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Pittsfield Health Complaint Raises Ire
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Thelma Towne says one of her 87-year-old mother's few joys in life is to feed a few stray cats in the neighborhood.   But that came to a crashing halt on March 22 when Nuisance Control Officer Stephanie Provencher paid a visit to the Brown Street home. An anonymous complaint had been phoned into the
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Pittsfield Councilors Continue Efforts to Overhaul Trash Pickup
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Health Department is recommending the city ramp up education and enforcement of the current waste removal laws.   In the wake of the City Council rejecting a plan to provider 45-gallon and 96-gallon toters to residents to limit trash disposal, the council is now continuing that conversation by looking
Sonsini Asks For Judgement In Lawsuit Over Leadership
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Friends of Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter is asking a judge to rule that some board members illegally attempted to oust the board president and the board treasurer.   That filing also flirts with accusations that Mayor Linda Tyer joined the effort to dislodge the leaders from the private non-profit.
Berkshire County Sixth-Graders 'Go to College'
Williamstown Elementary sixth-graders listen to a presentation about the Finonacci sequence - using pine cones, which they got to mark to see the sequence for themselves - on Wednesday at Berkshire Community College during the Berkshire County Goes to College Day. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — More than 1,000 sixth-grade
Wahconah to Present 'Mary Poppins'
DALTON, Mass. — The Wahconah Regional High School Apollonian Players will present the Broadway musical version of "Mary Poppins" on Friday, April 6, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 7, at 1 and 7 p.m. This "practically perfect" musical is based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film. The
Should You Make Extra Mortgage Payments or Boost Your Investments?
Every month, you pay your mortgage. And, depending on your circumstances, you may be able to afford to put in additional payments – perhaps sizable ones. But should you? Or, if you really have the extra money, should you invest it? Initially, you might think it would be quite nice to rid yourself of that mortgage sooner, rather than
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Pittsfield's Finance Director Honored For Budget Presentation
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood's efforts to revamp the budget presentation hasn't gone unnoticed.    Last month, Kerwood was honored with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada and a letter of
Pittsfield Councilors Look to Aid Homeless
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After a while of living on the street, homeless people get comfortable.   They're not going to walk into a local service agency and ask for help. They're going to struggle with health problems. And they're going to continue living wherever they can find a place to sleep.   Edward
Labor Board to Hear Complaints Against BMC
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The National Labor Relations Board will hear three cases against Berkshire Medical Center.   The local chapter of the Massachusetts Nurses Association had filed a handful of unfair labor relations complaints with the hospital over contract negotiations. The labor board has now determined that three of them
BRTA Sets Hearings on Service and Fare Changes
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority is planning to increase Charlie Card fares and reduce routes because of proposed budget cuts at the state level that has created a nearly $400,000 deficit.   The BRTA, the main public transportation unit serving the Berkshires, is facing an operational budget
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