|Anthony Sculptor Wants Commemorative Statue to Educate, Inspire
Hanlon was at Town Hall on Thursday morning to discuss the project at the invitation of Suffrage Centennial Celebration Committee, which has commissioned him to create the statue slated for the Town Common.
North Adams Votes to Adopt State Minimum Wage for Workers
The revised plan adjusts all city-side workers to the current state minimum wage of $12 an hour, also retroactive to Jan. 1. The council also approved a revised compensation plan that raises police officer wages by a half percent retroactive to Jan. 1 as part of the city's departure from Civil Service and the adoption of a light-duty policy.
Wayfair Finalizes Lease For Clocktower Building
Wayfair has finalized a lease in the Clocktower Building and expects to move in this fall.
Spokeswoman Molly Delaney said on Friday that the lease has been finalized at 75 South Church Street in building three. The company will occupy 40,000 square-feet.
Williamstown ZBA Continues Marijuana Farm Petition to March Meeting
The board did not, however, take up a more contentious issue: the application for a special permit to grow marijuana on a Blair Road property.
Pittsfield Grants Waiver For Proprietor's Lodge
The Community Development Board granted a parking waiver to Proprietor's Lodge Tuesday despite opposition from neighbors.
The former ITAM building was renovated into a new reception hall and restaurant and the owner is looking to expand with a new ceremony room and a breakout space. But the neighbors feel the traffic congestion has gotten out of control and objected to the plans feeling that it will cause even more problems.
Mount Greylock School Committee Educated About Baseball Program Change
Mount Greylock Regional School's athletic director last week appeared before the school committee to explain a program change that has riled some seventh-grade parents at the middle-high school.
Cheshire Considers Buying Street Lights for LED Switch
Interim Town Administrator Edmund St. John IV told the Selectmen on Tuesday that he has applied for a LED street light grant and has contacted National Grid about the process.
Pittsfield Revamping Solar Bylaws to Limit Residential Impacts
The ordinance breaks solar proposals into three sizes: small, medium, and large. The medium and large-scale arrays cannot be installed in residential zones. It also sets criteria for commonly cited issues such as decommissioning and maintenance and setback requirements.
Group Formed to Foster Pittsfield Pride, Counter Naysayers
Virginia O'Leary has so many great memories growing up in Pittsfield.
She remembers swimming in the lake, the local stores of old, and cruising up and down North Street on a Friday night. She enjoyed it so much that after leaving for college and a career, she eventually came back. And she loves it here.
North Adams Properties in Real Estate Limbo
But the city's attempts to divest itself of unwanted properties has not so far been terribly successful. Some smaller lots have been auctioned off or sold to abuttors, but the larger parcels seem to be in real estate limbo.
Adams Votes to Offer Town Administrator Post to Green
The Selectmen on Wednesday voted to offer the position of town administrator to Jay Green, an attorney and former administrative officer for the city of North Adams.
Krens Railroad Museum Going for Main Street Impact
The Redevelopment Authority on Tuesday approved the transformation of the former Sleepy's location in the L-shaped mall into the headquarters of Krens' Global Cultural Asset Management, a design firm specializing in museum and cultural infrastructure and management.
Tyer Pitches Program To Help Residents Make Home Improvements
Mayor Linda Tyer is looking to help residents who improve their homes.
Tyer announced "At Home in Pittsfield," a program in which the city will provide zero-interest loans to residents for undertaking certain home improvement projects. The effort is one aimed to improve the again housing stock in the city.
Wintry Mix Could Slicken Roads Overnight Into Morning
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory from 7 p.m. Wednesday to 10 a.m. Thursday. The advisory predicts "mixed accumulation" - up to 2 inches of snow and up to one-tenth of an inch of ice.
North Adams City Council Delays Vote on Mohawk Theater
Several councilors expressed concern that the council — and city — would lose control over aspects of the landmark theater based on the language in the request for proposals and that there were too many unanswered questions.
EPA Calms City Council's Concerns Over Hill 78, Building 71
The nerves of some city councilors were put at ease Tuesday after a review of the latest monitoring tests at Hill 78 and Building 71.
The council raised a stink in October over the toxic waste sites near Allendale School after reviewing the spring data which revealed two wells tested above benchmarks. The council called for increased monitoring and communication with the council.
