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Price Chopper in North Adams to Close

The Price Chopper on State Road is expected to close by the end of the month. Employees were informed Monday morning that the 40-year-old supermarket would close. click for more

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J Star Gymnasts Earn Medals at Manhattan Classic

The J Star gymnasts brought home an assortment of medals from the Manhattan Classic, their biggest competition yet. Last Week 12 J Star athletes, ages 7 to 12, traveled to New York City and competed against other gymnasts from across the country. click for more

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Software Gets North Adams Tweens Thinking About...

What do you want to be when you grow up? It's a question children often hear as early as preschool, as they don plastic doctor's equipment or pretend to race cars or fly to the moon, but it's not a serious question often until the second half of high school. click for more

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Adams Board of Health Mulls Improper Demolition

The Board of Health is mulling how to handle the unpermitted demolition of two structures on Cook Street last December. The contractors hired by the town neglected to properly permit the demolition and bait the building for rodents or check for toxic materials. click for more

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Williamstown ZBA OKs Williams Science Center

The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday night granted a special permit for Williams College's science quad expansion. The board declined a request from two residents to allow more time for review of 500 pages of supporting material presented with the request. click for more

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Fire Displaces Five Pittsfield Residents

A Thursday night fire caused nearly $10,000 worth of damage to a Worthington Street home. Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Garner said at 7:43 p.m. the department received a report of a basement fire at 10-12 Worthington Street - located right near the intersection of West Housatonic Street and Center... click for more

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Williams Lego Challenge 'Bridges' Math, MLK,...

Last year it was a sturdy Star Destroyer, this year it was a fragile bridge across the massive fireplace in the Paresky Center. The building of the Lego Bridge on Jan. 18 was one of the focal points of the Williams College Winter Study course "The Mathematics of Lego Bricks," taught by associate... click for more

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Annual Father Daughter Dance Set for Feb. 21

This semi-formal event is for fathers or father figures and their daughters of all ages. People have attended previous events with their fathers, grandfathers, uncles, neighbors or a friend’s father. click for more

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Public Forum Set on Mount Greylock Building...

In Williamstown, that ballot vote will take place on March 1 along with the presidential primary. The ballot vote in Lanesborough is scheduled for March 15. The project will also be discussed at a special Lanesborough town meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. at Lanesborough Elementary School. click for more


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Dunkin Donuts Asks For Extension On Pittsfield's...

Dunkin' Donuts is asking for a year's extension to comply with the city's Styrofoam ban. Attorney Pierce Haley, representing Dunkin Brands, asked the Board of Health on Thursday for the extension as the company waits on the development of a lid for 24-ounce containers. Haley said the company has been looking to transition away from the polystyrene containers but needs another year or else it won't be able to serve its larger beverage sizes.

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Adams Continues Strategic Planning Process

The Selectmen have begun drafting a strategic plan document that will reflect the vision of the board and the community. The Selectmen used Wednesday's workshop meeting to continue the process of whittling down thoughts from the community strategic planning sessions held this past summer.

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Election 2016: Presidential Primary Voting

Wednesday, Feb. 10, is the last day to register or to change party status to vote in the Tuesday, March 1, presidential primary. You may change your party enrollment by completing a new voter registration form in person at your town or city clerk's office, by mail, or at www.RegisterToVoteMA.com.

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Clarksburg Resumes Search for Town Accountant

Town officials are making a second try for a town accountant. The Select Board on Wednesday interviewed three candidates — all with fairly extensive accounting backgrounds — but felt a key experience was missing for each one: Municipal accounting.

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The Independent Investor: Is a Recession Looming?

The funny thing about declining stock markets is that when they last more than a couple of weeks, talk of recession starts to percolate among investors. It is no different this time. I have written before that the stock market has erroneously called six of the last 13 declines as recessions, meaning that weak stock prices do not necessarily herald a weak economy. There have been instances in the past where a prolonged decline over a year or so has contributed to a recession but even then th

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State Fire Marshal Seeking Info On Lanesborough...

"The building was fully engulfed by the time the fire was noticed shortly after midnight and the Lanesborough Fire Department called." — office of the state fire marshal.

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Old Country Buffet Abruptly Closes in Pittsfield

Employees were shocked to find a sign posted on the door of Old Country Buffet saying the restaurant was closing for good. Handwritten on the post is information on an employee meeting to be held Thursday afternoon. Employees have reported that they were given no notification of the closure. It is unclear how many employees will be impacted by the company's decision.

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Adams Boy Recognized For Saving Mother's Life

An 8-year-old local boy will get to be an "officer for a day" this month in recognition of his life-saving 911 call last November. Cody Stojda had found his mother on the floor of their home unable to breathe and immediately called the emergency number to get her help.

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Williams Science Center Project in Front of Zoning...

The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday evening will continue a hearing to consider Williams College's new science center. The college and its consultants were before the board on Jan. 21 to discuss topics ranging from stormwater management to light pollution to the height of the new, 170,000-square-foot science center.

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Economic Future Being Planned for Pittsfield's...

Could Tyler Street become the city's food mecca? That's one idea for the Morningside neighborhood. Planning and architecture firm Elan is transitioning from the fact-finding stage to developing actual strategies and goals for redevelopment in Tyler Street.

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Pittsfield Board Suspends Lach's Lounge Liquor...

Licensing Board member Richard Stockwell was in Lach's Lounge on Jan. 23. He left at 10:30 p.m. because he knows that the crowd that arrives after 11 isn't for him. A few hours later, James Dominguez was murdered in the parking lot next to the bar. Police determined Dominguez was at Lach's Lounge until closing that night and on scene officers say many patrons of Lach's Lounge had been over served.

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Cheshire Takes Next Steps in Electrical...

The town will begin the process of choosing a preferably green electricity supplier through Colonial Power Group. Mark Cappadona, a Colonial Power Group representative, told the Selectmen on Tuesday that the state Department of Public Utilities has approved the town's ability to join an electrical aggregation other than what National Grid provides. This will allow Cheshire to choose an electrical power supplier from the marketplace.

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Images Cinema Kicks Off 100th Anniversary...

In November 1916, Hiram C. Walden converted a former Williams College fraternity house into a movie theater, promising to screen only “high class” fare with live musical accompaniment. One hundred years later, movies are still screening at 50 Spring St., making it one of the oldest continuously operating movie theaters in the world.

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NBCC Director Adam Hinds Making Run for State...

Adam Hinds is tossing his hat in for state Senate. Hinds, currently executive director of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition in North Adams, formally announced for the seat on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Hotel on North.

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Pittsfield Council Recrafting Rules Of Order

Will the general public be allotted time during inauguration to speak on any item? Currently, the City Council's rules of order say for 15 minutes at the start of the special meeting there will be an open microphone for residents to voice their opinions on anything from tax rates to conspiracy theories.

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Pittsfield 4th of July Parade Theme Announced

“Our 2016 theme emanated from a combination of suggestions we received from the community, many promoting the idea that we should honor the Berkshires’ tradition of great summer music and dance venues." — Peter Marchetti

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Village Ambulance Service Lands New Director

With more than 30 years of experience in emergency medical services and a resume that included extensive experience in administration, Mike Witkowski was having a hard time finding his next professional challenge. And when he saw the advertisement posted looking for someone to lead Village Ambulance Service, he was not overly optimistic.

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Mount Greylock Advisory Council Seeks Summit-Cam...

The Mount Greylock Advisory Council will look for creative ways to return the summit camera to the mountain. Mount Greylock Supervisor Alec Gillman told the Mount Greylock Advisory Council last week that because of funding challenges, the summit cam has not been operational for several months.

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