|Clarksburg School Project Defeated in Record Turnout
The borrowing authorization required a two-thirds vote to pass, or 370 yes votes out of the 555 cast.
The result was a flip of September's special town meeting vote that saw the project fail to capture two-thirds of the ballots by one vote.
Williamstown Hardware Store Holds Grand Opening
William Aubuchon IV cut the ribbon on Aubuchon's Main Street store, which opened a few weeks ago but held its grand opening celebration until this Friday and Saturday.
Afterward, Aubuchon said the move from a smaller location in the Colonial Plaza to the east on Main Street (Route 2) was necessary to serve the store's clientele.
E3 Students Create Recipe Cards for Food Pantry
The students came to the church bearing a set of recipe cards, which they produced as part of their quarter-long service-learning project to address issues related to food insecurity. As an added treat, they prepared samples of some of their favorite recipes, like pasta salad and five-layer dip, for the food pantry clients to try out.
Clarksburg Town Officials Offer Override Option as 'Plan B'
Town officials are floating the idea of a Proposition 2 1/2 override to stash away funds for capital projects that would include repairs to the aging elementary school.
Homeowners have been struggling with sticker shock over the controversial $19 million school project. While it's generally recognized the 50- to 40-year-old school building is in dire need of repair, the thought of shelling out $350,000 a year over the next 40 years has a lot of residents seeking a "Plan B."
Festive Holiday Market Brings Artisans, Good Food, to Greylock Works
Some 60 vendors and artisans will be showing their wares in the spacious Weave Shed at Greylock Works on Saturday.
But this isn't your typical farmer's market or craft bazaar.
House Passes $45 Million For Broadband & Massive Capital Bond Bill
Adams Selectmen Say Goodbye to Mazzucco
Tony Mazzucco attended his final Selectmen's meeting on Wednesday and was met with applause for his service to the town.
The town administrator has taken the post of general manager of Norwood and is leaving to move closer to where he grew up.
North Adams City Food Collection Benefits Friendship Center Pantry
The annual drive collects nonperishable foods from the North Adams Public Schools, City Hall, Police Department, Fire Department, Spitzer Center and the library.
Mediator Helping Cheshire, Adams Officials With Communication
Selectmen Chairman Robert Ciskowski told his colleagues on Tuesday that the initial "Community Paradigm Working Group" meeting between several select, finance and school officials of the two towns was productive.
Pittsfield Places Annual Christmas Tree in Park Square
The city's Christmas tree has arrived.
City workers, with help from L.P. Adams, installed the 35-foot donated tree Thursday morning. Weighing just about one ton, the tree was donated by Broadway Street residents Teena Guenther and her husband Paul Askew.
Lanesborough to Join Mosquito Control Project
A mosquito control program will start in the spring following an affirmative vote at Tuesday's special town meeting.
Lanesborough becomes the ninth town the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project will operate in. The state-backed agency focuses on reducing mosquito populations and monitoring for infectious disease outbreaks.
Williamstown Town Meeting OKs Police Station Land Purchase, Zoning Bylaws
Voters OK’d the $300,000 acquisition of .42 acres on Simonds Road (U.S. Route 7), including the building that used to be the Turner House for veterans.
When the non-profit Turner House announced its plan to suspend operations, the town in October 2016 the site as a potential site to replace the crowded and inadequate home for the Williamstown Police Department at Town Hall.
North Adams Council Accepts Land for Bike Path
The city is planning to piggyback the 1-mile section in North Adams informally named for the late state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, a longtime bike path proponent, onto the 2.5-mile route in Williamstown to tap into soon-to-expire federal scenic byway money.
Waterstone Will Continue to Pursue Pittsfield Project
Waterstone fully intends to move forward with a development at the William Stanley Business Park.
The company has spent five years and hundreds of thousands of dollars designing the project, which had been aimed at bringing a Walmart Supercenter to the site 16.5-acre site known as the teens.
Hoosac Valley Elementary Finding Success
Hoosac Valley Elementary School Principal Michele Colvin says despite all the changes in the district, the elementary school is unifying and thriving.
Colvin said the school had to reinvent itself and even created a new mascot, the "Lil’ 'Canes," and a new motto, Together Everyone Achieves More or TEAM.
Williamstown Culvert Replacement Project Begins
Williams College on Tuesday began the long process of replacing the culvert that carries Christmas Brook under downtown and into the Green River.
North Adams Council OKs Tax Rates for Fiscal 2018
The council approved the split tax rate that will see the residential rate rise about 4 percent, up from $17.67; the commercial rate will rise about 3 percent, from $38.54 to $39.85 per $1,000 valuation. A single family home assessed at $138,300 would see another $123 on the tax bill.
