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.
Great Barrington Police Chief Bill Walsh said his department “played a minimal role in this operation”; that he reported it to his boss, Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin, the next day; and that he responded to media inquiries on the incident.
“It was kind of disturbing for everyone in here,” Will Curletti said of the customers and employees in his coffee shop. “You know, the government is shut down and we’re still pulling people off the street. You hate to see that happen.”
There are a variety of theories as to why the seasonal labor market has been tightening over the years. Birth rates have been dropping for at least a generation, and more students are willing to forgo a paycheck in the summer while taking a volunteer position or internship to build their resumes for life after college.
“It all started with the trees,” Fuel Coffeeshop co-owner Robin Curletti says, half joking, of the veritable downtown shuffle that was heralded by the controversial removal of the 35-year-old Bradford pear trees lining Main Street.
The fervor and message of what appeared to be a polarizing controversy that centered on the town’s frustration with increasing property taxes and the inability of local incomes to keep up, did not seem to fuel election outcomes this time around.
Decisions regarding our tax structure and our school district will be made over the next few years that will affect Great Barrington for generations. Thankfully, Will Curletti is running for Finance Committee.
In his letter to the editor endorse the candidacies of Bill Cooke, Sean Stanton, and Will Curletti, Ed Abrahams writes: “What I like about Sean Stanton, Bill Cooke and Will Curletti is that they are reasonable people with good judgment who listen to others before acting. All three of them get along with nearly everyone, and none of them are coming with a political agenda. They want to listen, to find ways to ease the tax burden, and to encourage economic development to broaden the tax base.”
In his letter to the editor, Bob Norris of Great Barrington writes: “Please join with me in supporting Walter “Bud” Atwood and Eugene “Will” Curletti for Finance Committee, and Sean Stanton and Bill Cooke for the Selectboard.”
In his letter to the editor, Craig Okerstrom-Lang writes: “All of these candidates will continue to keep our Town’s bond rating at a very high-favorable level by being careful about how Town funds are allocated for various improvement projects, staffing, our police department, our fire department, etc.”