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BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Refill GB—a mission-based shop with a welcoming vibe (and zero plastic!)

Founded three years ago by Berkshire native Jamie McCormack, this charming Great Barrington retail space helps you make better choices for your health and the planet.

Division Street Bridge project to be finished by Thanksgiving

Department of Public Works Director Joseph Aberdale said at the October 24 Select Board meeting that the temporary prefabricated replacement bridge on Division Street should be ready by Thanksgiving.

‘Brown Bridge’ construction to start soon, expected to conclude by July 2021

The good news is the bridge will remain open to two-way traffic during construction. The lanes will be narrowed to provide adequate workspace safety and staging areas for materials.

News Brief: MassDOT schedules temporary lane closures on Route 20

Crews will be conducting the rock-blasting operations 0.4 miles east of the Route 7 intersection along Route 20.

News Brief: Sheffield to close Route 41, Berkshire School Road for repairs

Berkshire School Road road will reopen for Memorial Day weekend and then close completely on Tuesday, May 26, for approximately 96 days.

‘After rain comes a rainbow’: Great Barrington crosswalks sporting new colors

Town manager Mark Pruhenski said the rainbow symbol is widely believed to have been launched in Italy, appearing in communities from western Europe to the United States.

News Briefs: Dalton woman charged with motor vehicle offenses; RMV reopens seven locations

The RMV facilities that are being reopened prioritize regional availability, accessibility and facility size and capacity.

News Brief: Temporary closure of southern section of Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

The northern section of rail trail, from Church Street in Cheshire to Lime Street in Adams, will remain open to the public.

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.

Town considers ’emergency repair’ to Division Street span, releases plans for Brown Bridge upgrade

Town manager Mark Pruhenski acknowledged that the costs for the emergency repair of the Division Street bridge, which are currently unknown, would be in addition to whatever it costs to perform a permanent repair or replacement.

Looking at the Brown Bridge and seeing red: What’s in a color?

Design Advisory Committee Chairman Pedro Pachano told the selectmen at their Monday meeting that his panel considered several possibilities, including repainting the bridge to roughly match its current color.

It’s Not That Simple: What’s in a name?

When boards are making decisions about what “we” want, the first “we” they have to think about is Town Meeting.

News Brief: Two-lane shift Nov. 26 on Route 20

The traffic shift is part of a project to install a tunnel under Route 20.

Town Hall Briefs: Ailing bridges, traffic nightmares and other tales of woe

Whether one lane of the Brown Bridge is closed during construction or whether it is shut down altogether, the construction will be a major disruption to traffic, especially considering the fact that the town-owned Division Street bridge was closed by the state in the second week of September.

News Brief: Mass Pike overnight maintenance

The work is scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 28, and will continue each night through Thursday, Oct. 31, between the hours of 7 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. and will require temporary closures of the high-speed lane.

Great Barrington residents vent about speeding, ‘scandalous’ bridge closures

At Monday's Great Barrington Selectboard meeting at the Claire Teague Senior Center, concerns ranged from traffic, speeding, and the impact the closure of the Division Street and Cottage Street bridges are having on businesses and residents alike.

News Briefs: Mass Pike daytime construction; GBPD re-accreditation assessment

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has announced that crews will be conducting maintenance operations at specific locations on I-90 westbound in West Stockbridge and Becket beginning Monday, Sept. 30, and continuing through to Thursday, Oct. 3.
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