Selectman Joseph Nowak shared his discontent about the recent purchase of the former O'Connell's gas station at the close of Selectmen's meeting on Wednesday. He wanted the town to purchase to the property to expand congested parking at Hoosac Valley Elementary School.
The School Department may join the growing movement behind switching our Columbus Day with Indigenous People Day.
School Committee member Cynthia Taylor suggested the school change the name when written on the school calendar. The change may be small but the gesture is part of a growing movement to use the weekend to celebrate Native Americans instead of the person who invaded their land.
Berkshire Roots is positioning itself to be a recreational marijuana dispensary when permits are issued later this year.
Berkshire Roots is now finishing up a massive renovation of 501 Dalton Avenue, a commercial building which formerly housed Jay's Custom Muffler & Auto, Casey's Billiards, and the Salvation Army store. Those three previously vacated the building to make way for a medical marijuana dispensary and renovations are nearly complete.
Massachusetts Association of Regional Schools Assistant Director Stephen Hemman recommended to the committee on Monday that it aim for a closer completion date to accommodate Putnam, who plans to retire at the end of the year.
Berkshire Mall management had security escort an iBerkshires reporter from the property Wednesday afternoon.
iBerkshires had heard reports that the mall had lost power. We attempted to call management to find out what happened by the phone was "temporarily unavailable." So, we drove there to find out.
At issue is not so much the medical applications for the drug as the fact that Silver Therapeutics principal Joshua Silver makes no secret of the fact that he plans to seek a license from the commonwealth to operate a recreational pot retail operation at the same Colonial Plaza site where he wants to establish a medical dispensary.
The Berkshire Blaze had been in existence previously and was re-formed just this past year. The difficulty the team faced was finding a consistent place to practice. Not being part of Pittsfield girls softball meant that using the Doyle fields was challenging.
After a year and a half and a dozen or so meetings later, the mayor's trash proposal is basically back where it started.
The City Council returned the proposal to overhaul the garbage collection system back to Mayor Linda Tyer, asking for a revised plan. The proposal was crafted through the Resource Recovery Commission, which first met back to September of 2016, and after three lengthy meetings at the City Council, the councilors felt it was too flawed to be saved.
McCann Junior Justin Perry will compete in the Microsoft Office Specialist National Competition in Atlanta, Ga. this summer.
Perry, a business tech student, will represent Massachusetts in June and compete against the best from each state in Microsoft Word.
Mayor Linda Tyer has no plans to move the city offices currently at 100 North Street back to City Hall.
An array of city offices were moved from the basement of City Hall back in 2014 to the mezzanine level of 100 North Street. The move, under former Mayor Daniel Bianchi, caused consternation from some of the city councilors at the time because it didn't need council approval.
The amendments are at the request of Council President Keith Bona, who was elected to the post a the Organization of Government on Jan. 1. Each council president has the option of proposing modifications during their terms.
The board this winter is facing a couple of decision points concerning pot. The distinct but related questions are whether to support a proposal for a medical marijuana facility on Main Street and whether to propose a special town meeting to consider the question of a ban on recreational pot businesses.
A new version of the winter carnival is set for Springside Park.
The Springside Conservancy is hosting an array of children's activities - from ice skating to sledding to snowshoeing - at the park on Feb. 17. from noon until 4 p.m. The goal is to get families back into the park for a few hours of winter outdoor recreation.
The board last week reviewed an indoor air quality report conducted by the state Department of Public Health and, although the report said there is not a substantial mold issue in the building, members still had questions.
The town is looking at putting $60,000 toward improving the town's housing stock.
Berkshire Regional Planning Commission Planner William Sikula met with the Selectmen Tuesday to go over the town’s Community Development Block Grant allocation and asked if the town would be willing to put up $60,000 in an effort to reel in $600,000 in grant funding.
The mayor is asking for the authority to borrow $74 million for a major upgrade of the city's wastewater treatment center.
