|Ashuwillticook Rail Trail Paving to Begin Next Year
Amer Raza, a design engineer with MassDOT, told the commission last week that the repaving project is slated to begin in earnest next year.
Pittsfield Council Asked To Contribute More Toward Clapp Park Project
After bids came in too high twice, the City Council is being asked to up the city's contribution toward the renovation of Clapp Park.
The city had received a $400,000 state grant to undertake a massive restoration of the West Housatonic Street park. That was matched by city funds for bathrooms, the community preservation act funding, $180,000 donation from the Rotary Club, and a $5,000 donation from Carr Hardware.
Cheshire Selectmen, Finance Committee Review FY 2020 Budget
The Finance Committee had no real requests for deductions and, if anything, advocated for increases and more future planning.
Fall Foliage Parade Will Celebrate 'Wizard of Oz'
The 64th annual parade, sponsored by 1Berkshire, will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the cinematic classic "The Wizard of Oz."
'After': Of Good Girls and Bad Boys
You know the stereotype. He is the ubiquitously tattooed bad boy on the outside, yet capable of quoting from "Wuthering Heights" or "The Great Gatsby." But perhaps so could Hannibal Lecter.
MassWildlife Offers Tips for Dealing With Aggressive Turkeys
A woman in Cambridge was recently injured when a flock of turkeys began pecking at her legs; aggressive turkeys have also been reported and recorded in recent years in Foxboro and Brookline.
B&B Micro Manufacturing Plans Move to Adams
The Board of Selectmen on Wednesday approved a seven-year tax-financing agreement that will help smooth the tiny house manufacturer's expansion.
MCLA Picks Winners of Third Entrepreneurship Challenge
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts students Nicholas Strezynski and Owen Fitzgerald came up with towel that includes a denim strop designed to extend the life of disposable razors.
New Police Advisory Committee Briefed on Public Records, Open Meeting
Even if the Police Advisory Committee recommends an officer receive discipline regarding an incident, they won't know the actual results.
That's what Police Chief Michael Wynn told the group at their second meeting on Tuesday. The group will be tasked with reviewing internal affairs reports after the fact to provide some oversight of the department but it will only be privy to whether or not there was discipline issues, but not exactly what it entailed.
Career Fair Draws 150 Job Seekers to Taconic High School
Some 150 or so job seekers made their way to the newly built Taconic High School on Wednesday for 1Berkshire's annual career fair.
The event drew some 73 different exhibitors to talk about jobs they have available, or services they offer job seekers. According to Ben Lamb, it is the most exhibitors the organization has had at the annual fair.
BCC Suspends Nursing Program For One Year
The decision is another blow — hopefully a short-term one — to nursing education in the region following the impending closure of Southern Vermont College. The associate's degree program will go on hiatus for first-year students in 2019 to address lingering issues and begin re-enrollment of new students in fall 2020. 1 Comment
Lanesborough Selectmen Vote Down Police Station Feasibility Study
At about 7:30 Tuesday night Chairman of the three-member Board of Selectmen John Goerlach asked for a motion. And there was silence.
The board had just spent an hour and a half critiquing a request for qualifications to find a firm to conduct a needs assessment and feasibility study for a Police Station. It included looking at potential renovations to the current station, building new on a parcel near Laston Field, or renovations to building on the existing Vacation Village property.
Youth Center Inc. Moving to Former Cheshire School
Members of the Youth Center attended an informal selectmen's meeting Tuesday to sign a lease agreement for eight classrooms in the new section of the former elementary school.
Bellevue Cemetery Project Still on Track in Adams
The town will use more than $100,000 from the cemetery fund to overhaul the current structure at the cemetery in the town's south end. A smaller shed will also be purchased to accommodate cold storage.
Clarksburg Board Nixes Request for Full-Time Police Officer
Police Chief Michael Williams had pitched the idea back in February as the town was beginning to prepare for next year's budget. Another officer at night, Williams said, would provide a more consistent back up for investigations and emergencies and take up some of the administrative duties so he could do more policing.
Williamstown Planning Board to Look at Bylaws for Agriculture, Lighting
The Planning Board has begun the process of studying bylaw changes that potentially could make farms more financially viable in the town.