Williamstown & Lanesborough Approve School Regionalization
Within minutes of each other — and several miles apart — voters at the special town meetings in Lanesborough and Williamstown easily passed motions to create one regionalized school district for its children in kindergarten through Grade 12.
Developers Submit Plans For Pittsfield 'Walmart' Project
Waterstone Retail has filed its request for a special permit to build a 196,000 square-foot Walmart Supercenter at the William Stanley Business Park.
The developers signed a letter of intent to purchase the 16.5-acre parcel known as the "teens" at the intersection of Tyler Street Extension and Woodlawn Avenue.
Changes To Curbside Trash Pick Up On City Council Agenda
A proposal to overhaul the curbside trash pickup system is heading to the City Council.
Mayor Linda Tyer has put forth a request to move to a toter system, with which residents will be provided a 45-gallon tote for trash and a 95-gallon tote for recycling. Those totes allow for Republic Services to use trucks with automated arms.
Lanesborough Restaurant, Neighbor Take Dispute to Selectmen
The Board of Selectmen are hoping for a peaceful resolution to an ugly neighbor dispute between a local business and its residential neighbor.
The Selectmen have fielded complaints from Stephen Ciepiela regarding Matt Reilly's. Ciepiela lives next door and says the restaurant is blaring music until late at night. He says he can hear it clear inside his home at 11 p.m. at night with the windows closed.
Williamstown Selectmen Recommend School Regionalization to Tuesday Town Meeting
The Board of Selectmen on Monday voted to recommend the town approve the expansion of the Mount Greylock Regional School District to include its two feeder elementary schools.
In concurrent Tuesday special town meetings in Lanesborough and Williamstown, voters in the two towns will be asked to approve the current junior-senior high school district to include the elementary schools in each town.
North Adams Redevelopment Authority Agrees Reduce Restaurant Rent
A financially shaky Redevelopment Authority has agreed to reduce the rent for the Freight Yard Pub to keep funds flowing to manage its debt.
The restaurant had began witholding rent this past spring until the authority addressed what it claimed were poor conditions in Western Gateway Heritage State Park.
Greylock Works Gets $1.72M in State Funds to Complete Parking Lot
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.
Momentum Growing Locally Behind Outdoor Recreation Economy
The Berkshires recently hosted a meeting with the Legislature's Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development.
1Berkshire Director of Marketing Lindsey Schmid stood up before the group and began to tell the story about the importance of tourism in the Berkshires. But she didn't start with Tanglewood. Nor did she start with the Clark or MassMoCA. She started with mountain biking, hiking, and snowshoeing. 1 Comment
Adams Plans To Restore Cook Street Mill
The town will try to salvage the Cook Street grain elevator and remediate the area in hopes of turning it into a park.
Director of Community Development Donna Cesan asked the Selectmen to endorse a grant application to secure up to $200,000 in Brownfield funds from the Environmental Protection Agency to remediate the former Hoosac Valley Coal and Grain Property.
Running With The Law Returns For Third Year
Former North Adams Police Officer David Lemieux started the weekend running program with now-retired Brayton Elementary school teacher James Holmes in 2015. Lemieux and Holmes, both avid runners, wanted to create a program that encouraged healthy habits and positive interactions with police officers.
Lanesborough, Williamstown Voters Face School Regionalization Question Tuesday
At contemporaneous town meetings in each community, residents will be asked whether to consolidate the three schools of the Tri-District into a single, expanded Mount Greylock Regional School District. If they do so, the current practice of electing a separate school committee for each elementary school will be a thing of the past, and the budgets for both preK-6 schools will be incorporated into a single spending plan that voters will be asked to approve each spring at Annual Town Meeting.
North Adams Armory Dedication Memorializes City's Fallen Son DeMarsico
A few hundred people braved Saturday's bitter cold for the dedication of a plaque and stone in his honor at the North Adams Armory Center. DeMarsico's life was cut short in 2012 during a patrol in Afghanistan. He was walking point along the road, searching for improvised explosive devices.
Pittsfield Celebrates Veterans Day
With temperatures in the teens Saturday morning, the city of Pittsfield honored veterans of all wars with a parade and ceremony.
At 10 a.m. marchers and vehicles left City Hall and proceeded down North Street, onto South Street, and concluded at the Veterans Memorial on South Street.
North County Gives Back To Veterans
Local businesses and organizations are giving back to veterans this weekend.
Union Street barber Gus Jammalo is offering free haircuts to any veteran this year.
Blue Heron Tangled in Fishing Line Rescued From Flood Chutes
A blue heron trapped in fishing line in the Hoosic River flood chutes for nearly week was rescued Friday afternoon.
Senate Passes Amendment To Help Volunteer Ambulance Services
Some relief for struggling volunteer services is making its way through the legislative process.
