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Heather Bellow

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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

New concept, new look, new life for top of Railroad Street in Great Barrington

Tuesday, 30 Aug 2016 - Ian Rasch and Sam Nickerson are taking their combined experience in development and venture capital work to turn the historic and handsome building at 47 Railroad St. into a retail and apartment complex. Baby boomers and millennials — ages 18 to 34 -- are “geared toward renting in small urban centers,” Rasch believes.

Democratic state Senate candidates draw crowd to Mahaiwe

Tuesday, 30 Aug 2016 - Adam Hinds, Rinaldo Del Gallo and Andrea Harrington answered questions about Berkshire County’s big issues: economic development, school transportation funding, population decline, the opioid epidemic, affordable housing, a deficiency of high speed Internet, and environmental issues like pipelines and the Housatonic River cleanup.

Incidents of drinking and driving by GB police symptom of deeper problem, sources say

Friday, 26 Aug 2016 - “Massachusetts police departments have launched internal reviews at least four times in the last three years after learning that an officer or former officer was accused of drunken driving but was not arrested.” --- 2014 Boston Globe article that reviewed instances of off-duty police officers charged with drunk driving.

Great Barrington Police Officer stopped for drunk driving

Tuesday, 23 Aug 2016 - Sheffield Police Officer Brennan Polidoro said Officer Daniel Bartini, who was off duty, was “emitting a strong odor” of alcohol, and had “bloodshot glassy eyes, and thick-tongued speech.” He was not cited.

Douglass Truth in performance: Making a comedy of death

Friday, 5 Aug 2016 - In "An Intimate Evening with Death, Herself," Truth plays his fictional twin sister, an old waitress who met Death at a bar and forged a friendship with him in a Denny’s booth over a period of weeks, and together they came up with a “new, improved death.”

GB Planning Board OK’s plan to revamp Lake Mansfield access

Monday, 18 Jul 2016 - The entire area around Lake Mansfield is a delicate ecosystem surrounded by homes on a hill from which storm water and sediment run into the lake. Simply repaving the road won’t solve any of this, and town officials say such a measure will simply increase car speeds.