New England News

WAMC New England News
12:55 pm
Mon July 27, 2009

Affordable Housing Bill seeks to extend protections

Berkshire County – In Massachusetts, over 20 thousand affordable housing units could fall out of public control in the next few years. The Senate recently passed a measure that would extend the rent restrictions for these units for up to three years. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz takes a look at the issue.

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WAMC New England News
11:17 am
Fri July 24, 2009

Vacant Auto Dealer, Now Contemp Art Show

A modern art piece occupies a showroom window
Pete's Motors and Made in the USA

Great Barrington, Ma – It's not hard these days to find abandoned auto dealerships, but it is rare to find one that's been turned into a venue for modern art. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz toured old Pete's Motors in Great Barrington, which is breathing new life into the area .

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WAMC New England News
9:39 am
Fri July 24, 2009

Berkshire Theaters Up Against The Graying of the Audience

Poster for True West on the main stage
Williamstown Theater Festival

Berkshire County – The theater industry is challenged with the task of staying relevant and entertaining to each generation. Currently, the industry is experiencing a trend known as "The Graying of the Audience" which has some people in the business looking for ways to bring in younger fans. In the last of a three part series, our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz looks at what local theaters are doing to attract future generations

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WAMC New England News
12:29 pm
Thu July 23, 2009

Mr. Eclipse Views his 49th Solar Eclipse in China

Total Solar Eclipse
Williams College

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WAMC New England News
9:37 am
Thu July 23, 2009

Berkshire Theaters Tackle Recession

Sleuth presented by Barrington Stage
Barrington Stage Company

Berkshire County – Businesses everywhere are forced to come up with new and innovative ways to stay afloat during these times, and the theater business is no exception. In the second of a three part series on the Berkshire theater scene, Charlie Deitz takes a look at how some local playhouses are tackling the recession

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WAMC New England News
1:53 pm
Wed July 22, 2009

Ramsdell Library's Future Still Unclear

Ramsdell Library in Housatonic, built in 1908
Great Barrington Libraries

Housatonic, Ma – A controversy over plans to close the Ramsdell Library in Housatonic brought over 100 community members to a public meeting this week. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the story

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WAMC New England News
12:26 pm
Wed July 22, 2009

Theater's Impact on Berkshires

Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge
Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge

Berkshire County – The summer theater season is in full swing in the Berkshires. Though all of the major play houses are at full tilt, they're still trying to make up for a slow start to the year. In the first of a three part series on the Berkshire theater season, Charlie Deitz reports on how the local theaters serve as economic engines for their home towns, but their surrounding communities and businesses as well.

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WAMC New England News
5:04 pm
Mon July 20, 2009

Pittsfield Schools Dropout Rate and Budget Down

Pittsfield, MA – Pittsfield Public Schools have managed to cut their dropout rate almost in half, that's according to a recent report issued by the state department of education. At the same time, the school district is looking at making over 600 thousand dollars worth of cuts to the upcoming year's budget. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the report.

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WAMC New England News
12:22 pm
Mon July 20, 2009

Transgender Rights Bill Gets Mixed Response

Massachusetts – A Massachusetts bill that aims to protect the rights of transgender individuals is gaining steam on Beacon Hill. Opponents say that the bill doesn't do a good job of protecting children in public places. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has more

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WAMC New England News
4:09 pm
Fri July 17, 2009

30 Thousand Immigrants in Mass Could Lose Health Coverage

Massachusetts – In a cost-cutting measure to balance the Massachusetts budget, 130 million dollars was taken out of health care coverage for legal immigrants. This measure could affect 30 thousand people in the Commonwealth, our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the report

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