New England News
12:31 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Frank Lloyd Wright And Pittsfield: What Could've Been

The "Work + House" exhibit continues at the Lichenstein Center in Pittsfield, Mass. through Nov. 1.
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An exhibit at Pittsfield’s Lichtenstein Center discusses how industrial worker housing shaped the city and reveals designs by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright that might have changed the area as we know it.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Pittsfield Council Approves Budget, Shoots Down Capital Projects; North Adams Passes Budget

The Pittsfield City Council approved a $141 million operating budget for 2015 Tuesday night, but shot down Mayor Dan Bianchi's $9.5 million capital expense budget.
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The Pittsfield City Council approved a $141 million budget for 2015, but is not seeing eye-to-eye with Mayor Dan Bianchi on capital investments.

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New England News
12:03 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Pittsfield And North Adams Councils To Vote On Budgets

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Two Berkshire County city councils vote tonight on their annual budgets.

The Pittsfield City Council will vote on Mayor Dan Bianchi’s proposed fiscal 2015 budget. Bianchi calls the $141 million dollar spending plan a maintenance budget proposing a 2.7 percent increase over the previous one of $138 million. It would fund SUVs for the fire department to decrease use of larger trucks and a new public works garage to replace a facility damaged in a 2012 fire.

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New England News
6:26 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Pittsfield City Council Approves Purchase Of New School Bus Fleet

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The Pittsfield City Council has approved a $2.7 million plan to trade in its current school buses and purchase a new fleet.

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Wed January 22, 2014

"Berkshire Collects" And More At Berkshire Museum

   In association with the Smithsonian since 2013, Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA is part of a select group of museums, cultural, educational, and arts organizations that share the Smithsonian's resources with the nation. Established by Zenas Crane in 1903, Berkshire Museum integrates art, history, and natural science in a wide range of programs and exhibitions that inspire educational connections between the disciplines.

A new exhibition, Berkshire Collects, will open this Saturday, January 25th. It showcases Berkshire County residents’ passionate pursuit of every imaginable kind of object from rare motorcycles to wind-up toys, exotic insects, vintage guitars, antique toasters, Pez dispensers, and a host of other artifacts and memorabilia. With more than 40 collectors sharing their treasures, the exhibit is a salute to the long and diverse tradition of collecting that built the Berkshire Museum 110 years ago.

Van Shields, Executive Director of Berkshire Museum and their Director of Communications, Lesley Ann Beck, join us to tell us more.

New England News
7:30 am
Thu January 16, 2014

2 Die When Car Crashes At Pittsfield High School

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(Information in the following story is from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com)

Police say both occupants of a car that crashed into a concrete wall outside Pittsfield, Massachusetts High School have died.

No students or staff members were injured in the crash just before 3 p.m. Tuesday, about a half hour after school got out.

Police said Wednesday that 37-year-old Ernest Duck Jr. died shortly after the crash. He was apparently driving.

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New England News
6:40 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Sen. Markey Stresses Support of Berkshire Economic Development

U.S. Senator Edward Markey, left, joined Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi to talk about economic development and public safety.
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U.S. Senator Edward Markey visited Pittsfield today on a tour of western Massachusetts.

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New England News
5:32 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Vote Could Raise Water and Sewer Rates for Residents

Mayor Dan Bianchi's proposal would raise water and sewer rates 2.5 percent starting retroactively on July 1, 2013.
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Residents in Pittsfield could soon be paying higher water and sewer rates. The city council will vote Tuesday whether to approve Mayor Dan Bianchi’s proposal to raise water and sewer rates for the third straight year. Residents would see an annual fee increase of nearly 7-and-a-half dollars if the 2.5-percent hike is approved at the city council meeting. City Councilor and Chair of the Public Works Subcommittee Chris Connell says the increase is in line with ones over the past two years so residents don’t feel a big financial crunch during one year.

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New England News
4:28 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Pittsfield's Push For Revised City Charter Gets First Green Light From Lawmakers

At a recent legislative hearing, Pittsfield’s plan for a new city charter was given a favorable recommendation by a group of Massachusetts lawmakers.

Among those who testified to the state legislature’s Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government Tuesday in support of a bill that would allow Pittsfield to pursue a new city charter were State Senator Benjamin Downing, State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier, State Representative Paul Mark, and Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi.

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New England News
2:47 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Pittsfield Complying With EPA Mandate To Upgrade Wastewater Treatment Plant

The City of Pittsfield has been mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to complete upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant, a project that is estimated to cost tens of millions of dollars.

Upon a revision of Pittsfield’s wastewater discharge permit for a plant located on Holmes Road, an EPA mandate from 2008 would require the city to restrict the amount of aluminum and phosphorus released in its treated discharge into the Housatonic River.

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