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Pittsfield Council Trims Police Budget, Puts Money Toward Mental Health
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council on Monday night cut $100,000 out of the Police Department budget and earmarked $85,000 for additional mental health clinicians.    The action comes after a stalled vote on the school budget last week and council and community concerns over putting more money into police spending while
Berkshires Beat: First Day School Students Donate Funds to SVHC
SVHC donation In mid-May, the Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation received a letter and donation from the First Day School of the Bennington Friends Meeting, a local group of the Religious Society of Friends, known more commonly as Quakers. The letter was written by 11-year-old Thea Newbold of North Bennington. She wrote on behalf
Big Y Appoints New CFO
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The board of directors of Big Y Foods has appointed Theresa A. Jasmin as CFO following the recent retirement of William T. Mahoney.  Jasmin is responsible for the company's strategic planning, finance, accounting, treasury and tax functions. As a senior member of the executive team, she reports to Charles
Can You Invest for Retirement and Education?
Typically, this time of year is filled with graduation ceremonies and celebrations. But with the coronavirus pandemic, not much has been typical lately. Eventually, though, things will return to normal and schools will reopen for in-person learning.  And if you have young children, you may want to save for their higher education,
Summer Jazz Camp & Music Academy Open for Enrollment
ADAMS, Mass. — The annual Berkshires Summer Jazz Camp plans to open this August with the inaugural semester a new music academy following in September.   Applications for the jazz camp are now being accepted and Richard Boulger, executive director and co-founder of the Berkshires Academy for Advanced Musical Studies, or
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North Adams, Pittsfield Educators Rally for School Funding
North Adams is preparing for budget cuts of 10 to 15 percent, with the worst-case scenario closing a school.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Educators and supporters in the county's two cities rallied on Monday for more educational funding even as school officials prepare for budget scenarios that could cost dozens of
Mount Greylock Forum Opens Conversation on Racial Equity
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Difficult conversations about race across racial lines are important.   But so are conversations that are not about race.   Pittsfield author and motivational speaker Ty Allan Jackson made that point last week during a virtual community conversation hosted by the Mount Greylock Regional
North Berkshire Towns to See Hike in Solid Waste Rates
The solid waste district board held its meeting last week outside the Adams Visitors Center to comply with needed social distancing.  ADAMS, Mass. — Members of the Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District are expected to see increases in their waste removal rates as the district negotiates a five-year
Pittsfield Chief, Citizens Make Commitment to Social Change
The Rev. Sloan Letman IV describes the efforts for systemic change as part marathon, part marriage: both require years of commitment and mutual support. See more photos here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When asked if Pittsfield Police were committed to the process of engaging in the hard work of building an equitable
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Lenox Memorial Graduates Emerging Into a New World
Valedictorian Nora Mathews says the class of 2020 will have the opportunity to better the world. See more photos here. LENOX, Mass. — Lenox Memorial High's graduation on a sunny Sunday was more like an evening at the drive-in.    The class of 2020 and their families gathered one final time in the
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