|Herberg Set to Take on Ambitious Improvement Plan Thanks to State Grant
Thanks to a $900,000 state grant, Herberg Middle School is poised to vastly improve the academics in the building.
Herberg has had low scores on state assessments leading it into "turnaround status" and Principal Martin McEvoy and Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning Lisa Lesser crafted an ambitious plan to change those results. Earlier this month, the state not only approved the plan but also awarded $900,000 over the next three years to implement it.
Coalition Celebrates Another Year of Building Community
Parts of that hole, however, could be filled by the inspiring and uplifting words of the speakers who came to the podium on Friday to share what the idea of "building community" — the theme of the meeting, complete with a Lego brick motif and cake — meant to them.
Solid Waste District Considers Accepting North Adams
Williamstown representative Tim Kaiser told the commission Thursday that he and program director Linda Cernik have met with city officials about re-entering the district.
Mount Greylock School Committee Completes Superintendent Evaluation
And the "needs improvement" classification itself was not to be unexpected for someone who was hired as a full-time superintendent after a spring 2018 vote of the committee.
Berkshires' Summer Jazz Camp Enrollment Open
In mid-August, high school and middle school students throughout the county will get a chance to sit in with a group of master jazz musicians at Hoosac Valley High School.
North Adams Schools to Tout Opportunities at Drury High
Declining enrollment and school choice options are lending some competitive overtones to local school districts and Drury High School to make sure parents understand what it has to offer.
Signage, Public Awareness Means Less Dog Waste in Adams
Board of Health member Bruce Shepley said with new signage on the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail and public awareness there seems to be fewer dog feces on the trail.
North Adams Planners Want Permitting for Church 'NOMADS'
The Planning Board has told New Hope United Methodist Church on State Street that it must apply for a special permit to allow RVs to park on its property.
CATA Breaks Ground for New Art Center & Headquarters
Community Access for the Arts broke ground on Wednesday morning for a new art center at 420 Stockbridge Road.
Adult Learning Center Grads Get New Lease on Life
When Brittany Sullivan lost her sister, her life spiraled out of control.
"When I was 14 years old, my sister died suddenly in a car accident. This sent me into a downward spiral that led me to drinking, smoking, and dipping into opioids, which eventually got me kicked out of my home at 17. Shortly after, I dropped out of high school," Sullivan said.
Pittsfield Council OKs $175M Operating Budget, $11M Capital Plan
The City Council approved both the operating budget and the capital budget on Tuesday, June 11,but not before one more match of pickleball.
State Launches Public Awareness Campaign to Teens on Healthy Interactions
Sometimes a teenager will take to social media to rank about another. It causes riffs between the two individuals.
The original poster's friends ask what it was all about and they respond they were just venting. That's when the friends should step in and tell the poster to go talk to the individual about it. That is a better way to solve problems.
Ericson Looks to Reel in Taxes If Re-elected to Lanesborough Selectboard
A small town like Lanesborough shouldn't have the highest tax rate in the county, according to Robert Ericson.
Ericson is seeking his third term on the Board of Selectmen and has grown into taking a more fiscally conservative view on the town's finances - a viewpoint he said he didn't he'd ultimately take. But as he's spoken with many residents in town, he's realized the demographics are aging and there are a significant number of retirees on the verge of being "forced out of their houses."
Hubbard Seeks to Bring 'Wealth of Experience' to Lanesborough Selectboard
Gordon Hubbard is hoping to bring a wide range of experience to the Board of Selectmen.
Hubbard is the owner of Mount Greylock Campsite Park but prior to that boasts of a career in teaching, school administration, volunteer firefighting and as an emergency medical technician.
Lothrop Seeks Return to Pittsfield City Council, Jumps Into Ward 5 Race
Former City Councilor Jonathan Lothrop is looking to reclaim his seat at the dais.
Less than a week after Ward 5 Councilor Donna Todd Rivers announced she would not be seeking re-election, Lothrop announced a campaign for the seat he sat in for more than a decade.
North Adams Library to Renovate Two More Rooms
The Historical Society and trustees of the North Adam Public Library have allocated funds to renovate some unfinished rooms in the library to store archival material.
