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Auditor Makes Recommendations to the District Attorney's Office

The audit covers the period from July 1, 2016, through March 31, 2018, and was requested by former District Attorney Paul Caccaviello shortly after his March 2018 appointment.

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Holiday Hours: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is being celebrated Monday, Jan. 21.

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Snowstorm Prompts Snow Emergencies, Cancellations

OK, maybe closer to a foot. But that's still plenty of snow heading our way. Then the frigid air returns for a super chill Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday.

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Fire Displaces Four Pittsfield Families

Four families are displaced after a fire caused significant damage to a Cherry Street apartment building. But, quick work and awareness from the firefighters ultimately saved the building. Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Noyes said at about 6:30 Wednesday night, firefighters were dispatched to 2-4 Cherry Street for the reported fire. But, almost immediately on arriving it was reported that the fire was out but that wasn't the case.

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MassWildlife Rescues Deer Stuck on Pontoosuc Lake

MassWildlife rescued a mature buck stuck on Pontoosuc Lake Thursday morning. The 180 to 190-pound animal will now be assessed, treated, and hopefully released back into the wild. It is unknown how long the deer was stuck on the ice but a team from MAssWildlife was able to tranquilize the animal and free it from the lake.

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Williamstown Package Store Keeps Customers Coming Back

Family-owned Gold Leaf package store wants to keep it personal and supply its customers with exactly what they want.

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North Adams Considers Adopting State Law to Reduce Speed Limits

At Tuesday's City Council meeting, Lamb said there were a lot of layers to go through with the state to reduce any speed limits. Adopting the state law would cut through those layers.

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Five Years Later, 'Sustainable Berkshires' Plan Being Implemented

When it comes to local planning efforts, nothing was more ambitious than the Sustainable Berkshires master plan. The 800 or so page document was developed by stakeholders throughout the county as it looked to create a master plan for the entire county. After three years of work, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission adopted the full document in 2014.

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Lawsuit Accuses Wayfair of Misleading Investors

While the city and state was courting Wayfair to bring some 3,300 new jobs to the state, investors felt they were being misled. A class action lawsuit has been filed against the Boston-based company alleging that Wayfair officials failed to disclose adverse facts about the company, deceived the public regarding its future business, artificially inflated the stock price and allowed Wayfair executives and insiders to sell off millions worth of their personally held stock at the inflated price.

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North Adams Planners Approve Livery Headquarters

Attorney James Sisto, representing JP Parent, said the company had outgrown its location in Adams and is now leasing the Curran Highway property.

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North Adams Airport Building to Be Moved This Week

Peter Enzien of Stantec Consulting Services, the airport's engineer, told the Airport Commission on Tuesday that the long-awaited building move should start Thursday morning between 8:30 and 9:00.

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Williams' BioEYES Program Expanding to Six More Schools

This year, the program itself is multiplying with plans to go into more than twice as many schools throughout the region.

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Pittsfield Police Warns of Phone Scam

Police are warning residents of a phone scam. The department received a complaint on Monday that woman received a call asking for donations on behalf of the department. The caller asked the woman for her credit card information. Police, however, say that neither the Pittsfield Police Officers Union Local 447 nor the Pittsfield Police Supervisors Union Local 447S is currently running a fundraiser

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Williamstown Encourages Short-Term Rental Owners to Register with State

Late last year, in response to the explosion in short-term rentals because of the success of online services like Airbnb and VRBO, the Legislature passed a regulatory regime that was signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker.

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McCann Tech Drone Program Taking Off

Principal Justin Kratz and teacher Perry Burdick gave the School Committee a drone presentation Thursday night and demonstrated what the little aircraft could do even in the confines of the meeting room.

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North Adams Schools Will Hire Full-Time Business Administrator

The committee last week voted not to renew its contract with the North Berkshire School Union to share the services of its business manager. Rather, the school district will seek a full-time business administrator effective July 1.

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Pittsfield Eyes Development of Pickleball Courts at Springside Park

Pickleball put the city in a somewhat of a pickle. The Parks Commission approved a plan to develop pickleball courts near the Doyle Softball Complex in Springside Park but not without opposition. The approval goes against the Springside Park Conservancy's wishes that the project takes a backburner to others specifically outlined in the park's master plan.

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Lanesborough Considering Leasing Space at American Legion

The selectmen have been paying bills for the American Legion out of their own pocket. Town Manager Kelli Robbins had recently identified that the town's support for the American Legion wasn't legal and stopped payments. The town spends $5,500 per year to pay for propane, electricity, and the phone lines for the legion and the Selectmen remain supportive of that decision.

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Farley-Bouvier Preps For New Legislative Session

State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier says that since 2016, the Massachusetts legislature has been shifting further left. And that's meant the Progressive Caucus' numbers are growing. She is currently the co-chair of that group and has watched it swell in ranks.

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Williamstown Elementary Names Citizenship Award Winners

Four Williamstown Elementary School sixth-graders are being recognized for their kindness, enthusiasm and helpfulness.

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Cheshire Legislation Approval Paves Way for Expanded Board

Interim Town Administrator Edmund St. John IV told the Selectmen on Tuesday that after years of troubleshooting and working with the state, the town is poised to hold the vote needed to increase the board size.

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Clinton Church Restoration Hires Project Architects

The New York City-based firm, headed by architect Mario Gooden, is one of the few African-American architectural firms in the country.

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@theMarket: Markets Bounce 10 Percent Since Christmas

If you are not living the markets every single moment, day-in, day-out, then forget about profiting from it. Most retail investors will get chopped up into little pieces and spit out by the proprietary trading desks and their quantum computers.

