The Board of Health has banned the selling of tobacco products to those under the age of 21 in town and updated its regulations.
The board heard no opposition to its proposals during a public hearing on Tuesday night and voted to put the new regulations in effect on Feb. 1, 2017.
The Board of Selectmen on Monday heard pitches from two local nonprofits that promote the town — one that already receives financial support from the town and another that would like to.
Representatives from the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce and the website Destination Williamstown told the board what they are doing to help bring business — especially tourist business — to the Village Beautiful.
The City Council may be looking to drop speed limits throughout a majority of the city now that it has the authority to do so.
Previously roads in thickly settled or business districts were 30 miles-per-hour and the only way to lower that would be to petition the state. The state required a speed study done, paid for by the city, and the study would determine a speed limit based on actual speeds traveled by vehicles on the road.
Manna Wellness was granted a special permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday to operate a medical marijuana facility, despite protest from a resident who lives nearby.
Julia Germaine of Manna Wellness said the company is looking to build a 3,200 square-foot facility on undeveloped land in the Cloverdale Business Park. The site is located next to Dollar General on outer West Housatonic Street and Ice River Springs.
A joint public hearing of the City Council and Planning Board on a proposed solar ordinance was highjacked by complaints about a large commercial solar array already under construction.
Two arrays by the Clean Energy Collective totaling 1.32 megawatts are being constructed on either side of the high tension wires on Reservoir Road and Furnace and Witt streets. The work just above what's commonly known as Coca-Cola Ledge can be easily seen from the east side of the city.
Allegrone Construction has completed a $9 million renovation of the historic Onota Building on North Street.
The company held an open house on Wednesday to show off the 25 rental units, rooftop deck, and six retail spaces. Already more than half of the housing units have been leased with move in day just a few weeks away on Nov. 15.
The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition is sponsoring a forum on marijuana and substance abuse on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m. at Massachusetts college of Liberal Arts' Church Street Center.
The event is free and open to the public; pizza will be served at 5:45 p.m.
The Airport Commission is unsatisfied with the delayed completion of Phase 2 of the airport's ramp.
Gale Associates representative Nick Ippolito told the commission last week that Phase 2 is largely complete except a few signs that need to be installed. He said they will have the signs by November.
The City Council on Tuesday approved the final reading to authorize borrowing of $1,498,550 to purchase and renovate the former Berkshire Anodizing building on Hodges Cross Road as a public service building.
The borrowing covers about $1 million for the property outright and another half-million for upgrades and interior construction to make the wide-open plant suitable for different departments.
A significant decrease in value of the Berkshire Mall and the onset of the bills for construction of the new Mount Greylock Regional Middle and High School are leading to nearly an 8 percent increase in tax bills.
The Board of Selectmen adopted a single-rate of $20.89 per thousand of assessed property value on Monday, which is a $1.53 increase over the previous year. The increase is mostly driven by a $12 million decrease in value for the Berkshire Mall plus another $360,000 or so for
The board had latched onto a problematic clause in the bylaws that allowed it to dismiss a special permit if approving it would lead to "deterioration of properties" because of a saturation of similar commercial activities. But on Tuesday, it unanimously approved the special permit for Xing Li to operate a restaurant at 131 Columbia St. — a building away from a similar proposed eatery.
Health Connector officials are urging citizens to explore their health insurance options during this enrollment season.
Open enrollment runs from Nov. 1 through Jan. 31. With expected rises in health insurance premiums under the federal Affordable Care Act, it behooves people to look over their plans and update their accounts.
The word from the Health Connector is it's the time to shop for the best plan.
A new Mexican restaurant is looking to open in the former Baba Louie's location on Depot street in the next month or so.
Jose Luis Verde is looking to open Tito's, a new restaurant of a chain with establishments in Ohio and Tennessee. Verde received approval for the liquor license on Monday and as soon as the Okay is given by the state's Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, the restaurant is ready to open.
The Historical Society will install exhibit space in the back wing of the library using memorial funds donated in the name of a local woman Jean Marie Beauchemin.
The library trustees approved the Historical Society's request during a meeting last week to make modifications to the library's back right hallway so the society can have a more visible and accessible exhibit space.
Most of the questions at Monday's state senate debate were on the ballot questions, which each of the two candidates taking slightly different views on them.
Republican Christine Canning-Wilson and Democrat Adam Hinds are both seeking election to the state Senate seat being vacated by Benjamin Downing. The two faced off at a debate Monday night sponsored by the Pittsfield Gazette and Berkshire Community College and moderator Dan Dillon said while the ballot questions are going to voters, the
Christopher Connell wants people to think of the "three Ps" when it comes to his campaign for state representative: "performance, priorities, and Pittsfield."
But, incumbent Tricia Farley-Bouvier added one more: part-time.
The town plans to put the Sand Mill Road Bridge repair project out to bid after the Conservation Commission's final review on Nov. 4.
Town Administrator Mark Webber said last week that the plans are almost bid ready and the board must decide if it wants to put out the project out to bid this fall or in the spring.
More children are injured by cars than fire on Halloween, so it’s important for children to learn and practice pedestrian safety and for drivers to use extra caution. Drive more slowly and watch for children who may forget to cross at corners and use crosswalks.
Anyone may nominate individuals or groups in one or more of the following categories: neighborly acts, young people taking the lead, business/agency support, groups pulling together on a project or health and wellness.
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.