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REPORT FROM LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA: Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore

Our reporter at the Venice Biennale describes a breathtaking installation based on archangels in the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore.

Great Barrington budget to rise nearly 5 percent; private EMS service seeks $132,000 donation

The operating total does not include the town's contribution toward the annual budget of the Berkshire Hills Regional School District, the school committee of which has yet to adopt its own budget, though its deliberations started Thursday night.

Fulcrum formally withdraws pot-growing proposal, as selectboard comes under fire

Fulcrum attorney Kate McCormick indicated that there were delays in the studies required of the applicant on sound, noise and odor and the peer reviews of those studies by the town.

GB, South County Year in Review: Of mergers, bridges, cannabis and ‘blood money’

In the spirit of reflection and self-examination, herein lies The Edge's second annual Great Barrington year in review. It includes some select stories from other South County towns as well, along with embedded links to Edge stories for more information.

Hearing for pot farm sparks anger and threats of removal from Selectboard Chair

On several occasions during the hearing, Great Barrington Selectboard Chairman Steve Bannon rapped his gavel and warned hecklers that they would be removed from the room if they persisted.

Leigh Davis has demonstrated her commitment to serving the community

In a letter to the editor, Lauren Clark writes, "Leigh immersed herself in our community from the start and has continually served as a volunteer and as an elected official, having spent a term on the Great Barrington Finance Committee."

Leigh Davis’ professional background, proven skills right for Great Barrington Selectboard

In a letter to the editor, Marcia Stamell writes, "One of the fresh ideas she would implement is an even greater use of outside grants to finance town projects without increasing the tax rate."

Davis has demonstrated ability to meet challenges

In a letter to the editor, Mark Lefenfeld writes: "Leigh is hardworking, incisive, knowledgeable about the relevant issues, and dedicated to improving the well-being of Great Barrington."

News Briefs: GB construction update; GB candidates’ forum; Conservation Land Tax Credit bill approved

A public forum for all Great Barrington candidates will be held Wednesday, May 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Claire Teague Senior Center, 917 South Main St.

For many Great Barrington voters, a tough decision for selectboard awaits

"I have no idea how this election will turn out. I put signs up this weekend. I asked some people to put up signs and they said no. They liked everybody." -- Great Barrington Selectboard Chair Steve Bannon

Surprise: Discord notably absent from town, school budget processes

The Berkshire Hills school committee is expected to vote Thursday night to approve its own spending proposal of $26.2 million. The vote to approve it is almost a foregone conclusion after last week's quiet and harmonious public hearing.

A third try at a new Monument Mountain Regional High: Can it succeed?

A common complaint among employees of the district and their families was that district officials did not adequately consult with faculty and staff about what was needed in terms of design and the accommodation of innovative curriculum, for example.

Of plastic bottles and ‘marijuana wars’: a Great Barrington year in review

2018 has provided enough Great Barrington news to keep journalists busy and observers of town politics highly amused, signaling that the community dubbed "best small town in America" by Smithsonian Magazine continues to be a place in transition.

WANTED: Town manager

The Town is at an important inflection point and it is needs to navigate through its next several years carefully with an eye to the future. 

Selectboard round-up: Housatonic water woes prompt action from the town; search firm hired to replace town manager; Manville Place approved

The selectboard announced that, about a year ago, it had commissioned a report by David Prickett of DPC Engineering to gather information on the water systems in the town, what the capital needs are and whether there are redundancies.

Town offices will finally leave old firehouse in December; Housatonic water woes surface again

"We have mothers putting babies in dirty water for baths. Come on. I'm just furious over this. I'm grinding my teeth over this." -- Housatonic resident and Housatonic Water Works customer Michelle Loubert

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.
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