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Farley-Bouvier Pushes Bill to Raise Tipped Workers Minimum Wage
BOSTON — State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier is calling for the elimination of a lower wage for tipped workers.   The Pittsfield Democrat joined other lawmakers and Restaurant Opportunities Center this past Wednesday at the State House to introduce a bill that will gradually raise the minimum wage for tipped workers until it
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Berkshire House Delegation Gets Committee Assignments
BOSTON, Mass. — State Rep. Paul Mark will again chair the House Committee on Redistricting.   Mark was chair for the last two years and will continue to work as the U.S. Census begins. The population numbers gathered by the Census is followed by the state redrawing the lines for both the federal and state districts. Mark
McCann School Committee Endorses $9.6M Budget for Fiscal 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann School Committee on Thursday approved a straightforward budget that represents a 2.36 percent increase over this year.   The committee members had few questions about what Superintendent James Brosnan referred to as "vanilla" fiscal 2020 budget that will increase by
Computer Bug Offers Expanded Services in New Location
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Computer Bug enters a new chapter with its move to the Norad Mill on Roberts Drive.   "It was time to take our business on a new adventure and it was exciting to see what Moresi & Associates had planned for the renovated mill," Computer Bug owner Corissa Bryant said. "We are
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Hinds, Pignatelli Field Questions at Kimball Farms Forum
State Sen. Adam Hinds and state Rep. William 'Smitty' Pignatelli share their thoughts on the upcoming legislative session at the Tuesday morning forum. LENOX,  Mass. — Despite the challenges the Berkshires face, state Sen. Adam Hinds is "bullish" on the economy.   Hinds cited
WinterFest Draws Hundreds to Downtown North Adams
Don Boudreau's 'Four Seasons' ice sculpture one first prize. See more photos from Saturday's WinterFest here. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Hundreds of area residents crowded Main Street on Saturday for the 22nd annual Winterfest.    The mild mid-winter temperatures, blue skies and even some snow
Williamstown Cal Ripken Baseball/Softball Opens Registration
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williamstown Cal Ripken Baseball and Softball is open to boys and girls ages 4 (before Sept. 1, 2019) through age 12 (as of April 30, 2019, for baseball or Dec. 31, 2019, for softball) who live in Northern Berkshire County and border towns in Vermont and New York.   The following divisions are
In Pursuit of Beetle Happiness: Part 2
A sacred scarab of Egypt. Interfering with beetles pulling a dung ball across the desert sands may have aroused the anger of the gods in Egyptian superstition and ancient folklore. Thus the beetle is not pierced but rather held in position by the pins.    One spring day in Truro, Cape Cod, in the late 1980s,
MCLA Men, Women Finish with Road Losses
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- Emmanuel Payton scored 38 points Saturday to lead the Framingham State men's basketball team to an 82-74 win over MCLA in their season finale.   Quran Davis scored 25 to lead three Trailblazers in double figures. Mike Demartinis scored 14, and Drury graduate Hayden Bird had 17 rebounds and five
'The No-Collusion Oscar Picks 2019'
The phone rang, as it usually does whenever I'm sitting in the third-floor witch's hat of my haunted Victorian home in some gothic-like, small New England town with a dark past, anguishing over my Oscar picks. The voice at the other end sounded like Alec Baldwin at first.   "Want to get all your picks right this year,
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