|Clarksburg Down to One Select Board Member
Arnold submitted his resignation last weekend leaving the town with only one Select Board member, Chairwoman Danielle Luchi.
Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership Discusses Priorities for Forest Center
That legislation empowered a collaboration of 19 towns and cities in Berkshire and Franklin Counties to increase natural resource-based economic development and promote sustainable forestry practices in the region.
Pittsfield YMCA Renovation To Begin In October
Allegrone, the general contractor, will begin to mobilize leading up to the project's official groundbreaking on Nov. 10.
Williamstown to Resume Search for Town Manager
The several months search to replace Jason Hoch ended with board discussing a long-term interim town manager to take the town through the next budget and town meeting season.
DA's Office Holding Town Hall Meetings Across County
District Attorney Andrea Harrington will provide a brief presentation on the state of the justice system, the office's reform efforts, and her blueprint for safety and justice in Berkshire County before opening the discussion to questions and answers.
MCLA to Distribute State, Federal Funding Directly to Students
MassGrant Plus funding is allocated according to the percentage of enrolled students eligible for federal Pell grants, and is available for full-time or part-time students who need assistance paying for tuition and fees.
North Adams Mayoral Candidates Debate at MCLA Forum
This debate was sponsored by iBerkshires.com and the MCLA Political Science Club, and hosted by the MCLA. It was held at the Church Street Center and attracted a robust audience of more than 150 people.
Pittsfield Public Health & Safety Panel Opts Out of Mosquito Control Project
The Public Health and Safety Subcommittee last week voted to opt out of the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project.
Artist Dorothy Sabean Opens Show at BCC
The exhibit is on view through Nov. 16. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.
BBPW announces 2021 Scholarship recipients
After receiving a record number of applications for the 2021 program, BBPW awarded total of $20,000 in scholarships to 20 local women.
BCC Receives Grant from Berkshire Life Charitable Foundation for Disability Resource Center
The funds will be used to purchase assistive technology equipment, including digital "smart pens" and recorders, for students with documented disabilities.
Cheshire Selectmen Raise Concerns Over Data Security With School District
Dean said the district uses the platform to release surveys to help gather student, family, and staff "voice." He said it is really a way to amplify and measure the entire community and use this information to better instruction and policy.
Lenco Donates Rescue Vehicle to Berkshire Rescue Team
Team President Michael Comeau said the Polaris UTV will be a huge game-changer for BMSAR, as it will drastically increase the efficiency and the response time to remove a person from wooded or mountainous terrain and get them to safety.
Mayor Tyer Announces First Proposals for $20M in ARPA Funds
In total, Pittsfield is receiving almost $41 million in ARPA funds that have to be obligated by the end of 2024 and the funds spent by 2026. The first deposit of about $20 million is already in the city’s account.
Mildred Elley Launch Hero Scholarship
The HERO scholarship stands for Hope to Engage in Education to Revitalize the Opportunity in Our Community and will be awarded to two Berkshire County residents who are looking to pursue an education that will lead to a career that will make a positive difference in this community.
North Adams Urgent Care Center Ready to Open in November
The new center located in the Stevens Plaza next to Stop & Shop was approved by the Planning Board in December 2020.
Williamstown Police Sergeant Wants Disciplinary Hearing Made Public
The town Thursday will hold a disciplinary hearing against a police sergeant who has filed a discrimination complaint against the town with the commonwealth.
Great Barrington To Host American Rescue Plan Act Funds Meeting
The meeting will be held via Zoom and will be posted on the town calendar for Nov. 1
BCC to Hold Virtual Open House
All participants will receive a free gift card to local lunch spots, a discount at the BCC Bookstore, and a chance to win BCC swag. To register, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/openhouse.
PCTV & iBerkshires Debates Conclude With At-Large Candidates
The candidates had varied positions on projects such as the North Street bike lane reconfiguration, Pittsfield's trash system, and mosquito spraying.
Cheshire to Repair Town Hall Emergency Exit
Chairwoman Michelle Francesconi said the project was urgent because without a functioning staircase, the building could be shut down.
SVHC Announces First DAISY Team Award
This was the first time SVMC has honored a team with a DAISY award
MCLA Announces Hardman Journalist in Residence
Bob Davis is a senior editor who covers economic issues out of Washington D.C., and focuses on the trade and economic struggle between the United States and China. He is co-author of a book about the fight, "Superpower Showdown."
Williamstown Interviewing Town Manager Finalists
The administrator of a similarly sized Midwestern town and a principal in a management consulting firm are the finalists to be the new town manager.
BCC Sees Increase in Enrollment Count
Candidates Tackle Issues at Pittsfield School Committee Debate
William Cameron, Mark Brazeau, Vicky Smith, Alison McGee, Sara Hathaway, Daniel Elias, and William Tyer covered a number of topics ranging from staff wages and building improvements to Taconic High School's mascot change and the recent superintendent selection process.