Pittsfield's Business Development Manager Discusses Challenges, Successes
In less than 24 hours, Coakley presented to two different city boards on his work over the last year or so. The business manager is tasked with helping to bring companies to the city and helping local ones grow.
Cutting Edge Fitness Celebrates Five Years
Aimee Sinopoli said it is always a challenge to own your own business but with over five years helping people along their fitness journey she still feels lucky.
North Berkshire Coalition Forum Urged to Think Green
Elena Traister, professor of environmental studies at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, got the ball rolling by reminding the audience of the importance of those "three Rs" - but also of their pitfalls.
Wahconah & Mount Greylock to Match Wits on WGBY
The two teams, Wahconah Regional High School and Mount Greylock Regional School, will spar on "As Schools Match Wits," airing on WGBY public television Saturday, April 20, at 7 p.m.
Windstorm Blows Through Berkshires
A severe storm system working its way along the East Coast blew through the Berkshires early Monday morning, taking down trees in several areas.
Mount Greylock Committee at Standstill on Multipurpose Building
The Mount Greylock School Committee for the second straight meeting failed to reach a decision on whether to accept the low bid to build a multipurpose building on the campus of the middle-high school. 3 Comments
McCandless Shrinks Pittsfield School Budget Request
Superintendent Jason McCandless is scaling back his budget request by about a half million dollars.
McCandless said he had a meeting with Mayor Linda Tyer and Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood since revealing his initial request for a $3.4 million increase to the budget and the three agreed to a lesser number. Particularly, McCandless said the number of new positions, mostly new paraprofessionals, is being scaled back.
Lynda's Antique Clothing Reopens in New Park Street Space
Lynda Meyer had to make a sudden move this year — shifting her antique clothing store up one level and drastically and significantly cutting back her merchandise.
It seemed a little daunting but Meyer was pleased at the outcome on Saturday as she celebrated her grand reopening at 41 Park St.
Pittsfield Councilor Reignites School Buildings Discussion
City Council President John Krol is pushing for the consolidation of the city's two high schools to be a top talking point in the upcoming election.
Krol, who has said he is not seeking re-election, is pushing for the School Building Needs Commission to began looking at what to do with the city's school buildings. He also is glad to hear that school administrators are starting to take a closer look at the elementary schools.
Adams Fire District to Decide on Full-Time Fire Chief, Firefighter
The proposed fiscal 2020 budget of $2,177,361 is down 21 percent from this year's budget of $2,777,800 but it does include the additions of a full-time fire chief position and a single full-time firefighter position.
Cheshire May Build Hiking Shelter for Appalachian Trail
Town Administrator Edmund St. John IV told the Selectmen last week that he has met with community members to discuss locating a designated area for through-hikers in town.
Williamstown Author Pens Second Middle-Grade Novel
"Paulie Fink" tells the story of a seventh-grade girl named Caitlyn who unwillingly moves to a new home and new school in a small town in Vermont.
Waubeeka Golf Links Reopening Restaurant as Tavern on 7
The Tavern on 7 is opening at Waubeeka Golf Links and restaurant manager David Travisano wants everyone to feel welcome in the overhauled restaurant.
Step Up For Kids Event Raises Awareness For Child Abuse Prevention
The steps in front of City Hall on Friday were filled with 58 little pair of shoes, each one representing a child being abused in Berkshire County each month.
The display was part of the 13th annual "Step Up For Kids," a presentation to rally support for efforts to combat child abuse. The annual event is put on each year by the Children's Trust to recognize child abuse prevention month in April.
iBerkshiresTV Launches With Local News, Interviews
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100 Days: An Interview With District Attorney Andrea Harrington
It's been 100 days since the changing of the guard in the district attorney's office.
Andrea Harrington defeated incumbent Paul Caccaviello in November with a message of reform and change. To a large crowd at the Berkshire Museum, she took the oath of office on Jan. 2 and so began a new day in that office.
Cheshire Selectmen Review 2019 Draft Budget
The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday reviewed the $6,272,575 budget that is $179,119 more than fiscal 2019's $6,090,255 spending plan.
Williamstown Planners Decline to Back Dwelling Bylaw Amendment
When the chair opened the meeting to comments from the floor, the discussion turned to the detached accessory dwelling unit bylaw the board developed throughout the 2018-19 meeting cycle.
