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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.

It’s Not That Simple: Strategic sustainability and livability

“Talking about climate change as a fact or not a fact is a tremendous distraction from what is happening. I’ve stopped using the word ‘change’ and started using ‘crisis’ because that’s more accurate.” -- Jovanina Pagano

Let the dark night sky remain unlit

Technology has brought us lots of choices.

News Briefs: Lee police chief wins Unsung Hero Award; Senate takes action to extend unemployment insurance for locked-out National Grid workers

This legislation is designed to address the concerns of the approximately 1,250 workers scheduled to stop receiving unemployment benefits Jan 14, 2019, due to the ongoing National Grid lockout.

Lawmakers grill gas company executives on safety practices after devastating explosion

Sen. Michael J. Barrett, D-Lexington, opened the hearing by remarking on the lack of transparency in the natural gas utility industry compared to other infrastructure industries the legislature has dealt with.

Expect delays in Great Barrington: New water mains need to be buried 12 feet under railroad tracks

While the main is being replaced beneath the tracks, traffic will be reduced to one lane, so motorists should expect some delays during peak traffic times. As required by law, a pair of police officers will direct traffic around the clock.

Busy intersection will be transformed — in a ‘roundabout’ way

Great Barrington Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin also said MassDOT's project review committee has approved an initial application for a $6.9 million rebuild of Main Street from Saint James Place to the area of the Claire Teague Senior Center and National Grid office on Route 7.

Powerhouse developer envisions similar development for Lee’s old Price Chopper

"We're designing a similar project to the one in Great Barrington. Downtown Lee is like Great Barrington's. It's a vibrant New England downtown. It's where people want to live." -- Michael Charles of Benchmark Development

News Briefs: Pignatelli co-hosts electric vehicle briefing; Harrington endorses criminal justice reform bill

Legislators spoke not only to electric vehicle technology, but also to state policy and programs that support the transition to electric vehicles.

What a relief: real broadband coming to downtown Great Barrington

Town manager Jennifer Tabakin said the impacted area will include Castle Street, Railroad Street and both sides of Main Street from Castle Street to Elm Street.

Passions run high as Housie residents decry ‘smart’ water meters

Smart water meters use attached transponders to transmit usage and other data to water companies via the same cellular data networks used by smartphones.

News Brief: Williamstown goes green with solar array partnership

After a thorough analysis, Williams College decided to partner with the town on the solar array as part of its sustainability commitment.

News Briefs: Green energy program to generate savings; GB retains AAA bond rating

Participating residents and businesses will see an average savings of 8.48 percent in their monthly energy bills during the contract term as compared with the basic service rate.

Town Hall Briefs: Great Barrington to sign ‘green energy’ pact, providing residents lower electricity rates

The one-year contract will offer lower prices on wind power than both standard and green rates offered by National Grid, according to town manager Jennifer Tabakin.

Main Street transformer catches fire, causing power outages. Traffic now restored

At 11:42 a.m. a CODE RED message from Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin announced that traffic along Main Street had been restored to normal.

From Great Barrington, safety tips during snow storm

"Due to the severity of the conditions predicted for tomorrow's storm, we are asking that all residents avoid non-essential travel and if they must travel, to be cautious." -- Great Barrington Police Chief William Walsh

News Briefs: Last Mile grants for Alford, Otis; Egremont Community Choice Power Supply program; GB Democratic Town Committee meeting

The MBI will allocate $288,775 in grant funding to Alford and $1,145,975 to Otis. The two municipalities will pursue their Last Mile projects independently, and each town’s fiber network will pass every residence and business located on a public right of way.
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