Plans were announced today for a unity festival this fall in Springfield, Massachusetts. Organizers hope to bring together people from throughout western Massachusetts to highlight the region’s cultural, religious, racial, and age diversity.
The theme of the festival, scheduled for mid-October, is the promotion of social integration through song.
Berkshire Medical Center is now running an imaging center at the former North Adams Regional Hospital.
The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays in the same location where radiology services were provided before North Adams Regional Hospital closed March 28th. Pittsfield-based Berkshire Medical Center opened a satellite emergency facility at the campus in May.
The U.S. Postal Service is cutting hours at thousands of mostly rural post offices, and meeting objections in some places.
Hours are being cut at fifty post offices in Massachusetts including several in Franklin County and the Berkshires. Postal Service spokeswoman Christine Dugas said the changes will be finished by early next year.
A former teacher at a vocational school in Springfield, Massachusetts has been convicted on larceny charges for stealing cash from a student fundraising activity.
A district court judge sentenced former Putnam Vocational High School teacher Ann Berry to three years probation with 240 hours of community service. An internal audit in 2011 revealed a number of scams by several school employees. City Councilor Tim Rooke was on the audit committee at the time.
Mike Lake, one of three Democratic candidates running for Massachusetts lieutenant governor, was in Pittsfield Tuesday. The seat has been vacant since May 2013 when Democrat Tim Murray left to head the Worcester Chamber of Commerce.