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Cumberland Farms Withdraws Adams Application

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The company was supposed to make a final pitch before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday but instead asked to withdraw its plans without prejudice, which would allow it to resubmit them at a later date. The ZBA approved.

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North Adams Councilor Raises 'Food Desert' Issue in West End

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These developments may be private, but Cohen feels "that there is a need for larger conversations with our leadership." Her suggestion was to refer it to the Community Development Board and perhaps to extend the conversation to involve more stakeholders.

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Adams Officials Wary of New School Project

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There was some uncertainty on the board's part that building a new elementary school would be the best solution.

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Pittsfield Couple Dies In Early Morning Fire

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An elderly couple died in an early morning fire on Bryan Street Thursday morning. Shortly before 4 a.m. an electrical cord short-circuited and set the home at 71 Bryan Street on fire. The three occupants - the couple and their daughter - woke up to heavy smoke on the first floor. The daughter, described as being in her early 30s, escaped the blaze and ran to a neighbors house to call for help.

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Adams Officials Welcome Adams Express And Mobil Station

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The facility is open 24 hours and sells various amenities including beer and wine.

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County School Officials Press Legislators on School Funding Formula

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Frustrated lawmakers had pegged the added revenue to education and transportation, but the court had blocked the ballot question precisely because it related taxing and spending in a single question.

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Trick-or-Treat, Halloween Events 2018

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Below is a list of towns holding trick-or-treat hours and/or events on Halloween.

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Williamstown Town Manager, School Building Committee Members Clash over Permit Fees

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At issue is about $154,000 billed to the regional school district for permitting. In fact, the town is owed about $295,000, based on its standard permit fee schedule, but about half of that has been passed through to subcontractors on the school building project.

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Adams Selectmen Want to Find Compromise With Cumberland Farms

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At the end of Wednesday night's meeting, Chairman John Duval said the board supports the Commercial Street development because it will represent new growth.

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Clarksburg School Making Slow Progress on Repairs

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But the building still needs significant repairs and updates to meet current code including complying with the federal American With Disabilities Act. A preliminary estimate done during the feasibility study had a cost of $4 million to address priority projects that included the removal of asbestos.

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Pittsfield Calls For Increased Monitoring, Communication Regarding Hill 78

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Increased levels of contamination in groundwater near the toxic waste sites near Allendale School have city councilors asking for increased scrutiny. The City Council accepted a report which calls for another meeting with the state Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Public Health, and the U.S. EPA in response to the May test results around what is known as Hill 78 and Building 71. The sites are toxic landfills created as part of the General Electric cleanup.

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North Adams Council Endorses Keeping Gun Range Open

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It was a strong rebuke to Mayor Thomas Bernard, who had ordered the range closed to public access effective Jan. 1, 2019, after learning that the city's insurance company would no longer cover it for liability reasons. The Police Department will still continue to use it.

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Clarksburg VFW Unveils New Sign, Name for Town Field

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Town meeting voted to rename the field last December to memorialize Cook and the town's veterans and the local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter, also named after Cook, raised the funds to install the sign.

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Holiday Hours: Columbus Day

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Columbus Day is a state holiday being observed Monday, Oct. 8, to commemorate Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas on Oct. 12, 1492.

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Pittsfield Firefighters Quickly Knock Out North Street Fire

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Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski said crews got the call at 9:11 that heavy smoke was showing at the back of the multi-family house on the corner of Edgewood Road, just north of Berkshire Medical Center.

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Berkshire Health Systems Has 'Legitimate Concerns' With Ballot Question

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Berkshire Medical Center officials estimate that it'll cost the hospital $22.8 million if Question 1 is passed. Voters will be asked to vote yes or no on a question as to whether or not legally mandate specific ratios of registered nurses to patients. Berkshire Health Systems is opposing the question, fearing the costs will prove to be detrimental to service.

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North Adams Continues to Address Domestic Violence Prevention

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The city has recognized October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. But the official efforts aren't ending this year with a simple proclamation.

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Adams Declares State of Emergency to Deal With Flood Damage

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The board unanimously voted the declaration at Wednesday's meeting with hopes that it would also pave the way for possible state funding needed to address the near $2 million in damages.

