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Pittsfield Sells $875K Worth of Tax Liens

The tax lien auction brought in another $875,000, adding to about $800,000 the city had taken in ahead of time in back taxes. According to Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood, 61 liens were sold by Strategic Auction Solutions at City Hall Thursday afternoon accounting for $875,770.61. click for more

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Clarksburg VFW Unveils New Sign, Name for Town...

Town meeting voted to rename the field last December to memorialize Cook and the town's veterans and the local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter, also named after Cook, raised the funds to install the sign. click for more

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Mark Shapp Honored as RSVP Volunteer of the Year

Mark Shapp knows his way around, whether that be City Hall or a train. And Shapp is happy to share his knowledge with anyone. In the last decade, he's volunteered 4,316 of his hours to do just that. In the last year, he's spent 629 hours volunteering as the City Hall ambassador and with the... click for more

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No Injuries Reported After Police Fire Weapons...

Police officers shot at a man while executing a search warrant on West Housatonic Street Friday morning but there were no injuries. According to the District Attorney's Office, while the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force executed a search warrant relating to drug activity, 23-year-old Marcel... click for more

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Trick-or-Treat, Halloween Events 2018

Below is a list of towns holding trick-or-treat hours and/or events on Halloween. click for more

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Williamstown Woman Killed in Pownal Crash

A Williamstown, Mass., woman was killed Friday morning after her sport utility vehicle was totaled in a three-car accident on Route 7. click for more

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Pittsfield Kiwanis Club Member Named Lieutenant...

Tripp-Cleveland was elected to the office in August at the convention and took office on Oct. 1. click for more

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Oct. 12-18

SATURDAY Pittsfield Berktoberfest on McKay Street click for more


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BCC Names Interim Director of Nursing

Christine Martin is taking over as head of the nursing program at BCC. Berkshire Community College named Martin the interim director of nursing on Thursday. The appointment comes a month after former director Tochi Urbani resigned from the position in the midst of trouble with the program's accreditation.

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Williamstown Town Manager, School Building...

At issue is about $154,000 billed to the regional school district for permitting. In fact, the town is owed about $295,000, based on its standard permit fee schedule, but about half of that has been passed through to subcontractors on the school building project.

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Adams Finance Committee Approves Special Town...

Earlier this week, the Selectmen declared a state of emergency to allows the town to deficit spend in order to mitigate damage left in the wake of the two rainstorms that caused substantial flooding.

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North Adams Councilor Raises 'Food Desert' Issue...

These developments may be private, but Cohen feels "that there is a need for larger conversations with our leadership." Her suggestion was to refer it to the Community Development Board and perhaps to extend the conversation to involve more stakeholders.

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Girls Inc. Recognizes 'International Day Of The...

Sixth-graders Savannah Peterson-Holt and Yanet Asanke stood outside of Girls. Inc. with about 20 of their peers holding a handmade sign. It was a sign honoring Girls Inc. of the Berkshires and one they had worked on for a few days together during the after-school program. Beside them were other girls holding various signs - some reading #Strong, others reading #Smart, and others more elaborate featuring one of the six rights listed on Girls Inc.'s "bill of rights."

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Clarksburg, Williamstown Awarded State Housing...

The private water district was taken over last year by the town because of the cooperative's difficulty in finding trustees and addressing the significant infrastructure upgrades required for the more than 30-year-old district.

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Pittsfield Couple Dies In Early Morning Fire

An elderly couple died in an early morning fire on Bryan Street Thursday morning. Shortly before 4 a.m. an electrical cord short-circuited and set the home at 71 Bryan Street on fire. The three occupants - the couple and their daughter - woke up to heavy smoke on the first floor. The daughter, described as being in her early 30s, escaped the blaze and ran to a neighbors house to call for help.

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Adams Officials Wary of New School Project

There was some uncertainty on the board's part that building a new elementary school would be the best solution.

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Court Agreement Clears Way for Verizon Tower in...

The decision, filed on Friday in U.S. District Court in Springfield, clears the way for Verizon, operating as Pittsfield Cellular Telephone Co., to install a 140-foot monopole at the former North Adams Country Club.

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Pittsfield Collects $800K in Back Taxes Ahead of...

The city pulled in slightly more than $800,000 ahead of Thursday's tax lien auction. Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood said nearly 500 properties with tax liens were sent notification of the upcoming auction and 156 owners came to city hall to settle the debts.

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Berkshire Works Rebrands as MassHire

We have jobs. That's what numerous elected officials proclaimed Wednesday morning. There are thousands of jobs available. But, at the same time, there are still thousands of people in the Berkshires looking. "We have jobs, lots of jobs, nearly 1,500 every day. Job from travel and tourism to engineering to health care, executives and entry-level and every level of talent," Mayor Linda Tyer said. "We have jobs. The Berkshires are ready to hire."

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North Adams Happenings: Oct. 10-16

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Pittsfield Firefighters Quickly Knock Out North...

Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski said crews got the call at 9:11 that heavy smoke was showing at the back of the multi-family house on the corner of Edgewood Road, just north of Berkshire Medical Center.

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Pittsfield Calls For Increased Monitoring,...

Increased levels of contamination in groundwater near the toxic waste sites near Allendale School have city councilors asking for increased scrutiny. The City Council accepted a report which calls for another meeting with the state Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Public Health, and the U.S. EPA in response to the May test results around what is known as Hill 78 and Building 71. The sites are toxic landfills created as part of the General Electric cleanup.

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North Adams Council Endorses Keeping Gun Range...

It was a strong rebuke to Mayor Thomas Bernard, who had ordered the range closed to public access effective Jan. 1, 2019, after learning that the city's insurance company would no longer cover it for liability reasons. The Police Department will still continue to use it.

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Adams Sets Emergency Town Meeting

The town was left with an estimated $2 million in damage and, currently, state representatives are trying to secure some funding.

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Secretary of State Candidate Amore Drums Up...

The Swampscott Republican is challenging longtime incumbent William Galvin for the post of secretary of state in the November election. Amore has a lengthy background in security he's currently security chief at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and is pledging to increase public access to records and secure the election process.

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Hundreds Participated In Annual Greylock Ramble

According to a ProAdams press release, 1,037 people made their way up the state's highest peak on Columbus Day.

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Northern Berkshire United Way Announces Campaign...

Last year, the organization's campaign goal was $470,000. The amount raised ended up being $477,667. And this year's campaign goal is $480,000.

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Adams Selectmen Want to Find Compromise With...

At the end of Wednesday night's meeting, Chairman John Duval said the board supports the Commercial Street development because it will represent new growth.

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