Highland Park will now be renamed after the late Christopher R. Porter.
The Parks Commission approved the renaming after a hearing on Tuesday. Porter owned and operated C.R. Porter Builders, working on many of the city's parks, and was known in the community for his philanthropy and voluntarily... click for more
Funds set aside for a feasibility study of Clarksburg School are coming up short.
The School Building Committee voted on Wednesday to kick a request for another $45,000 to the School Committee. The study is the first step in determining construction options for the 50-year-old school. click for more
Unless Pope Francis himself says nothing can be done, the crusaders will be strong.
In the wake of the Diocese of Springfield announcing last week the closure of the 120-year St. Joseph Central High School parents, students, and alumni have joined together to appeal the closing of the county's... click for more
House candidate Christopher Connell says if elected he'd look the earmark money to address the failing Bel-Air dam on Wahconah Street.
Speaking at the site of the privately-owned dam on Thursday, Connell warned that a failure could cause significant property damage and is a safety hazard for... click for more
The state police bomb squad was called to Airport Road on Thursday morning to investigate a cluster of pressurized bottles containing an unknown liquid.
Police Chief Richard Tarsa said police responded to the scene around 7:30 a.m. after a truck ran over one of the plastic bottles causing it to... click for more
The Selectmen appointed Officer Dakota Baker on Wednesday as a full-time patrol officer.
"He has got a good head on his shoulders, and he takes a great pride in being a police officer," Police Chief Richard Tarsa told the board. "It is with great joy that I to welcome Dakota Baker to the ranks... click for more
A divided Mount Greylock Regional School Committee voted Tuesday to join a long list of school committees around the commonwealth voicing opposition to a November ballot initiative that seeks to raise the cap on charter schools.
Teacher Lyndon Moors asked the committee to endorse a resolution... click for more
The public is invited to Hoosac Valley High School this weekend to participate in a study to identify and analyze cost-saving alternatives for the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District.
"It's to learn, to listen, to provide background, to receive information and to share," School Committee... click for more
The developers of the proposed Walmart Supercenter at the William Stanley Business Park has put down $20,000 toward the purchase of the land.
The Pittsfield Economic Development Authority extended the letter of intent with Waterstone Retail Development until the end of December, making more time... click for more
The elementary school has again scored a top level ranking from the state.
The scores from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers have placed the school as Level 1. While the school has consistently ranked Level 1 in recent years, what stands out about this year's results is that PARCC was a pilot program which had a clause allowing schools to be held harmless in state accountability.
The founding director of Berkshire Arts & Technology Public Charter School will leave at the end of the school year.
Julia Bowen informed the BArT community by email on Wednesday afternoon that she was departing after 13 years guiding the region's first and only charter school.
PEDA is looking to recoup some $10,000 in losses from Nuclea Biotechnologies, Inc, which has filed for Chapter bankruptcy.
Nuclea had rented office space the from the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority on Kellogg Street for a number of years. That lease agreement was until the end of October this year.
The city-owned buildings are in deplorable condition.
Director of Maintenance Dennis Guyer presented an overview of the current conditions of schools, fire stations, the senior center, city hall, and the library, most of which have long lists of work needed but few funds to do it.
"For the past 30 years the city of Pittsfield has made the decision to deprioritize and underfunded its building maintenance operations," Guyer said.
Affordable health care and family leave are the "forefront" issues for Raya Kirby.
Balancing her 4-month-old daughter on her hip, told the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women on Tuesday how she accumulated sick and personal time by not taking any time off for 10 months and her family stocked away every penny, to ensure they could pay bills during her maternity leave.
Local artist Leonard Stomski has gifted an oil painting of the Cheshire Mammoth Cheese to the town.
Stomski and his wife, Doris, presented the Selectmen with the image depicting the famous cheese wheel being sent off President Thomas Jefferson in 1802.
Dr. Jennifer Michaels says every patient she sees struggling with serious addiction began by smoking marijuana at a young age.
Michaels, the medical director at the Brien Center, joined District Attorney David Capeless Tuesday in a forum at Berkshire Community College urging a no vote on the referendum to legalize marijuana, which will be on the ballot in November. Michaels outlined her belief that the legalization will lead to more issues with addictions while Capeless said public safety wou
The town Friday ordered the temporary closure of a Main Street restaurant after an inspection revealed the business' failure to address previously identified violations of the building code.
Town Manager Jason Hoch told the Board of Selectmen at its Monday night meeting that Chopsticks Restaurant was found to be in violation of several parts of the building code — some of which first were identified a year ago.
The Adams Cheshire Regional School District will look into why students school choice out of the district.
Interim Superintendent Robert Putnam told the School Committee Monday that 327 Adams-Cheshire students this year will attend other schools such as McCann Technical, Berkshire Arts and Technology Public Charter and St. Stanislaus Kostka schools.
You won't have to wait until Nov. 8 to cast a ballot for president.
More than 1.2 million votes have already been cast in this election season across the country. Now, for the first time, Massachusetts voters will also be able to avoid the lines and vote early.
Juan Jose Carrion-Almeida immigrated to Berkshire County from Ecuador in 2009. Five years later, he was Berkshire Community College's first Latino valedictorian.
Carrion-Almeida said while his story isn't nearly as difficult as others who immigrated to the United States, he has faced significant challenges. After a few years of being encouraged to go to college and educate himself, he put himself in a better position than he imagined.
Volunteers will gather in the Venable Gym in MCLA's Amsler Campus Center at 9 a.m. to enjoy a light breakfast and be welcomed by MCLA President James F. Birge and North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright. Work will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue until noon. Volunteers should feel free to stop by any of the service sites for whatever amount of time they may have to help.
During Winter Blitz, teams of students go out and prepare homes for winter weather by installing storm windows, door sweeps and energy-efficient light bulbs. Trained student leaders lead teams and all materials are paid for by the Zilkha Center.
McCann Technical School Principal Justin Kratz told the Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School District School Committee on Thursday that McCann students have continued to score highly on the MCAS.
"This is really the same thing I have said the past couple of years. We continue to do very well on the MCAS," he said.
The Adams Youth Center's Great Chair Auction fundraiser raised nearly $8,000 on Sunday.
More than 50 painted and decorated chairs and other items were auctioned off at the Bounti-Fare on Sunday afternoon.
On the surface, standardized testing scores for the Pittsfield School District distinguishes the system as Level 3 in the state's rankings.
But Superintendent Jason McCandless says looking deeper into the numbers, the scores show progress in the areas the district has focused on. The district revamped its English curriculum in the elementary school to a unified one and this year expanded it to the middle school level, is piloting math curriculum this year to do the same. But maybe even more
When Perri Petricca and Michelle Thorpe were getting married, they decided the best way to celebrate their union was to provide support for the children served by Berkshire County Kids Place.
"Children have always been the center of our lives," said Michelle Petricca on Friday night at Kids Place's annual gala where she and her husband were presented with its Community Leadership Award. They both come from large families and have four children together.
A capacity crowd marked the opening of Roots on Saturday afternoon, followed by a dance party for youths ages 14 to 22 on Saturday evening. That was just the first of what organizers hope will be many events to engage Northern Berkshire youths.