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Mazzucco Leaving Adams Post for Eastern Massachusetts

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Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco will leave his post and take a new position as the general manager of Norwood.

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Clarksburg Voters Grappling With Big School Project Numbers

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The town's share of the reconstruction/addition of the 65-year-old school would be $7.7 million, or about $350,000 a year, for 40 years. That's $3.25 on the tax rate and a total payoff of nearly $15 million.

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Drury High Senior Presented With Superintendent's Award

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Superintendent Barbara Malkas got to do one of the "nicest" parts of her job on Wednesday night: Recognizing an outstanding student. She awarded senior Cady Denning with the Certificate of Academic Excellence from the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents.

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Changes To Curbside Trash Pick Up On City Council Agenda

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A proposal to overhaul the curbside trash pickup system is heading to the City Council. Mayor Linda Tyer has put forth a request to move to a toter system, with which residents will be provided a 45-gallon tote for trash and a 95-gallon tote for recycling. Those totes allow for Republic Services to use trucks with automated arms.

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Barrett Cruises to 1st Berkshire Victory

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The former North Adams mayor was considered a shoe-in for the general election after defeating three fellow Democrats in the primary last month. He swept over Republican Christine Canning with all but Florida and Hancock reporting in. No Republican has held the seat in more than 30 years.

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Momentum Growing Locally Behind Outdoor Recreation Economy

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The Berkshires recently hosted a meeting with the Legislature's Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development. 1Berkshire Director of Marketing Lindsey Schmid stood up before the group and began to tell the story about the importance of tourism in the Berkshires. But she didn't start with Tanglewood. Nor did she start with the Clark or MassMoCA. She started with mountain biking, hiking, and snowshoeing.

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One Man's Mission: A Book For Every Child

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That's because research shows that even from very young ages, children soak in the vocabulary and language skills that books help teach, especially when parents take the initiative to make reading a more interactive experience by encouraging age-appropriate discussion about the pictures and themes.

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North Adams Council OKs Tax Rates for Fiscal 2018

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The council approved the split tax rate that will see the residential rate rise about 4 percent, up from $17.67; the commercial rate will rise about 3 percent, from $38.54 to $39.85 per $1,000 valuation. A single family home assessed at $138,300 would see another $123 on the tax bill.

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Pittsfield Health Officials Want To Curb Tick-borne Illnesses

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The Board of Health is considering its options to reduce the spread of tick-borne diseases. The Health Department has been noticing a steady increase in tick-borne illnesses recently and is now wondering what options it has to help control it.

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Clarksburg Students to Hold Gaming Fundraiser For Veterans

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Clarksburg Elementary students will host "Soldiers, Dice, & Dragons" this Veterans Day to raise awareness and money for local homeless veterans through Soldier On.

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Williamstown's Spruces Committee Talks About Progress at Site

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Working within the constraints of what is allowed on the site, the town has been able to make modifications to make the acreage friendlier for hikers, bird-watchers and dog walkers while also managing it in a manner that encourages pollinator activity on the property, Public Works Director Tim Kaiser told the committee.

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'Vote For Susan' Project to Kick Off in Adams

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Project organizer Virginia Duval told the Selectmen last week that her group was inspired by Centennial Celebration Committee, who are organizing events to mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in 2020, and developed a program to promote voter participation in Adams.

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Cheshire Eliminates Insurance for Elected Officials

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After months of deliberation, the board unanimously voted Tuesday to eliminate insurance for those who work less than 20 hours a week for the town in order to save money.

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Dalton Signs Community Compact With Polito; IT Upgrades Planned

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Technology moves fast. The government doesn't. For Dalton, the technology government uses is behind the times. The Town Hall doesn't have a server to back up files and documents. Town officials are saving things to flash drives and filing paperwork.

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North County Gives Back To Veterans

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Local businesses and organizations are giving back to veterans this weekend. Union Street barber Gus Jammalo is offering free haircuts to any veteran this year.

