|Pittsfield to Continue With Wastewater Treatment Project Plan
After six hours spanning two nights, the City Council opted not to ask the mayor to hold off on the $74 million wastewater treatment project.
The City Council had given the OK earlier this year for the mayor to borrow up to $74 million for significant upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant
North Adams Council Approves Tax Incentive for Tog Manufacturing
According to the agreement, the company is committed to invest up to $2.75 million in improvements, $1.85 million in capital equipment and create 20 full-time jobs by the end of fiscal 2024.
St. John Attends First Meeting as Cheshire Interim Town Administrator
Retiring Town Administrator Mark Webber told the Selectmen that the majority of his workday was spent with St. John showing him the ropes.
North Adams Planners OK Marijuana Shop, New Businesses
The Planning Board on Monday gave the OK to Evergreen Strategies LLC's proposal to develop a licensed marijuana establishment in the vacant 2,200 square-foot building, along with several conditions including disposal and lighting.
Adams Officials Looking to Senior Planner to Help Local Business
At last week's Selectmen's meeting, Chairman John Duval noted with the coming departure of these businesses, it is critical to bring on this new employee.
Harrington Adds Two More to District Attorney's Office Leadership
District Attorney-elect Andrea Harrington added two more to her leadership team on Tuesday.
Richard Dohoney will be brought on as Harrington's deputy district attorney and Jeanne Kempthorne will serve as chief of appeals and legal counsel. Dohoney, of Great Barrington, is currently the city solicitor. Kempthorne is a former federal prosecutor working in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston for 11 years.
Adams-Cheshire Committee Approves Amended Agreement
The School Committee unanimously voted Monday to adopt the new agreement that not only lays out changes in the two towns' relationship but would also change the district's name to the Hoosac Valley Regional School District.
Pittsfield Police Recognize Promotions Of Seven Officers
Seven members of the Police Department were recognized for earning promotions.
Michael Grady and Matthew Kirchner were promoted to captain; Thomas Dawley, Glen Decker, and John Soules were promoted to lieutenant, and James Parise and Ryan Williams were promoted to sergeant.
North Adams Council to Take Up Public Safety Chief Changes
Mayor Thomas Bernard had pledged nearly two weeks to move forward with the change with the looming retirement of Police Director Michael Cozzaglio.
BRTA Work Stoppage Playing Havoc With Regular Bus Routes
The work stoppage has affected the regular Berkshire Regional Transit Authority bus routes, causing havoc for people trying to get to jobs, schools and other appointments.
Adams To Bring On Senior Planner
The selectmen agreed it was urgent to bring on a senior planner to help local businesses establish themselves in town.
The Board of Selectmen reviewed some new job descriptions Wednesday and Selectman John Duval noted with the coming departure of three businesses in town, it is critical to bring on this new employee.
Mount Greylock School Committee Approves Planning Documents
The latter administrative document, the Superintendent Goals, are part of the standard against which the committee will evaluate Superintendent Kimberley Grady's performance.
Hoosac Valley Athletes Paint Wall of Recognition
The Student-Athlete Leadership Council have honored local veterans with a mural at Hoosac Valley High School.
Adams Board of Health Asks to Be Involved in Bowe Field Camping
The Board of Health asked to be notified about activities held at Bowe Field.
The board met with Agricultural Fair organizers Charles Felix and Patricia Wojcik on Wednesday to discuss camping on the grounds and Felix said it would not be an issue to include the Board in their notice to other town departments.
BRPC Raises Concerns With Removal of Tel-Electric Dam
BRPC officials would like the state to consider reusing dams for power more often.
The comment comes from the organization's review of the removal of the Tel-Electric Dam on Mill Street. In that long-awaited project, the state did not require an alternative option of restoring the dam to generate power to be explored. 1 Comment
Cheshire Board Hires Architects for School Building Reuse Review
After reading a letter from EDM, the board agreed Tuesday to hire the firm for $2,400 to conduct the study.
Pittsfield Lights Up Christmas Tree
The city welcomed the Christmas season Friday with its annual tree lighting.
The 35-foot tall tree in Park Square was lit by the Rapkowicz family, who donated the Colorado blue spruce to the city. Timothy and Susan Rapkowicz had planted it when they first bought their Euclid Street home.
