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Former Sonsini Employees Describe 'Toxic' Work Environment

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It would only take one look and Kimberly Wilson's family would tell her, "you need to quit that job." Wilson was hired as a staff member for the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter in September. When her co-worker, the shelter manager, Lori Robertson was escorted off premisis by police, Wilson quit.

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North Adams Committee Mulling Plastic-Bag Ban

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The ban proposal had been raised by Committee Chairman Eric Buddington, who said he had been looking into ban put in place by other communities. About 69 or 70 municipalities in Massachusetts have prohibitions on the plastic bags, with some including polystyrene containers.

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Williamstown Planning Board Pulls All Proposed Bylaw Amendments

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In a series of unanimous votes spread over a 2 1/2-hour public hearing Tuesday, the Planning Board decided to pull all three of the zoning bylaw amendments it had planned to bring before next month's town meeting.

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North Adams Committee Finding Little Business Support for Bag Ban

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Cohen had developed the survey through surveymonkey.com to gather input from businesses. At last week's meeting, a pizzeria owner had indicated owners might be leery of expressing their opinions in public.

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Williamstown Historical Commission Orders Delay on Hoxsey Street Demolition

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Williams College was before the commission with a request to raze the 19th-century Victorian home at 42 Hoxsey St. best known locally as the longtime home of Dagmar Burbriski.

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Pittsfield Finalizes Local Marijuana Ordinance

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When Christopher Swindlehurst and Crispina Ffrench first saw the former Notre Dame Church on Melville Street, they loved it. That was back in 2012. They turned it into a maker's space. It has a commercial kitchen. It is a screen shop. It has a sewing lab. And artisans and small businesses used it to make their goods. But Swindlehurst said the couple doesn't have the resources it needs to provide the upkeep it needs.

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North Adams Library Trustees Reject Idea of Reducing Hours

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Staffing at the library has been an issue for some time now and five full-time employees must cover the 46 hours a week the library is open. Hackner said there are often gaps when employees take time off that cannot be filled with part-time employees and volunteers.

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Williamstown Con Comm Rejects Using Park Land for Cell Tower

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And that one unambiguous objection to the idea was all it took to send Verizon Wireless back to the Zoning Board of Appeals, which this winter suggested that the applicant explore the notion of siting their monopole tower on town-owned land.

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Doe Saved From Adams Flood Chute

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It was a tense afternoon for Animal Control Officer Kim Witek, who rushed to the Winter Street flood chutes on her day off after photos of a doe struggling through the rushing waters surfaced on Facebook.

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Action Plan Developed to Make Berkshires Age Friendly

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The trends are very clear. In just 12 years, around 60 percent of the Berkshire's population will be older than 50 year's old. "Our population in 2010 was 18.5 percent persons over the age 65. And then by 2020, that percentage of older adults is expected to increase to 24 percent," Margaret McDonough, a senior planner with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, said.

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Williamstown's Art Runs Boston to Benefit Disabled Runners Group

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Art will toe the line in Hopkinton this Monday morning for his 16th Boston Marathon. But one of his most memorable experiences in a 26.2-mile event came a couple of hours to south, at the 2013 New York City Marathon.

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Adams Finance Committee Completes Review of Fiscal 2019 Budget

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A vote to approve the town administrator's personal services budget failed with a 1-9 vote because a majority of the committee felt the $95,000 salary cap for the town administrator's salary was out of line.

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Superintendent Candidate Vosburgh Says Adams-Cheshire 'Perfect Fit'

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The School Committee is searching for a replacement for Superintendent Robert Putnam, who is retiring at the end of the school year. At the same time, it is in talks with North Adams about possibly sharing a top administrator.

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North Adams Model Railroad Museum Signs Construction Team

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Officials with the model railroad museum planned for Western Gateway Heritage State Park have signed agreements with Skanska USA and the Gilbane Building Co. to construct the 83,000 square foot building.

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State Representative Mark Preps For State Budget Debate

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State Rep. Paul Mark is looking to create a Berkshire County opioid task force in the budget. Mark has filed an amendment for $250,000 to start the task force with the Berkshire County Sheriff's Office, the Berkshire Opioid Abuse Prevention Coalition, and a number of other organizations tackling the issue.