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Blue Heron Tangled in Fishing Line Rescued From Flood Chutes

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A blue heron trapped in fishing line in the Hoosic River flood chutes for nearly week was rescued Friday afternoon.

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Cleanup, Remediation Part of Greylock Works Redevelopment

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The mill's been in industrial use for more than 100 years, including for its original use for textiles, as well as the burning and storing of coal, machining, storage and for aluminum anodizing, which is responsible for most of the contamination found on the site.

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North Adams Redevelopment Authority Agrees Reduce Restaurant Rent

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A financially shaky Redevelopment Authority has agreed to reduce the rent for the Freight Yard Pub to keep funds flowing to manage its debt. The restaurant had began witholding rent this past spring until the authority addressed what it claimed were poor conditions in Western Gateway Heritage State Park.

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Williamstown & Lanesborough Approve School Regionalization

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Within minutes of each other — and several miles apart — voters at the special town meetings in Lanesborough and Williamstown easily passed motions to create one regionalized school district for its children in kindergarten through Grade 12.

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Adams Plans To Restore Cook Street Mill

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The town will try to salvage the Cook Street grain elevator and remediate the area in hopes of turning it into a park. Director of Community Development Donna Cesan asked the Selectmen to endorse a grant application to secure up to $200,000 in Brownfield funds from the Environmental Protection Agency to remediate the former Hoosac Valley Coal and Grain Property.

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Pittsfield Councilors Want More Details For West Side Youth Center Project

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The city is set to ask the Westside Neighborhood Initiative to flesh out the details of possibly building a new youth center on the west side. The City Council's Economic and Community Development Subcommittee is recommending that a petition from Valerie Hamilton to construct the new center on Dewey Avenue be sent to the initiative. Hamilton was asking for the city to use property currently eyed for a park.

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Hoosac Valley Elementary Finding Success

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Hoosac Valley Elementary School Principal Michele Colvin says despite all the changes in the district, the elementary school is unifying and thriving. Colvin said the school had to reinvent itself and even created a new mascot, the "Lil’ 'Canes," and a new motto, Together Everyone Achieves More or TEAM.

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Richmond Celebrates Renovation of Town Beach, Boat Dock

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The state completed a $95,000 renovation of the town beach and boat dock. The Department of Fish and Game's Office of Fishing and Boating Access spent this summer improving drainage, adding handicap access, creating fishing stations, and building a new dock for easy access into kayaks and other boats.

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New Supervisor Hired On Mount Greylock

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Becky Barnes, trails coordinator for the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, told the Greylock Advisory Council last week that Lanesborough native Travis Clairmont has taken the position.

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Court Gives Museum OK to Proceed With Art Sale

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The Berkshire Museum's planned art sale will go forward. Judge John Agostini denied a request for a preliminary injunction, pausing the Sotheby's auction of some 40 pieces of artwork, starting next week and extending into March. Members of the Rockwell family, other donors, and Attorney General Maura Healey filed for the injunction to at least delay the sale. The two hoped for a restraining order of the auctions that are scheduled for next week.

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Lanesborough to Join Mosquito Control Project

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A mosquito control program will start in the spring following an affirmative vote at Tuesday's special town meeting. Lanesborough becomes the ninth town the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project will operate in. The state-backed agency focuses on reducing mosquito populations and monitoring for infectious disease outbreaks.

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Lanesborough Restaurant, Neighbor Take Dispute to Selectmen

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The Board of Selectmen are hoping for a peaceful resolution to an ugly neighbor dispute between a local business and its residential neighbor. The Selectmen have fielded complaints from Stephen Ciepiela regarding Matt Reilly's. Ciepiela lives next door and says the restaurant is blaring music until late at night. He says he can hear it clear inside his home at 11 p.m. at night with the windows closed.

