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.
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 .
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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