The expense has been a long time coming, starting with the city seeking to renew its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit in 2005. The Environmental Protection Agency oversees those permits in an effort to keep waterways clean and had issued a permit in 2008 requiring significantly higher standards of phosphorus, aluminum treatment, and nitrogen removal.
The local Massachusetts Nurses Association chapter has been at odds with management for nearly a year and a half of contract negotiations. In October, the nurses staged a one-day strike, which was followed by a four-day lockout. The two sides returned to the bargaining table shortly after and still have yet to come to a settlement.
On a vote of 4-3, the committee decided not to offer the job to interim Superintendent Kimberley Grady, who stepped into the post on short notice when the then-Tri-District abruptly parted ways with Douglas Dias at the start of the second year of his three-year contract.
The town formed a reuse committee after the regional School Committee voted last year to close the elementary school. The reuse committee does not intend to recommend selling the 62,000 square-foot building.
The highly decorated officer received numerous honors including the Terry Donnelly Police Officer of the Year in 1998 and received an Honorable Service Unit Citation for supporting the U.S. Secret Service when First Lady Michelle Obama visited the city in 2013.
The fight to raise people up from poverty, provide economic equity, health care and education, and ensure safe and welcoming communities, has to start at the grassroots level and include the voices of those most affected. That was the takeaway from Saturday's forum sponsored by Indivisible Pittsfield.
Mayor Thomas Bernard made the development of the ordinance a priority, creating the working group in his first weeks as mayor and informing the City Council he expected to have a draft presented to councilors in February.
Town Manager Paul Sieloff is suggesting the town hire EMTs to work in the highway department.
The hope is that the town will then have two emergency medical technicians available during the days to answer calls for service. When they are not answering the calls, they will work on projects with the highway department. That would help curb a problem with the ambulance service's struggles to have volunteers available.
On Valentine Road more than 100 tradesmen have been on and off the site of the new Taconic getting the structure ready.
And inside the current building across the road, Principal John Vosburgh has been doing the same. Vosburgh has been meeting with faculty, staff, and parents to devise a plan on how to layout and schedule operations in the new building
Habitat for Humanity in December discussed with the Affordable Housing Trust subdividing the parcel to create a third lot, a division that would be easier under the commonwealth's Chapter 40B provision, which gives relief from local zoning to subsidized housing projects.
Last May, town meeting adopted a non-binding resolution declaring Williamstown a pollinator-friendly community and encouraging landowners to adopt management practices to protect the bees, butterflies and insects that are critical to the ecosystem and the, specifically, our food supply.
Berkshire Money Management mixed the new with the old Friday night.
The company opened the doors to its new offices in the historic Model Farm property on Main Street. The company purchased the former Crane and Co. Mansion for $1 million last February and spent much of 2017 renovating the interior to fit its needs.
Alcombright, surrounded by local leaders, the MLK Committee and members of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition on a stage in Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Venable Hall, said the recognition was "humbling, heartwarming and, at some level, deeply spiritual."
The City Council can’t wait for the St. Mary’s renovation.
The council opted against fleshing out a tax increment exemption at the subcommittee level and approved it Tuesday night to help move the project along. The agreement would exempt developers CT Management from paying on any increased value caused by the renovation of the four structures into 29 market-rate housing units for four year.
In just the last few weeks there has been a 44 percent increase in flu symptoms.
Public health nurse Kayla Donnelly-Winters said this year there have been 32 total cases of influenza confirmed in Pittsfield since Oct. 1. That is compared to just 15 in the same period of time last year. But the numbers had jumped in the last few weeks.
The Cemetery Commission finally received cost estimates for a possible storage facility at Bellevue Cemetery, however, all estimates are higher than the anticipated amount.
Interim Town Administrator met with the commission Thursday with the EDM report in hand that outlined three possible building scenarios, however, all were well over the $100,000 former town administrator Tony Mazzucco said it would cost.