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Pittsfield Sisters Start Up Own Candle Company

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Grace Proskin and Isabella "Izzy" Brown were on a family trip to Ireland in June when they found a candle shop, seemingly out in the middle of nowhere.

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PHS Student Starts Charity For Children Fighting Cancer

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About two years ago Madison Quinn was browsing through Instagram when she found photos of Abel. Abel was a young boy in California fighting cancer. The photos she saw touched her and she reached out to his mother asking what he likes because she wanted to send him a get well present. It was Batman. Quinn went to the store and bought a Batman figurine and mailed it out to California. Abel took the wings off of Batman and took it with him for every single chemo treatment, and his mother sent ph

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North Adams Tiny House Builders See Growth in Affordable, Custom Housing

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B&B was started by Hoosac Valley High classmates Chris St. Cyr, Mitch Bresett and Jason Koperniak in old garage off Old Columbia Street in Adams but relocated to the city earlier this year when the space at the Windsor Mill fit their needs. They'd planned to employ up to 30 but now have more than 40, including marketing manager Katie Jackson.

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North Adams Closes Books on Colegrove Park School

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The books have closed on the Colegrove Park Elementary School project nearly 18 months after it opened. The finally tally is $29,084,907, with the city responsible for $7,057,296.53. The city's portion is $402,251.53, over the initial projection of $6.6 million. It comes to about 1.4 percent of the project cost.

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Healey Told Resources Lacking to Combat Opioid Epidemic

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Northern Berkshire has been knitting together a wide array of agencies and organizations to combat an opioid epidemic that's devastated communities. Its leaders, including Mayor Richard Alcombright, have played a prominent role in working groups both regionally and statewide addressing addiction and recovery.

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Williamstown Fire District Pitches Land Purchase at Select Board

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Members of the Board of Selectmen on Monday reacted favorably to a proposal by the Fire District to acquire a 3.7-acre Main Street parcel where officials hope someday to build a new fire station.

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Mary Grant Named President of Edward M. Kennedy Institute

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Mary Grant, former president of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, has been named president of Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The Massachusetts native, who became chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2014, will begin her role at the 2-year-old Boston institute in January 2018.

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Adams May Impose Earlier Curfew For Bars

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Police Chief Richard Tarsa has asked the Selectmen to consider creating a uniform closing time of 1:30 a.m. with last call at 1 a.m. to stop disorderly crowds from bar hopping.

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Pittsfield Cuts Ribbon On Trash Cans For Tyler Street

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There were no places for pedestrians to dispose of rubbish. Through the city's budget, new trash cans featuring the city's logo will be placed along Tyler Street. City staff is responsible for emptying them.

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Vermont Man Wanted for Attempted Murder

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A Readsboro man who allegedly assaulted someone with a 2x4 is wanted on charges of first-degree attempted murder and aggravated assault.

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Church Seeks Help Making Kits to Aid Hurricane Victims

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The New Hope United Methodist Church is assembling "flood buckets," a 5-gallon bucket of items that people whose homes have been ravaged by flooding can use to aid their cleanup efforts.

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BMC Files Unfair Labor Practice Complaint Against Nursing Union

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The hospital has fired back at the MNA with its own complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. Berkshire Health Systems has filed a complaint alleging that the nursing union is not bargaining in good faith, and even "surface bargaining" - a term used to describe bargaining without trying to actually reach a settlement.

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Pittsfield Councilor Wants to Reduce Accidents on East Housatonic

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So far this year there have been 23 accidents on East Housatonic Street and Ward 5 Councilor Donna Todd Rivers wants the City Council to do something to reduce those numbers. And then she found out the City Council already did. Twice.

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Cheshire Selectmen OK Purchase of New Loader

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The town will use $196,500 from Chapter 90 funds to purchase a new loader for the Highway Department. The Selectmen unanimously voted Tuesday to purchase a John Deere and trade in the 14-year-old machine.

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Connell Calls For Commission to Oversee Water/Wastewater

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Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell wants a commission to oversee the water and wastewater operations. Connell said years ago there was one but it was halted under former city Commissioner of Public Utilities William Forestell. Now the city is facing what could be up to $150 million worth of capital upgrades to the two treatment centers and Connell wants that commission back in place to make sure everything is done right.

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Lanesborough Considering Increasing Hours For Tax Collector, COA Director

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Town Manager Paul Sieloff would like to increase the tax collector's hours and become more proactive in chasing down delinquent payers. Sieloff said on Monday that he's working on a proposal to increase Caryn Wendling's hours from 18 to 30. Wendling also works part-time in Peru, and Sieloff said she'd still work there while increasing hours in Lanesborough.

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North Adams Library Mulls Restoration of Landmark Cupola

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The city may be known for its soaring steeples, but it also has an underused feature whose views easily rival those of its neighboring spires. The Blackinton Mansion's two-story cupola offers an expansive panorama of the city's downtown and its circling mountain range. It's a sight that few have seen in the 120 years since the private residence became the North Adams Public Library.

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Tyer Pitches Incentive Package For LTI Smart Glass Expansion

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Mayor Linda Tyer is asking to use $580,000 of Pittsfield Economic Development Funds to help LTI Smart Glass expand. LTI Smart Glass is looking at a 16,692 square-foot expansion to its current Federico Drive facility to accommodate a large contract the company recently received for its newest bulletproof glass product. It requires a $2.25 million capital investment and will add 38 new jobs over the next three years.

