|MassDevelopment Announces Funding For Public Spaces
The program funds place-based, community-driven projects that revitalize downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts, such as outdoor dining spaces, pop-up parks and beer gardens, sidewalk retail infrastructure, and more.
Person Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries in Pittsfield Car Fire
The Pittsfield Fire Department responded with one engine and arrived at the same time as the Pittsfield Police Department. Upon arrival, they found a person was still in the burning vehicle and was on fire.
MCLA Green Living Seminar Series Begins Jan. 26
Every semester, the Green Living Seminar Series centers around a different topic, timely and relevant in current sustainability issues.
Woodlands Partnership Drafting Plans to Guide Its Future
The Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership is working on a 2022 revision of its organizational plan, with a goal of having it drafted and finalized in March's meeting
Parks Commission Updated on Pittsfield's Outdoor Recreation Projects
A bike skills track in Springside Park and a master vision for improvements at Pontoosuc Lake Park are on the horizon.
Pittsfield Police Seeking Information on Woodlawn Ave. Shooting
Officers attempted to transport the animal to an emergency veterinary hospital but the dog succumbed to its injuries during transport.
New State Program Will Let School Districts Distribute At-Home COVID-19 Tests
The at-home testing program is designed to replace the commonwealth's "test and stay" program, which was created to allow in-school testing of asymptomatic close contacts of people who have tested positive for COVID-19.
40 Under Forty Nominations Open
Nominees for 40 Under Forty must be 39 years old or younger as of Sept. 30, 2022, and must work in Berkshire County, Massachusetts
Grant Supports Stewardship of Bow Wow Woods
The ATC grant will support Greenagers' advancement of the conservation of the wild, scenic and cultural assets of Bow Wow Woods which lie adjacent to the Appalachian Trail (AT) corridor. Most of Bow Wow Woods is a mature, healthy forest of conifers and deciduous trees.
Pittsfield Recreational History Now Digitized On Berkshire Athenaeum Website
The content reflects 62 scrapbooks spanning materials from 1943 to 2007.
McCann School Committee Applauds Students for Tornado Relief Drive
Led by students Cecilia Marszalek and Jakob Wood, students collected gifts and donations late last month to help students struggling in the aftermath of a destructive tornado. McCann Principal Justin Kratz said a total of 239 boxes were donated for the cause, weighing in at about 5,000 pounds.
Designer Consigner Offers Upscale Consignment Shopping in Pittsfield
Designer Consigner, owned by Pittsfield resident Amy Kotski, has provided stylish, sustainable, and affordable shopping since 2017. In March of last year, her shop moved from East Street to an expanded space in the Allendale Underground at 5 Cheshire Road.
Fans Supporting Animal Shelters & Organizations for Betty White
Betty White was a strong advocate for animals during her lifetime in supporting numerous organizations and foundations dedicated to both wildlife and domesticated animals and received the American Humane Society's National Humanitarian Medal and the Legacy Award.
New Funding Round for Shared Streets and Spaces Program
Since the program’s start in June of 2020, a total of $33 million dollars in grant funding has been provided to Massachusetts cities and towns to facilitate 310 projects.
Great Barrington 2022 Annual Town Census
State law mandates this annual street listing (town census) of residents as of Jan. 1 of each year.
Williamstown Elementary, Mount Greylock Principals Outline Budget Priorities
The principals of Mount Greylock Regional School and Williamstown Elementary School on Thursday asked the School Committee to support staffing increases for next year that will address both learning gaps and social emotional wellness needs in the district.
Shire Donuts to Open Second Location in Dalton
Jeff and Heather King opened their doughnut shop in Adams more than a year ago. Now they're expanding their operation to central Berkshire County because of its popularity.
Veteran Spotlight: Lt. Col. Lance English
English spent a total of 28 years in active and Reserves in the Army and an additional seven years of service in the government sector. He retired as a lieutenant colonel from the Army Reserves.
Winter Storm Warning for Berkshires as Nor'easter Brings Up to Foot of Snow
The Berkshires are in for a double whammy this week — a Nor'easter is expected to bring up to a foot of snow and ice overnight followed by another Arctic blast that will keep temperatures in the freezer zone.
At 100, Navy WAVE & MCLA Graduate Remembers Where It All Began
Ruth E. Black Koczela, a 100-year-old World War II Navy veteran, and her family visited on Dec. 14 the chapel at her former duty station, the Nebraska Avenue Complex, formerly the Naval Communication Annex, where she married a fellow naval officer in 1946.
Hoosac Valley Athletic Director Molly Meczywor Getting EMT Certification
Meczywor, who did a ride-along with the Northern Berkshire EMS last week, started taking her EMT course several months ago. She explained the course was more work than she anticipated, but support from the administration and others at the high school made it a lot easier.
North Adams Library Suspends In-Person Events
Library Director Sarah Sanfilippo told the trustees Wednesday that all in-person events and activities in the library have been suspended as they monitor the recent COVID-19 surge.
Great Barrington Working on Public WiFi Network
Fiber Connect is handling installation of routers and cabling for Public GB, the public Wifi network. The town is approaching about a dozen property owners to arrange easement agreements for equipment installation, for which property owners are asked to pay a one-time fee of $2,000.
Cold Blast to Start the Weekend, Snow Expected to End It
There is a wind chill warning in effect from 7 p.m. Friday until noon on Saturday. During the day in North Adams, temperatures will inch up to 30 degrees then will quickly drop as the evening rolls in.