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Mediator Helping Cheshire, Adams Officials With Communication

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Selectmen Chairman Robert Ciskowski told his colleagues on Tuesday that the initial "Community Paradigm Working Group" meeting between several select, finance and school officials of the two towns was productive.

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Persip, Moon Join Incumbents on Pittsfield City Council

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Helen Moon was arguably the most visible candidate among those seeking seats on the City Council this year. Moon had organized a high energy campaign for Ward 1 as she looked to fill a vacancy being created by Lisa Tully's decision not to run for re-election.

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Senate Passes Amendment To Help Volunteer Ambulance Services

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Some relief for struggling volunteer services is making its way through the legislative process. The state Senate passed a health care bill Thursday night which included an amendment from Sen. Adam Hinds that alleviates the staffing requirements of an ambulance in rural towns. Currently, two emergency medical technicians are required to be on every basic life support transports.

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Williamstown Town Meeting OKs Police Station Land Purchase, Zoning Bylaws

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Voters OK’d the $300,000 acquisition of .42 acres on Simonds Road (U.S. Route 7), including the building that used to be the Turner House for veterans. When the non-profit Turner House announced its plan to suspend operations, the town in October 2016 the site as a potential site to replace the crowded and inadequate home for the Williamstown Police Department at Town Hall.

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Mount Greylock Building Committee Discusses Reasons Behind 'Change Orders'

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The Mount Greylock School Building Committee recently further clarified the concept of "change orders" that have begun to affect the building project's budget in a modest way.

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Adams Selectmen Say Goodbye to Mazzucco

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Tony Mazzucco attended his final Selectmen's meeting on Wednesday and was met with applause for his service to the town. The town administrator has taken the post of general manager of Norwood and is leaving to move closer to where he grew up.

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Holiday Hours: Veterans Day

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Veterans Day is being celebrated Saturday, Nov. 11. It is a federal holiday to commemorate the service of the nation's military veterans in ensuring peace.

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2017 Fall Foliage Festival Leaf Hunt Winners & Locations

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The annual Fall Foliage Leaf hunt, a traditional popular feature of Fall Foliage Festival Week, has returned after a hiatus of one year. It starts Saturday. This year the committee has revealed that there will be 20 colorful leaves hidden in North Adams, Adams, Cheshire, Florida and Williamstown.

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Biz Briefs: North Adams Edward Jones Office Supports Northern Berkshire Santa Fund Toy Drive

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Local residents may help needy children in the area by bringing in a new, unwrapped toy to the office, 71 Main Street, North Adams, during regular business hours from Nov. 1 through Dec. 1. Especially needed are LEGOs and baby dolls of all types, as well as board games and books.

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Pittsfield Celebrates Veterans Day

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With temperatures in the teens Saturday morning, the city of Pittsfield honored veterans of all wars with a parade and ceremony. At 10 a.m. marchers and vehicles left City Hall and proceeded down North Street, onto South Street, and concluded at the Veterans Memorial on South Street.

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Waterstone Will Continue to Pursue Pittsfield Project

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Waterstone fully intends to move forward with a development at the William Stanley Business Park. The company has spent five years and hundreds of thousands of dollars designing the project, which had been aimed at bringing a Walmart Supercenter to the site 16.5-acre site known as the teens.

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Lanesborough, Williamstown Voters Face School Regionalization Question Tuesday

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At contemporaneous town meetings in each community, residents will be asked whether to consolidate the three schools of the Tri-District into a single, expanded Mount Greylock Regional School District. If they do so, the current practice of electing a separate school committee for each elementary school will be a thing of the past, and the budgets for both preK-6 schools will be incorporated into a single spending plan that voters will be asked to approve each spring at Annual Town Meeting.

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North Adams Council Accepts Land for Bike Path

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The city is planning to piggyback the 1-mile section in North Adams informally named for the late state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, a longtime bike path proponent, onto the 2.5-mile route in Williamstown to tap into soon-to-expire federal scenic byway money.

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