|New Strength And Conditioning Gym Opens on Elm Street
Joseph Jennings used to push him in the weight room and with his fitness training. And he kept getting injured.
"I was training so much that I found myself getting injured, getting sick, I was unable to recover. A few years ago, I dislocated my shoulder and broke my leg in the same year. A big part of my rehab was training with the kettlebells to regain my strength," Jennings said.
Adams Transfer Station to Open in November
Tony Mazzucco, a new club member, outlined the extended services the town plans to add to the East Road Recycling Center and said it will make the center more equitable and sustainable.
Cheshire Selectmen OK Purchase of New Loader
The town will use $196,500 from Chapter 90 funds to purchase a new loader for the Highway Department.
The Selectmen unanimously voted Tuesday to purchase a John Deere and trade in the 14-year-old machine.
Mount Greylock School Committee Advances Regionalization Plan
The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday echoed the school committees at its feeder elementary schools by endorsing a plan to fully regionalize the district while maintaining local control of the elementary schools in Lanesborough and Williamstown.
Bernard, Moulton Move Forward to General Election for Mayor
Thomas Bernard and Robert Moulton Jr. took top votes in Tuesday's preliminary election for mayor.
Democratic Candidates for State House Discuss Issues in Lanesborough
The four candidates on the ballot in the Oct. 10 Democratic primary discussed their platforms and qualifications to represent the 1st Berkshire District on Beacon Hill in a 90-minute forum hosted by the town's Democratic Committee and moderated by state Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru.
Education Task Force Keeps Focus on Creating Opportunities for Students
The Berkshire County Education Task Force on Saturday pressed forward less than 48 hours after one school district voted to step back from its participation in the effort.
North Adams Tiny House Builders See Growth in Affordable, Custom Housing
B&B was started by Hoosac Valley High classmates Chris St. Cyr, Mitch Bresett and Jason Koperniak in old garage off Old Columbia Street in Adams but relocated to the city earlier this year when the space at the Windsor Mill fit their needs. They'd planned to employ up to 30 but now have more than 40, including marketing manager Katie Jackson.
Connell Calls For Commission to Oversee Water/Wastewater
Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell wants a commission to oversee the water and wastewater operations.
Connell said years ago there was one but it was halted under former city Commissioner of Public Utilities William Forestell. Now the city is facing what could be up to $150 million worth of capital upgrades to the two treatment centers and Connell wants that commission back in place to make sure everything is done right.
Tuesday Election to Narrow Down North Adams Mayoral Candidates
Polls open for voters in North Adams at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, and close at 7 p.m. All five wards will be voting at St. Elizabeth's Parish Center this year. The City Council voted earlier this year to move the Ward 4 polling location to the parish center, where the other four wards have been for a number of years.
Healey Told Resources Lacking to Combat Opioid Epidemic
Northern Berkshire has been knitting together a wide array of agencies and organizations to combat an opioid epidemic that's devastated communities. Its leaders, including Mayor Richard Alcombright, have played a prominent role in working groups both regionally and statewide addressing addiction and recovery.
Engineer Drawing Up Bellevue Garage Plans
The town has hired engineers to draw up multiple plans for a possible new or extended maintenance garage at Bellevue Cemetery.
SBA Honors Red Apple Butchers And Yummy Treasures
It was about 10 years ago when Beth Carpenter wanted to get rid of some excess jewelry making supplies.
Williams Inn Project's Approval Pushed Back a Week
The Conservation Commission on Thursday heard feedback from the town's consulting engineer on Williams College's application to build a new Williams Inn and decided to continue the hearing on the project for at least one more week.
North Adams Library Mulls Restoration of Landmark Cupola
The city may be known for its soaring steeples, but it also has an underused feature whose views easily rival those of its neighboring spires.
The Blackinton Mansion's two-story cupola offers an expansive panorama of the city's downtown and its circling mountain range. It's a sight that few have seen in the 120 years since the private residence became the North Adams Public Library.
Church Seeks Help Making Kits to Aid Hurricane Victims
The New Hope United Methodist Church is assembling "flood buckets," a 5-gallon bucket of items that people whose homes have been ravaged by flooding can use to aid their cleanup efforts.
PHS Student Starts Charity For Children Fighting Cancer
About two years ago Madison Quinn was browsing through Instagram when she found photos of Abel.
Abel was a young boy in California fighting cancer. The photos she saw touched her and she reached out to his mother asking what he likes because she wanted to send him a get well present. It was Batman. Quinn went to the store and bought a Batman figurine and mailed it out to California. Abel took the wings off of Batman and took it with him for every single chemo treatment, and his mother sent ph
North Adams Mayoral Hopefuls Meet at Chamber, MCLA Forum
Three of the four mayoral candidates running in the preliminary election on Tuesday offered their positions on questions ranging from economic development to the opioid crisis at a forum Thursday held in the renovated Weave Shed at Greylock Works.
