|MLK Committee, Shine Wire Recognize Drug Recovery Group Founder
After a morning of community service Monday on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, those who took the day on instead of the day off met at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts to recognize local community leader and addiction assistance advocate Kenna Waterman.
Community Forum Set for Clarksburg/Stamford School Merger Study
Representatives from Public Consulting Group of Boston will be on hand to walk attendees through the timeline for the feasibility study on creating an interstate school district.
Health Drives Much of Pignatelli's Legislative Agenda
State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli heard a story in which a police officer witness someone die from an overdose while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.
Not all first responders carry Narcan and Pignatelli believes that if that police department had it, the person could have lived. As this new legislative session starts, Pignatelli has filed a bill to require every first responder in the state to carry the overdose reversal drug.
'EAT' Restaurant in Williamstown Opens in Colonial Plaza
Takeout is still a cornerstone of the business but now with more room, he wants to put a focus on dinner.
More Heating Assistance Sought as Officials Discuss Poverty
According to Berkshire Community Action Council, around 8,000 households in Berkshire County apply for LIHEAP (the low-income heating assistance program) every year; across the state, a total of 160,000 residents seek help.
Chapter Two Books in Williamstown a Place for Community
The nonprofit Friends began brainstorming what could possibly replace one of the main financial engines that has provided the group with funds to support programming and other items at the library.
North Adams Traffic Commission Advises Rate Hike for Permit Parking
The Traffic Commission is recommending the city raise its parking permit fees for the Center Street lot for the first time in 10 years.
Northern Berkshire Annual Day of Service Set for Monday
Event organizer Kathy Keeser is encouraging those who can shovel out of their driveways to bundle up warm and head to Venable for warm beverages to start the day before dispersing to off-site activities or joining in those in the gym.
Pittsfield Looks to Crack Down on Off-leash Dogs in Kirvin Park
The Parks Commission wants to crack down on off-leash dogs at Kirvin Park.
The park off of Williams Street had long been used by dog owners as a place to let their four-legged friends run off leash. However, dogs are required to be on leash in a city park and the increasing use of the park of dogs has led to problems.
Snowstorm Prompts Snow Emergencies, Cancellations
OK, maybe closer to a foot. But that's still plenty of snow heading our way. Then the frigid air returns for a super chill Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday.
Barrett Enters First Full Term With Legislative Agenda
Entering his first full session in the House of Representative, John Barrett is doubling down on the priorities he held when he was first elected.
"One of the areas I'm obviously concerned about is transportation in the county. We need it, especially in the Northern Berkshire area," Barrett said.
Adams Seeks Input on Hazard Mitigation Plan
Interim Town Administrator Donna Cesan told the Selectmen on Wednesday that earlier this week a public meeting was held go over the completed draft.
North Adams Moves New Airport Administrative Building
A crew from Wolfe House & Building Movers of Bernville, Pa., had lifted the two-story building off its original pad and onto a motorized trailer for the short hike around the corner.
MassWildlife Rescues Deer Stuck on Pontoosuc Lake
MassWildlife rescued a mature buck stuck on Pontoosuc Lake Thursday morning.
The 180 to 190-pound animal will now be assessed, treated, and hopefully released back into the wild. It is unknown how long the deer was stuck on the ice but a team from MAssWildlife was able to tranquilize the animal and free it from the lake.
Cheshire Legislation Approval Paves Way for Expanded Board
Interim Town Administrator Edmund St. John IV told the Selectmen on Tuesday that after years of troubleshooting and working with the state, the town is poised to hold the vote needed to increase the board size.
Williamstown Encourages Short-Term Rental Owners to Register with State
Late last year, in response to the explosion in short-term rentals because of the success of online services like Airbnb and VRBO, the Legislature passed a regulatory regime that was signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker.
North Adams Planners Approve Livery Headquarters
Attorney James Sisto, representing JP Parent, said the company had outgrown its location in Adams and is now leasing the Curran Highway property.
Clinton Church Restoration Hires Project Architects
The New York City-based firm, headed by architect Mario Gooden, is one of the few African-American architectural firms in the country.
Pittsfield Eyes Development of Pickleball Courts at Springside Park
Pickleball put the city in a somewhat of a pickle.
The Parks Commission approved a plan to develop pickleball courts near the Doyle Softball Complex in Springside Park but not without opposition. The approval goes against the Springside Park Conservancy's wishes that the project takes a backburner to others specifically outlined in the park's master plan.
