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Williamstown Elementary School Committee Chairman...

A turbulent year in the governance of Williamstown Elementary School took another turn on Wednesday evening when Dan Caplinger stepped down as chairman of the School Committee. Caplinger called a special 4 p.m. meeting of the body to announce his decision and decide on a new leader going... click for more

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Plunkett School Roof Project to Begin in Spring

Work on the boiler room roof at C.T. Plunkett School is unlikely to start until spring because the ceiling has to be removed. Adams-Cheshire Regional School District Superintendent Robert Putnam provided the Selectmen with an update on the project during the board's public comment period on... click for more

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Three Resign From Pittsfield's Board of Health

A combined 22 years of experience on the Board of Health is leaving the board. Three board members submitted resignation letters, all ending their terms at the end of the month. Chairwoman Roberta Orsi, who has served on the board since its inception 12 years ago, Cynthia Geyer, who has six... click for more

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Pittsfield Brightens Up Sick Toddler's Day With...

Three-year-old Tony Maschino was too sick to go to Bright Nights in Springfield. So Pittsfield brought it to him. On Wednesday, between 50 and 60 volunteers helped set up a massive display of inflatable Christmas decoration in the family's yard. Maschino was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer... click for more

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Cheshire Still Unclear On Select Board Increase...

The Selectmen still have no clear direction on how to proceed with increasing the board from three to five members. Town Administrator Mark Webber told the Selectmen on Tuesday that he held a conference call with special legal counsel to discuss adding two more members. Although Town Counsel... click for more

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Pittsfield Observes Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

It was on this day 75 years ago when Roman Sadlowski and Edward Burns, both hailing from Pittsfield, were killed during the attacks on Pearl Harbor. That morning, December 7, 1941, Japanese planes attacked the United States naval base near Hawaii, killing thousands and sinking battleships. The... click for more

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North Adams Schools Find Taps With Elevated Levels...

An extensive testing of water delivery points in the city's schools has turned up elevated levels of lead and copper. Some 353 bubblers, faucets and other water taps were tested in September through a state grant through the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust. The results were received this week,... click for more

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Eversource Plans Solar Projects In Pittsfield and...

Eversource is now in the permitting stage for two solar projects, tallying some 6.2 megawatts in central Berkshires. The electric company is looking to build a 2.2-megawatt facility on land it owns on Partridge Road in Pittsfield and another 4-megawatt array on Route 7 in Lanesborough. Both... click for more

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North Adams' E3 Academy Creates Mini-Pantry

The students at E3 Academy saw a problem with hunger and came up with a solution: a mini-food pantry. Inspired by the proliferation of Little Lending Libraries in the region, the Give Food Take Food pantry box outside the Vietnam Veterans Post 54 is stocked with canned goods with the idea that... click for more


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North Adams' E3 Academy Creates Mini-Pantry

The students at E3 Academy saw a problem with hunger and came up with a solution: a mini-food pantry. Inspired by the proliferation of Little Lending Libraries in the region, the Give Food Take Food pantry box outside the Vietnam Veterans Post 54 is stocked with canned goods with the idea that people who need it will use it.

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High School Athletes Learn Leadership Lessons

One of the chief lessons of Tuesday's Berkshire County Student-Athlete Leadership Summit was that leaders serve those whom they lead. But featured speaker John Martin gave the 130 high school students gathered in the Boys & Girls Club gym permission to be self-centered ó if just for one day.

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Salvation Army Donates Hundreds of Winter Coats to...

The Veterans Services Office on Tuesday took delivery of nearly 30 bags fillled with warm coats for local veterans. The donation came courtesy of the Salvation Army and was prompted by a chance meeting between office assistant Tina Samson and Capt. Katherine Corno of the local Salvation Army post.

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Pittsfield Fire Makes Terminally Ill 3-Year-Old...

Three-year-old Tony Maschino would hear sirens, look for the lights, and wave to passing fire truck or police cruiser. "This is something he truly loves. He's always been a fan of the Police and Fire departments. We'd be driving down the street and he'd be wanting to put his window down to wave to them. They've always been so kind to him," his mother Stephanie Maschino said.

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Pittsfield Looks to Add Inspection Sticker Clause...