Hawlemont Seeks to Join Northern Berkshire School Union
The Northern Berkshire School Union is looking for a lot more information before it makes a decision on accepting the Hawlemont Regional School as a member.
Paul Mark Announces Run for State Senate
The six-term representative said the people of the Berkshire district deserve a dedicated advocate in the Senate. He cited the devastation that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on its communities and small businesses and how it widened the divide between the wealthy and those struggling to put food on the table.
Berkshire Athenaeum Issued and Renewed More Than 500 Library Cards
National Library Card Sign-up Month is an initiative of the American Library Association.
Williams College Museum of Art to Begin Design Phase for New Building
The Williams College Museum of Art has been in the queue for a new building for years as the college has dramatically revamped its campus over the past two decades.
Now the nearly 100-year-old museum is finally getting its turn at a new facility.
MFBF Names Sunderland Cat Barn Cat of the Year
Sophie-Jane was adopted through Dakin Humane Society's barn cat program, which pairs cats who are either too feisty or too shy to live in traditional homes with working barns. These cats are spayed or neutered, and the owner is required to provide them with a warm bed (in Sophie-Jane's case that meant a cat door into the warm room where Thomas Farm and Dairy raises baby goats).
Live Theatre Returns for MCLA
These four productions feature guest directors, student directors, and experimental productions that give students agency in the writing and production process.
Mount Greylock District Aims to Increase Sense of Belonging for All Families
Recent reports of racist incidents at Williamstown Elementary School prompted a discussion at the Mount Greylock School Committee on Thursday.
Patrick's Pub For Sale After Almost 40 Years in Business
The owners of the popular Patrick's Pub, the Powell family, have decided to sell the business after 20 years of running and then owning it.
Search Continues for Missing Cheshire Woman
Paula Kelsey, 77, reportedly went for a walk on Friday morning about 7:25 in the area of Richmond Hill and Windsor Road and has not returned home. It's believed she may have become disoriented and lost her way.
Pittsfield Ward Candidates Make Their Pitch to Voters
The forum was held at the Berkshire Athenaum as a partnership between iBerkshires.com and Pittsfield Community Television. It was moderated by iBerkshires Executive Editor Tammy Daniels and Pittsfield Bureau Chief Brittany Polito.
Two Pittsfield Seniors Recognized with Superintendents Award
William Garrity of Taconic High School and Elodie Theriault of Pittsfield High School received the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Certificate of Academic Excellence.
Pittsfield Street Improvement Project Schedule: Oct. 18-22
The schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions.
Pittsfield Confirms COVID-19 Cases In Post Office
The city’s Health Department has been notified of four lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in employees of the United States Postal Office with exposure dates of Sept. 28 to the present.
Pittsfield and Dalton Household Hazardous Waste Collection
The collection will be held at the city's Highway Facility, 81 Hawthorne Ave; please enter through the rear entrance.
Mass MoCA, Clark Art Announce Vaccine Requirement
MASS MoCA's vaccine requirement for employees went into effect Oct. 8.
BCC to Participate in Berkshire STEM Week
Included in the activities are a series of panels, workshops, speakers, tours, a job fair and information about career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the Berkshires and beyond.
Mount Greylock School Committee Hears Criticism of September Vote on Synthetic Field
But while the committee was not able to take any action on the project at its Thursday meeting, it did hear from critics of the plan to install a synthetic turf multisport field at the middle/high school.
Pittsfield City Council OKs Lee Bank's 2nd Location on South Street
The panel passed a special permit application for the construction of a drive-through window service at 180-184 South St. with one condition requiring a raised right-turn median instead of a painted one at the intersection of the streets.
North Adams Public Library Exploring Community Fridge Program
Community Fridge Program organizers Sarah Defusco and Isabel Twanmo met with the trustees Wednesday to see if the library would be interested in hosting a refrigerator from which community members could take food from.
Pittsfield Council Approves New Ward Map with Precinct Changes
This is done every 10 years, according to U.S. Census data, so that shifts in population will never unfairly increase or decrease a voter's voice in government.
Line Painting Scheduled In Pittsfield
On-street parking is prohibited during this work.
BCC Awarded Early Education Grant
The grant funds tuition, fees and support for those pursuing a degree in higher education while working in the field of early education and care.
MCLA Celebrates STEM Week with Virtual Programming
A complement to the statewide STEM Week initiative, Berkshire County STEM Week's theme is "See Yourself in STEM." Free and open to the public, the week will feature a series of unique virtual panels, workshops, speakers, tours and information about opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math in the Berkshires and beyond.
Clarksburg Officials Reject Idea of Nonbinding Resolution on School's Future
Superintendent John Franzoni had recommended a nonbinding resolution on the upcoming special election or at town meeting to take the temperature of the town.