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 […]

Barrington board requested to probe racial slur charges against town housing official

Barrington board requested  to probe racial slur charges against town housing official

 GREAT BARRINGTON—The chairman of the Housing Authority is asking the select board to remove a member of the Housing Authority who allegedly used racist slurs towards tenants.  A Housing Authority special board meeting intended to discuss the alleged misconduct of board member Jackie Sinico was ended abruptly when two of the four board members walked […]

Division Street bridge closed to vehicular traffic indefinitely

Division Street bridge closed to vehicular traffic indefinitely

HOUSATONIC — Division Street bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic by Friday, Sept. 6, at the state Department of Transportation’s recommendation.Though the deteriorating bridge, built in 1950, has been on the town’s radar for some time, the recommended closure came as a bit of a surprise, said Great Barrington Town Manager Mark Pruhenski.A load […]

Eagle Mill developer has revised 7-year plan

Eagle Mill developer has revised 7-year plan

LEE — A redevelopment, seven years in the making, has revised its plan.Jeff Cohen, principal developer for the Eagle Mill project, and Sarah Gapinski of Pittsfield-based SK Design Group Inc. came before the Planning Board on Monday to provide an informal presentation of site plan modifications to the Eagle Mill development. The plans had previously […]

Stockbridge may name retired Mark Webber interim administrator

Stockbridge may name  retired Mark Webber   interim administrator

STOCKBRIDGE — Apparently retirement didn’t suit Mark Webber, who recently retired as the West Stockbridge town administrator. He’s considering coming out of retirement to apply for a similar position in neighboring Stockbridge. And the select board here already had him in mind. And now that former Stockbridge town administrator Danielle Fillio officially vacated her seat […]

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