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Authorities Investigate Report of Shooting at Pittsfield Officer's House

Authorities are investigating a shooting incident at the home of a Pittsfield Police officer at 102 Cromwell Ave.

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Red Sox World Series Trophy to Appear in North Adams

The trophy will be on view from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors will be allowed to take photos with the trophy, but please note, no touching.

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Pittsfield Schools Hold Ground on Indigenous Peoples Day

The School Committee held firm on its decision to rename Columbus Day on the school calendar to Indigenous Peoples Day. The committee took a moral stand back in January that Christopher Columbus was not someone to be celebrated and vowed to teach the true history of the man and the atrocities he for which he was responsible. And with that, they stripped the name of the holiday on the second Monday in October and renamed it in honor of the people whose cultures were destroyed because of his ac

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Community Sidewalk Mural Featured at DownStreet Art

The Public Arts Commission on Wednesday approved the first of four proposed sidewalk murals commissioned by the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center.

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New Hope United Methodist Church Renovating State Street Structure

New Hope United Methodist Church have found a new home on State Street and want to open its doors to the community. Reverend Danial Randall said the new church, currently under renovation, at 192 State St. will not only be a place of worship but a center for community engagement and refuge.

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North Adams Council OKs New Vehicles for Public Services

The order authorizes the purchase of four Ford F550 heavy duty trucks (the green trucks); two Dodge Ram Tradesman pickup trucks for Public Services and Inspection Services; a Chevrolet Silverado 3500 for the Building Department and Hyundai Sonata Hybrid for Inspection Services.

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Superior Court Briefs: July 9 - July 12

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Emerging Trend of E-Bikes Comes to The Berkshires

Berkshire Bike and Board is finding a burgeoning market in e-bikes. Electronic bicycles have been in existence for more than a decade but only recently has the technology began to take hold in the Berkshires. The bicycles are just like traditional bikes and made by traditional bike manufacturers, but come with a small battery-powered motor attached to the crank to help assist with the peddling.

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Save The Art Continues Opposition to Berkshire Museum Art Sale

Tom Patti considered it a compliment to have his art in the same building as Norman Rockwell and Alexander Calder. Patti had his work commissioned for the Berkshire Museum. He has pieces at the entrance, the foyer, and in three other locations. But now, Patti doesn't feel that the museum values local artists.

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North Adams Conservation Commission Sees Porches Plans

he Conservation Commission gave the Porches its blessing to go forward with an expansion. Charlie LaBatt, of Guntlow & Associates, went over the Porches’ plan to expand parking and green space on their campus as well as plans to remediate the former Sunshine Pools property across the street.

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Three More Marijuana Companies Seek Pittsfield Permits

Three more marijuana companies are working their way through the local permitting process. Temescal Wellness, Bloom Brothers, and David Graziani all received approvals from the Community Development Board Tuesday night - though the first was more of an update to a previously approved medical marijuana facility to become recreational and the third requires a secondary approval.

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Mount Greylock Teachers File Complaints Over Contract

Teachers in the Lanesborough and Williamstown elementary schools and at Mount Greylock Regional School have filed a series of unfair labor practice complaints with the state Department of Labor Relations, according to a statement released on Monday.

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Pittsfield Police Shut Down Shooting Range

The Police Department is looking for a new place for firearm training. The city has closed the shooting range on Utility Drive, off Holmes Road, following a challenge to the zoning laws. A group of residents in the area has been trying to get the range closed, citing safety and nuisance factors, and lodged a formal complaint saying the use of that property violated the city's zoning.

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North Adams Seeks Funding to Overhaul Brayton Park

The project in its entirety is slated to cost $455,000 and the city is requesting $318,500, or 70 percent of the project, from PARC. The remaining 30 percent ($136,500) will come for the next round of Community Development Block Grant funds.

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Pittsfield's Airport Manager Finds New Opportunity Elsewhere

Airport Manager Gloria Bouillon has taken a new job in Beverly. Bouillon has been on the job since February of last year and is credited with moving a number of improvement projects along, increasing revenues, and positioning the airport for years to come. She came to Pittsfield from Colorado, citing Pittsfield as an airport with great potential.

