|Williamstown Told to Monitor Sewer Inflow
The town has been issued an administrative consent order from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to comply with federal standards.
Adams Looks to Spur Development Through Zoning Changes
The initiative to revamp the town's zoning practices is another effort to stem the rise of property taxes and lessen the financial burden on homeowners.
10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival Returns in February
The expanded 9th annual 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival returns to cure those winter blues this February with a new emphasis on outdoor recreation.
Mount Greylock Committee Meets Award Winners, Discusses Budget Priorities
The Renzi Award, first given in 1986, honors the legacy of former teacher, principal and superintendent Helen Renzi.
Pittsfield Receives Insurance Grant to Inspect Parks
The city received a $10,000 grant from the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association to inspect all playgrounds and provide inspection trainings.
BHS, Williams College Collaborate on Retail Pharmacy on Spring Street
The Williamstown Apothecary is scheduled to open in early spring, following the completion of renovations to the property being undertaken by Berkshire Health Systems and municipal permitting.
Williamstown Parks & Rec Committee Delivers Its Report
Among the more ambitious suggestions from the committee is to designate a town employee to "curate, prioritize and advance this work," a step that would have clear implications for the town's budget.
North Adams Mayor Updates Council on Public Safety Roof Fiasco
Blue tarps had become a permanent part of the decor at the public safety building over the years. The aged structure's leaky roof has posed a danger to first responders and their very expensive equipment.
Cheshire Looks For Options For Road, Building Repairs
Selectwoman Michelle Francesconi raised the issue of the fire station, which recently had its roof repaired but is now experiencing some heating issues.
Snow on the Way; Preview for Southern Vermont on Wednesday
The National Weather Service's Albany, N.Y., has issued the advisory beginning Wednesday at 10 p.m. through Thursday at 7 p.m. Snowfall across much of Vermont could reach 3 to 5 inches with more expected in the higher elevations, along with gusty winds.
Adams Moving Forward With Tobacco Cap
The Board of Health plans to move forward with capping tabaco permits in town even after some push back from a selectman.
North Adams City Council Seeking Legal Opinion on Pillar Art
Councilors voted unanimously to send a request from Councilors Jason LaForest and Marie T. Harpin to test the viability of the repainted art to the General Government Committee with the amendment it would formulate questions for the city solicitor.
Pittsfield City Council May Reconsider Subcommittees
Councilors Helen Moon, Keven Morandi, and Chris Connell voted against the assignments and asked Council President Peter Marchetti to reconsider his selections.
Barrett Tells Williamstown Select Board Rail Service 'Feasible'
Barrett stopped by the panel's twice-monthly meeting to give an update on a variety of legislative issues, and he said transportation generally is perhaps the No. 1 area where the state action can benefit the Berkshires.
Construction Begins on Great Barrington Affordable Housing Project
A 45-unit affordable housing project on the old New England Log Homes site is moving forward now that financing is in place for the $17.2 million project.
North Adams OKs Restaurant at Greylock Works
The Planning Board on Monday night approved the addition of the restaurant, The Break Room, to the renovated mill space on State Road.
Pittsfield School Committee Reorganizes
Superintendent Jason McCandless handed the gavel to Chairwoman Katherine Yon after the committee unanimously voted to re-elect her as chairman.
Lanesborough Police Chief Retiring, Taxes Dropping
Police Chief Timothy Sorrell will be retiring after serving five years in the position.
North Adams City Council Asked to Intercede in 'Pillar Art' Stalemate
Councilors Marie T. Harpin and Jason Laforest are asking that the council order that pillars under the Veterans Memorial Bridge be tested to determine if the artwork that was painted over nearly three years ago can be restored.
Harrington Receives McCann Superintendent's Award
Typically the award is given out in December, however, the multi-talented Vanessa Harrington was unable to attend because she was performing in a dance competition in Disney World in the state of Florida.
North Adams School Officials Talk Next Steps in Greylock Project
While Greylock School has been accepted into the first steps of a school renovation program, it will take years for the process to play out.
Adams Selectmen Approves Hoosac Station Agreement
Currently, the interior museum is in the design phase and funding will be needed. However, the agreement does open the project up for more grant-funding opportunities.
Four Freedoms March Again Draws Large Crowd to Pittsfield
The annual Four Freedoms March is held to acknowledge the four freedoms that were outlined by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a State of the Union address nearly 80 years ago.
New Owners Take Over Williamstown's Nature's Closet
Longtime store manager Beth McLean and friend Amy Jeschawitz bought the combination outdoor store/smoothie shop on Jan. 2 from founder Steve Hinchcliffe.
Boston Bruins Alumni Prevail Over Northern Berkshire Alums
On Saturday, a packed house at Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rink enjoyed a friendly battle between their local hockey heroes and notorious members of the Boston Bruins Alumni.
Colegrove Teachers & Students Provide School Committee With Update
The principals have been asked to present programming and initiatives to the committee, with Greylock taking the lead last month with its successful solution to reducing behavioral problems.
