Education task force reviews first impressions of one-district solution

Education task force reviews first impressions of one-district solution

On July 15, the Berkshire County Education Task Force made their now widely known one-district Berkshire County recommendation. On Aug. 12, task force members discussed what they perceived were the public’s first impressions. Task force member Neil Clarke, who is also a Massachusetts Teacher Association Senate district coordinator, said he “had not heard from anybody” […]

Government gaggle tours Lee manufacturer for Startup Day

Government gaggle tours Lee manufacturer for Startup Day

LEE – Several Massachusetts officials visited town Tuesday morning for what many have recognized as Startup Day Across America. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, state Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, and state Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, toured Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing – a clinical trial materials making company – and touted the importance of local business. […]

Following ‘picnics,’ 22 protesters arrested at pipeline site

Following ‘picnics,’ 22 protesters arrested at pipeline site

SANDISFIELD – John Cohen, of Northampton, was sitting on a blanket, eating a sandwich, surrounded by three other picnickers when a van of state troopers pulled up next to him. The state troopers, alongside Capt. John Penniman, approached Cohen and asked him to leave his picnic spot – he was, after all, they said, trespassing. […]

Olga Dunn Dance Company performance honors local educator

Olga Dunn Dance Company performance honors local educator

GREAT BARRINGTON – An outdoor Saturday dance performance was more than just another show: That night, the Olga Dunn Dance company honored the life of Elaine Gunn, a noted educator and local historian, and announced a new scholarship in her name. Under a large, billowing performance tent, dancers from Olga Dunn’s self-named troop took to […]

‘We need to get this right’: State Sen. Adam Hinds visits protest cabin

‘We need to get this right’: State Sen. Adam Hinds visits protest cabin

SANDISFIELD – Day-long deluges muted activities for many Monday, but along the Otis State Forest pipeline easement, things were different. Work never stops there: Tree-felling machines buzzed away a short while ago, workers buried portions of pipe awhile ago, too, and now industrialized golf carts dart back and forth over jagged, wood-strewn, and sometimes loamy, […]

Heroin leads Great Barrington cops to missing power tools

Heroin leads Great Barrington cops to missing power tools

GREAT BARRINGTON – Five people have been arrested and charged after a “local landscaper” reported several power tools were “stolen from his truck,” according to the police department. According to a police statement, Daryl VanDeusen, 25, who police say is homeless, was arrested and charged with breaking and entering into a motor vehicle and larceny […]

Education task force renews contract with study partner

Education task force renews contract with study partner

The Berkshire County Education Task Force has retained the District Management Group for its Phase III efforts and has, according to BCETF Chairman John Hockridge, raised enough money for the contract. Task force members unanimously approved the decision July 15 following a loose executive session. Hockridge said part of the task force’s approval had to […]

New grants to Jacob’s Pillow spell increased outreach, ease of expansion

New grants to Jacob’s Pillow spell increased outreach, ease of expansion

BECKET – Jacob’s Pillow has secured two grants that aid in the furtherance of the internationally acclaimed dance site’s future. The first: a $225,000 cultural grant that will be utilized for the construction of a new year-round dance space. The second: a $10,000 grant to support Jacob’s Pillow pop-up performances during Pittsfield’s Third Thursday celebrations. […]

Citing study, education task force recommends creation of single countywide school district

Citing study, education task force recommends creation of single countywide school district

According to the Berkshire County Education Task Force, the county’s overall education woes – declining enrollment, financial struggles and stumbling quality of education – can be resolved by creating a single countywide school district. More specifically, the task force recommends the county’s 32 communities, and total 15,000 school-aged children, come together by 2027 in an […]

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