Lenox will explore electronic voting option for town meetings

Lenox will explore electronic voting option for town meetings

LENOX — When nearly 600 registered voters attended the annual town meeting this past May, a secret ballot vote took more than 30 minutes to complete, according to Town Clerk Kerry Sullivan. The lengthy process of hand-counting ballots has been the protocol way of tallying votes in an open town meeting form of government, specifically […]

New owners continue legacy at Loeb’s Foodtown

New owners continue legacy at Loeb’s Foodtown

LENOX — Inside Loeb’s Foodtown, the names “Leslie B,” “Big Jim” and the “Itallian Stallion” hang above the deli counter like Hall of Fame athletes. Each sandwich, crafted for and named after family members of longtime store owner Earl Albert, has come along during the 51-year ownership of the store by Albert and his wife, […]

Lenox voters asked to decide fate of short-term rentals, pot stores ban

Lenox voters asked to decide fate of short-term rentals, pot stores ban

LENOX — Back-to-back hearings spurred an impassioned debate at the Planning Board Tuesday night. The hearings were the result of two citizen petitions; one proposing the prohibition of operating any recreational marijuana enterprises in Lenox and another that created language for short-term rentals to be included in the Lenox’s zoning bylaw. The key purpose of […]

Statewide Artweek initiative returns to Berkshire County

Statewide Artweek initiative returns to Berkshire County

LENOX—A week-long, statewide festival centered around arts and creativity has returned to Berkshire County. What started as a Boston-based event, produced by the Boch Center as a way to strengthen the creative economy in 2013 has expanded across the commonwealth with hundreds of events taking place over the course of a week. This year, the […]

Lenox panel to offer alternatives to plastic straws, not a ban

LENOX — When it comes to local solutions to the growing plastic pollution problem, the environmental committee isn’t grasping at straws. During its monthly meeting Monday, the Lenox Environmental Committee discussed steps it could take to lessen the local impact that plastic straws have on the environment. The U.S. used roughly 390 million straws each […]

Lenox to hold candidate forum for 3 seeking select board seat

Lenox to hold candidate forum for 3 seeking select board seat

LENOX — Three candidates are vying for the open select board seat, but before the community casts their ballost, they’ll have a chance to meet them at a candidates forum, Monday, April 8. The forum, hosted by the Mondays with Me Coffee Hour at the Lenox Community Center, will give voters an opportunity to familiarize […]

Lenox ZBA tells 8 innkeepers rentals appeal missed deadline

Lenox ZBA tells 8 innkeepers rentals appeal missed deadline

LENOX — Eight innkeepers hoping the Zoning Board of Appeals would crack down on short-term rentals will have to begin the appeals process over after the board unanimously agreed their initial appeal had not been filed within the appropriate amount of time. Attorney Jeffrey Lynch, who represents the innkeepers, argued that the town has allowed […]

Lenox voters in May will decide marijuana bylaw

Lenox voters in May will decide marijuana bylaw

By Joel Williams LENOX — The Planning Board voted unanimously to send its newly minted recreational marijuana bylaw to town meeting in May. The board met at the Lenoxdale Fire Company Jan. 23 to gauge opinion in the ‘Dale, the area in town which has historically been the most opposed to cannabis-related issues. The most […]