|Pittsfield 4th of July Parade Canceled Again
On Friday morning, Mayor Linda Tyer delivered "breaking news" that the parade will be canceled this year for the second time since 1977. It was also canceled last year due to the novel coronavirus.
Vigil Scheduled for Murdered Trans Activist Jahaira DeAlto
A candlelight vigil to honor her life and legacy of Jahaira DeAlto is being held Saturday at 5 p.m. at Pontoosuc Park.
BCC Announces Virtual Info Sessions for Criminal Justice and Human Services Programs
The program will begin with opening remarks from Dr. Laurie Gordy, Dean of the Humanities and Behavioral & Social Sciences Division.
Q&A: Williamstown Barn Restoration Moving to Next Phase
Babcock is in Williamstown this month removing a 19th-century barn from a property on Green River Road (Route 43). In the not-too-distant future, he will be back in town putting the same barn back together on the property of the Williamstown Historical Museum.
Mass MoCA to Readies for Summer Restaurant, Season
The Mass MoCA Commission on Wednesday approved the seasonal restaurant to occupy the former Gramercy space, specifically the courtyard near the museum entrance. The restaurant would operate from Memorial Day until some time September.
Flushing of Pittsfield's Water System Week 3 Begins May 10
Water mains throughout the city will be flushed through hydrants to remove accumulations of pipeline corrosion products. Mains will be flushed Monday through Friday each week, except holidays, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Adams Aiming for Summer Reopening of Public Buildings
Town Administrator Jay Green told the Select Board on Wednesday that although he does not foresee completely opening until the summer, he thought it was time to start planning.
Images Presents Annual 'Fresh Fest' on Food, Farming
Produced by Images Cinema, in collaboration with Storey Publishing and the Williams College Center for Environmental Studies, this annual film festival explores the ways farming and food culture impacts our lives in rich and varied ways, and makes links to local farmers and food producers.
Eagle Newspaper Group Sells Off Vermont Publications
The sale consists of dailies Brattleboro Reformer and Bennington Banner, the weekly Manchester Journal and the 3-year-old award-winning UpCountry, a bi-monthly magazine.
Four Ward Races Open in Pittsfield Election
Four ward councilors have announced that they will not seek re-election, leaving space for new leadership in those areas and a changeup of at least a third of the council November.
Pittsfield's New Road Bridge to Reopen Friday
The bridge was closed on Feb. 26, 2020, to allow crews to replace the existing bridge and upgrade existing utilities.
Williams College Celebrates Staff Members on Annual Appreciation Day
The day is an opportunity for community members to offer thanks to the staff whose contributions uphold the college's functionality and excellence.
Williamstown Fire District Officials Respond to Budget Questions
The committee that governs the town's fire district Wednesday finalized the fiscal year 2022 budget request it will send to voters later this month.
Adams Fire Department Lowers Membership Age
Fire Chief John Pansecchi said with recruitment numbers dipping into the 20s and less availability among current members, the Alert Hose Company is trying to open its doors to a younger generation.
North Adams FY22 School Budget Draft Leans on Federal Funding
The draft plan presented to the School Committee on Tuesday is also level-funded and includes no cutbacks. The appropriation would be the same as this year: $17,769,074.
Pittsfield Officials Pick Taconic Grad for Empty School Committee Seat
Slaughter is the Central Massachusetts regional director for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and as a Pittsfield native has "strong relationships with several children, families, elected officials, and community leaders in the city."
BART Announces Upcoming Enrollment Deadline
The next enrollment deadline for the 2020-2021 school year for grades 6 - 10 is Thursday, May 13, 2021, at 12:00 p.m.
'Stop Telling Women to Smile' Author Speaks on Street Harassment
"Stop Telling Women to Smile" — her debut book — was released in February 2020 and uses visual art and storytelling narratives to address the daily oppressive experiences of marginalized people.
1Berkshire Youth Leadership Program Class of 2021 Commencement
Having completed the entirety of this 10-month leadership program, 31 students shared the products of their collective impact projects with attending family, friends, and regional leaders, and were recognized for their program completion.
Pittsfield Farmers Market To Open In Person
The opening of the outdoor season kicks off on Saturday, May 15. It will run weekly, rain or shine, from 9am to 1pm in the First Street Common through Oct. 9.
Pittsfield Boards to Select School Committee Replacement
In accordance with the city charter, both committee and council will meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. to vote on a replacement to complete the last months of Powell's four-year term.
Williamstown DIRE Committee Questions Lack of Response from Select Board
The Select Board last summer created what became the Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee as an advisory panel. Members of that panel this week questioned why the Select Board has not appeared willing to consider the advice the DIRE Committee has provided.
Pittsfield O&R Plans Remote Public Participation Beyond Pandemic
Not yet ready to settle on a final plan, the Ordinance and Rules subcommittee unanimously voted to table a petition from Ward 1 Councilor Helen Moon requesting that city and council continue to offer a virtual and call-in option beyond COVID-19 for all public meetings.
