The vision of the Berkshire County Education Task Force is a single, countywide school district that would create sustainable educational opportunities and academic support to a dwindling student population.
The controversial recommendation, made in July after two years of study and modeling, hasn't been an easy sell in the small towns fearing that consolidation means school closings and loss of local control.
The long talked about a vote on regionalization of the two elementary schools goes to the voters on Nov. 14.
The Board of Selectmen set that date for a special town meeting to handle the question of whether or not Williamstown and Lanesborough should join together as one K-12 regional school district. Schools officials have been talking about taking such a step for years and it is eyed to save both towns money and improve efficiency.
Expand the skate park. Add lights to Clapp Park. Fix the drainage at the old beach at Pontoosuc Lake. More benches at Burbank. Disposal stations for dog waste. Dog parks. Outdoor ice skating. Restoring the Springside House.
And the list goes on.
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 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.
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."
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
On Friday, for the October monthly forum, participants were asked to get up and out of the church for a very different reason: to engage members of the community who might not be aware of the Coalition's work or its meetings.
In just a few short years college students will be graduated, looking for work, buying a home, having children, and pay off loads of student debt.
But right now they aren't thinking of that. The 18 to 29 year old age bracket votes at a much lower rate than the older generations. And because of that, it is easier for politicians to craft their views around the population that put them in office - ignoring the issues of the younger generation.
An overly packed library auditorium heard an overview of the organization looking to resettle 50 Syrian and Iraq refugees in the city's plans. But, did not field questions.
The meeting only lasted an hour with more than 300 people, in standing room and overflowing into the back, with Jewish Family Services providing an overview of the program. The plan will bring the 15 or so Arab speaking families from the Middle East to Pittsfield and volunteers and the JFS will work closely with the famili