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Pittsfield Council Has Little Luck With Spectrum Cable

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No matter how much the City Council and residents complain about the loss of local programming, Spectrum Cable will not be bringing it back. Melinda Kinney of Charter Communications told the council Wednesday night that the WWLP 22 and WCVB 5 Boston cost too much to bring back to the area. The national company had made a decision that it will not pay extra to carry the channels that are considered "out of market."

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Pittsfield Resident Sues School Committee Over Indigenous Peoples Day

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A city resident is suing for $75,000 over alleged "pain, suffering and emotional distress" caused by the School Committee's decision to change the name of Columbus Day on the school calendar to Indigenous Peoples Day. Alexander Blumin filed a lawsuit in Berkshire Superior Court against the entire School Committee except for Joshua Cutler, the city of Pittsfield, and Human Rights Commission Chairman Drew Herzig. Blumin argues that the School Committee used deceptive practices and broke state l

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Alzheimer's Partnership Seeks To Bring 'Purple Tables' To Berkshires

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Jenifer Apazidis remembers going out to eat with her mother, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Her mother was diagnosed at age 59 and looked completely young and healthy.

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Clarksburg Welcomes New Superintendent Franzoni

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Franzoni, who was principal of Brayton Elementary School in North Adams, was hired in June to replace retiring superintendent Jon Lev.

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Scooter-User Threatened With Fines on Rail Trail

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The state Department of Conservation and Recreation has confirmed that rules that ban the use of motorized vehicles such as snowmobiles or motorcycles don't apply to adaptive equipment such as scooters and wheelchairs.

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North Adams Arts Commission Authority Change Draws Protest

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Mayor Thomas Bernard submitted an amended ordinance to the City Council that removes the commission's control on approving public art installations, turning it into a recommending body on par with certain other city boards, and also addressing a host of grammatical and word changes.

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North Adams Planners OK Lodging, Coffeehouse Plans for Wigwam

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Owner and manager Wayne Gelinas appeared before the Planning Board on Monday with a presentation on how he will restore the closed gift shop, rebuild cabins and turn the residence into a wine and coffee bar. He anticipates the renovations and construction would be done in three phases.

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Adams to Look at Food Vendor Policy

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The board last week decided to review the food truck policy and perhaps craft a new one that limits last-minute inspections.

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End of Session Review 2018: John Barrett III

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State Rep. John Barrett said he is in the mindset of at least making a little bit of progress at a time. That's why he is disappointed there couldn't be some consensus at the statehouse on education and health care. Neither of those bills ultimately passed the legislature and Barrett said he wished at least something could have been done on each topic and then continued next year.

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Pittsfield Police Unions Respond to Allegations Made During Council Meeting

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As the job of a police officer becomes "more dangerous and thankless each and every day," Igor Greenwald "belittled" the good work officers do, so says the police unions. Greenwald has been behind an effort to create a Police Oversight Committee and at a recent subcommittee shared shorties and brought others to testify about negative interactions with police. Greenwald contends there is a "a whole basket of bad apples" in the Police Department and an oversight committee to handle complaints o

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Rhode Island Edges Pittsfield Little Leaguers in New England Title Game

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Coventry, R.I., Sunday defeated the Pittsfield American Little League All-Stars in Sunday's New England Regional title game.

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Cheshire to Pave Three Roads

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Out of 100, Maple Drive scores 39, West Mountain Road 36 and the section of Wells Road, scored a 42.

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Defense, Homers Propel Pittsfield Little Leaguers to Regional Final

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The Pittsfield American Little League All-Stars Wednesday advanced to Saturday's New England Regional Championship Game.

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Pittsfield Little League Goes 2-0 at New England Regional

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The Pittsfield American Little League All-Stars Monday defeated Saco, Maine, at the New England Regional.

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UNO Community Center Celebrates New Park

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It was three years ago that the UNO Community Center opened in a former tavern on River Street. Purchased and renovated by Wadsworth what he calls "impact investing" the center provided the first permanent home for the neighborhood group founded by Davis in 1990.

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Mount Greylock's Paris Heads to N.C. to Compete for Spot on National Team

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Mount Greylock Regional School rising freshman Derek Paris has earned a spot on the National Team Identification Series Team New England.

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Cheshire Needs to Fix Fire Station Roof

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St. John, who serves as superintendent of building and grounds, said the repair of this small portion of the roof is estimated to cost $64,566. This, with the $24,000 the town originally allocated to make the repairs plus other smaller costs, brings the amount to approximately $95,000.

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Volunteers Replant Vandalized Eagle Street Park

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But sometime Tuesday night between 8:30 and the discovery at 10:15 one or more persons entered the dark park and trashed the plantings. Staff at Desperados restaurant nearby did their best to replant what they could.

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Adams to Address Safety Concerns at Russell Field

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With the Russell Field Renovation Project delayed at least another season, the Parks Commission agreed to put efforts into resolving a few safety issues at the park specifically with the softball field.

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Pittsfield Seeking New Location for Police Shooting Range

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Neighbors had concerns with the Utility Drive shooting range regarding safety and noise. They raised concerns over zoning and the proximity to the homes with children. The Police Department issued an order to halt the live fire training, though police will still use it for other types of training.

