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Free: Great News for Berkshire County Parents and Soon to Be Parents

I remember prior to my daughter being born my wife and I like most parents were getting all of the preparations together in our Pittsfield home before our daughter joined our family. We, of course, got the nursery set up, put together the crib had clothing and bedding ready to go, and much more. You know, the typical stuff. It was a very exciting time as anticipation was in the air. We could not wait to meet our daughter.

AJ Hastings To Close After Over 100 Years In Downtown Amherst

AJ Hastings, the iconic Amherst office and school supplies store at 45 South Pleasant Street in downtown Amherst announced today (7/24) that they will be closing after 108 years in Business. The last day of business will be July 17. The annoucement was made in a posting on Facebook and...

THEATER REVIEW: Barrington Stage Company’s ‘Ain’t Misbehavin” is one of ‘the best musicals I have ever seen’

Written by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Murray Horwitz, directed by Jeffrey L. Page. This writer loathes the promiscuous use of superlatives by theatre reviewers, but I’ll just declare—Barrington Stage Company’s new production of “Ain’t Misbehavin’” is one of the best musicals I have ever seen—Broadway or Off-, West End, anywhere. With flawless staging and performances, the revival, choreographed and directed by Jeffrey L. Page, not only restores the legacy of Black jazz pianist and composer Fats Waller (1903-1943), but also transcends its musical revue format to a searing perspective of Black identity in White America.

Belchertown man arrested for alleged Social Security fraud

SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - A Belchertown man was arrested on Thursday in connection with fraudulently receiving Social Security disability benefits. Kenneth Pontz, 55, was charged with one count of theft of public funds. According to the indictment, over a period of more than six years, Pontz alegedly stole approximately $64,000...

Indoors Out! Free Kids' Paint and Sip in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. will present Indoors Out! Free Kids' Paint & Sip on Friday, July 1, 5-7:30 pm, at the parklet and outdoor seating area at The Marketplace Café, 53 North Street. This event will be held in conjunction with the July 1st First Fridays...

Galanie Leads North Adams to Fourth Win

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Ryan Galanie hit a leadoff double and scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the 10th to give the North Adams SteepleCats a 5-4 win over Ocean State. Tyler Epstein went 3-for-4 and scored a run. Hunter Pasqualini was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run.

South Holyoke Homes expects 12 rental units to open in fall

HOLYOKE — The Holyoke Housing Authority expects to welcome tenants to 12 affordable rental units in November, part of the South Holyoke Homes Project across from Carlos Vega Park. The three-phase project over several years entails rental units and homeownership opportunities. Matthew Mainville, the authority’s executive director, said infrastructure...

Adams Lions Club Donates $7,750 for Russell Field

ADAMS, Mass. — The town has accepted a $7,750 donation from the Adams Lions Club to fund the scoreboard and lighting repairs at Russell Field. Members of the Board of Selectmen, Parks Commission and Community Development gathered at Russell Field on Friday to accept the donation. Town Administrator Jay Green said this work would not have been possible without the Lions Club's financial help.

Chester Police sign stolen near the town hall

CHESTER, Mass (WWLP) – The Chester-Blandford Police Department needs the public’s assistance to find a sign that was stolen near the crosswalk in front of Chester Town Hall. The sign was placed to slow down traffic and keep pedestrians safe as they crossed the street. Police are asking for the sign to be returned.

Childhood Memories of a Beloved Northern Berkshire County Toy Store

Growing up in the Berkshires there were a number of stores and entertainment locations that were part of my childhood that I wish were still around today. That's life though. Time marches on. For example, we had a number of video stores throughout Berkshire County that made going out on the weekends to rent movies an adventure. I also remember having dinners and attending birthday parties at the Ground Round at the Berkshire Mall Lanesborough. Shopping was fun back in the day especially when my mother would take me with her to Pittsfield and one of the stops consisted of Bradlees. I loved that store. Of course, when we would do our shopping in Pittsfield, I always begged my mom to make a stop at The Toy Works. What Berkshire County kid didn't love that toy store?

Library Grants Room To Civil War Tablets. Volunteer Librarians Nixed

Jones Library News Highlights For The Week Of June 20, 2022. North Amherst Library Can’t Be Staffed By Volunteers Says Director. Plans are underway for moving the contents of the North Amherst Library (NAL) to its temporary quarters at 81 Cowls Rd. in the Mill District. This space will serve as an interim location for 10 to 12 months while the branch library in North Amherst Center is renovated.