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Beacon Cinema Cuts Ribbon On Cushy New Seats

Those from the Beacon recognize that role as being a community partner. So while the seats are an effort to keep up with the changing times, the Beacon isn't going to stay with the pricing trends. On Friday, Manager Lydia Shulman announced a reduction in many of the ticket prices.

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The Independent Investor: Should You Roll Your 401(k) Into an IRA?

Some retiring workers roll their 401(k) tax-deferred savings account into an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). There are good reasons to do so. But for those who are not retiring, the decision is not so clear cut. Here are some pros and cons to ponder.

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Pittsfield Firefighters Donate Christmas Gifts to DCF

The firefighters union wants children under DCF's care to have a merry Christmas. Pittsfield Fire Department I.A.F.F 2647 members donated and delivered presents Friday morning for the Department of Children and Families to give to 25 children. The social workers will now take those presents out and deliver them to the families.

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Superior Court Briefs: Dec. 13 - Dec. 14

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 15-21

Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer and the Beacon Cinema management will officially unveil the renovations and upgrades with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m.

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Williamstown ZBA Sends Cell Tower Applicant Back to Drawing Board

The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday asked Verizon to consider a couple of alternatives for its proposed cell tower on Cold Spring Road at the junction of Routes 2 and 7. The board continued the public hearing on the project, which requires a special permit and two zoning variances.

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Clarksburg Sets Special Town Meeting for Solar, Zoning Changes

The bylaws related to zoning, marijuana production and sales, and large-scale solar installations have been developed over the past 18 months with aid from the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission. The process was funded through a local technical assistance grant part of the town's Community Compact that runs out on Dec. 31.

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Lanesborough Sets Bar High With Strong MCAS Scores

Elementary School teachers and students have set the bar high. The school held its first tests of the newly revamped Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System tests last year and the newly revealed scores show Lanesborough students trending ahead of state averages in nearly every category. The state is not placing an accountability rank on schools that have moved to the new system, but the first year will set a benchmark to measure growth in the future.

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Tree Lightings & Holiday Events 2017

Roundup of tree lightings and other holiday events in the Berkshires.

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Residents Petition For Pittsfield Officers to Have Walking Beats

A group of residents has petitioned the City Council to have police officers do regular foot patrols. Will Singleton presented the petition to the City Council on Tuesday. He believes regular walking patrols will greatly improve officer's relationship with the residents.

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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for December

State Sen. Adam Hinds will convene his final Speak Up Western Mass public forum of the year at Williamstown Town Hall, 31 North St., on Monday, Dec. 11, from 10 to noon.

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Drury Arts Group Staging 'Back To The '80s' Musical

The musical follows a cast of characters reminiscent of any John Hughes film through the school year as they navigate the like totally tubular and bodacious neon-colored waters of high school in the '80s.

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Adams-Cheshire Superintendent to Retire at School Year's End

Superintendent Robert Putnam presented the School Committee with a letter Monday announcing that he has chosen to end his 30-year career in public education from Adams-Cheshire.

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Williamstown Planning Board OKs New Williams Dorm

The Planning Board on Tuesday gave the OK to Williams College's plan for a new dormitory and discussed zoning bylaw changes the board may bring to town voters in May. The college was before the board to seek a parking determination and a finding of functional equivalency for the planned 40-room residence hall to replace Garfield House on South Street.

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Santa Is Calling 121 Pittsfield Children

City children are getting unexpected phones calls Wednesday and Thursday night from Santa. Santa Claus is calling 121 city children this year as part of the annual North Pole Calling program. Each year about a dozen volunteers spend Wednesday night calling area children and the Knights of Columbus make calls the next night.

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North Adams Promotes Three Police Officers to Sergeant

Three city police officers were advanced to the rank of sergeant and sworn in at Tuesday's City Council meeting. Town Clerk Marilyn Gomeau gave the oath of office to Albert Zoito, Mark Bailey and Anthony Beverly before a crowd of family and friends.

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Department of Agricultural Resources Has Tips to Keep Pets Safe This Holiday Season

The state Department of Agricultural Resources' Division of Animal Health is reminding residents to ensure their pets remain safe and healthy by planning ahead when traveling and being aware of potentially harmful holiday foods and decorations.

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Rainbow Seniors Hires New Director

For the first two months, Sedarbaum and Mercure will work as co-directors, after which Mercure will assume sole leadership of the two-year-old organization.

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Carr Hardware Wins Small Business Of The Year Award

Carr Hardware won the small business of the year award from Independent We Stand. And in turn, the splash park project for Clapp Park is a winner. Carr Hardware won the "Indie Award" from the business organization and the local company pledged to donate the $5,000 cash prize to Rotary's efforts to build a new splash park.

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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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