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Defense Seeks Dismissal In Assault Case Against Police Officer

The attorney representing a city police officer accused of assault and battery has taken aim at the witness's credibility. Officer Michael McHugh is accused of assaulting a 54-year-old man while off duty on the evening of July 4, 2016. The case is now eyed to go to trial in November but on Monday, Attorney Timothy Shugrue argued for the case to be dismissed saying the victim's account of the night is untrustworthy because he was allegedly under the influence of alcohol and painkillers.

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Adams Selectmen to Look Into Russell Field Project

During a short Selectmen's meeting on Wednesday, Selectman Joseph Nowak relayed some information from the Parks Commission and said the commissioners are not happy with the condition of the field.

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Adams Needs Funding Source for Cemetery Shed

Commissioner Bruce Shepley told the commission Wednesday that although they may have found a proper storage shed to meet cold storage needs at Bellevue Cemetery, actually purchasing it may be a problem.

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High Demand Shown For Pittsfield's Needle Exchange Program

The needle exchange program has collected more than 15,000 dirty needles in the first five months of this year. According to Berkshire Health Systems Director of Infection Prevention and Control Michael Perreault, that shows the need for the disease prevention program is there.

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Adams Board of Health May Enhance Signage at Transfer Station

Board of Health member David Rhoads told the rest of the board last week that he recently attended the Mass Recycling Center Workshop where he was updated on initiatives available to communities to help promote recycling.

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Old Debates Rehashed as Williamstown Planners Try to Focus on Future

The Planning Board on Tuesday held its second meeting since May's town election and the town meeting at which the prior board had hoped to bring an ambitious proposal to revamp the town's zoning bylaws before voters.

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Drury Announces Fourth Quarter Honor Roll

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Caccaviello, Harrington Campaigns Take Aim at Each Other

District Attorney Candidates Paul Caccaviello and Andrea Harrington have taken aim at each other over the last few weeks. Caccaviello first challenged Harrington's fitness for office, saying she doesn't have the "basic qualifications" needed.

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Painted Pianos on Display Across Berkshire County

The live auction will take place on Sunday, Aug. 26. Until then, viewers can see (and in most cases, try out) the pianos at various venues around the county.

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Elementary School Science Camp Held at Williams College

As part of the weeklong day camp, campers were assigned each night to think about a phenomenon observed in class and develop a "story" that might explain it.

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Presence of West Nile Prompts Mosquito Spraying in Pittsfield

A truck-mounted adulticide spraying in the area of Elm and Williams from 10 p.m. until midnight on Monday, July 16. If it rains, the spraying will be rescheduled for Wednesday, July 18.

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LaFesta Legacy: North Adams Boy to Follow Father in Annual Baseball Exchange

Peter Greenbush cannot tell you the scores of his games in the LaFesta Baseball Exchange, and that’s not just because the games were played a quarter-century ago. “I honestly remember it like it was yesterday,” Greenbush said this week. “The field in Boston sits right on the bay there. It’s an unmistakable right field fence that’s 50 feet high. I remember the food they cooked for us, the parade they did for us.

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World Series Trophy Draws Curious, 'Cats

The players on this year's North Adams SteepleCats are too young to really remember the frustration that preceded the Boston Red Sox' 2004 World Series Championship. But that did not stop them from being a little awestruck in the presence of history.

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Adams Receives Town Hall Roof Bid

The aging roof has been on the town’s radar for some time now and $220,000 was actually allocated in fiscal 2018 to make various repairs to Town Hall.

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Williamstown Pollinator Campaign Celebrates Successful Educational Effort

Art and science came together in a unique way for Bridget Spann. One of the coordinators of the town’s Bee Friendly Williamstown campaign was at the Clark Art Institute in May when she had an epiphany.

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'Motor Voter' Legislation Passes Senate on Unanimous Vote

The legislation creates a framework in which eligible voters will be automatically registered to vote when receiving services from the Registry of Motor vehicles, MassHealth, and other participating state agencies.

