|Mount Greylock School Committee Hears About Parking Lot Issue
The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee last week signaled that the School Building Committee should consider keeping a parking lot rebuild and outdoor amphitheater on the table as the true cost of the school building project comes into sharper focus.
Adams Planning Board Debates Marijuana Bylaws
The town administrator is advocating for a less restrictive medical medical marijuana bylaw than the Planning Board is considering.
Planners last week discussed possibly locking any pot dispensaries out of the downtown.
Pittsfield Reluctant to Accept Streets From Controversial Subdivision
In 2012, Developer Joseph Kroboth said he would finish the Yola Esther Development.
As of Tuesday, city officials are still contending that he hasn't done his part. But a failure in communication in 2015, has given the city little recourse while the residents are petitioning the City Council to accept the roads.
North County, Pittsfield Remember the Fallen on Memorial Day
This Memorial Day, Mayor Linda Tyer put on a commemorative bracelet featuring the name of Marine Capt. Francis E. Visconti with the date of Nov. 22, 1965.
The bracelet was her mother's and it was supposed to be worn until the serviceman whose name is inscribed returns home, or his remains do.
Mount Greylock Students Coach 'Little Kids Track' Program
When Mount Greylock girls track and field head coach Brian Gill took over the Williamstown Youth Center's spring workshops for preschool- and elementary school-aged kids, he never saw it as a "feeder" program for the junior-senior high school team.
Mass MoCA Expands Beyond Campus
The contemporary art that's been largely confined to the campus of Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is being loosed upon the city it calls home this summer.
Lanesborough Honors Memorial Day With Parade, Ceremony
When Curtis Asch was preparing to give the keynote address at Sunday's Memorial Day parade and ceremony, he Googled quotes on sacrifice. There were 730 results.
Mass MoCA Holds Grand Opening for Massive Building 6
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art on Sunday officially became the largest contemporary art museum in the world when it opened its doors to another 120,000 square feet of gallery and event space.
Only Incumbents Seeking Office In Lanesborough Election
Only incumbents have returned nomination papers to be on the election ballot.
Seven seats are up for re-election, six of which have candidates.
Cheshire Master Plan Complete
The town's master plan is largely complete and the town will soon start the implementation process
Information Sessions Begin for Clarksburg School Project
School officials are pushing for a vote on school construction project for September that, if successful, means a projected opening in fall 2019.
The timeline was explained on Wednesday during the first public information session on the proposed $17.5 million school construction project.
Pittsfield Budget Review Day 2: School Budget Approved
Despite a school budget calling for some 68 job reductions, the City Council exuded confidence in the budget Superintendent Jason McCandless put before them on Thursday.
The council gave its preliminary approval to the $60,066,338 city appropriation to operate the school district. The district is adding $620,000 in tuition and school choice revenue for a total spending plan of $60,686,338.
Brayton Elementary School Holds Memorial Day Ceremony
Brayton Elementary School students and faculty honored veterans past and present during their Memorial Day ceremony.
After fourth-graders led the Pledge of Allegiance, the national anthem and went through the history of Memorial Day on Friday morning, speakers were invited to the stage to explain what Memorial Day means to them.
Memorial Day Events 2017
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Adams Sells Dozen Properties at Public Auction
The town sold all 12 properties up for auction on Thursday and regained $82,000 in outstanding bills.
North Adams School Committee OKs $17M Budget, Teacher Contract
The School Committee on Tuesday approved a spending plan of $17,329,082 for fiscal 2018 that is offset by an appropriation of $250,000 from the school choice account.
The committee also approved a three-year contract with the North Adams Teachers Association after a brief executive session.
Cheshire Advisory Board Wants Injunction to Keep School From Closing
The Advisory Board has asked if the town could file an injunction with the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District to stop the closing of the elementary school.
During the joint Advisory Board and Selectmen's meeting Tuesday, the Advisory Board asked that the town try to delay the closing of the school so a more thorough study can be conducted to look at other educational models and possibly merging with other districts.
State Senate Accepts Amendment To Study Passenger Rail to New York
The state Senate adopted a budget amendment Thursday to develop a blueprint for more consistent passenger rail service to New York City.
State Sen. Adam Hinds filed the amendment which would task the state Department of Transportation to create a working group to study what it will take to establish the service.
Northern Berkshire United Way Celebrates Successes
Northern Berkshire United Way honored the Starr Baker on Thursday with its Volunteer of the Year Award at its annual Community Celebration and Awards Breakfast at the Williams Inn.
The event brought together some of the agency's leading corporate supporters and representatives of the 20 member nonprofits who receive financial support from the local branch of the United Way.
