Friday, June 21, 2024

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Welcome to Real Estate Friday!

Kate Lascar of Berkshire Property Agents offers one of Great Barrington’s classic Victorian beauties in immaculate condition. An analysis of first quarter 2024 real estate sales. Architect Pamela Sandler transforms a dark, compartmentalized condo into a light, bright and open home. Plus, recent sales, gardening columns and more.

Dorothy Burrill of Marion, former director of Action for Opportunity in Pittsfield

Dot was the co-founder and director of the Women in Transition Program and a professor at Cape Cod Community College. Earlier in her career, she was executive director for both Action for Opportunity and the Urban Coalition in Pittsfield, where she also served as president of the League of Women Voters.

A public education funding update from Sen. Adam Hinds

As part of an investment in rural communities, Hinds and his colleagues recently pushed through a $1 million supplement to a $1.5 billion school aid package. “Rural” is a category that’s slowly being replaced by the more inclusive “Low and Declining Enrollment.”

Consolidation for dummies: BHRSD and SBRSD officials briefed on nuts and bolts of merging

Forming a new or combined district, as both have indicated a willingness to explore, could take a minimum of two to three years. In addition, there would need to be a transition period of several months to a year.

‘Mrs. Christie’ is a brilliant, creative treat

In a letter to the editor, Richard Sherman writes, "The story mixed humor, drama and 'whodunit' perfectly and resulted in a well-deserved and rousing standing ovation."

THEATRE REVIEW: Barrington Public Theater makes terrific debut with ‘Breakwater’

The play is very good; the company's production of it is very good; the acting company is very, very good.

Long-time EPA Community Coordinator – veteran in Housatonic River cleanup – steps down

"At EPA there’s a big morale issue at the staff level. It’s awful. Some employees wouldn’t normally think of leaving, but after two years of this, they wonder what they should do. I was counseling people in their 30s to hunker down for the longer run. But how can the EPA people work for a President who lies every day?” -- Jim Murphy, former Community Involvement Coordinator for Environmental Protection Agency Region 1 that comprises New England

Helen Maxwell, 79, retired teacher, formerly of Sheffield and Pittsfield

She worked as a teacher in the Pittsfield Public Schools at Stearns and Morningside elementary schools for over 40 years in grades K–4, retiring in 2004.

Elaine Thomas, 73, of Otis

She had worked for the Peter J. Schweitzer Paper Company and Marian Fathers in her early years before going to work to for the town of Otis as an assessor’s clerk, from which she retired after 30 years of service.

Second-class citizens no longer: Berkshire second-home owners eye greater involvement, voting rights

Second-home owners have no voting rights in Massachusetts, so their influence in state and local affairs is necessarily limited. They certainly are permitted to attend town meetings and, in most towns, are allowed to speak at the discretion of the moderator.

Can’t find decent help? ‘Workforce issue’ likely the cause

There are a variety of theories as to why the seasonal labor market has been tightening over the years. Birth rates have been dropping for at least a generation, and more students are willing to forgo a paycheck in the summer while taking a volunteer position or internship to build their resumes for life after college.

Country Cape on Idyllic Dirt Road

Chapin Fish of Brockman Real Estate offers us a Cape Cod-style escape on a secluded country road in Sandisfield.

Rosemarie Harrington, 65, of Pittsfield

In 1973, she and her late husband, Kevin O. Harrington, founded the former Yankee Plumbing Company at 381 Tyler St., which they proudly owned and operated throughout the Berkshires until his death in 2000.

Options now abound for potential passenger rail to the Berkshires

Three different ideas for three different routes to get people to the Berkshires. And it's anyone's guess as to which one will win the day.

IN THE FIELD: Birds of winter

It is refreshing to hear these noisier-than-usual sparrows chattering this time of year when it is otherwise so quiet.

Parker G. Oppermann, 83, of Great Barrington and Lenox

He was an excellent cook and baker, learning that skill by helping his mother at church suppers.

Hotel or home? Berkshire towns struggle to regulate, tax Airbnb’s

Many towns and cities across the state are grappling with an array of gray areas, including whether and how to tax these short-term rentals and whether they should be held to the same zoning, building and health standards.

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