Mount Greylock Committee Finalizes Teacher Contracts, Talks Calendar Reorganization
By a 6-0 vote, the committee voted to accept the terms of the contract that previously had been approved by the union, bringing to a close months of negotiation that included a brief work action by teachers at the start of the 2018-19 academic year.
Farley-Bouvier Pushes Bill to Raise Tipped Workers Minimum Wage
State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier is calling for the elimination of a lower wage for tipped workers.
The Pittsfield Democrat joined other lawmakers and Restaurant Opportunities Center on Wednesday at the statehouse to introduce a bill that will gradually raise the minimum wage for tipped workers until it matches the minimum wage for all other industries.
Mount Greylock Gets Access to School's Auditorium
Mount Greylock Superintendent Kimberley Grady said Monday that the district has received a certificate of occupancy for the middle-high school, an approval that includes use of the school's auditorium.
Williamstown Con Comm OKs Marijuana Farm
The Conservation Commission on Thursday approved plans for an outdoor marijuana plantation near the Green River.
But one member of the panel abstained from the decision, citing a potential conflict between the production and sale of the drug and federal law.
Berkshire House Delegation Gets Committee Assignments
State Rep. Paul Mark will again chair the House Committee on Redistricting.
Mark was chair for the last two years and will continue to work as the Census begins. The population numbers gathered by the Census is followed by the state redrawing the lines for both the federal and state districts. Mark added that it also affects a significant number of federal and state grant programs which are based on per capita.
McCann School Committee Endorses $9.6M Budget for Fiscal 2020
The committee members had few questions about what Superintendent James Brosnan referred to as "vanilla" fiscal 2020 budget that will increase by $220,769.
Williamstown Looking at Hike in Transfer Station Sticker Prices
Hoch gave the board a broad strokes preview of the budget he will present to the town's Finance Committee. While there was good news on several fronts, the transfer station is a sour note.
Computer Bug Offers Expanded Services in New Location
The Computer Bug offers a wide variety of services including free diagnostics, repair and service of both Mac and Windows PCs, and the sale of new and used computers, parts, and accessories.
Mount Greylock Notifies Families of Missed Water Test
At Thursday's School Committee meeting, Superintendent Kimberley Grady informed the committee of the omission in the campus's regular testing protocol for radium.
Adams Sees New Regional School District's Amended Agreement
The joint meeting on Wednesday included members of the Regional Agreement Amendment Committee who outlined the major changes in the agreement.
Hinds, Pignatelli Field Questions at Kimball Farms Forum
WinterFest Draws Hundreds to Downtown North Adams
This year's annual Chowder Cook-off saw 348 ballots cast for the People's Choice Award and write-ins for the most unique chowder "Only in North Adams" out of the nine contestants.
In Pursuit of Beetle Happiness: Part 2
The most obvious beetle in the milkweed patch is the rosy red milkweed beetle (Tetraopes tetraophthalumus), surprisingly hard to find in any beetle/insect book. Go Google. Occupying a restricted niche, it is found almost exclusively foraging on milkweed leaves and blossoms.
The Lantern Reopened In Pittsfield
For a century The Lantern has been a stalwart landmark in the city's downtown.
Thousands of people have eaten in the restaurant at the corner of Linden and North and it had remained through generations of changes to the city's downtown. But, in 2017, Mark Papas decided it was time to close it.
Adams Holds Town Administrator Interviews
The town has been without a permanent town administrator for more than a year. A first posting for the position failed to attract enough qualified candidates and the job was put on hold and reposted at the beginning of this year.
Clarksburg Officials Want Solar Arrays to Pay Taxes
Town officials estimate that taxing the two ground-mounted arrays could bring in upwards of $27,000 but recent rulings by the Appellate Tax Board have found in favor of industrial solar arrays because of a state law exempting solar facilities.
1Berkshire Calls For 'New Narrative' of Berkshire Economy
The Berkshire economy is growing, according to 1Berkshire.
The economic development agency said some $1 billion worth of investment has been made in the county in just the last three years. Now, the organization is asking the business community to embrace a "new narrative" of the county's economic future and has put forth Berkshire Blueprint 2.0, an economic development plan for future growth.