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'Heart & Sass' Central to North Adams' Vibrant Renaissance

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North Adams, the city with "sass," was honored on Thursday night for "Putting the Berkshires on the Map." The city's recognition by 1Berkshire puts it with Berkshire luminaries as Solid Sound Festival, Jacob's Pillow, the Clark Art Institute, Hotel on North, Berkshire Health Systems and Tanglewood for enhancing the image of the Berkshires.

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Pittsfield Man Shot On Linden Street

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A 24-year-old man was shot on Linden Street early Thursday morning. Police say ShotSpotter notified officers of gunfire on upper Linden Street. Responding officers did not find anything but we diverted to Berkshire Medical Center for a report of a victim with a gunshot wound.

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Neal Talks Politics With Residents at Town Hall Meeting

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U.S. Rep. Richard Neal faced somewhat of a tough crowd at Berkshire Community College Friday night as resident pressed him to move further left on his stances on climate change, health care, and the Israeli Anti-Boycott Act. The Springfield Congressman held a town hall meeting at the college where he quickly touched on his stance on a number of issues facing the nation. Then he held a lengthy question and answer session, where he faced sharp criticism of many of his stances.

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Citizens Continue to Protest Berkshire Museum Art Sale

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Sharon Gregory has reviewed more than a decade of the Berkshire Museum's financials and says the situation isn't nearly as dire as the organization says. And Gregory isn't just anybody, she is someone with 40 years of financial experience. She retired as the vice president of business development and planning for Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, and before that worked with a number of organizations such as Lehman Brothers and Citibank.

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Pittsfield Resident Suffers Multiple Gunshot Wounds

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Police say a 32-year-old resident was shot multiple times early Sunday morning.

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Pittsfield Health Officials Encourage Landlords to Go Smoke Free

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The Board of Health wants landlords to make their properties smoke free. The Health Department doesn't have authority to demand landlords adopt smoke-free policies but are rolling out resources to guide landlords on how to do so. The board feels that second-hand smoke is a health concern and in homes is where most second-hand smoke occurs.

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White Terrace Apartment Fire Ruled Accidental

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The middle building of the three structures that make up White Terrace Apartments off North Street, not far from Berkshire Medical Center, was fully involved with flames and smoke pouring from the fourth floor.

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Clarksburg Debating Pros, Cons of $19M School Project

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Residents in this small town are facing a tough choice in the coming weeks: whether or not to support a $19 million school building project. Whichever way the vote goes, it's going to have a significant impact on the town, its students and its citizens.

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Williamstown Selectmen Seek 'Data' on Legalized Pot Impact

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The Board of Selectmen wants to go west for information about how to deal with the advent of legalized recreational marijuana. On Monday, the board revisited the question of what kinds of local fees to attach to the sale of pot if and when a purveyor opens shop in the town next year.

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Education Task Force Keeps Focus on Creating Opportunities for Students

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The Berkshire County Education Task Force on Saturday pressed forward less than 48 hours after one school district voted to step back from its participation in the effort.

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North Adams Welcomes New Police Officers, Firefighter Lieutenant

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Three new officers were sworn in as permanent members of the police force and a firefighter was promoted at Tuesday's City Council meeting. Mayor Richard Alcombright has made it a practice to bring the city's public safety personnel into council chambers to be sworn in so that the community can see them on the local access channel, Northern Berkshire Community Television.

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Pittsfield Police Investigate Reports of Man Trying to Grab Women Off Street

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The suspect is said to dark-skinned, standing about 6-foot-tall, with short hair and accent described as possibly Jamaican or African. The individual was seen operating, or as a passenger of, an older tan or silver Toyota Camry (or similar vehicle).

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Democratic Candidates for State House Discuss Issues in Lanesborough

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The four candidates on the ballot in the Oct. 10 Democratic primary discussed their platforms and qualifications to represent the 1st Berkshire District on Beacon Hill in a 90-minute forum hosted by the town's Democratic Committee and moderated by state Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru.

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New Co-working Space Framework to Open in Pittsfield

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There are a lot of people who work from home or are just starting up a small business, which doesn't yet need to open an office. Framework will be opening on North Street at the end of the month and it hopes to bring those people together into a new, dynamic co-working space. The new company has leased out two storefronts at 437 North Street and has built out all of the amenities of a traditional office and will operate on a membership-based model.

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Adams Planning to Upgrade Park Street's Lights

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The Selectmen have voted to use $90,000 from the town's Green Communities grant to install new energy efficient lights on Park Street. The 175 light bulbs in the downtown area will be replaced with the much more light-emitting diodes.

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Williams Inn Project's Approval Pushed Back a Week

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The Conservation Commission on Thursday heard feedback from the town's consulting engineer on Williams College's application to build a new Williams Inn and decided to continue the hearing on the project for at least one more week.

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Women's Political Caucus Endorses North Adams Council Candidates

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The Political Action Committee is endorsing Rebbecca Cohen and Marie T. Harpin in their races for North Adams City Council.

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Phone Scammers Target Pittsfield Residents

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Scammers are allegedly making phone calls that appear to come from the city to con residents. The Police Department issued a release on Thursday saying that someone claiming to represent the Vietnam Veterans Association of Massachusetts has been calling people asking for money to donate for hurricane Harvey relief packages.

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Greylock Thunder Softball on a Roll

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The Greylock Thunder travel softball team won twice over the weekend in Delmar, N.Y.

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