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Pittsfield City Council Passes Plastic Bag Ban
Rinaldo Del Gallo first petitioned for the ban in 2013. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After close to six years of debate, the city finally passed a ban on single-use plastic bags Tuesday night.   The ban had been proposed in 2013 and has been working its way through the City Council process since. It was first coupled
Late Night Party Earns Tito's A Warning From Licensing Board
Attorney Jeffrey Scrimo opened his remarks by extending an apology to the board and the Police Department from the owners of Tito's for the violation. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Licensing Board is giving Tito's Mexican Grille a warning after employees held a late-night party inside the
Berkshires Beat: Corpse Flower in Bloom at Darrow School
Corpse flowers bloom It’s spring at The Darrow School in New Lebanon, N.Y. That means the sap is rising, the birds are singing, the sun is lingering, and something in the air stinks. This means that the rare corpse flower is in full bloom. Corpse flowers were first planted at Darrow in 2009 in the sheltered confines of the
Lanesborough to Request Needs Assessment For Police Station
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Town Manager Kelli Robbins hopes the $13,000 that town meeting approved to renovate the police station will be enough to do a feasibility study for a bigger project.   Robbins told the Board of Selectmen on Monday night that she is putting together a request for qualifications to do a needs assessment on
Pittsfield FinCom Will Pay Airport Project Overage, More May Come
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Finance Committee is not happy with the process, but agreed to pay the overage for the airport runway process.   And there might be more to come.   A number of change orders caused the project to go $89,374 over budget. The Federal Aviation Administration and the state Department of
Animal Cruelty Case Continued Without Finding
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A local man was given a continuance without a finding after killing a 10-month-old puppy.   Coty Dakin, 29, had entered to an admission to sufficient facts plea to a single county of animal cruelty on March 12. The case was continued without a finding for one year. Police had accused Dakin of crushing the
Congressman Neal to Speak at MCLA 120th Commencement
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will celebrate its 120th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 18, beginning at 11 a.m., in the Amsler Campus Center Gymnasium.   This year's commencement speaker will be U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, who represents the First Congressional District of Massachusetts
Former Royal Cleaners in Pittsfield Now Eyed For Marijuana Business
The building at 68 Dalton Ave. has been vacant for years and was slated to be demolished. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The former Royal Cleaners is now eyed to be repurposed for a marijuana retail, cultivation, and manufacturing company.   The Zoning Board of Appeals granted a special permit for EOS Farm LLC to
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Albany Berkshire Ballet Looks Ahead — And Back — in 50th Anniversary Year
Albany Berkshire Ballet has formed collaborations with organizations like Williams College, where ABB dancers join student dancers for performances. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The five dancers glided around the room, its purple-and-mirrored walls enclosing a faintly muggy space, either from powerful bodies working hard or a
Berkshire Lightscape Turns Focus To Lighting Up Park Square
The lights in Dunham Mall were added at the start of the winter. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Lightscapes is honing in on a plan to add lighting to Park Square.   The non-profit raised a little more than $100,000 for its plan to add lighting to City Hall, Dunham Mall, and Park Square. The Dunham Mall lights
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