North Adams Library Parlor Closed For Renovations
Library Director Sarah Sanfilippo told the trustees Wednesday that they have already begun removing books to accommodate the update to the parlor in the historic mansion.
Williamstown Seeks Data on Interest in Municipal Broadband
Included in the annual street census this month, Williamstown residents received a brief survey to assess their interest in the town creating a municipally owned fiber optic network.
Four Berkshire Co-Working Centers Get MassDevelopment Grants
The Old Stone Mill, the Stationery Factory in Dalton, Lever Inc. in North Adams and Frameworks in Pittsfield received a total of $206,000 through MassDevelopment's Collaborative Workspace Program. The awards were announced on Thursday at the Worcester CleanTech Incubator as some $1,892,910 in grants were made to 31 organizations throughout the state.
MIAA Proposal Would Eliminate Sectional Titles, Create Statewide Tourneys
The Western Mass title, a goal for generations of Berkshire County high school athletes, would be no more under the plan.
Savoy Considers Sending Middle School Students to Hoosac Valley
After reviewing decreasing school choice numbers Monday, Superintendent Aaron Dean said he has been in communication with Savoy about possibly including its middle school-age children.
Clarksburg Officials Still Hoping for School Roof Money
Chairman Ronald Boucher and Select Board member Danielle Luchi voted Wednesday night to send a letter to Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito requesting the visit the school to see the work being accomplished there.
Day of Service Offers Volunteer Opportunities on MLK Holiday
The day will include presentation of the annual Peacemaker Award to Adams Selectman James Bush.
Pittsfield Fire Chief Gives Advice After Rash of Electrical Fires
Sammons did not go into the specifics of the fires but indicated that some of them were caused by the misuse of power strips and extension cords.
Clarksburg Library Wants Talks With Town, School Officials
The trustees had been taken aback by recent comments made at School Committee meetings about the library not being cooperative in being more open to the students, assertions that it was "underutilized space," and an idea floated that maybe it should be moved to the Community/Senior Center so the school could use the space.
Williamstown CPC Faces Three Applications Totaling $160,000
The applications, posted on the town's website, come from three bodies: the Sand Springs Recreation Center, the town's Affordable Housing Trust and the town itself. And they total $159,800.
Cheshire Approves Grader Borrowing
Cheshire voters narrowly approved the borrowing of nearly $200,000 to purchase a used grader.
Mount Greylock's Multipurpose Building Project Underway
Less than two months after the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee approved the construction of a multipurpose building on the middle-high school campus, construction is well underway.
Clarksburg Historical Commission Republishing Local History Book
A longtime breeder of canaries who was tuned into the goings-on in Clarksburg despite her lifelong disability, the "Bird Girl" wrote down a personalized description of the "story, facts, myths and mysteries" of the town, according to her own advertisement in the former North Adams Transcript.
Tyer Looks for Unity in 2nd Inaugural Address, Welcomes New Council
Mayor Linda Tyer thanked residents on Monday morning for putting their trust in her and said, with the help of a new City Council, that she looks to create a stronger Pittsfield.
North Adams to Take Up Waste Management Decision Next Month
Waste management Program Director Linda Cernik told the district's commission at its most recent meeting that she is preparing to welcome North Adams into the fold early in the new year.
Bay State Games Recognizes 'Berkshire Heroes'
Bay State Games presented the Berkshire Hero Award on Saturday evening to two staunch supporters of the annual Winter Games.
Veteran Spotlight: Giardina Rolled Across Europe
Enrico Giardina served his country in the European Theater in Army from 1944 to 1946. Drafted right out of Pittsfield High School at the age of 18, he was sent to boot camp at Fort McClellan in Alabama for infantry training.
Pittsfield Inaugural Ceremony Set for Monday
Mayor Linda Tyer and the new City Council will be sworn in at an inaugural ceremony set for Monday at 10 a.m. in City Council Chambers.
Berkshire Palate Expands in Williamstown
The eatery has moved just a few doors down at the Colonial Plaza into the former EAT — a more suitable location for its cuisine, business, and customers.
Mount Greylock Officials Want More Information on Turf Field
After months of debate in and out of School Committee meetings, there is little in the way of consensus on the project. 1 Comment
Main Street in North Adams Filled With Art in the New Year
New work from local artists, one Mass MoCA artist in residence, two MCLA alumni and eight MCLA students has been placed in storefront windows along Main Street.
Selectmen Discuss Adams Station Future
The agreement would formalize the two parties' relationship in terms of the town-owned Adams Station on Hoosac Street.
Adams Group Wants Banners to Honor Fallen Heroes
"Banners for Fallen Heroes" would honor any service member from the town who died while serving their country as far back as World War I.
North Adams 2019 Year in Review: A Year of Change
The year 2019 was marked by change within the city: new leaders, new improvements and investments, and new community initiatives.