After 28 years on the Fire Department, Deputy Chief Michael Polidoro had to retire after being diagnosed with ALS.
He had been a key member of leadership in the department and was viewed as a mentor by most. While he won't jump into the engine when a call comes in, Polidoro's legacy will.
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.
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.
Matt McLaughlin's first year after leaving the Marine Corp was 2015.
He wasn't sure what to do so he entered an auto mechanics program in Pennsylvania and went to call full time. On the side, he made some extra cash by welding bumpers, roll cages, or parts on off-road vehicles but he wasn't making a whole lot of money doing the jobs in his own garage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
District Attorney Andrea Harrington doesn't see her job as simply tossing people into jail cells.
Instead, she is seeking to create a culture and environment where causes such as drug or mental health problems are addressed in the community so the crimes don't happen again.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For the second year in a row, President Donald Trump called on Congress to do something about the escalating drug prices in America. The president is doggedly pursuing this campaign promise in the face of an army of special interest groups and big drug companies. Hurrah for you, Mr. President.
The National Weather Service has issued to advisories for the Berkshires: a wind advisory from 4 p.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday and a winter storm watch from Tuesday moring through Wednesday afternoon.
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.
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.
A man accused of setting fires in four places in September was arraigned in Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday.
Phillip Jordan is facing four counts of burning a dwelling house. He was ordered by Judge John Agostini to be held without bail. Jordan is being represented by Attorney Rinaldo Del Gallo.
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.
The event will include a scavenger hunt, tractor-drawn wagon rides and a nature walk led by WRLF Executive Director David McGowan. There will be hot chocolate courtesy of Williams College, s'mores in a fire pit and food available for purchase prepared by Eat, the restaurant in the nearby Colonial Plaza.
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.
In pursuit of beetle happiness, I can cast a note of optimism about the many beetles at large in museums and private collections, that may bring us a profound joy, allowing our sense of inquiry to thrive like a child set loose in New York's American Museum of Natural History.