Pittsfield Will Pay Dated Electric Bill For Softball Complex
The city solicitor has ruled that the city is going to have to pay a dated electric bill for the softball complex on East Street.
The City Council was looking to contest responsibility of a $1,701.28 Eversource electric bill dating back to 2012. The bill is attributed to the final months of Berkshire County Softball Complex, Inc.'s operations there, and city officials said Jim Bridges, who headed it, should have been responsible.
November Date Set for Mount Greylock Regionalization Question
As the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee moves forward with its efforts to invite its "feeder" elementary schools to join the district, it is getting some indirect encouragement from the countywide task force looking at challenges facing public education.
Pittsfield Schools to Lease Space on Eagle For Off-Campus Program
The school department is leaving St. Luke's Square for smaller rental space on Eagle Street.
The district ran the Student Resource Center out of leased space on Whipple Street. That lease expires at the end of June and the School Committee had previously voted to completely revamp the programs housed there, bringing nearly all of them into the schools themselves.
Berkshire High School Athletes, Coaches Honored at Sports Caravan
As the 55th annual Sports Caravan Awards were given to outstanding athletes and coaches of area high schools, a moment was taken to note it would be the last year that one of those schools would be represented.
Clarksburg OKs Warrant Articles, Passes $4.2M Budget
Voters approved all 18 articles on the annual town warrant on Wednesday night, including a town budget of $1,434,771.80.
It took about an hour go work through the warrant but all articles passed unanimously or nearly so, with few comments.
Pittsfield City Clerk Election: Phillips Out, Cetti In
City Clerk Jody Phillips will not seek re-election but Assistant Clerk of Elections Michele Cetti will seek the job.
Five Reid Students Honored For Building Positive School Community
Five Reid Middle School students were honored for their community involvement on Wednesday.
The Say It Proud Awards, presented by the Berkshire United Way's Pittsfield Prevention Partnership, are given out to youth who make positive impacts. Three of the winning Reid students sit on the school council and two others on Students Against Destructive Decisions.
MPO Urged to Start Mohawk Bike Path Construction Earlier
If funds become available to get shovels in the ground on the Williamstown Mohawk Trail Bicycle project, the MPO says it will try to move construction up. Otherwise, the project won't be funded until 2019.
New Gas Station Proposed In Adams
The Planning Board has approved the demolition of the former Goodwill property on 160 Howland Ave. to make way for a gas station and 5,000 square-foot convenience store.
North Adams Council Accepts Bullett Resignation, Mulls Replacement
The council's Rule 25 sets out a process for filling mid-term vacancies. Candidates can submit letters of interest and qualifications and are given a chance to speak before the council for three minutes. Members may ask questions of the candidates and then take nominations and vote.
Clarksburg Elects New Select Board, Planning Board
The town has a new Select Board with the election on Tuesday of Carlyle "Chip" Chesbro Jr. and Kimberly Goodell.
Tuesday's election also ensured that the town would have a full Planning Board this year. Vincent King was elected to the full five-year position that was open; Erin Scott to complete four years of a five-year term, and Gregory Vigna to complete the last year of a full term.
Adams Fire District Sets $2M Budget for Fiscal 2018
The Fire District has been approved for a $1,953,440.52 budget for fiscal 2018.
Water district members met May 9 in the Fire Station garage to vote for the almost $2 million budget, of which $1,906,440.52 will be raised by water revenue.
House Lawmakers See Importance of Meals on Wheels Firsthand
It sounds simple: give food to the elderly people of the county.
But it is much more than that. The drivers delivering through Elder Services of Berkshire County's meals on wheels program can often be the only person the recipient sees.
Bob Heck Announces Campaign For Pittsfield City Council
Former radio host Bob Heck plans to seek a seat on the City Council.
Heck announced on Monday that he plans to run for an at-large seat on the council. The Alden Avenue resident is the former host of 'Bob Heck in the Morning' on Live 95.9 and later on WBRK. He now owns and operates an entertainment business for weddings, parties, and bars and taverns throughout the county.
Williams College Running Culvert Underneath Downtown
Williams College project manager Jason Moran explained to the Board of Selectmen that the college has put in motion a multi-phase plan that will alleviate flooding problems in and around Spring Street by, in part, replacing the undersized pipe that carries Christmas Brook under downtown and into the Green River to the east.
Stamford Group Asks for Time to Research Joint-Clarksburg School District
A state education act is pushing small schools to consolidate their governance and share their services or come up with an alternative.
Stamford's been wary of how the law would affect its school but some residents think they've found an answer — across state lines.
