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Old Country Buffet Expected To Be Razed To Make Way For New Restaurant

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The plaza owners Brixmor Property Group received the OK from the Conservation Commission to take down the restaurant. The plan is to construct a new, 5,500 square-foot restaurant in its place.

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Adams Loses Out on Gas Station Property Next to School

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Selectman Joseph Nowak shared his discontent about the recent purchase of the former O'Connell's gas station at the close of Selectmen's meeting on Wednesday. He wanted the town to purchase to the property to expand congested parking at Hoosac Valley Elementary School.

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Attorney Named Partner of Local Law Firm

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Rumbolt is licensed in both Massachusetts and Vermont and his primary practice areas include real estate, estate planning and probate, bankruptcy and commercial transactions.

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Coffee Kiosk Eyed For First Street Common in Pittsfield

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Todd Fiorentino is proposing opening Poseidon Coffee, a small kiosk to sell coffee and hot cocoa drinks during the morning hours at the park.

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Pittsfield Schools Considers Using Indigenous People Day, Not Columbus

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The School Department may join the growing movement behind switching our Columbus Day with Indigenous People Day. School Committee member Cynthia Taylor suggested the school change the name when written on the school calendar. The change may be small but the gesture is part of a growing movement to use the weekend to celebrate Native Americans instead of the person who invaded their land.

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Medical Marijuana Company Plans Recreational Sales in Pittsfield

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Berkshire Roots is positioning itself to be a recreational marijuana dispensary when permits are issued later this year. Berkshire Roots is now finishing up a massive renovation of 501 Dalton Avenue, a commercial building which formerly housed Jay's Custom Muffler & Auto, Casey's Billiards, and the Salvation Army store. Those three previously vacated the building to make way for a medical marijuana dispensary and renovations are nearly complete.

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Adams-Cheshire Hopes to Conclude Agreement Before Superintendent Retires

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Massachusetts Association of Regional Schools Assistant Director Stephen Hemman recommended to the committee on Monday that it aim for a closer completion date to accommodate Putnam, who plans to retire at the end of the year.

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Mall Loses Partial Power, Security Kicks Media Off Property

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Berkshire Mall management had security escort an iBerkshires reporter from the property Wednesday afternoon. iBerkshires had heard reports that the mall had lost power. We attempted to call management to find out what happened by the phone was "temporarily unavailable." So, we drove there to find out.

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Williamstown Residents Argue For, Against Pot Proposal

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At issue is not so much the medical applications for the drug as the fact that Silver Therapeutics principal Joshua Silver makes no secret of the fact that he plans to seek a license from the commonwealth to operate a recreational pot retail operation at the same Colonial Plaza site where he wants to establish a medical dispensary.

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Letter: Looking For Fairness & Equality in Youth Sports

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The Berkshire Blaze had been in existence previously and was re-formed just this past year. The difficulty the team faced was finding a consistent place to practice. Not being part of Pittsfield girls softball meant that using the Doyle fields was challenging.

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Reynolds Receives Adams-Cheshire Superintendent Award

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She plans to attend Bentley University and double major in early childhood and elementary education.

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Tired of Trash Talk, Council Returns Toters to Tyer

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After a year and a half and a dozen or so meetings later, the mayor's trash proposal is basically back where it started. The City Council returned the proposal to overhaul the garbage collection system back to Mayor Linda Tyer, asking for a revised plan. The proposal was crafted through the Resource Recovery Commission, which first met back to September of 2016, and after three lengthy meetings at the City Council, the councilors felt it was too flawed to be saved.

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McCann Junior To Compete Nationally in Office Competition

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McCann Junior Justin Perry will compete in the Microsoft Office Specialist National Competition in Atlanta, Ga. this summer. Perry, a business tech student, will represent Massachusetts in June and compete against the best from each state in Microsoft Word.

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Pittsfield Extends Lease For Offices at 100 North St.

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Mayor Linda Tyer has no plans to move the city offices currently at 100 North Street back to City Hall. An array of city offices were moved from the basement of City Hall back in 2014 to the mezzanine level of 100 North Street. The move, under former Mayor Daniel Bianchi, caused consternation from some of the city councilors at the time because it didn't need council approval.

