Pittsfield, MA – HOST LEDE: After 11 years of seeking a permanent home in the Berkshires, the Barrington Stage Company has officially begun working out of its newly renovated theater on Union Street in Pittsfield. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, attended a Thursday evening production of the romantic comedy Ring Round the Moon and has this report;
Northampton, ma – Teens are exposed to more drugs and alcohol than most parents realize. That's according to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse's annual back-to-school survey out today. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the details and reaction.
Amherst, MA – The University of Massachusetts Amherst is set to unveil its first new campus housing in 35 years, relieving a chronic overcrowding problem in recent years. The school hopes the new buildings will accommodate all students who want to live on campus. But at least one of the new dorms may not be ready in time for the start of school. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has more.
Russell, MA – A proposed wood-burning power plant has sparked an opposition movement in a small western Massachusetts town near Springfield. A new coalition was formed yesterday to fight the plant that they say will harm their health. More from Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff.
Lee, Massachusetts – HOST LEDE: A long-established business owner and familiar figure in the Berkshires is considered the dean of Republicans in a county dominated by Democrats and independent voters. Now, he has put his weight behind the sole Republican in the race for the first Berkshire District senate seat. Details from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo;
Great Barrington, MA – The two-hundred twenty-fifth anniversary of a landmark court case, which in essence sparked the beginning of the end of slavery in Massachusetts, will be marked Monday. The case was heard in a Great Barrington court over two days in August of 1781. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has a preview of the commemoration as well as a series of events that celebrate the rich African American history of the region;
Pittsfield, MA – The lone supporter for a measure that would have banned dogs from all 29 public parks in Pittsfield, Massachusetts proved to be the person who introduced it. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo covered last night's lengthy meeting of the Pittsfield Parks Commission
Amherst, MA – The University of Massachusetts Amherst is the latest area campus to try a so-called social norms approach to reducing excessive drinking on campus. The University at Albany recently received a Federal grant to implement the same type of program. Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff explains.
Pittsfield, MA – Nearly four years after it began to study how best to catalogue and care for the 22,000 items in its collection, the Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, Massachusetts has received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant that will allow it to further that work. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has this report;
Boston, MA – The housing market in Massachusetts and the rest of the Northeast region is cooling down, according to the latest data from the National Association of Realtors. Details now from Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff.