Pittsfield, MA – Fifteen years ago, Hillcrest Educational Centers in Pittsfield, started a private dental clinic for their special needs students. Today that clinic has grown to serve over 6000 members of the community, with more than a dozen agencies on board. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that the clinic is still growing .
Pittsfield, MA – The non-profit sector in the Berkshires accounts for more than a third of the county's economy, that's according to a new study commissioned by the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce. These figures were released to the public this morning at a quarterly business meeting, our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz was there .
Berkshire County – Unemployment numbers in Berkshire County have jumped back to levels not seen since the spring. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that while getting a job is tough, there are resources to help
Berkshire County – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This month also marks the 35th anniversary of the Elizabeth Freeman Center in Berkshire County, the lead agency for counseling, support and shelter services. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that the center's need for support has never been greater
Berkshire County – In order to increase cultural awareness in Berkshire County, one group is inviting the public to a multicultural training event this weekend. The group, BRIDGE, hopes to begin a dialogue that will bring together community leaders and everyday citizens in a concerted effort to promote racial equality. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the report
Williamstown, Ma – Lara Shore-Shepard is an Associate Professor in Economics at Williams College who has been studying public health coverage options for children. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz had a chance to speak with her at length about her work, they start their conversation talking about her most recent project which looks at dental coverage for low income children
Pittsfield, MA – With a 600 million dollar budget gap projected for Massachusetts this fiscal year, the Joint Committee on Revenue is hitting the road to see what citizens think about the current tax structure. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz attended a public input session held at Berkshire Community College
Berkshire County – Anti-homelessness advocates in Berkshire County are saying that the state overlooked them when it handed out almost 18 million dollars in stimulus money for prevention and re-housing programs. The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development says they had to concentrate their resources on the urban areas, where the problem is growing. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the report
Pittsfield, MA – Miss Hall's School in Pittsfield convened some of the nation's most prominent voices in women's equality this weekend. The all girls school hopes to prepare their students for a workforce that still caters to males. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz was invited to attend this year's event which focused on training young women on how to advocate for themselves