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Adams Planning Board Continues Solar Array Hearing

SunRaise proposes to install a ground-mounted solar array at 101 Grove St., Duke's Sand & Gravel Pit, and is requesting a special permit and site plan approval. The company leases land and roofs to develop solar projects.

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North Adams Moves New Airport Administrative Building

A crew from Wolfe House & Building Movers of Bernville, Pa., had lifted the two-story building off its original pad and onto a motorized trailer for the short hike around the corner.

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Barrett Enters First Full Term With Legislative Agenda

Entering his first full session in the House of Representative, John Barrett is doubling down on the priorities he held when he was first elected. "One of the areas I'm obviously concerned about is transportation in the county. We need it, especially in the Northern Berkshire area," Barrett said.

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Hinds Chats Priorities With BRPC

The Berkshires don't have the traffic congestion or real estate prices that the Boston area does. And Jim Lovejoy, from Mount Washington, sees that as an opportunity. He envisions using the effort to expand broadband in Western Massachusetts as a chance to build a far superior internet connection that will incentivize companies to build and grow here instead.

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Temescal to Sell Recreational Marijuana Starting Tuesday

Temescal Wellness will start recreational sales of marijuana on Tuesday starting at 11 a.m. The company will be the first to sell recreational marijuana in the city and will be the second in the county. Temescal was granted its license to sell for adult use in December and is now expecting a big crowd on the first day.

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Pittsfield Home Damaged When Car Hit Porch

A Wellington Avenue home was damaged when a vehicle collided with the porch Friday night.

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North Adams Happenings: Jan. 16-22

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

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Berkshires Beat: Mt. Everett Students Join Dance Exchange Program in India

In addition to the participants learning classical and Bollywood-style dance, Keswick students taught traditional crafts, language, games and other cultural traditions unique to India.

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Letter: Mass MoCA Needs to Address Children's Art

It is believed that both parties will have to make mutual concessions and your leadership and support of such is crucial as a concerned citizen and Director of Mass MoCA.

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Pickup Truck Collides With Trestle Foundation in North Adams

The accident occurred at around 6:30 p.m. and initially was reported as occurring on Ashland Street.

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Biz Briefs: Balance Rock Investment Group Celebrates 20 Years With Move

Balance Rock Investment Group closed out 2018 with after celebrating the firm's 20th anniversary and move to its new office space on South Street in Pittsfield.

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Adams Seeks Input on Hazard Mitigation Plan

Interim Town Administrator Donna Cesan told the Selectmen on Wednesday that earlier this week a public meeting was held go over the completed draft.

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College Notes: January & February 2019

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Mount Greylock Grad Barrett Earns Regional Honor at Westfield State

Westfield State senior guard Lucy Barrett (Mt. Greylock/Williamstown, Mass.) Tuesday added New England Women's Basketball Association weekly honor roll honors to her resume after picking up the MASCAC Player of the Week award on Monday.

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Baseball in the Berkshires Museum Offers Red Sox,Yankees Items this Weekend

The Yankee-Red Sox rivalry continues this weekend at the Baseball in the Berkshires Museum at the Berkshire Mall.

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The Independent Investor: Pay Gap for Women Is Growing

If Citigroup, one of the world's largest banks, is any indication, women earn 29 percent less than their male counterparts. It also revealed that only 37 percent of its managerial jobs were held by females.

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Williams Women's Basketball Blows Out Bates in Third Quarter

The Williams College women's basketball defeated Bates on Saturday.

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Gaudette Backstops Teddy's Pizza to Box Lacrosse Title

Tyler Gaudette made 38 saves Wednesday to lead Teddy's Pizza to a 26-16 win over the Young Guns in the Berkshire Box Lacrosse League Championship.

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Pittsfield Looks to Crack Down on Off-leash Dogs in Kirvin Park

The Parks Commission wants to crack down on off-leash dogs at Kirvin Park. The park off of Williams Street had long been used by dog owners as a place to let their four-legged friends run off leash. However, dogs are required to be on leash in a city park and the increasing use of the park of dogs has led to problems.

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Williams Cross Country Skiers Start Season Strong

Day number two of the first carnival weekend has come and gone and the Williams College Nordic team is already climbing in ranks.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Jan. 18-24

On Sunday from 3-6 p.m. at Second Congregational Church, join Multicultural Bridge and the Berkshire County NAACP for Dreaming Beyond Borders, the annual community celebration of the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The speaker will be the Rev. Da Vita D. McCallister, Lead Pastor of First Church in Somerville, Mass.

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'Green Book': Because Look Out Old Macky's Back

Anyone with a heart and a half-decent upbringing will be abashed by the stark divulgences about intolerance in America so artfully unearthed as Mahershala Ali's Don Shirley, the world famous pianist, is escorted on his tour through the Deep South by Viggo Mortensen's Tony Lip.

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Berkshire Museum Announces New Chief Engagement Officer

Rigas has more than 20 years of experience in fundraising, donor engagement and management of cultural and educational organizations, most recently as the director of development at Mass MoCA.

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Fitchburg Sweeps MCLA Women's, Men's Basketball

The MCLA women's and men's basketball teams lost to Fitchburg State on Wednesday.

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What's Keeping You From Protecting Your Family's Future?

Fortunately, you can help prevent this 'worst-case" scenario from happening if you have sufficient life insurance.

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Mt. Greylock Students Inducted Into National Honor Society

This ceremony honors students who have demonstrated high achievement at school and in the community in the areas of scholarship, character, leadership and service.

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New Doctor Joins BMC Cardiology Services

Dr. Hagerty specializes in general cardiology and electrophysiology and is accepting new patients in need of cardiology services.

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