The state Senate passed a health care bill Thursday night which included an amendment from Sen. Adam Hinds that alleviates the staffing requirements of an ambulance in rural towns. Currently, two emergency medical technicians are required to be on every basic life support transports.
2017 Fall Foliage Festival Leaf Hunt Winners & Locations
The annual Fall Foliage Leaf hunt, a traditional popular feature of Fall Foliage Festival Week, has returned after a hiatus of one year. It starts Saturday. This year the committee has revealed that there will be 20 colorful leaves hidden in North Adams, Adams, Cheshire, Florida and Williamstown.
Mount Greylock Building Committee Discusses Reasons Behind 'Change Orders'
The Mount Greylock School Building Committee recently further clarified the concept of "change orders" that have begun to affect the building project's budget in a modest way.
Clarksburg Students to Hold Gaming Fundraiser For Veterans
Clarksburg Elementary students will host "Soldiers, Dice, & Dragons" this Veterans Day to raise awareness and money for local homeless veterans through Soldier On.
Dalton Signs Community Compact With Polito; IT Upgrades Planned
Technology moves fast. The government doesn't.
For Dalton, the technology government uses is behind the times. The Town Hall doesn't have a server to back up files and documents. Town officials are saving things to flash drives and filing paperwork.
Gubernatorial Candidate Warren Wants to Increase Veterans Secretary Role
If Setti Warren is elected governor, he wants a veteran sitting in his cabinet.
The Newton Democrat has put forth a proposal to pull the veterans services secretary job out from under Health and Human Services and provide veterans with their own seat at the table.
Lt. Gov. Polito Delivers $425K For Habitat For Humanity Condo Project
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.
Holmes Confirms He Will Serve on North Adams School Committee
A retired schoolteacher who tried to withdraw from Tuesday's School Committee election has changed his mind after capturing second place in vote totals.
Mazzucco Leaving Adams Post for Eastern Massachusetts
Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco will leave his post and take a new position as the general manager of Norwood.
Drury High Senior Presented With Superintendent's Award
Superintendent Barbara Malkas got to do one of the "nicest" parts of her job on Wednesday night: Recognizing an outstanding student.
She awarded senior Cady Denning with the Certificate of Academic Excellence from the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents.
Pittsfield Councilors Want More Details For West Side Youth Center Project
The city is set to ask the Westside Neighborhood Initiative to flesh out the details of possibly building a new youth center on the west side.
The City Council's Economic and Community Development Subcommittee is recommending that a petition from Valerie Hamilton to construct the new center on Dewey Avenue be sent to the initiative. Hamilton was asking for the city to use property currently eyed for a park.
One Man's Mission: A Book For Every Child
That's because research shows that even from very young ages, children soak in the vocabulary and language skills that books help teach, especially when parents take the initiative to make reading a more interactive experience by encouraging age-appropriate discussion about the pictures and themes.
Adams-Cheshire Starts Agreement Amendment Process
The antiquated agreement was created in the mid-1960s when the regional district formed. The towns hadn't paid too much attention to the document until this past year, when budgeting woes led to the closure of Cheshire Elementary School over the protestations of Cheshire officials and residents. The smaller town was outmatched by Adams in voting strength.
Persip, Moon Join Incumbents on Pittsfield City Council
Helen Moon was arguably the most visible candidate among those seeking seats on the City Council this year.
Moon had organized a high energy campaign for Ward 1 as she looked to fill a vacancy being created by Lisa Tully's decision not to run for re-election.
Barrett Cruises to 1st Berkshire Victory
The former North Adams mayor was considered a shoe-in for the general election after defeating three fellow Democrats in the primary last month. He swept over Republican Christine Canning with all but Florida and Hancock reporting in. No Republican has held the seat in more than 30 years.
Bernard Wins Decisive Victory in North Adams' Mayor Race
Bernard bested his opponent, City Councilor Robert Moulton Jr., to become the city's 32nd chief executive in a vote of 2,404 to 1,023.
Court Gives Museum OK to Proceed With Art Sale
The Berkshire Museum's planned art sale will go forward.
Judge John Agostini denied a request for a preliminary injunction, pausing the Sotheby's auction of some 40 pieces of artwork, starting next week and extending into March. Members of the Rockwell family, other donors, and Attorney General Maura Healey filed for the injunction to at least delay the sale. The two hoped for a restraining order of the auctions that are scheduled for next week.
Clarksburg Voters Grappling With Big School Project Numbers
The town's share of the reconstruction/addition of the 65-year-old school would be $7.7 million, or about $350,000 a year, for 40 years. That's $3.25 on the tax rate and a total payoff of nearly $15 million.