Neal Talks Politics With Residents at Town Hall Meeting
U.S. Rep. Richard Neal faced somewhat of a tough crowd at Berkshire Community College Friday night as resident pressed him to move further left on his stances on climate change, health care, and the Israeli Anti-Boycott Act.
The Springfield Congressman held a town hall meeting at the college where he quickly touched on his stance on a number of issues facing the nation. Then he held a lengthy question and answer session, where he faced sharp criticism of many of his stances.
Great Barrington Police Presents Medals of Valor
The Great Barrington Police Department on Tuesday recognized several officers and other first responders for their bravery and commitment to public safety.
Pittsfield Cuts Ribbon On Trash Cans For Tyler Street
There were no places for pedestrians to dispose of rubbish. Through the city's budget, new trash cans featuring the city's logo will be placed along Tyler Street. City staff is responsible for emptying them.
'Heart & Sass' Central to North Adams' Vibrant Renaissance
North Adams, the city with "sass," was honored on Thursday night for "Putting the Berkshires on the Map."
The city's recognition by 1Berkshire puts it with Berkshire luminaries as Solid Sound Festival, Jacob's Pillow, the Clark Art Institute, Hotel on North, Berkshire Health Systems and Tanglewood for enhancing the image of the Berkshires.
Williamstown Selectmen Seek 'Data' on Legalized Pot Impact
The Board of Selectmen wants to go west for information about how to deal with the advent of legalized recreational marijuana.
On Monday, the board revisited the question of what kinds of local fees to attach to the sale of pot if and when a purveyor opens shop in the town next year.
Pittsfield Fire Welcomes New Recruits And Honors Promotions
Everyone goes home.
That's the mantra for the Pittsfield firefighters when they go out on a call. They look to their fellow jakes and expect a high level of professionalism and skill to be right by their side.
Adams-Cheshire Opens School Year With Smooth Transition
Adams-Cheshire Regional School District administration reported that the school year started successfully.
Superintendent Robert Putnam told the School Committee on Monday that the transition to a two-school district was a success and that the school year so far is running smoothly.
Pittsfield Opens Employee Wellness Center
The city's employee wellness center is now open.
The city has transformed the former Information Technologies Department space in the basement of city hall into the hub of the city's employee wellness program.
Pittsfield Councilor Wants to Reduce Accidents on East Housatonic
So far this year there have been 23 accidents on East Housatonic Street and Ward 5 Councilor Donna Todd Rivers wants the City Council to do something to reduce those numbers.
And then she found out the City Council already did. Twice.
Big Crowd Cheers Barrett at State Representative Campaign Kickoff
A standing-room-only crowd Wednesday packed the American Legion hall to help John Barrett III kick off his run for the state legislature.
The former mayor is one of four Democrats running for the nomination to fill the unexpired term of deceased 1st Berkshire District state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, who died earlier this summer.
Cheshire Making Plans to Celebrate 225th Founding Anniversary
With the town's 225 anniversary around the corner, the Selectmen are seeking community input for possible festivities.
The town will celebrate its bicenquasquigenary this coming March and already a group of citizens is forming to plan multiple events.
Mary Grant Named President of Edward M. Kennedy Institute
Mary Grant, former president of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, has been named president of Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.
The Massachusetts native, who became chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2014, will begin her role at the 2-year-old Boston institute in January 2018.
Adams Planning to Upgrade Park Street's Lights
The Selectmen have voted to use $90,000 from the town's Green Communities grant to install new energy efficient lights on Park Street.
The 175 light bulbs in the downtown area will be replaced with the much more light-emitting diodes.
Spitzer Center Dedicates Planting to Lost Loved Ones
The gardens at the Mary Spitzer Center got a little bit bigger on Tuesday with the dedication of a variegated dogwood near the south entrance.
This bush, however, was special in that it also carried the memories of departed loved ones, their names written on small cards cut out in the form of doves.
Williamstown Fire District Pitches Land Purchase at Select Board
Members of the Board of Selectmen on Monday reacted favorably to a proposal by the Fire District to acquire a 3.7-acre Main Street parcel where officials hope someday to build a new fire station.
North Adams Welcomes New Police Officers, Firefighter Lieutenant
Three new officers were sworn in as permanent members of the police force and a firefighter was promoted at Tuesday's City Council meeting.
