Friday, June 14, 2024

News and Ideas Worth Sharing

HomeTagsRep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli

Tag: Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli

Shooting in Pittsfield leaves two injured

Second shooting in Pittsfield in a week.

Bits & Bytes: Free Fun Friday at the Mahaiwe; ‘Lincoln Speaks;’ WAM Theatre workshop; VIM gala; B’Shalom Chorale concert; Berkshire Opera Festival

Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires (VIM) will hold its gala event, “Knock Three Times and Whisper,” on Thursday, August 11, at 6:30 p.m. at Ski Butternut. The event will feature a Roaring 20s speakeasy theme, live music by the Wanda Houston Band.

Dental practitioners would provide critically needed access to dental care

The Berkshires has the second-highest rate of hospital visits for dental conditions in the state. If you have MassHealth in the Berkshires and you’re trying to access dental care, you are likely to be turned away by roughly 4 out of the 5 dentist offices that you call.

News Briefs: VIM Berkshires non-opioid pain management; CATA earns NEPR award; Andrea Harrington announces State Senate bid; The Mount honored by National Trust

VIM Berkshires patients with chronic pain are routinely given services such as acupuncture, massage, mental health counseling, nutrition counseling, and support group participation; opioid painkillers are rarely prescribed.

State awards Great Barrington $2.1 million for Bridge Steet upgrades

In Great Barrington, Bridge Street is on the cusp of a development explosion. On Bridge Street the town will see newly paved roads, new sidewalks, improved drainage and lighting, and underground utilities.

Pipeline project seeks to strip Otis State Forest of its protected status

A public hearing in Boston on Tuesday, November 10, before the Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, will consider a bill to remove conservation restrictions from Berkshire and Hamden counties' state forests and protected lands. State Rep. Smitty Pignatelli and state Sen. Ben Downing urge Berkshire residents to attend this hearing to oppose this measure. The Sandisfield Taxpayers Opposing the Pipeline have chartered a bus to go to the hearing.

Lee, Berkshire Hills may share superintendent; further school consolidation next?

"I really view this is as a tremendous opportunity...Lee is a great, best option for us for any level of collaboration or consolidation." -- Berkshire Hills School Committee member Richard Dohoney

Mass DOT chief learns Main Street project ahead of schedule

The $5.4 million Main Street Reconstruction in Great Barrington is ahead of schedule, according to the DOT, with sidewalks and pavements to be completed by winter, and new trees planted this fall. The project, however, is “close” to its budget.

Lee, Berkshire Hills school districts consider aspects of consolidation

“Good for Berkshire Hills. If at the end of the day it takes five, fifteen, maybe twenty years, what education will look like in south Berkshire County is that Berkshire Hills will be the mothership.” -- State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli

Berkshire Hills, Southern Berkshire districts may receive transportation funding windfall

“The unkept promise of nearly 60 years ago to fully fund regional school transportation, has never been honored." -- State Rep. William P. "Smitty" PIgnatelli

Urge Rep. Pignatelli, Sen. Downing to ‘fight for $15’ minimum wage

In her letter to the editor, Samara Klein of Housatonic writes: “Fight for Fifteen -- no one who works full-time for a large, profitable corporation should be paid so little that they cannot make ends meet. “

Mt. Everett robotics team off to World Championships in St. Louis

FIRST Tech competitions, known as “Varsity Sport for the Mind,” requires teams to build a robot from scratch quickly and within a framework of uniform size and task criteria, but without directions.

MassDOT gives green light to upgrade of Bridge Street span

When work will be begin on repairing the Bridge Street span, and what restrictions on traffic will be imposed during the repairs has yet to be determined. Bridge Street provides access to the east side of Great Barrington and is a busy bypass during the Main Street Reconstruction Project that is just getting under way.

Regional school districts may sue state over cuts to transportation funds

“The notion that is pushed widely in Boston is regionalization and schools working together. The only concrete thing the state has to do is provide transportation, then they pull the rug out, even though they say they care about this.” -- Berkshire Hills Superintendent Peter Dillon  

The Edge Is Free To Read.

But Not To Produce.