Back in the 1940s, the Gillettes would set up and run carnivals all around Pontoosuc Lake.
The brothers Jules, Art and Gene started up the Gillette Carnival in 1947 and it has grown to be a family affair. While it takes the family throughout the northeast throughout the summer they always start the year at home.
The Baker Hill Road District has filed another lawsuit against the Berkshire Mall in pursuit of taxes.
On Friday, the district, which was created as a taxing entity and in charge of maintaining the connector road, filed a lawsuit seeking taxes owed for this year. The new suit comes after the district was successful in being awarded in Berkshire Superior Court close to $300,000 in back taxes.
The Berkshire Mall says it looks to reopen later this week after its electricity had been shut off.
In a post on Facebook, the mall wrote that the closure for the last few days was caused by a power outage. The mall is aiming to re-open Wednesday but has said it is closed until further notice.
A Brooklyn chocolatier is considering purchasing one of the mall's anchor stores to manufacturer marijuana-infused chocolate products.
Lev Kelman and Lori Denman pitched the concept to the Board of Selectmen Monday night. Kelman said he's been in talks with mall ownership to either lease a large space like the vacant J.C. Penny location or lease a smaller space, in the former Garden Grill space.
The Baker Hill Road District has taken a new tactic to secure back taxes from the Berkshire Mall.
On Dec. 7, the district the district filed a lawsuit in Berkshire Superior Court against Berkshire Mall Realty Holdings seeking $276,859 plus interest from the properties. The request for taxes owed to the district for the first two quarters of the fiscal year.
In back-to-back years, the Berkshire Mall has been taken to court for not paying snow plowing contracts.
M. Ostrander LLC. Successfully sued Berkshire Mall Realty Holdings for $77,840 after the mall paid only a portion of the amount due to the company. The suit names both Berkshire Mall Realty Holdings and owner Merman Kohansieh.
The pair had sat down with Assessor Kelly Tolisano, who explained to them that the mall is valued at $19.5 million, resulting in a tax bill of $417,000 — a number that is significantly down from the mall's heyday and one that the current owner routinely falls behind on and then catches up at the last moment.
The Baker Hill Road District hopes to have Senate approval to own property, specifically the Berkshire Mall, on Thursday.
State Sen. Adam Hinds' office said they are currently prepping for the bill to go for a vote on Thursday. It had been stuck in the Senate's Rule's Committee receiving review from Senate Counsel. The House had passed the measure last June.
Berkshire Mall management had security escort an iBerkshires reporter from the property Wednesday afternoon.
iBerkshires had heard reports that the mall had lost power. We attempted to call management to find out what happened by the phone was "temporarily unavailable." So, we drove there to find out.
The owners of the Berkshire Mall still hasn't paid a Superior Court Judgment to Petricca Industries. And now, Petricca wants to collect what it is owed from rent the stores pay.
Petricca has filed for a trustee process, which seeks to extricate the approximately $250,000 owed from store's rent money. The move essentially looks to garnish the mall's income to pay the judgment - the money would go from the stores to Petricca instead of Berkshire Mall Realty Holdings.
Police are now parking a cruiser outside of the Garden Grill to help curb an outbreak of recent trouble.
The establishment had warned manager Armando Charis to keep a closer eye on patrons earlier this month after three incidents of fights breaking. And the following weekend, a man was jumped in the parking lot and ended up with a broken jaw.
Sears at the Berkshire Mall is slated for closure.
The company announced on Thursday the pending closure of 18 Sears stores and 45 Kmarts. The Berkshire Mall's location had been spared from earlier rounds of store closures by Sears Holdings but is part of the latest.
Truly Independent Wrestling is having trouble settling into its new home.
The fairly recently formed company is planning to hold monthly wrestling shows and hold workshops teaching the sports entertainment. The independent promoters formed last year and held shows in Pittsfield. Recently, they signed a lease at the Berkshire Mall, utilizing space of the former Old Navy store.
Another civil lawsuit has been filed against the owners of the Berkshire Mall.
UG2 LLC. filed a civil suit in Berkshire Superior Court Monday alleging Kohan Retail Investment Group bilked the company out of $143,096 worth of janitorial services. The company further accuses owner Mehran Kohansieh of "deceptive business practices."
The Berkshire Mall bills are piling up.
The mall owner, Kohan Retail Investment Group, under Berkshire Mail Realty Holdings, not only owes close to a half million in taxes to the town and to the Baker Hill Road District — $230,000 for the road district and $209,000 to the town.