Hinds, Barrett Call on Big Y to Work With Adams Officials
The town's two state lawmakers are calling on Big Y to work more closely with local officials during the grocery's closing and expected transfer to a new owner.
Williamstown Planning Board Advances ADU Bylaw Proposals
On a vote of 4-1, the planners agreed on a proposal that would create the potential for more detached accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, in the town of 7,800.
Adams Board of Health Wants Memorial Building Inspection
The Board of Health want to make sure the Memorial Building meets all standards before allowing it to be the town's emergency shelter.
North Adams Library Resumes Search for Library Director
Rich Remsberg, acting chairman of the library trustees, reported Wednesday's trustees meeting that the initial search did not solicit enough candidates for the mayor to make a selection.
Hinds Given Committee Assignments: Chairing Revenue, on Ways and Means
State Sen. Adam Hinds will serve as the first stop for many of the big initiatives coming from the State House this year.
Hinds was given his committee assignments on Thursday in which he'll chair the Joint Committee on Revenue, vice chair Senate Committee on Redistricting, and will serve on the Senate Ways and Means, Joint Committee on Education, Joint Committee on Tourism Arts and Cultural Development, Senate Rules, and Joint Committee on Health Care Financing.
Big Y Supermarkets Selling Adams Location
In a statement released on Thursday just after noontime, company officials said the 16,000-square-foot structure in downtown Adams cannot support the items and types of services the grocer now offers.
Adams Selectmen Approve Russell Field Project
This project has been in the hopper for some time and for at least the past five years, the Parks Commission has steadily had it on its priority agenda.
Activists Press Neal to Support Green New Deal
Three of the activists — all students at Mount Greylock Regional School in Williamstown — went inside to make their case to a member of Neal's staff.
Pittsfield Schools to End 'Welcoming Day' For Grades 6 & 9
The long-standing tradition of "welcome days" is coming to an end in the schools after the state cited the district for not providing enough class time for all students.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education performed a coordinated program review last year and found that the practice of bringing incoming sixth graders and ninth graders in a day earlier to get acclimated to their new schools meant that the other students were falling short of the required 180 days of learning.
Berkshire Athenaeum Unveils Mural Inspired by Ty Allan Jackson Book
Berkshire Athenaeum Director Alex Reczkowski has found a fitting way to make the library more fun and welcoming to children.
The library unveiled on Monday a massive mural inspired by local author Ty Allan Jackson's book When I Close My Eyes. Jackson is a nationally recognized author and founder of Big Head Books.
North Adams Hosts 22nd Annual Winterfest Celebration
There's fresh snow on the ground, and just in time, the 22nd annual Winterfest celebration, which offers many indoor and outdoor, family-friendly activities, will be held Saturday, Feb. 16.
New Committee Looks to Assist Victims of House Fires
In April 2012, Rabbit David Weiner of Knesset Israel watched in horror as his home burned, as firefighters broke window after window, and also as a neighbor wrapped him in a coat.
It was a kitchen fire in his Wendell Street home. He remembers having to borrow socks from a friend the next day because he had lost everything.
Public Arts Commission Offers to Broker Talks With Pillar Artists
At Monday's Public Arts Commission meeting, the commissioners and artist Christina King agreed to discussions to find an alternative site for something similar to the pillar art.
Williamstown Assessor Barkin Leaves Department in Good Shape
Williamstown's assessor/educator will leave his second-floor office at Town Hall for the last time this week as he retires, just shy of 33 years in the job.
Williamstown Panels to Review Proposed Pot Planter
Ryan Wimpee, the attorney for Colorado-based Euflora Cannabis Dispensaries, has applied for permission to start an outdoor cannabis farm on 20 acres at 295 Blair Road, a property known as River Rock Farm and owned by Eric Reinhard.
Lanesborough Looks to Temporarily Close Police Station
The Board of Selectmen are looking to temporarily move the Police Department to another location.
The town's insurance company issued a report recommending the current Police Station be vacated by employees because of the condition of the building. Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association inspected the building in October and cited a number of concerns and ruled that it is unsafe.
Three Students Receive VFW Scholarships
Dozens attended the award ceremony Monday held at the American Legion building banquet hall where a combined $2,950 in scholarships were given out to Hannah Berkel, Kailey Sultaire, and Kathrine Wilson.