For The Record – Episode 37

Kameron Spaulding and I talk about this week’s top stories in The Berkshire Record, including a veteran Lee youth football coach’s arrest on child porn charges, the Great Barrington Select Board’s negative reaction to a progressive property-tax plan and the sentencing outcome for inn owners connected with the case of former Lee Police Chief Joe Buffis.

Also on the agenda is an update on the case of Claudia Shapiro and Danny Bell vs. The Great Barrington Airport and the disruptive work on a bridge on Route 7 coming up in Sheffield.

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For The Record – Episode 36

For The Record – Episode 35

Kameron Spaulding and I talk about this week’s top stories in The Berkshire Record, including the complex web of state laws that govern whether officials can be employed by a town and also serve on the Board of Selectmen (e.g. Chucky Cardillo in Stockbridge), a new lawsuit against the town of Lenox in the Elm Court matter, and the approval of a $6.4 million wind-power project in the town of Otis.

Also on the agenda is the reversal in Sheffield of a measure that made members of the Finance Committee elected rather than appointed and a feature on the return of the Sheffield Antiques Show this weekend at Mount Everett Regional School.

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For The Record Episode – 34

After a week off, Kameron Spaulding and I talk about this week’s top stories in The Berkshire Record, including the decision of four South County school districts to explore consolidation, a boisterous hearing in Great Barrington challenging an event at the airport, a special town meeting scheduled in Sheffield to make finance committee members appointed rather than elected and the decision of the Southern Berkshire Regional School Committee to close the Monterey School for at least a year.

Also on the agenda is a Great Barrington developer’s invitation to the public to place time capsules under the basement of his new project at 198 Main Street, and the death of Margaret “Peg” Lynch, 97, the television sitcom pioneer who lived in Becket.

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For The Record – Episode 33

Kameron Spaulding and I talk about this week’s top stories in The Berkshire Record, including the continuing saga of the assessor in Otis, a spate between the Congregational Church and the library (also in Otis), the Sheffield library board of trustees doubling down on praise for its embattled director and the status of a public works project in a speeding-plagued Great Barrington neighborhood.

Also on the agenda is a report on Great Barrington’s low-power public radio station, WBCR-LP 97.7 FM, and the latest at the Railroad Street Youth Project.

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For The Record – Episode 32

Kameron Spaulding and I talk about this week’s top stories in The Berkshire Record, including the seizure of the computer of the assessor in Otis, new developments in the case of Chucky Cardillo in Stockbridge, Egremont’s participation in the Wired West high-speed Internet project, an unexpected windfall for the Berkshire Hills Regional School District and a possible windfall for the advocates of the return of passenger rail to the Berkshires

Also on the agenda is sudden death of our beloved colleague Tom Casey.

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For The Record – Episode 31

For The Record – Episode 30

For The Record – Episode 29