|iBerkshiresTV: Interview with Adams Police Chief Bacon
iBerkshiresTV host Jeff Snoonian interviews new interim Adams Police Chief Troy Bacon.
Williamstown Police Sergeant's Lawsuit Alleges Racism, Sexual Harassment
A lawsuit filed in federal court Wednesday by a Williamstown Police sergeant paints a picture of a department plagued by racism and gender discrimination.
Pittsfield School Committee Votes to Change Taconic Mascot
The School Committee on Wednesday voted to change 50-year-old team mascot and begin the process of determining a new, more culturally acceptable identity for the vocational school.
North Adams Preparing to Launch New Website
The city is finally getting a new website designed to be far more user-friendly than the current one. It's set to be launched on Aug. 24.
Hoosac Valley School Committee to Phase in Hybrid Model
Superintendent Aaron Dean presented months of planning during a remotely held School Committee meeting Monday and recommended the committee approve a plan that would combine both in-person and remote learning.
Mount Greylock Interim Superintendent Proposing Fully Remote Start to School Year
Putnam said that, depending in part on the levels of COVID-19 infection in the area, the district will, at some point, offer families the option of keeping their child or children home for remote learning or sending the children to school for part of the week in a hybrid model.
Pittsfield City Council Rejects Petition to Remove Connell
Late into the six-hour meeting Tuesday, councilors came to the agreement that although Connell is spending much of his time quarantining out of state, his primary residence is still in Pittsfield.
Cheshire Selectmen Eye Salary Increases in FY21 Budget
Aside from reviewing the Board of Health and Council on Aging operating budgets, the board discussed at length what some members see as stagnant salaries for many town positions.
North Adams School Committee Votes for Remote Learning
The School Committee on Tuesday rejected a hybrid school reopening model to vote 3-2 to go full remote.
North Adams Council Selects Oleskiewicz to Fill Vacant Seat
Peter Oleskiewicz was nominated by Councilor Wayne Wilkinson and elected by unanimous decision. The owner of Desparedo's Mexican Restaurant was 103 votes short for a seat on the nine-member council last November.
Williamstown Panel Looks at Context of Historic Monuments
The town's newest committee Monday got down to the business of finding ways to talk about the truth of the Village Beautiful's founding.
Williamstown Ag Commission Weighs Tabling of Two Pot Bylaw Proposals
The Agricultural Commission on Monday floated the idea of recommending town meeting next week take no action on either marijuana bylaw amendment on the warrant. 1 Comment
Pittsfield Residents Fight Cell Tower Construction
Residents hope Berkshire Superior Court rules on an injunction forcing Verizon to halt the construction on 150-foot cell tower on South St.
Former Pittsfield Mayor Doyle Dies at 62
Former Mayor Gerald S. Doyle Jr., who forced GE to live up to its obligations to the city of Pittsfield, reportedly died Sunday at age 62.
Williams Officials: Town's Safety High Priority in Reopening Plan
The college's vice president for finance and administration told the board in a virtual meeting that the impact on the community is something that is discussed every day by the school as it prepares for the beginning of students' arrival on Aug. 24.
Clarksburg School Reopening Plans Affected by HVAC Issues
The administration is recommending a hybrid plan of in-school and remote because of issues with the ventilation system.
Mount Greylock Adds Day in High School, Splits Elementary Days
The committee did not disclose a starting date for McCandless, who currently is the superintendent of the Pittsfield Public Schools. Pittsfield has voted to hold McCandless to the 90-day notice in his contract.
North Adams Piloting Four Street Changes for Safe Streets Grant
At a meeting in late July, Zachery Feury, project coordinator in the Office of Community Development, gave the commission a presentation on more refined plans for the city's application to the Shared Streets and Spaces grant program.
Tyer Says State Spending Plans Holds Good News for Pittsfield
Tyer said with the state passing a three-month budget, the city finally has some solid state numbers for local and education aid — and its good news.
Pittsfield Votes Hybrid Education Model, Considers Remote Start
The School Committee has voted to go forward with a hybrid education model with the possibility of a fully remote beginning to the school year.
Education Commissioner Pushed for Plan He Now Says Superintendents Favor
The commonwealth's commissioner of education may be overselling the grassroots desire to return to in-person instruction in comments he made earlier this week.
Pittsfield Picks Interim Super; Retains McCandless for Full 90 Days
The School Committee on Thursday voted to appoint Deputy Superintendent Joseph Curtis as interim superintendent and to hold outgoing Superintendent Jason McCandless to his 90-day notice. 1 Comment
Drury High's Class of 2020 Takes a Second Bow
The class of 2020's saying is "Time 2 Make History," something this class has certainly done already: the first Drury class go fully online for learning, to have a drive-by graduation, and to have two graduations.
Williamstown's DIRE Committee Divides Workload
Keeping with the members' desire to focus on evidence gathering as the nine-person committee gets up and running, all three of the initial groups are tasked with building up the knowledge base.
