Created in honor of the late William "Pop" St. Pierre by his family nearly four years ago, PopCares has disbursed some $175,000 to more than 400 people just like the Dabrowskis, helping them with the day-to-day items and acts of kindness so they can focus on getting better. Some 295 tickets alone were sold to Saturday's annual dinner, one of the nonprofit's biggest fundraiser.
The Adams-Cheshire Regional School District is facing a decision: Consolidate and get small, join another district and get big.
That seemed the takeaway from Saturday's community forum at Hoosac Valley High School hosted by the Edward J. Collins Jr. Center for Public Management. The center, based at the University of Massachusetts, was hired by Adams to identify and analyze alternatives to reduce costs for the district.
A mini population explosion brought Williams College before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday.
The college asked the town to approve a temporary modular addition to the school’s children’s center on Whitman Street.
Mount Greylock Regional School has maintained its Level 1 rating, but it would have dropped down if the spring standardized tests had been counted.
For the first time last spring, some Mount Greylock students were tested using the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) standardized test, while the rest took the traditional MCAS exam.
Thursday's meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals was a study in irony.
The board members rejected a request from a resident they clearly appeared to want to help and approved a special permit under a bylaw about which several members clearly have reservations.
The Berkshire Family YMCA has taken over administration of the Catholic Youth Center, keeping the programs operating the same as they always had.
In July, the CYC and the YMCA reached an agreement in which the YMCA will handle the business end of the programming from program registration to managing the finances. The YMCA has put the CYC staff on its payroll to continue the youth sports programming the center has offered for years.
The Adams Arts Advisory Board unveiled a new piece of public art on the wastewater treatment plant during a ride on the Berkshire Scenic Rail.
On the train ride Friday afternoon, artist Bill Riley said he was proud to be able to display his piece "Mountain Pool" in Adams.
The Harvest Fest will come to Bowe Field for the first time this Saturday.
Organizer Annmarie Belmonte said the idea for the event was to give people something to do this fall.
"Basically is there is not much to do around here, and, I hosted Hi-Jinx that went off without a hitch, so I thought I would try something else," Belmonte said.
It was almost a year ago exactly when Eddie Taylor went before the Parks Commission and said the renaming of Pitt Park was "reigniting a fuse."
Rosemary and Rev. Willard Durant had inspired community and were a positive inspiration to many on the west side and a packed room last October of supporters rallied behind changing Pitt Park's name to honor the former AME Price Memorial Church pastor. The name change for those in support was not just a name, it was the start of a movement.
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 maintaining the park. He died last December at age 54.
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.
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 only Catholic high school. The "St. Joe Strong" effort kicked off in earnest Thursday night when dozens of people rallied at Park Square as the fight to keep the school open began.
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 those living downstream. And yet, the state has been unable to fund repairs or demolition of the what the Department of Conservation and Recreation has deemed a "high hazard" dam.
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 burst, making a loud sound.
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 of the Adams Police Department."
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 drafted by the Save Our Public Schools campaign that urges voters to vote no on Question 2 on Nov. 8 — or when early voting gets under way in their town.
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 member," Edmund St. John IV said. "It is a chance to partake in the conversation about the future of the district."
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 for the two sides to reach a purchase and sales agreement. In good faith, Waterstone has put down a $20,000 non-refundable deposit toward the purchase.
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.