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North Adams Council Moving Hearing of Visitors to Back of Meeting

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The amendments are at the request of Council President Keith Bona, who was elected to the post a the Organization of Government on Jan. 1. Each council president has the option of proposing modifications during their terms.

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Williamstown Officials Seek Public Comment on Marijuana

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The board this winter is facing a couple of decision points concerning pot. The distinct but related questions are whether to support a proposal for a medical marijuana facility on Main Street and whether to propose a special town meeting to consider the question of a ban on recreational pot businesses.

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New 'Winter Carnival' Planned at Springside Park

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A new version of the winter carnival is set for Springside Park. The Springside Conservancy is hosting an array of children's activities - from ice skating to sledding to snowshoeing - at the park on Feb. 17. from noon until 4 p.m. The goal is to get families back into the park for a few hours of winter outdoor recreation.

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Adams Board of Health to See If Memorial Building Usable

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The board last week reviewed an indoor air quality report conducted by the state Department of Public Health and, although the report said there is not a substantial mold issue in the building, members still had questions.

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Cheshire Pledges Money Toward Housing Rehab Grant

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The town is looking at putting $60,000 toward improving the town's housing stock. Berkshire Regional Planning Commission Planner William Sikula met with the Selectmen Tuesday to go over the town’s Community Development Block Grant allocation and asked if the town would be willing to put up $60,000 in an effort to reel in $600,000 in grant funding.

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Labor Shortage May Force Change in Mount Greylock Building Schedule

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But the district's owner's project manager said Tuesday night that a potential move-in delay may not push back the planned end date for construction on the middle-high school campus.

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$74 Million Wastewater Plant Upgrades Heads to City Council

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The mayor is asking for the authority to borrow $74 million for a major upgrade of the city's wastewater treatment center. The expense has been a long time coming, starting with the city seeking to renew its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit in 2005. The Environmental Protection Agency oversees those permits in an effort to keep waterways clean and had issued a permit in 2008 requiring significantly higher standards of phosphorus, aluminum treatment, and nitrogen removal.

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North Adams Planners Approve New 'Museum of Dog'

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The largely private collection of 180 dog-inspired artworks will also include featured local artists in temporary exhibits.

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North Adams Library To Host 'Look Up' Film Series Dedicated To Cariddi

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Starting Thursday, Jan. 18, the library will host a "Look Up" movie series based on the cosmos using some of the $7,500 left by Cariddi's estate, earmarked for astronomy, after she passed in 2017.

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BMC Nurses Give Bargaining Committee OK to Call 2nd Strike

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The local Massachusetts Nurses Association chapter has been at odds with management for nearly a year and a half of contract negotiations. In October, the nurses staged a one-day strike, which was followed by a four-day lockout. The two sides returned to the bargaining table shortly after and still have yet to come to a settlement.

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Mount Greylock School Committee Decides to Post Superintendent Position

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On a vote of 4-3, the committee decided not to offer the job to interim Superintendent Kimberley Grady, who stepped into the post on short notice when the then-Tri-District abruptly parted ways with Douglas Dias at the start of the second year of his three-year contract.

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Cheshire Needs Employee For School Maintenance

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The building also caused issues this summer with the town taking over mowing duties. This has drawn Highway Department employees away from other responsibilities.

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North Adams Airport Commission Down Two Members

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With Gilman being removed late last year by former Mayor Richard Alcombright, this leaves only three members on the five-person commission.

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Clarksburg School Officials Vote to Continue Talks With Stamford

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Superintendent Jon Lev was informed just hours before Thursday's meeting that $25,000 was available to pursue research on merging or aligning with Vermont's Stamford School.

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Cheshire to Seek Interest in Reuse of School

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The town formed a reuse committee after the regional School Committee voted last year to close the elementary school. The reuse committee does not intend to recommend selling the 62,000 square-foot building.

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Winter Storm Alert: Cancellations & Closures

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A winter storm is expected to dump up to 8 inches across the region on Thursday, with frigid temperatures expected to follow.

