BERKSHIRE COUNTY

Coverage of Berkshire County, Massachusetts.

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.

Springfield police officer Gregg Bigda, at left, and former Springfield detective Steven Vigneault, have been accused of excessive use of force while working in the Narcotics bureau.
Don Treeger / Dave Roback / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Two Springfield police officers, one current and one former, are facing federal charges in connection with a 2016 incident, involving two Latino juveniles. 

The Housatonic River in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 2009 after a GE/EPA cleanup.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is updating the public at a meeting in Lenox, Massachusetts, Wednesday on water sampling near the former General Electric plant in Pittsfield.

A polling place in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, on primary election day in March 2016.
Dave Roback / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

There are important contested races in western Massachusetts. Here’s what you need to know as we head toward the general election on November 6.

Oliva Llano visits the food pantry.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

Early on a Wednesday morning in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, a line of people perused boxes of fresh apples and green beans, frozen meat, and bags of bagels and biscuits at the South Congregational Church Community Food Pantry.

Andrea Harrington, at left, and Berkshire District Attorney Paul Caccaviello at right.
MASSLIVE / MASSLIVE.COM/PHOTOS // PAUL CACCAVIELLO CAMPAIGN / FACEBOOK

A battle of political endorsements is underway in the district attorney race in Berkshire County, Massachusetts.

Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
Monument Matters / Facebook

A student came to a high school in the Berkshires last week with the Confederate flag draped over his back. 

U.S. Senator Ed Markey and Berkshire County officials talk about Markey's legislation aiming to restore Massachusetts TV stations to the region's cable customers.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

Updated on September 29, 2018, at 12:33 p.m.

New federal legislation has been introduced this week that would bring Massachusetts television stations back to the Berkshires.

A self-taught astronomer in Great Barrington, Massachusetts has been taking his telescope out at night to teach anyone who wants to learn about the universe.
Lily Abrahams / NEPR

As darkness fell one recent summer night, Rick Costello set up his telescope in front of the library in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. He took a sign from his car and hung it on a nearby post. It read, “Come see the universe.”

Berkshire District Attorney Paul Caccaviello.
Paul Caccaviello campaign / Facebook

Berkshire District Attorney Paul Caccaviello has announced he's running as a write-in candidate in the November election.

The Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort in Lenox, Massachusetts
Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

The Cranwell resort in Lenox, Massachusetts, is getting a makeover and laying off about 45 employees in the process.

A stretch of the Housatonic River.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and General Electric Co. are funding a new approach to negotiating an agreement on the cleanup of the Housatonic River. Just last week, many of the stakeholders met with an independent mediator.

Congressman Richard Neal greets supporter Diana Kibodya outside the Springfield Boys and Girls Club as he arrives to vote on primary election day.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

It was a busy primary eleciton day in Massachusetts, with several races at both the state and federal levels going before voters. In the 1st Congressional District, longtime Springfield Congressman Richard Neal won the Democratic primary, and will head back to Washington. 

Mug shot of Alexander Ciccolo.
U.S. Department of Justice

Updated at 2:24 p.m.

Federal Judge Mark Mastroianni on Wednesday signed off on a plea deal for Alexander Ciccolo that will send the 26-year-old Adams, Massachusetts, man to prison for 20 years, followed by a lifetime of supervised release. Ciccolo pleaded guilty in May to an ISIS-inspired plot.

Andrea Harrington.
Photo provided / Masslive / masslive.com/photos

In Berkshire County, Massachusetts, Andrea Harrington is on her way to being the new district attorney. That's after she beat two other candidates in the Democratic primary, including the current DA.

A polling place in western Massachusetts.
Karen Brown / NEPR

Primary election day is over in Massachusetts. Here are the results focusing on the western part of the state, from The Associated Press.

Viv pushes Cass to call the police in Rachel Lynett's "Well Intentioned White People."
Barrington Stage Company

In her new show, "Well Intentioned White People," playwright Rachel Lynett continues the conversation about race in America. The play finishes its premiere run at Barrington Stage in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, this week.

A sign outside the Joe Hill cabin at Camp Kinderland in Tolland, Massachusetts.
Courtesy / Cindy Zingher

The hopes and dreams of the labor movement have long been expressed in song. Unions are less powerful than they once were. But in the Berkshires, a group of young activists are working to keep one labor movement song alive.

Massachusetts State Senator Adam Hinds moderates a debate in Becket, Massachusetts, for Democratic candidates for Berkshire County District Attorney on August 14, 2018. From left, the candidates are Paul Caccaviello, Judith Knight and Andrea Harrington.
Screen shot of video by John O'Toole / Becket Democratic Town Committee / Vimeo

The lone primary race in western Massachusetts for district attorney is taking place in Berkshire County. Three Democrats are vying to replace David Capeless, who abruptly retired in March.

A polling place in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Kevin Gutting / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

There are important contested races in western Massachusetts. Here’s what you need to know as we head toward the state's primary election on September 4.

A Berkshire Community College pennant at an open house in 2018.
Berkshire Community College

The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing has issued a warning and a report to the nursing program at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield.

Exterior MGM Springfield's entrance to the South End Market off MGM Way at State Street in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts.
MARK M. MURRAY / THE REPUBLICAN / masslive.com/photos

Construction is wrapping up on the MGM Springfield casino. The company says it is exceeding diversity goals when it comes to minorities, women and veterans. 

Beach sand.
Petr Kratochvil / Creative Commons

On Saturday, nearly 500,000 pounds of donated sand will transform one of North Adams's main roads into an urban beach for the 20th annual Eagle Street Beach Party.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
AlexiusHoratius / Creative Commons

The executive director of the Berkshire Museum, who's recently led the Pittsfield, Massachusetts, institution through big plans and much controversy, is retiring.

At "Springfield's Big Gamble," (left to right) Reminder Publication's Mike Dobbs, Mark Pazniokas of The Connecticut Mirror, The Berkshire Eagle's Kristin Palpini, Af Am Point of View's Rick Hurst and New England News Collaborative editor John Dankosky.
Joyce Skowyra / NEPR

NEPR and the New England News Collaborative hosted a lively discussion on June 19, 2018, with some of the region's top reporters on the casino beat.

Nurses walk the picket line outside Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on Oct. 3, 2017.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Nurses at Berkshire Medical Center have called off a second strike planned for June 18 and reached a tentative agreement with the hospital.

Entrance to the Baseball in the Berkshires Museum.
Courtesy Baseball in the Berkshires Museum

With more empty storefronts than full ones, the 30-year-old Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough, Massachusetts, has seen better days. But near Spencer Gifts and a now-shuttered Hollister, something rather unexpected is alive and well: baseball.

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