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Legislators Pledge Support to Disabled Community During Uncertain Times

The 17th annual Berkshire Legislative Breakfast to support services for people with disabilities saw a crowd of more than 300 at the ITAM Lodge to hear families and care providers share their concerns with members of the county's legislative delegation. That's the county's delegation in Boston, but events in Washington, D.C., very much on the minds of the speakers and the audience alike.

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Flying Cloud Institute Welcomes New Board Member

Nash currently runs NASH Insights in Lenox, Mass., working with organizations to assess their needs, conduct program evaluation, and obtain grant funding. She is the former executive director of the Berkshire County Regional Employment Board and the Boston Area Health Education Center.

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Lanesborough, Pittsfield Police Participate In 'High Five' Friday

Police throughout Massachusetts on Friday stood outside of their local elementary schools waiting for the students to arrive. Once the children piled off the bus, the officers were there greeting them with high fives to start their day.

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Pittsfield, State Trying To Find Way to Make East Street Repairs

The city is still trying to secure funding to renovate the intersection of Woodlawn Avenue and East Street. But, it could take a while. The city had previously sought to fund it with a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration for an array of improvements there tying into the development of the William Stanley Business Park. That federal officials responded saying the grant had asked to pull out some items, such as bringing fiberwire to the park. The city responded

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Adams Police May Leave Civil Service

Adams is considering leaving Civil Service requirements to make it easier to hire officers. Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco broached the possibility during joint Selectmen's and Finance Committee's fourth and final budget hearing held on Thursday night at the Visitors Center. That public hearing reviewed the public safety and library budget sections of the proposed $15.5 million town budget.

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Cheshire Seeks Ways to Keep Elementary School Open

Cheshire residents are exploring ways to keep their elementary school open even as the regional district prepares to relocate its students to other schools. More than 150 parents and community members attended a public forum moderated by the Board of Selectmen on Wednesday night to hash out possibilities to keep the school running or resurrect it later.

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Independent Investor: Don't Worry, Be Happy

Where, you might ask, do we here in the U.S. rank? The answer would be No. 14, down from No. 3 in 2007. The least happy inhabitants on Earth appear to be in Africa while the average Chinese person is no happier than he was 25 years ago, despite the country's much-lauded economic miracle.

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Cheshire Sees Race for Selectman

Voters will decide a two-way race for the Board of Selectmen this year, one of only two races on the town election ballot. Edmund St. John IV and E. Richard Scholz will vie for a three-year seat being vacated by current Chairman Paul Astorino.

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Mass MoCA Looking to Orient Visitors, Send Them Downtown

Thousands of visitors are headed for the city this summer and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts is hoping to push as many as it can into the downtown. The museum opens its $65 million renovation of the massive Building 6 that will double its gallery and events space and welcome back the Solid Sound Festival and Freshgrass.

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Adams Reviews Adams-Cheshire, McCann Fiscal 2018 Budgets

The Selectmen and Finance Committee heard from both Adams-Cheshire Regional School District and McCann Technical School on their fiscal 2108 spending plans and aired concerns about both budgets. Wednesday was the third of four joint budget hearings held at the Adams Visitors Center. The two regional school budgets make 39 percent of the town's proposed $15.5 million the fiscal 2018 budget.

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Pittsfield Committed to Diversity But Work Still to Be Done

A recent letter to the editor castigating the city's administration for failing to promote affirmative action prompted Mayor Linda Tyer to respond with a full court press. Since taking office last year, Tyer said her administration has worked to increase outreach to minority populations, provide greater access to employment and work with organizations such as the NAACP, and recruit a more diverse population on boards and commission. The process is transformative, she said, and takes time.

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Vermont State Police Seek Information on Stamford Accident

State police are seeking information related to a reported hit-and-run that took place late Wednesday morning. Samantha Goodreau, 22, of North Adams, Mass., was southbound on Main Road in her 2014 Hyundai Elantra when she says another vehicle forced her off the road, and she collided with the guard rail on the southbound lane, and then fled.

