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 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.
This was the question I was asked by a friend because they knew I had taught in both regular and charter public schools. For those who don't know, a yes vote on Prop 2 [Question 2 on the general election ballot] will expand the charter school program in Massachusetts and a no vote will keep charters at current levels.
That's why clinicians from Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's (SVMC) Imaging Department and the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center partnered to offer this special presentation, titled "Taking the Scare Out of an Abnormal Mammogram," from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 25 at the Manchester Community Library in Manchester, Vt.
During Open Enrollment, current Health Connector members can shop for new coverage that could be more affordable or better meet their needs, and those without insurance can apply for coverage – often with subsidies making it more affordable.
The purpose of the training was to increase familiarity with the recently launched MassPAT tool that replaces the old Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP), which was cumbersome and not user friendly. The new system is easier to use, includes the ability to eventually search records in other states, as well as provides more information to help providers make the proper decisions for patient care.
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.
The Board of Health is discovering that many vendors may be inadvertently still using the banned polystyrene food containers.
The Green Commission was updated on the Styrofoam ban Monday night in which member Jim McGrath reported that many businesses have swapped out the white clamshell Styrofoam containers in the favor of clear plastic containers. However, those clear plastic containers are still polystyrene, which is banned.
Manna Wellness has received the site plan approval to move forward with a medical marijuana facility on Callahan Drive.
The company has been trying to open a dispensary in Pittsfield since voters passed the ballot question allowing marijuana for medicinal purposes. Since 2013, the company has been trying to secure a permit to operate a facility and had eyed a site off of West Street in Pittsfield.