About a decade ago, the city of Pittsfield became well aware of the impact that teenage pregnancy has on a community.
The city had reached a high in the number of births among teenage women and it brought on an array of challenges, from poverty to social issues to that child having trouble learning in school.
Two city firefighters were honored by the governor for meritorious conduct.
Lt. Michael D'Avella and Firefighter Robitaille were given awards for meritorious conduct on Tuesday by Gov. Charlie Baker, Public Safety Sec. Daniel Bennett, and Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey.
Secretary Jay Ash last visited the former Cariddi Mill in May to hear about its potential; on Monday, he was back with a $1.72 million check from the state's MassWorks program to aid the project in completing its parking infrastructure.
Eight years ago Berkshire Gas donated a parcel of land on Deming Street to Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity.
The non-profit worked with White Engineering to design a condominium project featuring three buildings, with two units in each.
The state completed a $95,000 renovation of the town beach and boat dock.
The Department of Fish and Game's Office of Fishing and Boating Access spent this summer improving drainage, adding handicap access, creating fishing stations, and building a new dock for easy access into kayaks and other boats.
Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito assured local officials here that she's making sure small towns have access to funding for projects critical to their growth.
Polito was speaking at the completion of one of those projects — the million-dollar rehabilitation of Forest Street that was made possible by MassWorks funding specifically set aside for rural communities.
State Sen. Adam Hinds knows the Berkshires has problems and he sought office in order to help "right the ship." But, he says Eversource's proposed rate increase threatens the county's economic stability.
"We struggle with the impact of population decline every single day. We have schools that are closing now because of the lack of student enrollment. We have towns fighting about budgets and the tax burden continues to shift to the people who are staying. The median household income is in most
Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing has a unique niche that has tremendous growth potential. And the owners are now hoping others will follow their lead and develop a "cluster" in the life science field of the Berkshires.
Owners Shawn Kinney and Andrea Wagner led U.S. Rep. Richard Neal on a tour of their facility on Tuesday. The company specializes in manufacturing small scale injectable drugs for clinical trials but does so with an isolator which ups the quality of the clean room product.
Gov. Charlie Baker signed updated marijuana regulations into law Friday.
Voters had passed the legalization of recreational use of marijuana in November and since then lawmakers have been reworking the law, which included a six-month delay. After negotiations between the House and Senate, the Legislature passed changes to the citizen's referendum on July 20, which was then signed on Friday.
Gov. Charlie Baker's Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts will hold listening sessions to hear ideas about how to make the commonwealth the most livable state for people of all ages.
The council will meet in Pittsfield on Wednesday, Aug. 2, from 10 to noon at Elder Services of Berkshire County, 877 South St., Suite 4E.
Two years and $2.6 million later, the renovation of the Veterans War Memorial Tower at the summit of Mount Greylock is complete.
State officials cut the ribbon on the project to completely restore the 84-year-old monument to those armed forces members who were killed in war. The tower was last renovated in 1973 after it was closed for 11 years, and then in the 90s more repairs were done.
MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack says the massive $10.5 million reconstruction of East Housatonic Street is a perfect example of what the state wants to see.
The project has been in the works for years and finally began construction March of 2016. It is on pace to be completed in October, with punch list items being completed in the spring.
The School Department was close to closing all of its preschool classes at Morningside and Conte Community School, two schools that need it the most.
But, between state legislators and the union, there will at least be a few. The state budget includes $50,000 to help fund those programs.
Senate President Stanley Rosenberg sat in on a number of meetings in the Berkshire on Friday to discuss the county's economic future. The Amherst Democrat knows a lot of the issues already from prior meetings here and representing the rural Franklin County.
Jim and Jennifer Hallock took ownership of the Shaker Mill Tavern Family Smoke House almost a year ago.
They envision more of a family restaurant than the bar operations of the previous owners and even built out a children's area.
The state has brought together local leaders to develop a "blueprint" for regional workforce development.
Representatives from business, education, and community organizations met with Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash on Tuesday for a four-hour planning session. The session is part of seven Workforce Skills Cabinet meetings across the state with the hope to better align the education, workforce development, and economic development.
Renewing a driver's license or registration just got easier.
The state Department of Transportation and AAA have teamed up locally to expand convenience of Registry of Motor Vehicle services. AAA members can now access all of those services from the branch instead of having to go to the RMV.
North Adams has received a Green Communities Grant of $194,580 that will help it save that and more in energy costs every year.
The city was one of five communities presented with certificates, big checks and signage proclaiming them the newest members of the state's Green Communities program by Judson and Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton.
There were a lot of numbers being thrown around Monday night at the public hearing for Eversource's proposed electrical rate increase.
Seventy-three is the number of teachers the city is already planning to lay off while $6.1 million is the salary of Eversource CEO James J Judge. The figure of $708,336 is how much the mayor says the proposed Eversource rate increase would add to the city budget. The electric company shut off power to 10,903 homes in 2015. One dollar and 30 cents per credit w
Greylock Works received a $2,176,341 MassWorks grant last fall to redo the entry and parking lots on the east and south side of the sprawling structure. Part of that grant was a 10-year easement for the city to allow use of the parking for the adjacent Alcombright Athletic Complex.
Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito toured the downtown Thursday afternoon before announcing grant funding for two Southwestern Massachusetts bridges.
Polito had spent the morning signing a Community Compact agreement with Lanesborough and Windsor. She later joined Mayor Linda Tyer for a brief private meeting at city hall. She left the offices and proceeded to the Onota Building with the mayor, City Council President Peter Marchetti 1Berkshire CEO Jonathan Butler, Downtown Pittsfield Inc. President Jesse C
For small towns it is difficult to bring in special expertise so the state is stepping in to help.
Lanesborough wants to focus more on economic development and that long-range planning is significantly helped along by a professional economic development planner. In Windsor, town officials want to secure long-term financial stability but doesn't have the professional expertise and time to craft a careful long-term plan.
Over the last week, I have heard many heart-wrenching stories about children and adults expressing their sadness and fear based on the results of the national election. It is natural to feel sad and disappointed when your candidate doesn't win. It is not typical, though, in our country, to feel fearful at the end of an election. But because of the repeated expression of bigoted views about women, racial minorities, people of both the Jewish and Muslim faiths, immigrants, members of the LGBT comm