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Pittsfield Bids Farewell to Veteran Police Officer

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The highly decorated officer received numerous honors including the Terry Donnelly Police Officer of the Year in 1998 and received an Honorable Service Unit Citation for supporting the U.S. Secret Service when First Lady Michelle Obama visited the city in 2013.

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Berkshire Groups Use Women's March Anniversary to Talk Next Steps

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The fight to raise people up from poverty, provide economic equity, health care and education, and ensure safe and welcoming communities, has to start at the grassroots level and include the voices of those most affected. That was the takeaway from Saturday's forum sponsored by Indivisible Pittsfield.

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North Adams Holding Public Hearing on Marijuana Ordinance

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Mayor Thomas Bernard made the development of the ordinance a priority, creating the working group in his first weeks as mayor and informing the City Council he expected to have a draft presented to councilors in February.

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Lanesborough Considering Hiring EMTs to Work in Highway Dept.

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Town Manager Paul Sieloff is suggesting the town hire EMTs to work in the highway department. The hope is that the town will then have two emergency medical technicians available during the days to answer calls for service. When they are not answering the calls, they will work on projects with the highway department. That would help curb a problem with the ambulance service's struggles to have volunteers available.

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Taconic Principal Plotting Use, Scheduling of New High School

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On Valentine Road more than 100 tradesmen have been on and off the site of the new Taconic getting the structure ready. And inside the current building across the road, Principal John Vosburgh has been doing the same. Vosburgh has been meeting with faculty, staff, and parents to devise a plan on how to layout and schedule operations in the new building

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Neighbors Raise Objection to Three-House Plan for Cole Avenue Parcel

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Habitat for Humanity in December discussed with the Affordable Housing Trust subdividing the parcel to create a third lot, a division that would be easier under the commonwealth's Chapter 40B provision, which gives relief from local zoning to subsidized housing projects.

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Clarksburg Readies Fee Schedule for Marijuana Locations

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With the successful passage of a retail cannabis bylaw, town officials are now starting to look at a fee structure for all the licensing and inspections that will need to happen.

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Adams-Cheshire Eyes Consolidation to Hoosac Valley Campus

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The School Committee on Monday voted to apply to the Massachusetts School Building Authority in hopes of securing funds to allow the once four-school district to move to one campus.

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Pollinator-Friendly Events Planned in Wiliamstown This Spring

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Last May, town meeting adopted a non-binding resolution declaring Williamstown a pollinator-friendly community and encouraging landowners to adopt management practices to protect the bees, butterflies and insects that are critical to the ecosystem and the, specifically, our food supply.

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Berkshire Money Management Shows Off New Art, New Offices

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Berkshire Money Management mixed the new with the old Friday night. The company opened the doors to its new offices in the historic Model Farm property on Main Street. The company purchased the former Crane and Co. Mansion for $1 million last February and spent much of 2017 renovating the interior to fit its needs.

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Alcombright Honored Following MLK Day of Service

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Alcombright, surrounded by local leaders, the MLK Committee and members of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition on a stage in Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Venable Hall, said the recognition was "humbling, heartwarming and, at some level, deeply spiritual."

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Pittsfield Approves Incentive For St. Mary's Church Development

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The City Council can’t wait for the St. Mary’s renovation. The council opted against fleshing out a tax increment exemption at the subcommittee level and approved it Tuesday night to help move the project along. The agreement would exempt developers CT Management from paying on any increased value caused by the renovation of the four structures into 29 market-rate housing units for four year.

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Pittsfield Health: Flu Has Rapidly Increased In Last Two Weeks

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In just the last few weeks there has been a 44 percent increase in flu symptoms. Public health nurse Kayla Donnelly-Winters said this year there have been 32 total cases of influenza confirmed in Pittsfield since Oct. 1. That is compared to just 15 in the same period of time last year. But the numbers had jumped in the last few weeks.

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Bellevue Storage Facility More Expensive Than Anticipated

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The Cemetery Commission finally received cost estimates for a possible storage facility at Bellevue Cemetery, however, all estimates are higher than the anticipated amount. Interim Town Administrator met with the commission Thursday with the EDM report in hand that outlined three possible building scenarios, however, all were well over the $100,000 former town administrator Tony Mazzucco said it would cost.

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