north adams http://wamc.org en Mass. Lawmakers Approve $36.5 Billion Budget; Includes Emergency Relief For North Adams http://wamc.org/post/mass-lawmakers-approve-365-billion-budget-includes-emergency-relief-north-adams <p>Massachusetts lawmakers have approved a compromise $36.5 billion state budget.</p><p>The spending plan includes a one-time payment to North Adams for emergency budget relief.</p><p>State lawmakers agreed to send $750,000 to the city of North Adams to support its $37.7 million budget <a href="http://wamc.org/post/pittsfield-council-approves-budget-shoots-down-capital-projects-north-adams-passes-budget" target="_blank">approved by city councilors last week.</a> The plan took nearly 20 people off the payroll across school and city departments.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:53:22 +0000 Jim Levulis 93831 at http://wamc.org Mass. Lawmakers Approve $36.5 Billion Budget; Includes Emergency Relief For North Adams Pittsfield Council Approves Budget, Shoots Down Capital Projects; North Adams Passes Budget http://wamc.org/post/pittsfield-council-approves-budget-shoots-down-capital-projects-north-adams-passes-budget <p>The Pittsfield City Council approved a <a href="http://www.cityofpittsfield.org/city_hall/fy2015_city_budget.php" target="_blank">$141 million budget for 2015</a>, but is not seeing eye-to-eye with Mayor Dan Bianchi on capital investments.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:20:41 +0000 Jim Levulis 93427 at http://wamc.org Pittsfield Council Approves Budget, Shoots Down Capital Projects; North Adams Passes Budget Pittsfield And North Adams Councils To Vote On Budgets http://wamc.org/post/pittsfield-and-north-adams-councils-vote-budgets <p>Two Berkshire County city councils vote tonight on their annual budgets.</p><p>The Pittsfield City Council will vote on <a href="http://www.cityofpittsfield.org/city_hall/fy2015_city_budget.php" target="_blank">Mayor Dan Bianchi’s proposed fiscal 2015 budget</a>. Bianchi calls the $141 million dollar spending plan a maintenance budget proposing a 2.7 percent increase over the previous one of $138 million. It would fund SUVs for the fire department to decrease use of larger trucks and a new public works garage to replace a facility damaged in a 2012 fire.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:03:04 +0000 Jim Levulis 93328 at http://wamc.org Pittsfield And North Adams Councils To Vote On Budgets MASS MoCA Celebrates 15 Years! http://wamc.org/post/mass-moca-celebrates-15-years <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>This Saturday, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art – <a href="http://www.massmoca.org">MASS MoCA</a>, will celebrate their <a href="http://www.massmoca.org/event_details.php?id=913">15th&nbsp;anniversary</a> of operation in North Adams, MA with a huge blow-out party – and, of course, with an opening reception for a new exhibition, <a href="http://www.massmoca.org/event_details.php?id=869"><em>Teresita Fernández: As Above So Below</em></a>.</p><p>There will be dazzling art, live Bhangra funk dance music with house favorite Red Baraat (who will be featured on our show tomorrow), fresh jams from legendary DJ Rekha, pop-up performers you know and love, fun food truck fare, beer and creative cocktails, and a champagne toast.</p><p>Here to tell us more are our pals– MASS MoCA’s Director, Joe Thompson and their Director of Communications, Jodi Joseph.</p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 18:35:51 +0000 Joe Donahue 91035 at http://wamc.org MASS MoCA Celebrates 15 Years! Congressional Corner With Richard Neal http://wamc.org/post/congressional-corner-richard-neal-8 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The closure of North Adams Regional Hospital stunned the Berkshires.</p><p>In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock he is working to re-open the shuttered hospital.</p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:50:00 +0000 Alan Chartock 88478 at http://wamc.org Congressional Corner With Richard Neal Honeyhoney In Williamstown And North Adams http://wamc.org/post/honeyhoney-williamstown-and-north-adams <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The duo <a href="http://www.honeyhoneyband.com/">Honeyhoney</a> - Ben Jaffe and Suzanne Santo - is playing two shows in the region next weekend.</p><p>On April 11th they’ll play a benefit concert for Arts Programs at <a href="http://www.mgrhs.org/">Mt. Greylock Regional High School</a> where Ben attended and graduated from as a mediocre student (his words). For that show, they’ll play WITH Mt. Grelock’s high school band.</p><p>They are also playing a <a href="http://www.billsvillehouseconcerts.com/">Billsville House Concert</a> at the Elks Lodge in North Adams, MA on April 12th.</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 87262 at http://wamc.org Honeyhoney In Williamstown And North Adams Gov. Patrick In North Adams To Talk Hospital; Coakley Due Tuesday Afternoon http://wamc.org/post/gov-patrick-north-adams-talk-hospital-coakley-due-tuesday-afternoon <p>Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is in North Adams, talking about ongoing plans for North Adams Regional Hospital, closed since Friday afternoon.</p><p>Governor Patrick is still meeting with local lawmakers and leaders from the state’s public health department and Berkshire Medical Center at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Patrick says BMC has signed an application allowing the Pittsfield-based healthcare company to operate a satellite emergency facility at North Adams Regional Hospital. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:20:21 +0000 Jim Levulis 87176 at http://wamc.org Gov. Patrick In North Adams To Talk Hospital; Coakley Due Tuesday Afternoon Collapse Of North Adams Radio Tower, Causes Outages http://wamc.org/post/collapse-north-adams-radio-tower-causes-outages <p>City officials say emergency service has been restored to the western Massachusetts town of North Adams approximately 11 hours after cell phone and Internet service was knocked out when radio towers on top of a nearby mountain collapsed amid high winds and heavy rain. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:26:19 +0000 Patrick Garrett 87052 at http://wamc.org High Winds Knock Down Radio Towers; Disrupts Cell And Internet Services Near North Adams http://wamc.org/post/high-winds-knock-down-radio-towers-disrupts-cell-and-internet-services-near-north-adams <p>The North Adams Department of Public Safety&nbsp;released the following statement Sunday morning.</p> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 19:08:28 +0000 Jim Levulis 87031 at http://wamc.org Without Hospital, What's Next For North Adams? http://wamc.org/post/without-hospital-whats-next-north-adams <p><a href="http://wamc.org/post/whats-next-bankrupt-northern-berkshire-healthcare" target="_blank">North Adams Regional Hospital is scheduled to close Friday. </a>What it would mean for the economy and psyche of a community that is still coming back from decline in manufacturing?</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:56:57 +0000 Jim Levulis 86832 at http://wamc.org Without Hospital, What's Next For North Adams?