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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Wednesday, 7 Sep 2016 - Housatonic homeowners are now worried about their property values — not to mention potential health risks from a nearby dump — and prospective homebuyers are now saying they won’t buy in Housatonic.
PROFILE: Adam Hinds, state Senate candidate, committed to rebuilding Berkshire economy, preserving natural resources
Saturday, 3 Sep 2016 - “This [job] will require a Senator who is capable of convening large groups around a common vision. I believe in politics that’s inspiring and is about creating that vision. There are three progressives in the race. The big question is who can be the most effective at promoting that agenda.” -- Adam Hinds, candidate for state Senate
Friday, 2 Sep 2016 - The town of Alford recently learned that the Massachusetts Broadband Institute will give it $270,000 and also reimburse it for half the cost of getting its utility poles surveyed.
Wednesday, 31 Aug 2016 - Louisa Ellis owner Melissa Bigarel said the Tune Street space will be renovated and repainted for a Tuesday, Nov. 1, opening where she will join forces with Iredale Mineral Cosmetics founder and president Jane Iredale.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, 25 Aug 2016 - By a 2-1 vote, Selectboard refused to issue a letter of nonopposition to build and operate a medical marijuana cultivation facility on 26 acres off Yokum Pond Road. Still, 76 percent of Becket voters endorsed medical marijuana during a statewide referendum -- the second highest percentage in the state.
Wednesday, 24 Aug 2016 - In Sheffield there were four arrests made for driving under the influence over the last month, and numerous citations given for speeding, according to Police Department logs.
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.
Tuesday, 23 Aug 2016 - Housatonic Water Works Company says it needs to raise rates to both help pay its bills amid overhead increases and to fund state-mandated improvements to Housatonic’s aging water system.
Thursday, 18 Aug 2016 - Prized and versatile local chef Thomas Lee will preside over “American classic” food in an open kitchen, with a similar principle as The Meat Market’s “see your food.”
Tuesday, 16 Aug 2016 - The permit split raised concerns that the 45 housing units would sit alone up against the wastewater treatment plant, with 6 acres of toxic soil either left there or remediated in phases.
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.”
Thursday, 4 Aug 2016 - Stanton said the state is already making medicinal marijuana dispensary companies jump through hoops, and that charging extra fees will ultimately punish patients by passing on those extra costs.
PROFILE: State Senate candidate Andrea Harrington, campaigning for working families, economic development
Thursday, 4 Aug 2016 - Harrington says she will “support collaboration--I’m a strong advocate for a region-wide approach to economic development.”
Wednesday, 3 Aug 2016 - Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection spokesperson Catherine Skiba would not comment on whether MassDEP has allowed this sort of partial capping in the past, or for a housing development.
Monday, 1 Aug 2016 - “It had an expiration date from the beginning,” PJ Birriel said of “The Watchers,” knowing that the attention might stir a bit of trouble. "But I’m not done. The Berkshires is my canvas. This is just the beginning."
Friday, 29 Jul 2016 - The company has reneged on promises to compensate Sandisfield — population around 800 -- for wear and tear on roads and bridges, as well as $30,000 in legal fees.
Friday, 29 Jul 2016 - An upgrade to the Bridge Street bridge will likely start in early August and shut down one lane of traffic.
Wednesday, 27 Jul 2016 - While Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire (CDC) has presented its plan for 45 units of affordable housing to several boards, the Zoning Board of Appeals is the one that has to decide whether to issue CDC its comprehensive permit.
Tuesday, 26 Jul 2016 - Consultant Brandon Pollock explained that medicinal marijuana dispensaries are “set up like pharmacies,” and “heavily regulated by the Department of Health.”
Tuesday, 26 Jul 2016 - Joffe said he thinks the community got nervous when all the dramatic construction work stopped, possibly because of the hullaballoo over the former Castle Street firehouse.
Friday, 22 Jul 2016 - Stone artist P J Birriel populated the Konkapot River with a sculpture installation that is drawing people from all over the Berkshires and beyond to a quiet landing near the base of Umpachene Falls.
Thursday, 21 Jul 2016 - Tennessee Gas plans to use millions of gallons from Spectacle Pond to flush out newly installed pipes, raising concerns about chemicals from the pipes being released into the environment.
Wednesday, 20 Jul 2016 - A small bag of heroin is now cheaper than a six-pack of beer, and easier for young people to buy. In 2015, 17 percent of local high school seniors had “tried an opiate.”
Wednesday, 20 Jul 2016 - One of the principal conundrums is what to do with the other 6 acres should the affordable housing be developed before everything else.
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.
Sunday, 17 Jul 2016 - Attorney General Maura Healey’s office, after battling Tennessee Gas in court over the speed at which it wanted to begin clearing the land, is mum on any plans that might include an appeal.
Saturday, 16 Jul 2016 - “All of us are artists. It matters how we spend our time. We have to stop running and living by someone else’s story line." -- Performance artist Cassidy A. Maze
Friday, 15 Jul 2016 - Kinder Morgan is backpedaling on assurances to Sandisfield that it would pay roughly $1 million to cover road and other infrastructure damage and pay the $30,000 in legal bills the town racked up negotiating with company attorneys.
Thursday, 14 Jul 2016 - Drumm said the only chemical smells in the air near the wastewater treatment plant came from the 8-acre brownfield next to it during an attempt at bioremediation over the last two years.