Minor crash at high school recalls long-standing concerns for safety

Minor crash at high school recalls long-standing concerns for safety

GREAT BARRINGTON — An early morning two-vehicle crash in front of Monument Mountain Regional High School has resurrected past safety discussions surrounding the intersection of the school’s entrance and Route 7. Last week, a junior operator with a driver’s permit was heading southbound and tried to make a left-hand turn into the entrance of the […]

Two housing authority members accused of open meeting violation

Two housing authority members accused of open meeting violation

GREAT BARRINGTON — Complaints of alleged open meeting violations have fueled the divisiveness among the four-member Housing Authority. A formal complaint against two board members was filed on Tuesday, Oct. 1, alleging them of stalling the procedures of prior meetings. Madonna Meagher, assistant to the executive director of the Housing Authority, is accusing board members […]

Whistleblower sues So. District for retaliation to his complaint

Whistleblower sues So. District for retaliation to his complaint

SHEFFIELD — A parent and longtime employee of Southern Berkshire Regional School District has filed a lawsuit against his employer, claiming the district took “retaliatory action” against him when he raised concerns that the district failed to provide educational services to his son, and subsequent claims of contract breaches. The whistleblower and breach of contract […]

Board of Health comes out against Fulcrum’s proposed pot grow field

Board of Health comes out against Fulcrum’s proposed pot grow field

GREAT BARRINGTON — Citing a lack of concrete evidence, members of the town’s Board of Health agreed to pass along a negative recommendation to the Selectboard regarding the proposed 80,000 square-foot marijuana cultivation development on Van Deusenville Road in Housatonic. At the board’s last meeting on Thursday, Oct. 3, Michael Lanoue, chairperson of the board, […]

Housatonic marijuana plan exacts a toll

Housatonic marijuana plan exacts a toll

HOUSATONIC — Concerns over a proposed marijuana cultivation and manufacturing facility has cost some area residents more than a night’s sleep. The uneasiness felt over Fulcrum Enterprises LLC’s proposal to set up an 80,000-square-foot development at 22 Van Deusenville Road has already cost more than a handful of residents of Housatonic thousands of dollars. Last […]

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, […]

State ethics panel charges West Stockbridge fire chief with conflict of interest law

State ethics panel charges West Stockbridge fire chief with conflict of interest law

WEST STOCKBRIDGE — The enforcement division of the state Ethics Commission has filed an order to show cause alleging that the town’s fire chief and former select board member had perpetrated multiple conflict of interest law violations. According to a release distributed by the commission, West Stockbridge Fire Chief Peter Skorput allegedly voted to reappoint […]

Mass Pike interchange discussions return to Becket, Otis

Mass Pike interchange discussions return to Becket, Otis

BECKET — From Boston to Seattle, Interstate 90 serves as the longest highway in the nation, spanning more than 3,000 miles from coast to coast. Locally, a 30-mile stretch from Exit 2 in Lee to Exit 3 in Westfield marks the longest span of the highway between exits without an interruption. Traveling west from Exit […]

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