Republic Services Donates to Four Pittsfield Community Organizations
Republic Services doesn't just clean up the city's trash. It helps to clean up the community.
The city's trash hauler makes annual donations to various organizations throughout the city. This year four organizations were chosen by Mayor Linda Tyer for donations eyed to help make the city a better place.
The South Congregational Food Pantry was again a recipient. Republic Services has donated to the food pantry on multiple occasions and employees hold food drives to get additional donations
MCLA Launches Institute of Arts and Humanities
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is partnering with the area's myriad cultural entities to further its mission as an inclusive educational institution.
Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival Set for Saturday
Bowe Field will become a fantasy land this Saturday as the fourth annual Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival emerges from its magical realm.
Pressure from Residents Puts Williamstown Bike Path Back on Track
Town Manager Jason Hoch told the Select Board on Monday that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation once again has broken the Williamstown leg of the trail off from the North Adams project, reversing a course the state agency announced this spring.
North Adams Council Delays Approval of Fiscal 2020 Budget
The City Council on Tuesday punted the fiscal 2020 budget approval another two weeks on the recommendation of Councilor Marie T. Harpin.
Cheshire to Look Into Road Grader Options
After plans to buy a used road grader were decisively rebuffed at town meeting on Monday night, the Board of Selectmen says it will seek out a different avenue for a the road equipment.
Lanesborough Town Meeting Approves $10.7M Budget and More
Town meeting approved 35 of 38 warrant articles Tuesday night including the $10.7 million budget, a study for a future police station, but denied the sale of a parcel of land the town owns on North Main Street originally intended for senior housing.
The meeting came with few fireworks, unlike last year, and moved along at a decent clip considering the number of articles. Moderator Chris Dodig, at his first annual town meeting, set the tone early.
McCann Postsecondary Graduates Ready to 'Reap Rewards'
The 14 graduates of McCann Technical School's postsecondary program had a variety of reasons for entering the nearly yearlong program. And at Monday night pinning, they celebrated their successful completion in the fields of cosmetology, dental assisting, medical assisting and surgical assisting.
Mount Greylock School District Seeks Williamstown Resident to Fill Vacant Committee Seat
The Mount Greylock Regional School District has a vacancy on its School Committee and less than a month to fill the position.
BCAC Celebrates Accomplishments at Annual Meeting
Nancy Wagman, the Kids Count director of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, gave a presentation to the more than 100 guests gathered at Berkshire Hills Country Club on Friday that went back in time to show when and how poverty started winning the war that President Lyndon Johnson declared on it in the 1960s.
Pittsfield Board Pulls Back Permitting Restrictions On Proprietor's Lodge
The Community Development Board is temporarily halting its request that city officials halt all permitting for additions to Proprietor's Lodge but will be keeping a close eye on the operations.
The lodge received a special permit earlier this year from parking requirements and it had presented a parking management plan. The permit was needed because of additional space being created but Proprietor's was not expanding its occupancy. The lodge was given a special permit to add a deck, ceremony
Cheshire Town Meeting Votes No On Grader
At the conclusion of a nearly four-hour meeting, town meeting shot down the purchase of a used grader but approved the $6.2 million fiscal 2020 budget. 1 Comment
Pittsfield Councilor Rivers Opts Out of Re-election Bid
Ward 5 Councilor Donna Todd Rivers will not seek re-election.
Rivers served two terms on the council after barely squeaking by Rick Scapin in 2015, filling the seat vacated by Jonathan Lothrop. She was unopposed in 2017 and had taken out nomination papers to run again in 2019 but this weekend opted not bow out of the position.
North Adams DPW Dealing With Water Line Break on Main Street
Main Street's eastbound lane remains closed between American Legion Drive and the entrance to the parking lot as the Department of Public Works continues to deal with a water main break.
Anti-Bias Training Program Seeks to Create Leaders in Berkshire Schools
It takes confidence for a student to speak out and interfere when another is being harassed or bullied. It takes confidence the skill to step in when somebody is being targeting other students with hateful words.
Schools traditionally would bring in a speaker or hold an assembly and adults would preach to the students when the issues erupted into something, when something bad happened. And then the assembly would end and there wouldn't be until it happened again.
Pittsfield Hosting Firefighter Challenge Race This Weekend
Firefighters from all over will swarm Pittsfield next weekend to test their skills against each other.
