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.
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Thursday, 1 Dec 2016 - “It’s much better for Great Barrington than what we have now.” -- Berkshire Hills Regional School District Superintendent Peter Dillon
Wednesday, 30 Nov 2016 - The Great Barrington Police Department will “serve everyone in our community and have zero tolerance for bullying or harassment … and does not investigate civil immigration laws, as this role falls to the federal government.” --- from the Resolution adopted by the Great Barrington Selectboard
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.
Monday, 28 Nov 2016 - The Kinder Morgan subsidiary had negotiated with Sandisfield town officials, drafting a contract that said it would give the town $1 million to fix roads and other town infrastructure damaged by company equipment. The company walked away when it was time to sign that contract.
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
Thursday, 24 Nov 2016 - This is a problem all over the state and this region, “particularly in the Berkshires,” where most houses were built before 1978, the year lead was banned as a paint additive for residential use.
Tuesday, 22 Nov 2016 - The concept of an auction to get the fundraising rolling salted some deep historic wounds when one African-American attendee felt the auction process harkened back to the auction blocks of slavery.
Friday, 18 Nov 2016 - “I’m going to support those people and give them sustenance. We also believe very strongly that people should be treated with respect and their property should not be abused by corporate interests.” --- Jeremy Stanton, owner of the Meat Market
Friday, 18 Nov 2016 - These young Guatemalan men speak to me now because President-elect Donald Trump has instilled a fear that was previously limited to the dangers of crime and corruption in Guatemala and those desperate trials at the border.
Thursday, 17 Nov 2016 - “This is one of my favorite new venues to play. The sound and the vibe in there is something special...I can only imagine all the incredible nights yet to come." -- Aaron Comess of Spin Doctors
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.
Monday, 14 Nov 2016 - The solar field below the Rising Paper Mill in Housatonic, built last year on a brownfield, is saving the town and the Berkshire Hills Regional School District each between $70,000 and $90,000 in annual electricity costs.
Sunday, 13 Nov 2016 - One never knows what one will find. Today, for instance, there was a velvet Oscar de la Renta skirt, a couple of Kate Spade bags.
Thursday, 10 Nov 2016 - The Planning Board unanimously approved Plaza owner KIMCO Realty’s plans to divide the current Kmart building into as many as three stores. In any case, Marshall's is scheduled to open in the fall of 2017.
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
Early election roundup: Hinds wins Senate seat; voters approve legalizing pot, reject more charter schools
Wednesday, 9 Nov 2016 - “It’s very humbling, and I have to admit after 9 months I’m ready.” -- State Senator-elect Adam Hinds
Monday, 7 Nov 2016 - Ever since a call went out last week to save the church, people showed up at a Saturday meeting with ideas and a generous outpouring of support.
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.
Friday, 4 Nov 2016 - “It takes 25 years for a young person’s brain to fully wire for habits, likes, dislikes and skills. This is when those habits develop that will haunt us for the rest of our lives.” --Dr. Jennifer Michaels
Thursday, 3 Nov 2016 - Great Barrington police interviewed Eloisa Garcia-Gaspar and said she denied passing the note.
Wednesday, 2 Nov 2016 - Eloisa Garcia-Gaspar was charged with disorderly conduct, obstruction of justice, and interfering with a police officer, all for passing a false note, lying in an investigation, and causing a disturbance.
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.
Preservation effort underway for A.M.E. Zion Church, first African-American church in the Berkshires
Tuesday, 1 Nov 2016 - Great Barrington native and African-American author, scholar and civil rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois attended the church as a child. The church is registered as an important site on the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail and on the National Register of Historic Places.
Friday, 28 Oct 2016 - The lime quarry and its surrounding land at the edge of the Mass Pike have been gently worked and enhanced for the installment of sculptures and other spaces.
Friday, 28 Oct 2016 - After Great Barrington voters shot down a Monument Mountain Regional High School renovation project two years in a row , a Regional Agreement Amendment Committee formed to get the three towns to the negotiating table to try to change the per-pupil funding arrangement.
Wednesday, 26 Oct 2016 - Noah and Ari Meyerowitz have been juggling the work and travel demands of the busy Sproutman legacy with this new venture after SoCo CEO Erik Bruun approached them as a way to keep SoCo’s second store alive off-season.
Wednesday, 26 Oct 2016 - Some Railroad Street merchants and firehouse neighbors have grown furious over the deterioration of the alley in the hands of private owners, its impact on delivery truck access, and the blighted appearance overall.
Tuesday, 25 Oct 2016 - It’s come to this: the New York Times said Berkshire Mountain Distillers is at the top of the “craft gin” game, and voted it Number One. It fits into the larger picture of a changing Berkshires, as the county — especially points south — seals its fame as “the epicenter of great food.”
Monday, 24 Oct 2016 - An emailed statement by a GE spokesperson indicates the company will take the matter to court, and continue to argue over how much of the 125-mile stretch of river to clean, and how.
Friday, 21 Oct 2016 - It was a messy night at Town Hall. In the end, Benchmark Development got a green light to proceed with its plans to design a second building planned for a parcel on the historic Searles Castle property.
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.
Thursday, 20 Oct 2016 - If this decision holds strong against what will likely be a protracted legal fight from GE, the $613 million cleanup will go forward eventually, and the PCB-contaminated waste will be shipped out of state.