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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.

Police ‘defunding’ effort fails, town and school budgets pass, but Great Barrington Annual Town Meeting to continue Thursday

Two young South County residents, Jake Borden of Egremont and Mae Whaley of Great Barrington, proposed to cut police budgets in their towns.

Postpone town meeting, defer financial items

We must postpone voting on annual budget items until our priorities are reevaluated and the financial results have been released for fiscal year ending on June 30th.   

Supporters for home rule on Great Barrington horse racing take their fight to Boston

Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox, said he is "personally very optimistic" about the chances of the petition passing in one form or another.

Economic development through horse racing is imaginary

Presently, the real revenues from commercial horse racing would be from off-track-betting run out of a simulcast location across the State.

Bits & Bytes: BBG Winter Lecture; ‘ESCAPE’ at Geoffrey Young Gallery; Alexander Chee at Simon’s Rock; ‘BANG: The Bert Burns Story’ at Mason Library

Co-curated by New York art world veteran Hope Davis and painter and musician Sharon Gregory, “ESCAPE” is multi-dimensional, exploring a wide range of visual expressions and media including paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture.

WANTED: Town manager

The Town is at an important inflection point and it is needs to navigate through its next several years carefully with an eye to the future. 

School districts: Time to decide on direction

Ultimately, consolidation delivers broader and more cost-efficient access to student resources with fewer layers of administrative costs.

Andrea Harrington for needed DA reform

In her letter Sharon Gregory writes: “Andrea Harrington is part of the solution, not the problem.”

Kate Burke, Holly Hamer for Great Barrington Selectboard

In her letter Sharon Gregory writes: "Both candidates offer broad contributions to the Town in community and economic development."

Consolidated school districts would improve Berkshire education

In her letter to the editor, Sharon Gregory writes: “Consolidation would enable the larger entity to negotiate for enhanced vocational-technical training programs, enriched academic curricula options, larger state transportation reimbursements and more effective special education.”

Solar panel regulations, BHRSD and town budgets sail through Great Barrington Town Meeting

Perhaps the surprise of the night was how easily Great Barrington's share of the Berkshire Hills Regional School District passed.

After robust debate, town and school budgets readied for Great Barrington town meeting

Unfortunately for Great Barrington taxpayers, the proposed BHRSD budget calls for an increase in the town's assessment of almost 6 percent, with an increase in Stockbridge of 1.16 percent and an actual decrease in West Stockbridge of 4.58 percent.

Proposed solar bylaws would affect all areas, including residential neighborhoods

In their letter to the editor, Sharon Gregory, Patricia Ryan and Gabrielle Senza write: "Allowing the Planning Board to grant a special permit to an industrial scale solar project, especially in residential zones, would set a terrible precedent."

WHAT’S COOKIN’: Sharon Gregory’s easy fish stew

“Cooking was part of our family life,” Gregory says of her parents, both “daring” cooks. “I was exposed to well-prepared food as I grew up.”

Lake Mansfield: A generational asset or an issue of convenience?

In her letter to the editor, Sharon Gregory writes: “This is a facility for the community-at-large. We receive partial funding from other government sources and environmental trusts. Thus, the Town does NOT bear all the costs.”

More fear-based criticism of 100 Bridge Street

In his letter to the editor, Tim Geller writes: “This zoning approval of the affordable housing at 100 Bridge is an important step forward in addressing our unconscionable lack of housing affordable for our friends and families who live and work here.”
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