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100 Days: An Interview With District Attorney Andrea Harrington
Andrea Harrington is sworn in as district attorney 100 days ago. She ran promising reform in the DA's office.   PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It's been 100 days since the changing of the guard in the district attorney's office.   Andrea Harrington defeated incumbent Paul Caccaviello in November
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With Less Than A Year To Go, Officials Kickoff Census 2020 Push
Mark Maloy is heading the complete count committee's efforts to reach the difficult to count populations throughout Berkshire County. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local officials are calling for all hands to be on deck when the Census begins in 2020.   State Rep. Paul Mark was joined by other local officials and
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The Independent Investor: Retirement Savers Could See Positive News This Year (Maybe)
In this acrimonious political environment, little in the way of new legislation is expected to pass both chambers of Congress. One exception may be the Secure Act. Last Tuesday, a key House committee unanimously approved the bill, which would greatly enhance some private retirement plans.   The bill would not only increase the
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Charges Pending in Pittsfield Hit and Run
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Charges are pending against a city woman who allegedly ran over a pedestrian and then drove away.   Police say on Monday at about 3:07 p.m. officers responded to the intersection of West Union Street and Pacific Street for a reported hit and run. Jeanine Pettijohn, 45, was found injured. She was
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Stop & Shop Workers Walkout Over Stalled Contract Talks
The union feels the company has been bargaining in bad faith. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Stop & Shop employees walked out at supermarkets across New England on Thursday afternoon, saying the grocery chain has "continued to bargain in bad faith."   "Everything we are asking for in a new contract
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'Dumbo': A Relevant Elephant
Here's what drives me crazy. Mostly everyone you and I know has been brought up on a steady motion picture diet of morality tales like this latest version of Disney's "Dumbo," based on the studio's 1941, animated delve into the wiles and munificence of human nature. All the good lessons concerning proper human behavior are
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Berkshire Innovation Center Construction Ramping Up
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Construction on the Berkshire Innovation Center is ramping up, according to Executive Director Scott Longley.   "We are literally within weeks of starting to frame interior walls. The momentum and the progress of the BIC construction have definitely begun to pick up," Longley told the Pittsfield
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Seven Arrested In Multiple Drug Raids
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Seven people were arrested during a series of drug raids on Friday.   The Berkshire County District Attorney's office said some 4,440 bags of heroin, 82 grams of cocaine, weapons, ammunition, and about $40,000 in cash were seized on Friday during the operations.   The office is charging
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BCC's Coordinator of Multicultural Center Recognized as 2019 Latina Leader
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College's coordinator of the Multicultural Center, Eleanore Velez, has been recognized by Amplify Latinx as a 2019 Latina Leader. Amplify Latinx is a Boston-based, non-partisan, collaborative movement whose mission is to build Latinx economic and political power by significantly increasing
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What Can You Do With Your Tax Refund?
We're getting close to the tax-filing deadline. For many of us, this means it's that time of year when we get our biggest financial windfall – a tax refund. If you have recently received a refund, or are expecting to get one in the next few weeks, what should you do with it? Of course, you could just spend the money on
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