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Chenaille Neighborhood Unhappy With North Adams Bike Path Plans

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Residents of the Chenaille Terrace cul-de-sac remain unconvinced that changes on the proposed bike path would ensure their privacy and security. More than a dozen neighbors walked the roughly outlined pathway that skirts their back yards on Thursday with city and state officials.

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Pittsfield Metered Parking Generating Revenue Below Estimates

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With half of a year in the books, the parker meter program isn't turning the revenues an early pro-forma supposed. But, it is still producing more revenue than the city took in previously. The meters went live at the start of the year though accepting revenue was deferred for a few weeks at first and at the halfway mark the meters have taken in $62,577 in revenue. Meanwhile, it had cost the city to date were $20,172, according to Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood. Should that trend cont

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Mass MoCA Architects Propose Redevelopment of Windsor Mill

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Simeon Bruner of Cambridge Development Corp., and principal of Bruner /Cott Architects, has offered $465,000 for the historic mill with the pledge to invest a minimum of $400,000 on facade and capital improvements within the next three years.

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BMC, Nurses Return to Bargaining as Strike Hangs Over Head

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In the middle of a strike authorization vote and the union filing charges against the hospital with the National Labor Relations Board, the Massachusetts Nursing Association and Berkshire Medical Center return to the bargaining table Thursday in hopes to come to an agreement on a new contract.

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Adams Conservation Commission Wants Vehicles Off Glen Trails

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The Conservation Commissioned is concerned with motorized vehicles on the developing Greylock Glen trail network. The commission had only good things to say about the new trail system currently under development by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, however, it noted that all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes have been damaging the trails.

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New Pan-Asian Restaurant Opens in North Adams

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The new Meng's Pan-Asian Restaurant opened quietly on Tuesday in the Berkshire Plaza after two months of renovations in the former China Buffet space.

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Lanesborough FinCom Looks to State For Help With Retiree Health Care

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With support from the last election, Finance Committee Chairman Ray Jones is now calling on the state legislature to allow the town to increase the percentage retirees pay for health insurance. Jones had requested a ballot question on the town election to "change the health insurance premium contribution rate for eligible town retirees from town's share 85 percent and retirees' share 15 percent to town's share 70 percent and retirees share 30 percent."

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Berkshire County Education Task Force's Single-District Solution Surprises Its Chair

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The chairman of the Berkshire County Education Task Force says he was as surprised as anyone when the group voted to recommend a single school district for the county's 30 towns and two cities. But John Hockridge is convinced that the proposal makes sense for students and taxpayers alike.

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Pittsfield's Clapp Park Could Be Next To See Major Upgrades

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Clapp Park could see a major upgrade in the coming years. The city has partnered with the Rotary Club and the Buddy Pellerin Field Committee on a state grant to complete a major park renovation.

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Unpaid Bills Are Starting to Pile Up For Berkshire Mall

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The Berkshire Mall bills are piling up. The mall owner, Kohan Retail Investment Group, under Berkshire Mail Realty Holdings, not only owes close to a half million in taxes to the town and to the Baker Hill Road District $230,000 for the road district and $209,000 to the town.

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School Officials: Plunkett Name Won't Disappear From Hoosac Elementary

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The official name of the elementary school may have changed, but the markers designating it as C.T. Plunkett School will remain in place. School officials say they have no intention of erasing Plunkett's history from the school. Rather, the name was changed to Hoosac Valley Elementary as a way to unify the regional school district with the closure of Cheshire School.

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Plunkett School's Named Changed to Hoosac Valley

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C.T. Plunkett School has a new, although familiar name: Hoosac Valley Elementary The name change is part of a bid to bring some unity to the two towns of the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District that have been riven by discord in the wake of the closure of Cheshire Elementary School. The shared high school has the same name, the designation for the river valley within which the two towns sit.

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Body Found on Mount Greylock Identified as Great Barrington Man

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The body discovered Monday afternoon on Mount Greylock has been identified as Kurt Kruger of Great Barrington. Kruger's death is not considered suspicious, according to a statement from the Berkshire district attorney's office.

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Cariddi's 'Mysterious' Gift Has North Adams Library Looking Up

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No one's quite sure why state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi's left a "mysterious and magical gift" to the library in support of astronomy. But the city is "very, very grateful for this gift," Mayor Richard Alcombright told the City Council as it voted to accept the amount of $7,465.47.

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Williamstown Conservation Commission Reviews Culvert Project

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The Conservation Commission on Thursday began its review of plans for a larger culvert to carry the Christmas Brook under downtown and into the Green River. Williams College is proposing to replace the existing, undersized culvert with a precast box culvert that is at least 5 feet by 12 feet, the top of which will sit 5 to 7 feet below grade.

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Williamstown Housing Trust Puts Questions to Habitat for Humanity

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The board of the town's Affordable Housing Trust on Wednesday gathered information from the lone respondent to a request for proposals to develop housing on two parcels owned by the trust.