The Firefighter Combat Challenge is an obstacle course that designed to test firefighters on different tasks they've had to accomplish immediately on the scene of a fire - whether than be rolling out a hose or carrying a victim. Wearing full geat the firefighters will race each other up a five-story tower with a hose, hoist hoses from the ground, hop I-beams, drag hoses, and carry a 175-poun
Cheshire Annual Town Meeting Monday Night
The annual town meeting will vote on 14 articles Monday night. Town meeting will be held at Cheshire School beginning at 7 p.m.
PHS Students Ready to Be Accountable Adults
Class President Trista Dearstyne believes the class is ready. She said entering the adult world is scary but because of the lessons they learned in high school has prepared them for it. She said the students can succeed in college, in the military, or in careers
Taconic Graduates 'Class of Change'
The seniors at Taconic were known as the "class of change" and lead the way to break in the new school.
The new Taconic was opened for classes for the first time this year and the nickname "class of change" was given to the seniors. They were the ones to break in the new structure while watching the school that had spent the previous three years be torn down.
Lenox High Graduates Ready to Take Flight
The 49 graduates of Lenox Memorial High School are ready for the risks ahead as they leave the close-knit class of 2019 and learn to fly.
Warbler Waves Migrating Through Berkshires
Despite the cool spring weather, waves of warblers and songbirds are reaching their familiar feeding grounds, in the deciduous woodlands and sylvan edges, like the banks of the Hoosic River in North Adams.
Mount Greylock Grads Told to 'Make Change Happen'
Initially divided, now unified yet diverse, the Mount Greylock Regional School class of 2019 was graduated Saturday morning and given one last reminder of how "unspecial" it truly is.
Pittsfield High Names Class Speakers & Top 10 for 2019
Trista Dearstyne, president of the Pittsfield High School class of 2019, will speak at the graduation ceremony at Tanglewood in Lenox on Sunday, June 9, at 4:00pm.
Berkshires Receiving Nearly $8M in Chapter 90 Funds
About $7,820,310 of that will be heading to the Berkshires with the largest amount — $1.4 million — going to Pittsfield and its nearly 200 miles of roads. The second largest amount of $435,324 goes to the county's other city, North Adams, which has just over 70 miles of road.
Hoosac Valley Graduates Remember Past and Look Forward
Hundreds packed into the hot gymnasium to see the class of 2019 off.
Sunshine, Warm Temps Finally Arrive in the Berkshires
After a rainy spring, this weekend might finally feel like summer in the Berkshires.
Mount Greylock Regional Names 2019 Graduation Speakers
Adam Cohen and Clare Sheedy have been selected to address the class of 2019 at the Mount Greylock Regional School graduation ceremonies at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, in the school gymnasium.
Pot Shop Proposes Moving Into Adams Oasis Property
Another marijuana retail facility is seeking permission to operate in Adams, this one within the Oasis package store.
Pittsfield Police Advisory Sees First Two Internal Affairs Cases
The Police Advisory and Review Board's training wheels are coming off.
The group has spent the last few months brushing up on various police policies, taking ride alongs with officers, and review two very different types of internal affairs cases. Now, the group is expected to start operating more independently, choosing officers and establishing its own procedures after begin guided by Police Chief Michael Wynn for these last few months.
Drury High Class of 2019 Offers Inspiration to Future Classes
Vincienza Alicandri in her valedictory address on Thursday night lauded Drury High School and its teachers for setting the class of 2019 on the road to success.
BRTA Expanding Evening Bus Service Beginning July 1
The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority will increase its evening bus service to include transportation to North Adams and Great Barrington beginning on Monday, July 1.
Cheshire Selectmen Address Pothole Complaints
The town may create a Highway Department Capital Committee to help prioritize road projects and asses other department issues.
McCann Tech Class of 2019 Holds 'Golden Key' to Unlock Future
Valedictorian Emma Lee Marino, taking a moment to call out to her grandfather who was in the hospital, said her time at McCann was like a puzzle. Some experiences were bad and others good.
North Adams School Committee Renews Contract With Superintendent
The School Committee on Tuesday signed a new three-year contract with Superintendent of Schools Barbara Malkas.