Dalton Selectman Boyle Proposes Merger of Development Panels
In a joint meeting between the panels, John Boyle, who is the chair of both, reported that he is considering disbanding the DDIC and enlarging the membership of the DRA.
BCC To Host Registration Day
Prospective students can walk in without an appointment and be instantly accepted to the College after applying. The spring 2022 semester begins Monday, Jan. 24.
Lanesborough Finance Committee Weighs in on Special Town Meeting Articles
The town meeting, slated to be at the Lanesborough Elementary School, will allow residents to discuss and act upon 15 warrant articles. The contents of these warrant articles are available on the town website.
Mount Greylock School Committee Advances Natural Grass Playing Field Plan
For the first time in the long and complicated history of the natural vs. synthetic turf field debate in the district, the committee voted to move forward with a field plan that does not include an artificial turf surface.
Hinds Announce $ 7.5M in ARPA Funds for Summer Storm Damages
Western Massachusetts communities will be eligible for funding from a $7.5 million American Rescue Fund Act bill to aid regions affected by the July 2021 storms.
Lenox Cultural Council 2022 Grant Awards
The Lenox Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth.
South County Towns Receive Climate Change Resilience Grants
The Baker-Polito Administration announced $216,078 in grants through the Climate Change Resilience Grant Opportunity Program to five conservation organizations and municipalities.
New Pittsfield School Committee Meets for the First Time
In line with tradition, the committee appointed its organizational positions for the term. In unanimous votes, William Cameron was elected as the chair, Daniel Elias as vice chair, and Mark Brazeau as the clerk.
Community Recreation Association to Hold Food Drive
The drive will be held rain or shine.
Pittsfield Con Comm OKs Barkerville Conservation Area Parking Lot
The city will be adding a parking lot to the Barkerville Conservation Area so that nature lovers will have better access.
Adams Board of Health Continues to Mull Mask Mandate
As COVID-19 cases rise throughout the county following the holidays, the Board of Health continues to consider the possibility of a mask mandate and other potential restrictions.
Clarksburg School, Town Working Together to Address Problems
School and town officials are hoping the town is now on the right track with the election of Jeffrey Levanos to the Select Board and the hiring of a town administrator.
Adams Parks Commission Chairman Resigns
The board now has two openings it is looking to fill. The board voted to make members Jacob Schutz and James Fassell interim co-chairs until vacancies are filled and a new member can be appointed chairman.
Pittsfield Hospitalization Rates Not Spiking During Omicron Surge
During a COVID-19 update at Tuesday's City Council meeting, Director of Public Health Andy Cambi reported that there are 25 people hospitalized at Berkshire Medical Center for the virus and that a large number of these patients are unvaccinated.
State Launches COVID-19 Digital Vaccine Card Tool
The new tool, called My Vax Records, allows people who received their vaccination in Massachusetts to access their own vaccination history and generate a COVID-19 digital vaccine card, which would contain similar vaccination information to a paper CDC card.
New Pittsfield City Council Has Brief First Meeting
The councilors accepted a nearly $100,000 grant for free public Wi-Fi infrastructure, approved two orders from Mayor Linda Tyer to execute historic preservation restrictions for two Community Preservation Act projects, and approved the assignment of subcommittees.
Adams Annual Town Census
This year census forms have been mailed to all residents. Residents are asked to review the form, make any necessary changes, sign and return it to the Town Clerk's Office in the envelope provided, even if there are no changes.
Williamstown Board Names New DIRE Member, Supports Cable Mills Project
Noah Kane-Smalls joins the Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee after receiving the wholehearted support of the Select Board and the only other candidate to come forward for the vacant spot.
New North Adams Council Meets for First Time
The new City Council met for the first time in a brief meeting on Tuesday that completed the organization of government and completed several items of business.
Dalton Select Board Supports Town Pay Raises
On Monday, the board voted to endorse a new pay plan that would cost about $58,000 to implement. The plan, which can be utilized for union and non-union employees, will be reviewed by the Finance Committee before a final decision is made in the next couple of weeks.
BUW Names Former North Adams Mayor Bernard as New President
Former North Adams Mayor Thomas Bernard has been named president and chief executive officer of the Berkshire United Way.
Hoosac Valley's Brodie Lanoue Presented With Superintendents' Award
Hoosac Valley High School senior Brodie Lanoue received this year's Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents' Academic Excellence Award.
State Orders 26M Rapid Tests, Changes Guidance on PCR Testing
The announcement comes in tandem with an advisory from the state Department of Public Health affirming the accuracy of the rapid-result antigen tests and "clarity" surrounding the need for PCR tests at overwhelmed testing centers around the state.
BCC to Host Virtual Nursing Info Sessions
Completing an information session is mandatory for all ADN students. The sessions provide an opportunity for prospective nursing students to learn more about BCC's programs, the admissions process, prerequisites, immunization information and more.
Berkshire Regional Planning Commission Plans to Query Gubernatorial Candidates
Berkshire Regional Planning Commission wants to communicate with candidates of the 2022 gubernatorial election to see where they stand on issues in Western Massachusetts.
North Adams Planners OK New Apartments in Eagle Street Block
The structure will have three apartments on each of the second and third level. Two will be two-bedroom units and the third will be one-bedroom. The two-bedrooms will be just over 1,000 square feet and the one-bedroom 761 square feet. The larger units will both have two full-bathrooms.