Marino Receives McCann Superintendent's Award
Principal Justin Kratz said the business tech senior from North Adams has a 4.27 grade-point average and is president of the school's Business Professionals of America chapter.
Pignatelli Honored As 'River Hero'
Pignatelli and Gobi were responsible for the passage of a $2.4 billion Environmental Bond Bill, signed by Gov. Baker in July, which allocated $55 million in funds for river and wetland restoration programs across the commonwealth. In Pignatelli's own Fourth Berkshire District, he allocated $400,000 in funds for the upkeep and expansion of the W.E.B. DuBois river garden park and the Housatonic river walk.
State Crafting Plan For Unique Issues of Rural Towns
Rural towns have their own challenges.
And now the state is taking a closer look at this issues. In 2015, the state Legislature created the Rural Policy Advisory Commission and this year the group has been on a listening tour to dig into those issues. On Thursday, the tour was in Berkshire County to get a better understanding of the issues here.
Cheshire Power Outage Caused by Dump Truck Hitting Wires
Crane said the operator initially raised the truck to dump the material and as he pulled forward to empty the last bit from the truck, he hit the high-tension wire.
South County's Becker Pond Dam Makes Priority Project List
The Baker-Polito administration made the designation on Thursday for Schenob Brook/Becker Pond Dam Removal Project along with 11 other river and wetland restoration projects across the commonwealth.
Two More Properties Added to Pittsfield's Demolition List
Two more homes have been added to the demolition list.
The Board of Health issued orders of demolition for 33 Circular Avenue and 217 Robbins Avenue. The two adds to a list of homes the city demolishes because of unsafe conditions.
Home From Afghanistan, Mount Greylock Vice Principal Settling In
Schutz addressed the 120-member class of seventh-graders in a midday meeting in the school's gymnasium, on his third day back after serving a year in the National Guard.
Renovated Olympic Pizza Reopens in Williamstown
Owner Stella Giannaris has reopened the eatery with a new look and expanded menu after being closed for six weeks.
Berkshire Medical Center Shows Off New Technology
Berkshire Medical Center is hoping to get people back to their everyday lives quicker with the help of new technology.
The hospital recent upgraded its daVinci Robot to lessen the invasiveness of surgery and purchased a new EksoGT robotic exoskeleton to help patients who had strokes or spinal cord injuries learn to walk again. On Wednesday the hospital showed off the new equipment in its lobby, displaying all of the cool features the equipment has to offer
Student Could Face Charges in Mount Everett Bomb Threat
School officials say a student responsible for Friday's hoax bomb threat that caused the evacuation and closure of the Mount Everett Regional School campus has been removed from school.
Chapter Two Books Opens in Williamstown to Support Milne Library
Chapter Two Books, operated by Friends of the David and Joyce Milne Library, held its grand opening on Thursday at its location at 37 Spring St. with a ribbon cutting celebrated by local officials, library employees and Friends.
Pittsfield Councilors Split on Water/Sewer Rate Increase
The City Council is split on setting water and sewer rates for the next 18 months.
In a 6-5 vote Tuesday night, the City Council's Committee of the whole approved the mayor plan to raise water rates by 20 percent and sewer rated by 50 percent starting on Jan. 1. However, the final decision has to be made next Tuesday and the council has requested more information before casting that vote.
Clarksburg Elementary School Holocaust Exhibit Set Thursday
Eighth-grade English teacher Michael Little said this year's exhibit is heavier than those of the past with the passing of planned speaker and Krakow-Plaszow survivor Raymond Fishler.
Cheshire Appoints St. John as Interim Town Administrator
The two selectman were unanimous on Tuesday in voting to hire Edmund St. John IV as the interim town administrator for four months. The agreement puts behind the discord that occurred over who to hire for the post, at least for the time being.
Late Representative's Will Leaves $420,000 to North Adams
The late state representative's "remarkable, unbelievable generosity" in providing $420,000 in bequests to the city of North Adams was announced by Mayor Thomas Bernard on Tuesday.
Cop on Top Raises $45K For Special Olympics
The ninth annual Cop on Top event raised $45,000 for the Special Olympics.
