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Pittsfield Celebrates 10 Years of Third Thursday

The city has had its ups and downs over the last decade but one thing has remained constant - Third Thursday. Put on by the city's Office of Cultural Development, the street fair is held monthly throughout the summer is still going strong. At July's event, the organizers celebrated the 10 year... click for more

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Pokemon Go Players Asked Not to Block Cheshire...

The Cheshire Fire Department is asking players not to hang around the station after players have been found blocking doors with their vehicles. "We have had numerous incidents lately where we have gone to our station to respond to an emergency call and have found vehicles parked in front of our... click for more

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Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus Endorses...

The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus announced its endorsement of state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier for re-election. click for more

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Olver Endorses Adam Hinds for State Senate Seat

Democratic state Senate candidate Adam Hinds has picked up the endorsement of former U.S. Rep. John W. Olver. click for more

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The Independent Investor: Candidates & the Economy

As the GOP political convention winds down and the Democrat convention gears up, we continue to hear a steady stream of economic "one liners" from the candidates. We all know that fixing the economy is one of the major issues of this campaign but so far the candidates are long on words and short on... click for more

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Adams to Pursue Medical Marijuana Bylaw

Weed is weighing heavy on the minds of some town officials. Although the Selectmen unanimously voted Wednesday to request the Planning Board to draft a medical marijuana zoning bylaw, some members were hesitant to start the process. Selectman Joseph Nowak was not among them. He has been... click for more

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BRPC Hears Update To 'Last Mile' Broadband Plan

Finishing out the so-called "last mile" of broadband connectivity will take a flexible approach, giving towns an array of options to connect, according to Massachusetts Technology Collaborative implementation liaison Bill Ennen. Ennen was appointed to the role which serves as an middle man... click for more

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North Adams Housing Authority Dedicates New Patio

The North Adams Housing Authority opened its new patio on Wednesday with a brief dedication and a cookout. Named for longtime Housing Authority director William M. Boland, the fenced in area off the main lobby offers a benches and umbrella tables for residents who'd like to dine al fresco or... click for more

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New Report Highlights Pittsfield Renewable Energy...

A new report being released in two weeks will highlight the city's efforts toward energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The Environment Massachusetts Research and Policy Center will release the report in two weeks which aims to urged municipalities to boost their efforts in moving... click for more


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North Adams Cemetery Volunteers Get Help for Heavy...

A volunteer group has been doing some heavy lifting at Hill Side Cemetery for nearly three years. No more. A new tripod lift built by Deerfield Machine & Tool will aid members of Hill Side Restoration as they continue their work in resetting and repairing the hundreds of old gravestones in the historic cemetery.

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Adams Looks at Columbarium For Cemetery

The Cemetery Commission is looking at the possibility of installing a columbarium for its cemeteries. Cemetery Commissioner Bruce Shepley told the commission last Thursday that he would like to explore the possibility of installing a columbarium, a facility that houses cremated remains.

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Panel Discussion, Film Screening Sheds Light On...

Throughout Berkshire County 105 people went to the hospital after overdosing. That's on pace for more than 300 in a year. Last year there were 158, a sharp increase from the average of 40 to 60 in 2011 through 2013. There was 36 deaths in 2015 from overdose and so from in Pittsfield alone there have been nine. A total of 36 out of 800 babies born this year have been exposed to opioids while in utero.

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Williamstown Conservation Commission OKs Clark...

The Clark Art Institute has the go-ahead from the town to install a solar photovoltaic installation on its property. The museum's partner, Framingham-based Ameresco, Inc., was before the Conservation Commission last week to explain the project and get its approval to proceed without a Notice of Intent, which would have triggered a much more rigorous review.

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North Adams School Committee Welcomes Directors;...

The city's new superintendent of schools is getting her team together for the start of the school year. Barbara Malkas, attending her first meeting of the School Committee since stepping into her new position earlier this month, presented the committee with two new hires in two new positions.