Youth Substance Use and Abuse Targeted in Prevention Efforts
Those 2017 statistics — culled from needs assessment surveys completed by students, hospitals and pediatricians, parents, superintendents and other stakeholders — were presented Monday at the Coalition offices in a news conference that brought many of those stakeholders together to interpret the numbers and discuss new strategies moving forward.
Pittsfield City Council Begins Review of Proposed Fiscal 2018 Budget
Mayor Linda Tyer has put forth a $163.8 million budget, which basically puts the city at the levy ceiling.
The budget increase is only 1 percent, with the majority of that going to health insurance, and will leave the city only $31,145 short of the hitting the levy ceiling. The ceiling is a state restriction on the amount of revenue the city can bring in from property taxes
Williamstown Moves to Build Police Station on Simonds Road
The town took its first steps toward moving its police station and a non-profit recreation center received a season alcohol licence.
In the case of the town, it is a planned renovation and addition to the Turner House veterans home on Simonds Road, which the board agreed on Monday to sign an option to purchase for up to $300,000.
Write-In Candidates Step Forward for Clarksburg Town Election
Officials have been worried about elected seats going vacant in Tuesday's election, but enough candidates have come forward to ensure most will be filled.
A seat on the Select Board and three on the Planning Board looked like they would go empty in the town election but three people have stepped forward to run write-in campaigns.
Berkshire Bank Moving Corporate Headquarters to Boston
Berkshire Bank is moving its corporate headquarters this Boston later this year as it acquires Commerce Bancshares Corp., increasing the bank's holdings to $12 billion.
Historic Blackinton Cemetery Hoping for City Takeover
Brush and weeds are slowly being cleared from Blackinton Cemetery, uncovering graves lost to the overgrowth.
For nearly a century, volunteers have kept up the private graveyard on Massachusetts Avenue but their numbers, and time, is running down.
Failed Williamstown Hotel Applicant Weighs Legal Options
Williamstown attorney Donald Dubendorf said his client, Vipul "Vinny" Patel, was "disappointed" with Thursday's Zoning Board of Appeals decision denying him four special permits needed to develop a three-story, 77-room hotel at 562 Main St., the so-called Lehovec property.
Two Groups Interested In Leasing Cheshire School
Two different educational organizations have reached out to the Selectmen about leasing Cheshire Elementary School.
Selectman Robert Ciskowski said he was against leasing the building at this time because he felt there were too many unknowns. He said he feared it would end up costing the town money.
Williamstown Rural Lands Honors Retiring Executive Director
Surrounded by the pastoral setting she worked for more than two decades to protect, Leslie Reed-Evans received the heartfelt congratulations of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation at Saturday afternoon's annual meeting.
Build a Better World Reading Program to Take Place in Adams
Children will be able to participate in the Build a Better World reading program to benefit Habitat for Humanity.
The library trustees voted Thursday to allow Library Director Holli Jayko to spend up to $1,500 from the unrestricted passbook account and gifts to fund the initiative for the youth summer reading program.
Earl Persip Jumps Into Pittsfield City Council Race
Earl Persip III has joined the race for City Council.
The director of operations at the Berkshire Family YMCA announced his candidacy for an at-large seat Friday morning.
Pittsfield Looking to Standardize Park Signage
The new sign for Durant Park will be the model for all park signs in the future.
Parks and Open Space Manager Jim McGrath presented the design to the Parks Commission on Tuesday, showing a fairly basic sign with letter naming the park, the city's seal, and a note that it is overseen by the Parks Commission. McGrath said the signage replicates the standard signs at the city's conservation areas except with a green background instead of maroon.
Hinds Gives BRPC Updates From the State House
Local organizations have great long-term plans for the future of Berkshire County. But, state Sen. Adam Hinds said the state needs to get the "fundamentals right" before that can take hold.
Hinds spoke with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission on Thursday and reviewed the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. He said 1Berkshire also has a similar blueprint with how to revitalize the Berkshire economy. But, both plans are still two or more years away, he said.
Clarksburg School Committee OKs $2.44M Budget for Fiscal 2018
He anticipated that the school would have to lay off some paraprofessionals and possibly cut programs. At the same time, the school will have to add a kindergarten teacher to accommodate a growing number of incoming kindergartners.
Convenience Plus At First And Tyler Eyed For Rebuild
The Shell gas station at the intersection of First and Tyler is eyed to be razed and rebuilt.
Global Montello Group, which operates the store through a lease agreement with O'Connell Oil, has filed an application with the city to tear down the existing station and rebuilt as a Xtra Mart.