The decision is another blow — hopefully a short-term one — to nursing education in the region following the impending closure of Southern Vermont College. The associate's degree program will go on hiatus for first-year students in 2019 to address lingering issues and begin re-enrollment of new students in fall 2020.
Grace Ellrodt of Lenox, a junior at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, recently presented the results of her environmental studies capstone project titled "Insulating Window Insert Interventions in Energy Injustice: Incentives, Barriers, & Strategies."
At about 7:30 Tuesday night Chairman of the three-member Board of Selectmen John Goerlach asked for a motion. And there was silence.
The board had just spent an hour and a half critiquing a request for qualifications to find a firm to conduct a needs assessment and feasibility study for a Police Station. It included looking at potential renovations to the current station, building new on a parcel near Laston Field, or renovations to building on the existing Vacation Village property.
After bids came in too high twice, the City Council is being asked to up the city's contribution toward the renovation of Clapp Park.
The city had received a $400,000 state grant to undertake a massive restoration of the West Housatonic Street park. That was matched by city funds for bathrooms, the community preservation act funding, $180,000 donation from the Rotary Club, and a $5,000 donation from Carr Hardware.
For those unfortunate enough to be "guests" of the Williamstown Police Department, the cells will be accessed through an interior door that opens into the department's new sally port. Starting in July, officers will be able to drive into the building into the port -- like a garage -- close the exterior door and escort detainees into the holding area.
Elena Traister, professor of environmental studies at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, got the ball rolling by reminding the audience of the importance of those "three Rs" - but also of their pitfalls.
Police Chief Michael Williams had pitched the idea back in February as the town was beginning to prepare for next year's budget. Another officer at night, Williams said, would provide a more consistent back up for investigations and emergencies and take up some of the administrative duties so he could do more policing.
The local developer hadn't planned on moving offices, or buying a 100,000-square-foot historic mill, or being engaged in a half-dozen (at least) different ventures ranging from restaurants to college housing. Rather than a straight line, Moresi and his company have taken a circuitous path, shifting and adapting as the economy has changed and opportunities arose.
Some 150 or so job seekers made their way to the newly built Taconic High School on Wednesday for 1Berkshire's annual career fair.
The event drew some 73 different exhibitors to talk about jobs they have available, or services they offer job seekers. According to Ben Lamb, it is the most exhibitors the organization has had at the annual fair.
In less than 24 hours, Coakley presented to two different city boards on his work over the last year or so. The business manager is tasked with helping to bring companies to the city and helping local ones grow.
Catherine's Chocolate owner Kathy Sinico is retiring after more than 40 years of hand crafting chocolates from the same location on Route 7 in Great Barrington. The chocolatier has been a pillar of the South Berkshires, well known for its homey atmosphere and the scent of chocolate. Patrons return year after year for life celebrations in which Catherine’s Chocolate are an essential tradition.
The town will use more than $100,000 from the cemetery fund to overhaul the current structure at the cemetery in the town's south end. A smaller shed will also be purchased to accommodate cold storage.
The first "4/20" day with open recreational marijuana dispensaries has prompted a warning from the state Cannabis Control Commission to relax, take it easy, man.
April 20, 4/20, has become somewhat of a holiday among marijuana users and in states that legalized recreational use prior, rallies and events were held to commemorate the day. Locally, three recreational shops have opened and are planning specials and entertainment.
Mary-Claire King, an award-winning geneticist at the University of Washington who first discovered the breast and ovarian cancer gene, will be the principal speaker at Williams College's 230th commencement exercises on Sunday, June 2.
At 9 a.m. the rain was pouring down heavily. And despite that, some 30 people volunteered their time to go into Springside Park and clean up litter and debris left behind.
The annual park cleanup has hit a milestone with this being its 30th year. The effort is all volunteer and organized by the Friends of Springside Park.
Even if the Police Advisory Committee recommends an officer receive discipline regarding an incident, they won't know the actual results.
That's what Police Chief Michael Wynn told the group at their second meeting on Tuesday. The group will be tasked with reviewing internal affairs reports after the fact to provide some oversight of the department but it will only be privy to whether or not there was discipline issues, but not exactly what it entailed.
It is still early but interest in the municipal election is slowly building.
Only incumbent Mayor Linda Tyer has announced a campaign for re-election so far but three others have taken out nomination papers, indicating a possible challenge. Former Pittsfield Police Officer Karen Kalinwosky, Rusty Anchor owner Scott Graves, and resident Craig Gaetani have also pull papers.
Mohamed Mahrous won a third set tiebreak to lift the MCLA mixed tennis team to a hard fought 5-4 non conference win over Northern Vermont University-Lyndon Tuesday afternoon at the Zavattaro Athletics Complex.
Towering more than an estimated 107 feet tall with a wide spanning canopy, King Elmer is in the running for the biggest American Elm tree in the state.
On Monday, Race Mountain Tree Service arborists were climbing high into the Summer Street tree for some ongoing maintenance to let it grow. The company was going both trimming to remove dead branches and assessing the health of the tree to allow it to continue to grow.
Municipal broadband systems have been taking hold in Western Massachusetts recently. The community-owned internet service is eyed to bolster speeds and decrease pricing in areas that are underserved by the utility companies.
BHS Humane Heroes will volunteer at the event, hosting a canine snack station with homemade pupsicles and doggy ice cream. The Humane Hero program teaches children about animals and organizes group volunteer activities at the shelter and shelter events.
The Community Preservation Act Committee is recommending close to $600,000 for a dozen projects.
The group entered this year's process with $613,000 to spend but just slightly more than $1 million worth of requests for 14 different projects. In order to allow for some funds to roll over into next year, City Planner CJ Hoss suggested keeping the approvals under $600,000.
The fact that the city of Pittsfield is prepared to disburse $350,000 in support of a project for just 151 citizens seems irresponsible enough. That there is no plan for maintenance when park maintenance in our city is already an issue shows a lack of planning and foresight.
Sometimes a tragedy can bring people together. In the case of the devastating fire that swept Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral, the world wept. But even before the fire was completely extinguished, the business community was already making plans to rebuild the 850-year-old edifice.