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Candidate Gonzalez Promises To Keep Close Ties To Berkshires

As secretary of administration and finance in under Gov. Deval Patrick's administration, Jay Gonzalez took a number of trips to the Berkshires. Patrick, who owns a home in Richmond, used to hold cabinet meetings, bringing state secretaries from various parts of government together. Gonzalez doesn't see that same level of commitment from current Gov. Charlie Baker and the Needham Democrat says he'll make sure the Berkshires are a priority in Boston.

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Adams Native Selected for National Leadership Academy

Polidoro, an Adams, Mass., native, is a manager at Matrix Financial, LLC in Wellesley, Mass., where she provides tax planning, consulting and compliance services to high-net-worth individuals and closely held businesses. Her areas of expertise include partnership, S Corporation and individual taxation, with a subspecialty in both commercial and residential real estate.

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1Berkshire Announces 2018 Berkshire Trendsetter Finalists

The 1Berkshire Trendsetter Awards showcase Berkshire-based individuals and businesses who demonstrate excellence in several areas. Each year these winners are the highlight of the annual Celebrate the Berkshires event.

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Biz Briefs: Williams College Study Says Kripalu Center Generates $64 Million in Economic Activity for Berkshires

A new study conducted by the Williams College Center for Creative Community Development has found the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health has a strong economic impact on the Berkshires, surrounding Western Massachusetts communities, and the state of Massachusetts as a whole.

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Berkshires Beat: Adaptive Water Program to Hold Clinic at Camp Russell

This collaboration will provide the opportunity for these youth to take part in adaptive skiing which puts no limits on who can go into the water.

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SteepleCats Fall to Sanford, Maine, at Joe Wolfe

The North Adams SteepleCats lost, 7-3, at home on Sunday evening.

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Berkshire Money Management Welcomes Third Hire of the Year

Bielski, who is a registered investment advisor, brings nearly two decades of experience to BMM and will focus specifically on the firm's day-to-day operational responsibilities.

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Cheshire to Explore Fixing Pricey Road Grader

Crane asked the selectmen in March if they would consider purchasing a new grader, however, the board took pause because a new grader would likely cost over $325,000.

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Pittsfield American League All-Stars Win 12-Year-Old District Crown

The Pittsfield American League All-Stars Thursday beat Dalton-Hinsdale to win the District 1 12-year-old Little League title.

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Berkshire Attack Competes at Northfield Mount Hermon Tourney

The Berkshire Attack girls lacrosse team last weekend competed in the Northern Rise Lacrosse Tourney at Northfield Mount Hermon School.

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Deadline Tuesday to File for Mount Greylock School Committee Election

Time is running out for anyone who wants to run for the newly constituted Mount Greylock Regional School District School Committee. Nomination papers must be returned to the town clerks in Williamstown and Lanesborough by Tuesday, July 24, at 5 p.m.

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Elizabeth Warren to Host 30th Town Hall in Great Barrington

The state's senior senator said she will take questions from the audience and discuss her work standing up for working families of Massachusetts against powerful corporate interests.

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DiGenarro's Late Heroics Lift Bay State Girls Basketball Team to Gold Medal

Brooke DiGennaro hit a game-winning 3-pointer in the closing seconds of overtime for the West team in Sunday's Bay State Games finale.

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Lee Community Tennis Still Has Openings for Youth Camps

The Lee Community Tennis Association is offering an extended sign-up period for its team tennis programs for children ages 5 to 18.

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Temple Anshe Amunim Announces 2018 Members of the Year

Now retired from their respective fields in education and medicine, the Pellishes have dedicated themselves to social action, social awareness and social justice for the temple and in the greater community.

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North Adams Happenings: July 18-24

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

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Clark Art Names New Associate Curator of Contemporary Projects

Wiesenberger's interests span modern and contemporary art, design, and architecture. He has been a member of the Yale faculty since 2013, teaching a seminar on the history and theory of graphic design in the school's MFA program in graphic design

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BCC Pinning Ceremony Recognizes Practical Nurse Graduates

The ceremony is a time-honored nursing school tradition, dating back before the turn of the 20th century. Traditionally, nursing students have conducted an honors or pinning ceremony to mark the passage of student nurse role to practice role.

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Berkshire Force 12U Team Wins Two at Babe Ruth Regional

The Berkshire Force 12U softball team defeated Londonderry, N.H., and New Milford, Conn., on Saturday.

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