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Town Hall Briefs: Ailing bridges, traffic nightmares and other tales of woe

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.

Alan Chartock: I Publius

Saturday, 26 Oct 2019 - Now we have a better understanding about what racing does to horses. It’s a bad idea.

Horse racing is cruel to animals

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.”

Horse racing raises ethical and environmental issues

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..

Horse racing could have severe environmental impact

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."

Animal cruelty, local control doomed Hinds’ sponsorship of horse racing bill

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

POEM: Ode to Horses

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…

It’s Not That Simple: Where should solar power installations be sited?

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 […]

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

28th annual walk to prevent homelessness honors Construct Inc.’s Executive Director Cara Davis

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