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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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North Adams Happenings: Aug. 15-21

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

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North Adams Arts Commission Authority Change Draws Protest

Mayor Thomas Bernard submitted an amended ordinance to the City Council that removes the commission's control on approving public art installations, turning it into a recommending body on par with certain other city boards, and also addressing a host of grammatical and word changes.

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Lanesborough Sorting Out Who's on Roadkill Duty

A deer died naturally but was laying on the side of the Ore Bed Road. It was bloated and "ready to explode." Sources haven't confirmed the actual conversation but iBerkshires can imagine it went something like this: "I'm not touching it," said a highway worker. "Call the animal control officer."

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Candidates Double Down on Talking Points in DA Debate In Becket

In 2009 Rebecca Moulton had a restraining order against her then-boyfriend David Vincent and she had left the apartment the pair shared. And then later she was found beaten to death in that apartment.

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Cumberland Farms Hearing Continued Until After Community Meeting

For the second time this summer, the convenience store chain has requested a continuation of its public hearing on its proposal to build a new gas station on Commercial Street. The hearing has been rescheduled to Sept. 11.

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North Berkshire Youth Work Programs Recognize Graduates

Durocher was one of 20 students who successfully completed this year's summer programs that brought young people into participating businesses and organizations to experience not only a work environment but tryout potential careers.

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Scooter-User Threatened With Fines on Rail Trail

The state Department of Conservation and Recreation has confirmed that rules that ban the use of motorized vehicles such as snowmobiles or motorcycles don't apply to adaptive equipment such as scooters and wheelchairs.

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North Adams Planners OK Lodging, Coffeehouse Plans for Wigwam

Owner and manager Wayne Gelinas appeared before the Planning Board on Monday with a presentation on how he will restore the closed gift shop, rebuild cabins and turn the residence into a wine and coffee bar. He anticipates the renovations and construction would be done in three phases.

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Adams to Address Safety Concerns at Russell Field

With the Russell Field Renovation Project delayed at least another season, the Parks Commission agreed to put efforts into resolving a few safety issues at the park — specifically with the softball field.

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