Stewards of historic and treasured natural sites throughout Massachusetts, The Trustees of Reservations is celebrating its 125th anniversary with a series of events meant to engage the public and showcase its properties. WAMC spoke with Joanna Ballantine, the organization’s regional director for western Massachusetts, about the year’s events.
Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith entered the race for governor last August. But the Democrat withdrew in November after his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. Yesterday, Smith announced he will seek the Lieutenant Governor’s seat instead.
A Berkshire County-based makeup company was recently recognized by the federal government as a top exporter of goods. Iredale Mineral Cosmetics is headquarted on Church Street in Great Barrington and specializes in makeup that has skincare benefits. WAMC spoke with the company’s founder and president Jane Iredale about receiving the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington earlier this week.
For the first time in more than a decade, North Adams Public Schools will be led by a new superintendent. The district recently approved the appointment of Webster Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Malkas. Malkas lives in the Northern Berkshire County town of Clarksburg and has worked in Pittsfield Public Schools and at McCann Technical School in North Adams. WAMC spoke with Malkas about why shook took the job.
Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Murphy is continuing to call on his Republican colleagues to hold a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court justice nominee Merrick Garland after meeting with the judge Wednesday.
Massachusetts is the only state in the nation with a statewide bike week. Hundreds of events are taking place this week from the Berkshires to Cape Cod where bicycling is highlighted as an alternative form of transportation.
Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito was in Pittsfield Tuesday to sign agreements with a number of western Massachusetts communities. They are designed to improve how local governments operate and complete infrastructure projects.
A small college in Burlington will close. The announcement Monday comes after the school struggled for years to repay debt incurred after it bought land, lost its line of credit and faced losing accreditation.
In the wake of a water main break that caused a large sinkhole in downtown Springfield earlier this month, city councilors have called for a series of meetings to discuss the status of the city’s underground infrastructure.
After multiple court delays, the former police chief of Lee, Massachusetts has been sentenced to 27 months in prison, two years of probation and $4,000 in restitution for extortion, according to The Berkshire Eagle.
In 2010, the number of people aged 65 and over surpassed the amount of school age children in Berkshire County. Currently 20 percent of the county’s 131,000 residents are 65 or older and it’s projected that will rise to roughly 29 percent by 2020.