You Are Not Alone

You Are Not Alone

A new play about addiction, recovery and the opioid crisis will hit the stage at the Universalist Unitarian Meeting of Southern Berkshire in downtown Housatonic on March 28. The play, “You Are Not Alone,” written by Berkshire native Patrick Toole, will take audience members through the difficulties of a group of people recovering from drug […]

Southern school district loses ‘rural’ designation and $70,000 in state aid

Southern school district loses ‘rural’ designation and $70,000 in state aid

SHEFFIELD — School committee members worried that the Southern Berkshire Regional School District had “fallen through the cracks” after a change to the way the state calculates aid for rural districts left the SBRSD without a portion of their expected aid package for FY19. “They’ve made some adjustments to the formula, possibly favoring urban districts, […]

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 […]

Berkshires has only one officer who can testify for pot-related OUIs

Berkshires has only one officer who can testify for pot-related OUIs

With pot on the rise in Berkshire County, a unique set of challenges is facing county police departments: What to do about enforcement? Currently, there’s only one officer in the county who has undertaken Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) training. Officer Brennan Polidoro of the Lanesborough Police Department is the county’s lone DRE certified officer, which […]

Exploring what if Du Bois met Wharton

Exploring what if Du Bois met Wharton

By Hannah Shirley What would have happened if W.E.B. Du Bois and Edith Wharton, two of the Berkshires’ greatest minds, had met in 1910 and been able to see each other without race? That’s the question Brooklyn playwright Emily DeVoti asks in her play, ‘Beyond the Veil.’ A stage reading of ‘Beyond the Veil’ will […]

Pot shop’s opening was smokin’ hot

Pot shop’s opening was smokin’ hot

By Joel Williams GREAT BARRINGTON — With the first recreational pot shop open, and three more on the way in town, it seems survival may be determined by a price war. Theory Wellness opened its doors at 10 a.m. last Friday for recreational adult use cannabis, making it the first retail cannabis shop in Berkshire […]