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Pignatelli: Use Volkswagen Settlement Money for Electric Car Infrastructure
BOSTON — State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox, joined 37 other legislators who weighed in last week on the allocation of $75 million that the state is scheduled to receive from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund.    Members urged the state Department of Environmental Protection, which
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Biz Briefs: Pittsfield Chiropractor Sponsors Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity
Habitat Support Dr. Kurt Schagen, owner of New Life Chiropractic, has once again chosen Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity to be the recipient of his annual philanthropic campaign. To support Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, Schagen will donate all of the proceeds from new patient exams scheduled through his community outreach
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Miss Hall's School Announces Head's List, Honor Roll
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has announced 46 local students among the 140 girls schoolwide named to the Head's List and Honor Roll for the first semester, which ended Jan. 24. For Head's List recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of
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Berkshires Beat: Grazie, Mingo's Take Top Honors in Chowder Cook-off
The winners are Hundreds of hungry WinterFest fans swarmed downtown to try samples of the nine fierce competitors at this year's annual Chowder Cook-off (find more photos here). Hundreds of ballots were cast for "People's Choice" favorites and write-ins for the "Only in North Adams" most unique chowder award.
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North Adams First-Graders Send Textbooks to Kenya
Brayton Elementary School first-graders pose with the books they sent to students in Kenya. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It takes a village to get a load of books from North Adams to an African village. Brayton Elementary School first-grade teachers Elizabeth Patenaude and Jacqueline Thomas recently spearheaded an effort to send
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PCTV Submits Proposal To Manage WTBR, The Brave FM
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Community Television wants to turn WTBR into a community radio station.   For nearly four years, school officials have been looking for partners to keep the The Brave FM alive after the demolition of the current Taconic High School building.   In the last few months, those talks led
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Pittsfield Police Seeking Information on Gas Station Robbery
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are seeking information on an armed robbery that occurred at a Wahconah Street gas station on Saturday night.    The incident happened at about 10:30 p.m. at the Gulf Gas Station at 186 Wahconah St. When officers arrived at the location they learned that a masked man had entered the store,
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New 'Boutique Bridal Show' Offers Couples Quieter, Personal Meetings With Vendors
With Valentine's Day having passed and the "engagement season" now officially over, future newlyweds are wondering what's next: "Where will our venue be? Who will cater? Is this vendor reliable?" In a time that should be filled with excitement, the wedding planning process can quickly become a hodgepodge of
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Pittsfield Eyes Repairs To Taconic Track, Baseball Field
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With a brand-new school, the Pittsfield Parks Department is plotting a way to make upgrades to the Taconic High School track, football, and baseball fields.   Parks Commissioner Anthony DeMartino said the first goals would be to repair and re-stripe the track, replace fencing around both the track area and
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Pittsfield Health Director Concerned With Plastic Bag-Ban Enforcement
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Board of Health has a few questions about its enforcement role in the proposed single-use plastic bag ban.   The petition, filed by the Green Commission and local attorney Rinaldo Del Gallo, is before the City Council now. It would place a ban on certain single-use plastic bags — mostly the
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