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State Rep. Pignatelli appointed as Lenox’s interim town manager, effective July 1

Select Board members applauded filling the opening with a local resident already knowledgeable with town workings.

News Brief: MASSPIRG ‘Trouble in Toyland’ report; Great Barrington parking ban; MFHC settles housing discrimination cases

In Massachusetts, a landlord cannot refuse to rent to a family to avoid complying with the de-leading requirements.

Settlement in Housatonic Water Works rate hike: 30 percent over two years

Housatonic Water Works Company says it needs to raise rates to both help pay its bills amid overhead increases and to fund state-mandated improvements to Housatonic’s aging water system.

News Briefs: Housatonic Water Works water deemed safe

Health Agent Jayne Smith and Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin now insist that all Housatonic Water Works drinking water is considered safe to drink, cook with, and bathe with.

Selectboard contemplates litigation over Housatonic Water Works rate increase

The town, apparently, is now considering a more active role in the anomaly, as Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin had declared before the DPU, of “a privately owned company that provides public water.” This report newly updated with statements by Town Counsel David Doneski regarding two executive sessions dealing with the Housatonic Water Works Company.

Elevated lead, copper levels in Housatonic village water

During the most recent round of testing for lead and copper in Housatonic Water Works system, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection found elevated levels of lead and copper in 20 randomly chosen homes.
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