Lawsuit Accuses Wayfair of Misleading Investors
While the city and state was courting Wayfair to bring some 3,300 new jobs to the state, investors felt they were being misled.
A class action lawsuit has been filed against the Boston-based company alleging that Wayfair officials failed to disclose adverse facts about the company, deceived the public regarding its future business, artificially inflated the stock price and allowed Wayfair executives and insiders to sell off millions worth of their personally held stock at the inflated price.
Adams Planning Board Continues Solar Array Hearing
SunRaise proposes to install a ground-mounted solar array at 101 Grove St., Duke's Sand & Gravel Pit, and is requesting a special permit and site plan approval. The company leases land and roofs to develop solar projects.
North Adams Airport Building to Be Moved This Week
Peter Enzien of Stantec Consulting Services, the airport's engineer, told the Airport Commission on Tuesday that the long-awaited building move should start Thursday morning between 8:30 and 9:00.
North Adams Schools Will Hire Full-Time Business Administrator
The committee last week voted not to renew its contract with the North Berkshire School Union to share the services of its business manager. Rather, the school district will seek a full-time business administrator effective July 1.
Farley-Bouvier Preps For New Legislative Session
State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier says that since 2016, the Massachusetts legislature has been shifting further left.
And that's meant the Progressive Caucus' numbers are growing. She is currently the co-chair of that group and has watched it swell in ranks.
McCann Tech Drone Program Taking Off
Principal Justin Kratz and teacher Perry Burdick gave the School Committee a drone presentation Thursday night and demonstrated what the little aircraft could do even in the confines of the meeting room.
Lanesborough Considering Leasing Space at American Legion
The selectmen have been paying bills for the American Legion out of their own pocket.
Town Manager Kelli Robbins had recently identified that the town's support for the American Legion wasn't legal and stopped payments. The town spends $5,500 per year to pay for propane, electricity, and the phone lines for the legion and the Selectmen remain supportive of that decision.
Auditor Makes Recommendations to the District Attorney's Office
The audit covers the period from July 1, 2016, through March 31, 2018, and was requested by former District Attorney Paul Caccaviello shortly after his March 2018 appointment.
Williamstown Package Store Keeps Customers Coming Back
Family-owned Gold Leaf package store wants to keep it personal and supply its customers with exactly what they want.
Williams' BioEYES Program Expanding to Six More Schools
This year, the program itself is multiplying with plans to go into more than twice as many schools throughout the region.
Hinds Chats Priorities With BRPC
The Berkshires don't have the traffic congestion or real estate prices that the Boston area does.
And Jim Lovejoy, from Mount Washington, sees that as an opportunity. He envisions using the effort to expand broadband in Western Massachusetts as a chance to build a far superior internet connection that will incentivize companies to build and grow here instead.
Temescal to Sell Recreational Marijuana Starting Tuesday
Temescal Wellness will start recreational sales of marijuana on Tuesday starting at 11 a.m.
The company will be the first to sell recreational marijuana in the city and will be the second in the county. Temescal was granted its license to sell for adult use in December and is now expecting a big crowd on the first day.
Five Years Later, 'Sustainable Berkshires' Plan Being Implemented
When it comes to local planning efforts, nothing was more ambitious than the Sustainable Berkshires master plan.
The 800 or so page document was developed by stakeholders throughout the county as it looked to create a master plan for the entire county. After three years of work, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission adopted the full document in 2014. 1 Comment
Williamstown Elementary Names Citizenship Award Winners
Four Williamstown Elementary School sixth-graders are being recognized for their kindness, enthusiasm and helpfulness.
North Adams Considers Adopting State Law to Reduce Speed Limits
At Tuesday's City Council meeting, Lamb said there were a lot of layers to go through with the state to reduce any speed limits. Adopting the state law would cut through those layers.
McCann Superintendent Receives Award
The nonprofit, independent accreditation organization presented Brosnan, superintendent of the Northern Berkshire Regional Vocational School District, with the Richard J. Bradley Endowment Fund Award.
Berkshires' First Recreational Marijuana Dispensary Opens to Long Lines
At 10 a.m. cheers roared in the parking lot of Theory Wellness as staff held a signed reading "recreational cannabis, now open."
