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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.

Investigation begins into fire at abandoned Searles School on Bridge Street

Great Barrington Fire Chief Charlie Burger says his department, the state Fire Marshal's Office, and the Great Barrington Police Department will be conducting a joint investigation into the cause of a fire that broke out on Sunday at the former Searles School on Bridge Street.

It’s Not That Simple: Reader questions

To be clear, the town doesn’t recruit specific industries to town. Rather, it attempts to create the right business and development environment in which businesses can start and prosper.

Bits & Bytes: Open Studios DriveAbout; gun violence discussion; Kenturah Davis at WCMA; birding talk; volunteers help oak tree

Jonathan Perloe’s presentation will cover a range of topics to help the audience understand the magnitude of the gun violence crisis in America.

I Publius: A little to-do list for Great Barrington

While I am as proud of Great Barrington today as I have ever been, there are a few things that do need some work, so I have a little list.

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.

Thomas J. ‘Tom’ Vigneron, 61, of Great Barrington, flight instructor

He was a highly experienced pilot and an outstanding flight instructor who introduced many local residents to the joys of flying.

47 Railroad Street project near completion, new eatery could be ‘White Hart’ North

Great Barrington -- One can practically picture the high fives in the upstairs office of Framework Properties and Alander Construction next month when the new...

Powerhouse Square project to start in January, transforming Bridge Street corridor

These projects will change the face of the Bridge Street corridor, coming as they do on the heels of the redevelopment of the former Bryant Elementary School by Iredale Mineral Cosmetics Inc.

The Berkshires ‘Hotel Wars’: How many is too many?

Research indicates there are about 4,265 hotel rooms in Berkshire County and that over the course of the entire year, the occupancy rate averages about 50 percent. -- Laurie Klefos, executive vice president of 1Berkshire "We are beyond saturation at this point, but we had planned this awhile ago and will have to work to get the business." -- Joe Toole, hotel entrepreneur, commenting during the opening of his 89-room Marriott Courtyard in Lenox.

Vijay Mahida honored by Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce

“Our goal is to even out the tourist season in the Berkshires so it lasts all year long." ---- Hotelier Vijay Mahida, on acceptance of the Business Person of the Year award

Great Barrington ZBA should reject 100 Bridge Street affordable housing project

In her letter to the editor Carol Diehl of Housatonic writes: "We should be at the forefront of affordable housing design, engaged in formulating models for other towns to follow." 

Bridge Street to see major improvements by summer’s end

An upgrade to the Bridge Street bridge will likely start in early August and shut down one lane of traffic.

Green Tea Party explains itself

In a letter to the editor, members of the Green Tea Party write: “Our goal is to get the voters on their feet, to understand the way decisions get made, to play watchdog and increase the conversation.”

W.E.B. Du Bois: Reflections upon The Housatonic River

We should rescue the Housatonic and clean it as we have never in all the years thought before of cleaning it, and seek to restore its ancient beauty; making it the center of a town, of a valley, and perhaps — who knows -- of a new measure of civilized life.

Searles School decision endangers Great Barrington’s future

In her letter to the editor, Suzie Fowle writes: "The Town of Great Barrington just set a dangerous precedent: If a developer starts with an unreasonable, untenable proposal, he or she will be rewarded for scaling it back."

Great Barrington Selectboard unanimously approves special permits for hotel at Searles School

“The applicant has taken it all very much to heart and wants to do...what is right for the community…we all have the potential to get something good for Great Barrington.” --- Sean Stanton, chairman of the Great Barrington Selectboard
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