Representing the community, public and private higher education sectors, the panel will share the impacts felt, tactics utilized and outlook ahead as it pertains to higher education in the Berkshires and beyond.
In a letter to the editor, Jonathan Hankin writes, “The Trust has a binding purchase and sale agreement that is contingent upon approval of the funding for the purchase by the May Annual Town Meeting.”
Proposals for how to use the cannabis revenue windfall will be discussed by the selectboard and the finance committee in the upcoming deliberations for next year’s budget, with voters having the final say on how to spend free cash at the annual town meeting in May.
Economic development committee Chairman Steve Picheny wanted an update from town manager Mark Pruhenski on the environmental status of the building and then solicited thoughts from committee members about what uses they thought would suit the empty building.
Berkshire Community College is launching a one-year cannabis certificate program designed to provide students with skills and knowledge to work professionally in the areas of cannabis cultivation, processing, preparation, retail and outreach.
Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire executive director Tim Geller said he expects environmental remediation to begin late this month and construction on the apartments to commence in late October.
The Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire can finally proceed with its plan to build an affordable housing complex at 100 Bridge Street after receiving the go-ahead from the selectboard.
“I feel like I would like more of guarantee that you can actually move forward with financing it. It doesn’t give me a lot of feeling that this could happen.”
— Great Barrington Selectboard member Leigh Davis
At the Annual Town Meeting to be held to be held tomorrow, May 2, residents will be asked to vote on whether to donate the Sawmill Brook property to the developer to facilitate needed state and federal aid.
“I have no idea how this election will turn out. I put signs up this weekend. I asked some people to put up signs and they said no. They liked everybody.”
— Great Barrington Selectboard Chair Steve Bannon
In a letter to the editor, Michael Tuck writes: “The teachers in our schools, our firefighters and EMTs, and the actors and staff at Shakespeare & Company are all committed to the long-term health of this community—they should have the opportunity to live here, too.”
The language that is always being used is that the CDC is ghettoizing our poor, or low- and moderate-income families … We think that description is absurd, given where the site is … and the fact that … 50 percent of the families in Great Barrington qualify for these units.”
— Tim Geller, executive director of the CDC
The plan, the only one the town has so far received after several requests for proposals, calls for an adaptive reuse of the vacant 110-year-old school on Pleasant Street in the center of the village of Housatonic.
To be eligible for an award, a farm must have gross sales of $10,000 or above, and be a member of either Berkshire Grown or Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture or located in one the four counties of Western Massachusetts.
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s Community Development Collaborations grantmaking initiative will support projects that promote and strengthen the conditions for economic opportunity, town center development and affordable housing in the foundation’s four-county region.
Massachusetts Health Quality Partners conducts the only statewide survey of primary care patient experience in Massachusetts, with feedback from over 65,000 commercially insured patients across the state.
In addition to his long professional career at Austen Riggs, Dr. Eric Plakun is also a leader in organized psychiatry and psychoanalysis, the author of more than 50 publications, a member of several journal editorial boards, and a past member of the Harvard clinical faculty.
Statewide there are over 8,900 calls per year on the domestic violence hotline asking for shelter. There are fewer than 26 shelters with just over 400 beds in the entire state of Massachusetts to accommodate these calls.