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New Suspected Pittsfield Arsonist Arraigned

A man accused of setting fires in four places in September was arraigned in Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday. Phillip Jordan is facing four counts of burning a dwelling house. He was ordered by Judge John Agostini to be held without bail. Jordan is being represented by Attorney Rinaldo Del... click for more

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New The Independent Investor: Economic Prosperity in...

The stock market is once again approaching historical highs. Unemployment is at multi-year lows. Interest rates and inflation, if not at record lows, are close to it. The president claims we are enjoying the strongest economy in our nation's history. Is that true? click for more

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Adams Votes to Offer Town Administrator Post to...

The Selectmen on Wednesday voted to offer the position of town administrator to Jay Green, an attorney and former administrative officer for the city of North Adams. click for more

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Krens Railroad Museum Going for Main Street Impact

The Redevelopment Authority on Tuesday approved the transformation of the former Sleepy's location in the L-shaped mall into the headquarters of Krens' Global Cultural Asset Management, a design firm specializing in museum and cultural infrastructure and management. click for more

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Berkshires Beat: CATA Artists 'Making Waves' at...

The exhibit opens Feb. 27 and features paintings by CATA artists who use the innovative Artistic Realization Technologies (A.R.T.) technique to create their work. click for more

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Tyer Pitches Program To Help Residents Make Home...

Mayor Linda Tyer is looking to help residents who improve their homes. Tyer announced "At Home in Pittsfield," a program in which the city will provide zero-interest loans to residents for undertaking certain home improvement projects. The effort is one aimed to improve the again housing stock... click for more

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Wintry Mix Could Slicken Roads Overnight Into...

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory from 7 p.m. Wednesday to 10 a.m. Thursday. The advisory predicts "mixed accumulation" - up to 2 inches of snow and up to one-tenth of an inch of ice. click for more

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North Adams Happenings: Feb. 20-26

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

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North Adams City Council Delays Vote on Mohawk...

Several councilors expressed concern that the council and city would lose control over aspects of the landmark theater based on the language in the request for proposals and that there were too many unanswered questions. click for more


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Holiday Hours: Presidents Day

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The Lantern Reopened In...

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Mount Greylock Committee Finalizes Teacher...

By a 6-0 vote, the committee voted to accept the terms of the contract that previously had been approved by the union, bringing to a close months of negotiation that included a brief work action by teachers at the start of the 2018-19 academic year.

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Farley-Bouvier Pushes Bill to Raise Tipped Workers...

State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier is calling for the elimination of a lower wage for tipped workers. The Pittsfield Democrat joined other lawmakers and Restaurant Opportunities Center on Wednesday at the statehouse to introduce a bill that will gradually raise the minimum wage for tipped workers until it matches the minimum wage for all other industries.

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Mount Greylock Gets Access to School's Auditorium

Mount Greylock Superintendent Kimberley Grady said Monday that the district has received a certificate of occupancy for the middle-high school, an approval that includes use of the school's auditorium.

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Williamstown Con Comm OKs Marijuana Farm

The Conservation Commission on Thursday approved plans for an outdoor marijuana plantation near the Green River. But one member of the panel abstained from the decision, citing a potential conflict between the production and sale of the drug and federal law.

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Berkshire House Delegation Gets Committee...

State Rep. Paul Mark will again chair the House Committee on Redistricting. Mark was chair for the last two years and will continue to work as the Census begins. The population numbers gathered by the Census is followed by the state redrawing the lines for both the federal and state districts. Mark added that it also affects a significant number of federal and state grant programs which are based on per capita.

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McCann School Committee Endorses $9.6M Budget for...

The committee members had few questions about what Superintendent James Brosnan referred to as "vanilla" fiscal 2020 budget that will increase by $220,769.

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Williamstown Looking at Hike in Transfer Station...

Hoch gave the board a broad strokes preview of the budget he will present to the town's Finance Committee. While there was good news on several fronts, the transfer station is a sour note.

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Computer Bug Offers Expanded Services in New...

The Computer Bug offers a wide variety of services including free diagnostics, repair and service of both Mac and Windows PCs, and the sale of new and used computers, parts, and accessories.

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Mount Greylock Notifies Families of Missed Water...

At Thursday's School Committee meeting, Superintendent Kimberley Grady informed the committee of the omission in the campus's regular testing protocol for radium.

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Adams Sees New Regional School District's Amended...

The joint meeting on Wednesday included members of the Regional Agreement Amendment Committee who outlined the major changes in the agreement.

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WinterFest Draws Hundreds to Downtown North Adams

This year's annual Chowder Cook-off saw 348 ballots cast for the People's Choice Award and write-ins for the most unique chowder "Only in North Adams" out of the nine contestants.

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The Lantern Reopened In Pittsfield

For a century The Lantern has been a stalwart landmark in the city's downtown. Thousands of people have eaten in the restaurant at the corner of Linden and North and it had remained through generations of changes to the city's downtown. But, in 2017, Mark Papas decided it was time to close it.

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Adams Holds Town Administrator Interviews

The town has been without a permanent town administrator for more than a year. A first posting for the position failed to attract enough qualified candidates and the job was put on hold and reposted at the beginning of this year.

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Clarksburg Officials Want Solar Arrays to Pay...

Town officials estimate that taxing the two ground-mounted arrays could bring in upwards of $27,000 but recent rulings by the Appellate Tax Board have found in favor of industrial solar arrays because of a state law exempting solar facilities.

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1Berkshire Calls For 'New Narrative' of Berkshire...

The Berkshire economy is growing, according to 1Berkshire. The economic development agency said some $1 billion worth of investment has been made in the county in just the last three years. Now, the organization is asking the business community to embrace a "new narrative" of the county's economic future and has put forth Berkshire Blueprint 2.0, an economic development plan for future growth.

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Hinds, Barrett Call on Big Y to Work With Adams...

The town's two state lawmakers are calling on Big Y to work more closely with local officials during the grocery's closing and expected transfer to a new owner.

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Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 13

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Holiday Hours: Presidents Day

Washington's Birthday will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 18.

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