Jim Levulis

Berkshire Bureau Chief

Born and raised in Eden, NY, Jim has been WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief since July 2013. He previously worked as a reporter, producer and anchor at WAER, an NPR affiliate in Syracuse. He has experience in Top 40 radio and has spent time with NPR-affiliate WBFO and CBS-affiliate WIVB-TV, both in Buffalo. A loyal and constantly humbled New York Yankees and Buffalo sports fan, Jim holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism and History from Syracuse University.

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The developer proposing to site a Walmart Supercenter at Pittsfield’s former General Electric facility held a community meeting on its plans Tuesday. Those attending shared a range of opinions.

Digitizing The Mount

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If cataloguing and scanning the 40 or so books and roughly 100 poems penned by famed writer Edith Wharton doesn’t seem tedious enough, how about flipping through the pages of her personal library? The total there — about 2,700 works. WAMC got a first-hand look at the effort to digitize Wharton’s collection.

The seal of the the city of North Adams, Massachusetts
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The North Adams City Council has backed a petition calling on Berkshire Health Systems to open an inpatient opioid detoxification center in the region.

Pittsfield City Hall
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The Pittsfield City Council on Tuesday approved a $151 million operating budget, the first drafted by Mayor Linda Tyer.

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The Berkshires are now a part of the fictional world of Harry Potter thanks to author J.K. Rowling.The well-known author of the wizarding world on Tuesday released the second story in a series titled Magic in North America with a video on Pottermore.com.

The former North Adams Regional Hospital is now known as the North Adams Campus of Berkshire Medical Center.
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North Adams city councilors will consider a resolution tonight calling on Berkshire Health Systems to provide in-patient opioid detox beds in the region.

City and state officials cut the ribbon on Pittsfield's Woodlawn Avenue Bridge Monday.
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State and city officials celebrated the opening of a bridge connecting major routes into Pittsfield on Monday. The new Woodlawn Avenue Bridge cuts across the city’s former General Electric site, connecting East Street and Tyler Street.

A sign outside the William Stanley Business Park in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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The development company looking to bring a Walmart Supercenter to Pittsfield’s former General Electric site is hosting a community meeting on their proposal Tuesday.

Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer
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The Pittsfield City Council continues to meet this week to review Mayor Linda Tyer’s first budget.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, second from the left, tours the Greylock Mill redevelopment project in North Adams.
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Managers of a mill redevelopment effort in North Adams expect to see more activity starting this summer at what’s billed as a multi-use project.

Northern Berkshire emergency agencies practice their mass casualty response.
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As we’ve seen in recent days, accidents or violence involving a number of people require multiple emergency responders from various agencies to work together. With the growth of social media, news of a potential tragedy travels fast — and with it concern and a demand for answers from loved ones and others. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis was in the midst of a training exercise to prepare responders for a mass casualty and sent this report from North Adams.

Great Barrington Town Hall
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The town of Great Barrington is looking at its options amid a host of complaints about drivers popping and tearing their tires on curbs installed as a part of Main Street reconstruction.

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A group seeking to legalize recreational marijuana in Massachusetts says it has collected more than 25,000 signatures as a final step toward securing a spot on the November ballot.

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Another former staffer at a shuttered Berkshire County school for boys and men with developmental disabilities has pleaded guilty to abuse charges.

A sign outside the William Stanley Business Park in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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After a couple of failed attempts, a developer is looking to bring a Walmart Supercenter to the former General Electric site in Pittsfield.

North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright
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Richard Alcombright is roughly six months into his fourth term as North Adams mayor. The Democrat recently sat down with WAMC to talk about what’s happening in Massachusetts’ smallest city, including the summer tourist season.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, second from the left, tours the Greylock Mill redevelopment project in North Adams.
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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey was in Greenfield Friday celebrating the opening of a family drug court, the first of its kind in the state.

North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright
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A Democrat running for a western Massachusetts state senate seat has picked up the support of North Adams’ mayor.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey
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In the wake of the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 victims, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says one of the weapons used to carry out the attack, an AR-15, should not publicly available.

“But this particular kind of weapon, a military-style assault weapon, to my mind has no place in our communities or in the hands of civilians,” Healey said. “They are weapons that are and intended to be for military use and for the use of law enforcement personnel.”

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Dolly Parton, one of country music’s all-time superstars, is performing in Berkshire County today — kicking off the Tanglewood summer season. The area is known for its rural landscape and feel, typically a hotbed for country music. But, the region’s country scene is a mixed bag.

Former First Lady Laura Bush
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Former First Lady Laura Bush is scheduled to be in Stockbridge today to present an award at the Norman Rockwell Museum.

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Dolly Parton, one of country music’s all-time superstars, is kicking off the Tanglewood season with a concert Friday.

SABIC's Brenda Petell announced the donation at the Berkshire Museum.
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A company that is slated to close its Pittsfield facilities is giving $90,000 worth of supplies to Berkshire County schools for math and science efforts.

A sign outside the William Stanley Business Park in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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After a couple of failed attempts, a developer is looking to bring a Walmart Supercenter to the former General Electric site in Pittsfield.

Opponents voiced their disapproval of the companies' requests at a Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities hearing Tuesday in Pittsfield.
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While activists are still celebrating the suspension of one major natural gas pipeline, they are also battling to stop another one in the Northeast.

Olivier Meslay is expected to start as director of The Clark Art Institute August 22.
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The Clark Art Institute has selected Olivier Meslay of the Dallas Museum of Art as its next director. Meslay has been working in the art world for 35 years and replaces Michael Conforti who retired last summer after nearly two decades leading The Clark.

The federal courthouse in Springfield, Mass.
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Former Lee, Massachusetts Police Chief Joseph Buffis was taken into federal custody Tuesday to start a 27-month sentence for extortion.

Olivier Meslay
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The Clark Art Institute has named a new director roughly a year after long-time leader Michael Conforti retired.

From left to right: U.S. Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, along with Rep. Elizabeth Esty address the shooting in Orlando.
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Political leaders in Massachusetts and Connecticut are reacting differently to this weekend’s shooting in Orlando, Florida.

Furey Hall, which used to be a cow barn, will be renovated into the Kevin Hirt Library and Learning Commons and the Kim and James Taylor Music and Performance Room.
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A new library and learning center at Berkshire Country Day School in Stockbridge is being named in honor of a former student.

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