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.

Pages

New England News
1:45 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Mass. Announces Order Of Ballot Questions

Credit wikipedia.org

Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin has announced the order of questions on the November ballot.

Galvin announced at the Statehouse on Thursday that a question to repeal a new law linking future hikes in the gas tax to the rate of inflation would be Question 1.

A law to expand the bottle deposit law to include sports drinks and some other beverages has been designated Question 2.

The question that could repeal the state's casino gambling law is Question 3.

Read more
New England News
12:21 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Hinsdale To Swear In New Police Chief; Former Chief Files Lawsuit Against Town

A sign outside Hinsdale Town Hall advertises Sunday's event
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

The town of Hinsdale, Massachusetts plans to swear in a new police chief Sunday. The hiring comes after the board fired Nancy Daniels earlier this year, a decision that has divided the town.

Read more
New England News
6:08 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Community Sends Message: We Need Full-Service Hospital In Northern Berkshire

More than 100 people packed into the hall at the North Adams American Legion Tuesday night. Former Northern Berkshire Healthcare employees and community members told representatives from the Massachusetts health department and the state's consulting firm what healthcare services they want and need.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

It was standing room only at Tuesday night’s meeting in North Adams as area residents explained what healthcare services they need. The region is currently served by a satellite emergency facility following the March closure of North Adams Regional Hospital.

Read more
New England News
4:51 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Donations Flow In For The Mount After Heavy Rain Damage

The Mount's French flower garden after the heavy rain
Credit The Mount: Edith Wharton's Home

Donations are pouring in for The Mount in Lenox, Massachusetts after last week’s pouring rain wreaked havoc on the historic gardens at the former home of author and humanitarian Edith Wharton.

Read more
New England News
12:35 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

A Night At Wahconah Park

Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, Mass.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

With summer in full swing, baseball fans across the country are flocking to the ballpark. In Pittsfield, Massachusetts, a city that claims to have made the first written reference to the game in 1791 — when it banned the sport from being played within 80 yards of a meeting house — the destination is Wahconah Park. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis spent a night at the storied ballpark now home to the

Read more
New England News
12:10 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Cheshire, Mass. Hopes To Open Washed Out Roads By Fourth Of July

Cheshire, Mass.
Credit wikipedia.org

Cheshire, Massachusetts remains in a state of emergency after last week’s heavy rains caused nearly $1 million in road damage.

Portions of Route 116 and Windsor Road have been closed for nearly a week.  Carole Francesconi serves on the town’s Select Board.

Read more
New England News
11:24 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Report: More Than $28 Million Raised For Newtown

Credit CT.gov

A new report shows more than $28 million has been donated to charities in connection to the deadly 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Of that $28 million, more than $15 million has been distributed.

The unspent funds were set aside by various organizations for long-term community needs, including mental health services, scholarships and memorials.

Read more
New England News
8:18 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Former CT Gov. Rowland Argues Charges Are Unconstitutional, False

Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland (R-Conn.)
Credit wikipedia.org

Lawyers for former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland are arguing that some of the federal charges he faces are unconstitutional. They filed new arguments Monday night seeking to have much of the case against the 57-year-old former governor dismissed.

The lawyers filed new arguments Monday night seeking to have much of the case against the 57-year-old former governor dismissed.

Rowland is accused of trying to create secret paid consultant roles with two congressional campaigns in 2010 and 2012.

Read more
New England News
4:15 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Pittsfield Man Gets 6 Months For Ice Pick Attack

A Pittsfield, Massachusetts man who stabbed his nephew with an ice pick during a drunken brawl has been sentenced to six months in jail.

Frank Messer was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. A charge of assault to murder was dismissed by the prosecution.

Read more
New England News
6:53 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Mass. Lawmakers Approve $36.5 Billion Budget; Includes Emergency Relief For North Adams

Credit wikipedia commons

Massachusetts lawmakers have approved a compromise $36.5 billion state budget.

The spending plan includes a one-time payment to North Adams for emergency budget relief.

State lawmakers agreed to send $750,000 to the city of North Adams to support its $37.7 million budget approved by city councilors last week. The plan took nearly 20 people off the payroll across school and city departments.

Read more

Pages