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BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on New Marlborough Meeting House—”preserving history, celebrating cultural creativity”

Almost two hundred years later, the Meeting House is still celebrated as a sacred space vibrant with programming to serve the local and surrounding communities.

News Briefs: Lanesborough woman admits to embezzlement; Egremont man guilty of domestic violence

The victim reported multiple instances of verbal and physical abuse dating back to 2015.

News Brief: North Adams man pleads guilty to murdering his wife, Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien

“I send my heartfelt condolences to those who loved Christa dearly and the entire transgender community who looked up to her as a leader." -Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington

News Brief: Hinsdale man pleads guilty to murdering Kassedi Clark

Michael Boulais, 34, pled guilty to first-degree murder, reckless endangerment of a child and improper storage of a firearm.

News Brief: DA secures conviction of man for attempted rapes

District Attorney Andrea Harrington praised the state police detective unit assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office and Great Barrington police for their investigations.

News Brief: Miller sentenced to up to 18 years in state prison

Judge John Agostini determined that Miller’s violent history warranted going above state sentencing guidelines when ordering Miller to serve up to 18 years in state prison.

News Brief: DA secures conviction in human trafficking case

The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office praises the significant effort of the Pittsfield Police Department for its lengthy investigation into the trafficking operation.

News Briefs: Great Barrington downtown construction update; woman sentenced for misleading police

Parking on School Street will be prohibited during construction hours. Both Church and School streets may be closed to through traffic at times.

News Briefs: Pignatelli files bill to improve Chapter 90; Pittsfield man pleads guilty to armed robbery

A majority of small towns in the state face such a backlog of road repair need that they often have to use funding allocated through the Chapter 90 program for other outstanding projects/engineering programs.

News Briefs: South County transit survey; man sentenced for reckless operation of a motor vehicle; two plead guilty to permitting bodily injury to a...

The Public Transit Advisory Committee will be charged with regularly evaluating the public transportation needs of South County residents, through surveys and public input meetings, in order to provide recommendations to the town manager, the selectboard and the BRTA.

News Briefs: Black Excellence on the Hill Award for Jackson, Edgerton; North Adams man pleads guilty to drug possession

The Black Excellence on the Hill Award is presented to local leaders, nominated by their state legislators, for their work in civic engagement, education, business and other notable fields.

News Brief: Mass. Senate passes HEALTH Act

The HEALTH Act focuses on both short- and long-term goals on how to fix the state’s health care system to lower costs, improve outcomes and maintain access.

Judge denies injunction in Berkshire Museum case

The full text of Judge John Agostini's ruling is appended to this article.

Hinds visits pipeline site, urges reform of FERC and says Trump ‘gutting the EPA’

State Sen. Adam Hinds: "If anybody's learned anything from this election, it's that elections have consequences – serious policy consequences. They are absolutely gutting the EPA at a rate that even the most pessimistic person would be surprised about right now." Hinds was also sharply critical of the state in allowing the pipeline project to move through the Otis State Forest, which is state-owned land ostensibly protected from development.

Did pipeline protesters trespass? Lawyers disagree on definition

Since the activists did not enter a building, boat or vehicle, the state must prove that the protesters entered "improved or enclosed land."

In the Sandisfield woods, a testament to Thoreau stares down those who cut and blast

Sitting right next to the existing right-of-way being widened aggressively by Tennessee Gas Company is a "Thoreau Cabin," so named for American transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau, who wrote the famous essay on civil disobedience.

Tennessee Gas to pay state $1.2 million in pipeline-related compensation

The announcement said the easement for Tennessee Gas’ Connecticut Expansion Project will include environmental mitigation, recreational improvements and securing additional conservation land.
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