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'Better Block' Presents Conceptual Plan for Section of Tyler Street

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There will be the day when the doors of the former Tyler Street Fire Station will be opened, the old emergency vehicles in the backdrop, with a live band and a craft brewery serving up drinks. Across the street, Jacob's Pillow will be giving dance lessons. That day will be on Aug. 26. The old fire house is too decrepit for the building inspectors to let people all the way in and attempts by the city to dispose of the property had found no interest. But, what is possible with the historic buil

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Proposed Renewable Energy Line to Run Through Cheshire

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A proposed renewable energy utility line may pass through town adjacent to existing electricity lines. The project will be bid as part of the Massachusetts Clean Energy request for proposals that was created by the Clean Energy legislation that passed last July. The legislation forces energy companies to distribute specific amounts of energy from different renewable sources by 2022.

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MassDOT Secretary Praises Massive Road Reconstruction in Dalton

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MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack says the massive $10.5 million reconstruction of East Housatonic Street is a perfect example of what the state wants to see. The project has been in the works for years and finally began construction March of 2016. It is on pace to be completed in October, with punch list items being completed in the spring.

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Berkshire Girls Lacrosse Squad Competes at Bay State Games

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A team of Berkshire County girls competed last week in girls lacrosse at the Bay State Games.

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North Adams Planners Review Motel Update, New Businesses

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The Redwood Motel project for months has been coming before the Planning Board with tweaks and changes that have greatly expanded on the initial renovation of the old motor court. But project manager Eric Kerns on Monday said this update was different: "This is about doing something less rather than doing something more."

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Adams Dance School Competes In Disney World

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Dancecapade School of Dance was one of 10 dance schools in the world that recently competed in the first Walt Disney World Dance Competition. The school brought home four bronze medals and the girls also performed in the Magic Kingdom parade.

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Adams Gets CDBG Funding for Visitors Center Parking Lot

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Adams has received $800,000 in 2017 Community Development Block Grant funds to reconfigure the parking lot at the Adams Visitors Center. Adams was one of 58 towns and cities receiving $30.5 million in CDBG funds announced on Thursday. Also receiving grants are Becket, Buckland and North Adams.

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North Adams Building Razed Years After Demolition Delay

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The building at 11-15 Furnace St. was demolished Friday, nearly three years after the city first sought to take down the vacant structure. The apartment building was one of several given the thumbs up for razing by the Historical Commission last month. The commission in 2014 twice voted against taking down the building, hoping that it could be saved.

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McCann Students Bring Home Gold, Bronze From SkillsUSA Nationals

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McCann Technical School students brought home a gold medal from the automated manufacturing technology competition and a bronze medal in dental assisting from the SkillsUSA National Competition.

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North Adams Police Make Arrests in 2 Stabbing Incidents

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The city has seen two stabbings within one week and police have made arrests in both cases.

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North Adams Annual Eagle Street Beach Party Delayed to Saturday

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The annual Eagle Street Beach Party has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 15, in light of daylong thunderstorms and showers predicted for Friday. The times of the events remain 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. for the family portion, and 7 to 10 p.m. for the adult fiesta. Volunteers are needed to help spread the sand at starting at 1:30 p.m.; shovels provided, just show up.

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Pittsfield City Council Breezes Through 8-Minute Meeting

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The City Council made up for the late nights during the budget hearing Tuesday night when it barreled through its business in eight minutes. The City Council meets just once a month in July and August and Tuesday's agenda ended up with what was ultimately only four items - all of which were approved with minimal to no discussion.

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Cemetery Commission Seeks Engineer Study of Bellevue Garage

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The town will use an engineering firm to gather cost estimates for expanding the Department of Public Works facility at Bellevue Cemetery. The Cemetery Commission was asked to use funds to either replace or add on to the existing garage and after a tour of the grounds Monday, commissioners agreed to start moving the project forward.

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Mount Greylock Building Project Coming in on Budget

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The Mount Greylock School Building Committee on Thursday got its clearest picture yet of the cost for the addition/renovation project at the junior-senior high school. And the news continues to be good.

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Cariddi's Top Legislative Aide Seeks to Fill Out Rep's Term

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Kevin Towle knew that the Monday right after Gailanne Cariddi had died, she'd want her staff reporting to work. And they did. The top legislative aide for the late Cariddi pulled the staff together, hung a white board and listed every piece of legislation, local projects, and budget priorities on it and the group began planning for the next steps. For days, Towle reported to work and looked at that white board with fear that everything the staff has worked on for the last year would all be fo

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MCLA, BCC Agreement Bolsters Early Ed Degree Programs

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Heather Thompson started going to college in 1998. And then found out she was expecting a child. She returned home to Berkshires and six months after giving birth, enrolled at Berkshire Community College.

