North Adams, Ma – A legal battle between Northern Berkshire Health Care and SEIU Local 1199 has dragged on for 8 months, and as our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports, the issues continue to surface
Pittsfield, MA – The Catholic church has been blighted by bad news over the last several years, from abuse charges, to bankruptcies to shrinking congregations. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports on a Pittsfield parish that is experiencing growth, and raising money, enough money to build a new community center in the heart of downtown
Berkshire County – Domestic abuse cases in Berkshire County are on the rise this year, but the county's lead agency is suffering major cutbacks in funding. A local bank has launched a challenge grant program to help fight the problem. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the report.
Berkshire County – The disabled population has historically had much higher levels of unemployment than the rest of society. The current recession hasn't helped that trend either. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports on a 500 thousand dollar grant awarded to the Berkshire County ARC that will help disabled people get gainful employment.
Stockbridge, MA – The Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge has been serving the community with environmental education and outreach for 75 years. The non-profit gardening center will be holding its 75th birthday party this weekend. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz toured the grounds Tuesday afternoon
Williamstown, Ma – The Massachusetts Teachers Association is the largest educators union in the state with over 107 thousand members. This week the MTA is holding its annual teachers training conference at Williams College. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports
Massachusetts – IN ORDER TO HELP BALANCE THE STATE BUDGET, THE SALES TAX IN MASSACHUSETTS IS SET TO GO FROM TO 5 PERCENT TO 6.25 PERCENT ON AUGUST 1ST. LAW MAKERS HOPE THE INCREASE WILL BRING IN AN ADDITIONAL 600 MILLION DOLLARS OR MORE. OUR BERKSHRIE BUREAU CHIEF CHARLIE DEITZ REPORTS
Massachusetts – With healthcare financing hanging in the balance for 30 thousand legal immigrants in Massachusetts, the house approved a 40 million dollar funding proposal Wednesday evening. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the story
Berkshire County – Halfway through the summer, many seasonal businesses in the Berkshires are performing well considering the tough economic situation combined with the excessive rain. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has this mid summer snapshot
Great Barrington, Ma – In Great Barrington, The Searles Bryant Complex has been sitting dormant for almost 5 years, costing the tax payers 50 thousand dollars a year just to keep it heated. Earlier this year a developer who had put a down payment on the property walked away from the project leaving the town to search for another developer. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that three proposals are in the works, and one comes from a local developer