Thursday, 14 Nov 2019 - Whether one lane of the Brown Bridge is closed during construction or whether it is shut down altogether, the construction will be a major disruption to traffic, especially considering the fact that the town-owned Division Street bridge was closed by the state in the second week of September.
Activists file home-rule petition on horse racing, as questions are raised about selectboard policy changes
Tuesday, 5 Nov 2019 - But there is a workaround for local control. The project would require as many as three special permits from the town.
Sunday, 3 Nov 2019 - The main reason I would hate to see horse racing come back is the lousy way the industry generally treats its horses.
Saturday, 26 Oct 2019 - Now we have a better understanding about what racing does to horses. It’s a bad idea.
Monday, 21 Oct 2019 - This is a great place and horse racing and simulcasting/OTB would seriously detract from what GB and Southern Berkshire County represent.
Sunday, 20 Oct 2019 - In her letter Marnie Meyers writes: “A return of horseracing to Great Barrington would bring gambling elements, snarled traffic, environmental damage, and the cruel use of horses back to that wonderful town.”
Wednesday, 16 Oct 2019 - In a letter to the editor, Beryl Birch writes, "... the list of horse racing woes keeps growing and public interest in horse racing is waning, primarily due to the list of more and more horse deaths in tracks around the country..
Tuesday, 8 Oct 2019 - In a letter to the editor, Bob Meyers writes, "According to the EPA, the types of animal waste pollutants discharged by Sterling Suffolk Racecourse threaten human health and the environment."
Tuesday, 1 Oct 2019 - "Over the past few weeks I have met, spoken with, and received testimony from many in my District who are concerned with this proposal: either because they do not support horse racing as an industry, or because they are concerned with the legislation as it is currently drafted." --Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield
Saturday, 28 Sep 2019 - “Senator Hinds’ willingness to stand with his constituents is highly commendable and his removal of his name from S101 is significant.” -- Great Barrington Selectboard member Leigh Davis
Saturday, 17 Aug 2019 - What type of economic development does not bring with it some aspect that some of us find unpalatable? How much are we willing to put up with in order to improve economic opportunities for ourselves and others.
Lawmakers assure Great Barrington officials: Local permits required to reintroduce horse racing at Fairgrounds
Tuesday, 13 Aug 2019 - Town officials have said Sterling Suffolk Racecourse would need at least two special permits: One for commercial amusement and another for floodplain protection, and possibly a third for work in the town’s water quality protection overlay district.
Monday, 12 Aug 2019 - We remember racing across plains of sagebrush, bluegrass, Utah juniper and mountain mahogany. Tearing up foothill slopes, across plateaus blissfully empty of imperious humans…
Tuesday, 23 Jul 2019 - Suffolk needs a change in state law to permit it to hold races in Great Barrington while at the same time allowing it to maintain its simulcasting and betting operations back in East Boston. Racing at the fairgrounds would also require permits from the town.
Monday, 24 Jun 2019 - This column is a companion to the WSBS radio call-in show, “It’s Not That Simple.” Every other Friday at 9:05 we will discuss and dissect issues that the citizens of Great Barrington are talking about. Click here to listen to a podcast of last week’s show. * * * Have you ever […]
Tuesday, 21 May 2019 - The town expects to have the north side of Railroad Street "buttoned up," including the installation of bases for decorative light poles, by the end of this week.
Thursday, 16 May 2019 - In the end, it was simply too much to ask of the board, especially after receiving several emails from neighbors who complained loudly that allowing the event would be a "slippery slope" and that the neighborhood near the airport was too densely populated.
Tuesday, 4 Dec 2018 - Kenneth was a member of the Tolland and Monterey fire departments, was in 4-H and Boy Scouts, and enjoyed fishing.
Friday, 7 Sep 2018 - Over 50 local cultured vendors are slated for this year, including many new ones such as NYrture Food talking about natto (fermented soybeans) and Maple Valley Creamery making special batches of cultured ice creams for the fest (including pickle ice cream!).
