoot […]

Southern District asking to be indemnified for suits in school lead paint issues Lawyers believe neither district nor Egremont can be liable-free if children develop problems

Southern District asking to be indemnified for suits in school lead paint issues Lawyers believe neither district nor Egremont can be liable-free if children develop problems

SHEFFIELD —A motion made by E. Bonnie Silvers and approved by the Southern Berkshire Regional School District school committee includes a clause that deems the district and the school committee harmless for the wellbeing of the children attending the school district. The clause was part of a larger motion that provided updates and new proposals […]

Bus drivers strike, a first, leave riders out in the cold Nearly 5,000 daily commuters are left stranded

Bus drivers strike, a first, leave riders out in the cold Nearly 5,000 daily commuters are left stranded

PITTSFIELD —For the first time in 15 years, Berkshire Regional Transit Authority drivers are on strike stranding most of its 5,000 daily riders. Some riders, who were unaware of the strike, spent time in the cold waiting for buses that did not come. “BRTA has subcontracted with other chaircar vendors to perform essential paratransit trips. […]