Great Barrington, MA – A long-vacant 50 plus acre property, formerly the Great Barrington fairgrounds, in the Berkshires has been purchased for $2.7 million. WAMC's Carrie Saldo, has the details on the site's proposed development:
North Adams, MA – With crisis situations at three United States schools in the past two weeks, the Massachusetts Department of Education has asked local school districts to review their emergency policies and procedures. And as Carrie Saldo reports, officials at districts in Berkshire County said while they believe their emergency protocols are strong... vigilance is a vital part of maintaining a safe environment;
Adams, MA – Plans are being devised to reconstruct the access roads to the highest peak in Massachusetts. Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has the details on this and some other plans for a major tourist attraction --- Mount Greylock State Reservation.
Pittsfield, MA – After nearly a decade of work to convince a developer to establish a cinema complex in downtown and secure financing for such a venture, Pittsfield officials have announced a $12 million investment package for developer Richard Stanley's proposal. However, as our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, reports, a $1 million dollar piece of the puzzle could send the whole deal back to the drawing board;
Great Barrington, MA – Great Barrington, Massachusetts Selectmen are considering a policy that would revoke the food licenses of restaurants proven to be tangled with drug dealing within their establishments. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo;
St. Albans, VT – Saint Albans, Vermont officials are requesting a do-over in reviewing a proposal for a Wal-Mart store. Their move comes after a judge found that two members of the town board showed a bias in favor of the Wal-Mart project. But opponents aren't certain the town can truly reverse any appearance of conflict of interest as the project moves forward. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Belchertown, MA – Another farm in Western Massachusetts is getting out of the dairy business. Farming in the area has been on a sharp decline in recent years. Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the story.
Great Barrington, MA – Monday Massachusetts opened enrollment for the first phase of its landmark health insurance program - Commonwealth Care. The program mandates health insurance for all residents and provides health coverage for the state's uninsured and under insured residents. It is estimated about 4,400 people in the Berkshires will fall into the latter two categories. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, filed this report;