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North Adams Happenings: Dec. 13-19

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

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PEDA Commits More Funding For Berkshire Innovation Center

PEDA will help close an operating funding gap for the Berkshire Innovation Center. The Pittsfield Economic Development Agency pledged a grant of up to $300,000, subject to negotiations, to keep the BIC operating in 2018 and in hopes of releasing the state's commitment for construction.

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North Adams City Council Tours New DPW Facility

Mayor Richard Alcombright told the councilors and councilors-elect during the walk-through of the overhauled former anodizing plant that the space has been "transformed"

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Pittsfield Council Critical of Trash Pickup Plan

Many city councilors are critical of implementing a new trash collection program. The council debated the issue for a second lengthy meeting on Tuesday. The City Council first fielded the switch from the current curbside trash collection program to a toter system, which the administration says will help lower annual operating costs for garbage collection, at a committee of the whole meeting a month ago.

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Medical Marijuana Dispensary Pitched in Williamstown

Silver, the founder and CEO of Silver Therapeutics, brought several members of his team to Town Hall to explain how he hopes to establish an indoor cultivation facility in the Franklin County town of Orange and a dispensary at the other end of the Mohawk Trail (Route 2) in the Village Beautiful.

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Berkshire County Groups Call for Action to Protect Net Neutrality

The issue at hand one they insist affects everyone is an upcoming congressional vote on the Federal Communications Commission's plan to repeal the rules that currently restrict how large broadband companies can control their users' access.

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Tuesday, Dec. 12: Berkshires County Winter Storm Cancellations

Here is a list of cancellations on Tuesday, Dec. 12. Send cancellations to info@iberkshires.com.

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Lanesborough Sticks With Single Tax Rate For Fiscal 2018

Assessor Kelly Tolisano said the tax rate will be increasing by 51 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. The rate is now $21.40, which reflects an increase of just short of 2.5 percent.

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Mount Greylock Building Committee Talks Parking Lot Deadline

On Thursday, the building committee approved $117,000 worth of change orders, including about $80,000 for a change to the roof of the renovated gymnasium. Those and previously approved changes bring the contingency line down to about $1.86 million.

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North Adams Planners Do Not Recommend Recreation Marijuana Moratorium

During a joint Planning Board and City Council public hearing Monday, the Planning Board heard from councilors and residents alike who were opposed to delaying a possible recreational marijuana facility from moving into the community.

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Adams PAL Basketball League Play Under Way

Kamarion Kasther scored 20 points Saturday to lead his team to victory in the Adams PAL Basketball League.

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Board Of Health Can Not Yet Inspect Curtis Paper

The town began the process of taking the property last year from MJD Real Estate, which owes more than $450,000 in property taxes.

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Biz Briefs: Wild Oats Celebrates 35 Years As Cooperative in Williamstown

The main event will be a cake cutting at 3:35 p.m., but the celebration will go on all day with vendor demos throughout the day, including Maplebrook Farm, Hop2o, Heritage Cider and Niman Ranch.

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Bennington Center for the Arts Donated to Southern Vermont College

Laumeister and his wife Elizabeth Small, who founded the Bennington Center for the Arts in 1994, have donated the Route 9 facility to the college, which will name it the Laumeister Art Center at Southern Vermont College in honor of the donor.

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Berkshires Beat: Habitat for Humanity Giving One Family Ultimate Christmas Present

More than 700 volunteers and over 17,500 hours of volunteer labor helped build the DelSonno house during the last seven months.

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10 Most Dangerous Pittsfield Intersections: 2017 Edition

The ratings use a weighted system. If there is a fatality at an intersection, it is given a score of 10. If the accident causes a non-fatal injury, the intersection receives five points. An accident that only causes property damage receives one point. Over a three-year period, those scores then start to show specific areas that tend to see more and more serious accidents.

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Williamstown School Committee Member Questions Education's Emphasis on Technology

Johnson emphasized that his comments were meant to address the national trend in education and not reflect on Williamstown's priorities. And he said there are issues of equity involved in the rush to bring technology into the classroom.

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Boys & Girls Club Black Tops Greylock

Sean Harrigan led three players in double figures for the Boys & Girls Club Black in a recent travel basketball win.

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Williams Men's Basketball Tops Springfield

The Williams men's basketball team Saturday won its final game before the holiday break.

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Pittsfield Health Officials Back Trash Collection Changes

Health Director Gina Armstrong doesn't see the enforcement of new trash regulations becoming a difficult task. The Board of Health is currently in charge of enforcing nuisance issues regarding trash already. Armstrong brought up some areas of concern about the proposed toter system regulations, but overall said it will keep the city cleaner.

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North Adams SteepleCats Name Manager

The North Adams SteepleCats Friday named Justin Sumner as their manager for the 2018 season.

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Clarksburg School Committee Requests Extension on School Project

School Committee is formally asking for an extension on its school building renovation plans in light of new information on the town's financial status. The school district and its partners are asking for time until Jan. 12 to meet with financial and legal consultants "to review the feasibility of moving forward."

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BArT Presents 'Twelfth Night'

The production is filled with music, mistaken identities, tangled letters of love, and gender-bending hijinks.

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Goodwill of the Berkshires Names New President and CEO

Twiggs, a Lenox resident, had most recently served as Goodwill's chief operating officer. He joined the organization in 2012 and has served in other senior management roles at Goodwill, including director of logistics.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 8-14

Shire City Sanctuary will again host its Holiday Shindy, featuring more than 60 artisan vendors, yummy food, warm drinks and live music