Pittsfield Residents Bring Chicken Complaint to Council Committee
Ward 2 residents are going up against a flock of chickens that are reportedly disturbing abutters with sanitation concerns.
Proposed BRTA Route Changes
BRTA does encourage feedback and questions regarding the proposed service changes
'Nosh Box' Takeout Fundraiser Supports Pittsfield Schools
The Pittsfield Education Foundation is hosting a takeout-to-donate event called "Food for Thought" to benefit students and teachers of the Pittsfield Public Schools. This is the organization's fourth annual fundraising event and it has a goal of raising $10,000.
MCLA MBA Program Presents 'Friday Focus' Panel
ll events will take place virtually, and are free and open to the public. This event will also be streamed to the MCLA Facebook page and will be archived on the MCLA YouTube channel for later viewing.
BCC Student Selected for Commonwealth’s '29 Who Shine' Program
Berkshire Mantiques Owner Aims to Create Lanesborough 'Destination'
After struggling to reopen and make it work at his first location for a few months, Joe Prince switched gears and went bigger, one town over.
Northern Berkshire EMS Gets Donated Solar Panels
Northern Berkshire EMS is getting energized with some free solar panels that were installed on the ambulance service's roof on Monday.
Dalton Town Meeting Passes Town, School Budgets
The lightly attended town meeting was held in the gym of Nessacus Regional Middle School, where voters passed a fiscal 2022 town operating budget of $8,091,026 and an appropriation of $8,130,864 for the town's share of the Central Berkshire Regional School District budget.
New Selectmen Elected in Adams and Cheshire
Duval and Rosenberg were the clear winners in the town election with both collecting more votes than the third candidate and former selectman Donald Sommer.
Berkshire County Woman, Local Activist, Murdered in Boston
Former Berkshire County resident and transgender activist Jahaira DeAlto was murdered Sunday in Boston.
Adams ZBA Approves Music Center Variance
The Zoning Board of Appeals approved a variance for Adams Center for Art LLC to separate from common ownership the former First Baptist Church and parsonage.
Scholarship Offered to BART Graduates
The scholarship fund was established in 2017 to honor Julia Bowen, BART's founding executive director. The scholarship was created by and is managed by the BART Foundation to provide financial assistance to select BART alumni through their college career.
Berkshire Vaccine Collaborative to Open Walk-In Vaccine Clinics
The Collaborative continues to conduct registration for the clinics through its website
Adams Con Comm OKs Culvert, Continues Cumberland Farms
The town had filed a continuance notice of intent requesting information on whether the demolition and removal of the damaged culvert pipe near the intersection of Davis Street and Lime Street is subject to the Wetlands Protection Act.
Williamstown DIRE Committee: 'Detox' Good for the Town
As it nears the end of its inaugural year and faces the first departure of a founding member, the town's diversity committee Monday reflected on the importance of the discussions it has had and the perspectives it has centered in the town's conversation. 1 Comment
Proposed Pittsfield Pot Dispensary Submitting State Application
Cannabis cultivator and retailer True East Leaf says it is "very close" to submitting its state application to open a facility at the former Richmond Bakery on Seymour Street.
Veteran Spotlight: Airman Ben Hamilton
From Lackland, Hamilton was assigned to the former Chanute AFB in Illinois, where he worked in the highly dangerous capacity as a specialist, dealing with liquid oxygen and nitro for the jet fighters.
Lanesborough to Vote on Gun Law Sanctuary Proposal
A citizen petition to make Lanesborough a "sanctuary town" from any federal gun laws seen as violating the 2nd Amendment will come before voters in June.
Local Artistic Directors Look Forward to Summer 2021
Local performing arts leaders are navigating the new post-pandemic world of theater and embracing one another as allies.
New Support Program at MCLA Helps Students Navigate College
A new program at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is designed to empower first-generation, income-eligible, and students with disabilities to explore and reach personal goals.
Pittsfield Firefighters Contain Fourth Street Fire
There was fire and heat damage to the first floor and smoke damage on both floors. Damage was estimated at $15,000. The cause has not yet been determined.
'Lovable Loser' Zippy Chippy Turns 30
Zippy Chippy, the retired racehorse known for being winless in 100 races, observed this milestone birthday in style with a party and more than 200 cards from fans.
General Dynamics Launching Virtual High School STEM Competition
All high school age students in the Berkshires and surrounding areas are invited and encouraged to participate.
Joe Manning, Chronicler of North Adams, Dies at 79
Joe Manning, chronicler of the heart and soul of the city of North Adams, died Tuesday, April 27, at the age of 79 after a short illness.
Williamstown To Begin Hydrant Flushing
Flushing will not be done on Friday evenings.
32 Annual Friends of Springside Park Clean Up
This year marks 40 years of consecutive spring clean up efforts by different organizations and volunteers dating back to 1981.
North Adams Receives $6K Safe Routes to Schools Grant
East Main Street will be getting new signage, including a solar-powered signal, to improve pedestrian safety near Colegrove Park Elementary School.