Voters uphold bottle ban, reject repeal

Voters uphold bottle ban, reject repeal

By Christopher McDermott GREAT BARRINGTON — The town is still set to ban retailers from selling single-use plastic water bottles starting May 2019, after a clear majority of voters cast their support for the ban for the second time in four months at a rowdy special town meeting in Monument Mountain Regional High School’s auditorium. […]

Vote will uphold or rescind the bottle ban

Vote will uphold or rescind the bottle ban

GREAT BARRINGTON — For the second time this year, residents will cast votes on whether or not single-use plastic water bottles should be sold in their town. Great Barrington will hold a special town meeting on Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. in Monument Mountain Regional High School’s auditorium. The meeting was scheduled after resident Laura […]

Town still has rules to finesse on marijuana

Town still has rules to finesse on marijuana

By Christopher McDermott GREAT BARRINGTON — Marijuana’s retail premiere this summer has left local governments with plenty of questions about how it will fit into their communities, and even Great Barrington, which voted on some fairly comprehensive regulations at their annual town meeting, still has some unanswered. The Select Board Monday night said they would […]

Berkshire bus service threatened by state talk of trimmed budgets

Berkshire bus service threatened by state talk of trimmed budgets

By Christopher McDermott GREAT BARRINGTON — Unless they they can get more than is currently on the table in state budget talks, the Berkshire Regional Transportation Authority will be weighing increased fares and reduced services. At a public meeting at the Great Barrington Fire Department on April 11, BRTA Administrator Robert Malnati explained the possible […]

Legal Notices: Week of 4/20/2018

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS THE TRIAL COURT BERKSHIRE PROBATE AND FAMILY COURT 44 BANK ROW PITTSFIELD, MA 01201 (413) 442-6941 DOCKET NO. BE18P0249EA CITATION ON PETITION FOR FORMAL ADJUDICATION Estate of: Michael T. Platt Date of Death: 01/08/2018 To all interested persons a Petition for Formal Adjudication of Intestacy and Appointment of Personal Representative has been […]

Great Barrington budget tax hikes, cuts causing concerns

Great Barrington budget tax hikes, cuts causing concerns

By Christopher McDermott GREAT BARRINGTON — With a budget that town leadership has called “a squeeze,” townspeople voiced competing concerns about tax hikes and service cuts as the select board and Finance Committee gave their recommendations at the annual public budget hearing on April 4. “We’re squeezing a little because we have to,” Select Chairman […]

W.E.B. Du Bois legacy committee hopes to rename middle school

W.E.B.  Du Bois legacy committee hopes to rename middle school

By Christopher McDermott GREAT BARRINGTON— W.E.B. Du Bois’s 150th birthday and an accompanying festival has passed, but a committee focusing on his legacy hopes to have a statue, school or street in the civil rights icon’s hometown bear his name. The Du Bois legacy committee, co-chaired by Gwendolyn Hampton-VanSant of BRIDGE and Randy Weinstein of […]

Legal Notices: Week of 3/30/2018

Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Berkshire Probate and Family Court 44 Bank Row Pittsfield, MA 01201 (413) 442-6941 Docket No. BE18P0185EA CITATION ON PETITION FOR FORMAL ADJUDICATION Estate of: Pamela A. Bailey Date of Death: 08/13/2017 To all interested persons a Petition for Formal Probate of Will with Appointment of Personal Representative has been […]

Selectmen, finance panel reduce Barrington budget by $190,000

Selectmen, finance panel reduce Barrington budget by $190,000

By Christopher McDermott GREAT BARRINGTON—After accepting about $190,000 in reductions, the town’s Finance Committee and select board have settled on a fiscal year 2019 annual budget of about $11.3 million to present to a public hearing. At a budget workshop on March 19, Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin answered an earlier request to give the two […]

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