Heroin leads Great Barrington cops to missing power tools

Heroin leads Great Barrington cops to missing power tools

GREAT BARRINGTON – Five people have been arrested and charged after a “local landscaper” reported several power tools were “stolen from his truck,” according to the police department. According to a police statement, Daryl VanDeusen, 25, who police say is homeless, was arrested and charged with breaking and entering into a motor vehicle and larceny […]

Education task force renews contract with study partner

Education task force renews contract with study partner

The Berkshire County Education Task Force has retained the District Management Group for its Phase III efforts and has, according to BCETF Chairman John Hockridge, raised enough money for the contract. Task force members unanimously approved the decision July 15 following a loose executive session. Hockridge said part of the task force’s approval had to […]

New grants to Jacob’s Pillow spell increased outreach, ease of expansion

New grants to Jacob’s Pillow spell increased outreach, ease of expansion

BECKET – Jacob’s Pillow has secured two grants that aid in the furtherance of the internationally acclaimed dance site’s future. The first: a $225,000 cultural grant that will be utilized for the construction of a new year-round dance space. The second: a $10,000 grant to support Jacob’s Pillow pop-up performances during Pittsfield’s Third Thursday celebrations. […]

Citing study, education task force recommends creation of single countywide school district

Citing study, education task force recommends creation of single countywide school district

According to the Berkshire County Education Task Force, the county’s overall education woes – declining enrollment, financial struggles and stumbling quality of education – can be resolved by creating a single countywide school district. More specifically, the task force recommends the county’s 32 communities, and total 15,000 school-aged children, come together by 2027 in an […]

Great Barrington Airport withdraws from special permit talks

Great Barrington Airport withdraws from special permit talks

GREAT BARRINGTON – The town’s airport debacle is over – for now. On July 10, during a Select Board public hearing, Walter J. Koladza Airport officials – alongside their attorney – withdrew their special permit request, one they have been defending under heavy fire for five meetings. The airport will now, as it has been, […]

Fairview secures $100,000 grant to improve healthcare access

Fairview secures $100,000 grant to improve healthcare access

GREAT BARRINGTON – Fairview Hospital is planning to expand access and improve care in South County with the help of a $99,871 Health and Human Services grant. The improvements, according to Doreen Hutchinson, the hospital’s vice president of operations, will include creating an expanded network that comprises two major partners and 10 smaller ones. “Access […]

Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Berkshire County is full of fighters

Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Berkshire County is full of fighters

PITTSFIELD – Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, brought the healthcare fight to the Berkshires over the weekend. The senator hosted a 10:30 a.m. town hall at Berkshire Community College’s Robert Boland Theatre July 8 and the message was clear: “No, we are not going to go down without a fight.” “If this isn’t a moment to […]

Task force study results expected before July

Task force study results expected before July

After several months of debate and disagreement, the Berkshire County Education Task Force has settled on what to specifically study and model for their Phase II effort. The task force and their Phase II study partner, the District Management Group, will be considering modeling five county education improvements and solutions: a “do nothing approach,” which […]

Raucous airport hearing ends in continuation, again

Raucous airport hearing ends in continuation, again

GREAT BARRINGTON – “Where we at?” Select Board Chairman Sean Stanton asked at the Walter J. Koladza airport hearing June 12. He received no answer from his fellow selectmen. A short answer, however, was obvious: nowhere fast. “Definitely assume we’re not voting on this tonight,” Stanton later said. “… So far we’re not getting this […]