BERKSHIRE COUNTY

Coverage of Berkshire County, Massachusetts.

The exhibit, "Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion," will be at the Berkshire Museum until the middle of May 2019.
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After a delay caused by the government shutdown, an exhibit focused on the inventions of Leonardo da Vinci opens Saturday at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. 

Stephanie Westover, left, and her cellmate Kelly Belcher talk in their cell at the Western Massachusetts Regional Women's Correctional Center in Chicopee.
Stephanie Zollshan / The Berkshire Eagle / berkshireeagle.com

Women in Berkshire County who are being held on bail are sent to a regional facility for females in Chicopee, instead of in their own county. 

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal spoke Aug. 23, 2018, at the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Sarah Crosby / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

An advocacy group has started running TV ads calling on a western Massachusetts congressman to use his new power as committee chair to get President Trump's tax records.

Massachusetts State Sen. Jo Comerford at Greenfield Community College on January 21, 2019.
Paul Franz / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

Massachusetts State Senator Jo Comerford, who represents more than 20 cities and towns in Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester counties, wants the state to explore rail service between Boston and North Adams.

Billboards in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, in 2019 sought victims of child sexual abuse.
Heather Bellow / The Berkshire Eagle / berkshireeagle.com

A billboard on Route 7 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, has prompted new charges of sexual child abuse that allegedly took place decades ago. 

Massachusetts State Sen. Eric Lesser introduced a bill that would pay people to move to western Massachusetts.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

A bill introduced in the Massachusetts state Senate would create a financial incentive for people to relocate to the state's western region.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

The partial federal government shutdown means an exhibit isn't coming to the Berkshire Museum — at least not right now.

A box of joints branded as Dogwalkers are sold at Rise, a marijuana medical dispensary in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

Pittsfield is the latest Massachusetts community to host a recreational marijuana store — and the second in the Berkshires.

Marijuana at Temescal Wellness in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Aviva Luttrell / MassLive / masslive.com/photos

Berkshire County in Massachusetts may soon see its first two marijuana retail stores. One in Great Barrington opens Friday, and one in Pittsfield is now cleared to open as early as Saturday.

An American Robin is measured as part of federal research on urban wildlife in a backyard in Greenfield, Massachusetts.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

Federal researchers in western Massachusetts study ways to protect migrating fish, backyard birds and urban trees. The government shutdown is keeping them home and away from their research.

Plastic water bottles.
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A ban on plastic water bottles originally set to take effect on New Year's Day in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, has been pushed back until the spring.

Lee Elementary School counselor Heather Lucy consoles a student.
Karen Brown / NEPR

There's an ongoing effort in Berkshire County to look at how trauma is dealt with, in areas including education and law enforcement. 

City Hall in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Shannon Young / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Hundreds of jobs are coming to Pittsfield, Massachusetts, while an affordable housing crisis continues throughout Berkshire County.

The Tarjick family of Cheshire, Massachusetts.
Karen Brown / NEPR

On a recent afternoon, a half dozen kids — from age two to 16 — were bustling around the Cheshire, Massachusetts, home of Missy and Dave Tarjick, their adoptive parents.

Teacher Jessica Pollard at Lee Elementary School leads her class in a mindfulness exercise.
Karen Brown / NEPR

Other than its bucolic setting in the Berkshire mountains, Lee Elementary seems like any other public school.

Police officer Darren Derby in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, gets to know area school children.
Karen Brown / NEPR

When I asked the leaders of the "Trauma-Informed Berkshires" campaign which police officer has come closest to their key goal — understanding the effects of trauma in the community — they all pointed me to one person: Darren Derby. 

Therapist Cate Wolff leads a trauma-sensitive yoga class in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Karen Brown / NEPR

A half-dozen yoga students were kneeling on their mats, breathing in, breathing out, in an historic, high-ceilinged second floor studio in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Children's shoes are displayed at Pittsfield, Massachusetts, press conference on child abuse awareness.
Karen Brown / NEPR

The people working on the "Trauma-Informed Berkshires" campaign have learned to explain their goals succinctly and consistently. 

City Hall in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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It was a contentious week between the city council in Springfield, Massachusetts, and Mayor Domenic Sarno, as they disagreed on three separate issues. 

The Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston.
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Tuesday on Beacon Hill, the Massachusetts House bid farewell to 18 lawmakers who are leaving office at the end of the year. Among them: two veteran legislators from western Massachusetts.

A Berkshire Regional Transit Authority bus.
David Wilson / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/davidwilson1949

Paratransit drivers with Berkshire Regional Transit Authority are walking the picket line after failed contract negotiations over wages.

Berkshire Museum
Berkshire Museum / Creative Commons

The head of the Berkshire Museum's board said she hopes to repair relationships with museum industry groups. That's afer the Pitttsfield institution finished art sales that led to the rift.

A fish advisory near a fishing spot on the Housatonic River.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is inviting the public to weigh in on the cleanup of the Housatonic River at a meeting Monday in Lenox, Massachusetts.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

The Berkshire Museum announced on Tuesday that it's all done selling its art.

The proposed bike path in North Adams, Massachusetts, would run behind some of the houses on Chenaille Terrace.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

The public will have the chance to weigh in on a proposal this week to construct a bike path in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

Berkshire County's incoming District Attorney Andrea Harrington has started planning her transition.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette newsroom in April 2018.
Carol Lollis / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

Updated at 5 p.m.

Staff at the Daily Hampshire Gazette and Valley Advocate are taking steps to form a labor union. It'll be called the Pioneer Valley NewsGuild.

Paul Caccaviello was appointed district attorney of Berkshire County in March 2018.
Nancy Cohen / NEPR

Attorney Andrea Harrington will be the next district attorney of Berkshire County. The current DA, Paul Caccaviello, did not concede the election until Wednesday. 

From left, Andrea Harrington and Paul Caccaviello.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

In Berkshire County, the Democratic nominee for district attorney, Andrea Harrington, has declared victory. But her opponent, incumbent DA Paul Caccaviello, is not conceding.

From left, Andrea Harrington and Paul Caccaviello.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

Typically, voters pay close attention to a race for governor or senator, but a district attorney? Not so much. But that's the case this year in Berkshire County, where violent and drug-related crimes are big concerns.

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