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Kate Lascar of Berkshire Property Agents offers one of Great Barrington’s classic Victorian beauties in immaculate condition. An analysis of first quarter 2024 real estate sales. Architect Pamela Sandler transforms a dark, compartmentalized condo into a light, bright and open home. Plus, recent sales, gardening columns and more.

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.

‘Sister event’ to Women’s March planned in Pittsfield

On the one-year anniversary of the iconic movement, Indivisible Pittsfield has organized another sister event to this year's march – what it calls a "March into Action Resource Fair and Community Forum" at the Colonial Theatre on South Street.

Youthful challenger races around NY-19 in bid to ‘repeal and replace’ Faso

Rhodes, who exudes the boyish charm one would expect from a guy who grew up on a Bruderhof farm in Ulster County and eventually found his way to Harvard Law School, saves his best shots for the man he wants to replace: first-term Republican Rep. John Faso.

Annual Halloween window painting brings student artists to downtown Great Barrington

"The event offers all the students a sense of accomplishment by having their art chosen to be painted in downtown Great Barrington in what now had become a popular and highly competitive school wide competition." --Neel Webber, Monument Mountain Regional High School art teacher

Berkshire Hills walks away from county educational task force, will explore mergers with Lee, Southern Berkshire

Berkshire Hills Regional School Committee member Richard Dohoney said the school committee should be focusing on a realistic goal such as sharing services or merging with another nearby school district.

A Berkshire megadistrict? Questions raised about education task force proposal

"The real question is whether thoughtful creative educators are thinking creatively about the consolidation and how to make the most of this [potential] change." -- Susan Engel, director of the Program in Teaching at Williams College, and a former member ot the Southern Berkshire Regional School Committee

State of Resistance: Looking outward, seeking direction

To be honest, [the movement] is on summer vacation… Meetings have been less attended. We're gearing up for more intensity in the fall." -- Michael Wise, chair of the Great Barrington Democratic Town Committee who has facilitated much of the movement over the last few months.

EdgeCast Video: MassDem Convention — the face of resistance

Democratic delegates adopted the most progressive platform in the history of the Commonwealth.

Resistance movement against Trump agenda mobilizes in the Berkshires

Motivated by a strong distaste for the Trump administration, progressives in Berkshire County and across the state and nation moved quickly after the November election to mobilize and form a resistance movement rooted in policy and protest.

Local protesters join nationwide Tax March, demanding Trump’s tax returns

"I can't begin to tell you. I get up in the morning and I groan about all the idiocy." -- Joyce Sheffey of Great Barrington

Berkshire County Dems galvanized, organizing to resist Trump administration

There was no shortage of ideas, starting with the unseating of a Republican Congressman John Faso, whose New York district, the 19th, borders Berkshire County. A complete list of organizations with contact information and links included with this article.

ZBA ruling backs building inspector on solar ruling; solar project on farm not dead, company president says

Inspector Edwin May did his job by interpreting what was available on the books. He treated Kearsarge’s project, which is to generate power at discounted rates for three central Massachusetts municipalities, as “light industrial” and so not allowed on the land the company planned to lease from farmer Bob Coons.

Great Barrington approves amended school funding, finance reform, and affordable housing trust fund

The amendment won’t change the current headcount formula, but will give Great Barrington a break by using a measurement of a town’s wealth to determine how much it should pay for future capital projects.

MassDEP says no to proposed cleanup strategy at 100 Bridge Street site

In a letter to Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire, MassDEP wrote that, while the plan to remove all contaminated soil from both the Housatonic riverfront and from the area for an affordable housing development is “protective of human health and the environment,” the relocation of that soil to other parts of the site may be harmful.

Jeff Morneau for Governor’s Council

Jeff Morneau is the only candidate on Thursday’s primary ballots out here in Berkshire County who has been endorsed by the Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts.

Democratic state Senate candidates draw crowd to Mahaiwe

Adam Hinds, Rinaldo Del Gallo and Andrea Harrington answered questions about Berkshire County’s big issues: economic development, school transportation funding, population decline, the opioid epidemic, affordable housing, a deficiency of high speed Internet, and environmental issues like pipelines and the Housatonic River cleanup.
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