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.
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.”
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.
“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
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-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.
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.
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.
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.
“A Year by the Sea’ has several Berkshire connections, among them the lead actress Karen Allen, as well as a key character, Joan Erikson, widow of the renowned psychologist Erik Erikson who worked at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge.