|Berkshire County Kids' Place Gala Celebrates Courage
The path on Friday night was a yellow brick road to "A Night in the Emerald City," the theme for these year's fundraising gala for the nonprofit that was held at Country Club of Pittsfield. Phelps donned a purple witch's hat to welcome guests to the event that also included recognition of several individuals for their work for Kids' Place.
Noted 'Edu-Tainer' Brings Message of Tolerance to Mount Greylock Educators
Educators who gathered this month at Mount Greylock Regional School were reminded that those bags are just part of the baggage.
Adams Selectmen Hear From Ale House Owner
The building on East Hoosac Street has sat unused since then. Girard has it listed it on several sources and is still hopeful he can find a taker. The idle liquor license he still holds, however, has become an issue for the town.
Wahconah Unveils Banner Marking National Unified Sports Honor
Wahconah Regional High School Friday unveiled a banner recognizing it as a Special Olympics National Unified Champion School.
Northern Berkshire Coalition Forum Envisions 'Inclusive Development'
Instead of focusing on what people were afraid of with new challenges of community investment, participants in the October forum were asked to instead look at what "inclusive development" they would like to see.
Controversial Williamstown Sporting Goods Store Proposal Withdrawn
The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday avoided a decision on the most controversial issue it has faced this year.
Pittsfield Superintendent Seeking New Opportunities
After McCandless' evaluation by the School Committee on Wednesday, he confirmed that he is a finalist for the superintendent's position of the Silver Lake Regional School District in Kingston, just north of Plymouth.
North Adams' Helme Named Woman of Achievement
The city's director of tourism has been named the 2019-20 Woman of Achievement by the Northern Berkshire Business and Professional Women's Club.
Adams' Berkshire Mill Damaged by Falling Tree
Several upper windows on the west side of the building facing Hoosac Street were shattered. Police responded to close off the area and a Department of Public Works crew was cleaning up the debris. No word of any injuries.
Pittsfield Students Receive Superintendent Award
Superintendent Jason McCandless began Wednesday's School Committee with a presentation honoring two of the highest achieving students in the school system.
Cheshire Highway Foreman Advocates for New Grader
He has asked the board to propose at town meeting buying a grader as opposed to continuing to rent one as they currently do. He has other ideas as well.
Pittsfield Airport to Serve as Hub For Disaster Preparedness
Central Berkshire received $25,000 while the Northern and Southern Berkshire committees each were awarded $23,000 from the highly competitive grant program.
Rain, Wind Heading for New England
The beautiful and downright balmy weather over the Berkshires will change in a big way mid-week as a "bomb" cyclone hits along the Northeast seaboard.
Pittsfield Mayoral Candidates Debate Education Issues
Mayoral candidates Linda Tyer and Melissa Mazzeo sparred over education during a debate hosted by the Pittsfield Educational Administrators Association and United Educators of Pittsfield on Tuesday night.
North Adams Library Trustees to Look at New Policies
The trustees addressed an American Library Association memo in response to filming in the library and agreed to hold off on penning a policy until next month.
Cheshire Welcomes New School Superintendent Aaron Dean
There has been frequent turnover in the position lately. Dean is the third person to hold the top education post in as many years but says he's in for the long haul.
Hundreds Hike Mount Greylock During The Ramble
ProAdams reports that near 1,200 people registered at the summit of Mount Greylock with more making there way to the top as the day went on.
Registration Deadline, Absentee Ballots for Municipal Elections
Absentee ballots also are available for the North Adams and Pittsfield elections in the offices of the city clerks in both cities. Deadline for all absentee ballots to be submitted is Tuesday, Nov. 4, by noon.
North Adams Library Looks Into Cariddi Beacon
Trustee Chairwoman Robin Martin told the rest of the board last week that she has solicited input from the public and those close to Cariddi and there was a consensus that something visual should be done to memorialize the late state representative at the library.
Helping Hands Founder Gathers Group to Tackle Homelessness
And now Honig and a group of other regular contributors on the page are targeting one specific need in the community: resources for those without housing stability. That grew from a post on the page where someone was searching for a tent to provide shelter while they were without permanent housing.
McCann Scores High on MCAS Tests
On the math portion of the test, McCann claimed a 94 percent passing rate; the state average is 91 percent.
Mount Greylock Parents Split on Merging Winter & Spring Vacations
Mount Greylock's director of academic technology reported on results of a survey to gauge support for revising the school calendar to consolidate the February and April vacation weeks into a single week off in March.
Innovation Center on Schedule For January Opening
The center's Executive Director Ben Sosne gave a brief update to the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority last week and said board should expect a grand opening in the first half of January.
Williamstown Playground Project Nearing Completion
Last week, the poured rubber surfacing was scheduled to be laid at the new playground at Linear Park, off Water Street, and one of the volunteers helping lead the project said the hope is that the site will be ready for youngsters before the end of the fall.
Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Mulls Possible Expansion
The possible inclusion of North Adams and Dalton would be especially convenient this year as both municipalities' solid waste contracts expire on June 30, the same date as the district's.
Mount Greylock Considering Universal Pre-Kindergarten
Locally, Grady said she sees concerning trends of declining pre-kindergarten enrollment and assessment scores among incoming kindergarteners that indicate greater need.
Pittsfield City Council Accepts Grant Funds For Electric Car
Kerwood said the car has been ordered and the $34,000 allocation was approved in the fiscal 2020 budget and was purchased through parking revenue.
MCAS Results Mixed for Hoosac Valley Regional School District
Standardized test results were a mixed bag for the Hoosac Valley Regional School and although there was some progress, the district was penalized because of incomplete data.
Adams Committee Raising Money for Susan B. Anthony Celebration
Adams is taking the lead nationally in recognizing Anthony as she was born on East Road in 1820.
Northern Berkshire United Way Kicks off 2019-20 Campaign
Much of that will be directed back to NBUW's 20 member agencies, but Collier on Thursday also wanted to highlight some of the other work the agency had been doing above and beyond those allocations.
Welcome to Wayfair: Dignitaries, Business Leaders Celebrate Opening
The international home decor company's new $5 million call center will employ upwards of 300 people in the coming months in a newly renovated section of the Clock Tower Building fully furnished, of course, with Wayfair products.
2019 Fall Foliage Festival Leaf Hunt Clues
The annual Fall Foliage Leaf hunt, a traditional popular feature of Fall Foliage Festival Week, including three sets of GPS coordinates for GEOcaching fans, starts Saturday, Sept. 28.
Lanesborough to Fund Repairs at Town Hall, Elementary School
During a routine inspection, the glycol in the system was found to be in need of flushing and replacement. The material is also corroding other parts of the system but that will be addressed in a separate bid.
Election 2019 Debates & Candidate Forums
Debates and candidate forums for the Pittsfield and North Adams municipal elections.
Pittsfield Council Holds Off on South Church Parking Changes
Councilors spent about half of Tuesday's meeting debating a request from the city to allow unrestricted parking on South Church Street but determined they were not ready to make such a decision.
North Adams Fire Partners With Red Cross for Home Preparedness Campaign
The project is a partnership between the city of North Adams and the Western Massachusetts chapter of the American Red Cross' national Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.
Marijuana Cultivators Eye William Stanley Business Park
After a brief executive session Tuesday, the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority voted to support Berkshire Kind's intent to purchase land in the business park and erect a 20,000 square foot grow facility.
Williamstown Mulls Major Changes to Parking Bylaw
The most discussion about the five suggestions offered by Johnson came about No. 3: a proposal to eliminate the two-hour on-street parking limit on both sides of Park Street.
Cheshire Replacing Waterlines on Crest Drive
The town will only be performing the Crest Drive work for now and DeAngelis said Geeleher won't necessarily do the other two roads. Work will include an upgrade to 8-inch ductile iron pipe, hydrant and valve replacement, pipe replacement across Route 8, and other associated road work.
Valley Flyer Connecting Springfield Region to New York City
Gov. Charlie Baker, U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, Mayor Domenic Sarno, Amtrak officials and community members cut a ceremonial ribbon on the passenger service that will run for two years along the so-called Knowledge Corridor.
Williamstown Researching Potential for Municipal Broadband
Select Board member Andrew Hogeland on Monday gave his colleagues an update on the research of a working group of volunteers who have been looking at solutions to provide high-speed internet access in the rural town of 7,700.
Adams-Cheshire Improving School Building Security
School Committee member Michael Mucci told the committee Monday that the district will make some substantial security upgrades before the close of the year through grant funds.
Walmart Preparing Space for Online Grocery Pickup
The Planning Board in a brief meeting on Monday gave the OK to the 18-foot by 73-foot canopy for Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust and approved several other businesses.
Pittsfield Firefighters Endorse Tyer for Mayor
Local President Robert Leary led a press conference Monday afternoon in front of the Fire Department's headquarters on Columbus Avenue to announce that the union had voted to endorse Tyer.
Greylock Federal Prepares to Open Community Empowerment Center
The branch is set to open within a couple weeks but U.S. Rep. Richard Neal and CDFI Director Jodie Harris were invited to the facility last week to learn about what the CEC will mean for the area's underserved and underbanked communities.
Local Artists Install Mosaics at North Street Park
A dove of peace mosaic was designed by Ashfield artist Robert Markey, and Peter Vacchina, a Pittsfield native, installed his chestnut tree mosaic on opposite sides of the keystone arch that leads from the parking lot to the sidewalk.
Markey Says He'll Keep Fighting for Progressive Values
Markey said Massachusetts — and the Berkshires — have been revolutionary leaders for progressive actions ranging from abolitionists and suffragists to the origins of the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage.
Magical Wings Herald Unique Airlift for Dragonflies
As far back as the Devonian Period, some 340 million to 400 million years ago, insects invaded the dry land, guided by a still mysterious force enabling an aquatic nymph to become a terrestrial flying dragon capable of feeding and reproducing its own species with certain ease.
Berkshire Sheriff's Special Olympics Humvee Push Comes to North Adams
Gaylord is the Western Massachusetts Special Olympics representative along with John Bassi, an investigator with the Pittsfield Police Department. He was quick to spread the credit around to others and point out it takes the whole county to organize these events.
New Veterans Assisted Living Facility Dedicated in Pittsfield
The facility is dedicated to Roman Sadlowski of Pittsfield. A petty officer in the Navy, he was stationed aboard the USS Oklahoma on Dec. 7, 1941, and perished in the Pearl Harbor attacks.
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