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Heather Bellow covers a variety of local and regional issues including those that affect economic development and the environment. She covers local businesses, municipal hearings, and does investigative reporting on topics like broadband, pipelines and pollution. She lives with her two teenagers in Great Barrington, where she’s lived since 2002.

Articles by Heather Bellow

Great Barrington Police Department first in Berkshire County to be accredited

Tuesday, 29 Nov 2016 - Walsh had told The Edge in an earlier article that following the accreditation manual — which, by the way, is very thick — and using “best practices” reduces all kinds of liability and gives the town “a little break” on insurance. "It's an honor for the town," Walsh told the Selectboard.

Despite violence, Fire Roasted caterers serve T-giving dinners to 2,500 pipeline protesters in North Dakota

Friday, 25 Nov 2016 - Stanton described the mood of the camp, and the water protectors as peaceful but determined in “non-violent resistance. People are clear that they are at the camp in prayer,” he said. “It is a sacred space — the feeling you get is somber, a real sense of purpose, some joy and laughter.” --Jeremy Stanton, leader of the Fire Roasted catering delegation that helped feed 2,500 Thanksgiving Day dinners to protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline

Residents challenge rate hike in neglected West Stockbridge trailer park

Tuesday, 15 Nov 2016 - People who can’t afford to live anywhere but a trailer park have so many obstacles constantly before them. “Many in the park say, ‘it’s just how things go for people like us.’ It’s the mentality of, ‘you can’t fight city hall.’ ” -- Evie Kerswell, tenant spokesperson for Mill Pond Trailer Park in West Stockbridge, Mass.

New members of South Berkshire school committees face daunting challenges

Wednesday, 9 Nov 2016 - “Building relationships with neighboring districts, a concrete plan for the high school, and continuing to explore a way to marry vocational programs to the local economy” are issues that are priorities. -- Attorney Richard Dohoney, re-elected to the Berkshire Hills Regional School Committee

MassDEP says no to proposed cleanup strategy at 100 Bridge Street site

Monday, 7 Nov 2016 - In a letter to Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire, MassDEP wrote that, while the plan to remove all contaminated soil from both the Housatonic riverfront and from the area for an affordable housing development is “protective of human health and the environment,” the relocation of that soil to other parts of the site may be harmful.

Lynching threat reveals racial tension among Monument teens

Wednesday, 2 Nov 2016 - Monument parent Linda Shafiroff said, while she thought the threat was “deplorable,” both students had been engaging in insults that highlighted racial tensions at the school as well as national political divides and cultural differences.

Permits in hand, 47 Railroad developers celebrate

Friday, 21 Oct 2016 - Local officials, developers, community organizers and business owners came to 47 Railroad in Great Barrington to meet, greet, and talk about the project as well as other projects slated for downtown.