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BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on New Marlborough Meeting House—”preserving history, celebrating cultural creativity”

Almost two hundred years later, the Meeting House is still celebrated as a sacred space vibrant with programming to serve the local and surrounding communities.

Great Barrington Selectboard postpones town meeting, elections until June, extends tax payment deadline to June 1

Town moderator Michael Wise said he thought it was important that the budget be passed by Tuesday, June 30, even if the other items of the annual town meeting warrant were pushed aside until restrictions on large gatherings were lifted.

Coronavirus impact: Some South County businesses close, some struggle, others do well

If you're a restaurant owner who wants to stay open in the midst of a public health crisis such as the coronavirus pandemic, you essentially have one choice: trying to eke out a living by offering take-out, and perhaps delivery.

To the relief of town officials, decrepit Castle Street firehouse is finally sold — again

In recent years the selectboard had become frustrated at former owner Tom Borshoff's lack of action and at his unresponsiveness.

Great Barrington says it’s ‘ready’ for ice storm; downed trees and power outages expected

The winter storm warning, which means that significant ice accumulations are likely, takes effect at 5 p.m. today and extends until 7 a.m. Tuesday. Winds could gust to as high as 35 miles per hour.

Officials: Temporary repair to Cottage Street bridge out of the question

Town manager Mark Pruhenski told the audience that such a move might force the town alone to pay the costs of replacement.

Police chief touts crackdown on road scofflaws, including speeders and skateboarders

Police Chief Bill Walsh, along with Sgt. Paul Storti, presented a recently designed strategic enforcement plan to the selectboard Monday night at the Claire Teague Senior Center.

Town Hall Briefs: Town seeks input on Housatonic School; 100 Bridge Street gets final approvals; troubled Lake Mansfield Road to see a repaving

The Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire can finally proceed with its plan to build an affordable housing complex at 100 Bridge Street after receiving the go-ahead from the selectboard.

News Briefs: Clinton Church Restoration grant; GB downtown improvement project ‘substantially complete’; man charged with assault to murder

Clinton Church Restoration awarded National Trust for Historic Preservation grant Great Barrington -- Clinton Church Restoration Inc. is one of 22 sites and organizations dedicated...

In a nod to reality, Great Barrington selectmen vote to close Lake Mansfield Road

The report the task force presented Monday night said that the preliminary cost estimate for an 18-foot-wide paved road "including subsurface reconstruction, proper drainage and stabilization of the lake edge is at least $1 million."

No temporary fix: Cottage Street bridge to be closed for five years

Though the vote was unanimous to keep the bridge closed, selectboard Chairman Steve Bannon said the board could always change its mind if there was a groundswell of objections from neighbors.

Great Barrington Town Hall briefs: Parking rules; citizen petitions deadline; Blue Hill Road brouhaha

Town manager Jennifer Tabakin reminded town residents of the upcoming deadlines for citizen petitions to have items placed for a vote on the warrant for the annual town meeting.

Great Barrington Town Hall briefs

Sean Van Deusen, who heads the Great Barrington Department of Public Works, told the selectmen the sewer rate increase was necessary in order to fund debt incurred because of a mandated sewer system upgrade.

Surprise: ‘Flushable wipes’ not so flushable after all

The cost for a sewer system as small as Great Barrington's is staggering. The annual cost for dealing with so-called "flushable" wipes is estimated to be $150,000 for cleaning and unclogging, with labor alone costing $85,000.
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