Coalition talks Berkshire County housing, economy

Coalition talks Berkshire County housing, economy

NORTH ADAMS — The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition assembled for their monthly meeting inside First Baptist Church to discuss homelessness, economic stability and the housing market as a whole. “This topic came up across the board. Housing and homelessness strikes the entire community,” NBCC Executive Director Amber Besaw said. “It’s not just about the homeless. […]

Lanesborough fire department defends ambulance service

Lanesborough fire department defends ambulance service

LANESBOROUGH — Members of the fire department presented self-calculated data to the Board of Selectmen in an effort to defend the continuation of a town ambulance service. “We transport roughly 50 percent of the time,” P.J. Pannesco said, comparing the fire department-run ambulance service to that of competing county services. Pannesco is a former fire […]

Adams-Cheshire officials inspect district schools after Collins report

Adams-Cheshire officials inspect district schools after Collins report

CHESHIRE — Adams-Cheshire Regional School District Superintendent Robert Putnam led a collection of Adams and Cheshire officials on a tour of the district’s three school buildings, highlighting the conditions of each and discussing repercussions of grade reconfigurations. Tours of all three schools come after the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management made recommendations, […]

Mass MoCA draws thousands on Free Day

Mass MoCA draws thousands on Free Day

NORTH ADAMS —  More than 3,500 people poured into the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art to enjoy everything the sprawling, downtown museum had to offer during its annual Free Day. One of these 3,500 people was Jessica Coles. Coles is a Troy, New York native. It was her first time at Mass MoCA. “This place […]

Education task force advances with Berkshire County study

Education task force advances with Berkshire County study

DALTON — The Berkshire County Education Task Force is moving forward with the second phase of its  county-wide education study, which will be in partnership with the District Management Council. The DMC, which is based out of Boston and has worked with more than 150 school districts across the nation, was the only group to […]

Collins Center recommends more than 20 changes to Adams-Cheshire district

Collins Center recommends more than 20 changes to Adams-Cheshire district

ADAMS — Representatives from the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management have made 13 policy recommendations and eight building use recommendations regarding the Adams-Cheshire School District – changes that they say could greatly improve the district’s future. The 21 total changes were presented Feb. 8 at C.T. Plunkett Elementary School to an auditorium […]

Cheshire residents supply big ideas for Master Plan

Cheshire residents supply big ideas for Master Plan

CHESHIRE – Fifty residents came together inside Cheshire Elementary School Thursday night to discuss the future of their town and to work towards a complete master plan. Five standing easels inside the CES auditorium helped collect resident input. Each easel had a question, and residents were asked to tack up their answers on the boards. […]

Housing rehab grant one step closer in Cheshire

Housing rehab grant one step closer in Cheshire

CHESHIRE – A draft Community Development Strategy has been created for the town, a major prerequisite of the housing rehabilitation grant the town is pursuing. The CDS is a seven-page document that outlines the town in general and also delves into what grant money would be put towards. It is somewhat similar to the town’s […]

Cheshire selectmen upset with Adams’ school comments

Cheshire selectmen upset with Adams’ school comments

CHESHIRE – The town’s selectmen are not happy with what they call “pre-emptive” and “premature” comments made by members of the Adams town government. The face-off comes at a time when both towns have contracted the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management to study the future of their joint school district. The Adams-Cheshire […]

Bomb threat evacuates John T. Reid Middle School in Pittsfield

Bomb threat evacuates John T. Reid Middle School in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD – Students at John T. Reid Middle School were evacuated early this afternoon following a bomb threat. Officials, though, said the threat was false. The middle school students were evacuated to two nearby areas, but have since been allowed back inside the school building under the guidance of their teachers. Students will gather inside […]