At that point, there were about 100 people standing in the blistering cold waiting to get through the doors. It's been more than two years since voters approved the legalization of recreational cannabis in Massachusetts and Theory became the Berkshires first dispensary to sell the products, leading the way for an industry that has been bursting through the doors thr
Boston Architectural Firm Will Offer Design Ideas for Brayton Path
The members of the Boston architectural firm were there to get an idea of how to revitalize a path leading from the Brayon Hill Apartments to the school and attached Northern Berkshire Family YMCA. But they were soon engaged in looking at all the possibilities for getting to and from the playground below the school.
Two More Marijuana Companies Seek Pittsfield Permits
The owner of the former County Wide Rental building on Dalton Avenue is trying for a third time to get a marijuana business into the property.
James Scalise of SK Design is representing Pittsfield Investment Group again in a pitch to receive permits for a marijuana business at 531 Dalton Avenue. The site was originally the first location permitted for a medical marijuana facility in 2014 but the plans fell through. In 2016, a new vendor looked at the space but that too went the same path.
Shutdown Could Impact Renters, Landlords Who Rely on Section 8 Vouchers
Local landlords and recipients of Section 8 housing assistance could start feeling the pinch if the shutdown of the federal government continues much longer.
Heating System Repairs Eyed For Reid Middle School
PITTSFIELD, Mass. - A few classrooms at Reid Middle School have been shutdown because of high levels of carbon dioxide.
Superintendent Jason McCandless said on Wednesday that recent testing done by the state revealed the issue in several classrooms. He said the elevated levels of carbon dioxide stems from the heating exhaust system and that will need to be redone in February.
"We took them offline as heating season began out of an abundance of concern," McCandless said.
Cheshire Misses Out on Complete Streets Grant Again
This is the second Complete Streets project denied to the town. Previously, officials had looked to make improvements to Depot and RailRoad streets but the project did not score high enough in all categories required for the grant.
Pittsfield Passes 5G Zoning Laws
When 5G infrastructure is installed in city right of ways, it'll have to look nice.
The City Council approved the proactive measure of updating its zoning regulations to ensure the city streets aren't lined with unsightly technology. Tower and wireless companies are rolling out 5G technology throughout the nation but that will require a significant number of new towers and antennas.
Pittsfield Schools Also Concerned With Government Shutdown's Impact
North Adams isn't the only municipality worried that the government shutdown could lead to the end of the free lunch and breakfast program.
Assistant Superintendent Kristen Behnke reported Wednesday night that the schools have two months worth of savings in the bank account to keep the program going but if the shutdown continues, the program's funds would run dry. Behnke said the city has $774,000 to keep the program going but it costs $400,000 a month to run.
North Adams' Tourists Repurposing Historic Farmhouse as Restaurant
It marks a significant change in the resort's plans for a fine-dining restaurant on Massachusetts Avenue that guests at the State Road motel would have accessed via a bucolic trail over the river.
North Adams Rallies to Support Fire Victims
Within hours of a devastating fire on Houghton Street that left five families homeless, donation drives had already begun to help them get back on their feet.
Federal Shutdown May Pinch North Adams School Lunch Program
The School Department's food services rely on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fund 97 percent of all of its food programs. Those funds are reimbursed on a monthly basis.
Pittsfield Council Approves Walden Lane Traffic Measure, Turf Field
The City Council spent much of its night Tuesday revisiting previously approved contracts.
It began with an issue of a traffic study. The residents of Walden Village had previously petitioned the council for improvements to the intersection of North Street and Walden Lane. The subdivision is home to mostly elderly residents who voiced fear about pulling onto the main road.
Berkshires First Recreational Marijuana Store Opens Friday
The county's first recreational marijuana retailer opens its doors on Friday.
Theory Wellness will open for retail customers at 10 a.m. Friday. The company becomes the first to sell recreational in the Berkshires after being approved by the state's Cannabis Control Commission last month.
"This is the beginning of a movement in the Berkshires," CEO Brandon Pollock said.
Big Y Plans to Eliminate Single-Use Plastic Bags in 2020
Big Y Foods Inc., one of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England, will eliminate its use of the bags from all 70 of its markets, specialty stores and Big Y Express Gas and Convenience locations in 2020.
Adams-Cheshire Preparing Students For State Exams
Superintendent John Vosburgh told the School Committee on Monday night that the high school Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System tests for will take place in March and middle and elementary schools in April. Specific dates will be released in the near future.