Nomination Papers for Great Barrington Town Offices Available

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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Candidates can now begin taking out nomination papers to run for election to a board or committee.
The last day to take out papers is March 17. The last day to return papers is March 21, by 5 pm
Papers need a minimum of 30 signatures 
The annual town election is May 9.
"Half of the job is knowing how the town works and answering residents' questions and the other half is listening," said outgoing Selectboard member Ed Abrahams, who won't seek re-election after serving three terms. "If you have a serious interest in town government operations and in our community, this is a great opportunity."
If after all that signature collecting the candidate has a change of mind, the deadline for pulling out of the race is April 6, at 4 p.m.  For that, another form is needed: the Withdrawal of Nomination form, which must be returned to the Town Clerk's office.
Meanwhile, residents who haven't done so should register to vote. Registered voters are reminded to return their annual town street listing forms to Town Hall, to keep their names on the town voter rolls.

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Hinsdale Man Pleads Guilty to Motor Vehicular Homicide

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — On Thursday, March 30 in Great Barrington District Court, Stephen Medina, age 50 of Hinsdale, pleaded guilty to motor vehicular homicide by negligent operation. 
The accident occurred on Route 8 in Sandisfield on Dec. 12, 2021. Police responded to the scene a little after 3:00pm
The Commonwealth sought 18 months in the House of Corrections, one year direct with the balance suspended for three years, the maximum fine of $3000 and a 15-year loss of license with the condition of refraining from operating a motor vehicle until properly licensed. 
Medina's lawyers requested 18 months' probation.
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