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North Adams Wins Battle of 'Good Kids' in La Festa Opener

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The La Festa Baseball Exchange got under way on Saturday night in North Adams.

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Mount Greylock 'Highpoint' of Club's Annual Convention

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More than 200 members of the Highpointers Club will be hiking, biking, driving or otherwise finding their way to the top of Mount Greylock this weekend. The annual convention of the club gathers at the highest peak in a selected state. Massachusetts was chosen as this year's location, bringing club members to the 3,491-foot summit on the Mount Greylock State Reservation.

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Pittsfield 14s Win Babe Ruth State Title

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The Pittsfield Babe Ruth 14-year-old All-Stars won a state title on Saturday.

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Dos Santos Cards 71 to Win Junior Golf Series Event

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The latest Berkshire County Junior Golf Series event was contested Monday at Berkshire Hills Country Club.

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Bulldogs Advance to Cal Ripken State Final

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The Lanesborough Bulldogs Cal Ripken 11-and-under team competed in the state tournament this weekend in Greenfield.

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'Morningside Up' Sees Food To Revitalize Neighborhood

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Food is not just sustenance for the human body, but can be for an entire neighborhood. That's what a group of community organizers in the Morningside area believe. The Morningside Up initiative is what has came out of a $75,000 planning grant from the Kresge Foundation and those involved are now patiently waiting for the fall to see if another round of funding will take their plans and turn them into reality.

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Field, Mercier Lead West to Bay State Games Gold

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The West girls earned a basketball gold medal at the Bay State Games on Sunday.

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Bulldogs Win Western Mass State Tourney

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The Lanesborough Bulldogs 11U Cal Ripken Baseball team won its state tournament in dramatic fashion on Monday.

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Moulton Making Second Run for North Adams Mayor

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The mayoral race is beginning to get crowded with the appearance of a fourth candidate in Robert M. Moulton Jr. The city councilor pulled papers last Friday for a second run at the corner office.

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Lanesborough School Chair 'Re-Energized' By Task Force Vote

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School Committee Chairwoman Regina DiLego participated in 32 meetings of the Berkshire County Educational Task Force over two years. And it was exhausting. But as the group voted last Saturday to recommend a single school district for all of Berkshire County, she's become "re-energized."

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North Adams Councilors Vote Wilkinson to Fill Vacant Seat

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Wayne Wilkinson was returned to the City Council on Tuesday night by an unanimous vote of the councilors. Wilkinson, a one-term councilor who came in 10th place in the last election, was one of four citizens who had submitted letters of interest to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Nancy Bullett on July 1.

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Pignatelli Takes Over Cariddi's Chairmanship of Environment Committee

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State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli will take over the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture for the late Rep. Gailanne Cariddi. Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo appointed Pignatelli to the seat which was previously chaired by his former Berkshire delegation colleague, Cariddi, who died earlier this year. The dean of the delegation will likely be removed from his current committees to focus solely on the chairmanship.

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Miss Hall's School Appoints Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management

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In his role, Hopkins has responsibility for all of the school's enrollment management and student recruitment efforts, including the development and implementation of strategies to meet enrollment objectives and provide outreach for Miss Hall's both locally and globally.

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Zion Lutheran Church Opens 1892 Time Capsule

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When the Zion Lutheran Church was built on First Street in 1892, the congregation placed a time capsule in the cornerstone. And it sat there for 125 years. Current Pastor Timothy Weisman knew there was one somewhere in the building's structure, but wasn't sure where. Seven months ago, the church embarked on a $1.2 million renovation and the mason dug around the northwest corner of the building and found it. The time capsule was placed there on July 13, 1892.

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Berkshire Museum Unveils 'Reinvention Plan'

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The Berkshire Museum was faced with a choice - change, move or die. For the last decade, the museum has faced a $1.1 million deficit in its budget, setting a course for failure. Director Van Shields described it as a threat to the museum's future. In response, the museum has crafted a bold $60 million plan to not only get its financial house in order but also modernize the museum and how it operates.

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State Senate Approves Naming Lanesborough Bridge After War Hero

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The state Senate approved naming the Miner Road bridge after a local Vietnam hero. Now it goes to the House of Representatives. The bridge was rebuilt in 2012 and the Board of Selectmen petitioned the state to name it after Sgt. Gregory Aloysius Noonan. After three consecutive legislative sessions, the bill finally received approval from the Senate on Thursday and it will need approval from the state House of Representative and signed by Gov. Charlie Baker.

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Berkshire Force 10U Wins Tournament

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The Berkshire Force 10U softball team won the Grafton Invitational over the weekend.

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State Budget Includes $50K to Keep Preschool at Conte, Morningside

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The School Department was close to closing all of its preschool classes at Morningside and Conte Community School, two schools that need it the most. But, between state legislators and the union, there will at least be a few. The state budget includes $50,000 to help fund those programs.

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