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North Adams Woman Celebrates 100 Years

The world was much different in 1918 the year she was born: Woodrow Wilson was president; World War I had ended, and the Boston Red Sox won their last World Series until 2004.

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DA Candidates Battle in Pittsfield Gazette Debate at BCC

Andrea Harrington said some 95 percent of criminal cases end with plea deals crafted behind closed doors. When one person gets probation after being caught with pounds of marijuana and guns, while another person is given a two-year mandatory minimum sentence for selling a joint worth of marijuana, it certainly gives people pause. They wonder, is the justice system fair?

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Marijuana Cultivator Looking to Operate in Adams

Art Babayan of Natick, principal of LC Square LLC, told the Selectmen last week of his plans to establish a marijuana cultivation facility at 173 Howland Ave.

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Berkshires Beat: Williams Prepares to Welcome Class of 2022

The 540 students who make up the Williams College Class of 2022 will arrive on campus on Monday, Aug. 27, for First Days, their official orientation to the college.

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Cheshire Selectmen Want Pine Valley Roads Paved

The Selectmen fear Morgan Management plan to reimburse Pine Valley Mobile Home Park residents without paving the park roads. Selectwoman Carol Francesconi read a letter from Morgan Management’s attornies Kraus and Hummel Tuesday requesting that the upcoming Aug. 25 rent control hearing be canceled and stated that they are currently calculating how much the park residents have paid since the rent increase.

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Mount Greylock Building Committee Notes Excitement for New School

But in just a couple of weeks, the district gets back to business: educating the children from its member towns plus New Ashford and Hancock. And for the middle and high school students, that means a whole new experience, which the School Building Committee took a few moments to celebrate at its Thursday meeting.

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Roadside Grill Brings Traditional Polish Food to Stamford

So Rum utilized some space in his property on 180 Main Road in which he runs his other business Four Seasons Images Inc. The result is the 180 Polish Roadside Grill.

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Neal, Amatul-Wadud To Meet In Two Televised Debates

Richard Neal and Tahirah Amatul-Wadud have agreed to two televised debates. The two are seeking the seat of U.S. Representative in the September primary. The longtime sitting Congressman Neal is being challenged by attorney and activist Amatul-Wadud. The two will first meet on Aug. 22 for a debate on WWLP, channel 22 and then on Aug. 30 at WGBY.

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Corner Office Convos: Summer 2018 With Mayor Linda Tyer

About this time three years ago Mayor Linda Tyer stood in front of a blighted John Street property as just a candidate. She made it a focus that blight would be a major piece of her campaign. About this time next year, Mayor Linda Tyer will be a candidate again and she believes that property will no longer be in existence (though the owner has appealed the demolition order).

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Pedestrian Killed After Being Hit By Train In Pittsfield

A pedestrian was reportedly killed while walking on the training tracks. Authorities have not released information regarding the incident but that the accident happened shortly after 6 p.m. near Center Street. The pedestrian was reportedly walking on the tracks and the Amtrak train heading from Boston to Chicago was unable to stop in time.

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Lanesborough Ups Urgency In Police Station Renovations

Selectman Robert Ericson has missed the deadline given to him to complete the third phase of renovations at the police station. The retired engineer took on the project after touring it in 2014. He is part of the town's energy committee and has headed efforts with the Green Community Act. In late 2014 the town decided to install a new boiler system for the poorly heated 1800's building.

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Hijinx Night Returns To Adams Monday

Although the event was postponed last month because of rain, Hijinx will return to Park Street this Monday. Organizer Joseph Martin said people can expect a much bigger street fair this year.

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Elder Services Appoints New Executive Director

McLaughlin is a leader in the long-term care network in western Massachusetts, having served in health care administration his entire career. For the last 14 years, he has served as the chief operating officer of the Mercy Continuing Care Network (an affiliate of Trinity Health of New England).

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Saint James Place Elects New Member of Board of Directors

A cinema and photography graduate of Ithaca College, Davis holds a master of arts from the National University of Ireland and was a tenured professor at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, also in Ireland. She resides in Great Barrington with her three children, all of whom who are students in the Berkshire Hills Regional School District.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 17-23

Hancock Shaker Village hosts a brand-new kind of festival curated by musicians Anna & Elizabeth. The full-day fest will include a sing-a-long, movement and art-making workshops, a dance party and more. Festivities begin at 1:30 p.m. and go until late.

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Auditor: PEDA's Unrestricted Funds Continue to Dwindle

An urgency to develop the William Stanley Business Park continues to grow as another year has gone by without a significant windfall of income for the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority. PEDA has been spending approximately $305,000 in General Electric settlement money per year to supplement its operations. That account has dwindled down over the years without a significant boon in revenue to replenish it and if the current trends continue, PEDA will be out of available funds by 2024.

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Williamstown Planning Board Grapples With Accessory Dwelling Unit Issue

In the spring, faced with intense opposition from a vocal group of residents, the board abandoned a proposal to implement changes that would have eased zoning restrictions and created more flexibility in residential zones.

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The Independent Investor: Turmoil in Turkey

There will be no "contagion." What is happening in Turkey is truly a "Tempest in a Teapot" that bears little resemblance to the crisis in Greece several years ago. Yet, over the last week, Turkey's currency, the lira, fell to record lows, interest rates skyrocketed, and their stock market cratered.

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Pittsfield Police Unions Respond to Allegations Made During Council Meeting

As the job of a police officer becomes "more dangerous and thankless each and every day," Igor Greenwald "belittled" the good work officers do, so says the police unions. Greenwald has been behind an effort to create a Police Oversight Committee and at a recent subcommittee shared shorties and brought others to testify about negative interactions with police. Greenwald contends there is a "a whole basket of bad apples" in the Police Department and an oversight committee to handle complaints o

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Tape Grass Has Returned to Cheshire Reservoir

The town was last plagued by the weed in 2016 and had to bring in SOLitude Lake Management to clean up the lake with a rake type mechanism called a harvester.

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Pittsfield Council Has Little Luck With Spectrum Cable

No matter how much the City Council and residents complain about the loss of local programming, Spectrum Cable will not be bringing it back. Melinda Kinney of Charter Communications told the council Wednesday night that the WWLP 22 and WCVB 5 Boston cost too much to bring back to the area. The national company had made a decision that it will not pay extra to carry the channels that are considered "out of market."

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Williamstown Select Board Weighs Potential Enforcement for Future Alcohol Violations

The board decided to authorize Town Manager Jason Hoch to send a letter to the businesses that failed to notify them of the board's concern and its intention to take action if one of the establishments is found in violation again in the next 12 months.

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North Adams Eagle Street Project Celebrated

On Wednesday evening during the annual Downtown Celebration, there was a pause to cut a blue ribbon strung between the brand-new eagle medallions marking the exit of the historic street.

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Cheshire to Pave Three Roads

Out of 100, Maple Drive scores 39, West Mountain Road 36 and the section of Wells Road, scored a 42.

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Mass MoCA Announces Its Fall Season

Theatergoers are going to be mad about Mass MoCA this fall. Jon Hamm, the star of the landmark television series “Mad Men,” comes to town this fall to collaborate in a work-in-progress theater project dubbed Fishing, which will see him team with Wilco percussionist Glen Kotche and director/choreographer Danielle Agami.

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