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North Adams Hosts 9th Annual Motorama

The event is free and open to the public and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Main Street, Holden Street and Eagle Street, which will be closed to all but pedestrian traffic. click for more

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Clarksburg Officials Approve Road Projects From...

Road Foreman Kyle Hurlbut has been chomping at the bit to get bids out for shimming and paving on three roads: Henderson, School and Gleason. But, he said, he wanted to make sure the Select Board would endorse his choices since it would be coming out of the $1 million borrowing authorized earlier... click for more

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North Adams Airport to Approve RFP Next Month

The Airport Commission expects to approve a request for proposals for the terminal restaurant in the next month. click for more

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Cheshire Faces Tough Decision With Trailer Park...

The Board of Selectmen meeting was called to order Tuesday with five members for the first time in town history. After a quick and warm welcome to both new board members, it was down to business. click for more

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'EforAll' Touches Down in Berkshire County

A group of local, community, and business leaders introduced the Berkshire chapter of EforAll at co-working space Framework on North Street on Monday morning. click for more

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Junior Achievement Recognizes Founder Murray Crane

A century ago, Sen. Winthrop Murray Crane joined with two other prominent business leaders to create an organization that would help prepare young people for careers in an industrialized society. Junior Achievement, now an international organization, has touched the lives of more than 100... click for more

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Pittsfield's Ward 6 Candidates Vow to Serve...

Four names will be on the preliminary ballot but only three candidates showed for the debate held by the Pittsfield Gazette and hosted at Berkshire Community College. The moderator was radio host Larry Kratka and Pittsfield Community Television aired the event. click for more

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Pittsfield Community Development Approves Two...

The Community Development Board approved two site plans Tuesday for marijuana cultivation establishments. click for more

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North Adams Happenings: Aug. 21-27

AUGUST 29th - DownStreet Art DownStreet Art, the last-Thursday-of-the-month popup program of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (MCLA BCRC), returns to downtown North Adams from 5-8 p.m. on August 29, 2019. As always, DownStreet Art is free and open to the... click for more


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Adams-Cheshire Taps Pittsfield Principal For...

After brief discussion at its regular meeting Monday, the School Committee unanimously voted to hire the principal of Pittsfield's Crosby Elementary School as the district's new top administrator.

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Clarksburg Eyeing Master Plan to Prioritize...

The Select Board has been considering long-range planning for some time — particularly since the failure of the school project vote in 2017. The issue was raised two weeks ago at a School Committee meeting during discussions about the repairs being attempted at the school.

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River Street's East End Closed for Pole...

Police reported that the pole was struck in a motor vehicle accident on Monday morning. The pole is located by Dave's Package Store at the corner of Eagle and River.

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Trustees Tour Conditions at North Adams Library

Building Inspector William Meranti led a tour of the library — from basement to belvedere — last week and pointed out ongoing, new, and addressed maintenance items.

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Marchetti Wants to Continue Providing...

City Council President Peter Marchetti feels he's brought "professional leadership" to the city and he wants to continue doing so. Marchetti is again seeking re-election to the council - it'll be his ninth campaign for council and 10th for elected office - in the last two decades. He's had what he calls a "political rollercoaster" when it campaigns - he's either one of the top voter getters or he loses - since his first unsuccessful run for council in 1999.

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Suffrage Centennial Committee Kicks Off Yearlong...

About 75 people filled The Manor on Saturday afternoon for the kickoff event of a yearlong celebration of Susan B. Anthony and the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote.

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Jack's Hot Dog Contest Crowns Local Champ, Raises...

Kevin Strahle traveled all the way from his home in New Jersey to compete in the Jack's Hot Dog Stand eating contest on Eagle Street on a sweltering Saturday. But because of some late intestinal distress, he did not take the title home with him.

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Adams Appoints Two More Police Officers

New appointments have been a regular event in the past year after the town dissolved the cumbersome Civil Service that limited who the town could hire.

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Moon Looks to Bring Diverse Views to Council in...

At a ward meeting, Helen Moon was elated to see a young woman in her 20s take a seat in the audience. At ward meetings and at the polls, it is often the same group of people making their voices heard. But this woman wasn't someone Moon had heard much from in the past so it made her happy to see more and more people involved.

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New Williams Inn Opens on Spring Street

The $32 million, 64-room hotel at the bottom of Spring and Latham streets replaces the 100-room original hotel at Field Park that closed on July 31. The older inn, purchased by Williams College in 2014, was considered outdated and energy inefficient for an institution that's committed itself to sustainabilility.

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Youth Works Participants Honored in Pittsfield

The program is intended to provide coaching and mentorship to help young people take the first step in their careers. It has been ongoing in Pittsfield for 15 years, and for the last six Guardian Life Insurance has contributed.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 16-22

The next Food for Thought Dinner at Hancock Shaker Village will feature local author Jim Shepard. The critically acclaimed fiction writer will discuss his first work of non-fiction, The Tunnel at the End of the Light, which explores the way the movies have shaped our understanding of ourselves as Americans, for better or for worse. 6 p.m.

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Adams-Cheshire Committee Interviews Superintendent...

The full committee on Thursday interviewed superintendent candidates Aaron Dean, principal of Pittsfield's Crosby Elementary School, and Beth Choquette, principal of Northampton's Bridge Street School. Both have previously worked for Adams-Cheshire.

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Mazzeo Presses Tyer On Capital Projects Never...

The cracked and worn steps to City Hall stood between two mayoral candidates Tuesday night. Councilor At Large and mayoral candidate Melissa Mazzeo and Mayor Linda Tyer sparred during the City Council meeting over the lack of repairs to those steps. In 2015, a storm led to significant flooding in the basement of City Hall and damaged records.

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OLLI Forum Delves Into Issue of Ageism

At one point, Ashton Applewhite's biggest fear was that she'd end up "drooling in an institution" when she got old. She was worried about memory loss. She didn't want to live a depressed life. Getting old was not something she wanted to even think about. But something changed when she embarked on a project writing about people over the age of 80 and still working.

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BCC Hosts Pittsfield Ward, Mayoral Debates for...

Berkshire Community College is hosting the Pittsfield's Ward 5 and Ward 6 debates on Monday, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m. in the Koussevitzky Arts Center, Room K-111, at its main campus, 1350 West St.

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Pittsfield Council Continues Discussion On...

For the third time in four months, the City Council said it wants to have a full conversation about downtown parking. But it still hasn't determined how to do that - whether that means hiring a consultant or doing it internally. On Tuesday, the council agreed to have the city solicitor craft an order to have the newly constructed Summer Street surface lot have 90 minutes of free parking instead of the current 30 minutes. But not before many councilors pled for a wider examination of the overa

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New Owners of Chick's in Adams Plan Reopening

The Selectmen's License Subcommittee reviewed an all-alcohol license transfer for the bar on Wednesday that would allow the new owners of 128 Colombia St. to re-establish the pub.

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Pittsfield City Council Accepts Increased Chapter...

City Council approved a spending plan for the nearly $1.3 million Chapter 70 increase that will improve the district's alternative school and fill staffing gaps.

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