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Encore! Billy Collins

Billy Collins is surely the most popular American poet since Robert Frost. We are pleased to offer an encore column of his wonderful work.

Economic development through horse racing is imaginary

Presently, the real revenues from commercial horse racing would be from off-track-betting run out of a simulcast location across the State.

As SBRSD elections take shape, questions persist about district personnel and sustainability

It does appear that a generational challenge is in the offing for the Nov. 6 elections. A flyer distributed throughout the district refers to a "clean slate for SBRSD school committee" and flatly states that "the candidates support the right of all the towns to have their elementary schools."

Tiny town of Mt. Washington jumps on broadband bandwagon

“We are charting a new course that recognizes that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for the un-served towns in Western Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Broadband Institute will therefore be moving to a more flexible approach.” -- Peter Larkin, new chair of Massachusetts Broadband Institute

Gypsy Joynt leaving big vacancy in local music scene — and trail of unpaid meal taxes

“We’ve brought music to town and business to town. People are now coming to this side of Main Street. We’ve done a lot to help this town." --- Keith Weller, patriarch of the Gypsy Joynt gypsies

Proposed hotel at Searles complex would generate $450k in annual taxes, accountants confirm

The accountant's report will be submitted to the town at the Selectboard’s Wednesday night public hearing to determine whether to issue a special permit that will allow Vijay and Chrystal Mahida and 79 Bridge Street, LLC to demolish most of the Searles school for construction of an upscale hotel, The Berkshire.

Progressive property tax reform front and center on GB agenda

According to calculations by Finance Committee Chairman Michael Wise, progressive property tax reform would cut 11 to 20 percent off the property tax bills of 80 percent of the town’s households.

Great Barrington tax reforms: Residential exemption, split rate could benefit most homeowners

Affordability is the challenge. In relation to income, property taxes in Great Barrington are also higher than elsewhere in Berkshire County. Incomes in Great Barrington appear to be in the mid-range among its Berkshire County peers and neighbors, about equal to the state average and above the Berkshire County average.

Critics grumble, have no answers for 2016 Great Barrington budget

“I do have a problem with anyone questioning the validity and accuracy of our numbers. We are meticulous, we have the highest credit rating that is enviable to any town. I strongly object to any incorrect implication about the accuracy of the numbers. We are following what we’re required to do from the Department of Revenue, which is not a private sector business, and we are also offering open books, full transparency.” -- Great Barrington Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin

Bits & Bytes: ‘Women of a Certain Age’ at The Mount; DCAMM workshop; senior tax credits; Berkshire transportation guide

Seniors may be eligible for up to $1,050 in what the Massachusetts Department of Revenue terms a “Senior Circuit Breaker Credit.”

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