North Adams, MA – Two hospitals in the Berkshires have received grants to help combat the rate of smoking among pregnant women in the county - A rate that is more than five times the state average in some instances. Carrie Saldo, WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief has more;
Great Barrington, MA – Monday afternoon in Great Barrington, Massachusetts more than 70 people gathered outside the town hall, the former site of the Great Barrington court house, where on this day 225 years ago the slave Elizabeth Freeman, better known as Mum Bett, successfully sued for her freedom. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, attended a ceremony commemorating the event and has this report;
Pittsfield, MA – The historic restoration of Pittsfield's century-old Colonial Theatre is complete. The two-and-a-half year, $21 million private-public project has been regarded by many as the linchpin of the city's downtown revitalization effort. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo has the details of how the Colonial administration is welcoming the community back to the theater;
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.