image description

North Adams Happenings: April 25-April 1

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

image description

Taconic Construction Hits Home Stretch, Plans Laid For Move

Gilbane Construction is scheduled to finish the new Taconic High School on June 29. From there, a moving company will be contracted to bring all of the equipment being kept at the current school over to the new one. Teachers will be asked to box up their classrooms and whichever moving company wins the bid will make the transition.

image description

Pittsfield Approves $74 Million Wastewater Upgrades

Begrudgingly, the City Council approved a $74 million upgrade to the wastewater system, which is estimated to more than double sewer bills within the next three years. The city has been under an administrative order form the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to lower the levels of phosphorous and aluminum in the water coming out of the plant. The project proposed by the consultants, Kleinfelder, also called for a nitrogen optimization process as well.

image description

Bernard Suggests North Adams May Hold Spectrum Meeting

Complaints have been rife as frustrated cable customers have dealt with poor customer service, slow or interrupted internet connections, pricey new digital boxes and dropped channels since Charter's takeover of Time-Warner the area's only cable service.

image description

Williamstown Select Board Salutes Volunteers, Recommends Sand Springs Article

Chairman Hugh Daley opened the meeting by talking about an incident over the weekend when he witnessed local youth Teague Murphy selflessly wade into the Green River to remove some construction materials that had been thrown into the water.

image description

Taconic High Principal Tapped for Adams-Cheshire Superintendent Post

The School Committee said it was a difficult decision but didn't debate too long Tuesday night before voting in favor of Vosburgh. Although the six members present thought all three final candidates would do a good job, the majority of the committee felt Vosburgh was the best fit for the district.

image description

VFW Post 448 Donates 10K To 'Operation Copsicle'

The Police Department's efforts to purchase an ice cream truck took a significant step forward on Tuesday with a $10,000 donation from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 448. "This Copsicle operation the Police Department has established and trying to get funding for this truck is a very worthwhile cause. That's why the membership voted to contribute $10,000 toward this operation," VFW Commander Arnie Perras said.

image description

State, Federal Officials to Showcase Housatonic River Projects

The open house will also include a discussion of the anticipated fourth and final round of funding for restoration projects to compensate for natural resources that were injured or lost as a result of the release of hazardous materials from the General Electric facility in Pittsfield into the Massachusetts portion of the Housatonic River watershed.

image description

North Adams to Push Back Barriers on Beaver Street

The cement blocks had been put in place after a mudslide knocked sizable boulders into the road.

image description

Stockbridge Officials Share Concerns With Lt. Gov. Polito

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito vowed to work with town, state, and federal officials to find a way forward with the Stockbridge Bowl dredging project. The $4 million project to restore the lake was stalled recently when an endangered snail was found to be located there and in only one other state lake. Board of Selectman Chairman Donald Chabon said the lake is in dire need of restoration and the species wouldn't survive if the lake's overall ecosystem isn't approved.

image description

Barrett Enters His First State Budget Debate, Sets Eyes on RTAs

State Rep. John Barrett is making a statement with a budget amendment for regional transit. Barrett said one penny on the sale tax ends up in the hands of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority and the rest of the regional transit authorities are getting shortchanged. This year the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority is considering hiking fares and reducing services as costs have increased but state support has remained level for the third consecutive year.

image description

Pittsfield Airport to Have Runway Repaved; Solar Array Installed

The airport is expected to be shut down for 85 days this spring for the reconstruction of the main runway. The City Council's Finance Subcommittee voted affirmatively on the borrowing to repave both of the airport's runways. The total project will cost $6.9 million, which is 95 percent paid for by the Federal Aviation Authority. The city's cost will be $349,735.

image description

Adams-Cheshire Nixes Shared Superintendent Idea

The School Committee voted unanimously Monday to suspend talks with North Adams and agreed to focus on hiring its own superintendent. The vote clears the way for the school district to hire a replacement for retiring Superintendent Robert Putnam.

image description

North Adams Firefighters Save Home From Garage Fire

The blaze melted the vinyl siding off the north side and the back of the home and charring could be seen in the rear exterior. The ground was burned around the garage, which was separate from the house and set slightly back on the north side. All that was left of the garage was a pile of twisted metal and debris.

image description

Four Freedoms Presents Day of Civic Empowerment

The workshops are presented by the Four Freedoms Coalition in partnership with MCLA. The workshops will take place at the Church Street Center, 375 Church St.

image description

Berkshires Beat: Sen. Hinds Reads Aloud to Young Children in Pittsfield

Dr. Dempsey participates in Reach Out and Read, a program that prescribes books and reading aloud to give young children a foundation that is crucial for success.

image description

Youth Development, Transportation, Tops Pignatelli's Budget Priorities

State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli's top budget priority isn't a surprise: Berkshire Youth Development. The Lenox Democrat has prioritized programs such as the Railroad Street Youth Project for a number of years. And now, he's requesting more state funding to expand that into a countywide effort.

image description

North Adams Fin Comm Reviews Public Services, Inspection Budgets

Canales said department heads will be queried about fee structures so they can be built into the fiscal 2020 budget. He said the two separate inspection departments will probably be moved into one department.

image description

Williamstown ZBA Wants Expert Testimony in Person on Cell Tower Issue

After more than two hours of testimony on Thursday, the ZBA voted 5-0 to ask Cooper to discuss his disagreement with Verizon's radio frequency engineer about how many "small cell" nodes could be mounted on utility poles to eliminate a 2.8-mile coverage gap in the area.

image description

Farley-Bouvier to Push For St. Mary's, Early Ed Funding

Each representative across the Commonwealth filed a number of amendments for specific projects in their district. This year, state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier is putting all of her efforts behind just one: St. Mary the Morningstar.

image description

Pittsfield Reconvenes Resource Recovery As Trash Talk Starts Over

The city's Resource Recovery Commission has reconvened after its toter plan was rejected by the City Council. The committee had come together in September of 2016 and for more than a year completed an analysis of the city's curbside trash collection. It settled on a plan to overhaul the trash collection with a toter system eyed to decrease the $3 million cost the city pays for trash disposal, increase the 11 percent recycling rate, and combat blight.

image description

Doe Saved From Adams Flood Chute

It was a tense afternoon for Animal Control Officer Kim Witek, who rushed to the Winter Street flood chutes on her day off after photos of a doe struggling through the rushing waters surfaced on Facebook.

image description

@theMarket: Earnings Up; Stocks, Not So Much

Earnings season kicked off last Friday with the bank results. The numbers were stellar, but the stock prices of those companies fell hard. Since then, the same thing has occurred to any number of companies. What is going on?

image description

North Adams Businesses Warned of Multiple Break-Ins

Police are warning Main Street business owners about a series of break-ins that have occurred over the past few days.

More Stories