For two days local law enforcement officers camped out at the roof of Wal-mart while in the parking there were a number of raffles, sales, and giveaways to help raise money. The officers fell a bit should of their goal of $55,000 but nonetheless, are calling it a success.
Residents Unhappy With Mediation For GE River Cleanup
Why is this even being negotiated?
That's what many of the residents along the Rest of the River corridor rhetorically asked Monday night in regards to the cleanup of PCBs in the Housatonic River.
Berkshire Palate Opens in Williamstown
Many of the dishes on the Berkshire Palate menu can be found on the restaurant's Facebook page. Dishes include the "Pig Wing," a roasted sugar pumpkin dip with crostini and chile-toasted pumpkin seeds and seared salmon with quinoa, kale, and grains.
Coding Error Pushed North Adams' Violent Crimes Stats Higher
A coding error discovered last month in the software used in crime reporting designated all assaults as felonies. Fixing it has dropped the number of aggravated assault cases so far this year by 46 percent.
North Adams Trustees Want Voice in Library Director Candidates
The trustees said they wanted to see applications first before sending them off to the mayor – who ultimately will make the decision.
Paratransit Workers Vote Work Stoppage Over Contract
In a statement, the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority said the paratransit service will not operate during the strike.
Pittsfield Seeks Input on Tyler Street Streetscape Plans
After months of working on conceptual designs and working with stakeholders, officials are now taking the vision for a streetscape plan to the wider public.
North Adams Celebrates Lighting of First Menorah
The Jewish community has been an integral part of North Adams for more than a century, but not until Sunday, the start of the eight nights of the Festival of Lights, did Hanukkah become part of the city's holiday celebrations.
Census Bureau Preparing For 2020 Count
A community has 675 billion reasons to make sure every resident is counted on the Census.
The 2020 Census may still be a year and a half away but the bureau is already preparing for it. The effort is to count where every single person living in America puts their head down at night.
Pittsfield Honors Inaugural Citizens Academy Class
The mayor's office believes the first citizen's academy was a success.
Executive Assistant Catherine Van Bramer headed the effort to connect local residents more closely with city government. The inaugural class attended weekly seminars throughout the summer meeting with various departments to get a closer look at the depth and breadth of how the municipal government works.
North Adams Elks Donation Helps Veterans Wreath Effort
Among the donations has been $2,000 total through the local Elks Lodge, which has made a point of supporting veterans and other community efforts.
Dalton Senior Center Cuts Ribbon on New Exercise Park
The senior center has made it a bit easier for people to be healthy and fit even later in life.
Through a grant from AARP, a half dozen pieces of outdoor workout equipment have been installed on the property. The hope is to make it easier for the seniors to get moderate workouts alongside their peers to stay healthier.
Pittsfield Accepts $125K Grant to Help St. Mary's Project
The state released a $125,000 allocation to move the St. Mary's project along.
The City Council accepted the grant from the state on Tuesday and the money will fund upgraded infrastructure to the project and preserve the terracotta roofing and campanile tower. The project is being undertaken by CT Management and is transforming the St. Mary the Morningstar property into 29 market-rate housing units.
Common Folk Open Up Pop-Up Shop
Common Folk co-founder and creative director Jessica Sweeney said the artists' collective opened phase one of their new headquarters on Small Business Saturday but have so much more planned for the new space.
Cozzaglio Retiring as North Adams Police Director
But Cozzaglio may not retire as police director. Bernard said he will put into motion a plan to have him retire as police chief — a designation that his replacement will also have.
Renaissance Man Renzie Lamb Laid to Rest in Williamstown
Legendary Williams College coach Renzie Lamb was remembered at a Liturgy of Christian Burial in the school's chapel on Friday morning.
South Berkshire Evacuates Sheffield Campus, Dismisses Classes
A potential bomb threat at Mount Everett Regional School has forced the evacuation of the campus and early dismissal of school, according to school officials.
North Adams Bike Trail Hearing Repeats Past Debates
Many of the arguments at the state Department of Transportation public hearing were repeats from past hearings during which abutters on Chenaille Terrace had asserted the bike path on city land would be detrimental to their neighborhood.