There is debate currently in several states including Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut about raising the minimum wage. A group in one western Massachusetts city is pushing for what it calls a “living wage” WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Events to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic are scheduled for later this week by the Titanic Historical Society. The oldest and largest organization in the world devoted to preserving the history of the doomed luxury liner is headquartered in Springfield Massachusetts. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
The “Rally to Support Vermont and Defend Democracy” is billed as a way to support the desire of people and elected officials to hold what organizers call a “rogue” corporation accountable and press for the closure of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant. While there have been numerous rallies of late over Vermont Yankee, Dan DeWalt one of the organizers, says this one is different because of who will be speaking.
The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition held a monthly forum in North Adams gathering area residents, community activists, and members of local government. NBCC executive director Al Bashevkin explains that the purpose of the meeting was to make the public aware of the challenges facing area food assistance programs…
The meeting let representatives from local food pantries introduce themselves to the public, discuss challenges they are facing with an increased demand with a decrease in state and federal funding, and brainstorm new ideas to address those challenges.
Civil rights authorities say they've seen a serious uptick in housing discrimination complaints in Massachusetts. Its further fall out from the foreclosure crisis. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
The breakfast held at the Waconah Country Club in Dalton, and hosted by the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, brought together business owners, community leaders, and students from Waconah high school to meet and ask questions with legislators and Speaker of the House, Robert DeLeo. Berkshire Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mike Supranowicz remarked on the presence of the Speaker at the “Eggs and Issues” event…
The federal stimulus funding was awarded to the Massachusetts Broadband Institute. The MBI is a division of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, which was awarded the money through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s State Broadband Initiative Program.
The $600,000 will be distributed to four separate Community Development Corporations across the Commonwealth.