The properties were chosen by the city's "code enforcement team" consisting of the building inspectors and Fire, Health, and Engineering departments. The team meets monthly with representatives from Community Development, the city solicitor, and the Purchasing Department.
The School Committee will reconsider its decision to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day after the Italian-American community voiced outrage at the decision.
The School Committee in January voted to make the change on the school calendar. But, that brought out the ire of the Italian-American community who showed up in numbers at both this week's City Council meeting and School Committee meeting.
City government wants to engage residents more and will launch a 10-week "citizens academy" to bring more residents into the fold.
The program is headed by the mayor's Executive Assistant Catherine Van Bramer. She said the program, starting in September, will bring a group of up to 20 citizens together for two-hour sessions to really get to know various aspects of government.
Guest speaker James Canavan, a Coast Guard and Navy veteran, reminded the assembly in the school's cafetorium that some 37,000 Massachusetts residents had given their lives over the years "so that we can do things like we're doing here today."
While June and probably September rate hikes are still on the table, the Fed members appeared to be relaxed when it comes to their inflation targets. Inflation hit 2 percent in March, but the central bank does not appear to be overly concerned that it has reached that number. Some believe it won't remain there and will fall back in the months ahead.
Shire City Herbals has completed a $1.4 million project to build their own commercial kitchen and warehouse space.
In two weeks, the makers of Fire Cider will start operating out of 15 Commercial St., where the company purchased the former Protech building and embarked on a massive renovation of the interior.
With the inclusion of five potential snow days, the calendar would stretch to June 25, the same date when school is ending next month after a year that saw the district's three schools close for six snow days.
Join the Pittsfield Suns for the 2nd annual Food Truck Feastival at Wahconah Park from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. This is a family-friendly event and admission is FREE. Enjoy tasty food trucks, craft vendors, live music, activities for kids, pony rides, cold beer and more!
The Airport Commission voted Tuesday, May 15, to grant Alex Kelly permission to use office space in the city's hangar until June 30. But it delayed a vote to allow permanent use of space in the recently renovated hangar to solicit more information from potential occupants.
Most of us are in the investment game for the long haul. We are saving for retirement: a process involving decades of saving and planning. Chasing the firm or adviser that "beat the market" this year has turned out to be a disastrous approach to that concept.
The mayor has signed a five-year agreement with Republic Services, circumventing the City Council's wishes to have the contract go to bid.
The new contract had already been basically agreed to before the City Council urged the mayor to put the contract to bid. Nonetheless, city councilors were surprised to learn on Tuesday that the agreement had been signed after advocating for the contract to be publicly bid.
The new logo centers the Mount Greylock Veterans Memorial and its beacon on a mountainous terrain with an orange and gold maple leaf behind. The EMS division has a heartbeat, the van transport service a winding road.
Andrea Harrington says the "status quo" in the district attorney's office is not working for Berkshire County.
"It is time to have a district attorney with integrity and who is accountable to this community," Harrington said.
With more than 150 guests in attendance to celebrate, Dr. James Birge, president of MCLA, opened the program with a welcome before the awards ceremony. Jason Dohaney, board president, thanked all in attendance and the sponsors for attending the inaugural event, which will raise funds for the community.
Local Italian groups feel insulted that the School Committee would erase Christopher Columbus from the school calendar.
A number of members from such groups as the Italian American Club and the Sons of Italy pleaded with the City Council Tuesday night, asking them to urge the School Committee to reconsider renaming Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day.