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Thanks to a middle schooler, there is plenty for Pittsfield residents to read this summer

BB’s Book Nook, a Little Free Library, opens to offer free books to the community.

With bylaw GB Selectboard seeks oversight on marijuana growing sites

In their letter to the editor Great Barrington Selectboard members Ed Abrahams and Sean Stanton write: "The Selectboard would like to be able to examine each proposed cultivation site on a case-by-case basis, giving neighbors a chance to weigh in."

News Analysis: The Great Barrington marijuana wars

The Planning Board had a frank and often tense discussion with outgoing Selectboard Chairman Sean Stanton over which board should be the special permit-granting authority for marijuana establishments.

GB Planning Board has a ‘vision’: ‘Marijuana mills’ in Housatonic

If voters approve the Great Barrington bylaw, indoor cultivation of marijuana of the sort envisioned in the mills will be permitted by-right in the light industrial zone that covers much of Housatonic.

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."

Lively selectboard election in the offing this spring in Great Barrington

Friday, March 23, is the last day nomination papers can be obtained from the town clerk for candidates who want to be on the ballot for the Tuesday, May 15, nonpartisan municipal elections.

GB planners eye a zoning fix for dozens of noncompliant properties on State Road

"The new zone would continue to allow retail and commercial establishments, like the current B-2, but it would also allow for a variety of residential uses." -- Great Barrington Town Planner Chris Rembold

Great Barrington Selectboard Chairman Sean Stanton to step aside, Cooke to run for re-election

In the last few years, Stanton has guided the selectboard through the sale of the old Castle Street firehouse, the reconstruction of Main Street, and the approval for the conversion of the former Searles High School to an upscale 88-room hotel on Bridge Street.

Selectboard to Town Manager: Get the code enforcer an attorney

Selectman Steve Bannon then made a motion that, if building inspector Edwin May attends a hearing in front of the Great Barrington Zoning Board of Appeals or goes to court in the Gary J. O'Brien matter, the town will provide an attorney to represent him. It passed unanimously.

Questions raised about legality, safety of fuel tanks and standing fuel trucks at Great Barrington airport

"My immediate concern is the [fuel] trucks. Any fuel storage has to have 110-percent containment under it. How that's okay, I don't understand. If something happens, there nothing between that truck and the ground." -- Selectboard member Ed Abrahams

Neighbors of O’Brien waste business decry ‘industrial siege’ on Blue Hill Road

In addition to the trucks and the transfer station activities, there are reports of race cars gunning their engines on the O'Brien property on the weekends.

Reinventing downtown Great Barrington: Commerce or retail ‘destination’?

"You want uses that drive foot traffic. At the same time, there are economics ... " -- Great Barrington Planning Board chair Brandee Nelson

Airport officials, opponents spar again during rowdy hearing on expansion plans

The latest episode saw the public hearing on the airport's quest for three new hangars continued to July 10, but only after the selectboard heard from both sides of the controversial proposal, with noisy airport antagonists drowning out proponents.

Steiner School says it was blindsided by solar array plan next door as town writes zoning bylaws

“Until last week the school did not understand the location, the size, or the timing of the project. We’re just attempting to collect as much information as possible to share with our families, hear their concerns, and work with Kearsarge Energy to bring about a solution. -- Tom Sternal, president of the board of trustees at the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School

Housatonic solar field reduces power costs for Great Barrington, Cheshire

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.

Planning Board adds 9 conditions for 100 Bridge St. affordable housing plan approval

One of the principal conundrums is what to do with the other 6 acres should the affordable housing be developed before everything else.

GB Planning Board OK’s plan to revamp Lake Mansfield access

The entire area around Lake Mansfield is a delicate ecosystem surrounded by homes on a hill from which storm water and sediment run into the lake. Simply repaving the road won’t solve any of this, and town officials say such a measure will simply increase car speeds.
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