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Adams Finance Committee Approves Special Town Meeting Warrant

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Earlier this week, the Selectmen declared a state of emergency to allows the town to deficit spend in order to mitigate damage left in the wake of the two rainstorms that caused substantial flooding.

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Advocates for Ballot Measure on Nurse Staffing Levels Rally in Pittsfield

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Question 1 was placed on the ballot by petition and spells out the maximum number of patients under a nurse's charge in acute care facilities. Voting yes will institute the changes that will have to be implemented by Jan. 1, 2019, or at the expiration of any current nursing contract. Voting no will leave everything as it is.

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Mausert Block Takes Big Step With Opening of Development Office

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It's just an office but its completion marks a major step forward in the long-awaited renovation of the former Woolworth building.

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Cheshire Sets Special Town Meeting for Roof Repair

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Town meeting will decide on only one article: whether to transfer $85,000 from the stabilization fund to make emergency repairs to a portion of the fire station roof that recently collapsed.

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Victor, Dumigan Presented Pittsfield Schools Superintendent Award

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The two received the Massachusetts Association of Superintendents Certificates of Excellence Wednesday night. One student from each high school wins the prestigious award annually and this year Taconic's Victor and PHS's Dumigan are the recipients.

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Cheshire Selectmen Warn School Renovation Tough Sell

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Vosburgh informed the board that representatives from the Massachusetts School Building Authority will visit the Adams school this month for a senior study of the building.

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Gabriel Abbott School Starts Off School Year With Anti-Bullying Blitz

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The children had a good handle on the different components of the game, readily answering questions about the aspects making up the bingo card. It's not surprising because the bullying prevention program has been part of their curriculum since kindergarten.

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Clarksburg Close to Settling Verizon Wireless Lawsuit

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The town is expected to file an agreement with the telecommunications company by Friday, Oct. 5. Pittsfield Cellular Telephone Co., operating as Verizon Wireless, filed a lawsuit in federal court a month after the Planning Board denied its application for a permit last year.

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'Fahrenheit 11/9': It's Worse Than you Think

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The acidic, relentless deluge of ominous signs Moore points out is overwhelming, not only because it threatens nearly everything we cherish, but because we know that bury-your-head-in-the-sand apathy is the greater menace. If ever we needed proof that our vote counts, this is it.

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Adams Sets Emergency Town Meeting

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The town was left with an estimated $2 million in damage and, currently, state representatives are trying to secure some funding.

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Mark Shapp Honored as RSVP Volunteer of the Year

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Mark Shapp knows his way around, whether that be City Hall or a train. And Shapp is happy to share his knowledge with anyone. In the last decade, he's volunteered 4,316 of his hours to do just that. In the last year, he's spent 629 hours volunteering as the City Hall ambassador and with the Berkshire Scenic Railway.

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Berkshire Money Management President Honored by Berkshire Family YMCA

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Schmick was honored for her longtime commitment to growing the local economy and "being a good steward of resources and talents."

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Fife Donation Inspires Adams Historical Society Civil War Concert

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The fife will be on display Saturday afternoon during a concert of Civil War-era songs in the Grand Army of the Republic Hall on the top floor of the Adams Free Library.

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Berkshire Works Rebrands as MassHire

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We have jobs. That's what numerous elected officials proclaimed Wednesday morning. There are thousands of jobs available. But, at the same time, there are still thousands of people in the Berkshires looking. "We have jobs, lots of jobs, nearly 1,500 every day. Job from travel and tourism to engineering to health care, executives and entry-level and every level of talent," Mayor Linda Tyer said. "We have jobs. The Berkshires are ready to hire."

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Adams Officials Say Infrastructure Needed to Deal With Flooding

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Two rainstorms on Sept. 12 and 18 overwhelmed some of the town's flood control system. Flooding affected the Lime, Davis, North Summer, and Charles street areas damaging people's property and causing over $2 million in damage to public infrastructure.

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Adams/Cheshire PAL Basketball League Holds Registration

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Registration for the Adams/Cheshire PAL basketball league begins on Tuesday.

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Phone Scammers Targeting Berkshire County Residents

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Those making the fake calls have been operating out of the state of Florida, but the phone numbers they are using have an area code of 202, which is located in Washington, D.C.

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