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

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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Winter Storm Alert: Cancellations & Closures

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 Schools Considers Using Indigenous People Day, Not Columbus

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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Ice Jam Overflows Route 8 in Cheshire

The flooding over South Street came without warning on the heavily used north/south connector. Selectwoman Carol Francesconi said she'd been told one motorist had crossed the bridge immediately north of Lanesborough and had seen the wave of water and ice in his rearview mirror.

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Pittsfield Bids Farewell to Veteran Police Officer

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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Negotiators Talk Man Out Of Harming Self In Pittsfield Hotel Room

The Berkshire County Special Response Team successfully convinced the unnamed individual who had reportedly threatened to harm himself after three hours at the Econo Lodge on Cheshire Road.

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Street Closures Set for Pittsfield Police Lt. Winston's Funeral

A large contingent of law enforcement officers, fire personnel, and emergency medical personnel from throughout Berkshire County and beyond will be in attendance to pay their respects. A marching and vehicle procession will take place to transport and accompany Winston from the funeral home to the church at 89 Briggs Ave.

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Letter: Looking For Fairness & Equality in Youth Sports

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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BMC Nurses Give Bargaining Committee OK to Call 2nd Strike

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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Taconic Principal Plotting Use, Scheduling of New High School

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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Reynolds Receives Adams-Cheshire Superintendent Award

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

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Labor Shortage May Force Change in Mount Greylock Building Schedule

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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Cheshire Fire Blamed on Heating System; Structure a Total Loss

Fire Chief Thomas Francesconi said the blaze that razed the former Kubota dealership last week likely started from the heating system.

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Adams-Cheshire Hopes to Conclude Agreement Before Superintendent Retires

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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Pittsfield Extends Lease For Offices at 100 North St.

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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Gubernatorial Candidate Warren Talks Opioids In Pittsfield

Gubernatorial Candidate Setti Warren says five people a day are dying from opioid addiction. "In 2014, Gov. Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency around opioid addiction. We were the first state in the country to do so. Since then, 6,000 people have died of opioid addiction in our state, 250,000 are living with addiction in our state right now and that number is growing. Over five people a day are dying from opioid addiction or are sick. This at a cost of $10 billion annually," Warren s

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Mall Loses Partial Power, Security Kicks Media Off Property

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 Elementary Asks Parents of Preschoolers to Note Them on Census

The town this week mailed out the annual Street Listing Form. The data collected from that survey helps inform the elementary school about how many children to expect in each year's incoming kindergarten class.

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Hillcrest Educational to Honor Sheriff Bowler, Officer Derby

Sheriff Thomas Bowler will be honored as Hillcrest Educational Center's Irish Person of the Year. Hillcrest will present the award at the 17th annual Robert "Bees" Prendergast St. Patrick's Celebration on March 15 at the Pittsfield country club.

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Adams to Post Town Administrator Job

Town Accountant Mary Beverly said the advertisements should be posted at the end of the week and that the advertising is being done in more places than in 2014.

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Pittsfield Health: Flu Has Rapidly Increased In Last Two Weeks

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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Williamstown Residents Argue For, Against Pot Proposal

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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Superior Court Briefs: Jan. 8 - Jan. 10

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Clarksburg School Officials Vote to Continue Talks With Stamford

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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Former Mayor Alcombright Rejoins MountainOne

Preceding his eight years as mayor of North Adams, Alcombright was employed at MountainOne for 36 years in roles of increasing responsibility. Originally beginning his banking career as a teller, he also served as mortgage officer, assistant treasurer, and, ultimately, as senior vice president of retail banking.

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

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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North Adams Council Moving Hearing of Visitors to Back of Meeting

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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Alcombright Honored Following MLK Day of Service

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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MCLA Men's Basketball Snaps 16-Game League Losing Streak

The MCLA men's basketball team defeated Worcester State on Saturday.

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Williamstown Community Preservation Committee Has Just Two Applicants

The combined $39,000 is less than 20 percent of the $196,501 sought by eight different applicants in January 2017. Ultimately, the CPC recommended all eight applications, some at reduced amounts, for an aggregate of $160,823; the eight were approved in separate warrant articles at town meeting.

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Clarksburg Readies Fee Schedule for Marijuana Locations

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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Pollinator-Friendly Events Planned in Wiliamstown This Spring

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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Yon Will Continue to Chair Pittsfield School Committee

Katherine Yon will continue to chair the Pittsfield School Committee. During the re-organization meeting Wednesday the committee voted Yon back to the leadership position. Yon has served as chair since 2014.

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SVMC Waiting Rooms Now Kid-Friendly Thanks to Bennington Bank

A "dingy" waiting room at the Women's and Children's Unit was brightened up with new wall colors and paintings, new seating and several interactive play areas with an underwater theme, all with a large window looking out at the Green Mountains. A similar makeover was done to the waiting area in the pediatrics practice but with a jungle theme.

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Biz Briefs: Crissey Farm Honored for Excellence in Wedding Venues

Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.

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@theMarket: Melt-Up Continues

Some ask me how you can have the U.S. dollar declining, while interest rates and stocks climb at the same time. Then there are the commodities gold, basic materials, mines and metals all moving up with stocks. Is there, in fact, anything except bond prices that are down?

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Waste District Scales Down District Survey

Blanchard had told the directors at their last meeting that the district could can apply for a grant to fund her time for a complete district survey in hopes of finding ways to increase funding through the Recycling Dividends Program.

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The Independent Investor: The Cost of MAGA

It is the guiding principle behind the Trump administration, but to "Make America Great Again" the U.S. may have to break some eggs. Are you ready for that?

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Berkshires Beat: Real Women Essay Contest Entries Sought

Founded in 1986, the Real Women Essay contest, invites Berkshire County students K-12 to participate by writing an essay, poem, scripted conversation, first-person monologue or journal recognizing a woman in their lives that has inspired them.

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Williams College Seeks 'Books' for Human Library Project

A Human Library consists of volunteers who act as "books" that can be "checked out" by "readers." Each book decides on a title that gives a snapshot of their story:

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Griswald Leads Team to Adams PAL Win

The high school division of the Adams Police Athletic League is under way.

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'Darkest Hour': Saving The World 101

Digging down into the cerebraly exhilarating and deliciously funky depths of his prime minister, Gary Oldman examples the DNA of democratic ideals with both grand conviction and charming whimsy.

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Kittler, Charron Lead St. Mary's to Adams PAL Win

Second week action in the Adams Police Athletic League high school division featured wins by St. Mary's, Pizza Jim's and the Adams Police Department.

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SVHC Adds New Member to its Board of Trustees

With more than 20 years of health insurance leadership experience, O'Grady serves as executive vice president of commercial and Medicare business and chief marketing officer for Capital District Physicians' Health Plan.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Jan. 12-18

On Sunday, the Second Congregational Church will host Delivering the Dream: A Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. from 3-5 p.m.

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Williams' Anderson Posts Shutout Win

The Williams College women's hockey team shut out Colby on Saturday.

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North Adams Happenings: Jan. 17-23

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Coffee Kiosk Eyed For First Street Common in Pittsfield

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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Greylock 7th- and 8th-Grade Boys Reach Tourney Semis

The Greylock seventh- and eighth-grade boys travel basketball team went 2-2 at the CYC Tournament over the weekend.

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Williams Men's Hockey Tops Manhattanville

The Williams men's hockey team won at home on Friday night.

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