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Great Barrington’s Board of Health on Housatonic Water Works: ‘We are not the specific regulator for the water supply’

“The Board of Health is responsible for all health-related issues in Great Barrington,” said Board of Health Chair Michael Lanoue. “But the devil is always in the details. When you get into a public water supply, we are not the specific regulatory authority."

Proposal to demolish laundromat for parking lot greeted with skepticism

Selectman Ed Abrahams added that he is concerned that the same thing that happened at the gated parking lot at the end of Railroad Street will happen to the proposed gated parcel at the School Street property.

Possible buyer surfaces for old firehouse; Mahaiwe, Warrior Trading owner expressed interest

Kate McCormick, who represents 20 Castle Street LLC and its principal, Tom Borshoff, would not identify the possible buyer of the property because a purchase-and-sales agreement had not yet been signed.

Berkshire Grown’s Winter Farmers Market finds the sweet spot

“The markets are where the life is, where the future connections are, and where I find others who are like-minded.” --Dori Pollinger of H.R. Zeppelin Fine Handmade Chocolates

‘Below the radar and above the shops’: Great Barrington’s upstairs economy

"We all love living here and want to be able to work downtown, go downstairs and get coffee and go across the street and get food. I like to go next door to buy my clothing." -- Asa Hardcastle, whose Tonic 5 software development company is on the floor above Tom’s Toys on Main Street

Gov. Baker economic secretary ‘surprised’ by criticism of broadband strategy for rural Western Massachusetts

Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration is quietly flirting with massive private companies like Comcast to deliver what will likely be inferior and expensive service to rural towns. “It’s a slow-rolling tragedy that will blight Western Massachusetts for generations.” -- Susan Crawford, Harvard law professor and director of the Berkshire Center for Internet and Society

Castle Street firehouse owner begins redevelopment work at last — on alleyway

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.

Permits in hand, 47 Railroad developers celebrate

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.

Great Barrington Selectboard endorses top of Railroad Street redevelopment project

“The trend nationally is that both baby boomers and millennials are migrating back to downtown centers for greater mobility options, access to shopping, restaurants, cultural venues, recreational facilities and healthcare options.” --- Ian Rasch

EDGECAST: News in Review with Heather Bellow — a podcast

Interviewed by Jim Frangione, Berkshire Edge Managing Editor Heather Bellow discusses the issues she's been covering: proposed PCB dump in Housatonic; the new Jane Iredale/Louisa Ellis store in Great Barrington; the redevelopment of the top of Railroad Street; access to broadband Internet in the rural Berkshires; and the Democratic primary election.
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