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Little League Notebook: Rhody Rally Sets Rematch with Pittsfield AL

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The Pittsfield American Little League All-Stars Saturday play Coventry, R.I., for the New England Championship.

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Lanesborough Sorting Out Who's on Roadkill Duty

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A deer died naturally but was laying on the side of the Ore Bed Road. It was bloated and "ready to explode." Sources haven't confirmed the actual conversation but iBerkshires can imagine it went something like this: "I'm not touching it," said a highway worker. "Call the animal control officer."

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Smoking Materials Blamed for Fire at North Adams American Legion

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A fire was reported as being in the walls of the American Legion Drive structure shortly after 8 p.m. on Saturday. At least two dozen people were evacuated from the building and firefighters were quickly on the scene -- the fire station is across the street from the post.

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Construction Wrapping Up at New Taconic High School

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For all intents and purposes, the new Taconic High School building is done. A temporary certificate of occupancy has been granted and administrative staff has been working out of the new $120.8 million building. The teacher's supplies sit in boxes in each room and next week they'll start unpacking and setting up the classrooms.

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Pittsfield Little Leaguers Carry Mass. Banner to New England Regional

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The Pittsfield American Little League All-Stars head to Bristol, Conn., Sunday for the New England Regional.

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Lever Demo Day Celebrates Entrepreneurship

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The daylong event held at Greylock Works was an opportunity for local startups to display their visions and progress and for the finale of the North Adams Arts Enterprise Challenge that saw the prize go to Eric Schimelpfenig of Fabber.

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Veterans War Memorial Tower Rededicated as National Monument

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In the 100th years since World War 1 came to an end, state officials and veterans groups have rededicated the War Memorial Tower. The Veterans War Memorial Tower is now designated as a national monument by the U.S. World War 1 Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum and Library.

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Jazz Camp to Be Hosted at Hoosac Valley

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Berkshire County jazz students will get a week of face time with five professional New York City musicians that will culminate in a live performance at the Bounti-Fare.

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North Adams Eagle Street Project Celebrated

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On Wednesday evening during the annual Downtown Celebration, there was a pause to cut a blue ribbon strung between the brand-new eagle medallions marking the exit of the historic street.

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Habitat's Long-awaited Condo Project Hits Permitting Snag

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Habitat for Humanity's long-awaited Gordon Deming condominium project will continue to be long-awaited. Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity is now thinking it will be unlikely to break ground on the $1.1 million project this fall as it works through the permitting process. The project was heralded by city and state officials when Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, who awarded a $425,000 grant toward it last November but lining up permitting had proven to be a challenge.

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Cheshire May Take Over Private Water System

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Town officials were initially hesitant to take the water system because they knew it had issues. The Water Department was not interested either.

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Auditor: PEDA's Unrestricted Funds Continue to Dwindle

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An urgency to develop the William Stanley Business Park continues to grow as another year has gone by without a significant windfall of income for the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority. PEDA has been spending approximately $305,000 in General Electric settlement money per year to supplement its operations. That account has dwindled down over the years without a significant boon in revenue to replenish it and if the current trends continue, PEDA will be out of available funds by 2024.

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Adams Ale House Holds Grand Opening

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Williams and the Landers took over after Girard informed the Selectmen in February that he planned to lease the building. They stuck with the Adams Ale House name and held a soft opening in July to test the waters but since then have expanded their menu and offerings.

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Local Students Graduate From College-Sponsored Summer Academy

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The Summer Academy program, first instituted in 2016, has been designed to give motivated young adults a headstart into college by providing them with two free college courses; Statistics 101 and English 101, both of which award three college credits upon completion.

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Tape Grass Has Returned to Cheshire Reservoir

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The town was last plagued by the weed in 2016 and had to bring in SOLitude Lake Management to clean up the lake with a rake type mechanism called a harvester.

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Mount Greylock Board Creates Oversight Panels for Next Phases

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The board had determined to move in that direction at last month's meeting but had held off on approving the $173,600 required for architects Perkins Eastman in Boston to develop planning documents and permitting for the building.

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Year-Long BHS Diabetes Prevention Program Seeking Participants

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Space for this program is limited, and successful applicants will be accepted through a risk-assessment questionnaire. The program begins in September.

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The Independent Investor: Turmoil in Turkey

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There will be no "contagion." What is happening in Turkey is truly a "Tempest in a Teapot" that bears little resemblance to the crisis in Greece several years ago. Yet, over the last week, Turkey's currency, the lira, fell to record lows, interest rates skyrocketed, and their stock market cratered.

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Little League Notebook: Pittsfield Faces Tough Task Wednesday Against Rhode Island

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The Pittsfield American Little League All-Stars are one win away from playing for the New England Regional Championship.

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Habitat for Humanity Aims to Break Ground on Williamstown Project in Spring

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Habitat for Humanity, which was chosen by the town's Affordable Housing Trust to build two single-family homes at the corner of Cole Avenue and Maple Street, is looking for help from a local resident or business.

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