Veteran Video Spotlight: Narcheeso Massaconi
Baker Pauses Reopening, Ups Enforcement of COVID-19 Mandates
Citing what he termed a “new phase” in the commonwealth’s battle against COVID-19, Gov. Charlie Baker Friday announced a new set of initiatives designed to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Lanesborough's King Elmer Treated for Broken Limbs
Once the tallest elm in New England, the more than 200-year-old tree is now missing at least 10 foot section from his topmost branches from a combination of a weak trunk and winds from Tropical Storm Isaias that blew through the region Tuesday.
State Aid Numbers in Hand, Adams Eyes September Town Meeting
Recent clarification on state aid numbers will likely lead to holding the annual town meeting in September, according to Town Administrator Jay Green.
New Wahconah High Going Up Fast
School officials gathered to mark the milestone with the sounds of construction and sparks from welding giving proof that their vision was being made reality after a long and arduous process.
McCann Class of 2020 Urged to Highlight the Positive
Instead of talking about the challenges the global pandemic has created for the class, the country, and the world, Harrington talked about some of the class's successes and thanked all those who helped along the way.
Deadline Friday to Register for Williamstown Town Meeting
The deadline to register for the Aug. 18 annual town meeting is Friday, Aug. 7.
Ocean State Job Lot Makes Donation to North Adams First-Responders
Ocean State Job Lot has donated $11,000 worth of personal protective equipment to city's first-responders. 1 Comment
Williams Tightens Safety Rules for Returning Students
Williams College on Thursday issued updated, more stringent regulations for students returning this month.
Williamstown Select Board Splits on Town Meeting Pot Articles
The Select Board on Monday was mostly unanimous in its recommendations to town meeting about the items on the annual meeting warrant.
But there were a few exceptions — principally on an issue that has dominated discussions at the Planning Board for months. 2 Comments
Adams Board of Health Hearing Postponed Over Technical Difficulties
The Board of Health was forced to continue its tobacco cap public hearing because of complications with the Zoom platform.
North Adams Schools Presenting Options for School Year
Parents were also set to receive a more detailed survey this week from the North Adams Public Schools on how they wanted education to be delivered to their children this fall.
McCann Postsecondary Grads Overcame Obstacles
The 23 graduates of McCann Technical School's postsecondary programs had waited nearly two months for the chance to graduate together.
North Adams Fire Department Gets New AEDs With Federal Grant
The Fire Department is now equipped with brand-new automatic external defibrillators thanks to a federal matching grant.
Mount Greylock Committee Member Pushes to Reopen Schools
Several times during a more than two-hour virtual meeting, Steven Miller reiterated his contention that the Lanesborough-Williamstown district is uniquely situated to move to full, in-person instruction.
North Adams School Committee Seeks Candidates for Vacant Seat
The committee at its regular meeting Tuesday agreed to request statements of interest from prospective candidates. The deadline for letters of interest is Monday, Aug. 10, at 4 p.m. at email@example.com.
Williamstown Select Board Recommends Social Justice Articles to Town Meeting
The Select Board on Monday recommended to town meeting passage of two warrant articles designed to address issues of racial equity and diversity after reconsidering an earlier decision to make no recommendation on one of the measures. 1 Comment
Hoosac Valley Considering Phased-In, Hybrid Model for Schools
The Hoosac Valley Regional School District is expected to eliminate the full in-person education model from its plans for reopening.
McCann Names Valedictorian, Salutatorian for Class of 2020
Vanessa Harrington and Emma Carpenter have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the McCann Technical School graduating class of 2020, announced Principal Justin Kratz.
Pittsfield Police Chief Says Too Soon Assess Budget Cut Impact
Police Chief Michael Wynn told the Police Advisory and Review Board that it is still too soon to tell how the reduced budget will affect operations.
Isaias to Bring Rain, Wind to Northeast
A tropical storm warning has been issued for Massachusetts and Connecticut as now-Hurricane Isaias was nearing landfall along the Carolinas' coasts. Rain in the region is expected to start during the night on Monday and continue through Wednesday.
Drury High Sets Graduation Celebration at Joe Wolfe
Drury High School will celebrate the class of 2020 on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Joe Wolfe Field.
Williamstown Conservation Commission OKs Patch Work on Route 43
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation this month will do some repair work on Route 43, but a full rebuild of Water Street south of Latham Street is still several years away.
First-Responder Profiles: EMS Director Jen Weber
This is a series profiling some of our local first-responders in partnership with Lee Bank to highlight the work they do every day — not just during a pandemic.
Pittsfield Panel Wants Public Participation on Pot Growing
The subcommittee voted to table an agenda item Wednesday that would restrict marijuana cultivation in residential zones until meetings can be opened more fully to the public.
North Adams Covers Half Cost for Cumberland Farm Cleanup
The city will be contributing less than $34,000 to the cleanup of the former City Yard on Ashland Street.