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DATELINE STOCKBRIDGE: On running for Stockbridge town moderator, a first step into politics

It sure does take a village to run one little campaign, and every kind word and helping hand was appreciated. Thank you.

Great Barrington residents vent about speeding, ‘scandalous’ bridge closures

At Monday's Great Barrington Selectboard meeting at the Claire Teague Senior Center, concerns ranged from traffic, speeding, and the impact the closure of the Division Street and Cottage Street bridges are having on businesses and residents alike.

Officials: Temporary repair to Cottage Street bridge out of the question

Town manager Mark Pruhenski told the audience that such a move might force the town alone to pay the costs of replacement.

Police chief touts crackdown on road scofflaws, including speeders and skateboarders

Police Chief Bill Walsh, along with Sgt. Paul Storti, presented a recently designed strategic enforcement plan to the selectboard Monday night at the Claire Teague Senior Center.

In attracting investment and housing, officials look to incentives and toxic assets

Retailers and other business owners often complain about is the thin labor pool that makes staffing difficult in southern Berkshire County. The problem is caused in no small measure by the lack of affordable housing

No temporary fix: Cottage Street bridge to be closed for five years

Though the vote was unanimous to keep the bridge closed, selectboard Chairman Steve Bannon said the board could always change its mind if there was a groundswell of objections from neighbors.

Sticker shock: Corroded bridges of Great Barrington need $11 million in repairs

It is not yet clear whether the Division Street bridge would be closed during construction or remain open with one lane.

The Rubber Bridge must bounce back

That Day came up with such a bold housing plan is remarkable; that he did so in concert with the priest is further amazing, allowing as he did the opportunity for the parish to sell building lots to help fund its church construction.

Cottage Street Bridge closing to all traffic on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at noon

Engineers for the town are working on a design for the repair plan, which would allow the bridge to re-open.

Officials celebrate Great Barrington’s newly formed cultural district

Town officials say the new cultural district will engage in marketing and communication efforts such as cultural district signage and brochures. District officials will also develop a shared calendar of events and promote downtown activities and businesses.

Great Barrington prepares to celebrate its new cultural district

When the idea of a cultural council was first floated early this year, town officials emphasized that applying for the designation will cost the town nothing and that anyone whose property is included in a cultural district will face no additional limitations on the use of that property. 

Reflections on a golden river, the work and legacy of Rachel Fletcher

“We started with nothing. It was just a rubble heap. As more and more people came forward, I had to struggle to keep up with their desire for bringing the river back into the community.” -- Rachel Fletcher, describing the beginnings of the Housatonic River Walk

Division Street bridge rating downgraded by state, now deemed ‘structurally deficient’

The rickety-looking bridge has long been the subject of complaints and concerns of nearby residents and passersby who have questioned its structural integrity and the appropriateness of allowing large vehicles such as dump trucks and semi-tractor trailers to rumble over its pockmarked decking.

Could ‘complete streets’ make Great Barrington more user-friendly?

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation defines a complete street as "one that provides safe and accessible options for all travel modes - walking, biking, transit and vehicles – for people of all ages and abilities."

Great Barrington eyeing creation of cultural district; officials see ‘tremendous benefit’

Town officials say the initiative is consistent with Great Barrington's economic development priorities, which place a strong emphasis on strengthening and marketing the diverse set of cultural destinations in the heart of town.

CONNECTIONS: Alternating fortunes as Great Barrington electrifies

In 1798, Timothy Dwight, president of Yale College, described Great Barrington and its buildings as “decayed…barely decent…ruinous.” He blamed it on the residents who were not properly religious.

Main Street transformer catches fire, causing power outages. Traffic now restored

At 11:42 a.m. a CODE RED message from Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin announced that traffic along Main Street had been restored to normal.
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