Cottage Street residents told bridge cannot be reopened

Cottage Street residents told bridge cannot be reopened

GREAT BARRINGTON— Could the Cottage Street bridge resemble something like the Bridge of Flowers in Shelbourne Falls as it awaits total replacement? The suggestion was one of several options raised during a Selectboard meeting Monday night at the Claire Teague Senior Center. The 142-foot town-owned bridge was built in the 1930s and later rebuilt in […]

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 […]

Housatonic School reuse panel on fact-finding tour

Housatonic School reuse panel on fact-finding tour

GREAT BARRINGTON —Efforts to redevelop the former Housatonic Elementary School seemed renewed after members of a newly formed committee toured the building. Tasked by the town’s selectboard to conduct a formal review of potential reuse scenarios for the building, the Economic Development Committee visited the space and discussed their observations at their meeting on Tuesday […]

Two Great Barrington employees are assigned to new roles and titles

Two Great Barrington employees are assigned to new roles and titles

GREAT BARRINGTON— Two town employees have some new responsibilities after being recently promoted.The two promotions are intended to build the Great Barrington Town Hall team to support the town’s aggressive agenda in coming years, said Mark Pruhenski, town manager.Last week, Great Barrington Town Planner Chris Rembold was named assistant town manager/director of planning and community […]

State assures home rules will apply to Fairgrounds horse racing

State assures home rules will apply to Fairgrounds horse racing

GREAT BARRINGTON — Concerns regarding horse racing in town may have packed a recent selectboard meeting, but the future for the Fairgrounds is still in the running. Shortly after the Monday night meeting began, the chairman of the board, Stephen Bannon, read a prepared statement indicating that while the issue was a matter of importance, […]

Berkcirque to close its doors at end of month

Berkcirque to close its doors at end of month

GREAT BARRINGTON — A circus school is taking its show on the road. The recreational circus and aerial yoga studio Berkcirque, located at 115 Gas House Lane, is closing its doors at the end of August. Jill Fleming, founder and director of Berkcirque, announced the news via social media over the weekend. “It’s time to […]

Exalting the community through art

Exalting the community through art

Jessica Garb is a fashion designer. Judy Bates is a screen printing artist. Together, the local artisans have found their happy place in the Berkshires — specifically, Great Barrington. Garb and Bates first began working together one year ago at a collaborative space in Great Barrington with other artists. There, Garb sold her Jess’ Garb […]