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BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Refill GB—a mission-based shop with a welcoming vibe (and zero plastic!)

Founded three years ago by Berkshire native Jamie McCormack, this charming Great Barrington retail space helps you make better choices for your health and the planet.

Skorput defeated in bid to return to West Stockbridge Select Board

Voters also approved by a margin of 263-70 a measure that allows West Stockbridge to adopt the Community Preservation Act, a voluntary state law that allows municipalities to fund projects that support open space preservation, affordable housing, historic preservation and the creation of recreational resources.

Construct, Lenox and GB offer emergency rental assistance during COVID-19 pandemic

Both housing trusts are allocating funds received from the local Community Preservation Act surcharge and granted to the trust in previous annual town meetings.

News Brief: Lenox Affordable Housing Trust, Construct partner for COVID-19 emergency rental assistance

The partnership also ensures that residents will be connected to existing resources as need is demonstrated.

Affordable housing misconceptions addressed

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."

Angry Housatonic residents assail CPC for funding of affordable housing property

It was standing-room only as dozens of angry residents of the Housatonic section of Great Barrington, including a former selectman, vented their feelings about the committee's consideration of funding a proposal from the town affordable housing trust to acquire land for housing.

It’s Not That Simple: Food doesn’t grow in grocery stores

We thought at the beginning of a new year, we should give thanks for the food we eat, and acknowledge the hard work it takes to produce that food.

Historical Commission issues Phase 1 of historic resources survey in Great Barrington

This survey of a portion of Great Barrington's rich catalogue of historic buildings was a significant undertaking for the Historical Commission. It provides the town with the first of a series of reports that provide documentation of sites worthy of preserving and those potentially eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Clinton Church restoration turns the page to a new and important chapter

At midday Wednesday, about 50 people gathered at the church on Elm Court to hear speakers give an accounting of the history of the church and the efforts to save it after it closed five years ago.

Bits & Bytes: Clinton Church restoration kickoff; ‘Kohelet’ at the Mahaiwe; ‘Creative Aging’ on Beacon Hill; STEAM Challenge Night; Red Cross blood drives

Close Encounters With Music will kick off its 2019-20 season Sunday, Oct. 27, with the American premiere of Andre Hajdu’s ‘Kohelet’ for four cellos narrated by film, stage and television actor Sam Waterston.

News Briefs: Community Preservation Act applications; Du Bois legacy committee seeks members

The town-sponsored committee holds events throughout the year to commemorate the work of Du Bois, including a W.E.B. Du Bois Day celebration; the annual Du Bois Festival during January and February, and classes, seminars and speakers.

News Briefs: Clinton Church Restoration grant; GB downtown improvement project ‘substantially complete’; man charged with assault to murder

Clinton Church Restoration awarded National Trust for Historic Preservation grant Great Barrington -- Clinton Church Restoration Inc. is one of 22 sites and organizations dedicated...

As Stockbridge population declines, reach out to millennials

In a letter John Hart writes: “My suggestion is, like Vermont, we have a marketing campaign to announce what we want… more young folks and families.”

Business Briefs: Silver Solutions expansion; Paid Family Medical Leave sessions; Williams Inn to open; grants for the Mahaiwe; Salisbury bank Community Day

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center recently received grants totaling $114,000 in support of its 2019 community outreach and inclusion efforts.

News Briefs: Lake Mansfield trail work; Mass Pike bridge deck repair; GBPD joins use-of-force database

The GBPD joins hundreds of police departments nationwide in reaffirming their commitment to better data, which can be used to develop policies and procedures and build a stronger understanding of when, why and how officers use force when detaining suspects.

Selectmen frustrated by glacial pace of Housatonic School reuse proposal

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.
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