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West Stockbridge, officials named in lawsuit filed by owners of mobile-home park

The town states that it is prepared to defend the decision of the Rent Control Board.

Bits & Bytes: WBCR update; ‘Spring into Reading’; students advocate climate legislation; Mountainside telehealth screenings

“Spring into Reading” is the Great Barrington Libraries’ community-wide initiative to help residents whose experience of the COVID-19 pandemic has been coupled with economic and food insecurity.

Great Barrington declares state of emergency, will likely postpone town meeting, elections

Selectboard Chair Steve Bannon tried to reassure everyone that town government was functioning and that elected officials were active and town employees were still reporting to work.

CONNECTIONS: The mysterious Mr. B

Students struggled up Yale Hill on foot, lined up and formally entered the school to the tinkling sound of a music box playing a march-like tune. They bowed to the Brewer sisters before they took their seats.

Sticker shock: Options for upgraded East-West passenger rail link between Berkshires and Boston range from $2 billion to $25 billion

A penny on each dollar collected by the state's 6.26 percent sales tax (excluding meals) goes to fund the MBTA. That means Berkshire County residents fund the MBTA with every purchase, even though the MBTA's services do not extend beyond Worcester County.

VIEWPOINT: Residents organizing written, oral testimony to support home rule on horseracing

Senate Bill 101 provides that horse racing licenses in locations that previously were granted commercial racing licenses would need no further approval from the municipality. In Great Barrington, that would mean neither the selectboard nor the citizens would ever have a vote.

A public education funding update from Sen. Adam Hinds

As part of an investment in rural communities, Hinds and his colleagues recently pushed through a $1 million supplement to a $1.5 billion school aid package. “Rural” is a category that’s slowly being replaced by the more inclusive “Low and Declining Enrollment.”

VIEWPOINT: Citizens should decide whether horse racing returns to Great Barrington

Do Great Barrington residents want an old expired and abandoned license granted by a state agency 20 years ago to dictate whether commercial horse racing comes to their town?

News Briefs: Pittsfield mayoral debate; Pignatelli amendment accepted increasing funding for MCLA

The money authorized by the House will go toward safety provisions such as a new campus police cruiser, cameras, emergency software and surveillance equipment.

News Brief: Mass. Senate unanimously passes Student Opportunity Act

School districts across the Commonwealth will benefit from updates to the existing Chapter 70 funding formula, along with increased state investment in other vital education aid programs such as transportation, school construction and renovation and special education.

Horse racing could have severe environmental impact

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

"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

News Brief: PFAS legislation advanced

Often referred to as “forever chemicals,” they remain in bodies and the environment, and many will not naturally degrade over time.

Legislation could remove rights of communities against horse racing

In a letter to the editor, Scott Plantier writes, "Sterling Suffolk Racecourse successfully lobbied our legislature for loophole-laden legislation (S.101 and H.13) specifically aimed at sleepy, small-town Massachusetts."

Hinds should respect the will of Great Barrington re: horse racing

In a letter to the editor, Connor Diehl writes, "Sen. Hinds claims to be fighting what he calls "Big Money," himself being the bullhorn for big money to come into Great Barrington while simultaneously eroding at our democratic institutions."

News Briefs: Marijuana cultivation, manufacturing discussions; Harrington responds to Barr; Citizens Legislative Seminar

In their joint statement, the current and former prosecutors, law enforcement, Department of Justice and judicial leaders corrected the factual inaccuracies in Barr’s remarks and cautioned against a return to past failed approaches.

Bits & Bytes: Grillsdale 2019; Mumbet Walk to Freedom; BHS horse show; ’30 Years of Sculpture’; West Stockbridge art show

Grillsdale 2019 to highlight culinary bounty of Columbia County, Berkshires Hillsdale, N.Y. -- Back for its fourth consecutive year, Grillsdale 2019 will spotlight the culinary...
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