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Cheshire Continues Storm Clean Up

Public Works Director Peter LeFebvre said the DPW will be busy cleaning up after Monday's storm for some time. LeFebvre updated the Selectmen on Tuesday about the tree limbs, brush and damage caused by the storm that left most of the town without power.

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Barrington Stage Opens Headquarters on North...

Barrington Stage Company is moving its headquarters into the newly opened Wolfson Theater Center at 122 North St. The 28,000-square-foot building will be the company's main headquarters and will house its administrative offices, which will all be under one roof for the first time since the company moved to Pittsfield.

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Brien Center's Adult Day Health Program Provides...

Three days a week, Jusino arrives at the center at 8:30 a.m. and enjoys coffee, tea and breakfast and companionship with other clients. That begins an active day that includes table activities, exercise, lunch, reading (the center has an audio book player) and special events like last week's "Christmas in July" party.

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PERC Presents 31-Page Document Supporting Westwood...

Clairmont essentially put a halt to an ongoing debate over land leases at the Westwood Business Park on Monday night when he delivered a 31-page packet of documents outlining the history and supporting the agreements as they exist to the Airport Study Group.

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Congressman Neal Hosts Heroin Documentary, Panel...

The showing in the Koussevitzky Arts Center is free and open to the public. The event begins at 5 p.m. with brief remarks; a panel discussion about current efforts to reduce the drug problem in Berkshire County will follow the 77-minute film. It is expected to conclude by 7:45 p.m.

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High Winds Cause Power Outage in Cheshire

Nearly the entire town is without power after a thunderstorm swept through the area bringing high winds and heavy rain.

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Great Barrington Fire Wins Federal Grant To...

The Fire Department is replacing its 11-year-old airpacks with more modern and safer ones. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal announced a $160,477 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to purchase the 28 new units. The packs are used more than two dozen times a year to help firefighters breath in hazardous conditions.

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Berkshires Beat: Stockbridge Photo Contest Winners...

Each winning photo is printed on the front of a notecard, and a relevant quotation appears inside. The notecards will be sold in packets containing one of each photo.

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Early Morning Fire Destroys Pittsfied Duplex On...

An early morning fire destroyed a Robbins Avenue duplex, leaving two people without homes. Fire Captain Raymond Tart said around 4 a.m. firefighters responded to the blaze to find heavy fire on both sides of the home. The cause is still be investigated and one firefighter was sent to the hospital.

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North County Economic Forum Looks at Opportunities

There was a strong sense of optimism on Saturday as dozens of business and community leaders gathered to address North County's economic development. From hundreds of millions of dollars in current public and private investment to local entrepreneurs to a dropping jobless rate to ambitious plans for downtown development, the future seemed brighter than in years past.

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North Adams Elementary Students Go to Summer Camp

Instead enjoying some off time in July, some 300 pupils are spending the month eagerly learning science at the North Adams Public School Science Summer Camp. This year's theme is "Kid Commotion to Save the Ocean." Noella Carlow, the school system's 21st Century site coordinator, said the children spend seven hours a day at Brayton Elementary learning about the ocean and leadership skills during the four-week program

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Pittsfield Investigating Apparent Homicide

A city man was shot dead early Sunday morning, according to the district attorney's office. The body of Joseph Brown, 38, of Pittsfield was found in his driveway at 343 Columbus Ave. at about 2 a.m. Sunday after 911 call reporting a man down.

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Shire City Sessions Returns, Bringing Original...

The Shire City Sessions concert series has moved to the Common. Four shows will be played in July and August on Monday nights at the common featuring an array of original bands with regional or national draw. The series in its second year after last year hold three concerts in the parking lot of Shire City Sanctuary.

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Williamstown Rural Lands Adds 'QR' Codes at...

WRLF has posted at the trailhead of three of its trails a QR (Quick Response) code that will enable a hiker with a smartphone who simply scans the QR code to download a trail map and a trail description, providing information about the length of the trail and its degree of difficulty, and describing the natural features to be encountered along the way.

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