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Adams Reviews Facilities and DPW Budgets for Fiscal 2018

Town officials reviewed public buildings, public works and the public services budgets on Tuesday night during the second of four budget hearings scheduled this week. Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco lead the joint Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee budget hearing at the Visitors Center in going over spending plans for the three departments in the $15.5 million fiscal 2018 budget that is up $1 million increase over this year.

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Habitat for Humanity ReStore Celebrating Earth Day by Holding DIY Contest

Participants should register for the Do-it-Yourself contest at ReStore, 399 Hubbard Ave., by March 25 to get their project materials and chance to win the grand prize, a $100 certificate to the ReStore.

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Williamstown School Committee Sends Fiscal 2018 Budget to Town

The Williamstown School Committee on Tuesday voted to send the town a fiscal 2018 budget that raises overall spending at the K-6 school by 2.39 percent. The appropriated portion of the budget the part paid by local property taxes is up by 3.64 percent according to the budget presented at a Tuesday public hearing and approved by a unanimous of the committee moments later.

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Berkshire Arts, Research Take Hits in White House Budget

Federal spending on the arts and the sciences each would take a hit in the White House's proposal. And that would have ramifications locally, whether it's federally funded research at institutions of higher learning or arts programs at museums and theater companies that are the backbone of the region's tourist trade.

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Pittsfield Brainstorms Future of Parks and Open Spaces

Expand the skate park. Add lights to Clapp Park. Fix the drainage at the old beach at Pontoosuc Lake. More benches at Burbank. Disposal stations for dog waste. Dog parks. Outdoor ice skating. Restoring the Springside House. And the list goes on.

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Cheshire Holding Public Forum on Ideas for Cheshire School

The community is coming together on Wednesday night to brainstorm reuses for Cheshire School and ideas to resurrect it. The information session will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the school.

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Xerox Affiliate Opens Office Space In Allegrone Co-Working Building

Connecticut Business Systems, a Xerox company, cut the ribbon on new office space on Pittsfield Road as it looks to grow its Berkshire operations. The company is becoming the first tenant in Allegrone's Berkshire Design Center, a multi-office building featuring 16 suites for lease. CBS had previous operated out of a small office space in Pittsfield and will now expand it's local service through the new location.

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Local Environmentalists Oppose Policies Supporting Natural Gas

Dicken Crane has a large solar array on his Holiday Brook Farm. He has a forest management program to harvest timber to burn in wood furnaces. He doesn't need more natural gas. Crane is one of some 500 businesses which have signed onto a petition against Gov. Charlie Baker's push for more natural gas.

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Lanesborough School To Consider New Policy Raising Tuition

School officials are crafting a policy to address tuition costs on an annual basis. Interim Superintendent Kimberly Grady told the Board of Selectmen on Monday that she will be presenting new policies to guide the tuition prices to the School Committee later this week. The move is in response to Lanesborough officials' desire to significantly raise the tuition costs for students coming from New Ashford.

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First Phase of Springside House Restoration Starts This Spring

The first phase of the restoration of the Springside House is slated to begin this spring. The city awarded Allegrone Construction a $212,000 contract to fix the foundation, a portion of the roof, and drainage controls. The construction will start in the spring, addressing the most immediate needs to preserve the building. From there, advocates and city officials are continuing to plan the exact usage of the building for the future.

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Mass MoCA Hopes to Complete UNO Park by Memorial Day

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is setting an ambitious goal of having the new UNO community park open for Memorial Day weekend. The opening could coincide with the ribbon cutting on Building 6 that will add 105,000 square feet of space to the museum.

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Adams Holds First Hearing on $15.5M Budget for Fiscal 2018

Town officials began their four-night public review of the fiscal 2018 budget at the Visitors Center on Monday night. They are proposing a $15,567,135 spending plan for fiscal 2018 that represents a nearly $1 million increase over this year.

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