Former Stockbridge fire chief sues the town, selectboard, its members

Former Stockbridge fire chief sues the town, selectboard, its members

STOCKBRIDGE — The former fire chief is suing the Town of Stockbridge and two select board members, both in official and individual capacities, in federal court. Ernest J. “Chuckie” Cardillo, who is still serving as a member of the select board in Stockbridge, is alleging that board members Donald M. Chabon and Terrence R. Flynn […]

Stormwater runoff mitigation work resumes on Knob Hill Road

Stormwater runoff mitigation work resumes on Knob Hill Road

GREAT BARRINGTON — Construction resumed this week on Knob Hill Road, where contractors are installing catch basins which will redirect stormwater runoff that dumps sediment and pollutants into the adjacent Lake Mansfield. The $470,000 project is funded in part by a $288,925 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency through the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, […]

Thanks, but no thanks, say Egremont residents about church ‘donation’

Thanks, but no thanks, say Egremont residents about church ‘donation’

EGREMONT — The congregation of the First Congregational Church of South Egremont had hoped to donate the historic church building to the town for use as a community center, but after underwhelming reception from the community, the congregation decided to withdraw the donation from the town warrant. The congregation’s decision comes after a disappointing turnout […]

Historic tree faces deep-rooted housing issue

Historic tree faces deep-rooted housing issue

GREAT BARRINGTON — A local developer has proposed four mixed-use buildings for the vacant lot at the corner of Main Street and Mahaiwe Street, but some residents believe the cost of developing that particular parcel — namely, the 200-year-old heritage sugar maple, possibly the oldest tree in downtown Great Barrington — is too high. The […]

Barrington E.coli scare closes downtown eateries

Barrington E.coli scare closes downtown eateries

GREAT BARRINGTON — A boil-water mandate closed several downtown eateries and led to a temporary caffeine shortage last week. Great Barrington Fire District issued an alert on the afternoon Wednesday, April 10, urging all water users in Great Barrington to boil water after a water sample collected on the previous day from the town’s source […]

No way to track how much pot leaves state, say law enforcement

No way to track how much pot leaves state, say law enforcement

GREAT BARRINGTON — There’s no way to know how many people are bringing cannabis from Massachusetts into other states illegally, according to local law enforcement. And even if they did know, there still likely wouldn’t be any way to police them. Data regarding the number of out-of-state residents purchasing legal cannabis might be available eventually, […]

Stumo family plans to sue Boeing, FAA for their daughter’s death

Stumo family plans to sue Boeing, FAA for their daughter’s death

SHEFFIELD — Samya Stumo’s death on March 10 was no accident, according to her mother Nadia Milleron. “An accident is something that couldn’t have been prevented. This could have been prevented,” Milleron said at an emotional press conference near Boeing’s headquarters in Chicago last week. The Stumo family announced they would file the first lawsuit […]

DA launches broad program to cope with domestic violence

DA launches broad program to cope with domestic violence

PITTSFIELD – Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington has launched a community-wide initiative and announced new systems in the DA’s Office to prevent and prosecute domestic and sexual violence, which she said had reached a crisis point with the murders of several Berkshire County women, significant increases in restraining order filings and high rates of reported […]

Three Barrington candidates vie for two selectboard seats

Three Barrington candidates vie for two selectboard seats

GREAT BARRINGTON — A new contender has entered the selectboard race to challenge its two incumbents. Leigh Davis, a former finance committee member, has tossed her hat into the ring for one of the two seats on the selectboard. The seats are held by board members Daniel Bailly and chairperson Steve Bannon. But before residents […]

Lenox petition would block all marijuana enterprises

Lenox petition would  block all marijuana enterprises

LENOX — The Planning Board has listened to the concerns of voters and is bringing forth a revised bylaw for adult-use recreational marijuana businesses for its May 2 annual town meeting they hope will pass. But after a resident presented a citizens petition to prohibit marijuana enterprises altogether, the board may have another hurdle besides […]