Mayor Richard Alcombright has made it a practice to bring the city's public safety personnel into council chambers to be sworn in so that the community can see them on the local access channel, Northern Berkshire Community Television.
Tyer Pitches Incentive Package For LTI Smart Glass Expansion
Mayor Linda Tyer is asking to use $580,000 of Pittsfield Economic Development Funds to help LTI Smart Glass expand.
LTI Smart Glass is looking at a 16,692 square-foot expansion to its current Federico Drive facility to accommodate a large contract the company recently received for its newest bulletproof glass product. It requires a $2.25 million capital investment and will add 38 new jobs over the next three years.
Coalition Brainstorms Needs of Northern Berkshire Community
But on Friday, at the first monthly forum of the year, the 70 or so participants had a bit of a different kind of conversation about the community's needs: namely, how to shape how Northern Berkshire County wants to define itself going forward.
Northern Berkshire Habitat Presents Keys to Latest Homeowner
On Sunday, Kelly Bordeau and her daughter Danni, 11, took possession of a three-bedroom house, becoming Rice's neighbor and the final owner in the cluster of Habitat houses built or renovated on West Shaft Road.
County Curtains Board Recommends Closure: 175 Jobs Could Be Lost
On Tuesday, the company released a statement saying that after several years of effort to sell it or improve sales, the board of directors is recommending a liquidation of the the bedding and home decor supplier and related operations. That liquidation process needs to be approved by the more than 300 company shareholders on Oct. 4.
Mount Greylock Building Committee Recommends Parking Lot to School Committee
The Mount Greylock Regional School Building Committee voted Thursday to keep the parking lot rehabilitation in the building project if the latter continues to have a healthy contingency budget.
North Adams' Norad Mill Gaining Tenants; Approvals Delayed a Month
Developer David Moresi, who purchased the 150-year-old Excelsior Mill earlier this year and resurrected its original name, came with plans for some of the exterior changes and two new tenants.
Lanesborough Considering Increasing Hours For Tax Collector, COA Director
Town Manager Paul Sieloff would like to increase the tax collector's hours and become more proactive in chasing down delinquent payers.
Sieloff said on Monday that he's working on a proposal to increase Caryn Wendling's hours from 18 to 30. Wendling also works part-time in Peru, and Sieloff said she'd still work there while increasing hours in Lanesborough.
Adams-Cheshire Officials Continuing Molestation Investigation
After a lengthy executive session with Adams Cheshire Regional School District's legal counsel Monday, the School Committee read a prepared statement regarding the former custodian who allegedly molested students in the 1970s.
Repair Project for Hoosac Valley Elementary Put Out to Bid
Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco told the Selectmen last week that the deadline for subbidders is Sept. 13 and for general bidders, Sept. 20. He expects bids to start coming in for the roof on the former C.T. Plunkett School in the next few weeks.
Pittsfield Health Officials Encourage Landlords to Go Smoke Free
The Board of Health wants landlords to make their properties smoke free.
The Health Department doesn't have authority to demand landlords adopt smoke-free policies but are rolling out resources to guide landlords on how to do so. The board feels that second-hand smoke is a health concern and in homes is where most second-hand smoke occurs.
Adams Health Board Wants More Involvement In Emergency Management
The Board of Health is concerned with its lack of involvement in the town's emergency planning. Member Bruce Shepley said the board in the past has had little contact with emergency management.
Cheshire Highway Department to Unionize
Williamstown Elementary Committee Moves Regionalization Proposal Forward
In a 5-0 vote, the panel voted to signal the Mount Greylock School Committee that it wants to meet jointly with the the junior-senior high school committee at its Sept. 19 meeting and that the elementary school committee wants to continue to seek community input ahead of a hoped-for November special town meeting in each of Mount Greylock's member towns.
Keane Halts Run for Pittsfield City Council
Billy Keane is dropping out of the race for Ward 5 City Council.
Keane received enough nomination signatures to have his name on the ballot. However, he said "unforeseen circumstances related to a tough situation my family is currently experiencing" has led him to halt his campaign.
Pittsfield Sisters Start Up Own Candle Company
Grace Proskin and Isabella "Izzy" Brown were on a family trip to Ireland in June when they found a candle shop, seemingly out in the middle of nowhere.
Citizens Continue to Protest Berkshire Museum Art Sale
Sharon Gregory has reviewed more than a decade of the Berkshire Museum's financials and says the situation isn't nearly as dire as the organization says.
And Gregory isn't just anybody, she is someone with 40 years of financial experience. She retired as the vice president of business development and planning for Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, and before that worked with a number of organizations such as Lehman Brothers and Citibank.