Better keep up with vehicle inspection stickers or you could be soon be breaking city code. Mayor Linda Tyer has put forth a petition which adds language to the junk vehicle code saying any vehicle without a valid state inspection sticker would be illegal to store on property after 48 hours. The petition went before the Ordinance and Rules Subcommittee on Monday and with no discussion, the petition was approved to go back to the full council.

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Williamstown Elementary Principal Lays Out...

Maintaining staff and reinstating programs cut in the fiscal 2017 budget process are among the priorities of Williamstown Elementary School's principal. Joelle Brookner gave a presentation to the School Committee at its Nov. 30 meeting in an order to help the panel understand the budget numbers it will see this winter when it weighs the FY18 budget.

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North Adams Movieplex Holds 'Five For Free' Food...

Those who donate five non-perishable food goods can see a free movie of their choice at the North Adams Movieplex. The downtown theater will hold its annual "Five For Free" food drive Tuesday night to benefit the Berkshire Dream Center.

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Pittsfield Committee to Consider Seat Belts on...

When the wheels on the bus take a hard right turn or hit a speed bump, children can often get tossed out of their seat. That's why the Public Safety Advisory Committee is going to look into possibly getting seatbelts on buses. The discussion comes right on the heels of a crash in Chattanooga, Tenn. in which six children were killed when the bus crashed into a tree. There is no law requiring school buses to have seatbelts in Massachusetts but a few states do. The National Safety Council, an ad

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North Adams Groups Holding Toy & Clothing Drive

The city's emergency responders are teaming up with the Northern Berkshire Family YMCA and North Adams Rotary to conduct a Holiday Toy and Clothing Drive this Thursday, Dec. 8, from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Walmart on Curran Highway.

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Berkshires Beat: Young Democrats Mobilize in...

The meeting attracted high schoolers from Northampton and West Springfield, college students from various campuses and young professionals eager to encourage a rising generation of citizens to participate in public policy and run for office.

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Regional Planners Still Waiting On DLTA Funds To...

BRPC Executive Director Nathaniel Karns wants to help move the Eagle Mill redevelopment along. But, he isn't sure if he'll have the funds to do it. Last year, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission began the process of crafting a 40R zoning overlay district. It is a series of regulations aimed to encourage dense residential and mixed-use zoning districts.

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Clarksburg Welcomes Reserve Officers, Hears From...

Kevin Stant and Samantha Haines were confirmed by the Select Board as reserve patrol officers for the rest of the 2017 fiscal year. Chief Michael Williams introduced the officers, whom he said had completed the reserve intermittent officer training course. They also successfully passed the interview process and background check.

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Attorney General Upholds Williamstown's Waubeeka...

The owner of Waubeeka Golf Links has been chomping at the bit to move forward with a proposal to diversify the property in an effort to preserve the 50-year-old enterprise. After a six-month review of the Waubeeka Overlay District bylaw passed at May's annual town meeting, the Attorney General's Office on Thursday notified the town that the bylaw allowing development of a 120-room inn s approved.

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Berkshire County Arc Holds Annual Meeting

Berkshire County Arc singled out a few of its 700 employees for awards at Friday morning's 62nd annual meeting.

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Live Feed: Pittsfield Lights the Christmas Tree

Pittsfield holds its tree lighting at Park Square with hot cocoa and a visit from Santa Claus.

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Williamstown's Chopsticks Restaurant Reopens

After a six-week closure to address building code issues, a Main Street Chinese restaurant has been cleared to reopen, Town Hall reported Friday morning.

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Larkin Supporting Literacy Network After...

Money donated from the purchase of Larkinís Jane Austen audiobooks will be directed by the Literacy Foundation to support the Literacy Network of South Berkshire, a nonprofit organization with whose mission is to make one-on-one instruction in basic academic skills accessible to adults living or working in southern Berkshire County, where Larkin lives.

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BCF Names Acting Executive Director After CEO's...

Robie, who was senior vice president at Berkshire Children and Families, came to BCF from Vermont in 2015, after 20 years of experience serving children, families and communities in programs that ranged from family support to child permanency.

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Williamstown's Holiday Walk Returns Saturday

Carols, cookies and canines will help lift holiday spirits this weekend in the Village Beautiful. The Williamstown Chamber of Commerce's annual Holiday Walk gets under way at 9 a.m. Saturday morning with the Run with the Reindeer 5-kilometer run and offers up a full day of family-friendly activities.

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