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George Lucas Buys Rockwell's 'Shuffleton's Barbershop'

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Don Bacigalupi, director of the nonprofit museum, founded by George Lucas, told the The New York Times on Tuesday that the Norman Rockwell painting will be "one of the anchor works of our museum."

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Pittsfield's Carnevale To Lead Governor's W. Mass Office

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MEMA's Regional Manager Patrick Carnevale will lead the governor's western Massachusetts office. Gov. Charlie Baker appointed Carnevali to run the Springfield office. There Carnevale will act as a liaison between the communities in western Massachusetts and the executive branch.

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Williams College Donates $400K Toward Town's New Police Station

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With a nod to the town's construction team, Town Manager Jason Hoch laid out a timeline that has shovels in the ground as early as June 4 and the new police station ready for occupancy in summer 2019.

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Steepleview Realty Celebrates 20 Years

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Jennifer Segala started her business venture on April 1, 1998, and ever since has been going strong.

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Current Sonsini Staff Looks To Move Past Recent Drama

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It's been a distressing few months at the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter because of court cases, contracts, and battles over leadership. But, every morning staff continues to open those doors, feed the dogs and cats, give them medicine, and try to find homes for the stays and surrenders.

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118 Hoosac Valley Eighth-Graders Compete in Science Fair

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The 118 students in the class could work independently or in groups and have been working on their projects for 10 weeks.

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Adams Selectmen Opt for Higher Administrator Salary Range

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The 3-1 vote on Wednesday was prompted by a request by one member of the Finance Committee to deflate the town administrator's salary line item from $95,000 to $80,000 because the member feared the capped salary would only limit the hiring process.

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BRTA Consider Fare Increases, Service Reductions

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The BRTA is prepping for increasing fares and reducing service. Berkshire Regional Transit Authority Administrator Robert Malnati said the state's funding for the organization is flat in the governor's budget.

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Pittsfield Reconvenes Resource Recovery As Trash Talk Starts Over

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The city's Resource Recovery Commission has reconvened after its toter plan was rejected by the City Council. The committee had come together in September of 2016 and for more than a year completed an analysis of the city's curbside trash collection. It settled on a plan to overhaul the trash collection with a toter system eyed to decrease the $3 million cost the city pays for trash disposal, increase the 11 percent recycling rate, and combat blight.

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Superintendent Candidate Bazyk Familiar With Adams-Cheshire Challenges

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The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee held its third superintendent interview on Thursday night with William Bazyk, superintendent of the Battenkill Valley Supervisory Union.

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Legislature Looking at $200M in Chapter 90 Funds; $7.2M for Berkshires

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Some $200 million in Chapter 90 road funds have been approved in both houses of the Legislature for fiscal 2019, with some $7.3 million headed for Berkshire County.

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Rep. Farley-Bouvier named 2018 Provider's Council Legislator of the Year

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The Providers' Council is the state's largest membership association of community health and human services provider organizations, and hosts The Caring Force of professionals and supporters with clients, consumers and their families.

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Pittsfield Police Dog to Receive Protective Vest

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Jango's vest is sponsored by fundraiser hosted by Heather McKibben of HeatherFest in Norton, Mass., and will be embroidered with the sentiment "Donated by HeatherFest in memory of Bill McKibben." Delivery is expected within eight to 10 weeks.

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Pittsfield Council Debates Police Oversight, or Advisory, Committee

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The City Council agrees with having a citizen's committee to peer into the Police Department. But, it is more a matter of whose terms. That's how City Council President phrased it in the final hours of Tuesday night, as the City Council spent a lengthy amount of time on a petition from resident Craig Gaetani to establish a police oversight committee. The councilors hadn't really disagreed with the principles of such a committee, but rather, whether it should be a new committee created under t

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Youth Conference Inspires Teens To Become 'Tools of Change'

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Zoe Hypolite watched as Hurricane Maria devastated her home country of Dominica. She knew something had to be done to help. She started fundraising.

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Dozen Pittsfield Projects Vie For Community Preservation Funds

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A total of $823,026 was requested of the Community Preservation Act funds. But, the committee will only able to fund less than half of that. The committee will have somewhere between $370,000 and $390,000 for recreation and historic preservation projects.

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Adams to Move Forward With Bellevue Garage Project

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EDM Architecture engineer Jeromy Richardson and architect Tim Widman and interim Town Administrator Donna Cesan met with the commission on Tuesday to go over revamped plans that have brought the project under the $105,000 budget.

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