Bits & Bytes: ‘Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood’; ‘After Dad’ at the Mahaiwe; Berkshires Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival; Thomas Jayne at the Mount; ‘Artists on Art’ tours
Monday, 25 Jun 2018 - The Institute of Arab and Islamic Art is augmenting Olana’s exhibition “Costume & Custom: Middle Eastern Threads at Olana” by engaging young contemporary artists of Arab and Islamic descent to lead tours of the main house and exhibition at Olana.
Back to the future: Fairgrounds, Suffolk Downs reach agreement to return horse racing to Great Barrington
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 - “This is a very exciting opportunity for us to help preserve and refurbish an iconic property in the heart of the Berkshires, to boost economic development in Great Barrington, continue live racing and preserve the hundreds of jobs, associated agribusinesses and working open spaces associated with the Massachusetts racing industry.” -- Chip Tuttle, CEO of Suffolk Downs
Bits & Bytes: Berkshire BioBlitz; Berkshire Fermentation Festival; Neal at Williams College; CATA poetry reading
Monday, 11 Sep 2017 - Berkshire BioBlitz is an opportunity for biologists, naturalists and environmentalists to work in collaboration with the general public to survey the Thomas and Palmer Brook.
Friday, 11 Aug 2017 - The Berkshire Center for Justice will offer a free legal clinic from its booth at the 12th annual Pow Wow on the Great Barrington Fairgrounds this weekend, August 12 and 13.
Bits & Bytes: Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow; VIM Berkshires gala; bird language workshop; Thelonious Monk tribute; waste oil & paint collection
Monday, 7 Aug 2017 - Workshop participants will learn about bird language theory and put the ideas into practice during an observation and mapping activity.
Tuesday, 28 Mar 2017 - “We are on the front lines of environmental stewardship and forefront of sustainable brewery initiatives.” -- Andrew Mankin, co-owner of Barrington Brewery
Monday, 14 Nov 2016 - The solar field below the Rising Paper Mill in Housatonic, built last year on a brownfield, is saving the town and the Berkshire Hills Regional School District each between $70,000 and $90,000 in annual electricity costs.
Tuesday, 11 Oct 2016 - Fermentation is an ancient strategy for food preservation, and brings health benefits and unique flavors. Many fermented foods are so common, they aren’t described as such. Think bread, yogurt, beer, even cheese.
Saturday, 24 Sep 2016 - Amid the prosperity and singular culture of the Berkshires, it was clear that affordable housing was beyond the reach of many residents and workers, especially minorities. “Our homeless are invisible, hidden ... Being with people in crisis is a very, very profound experience and I honor that. It’s always a privilege and an honor to sit and talk with [the population Construct serves] to try and come up with solutions.” --- Cara Davis, Construct Inc. director, who is stepping down after 26 years
Bits & Bytes: Construct ‘Walk This Way;’ Berkshire Pottery Tour; Sharon Bates at Chesterwood; Stardust Jazz Group; animal tracking; Community ReStart fundraiser
Tuesday, 20 Sep 2016 - The Berkshire Pottery Tour will include the studios of of Ben Evans In Richmond, Paula Shalan in Stockbridge, Lorimer Burns in Housatonic, Daniel Bellow in Great Barrington, Ellen Grenadier in Monterey, and Linda Skipper in New Marlborough.
Bits & Bytes: Linda Greenhouse at the Stockbridge Library; Berkshire Fermentation Festival; ‘Science Fair;’ food preservation workshop; 9/11 survivor talk
Tuesday, 6 Sep 2016 - During nearly 30 years as the Supreme Court correspondent for the New York Times, Linda Greenhouse won a Pulitzer Prize and earned a reputation as an authoritative and insightful chronicler of the Supreme Court and its justices.
Saturday, 16 Jul 2016 - “All of us are artists. It matters how we spend our time. We have to stop running and living by someone else’s story line." -- Performance artist Cassidy A. Maze
Bits & Bytes: GB Heritage Day; ‘Fiorello;’ Aston Magna opening weekend; ‘Ami and Tami’ at Berkshire Museum; ‘the Longest Day;’ storage for Sheffield Farmers’ Market; Pittsfield Repair Café
Thursday, 16 Jun 2016 - Bring one or two damaged but repairable items to the Repair Café in Pittsfield (Mass.) to be fixed for free by neighborhood volunteers.