With Less Than A Year To Go, Officials Kickoff Census 2020 Push
Local officials are calling for all hands to be on deck when the Census begins in 2020.
State Rep. Paul Mark was joined by other local officials and representatives from the U.S. Census Bureau for a kickoff event calling for community assistance in trying to get the most accurate count of people living here.
Stop & Shop Workers Walkout Over Stalled Contract Talks
Employees at the North Adams store walked out about 1 p.m. on Thursday; store managers ushered customers out and locked the doors.
Colegrove Park School Dismissed Early for Hot Water Issues
Colegrove Park Elementary School pupils were released early on Thursday after the report of gas smell in the kitchen turned up a different problem in the hot water system.
New North Adams Police Chief Has Community-Based Vision
The city's new police chief-designate has a strong vision for the future of his department: community based, collaborative, realistic and transparent.
Berkshire Innovation Center Construction Ramping Up
Construction on the Berkshire Innovation Center is ramping up, according to Executive Director Scott Longley.
"We are literally within weeks of starting to frame interior walls. The momentum and the progress of the BIC construction have definitely begun to pick up," Longley told the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority on Wednesday.
North Adams Hires New Library Director
The college's Sarah Sanfilippo will replace retiring Library Director Mindy Hackner.
Adams Parks Commission Mulls Procedures to Deny Field Use
The commissioners on Monday looked to codify past practices and to shore up a protocol that would clearly spell out a chain of command to follow when teams have to be denied field usage after approval.
North Adams Votes to Lift, Amend Seasonal Parking Ban
At the request of Mayor Thomas Bernard, the City Council voted Tuesday to amend the city's parking ordinance to shorten the winter ban by two weeks. It also voted on the mayor's recommendation to end this year's parking ban on Thursday.
Veteran City Officer Selected as New North Adams Police Chief
Lt. Jason R. Wood was selected out of 40 candidates following a national search to replace retiring Police Chief Michael Cozzaglio. He will be the city's first new "police chief" in 38 years following the elimination of the public safety commissioner post.
Pittsfield Business Owner Objects to Parking Meters In New Lot
The owner of Berkshire Nautilus is glad to see the eyesore of a Columbus Avenue parking garage come down. But, he feels deceived by the city because now parking meters are eyed for the new surface lot.
"I was literally stunned to learn for the very first time that not only would there be no additional free three-hour public spaces created with this," Owner Jim Ramondetta told the City Council on Tuesday.
North Adams Council Rejects Recommendation for Earlier Meetings
City Councilor Wayne Wilkinson had raised the idea of meeting earlier as the council's meetings crept longer into the evening. With meetings regularly running past 9 and sometimes closer to 10, Wilkinson thought a 6 p.m. start rather than 7:30 would get the councilors and audience out earlier.
Williamstown Select Board Makes Advisory Votes on Town Meeting Articles
The board unanimously voted in favor of all the town and school spending articles, which have been reviewed and approved by the town's Finance Committee throughout the winter and spring.
Clarksburg Planners Hit Pause Button on Solar Development
Planner Erin Scott said at last Wednesday's board meeting that she had questions and concerns about moving forward with any changes to the bylaws regulating solar arrays passed in late 2017.
Harrington Launches Plan to Address Domestic, Sexual Violence
Domestic and sexual violence has hit a "crisis level" according to District Attorney Andrea Harrington.
On Tuesday, she announced a new countywide Berkshire Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force that will focus on curbing what is now growing numbers of sexual and domestic violence cases. The task force will focus on outreach, securing new resources, and providing education and training throughout the Berkshires in an effort to prevent such crimes from happening.
Lanesborough Waiting on New Inspection of Police Station
A third-party inspector is expected to file a report on the condition of the current Police Station as town o officials prepare to release a request for a feasibility study on the department's needs.
Town Manager Kelli Robbins said on Monday that a state building inspector was in town reviewing the renovation plans for the current station and is scheduling an inspection soon. The Board of Selectmen had asked somebody from the state to provide an independent assessment of the 151-year-old buil
North Adams Planners Visit Proposed 'Glamping' Site, Continue Hearing
Goodrich and development partner Keenan Chenail led the Planning Board through a site visit on the private property Monday to give members a visual of what they're trying to accomplish. Because Goodrich does not yet own the property, only the board and two members of the press were allowed on the tour.