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 city of North Adams is calling attention to the fact that it lies along the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail by becoming an official A.T. community.

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The Lenox Planning Board has approved a proposal to expand and renovate the 105-room Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort under new ownership.

This is a rendering of wayfaring signs North Adams unveiled in October 2015.
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Home to MASS MoCA and a number of studios and galleries, the city of North Adams is one step closer to securing a cultural district designation for its downtown.

A solar array at Jiminy Peak ski resort in Hancock, Massachusetts developed by EOS Ventures. The company is also consulting on the Williamstown project.
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Williams College has stepped in to help complete a solar array project that has languished in Williamstown. Under the agreement with the town, Williams College will invest about $6 million to construct a 1.9-megawatt solar array on a capped landfill.

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The Great Barrington Select Board has given the thumbs up to a medical marijuana dispensary in town.

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An environmental nonprofit in the Berkshires focused on the stewardship of native habitats has come to an end.

A picture of the students rehearsing.
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While Tanglewood is known as a unique open air venue for classical and modern music, every summer the sprawling grounds become home to one of the country’s premier music schools. The Boston University Tanglewood Institute is celebrating 50 years and WAMC went to class.

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With cases of Zika reported in nearly every U.S. state, Connecticut officials are rolling out a detection program for the virus that’s been linked to birth defects.

Massachusetts State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier
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The Democratic National Convention is under way today and a number of area politicians are in Philadelphia for the four-day event. It’s gotten off to a shaky start as Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has announced her resignation after leaked emails detailed an apparent bias against presidential hopeful and Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.

SABIC's Bob Basila Senior Director for Procurement for the Americas Region presents Berkshire United Way CEO Kristine Hazzard with a plaque commemorating the company's $1 million endowment gift at SABIC's Plastics Avenue facility in Pittsfield, Mass.
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SABIC, a major employer in the Berkshires, announced a $1 million endowment for the Berkshire United Way today ahead of the company’s exit from Pittsfield.

Artist Stacey Healey paints a utility box on North Street in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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There is an effort under way in Pittsfield to beautify what some may consider necessary nuisances — large utility boxes. The inaugural Pittsfield Paintbox Project aims to spruce up the nine hulking gray boxes with colorful images and discourage vandalism downtown.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announces a crackdown on illegal sales of assault weapons Wednesday.
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In the wake of recent shootings across the nation, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Wednesday announced a crackdown on what she says are illegal sales of assault weapons.

St. Mary the Morning Star Church on Tyler St. in Pittsfield, Mass. has been closed since 2008.
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The Pittsfield Zoning Board of Appeals has denied a variance for a Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant at the site of a shuttered church.

Environment Massachusetts State Director Ben Hellerstein joins Pittsfield’s Open Space and Natural Resource Manager Jim McGrath Wednesday at Pittsfield City Hall.
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A statewide environmental group has recognized a number of western Massachusetts cities as clean energy leaders. Environment Massachusetts is recognizing about 15 communities for leading the way toward 100 percent renewable energy.

A map of the Connecticut Expansion Project
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Pipeline opponents and affected landowners are appealing a state water quality certificate granted for a pipeline expansion project in southwestern Massachusetts.

Annie Golden of Broadway Bounty Hunter performs at Barrington Stage Company's new headquarters.
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A decade after moving to Pittsfield, Barrington Stage Company continues to expand its footprint in the city.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announces a crackdown on illegal sales of assault weapons Wednesday.
Twitter: @MassAGO

In the wake of recent shootings across the nation, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Wednesday announced a crackdown on illegal sales of assault weapons. The Democrat says her office has sent notices and offered direction to the 350 gun dealers in the state about weapons she says gun manufacturers alter and market as Massachusetts compliant.

After 17 seasons, the final credits are rolling for the Williamstown Film Festival. The nonprofit’s board of directors recently voted to close the Festival because of financial pressures, time constraints and the emergence of the affiliated Images Cinema as an event programmer.

After 17 seasons the Williamstown Film Festival is calling it quits. The nonprofit’s board of directors recently voted to close the Festival because of financial pressures, time constraints and the emergence of the affiliated Images Cinema as an event programmer.

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Congressman Richard Neal is spending much of Tuesday in the westernmost portion of his district. The Democrat will bring attention to Massachusetts’ heroin and opioid crisis.

Congressman Richard Neal meets with Great Barrington Fire Chief Charles Burger Monday.
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Congressman Richard Neal was in Great Barrington today to celebrate a federal grant upgrading the town’s firefighting equipment.

Congressman Richard Neal says he has been part of widespread opposition to a pipeline expansion project in southwestern Massachusetts that is currently on hold.

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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College is presenting a talk on the Federal Reserve’s response to the 2008 recession. Sandy Krieger spent more than 30 years at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Between 2008 and 2015 she was Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer and member of the Management Committee of the Bank. She retired in 2015 and does not speak on behalf of the Federal Reserve system. Krieger spoke with WAMC about what it was like inside the Federal Reserve during the recession.

A map of the Connecticut Expansion Project
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Pipeline opponents are holding rallies Saturday in southern Berkshire County against the proposed Connecticut Expansion Project. Susan Triolo is with the Sugar Shack Alliance, one of the lead organizers of Saturday’s rallies. She spoke with WAMC about the effort.

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The city of Pittsfield and a major area business are reviewing their options after a waste-to-energy facility announced plans to close next year.

Egremont Police Chief Tyler Race
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This week, the town of Egremont, Massachusetts appointed 27-year-old Tyler Race police chief. The six-year veteran takes over a department of about 10 full and part-time officers from retiring Chief Brian Shaw.

The weekend exhibit runs until September 4 at the Old Stone Store on Main Street in Sheffield, Massachusetts.
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Although it’s home to only about 3,000 people at last count, Sheffield, Massachusetts has the distinction of being the first incorporated town in Berkshire County. And area historians are boasting about a whole lot more.

This is a picture of the Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort in Lenox, Massachusetts.
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A Denver-based hospitality company is looking to buy and expand a landmark Berkshire County resort once owned by Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey speaks in Boston Monday.
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Adding its voice to what has become a national debate in the past few months, Massachusetts recently passed a public accommodations law guaranteeing equal protection for transgender people.

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From Baton Rouge to Minneapolis to Dallas, it has been a fraught week in the United States. Tonight, University of Massachusetts Amherst Professor Sut Jhally is speaking at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts about race relationships in America. Jhally is the founder and executive director of the Media Education Foundation. He is best known for producing and directing films on politics, violence and social issues. Jhally spoke with WAMC about how he thinks the election of Barack Obama affected racial identity in the United States.

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