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Superior Court Briefs: Jan. 18

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Jan. 19-25

The Body, Mind & Health Expo is a FREE event that will feature information and demonstrations to improve your health and well-being.

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Adams Loses Out on Gas Station Property Next to School

Selectman Joseph Nowak shared his discontent about the recent purchase of the former O'Connell's gas station at the close of Selectmen's meeting on Wednesday. He wanted the town to purchase to the property to expand congested parking at Hoosac Valley Elementary School.

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$74 Million Wastewater Plant Upgrades Heads to City Council

The mayor is asking for the authority to borrow $74 million for a major upgrade of the city's wastewater treatment center. The expense has been a long time coming, starting with the city seeking to renew its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit in 2005. The Environmental Protection Agency oversees those permits in an effort to keep waterways clean and had issued a permit in 2008 requiring significantly higher standards of phosphorus, aluminum treatment, and nitrogen removal.

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Mount Greylock School Committee Decides to Post Superintendent Position

On a vote of 4-3, the committee decided not to offer the job to interim Superintendent Kimberley Grady, who stepped into the post on short notice when the then-Tri-District abruptly parted ways with Douglas Dias at the start of the second year of his three-year contract.

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New 'Winter Carnival' Planned at Springside Park

A new version of the winter carnival is set for Springside Park. The Springside Conservancy is hosting an array of children's activities - from ice skating to sledding to snowshoeing - at the park on Feb. 17. from noon until 4 p.m. The goal is to get families back into the park for a few hours of winter outdoor recreation.

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The Independent Investor: Is Bitcoin Broken?

The question to ask is whether or not crypto currencies represent anything more than "animal spirits." In a global market where just about every other investment vehicle is gaining ground, why not Bitcoin? In other words is it simply part of the "greater fool theory" where you're buying Bitcoin simply to sell it at a higher price to someone else?

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Cheshire to Seek Interest in Reuse of School

The town formed a reuse committee after the regional School Committee voted last year to close the elementary school. The reuse committee does not intend to recommend selling the 62,000 square-foot building.

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Medical Marijuana Company Plans Recreational Sales in Pittsfield

Berkshire Roots is positioning itself to be a recreational marijuana dispensary when permits are issued later this year. Berkshire Roots is now finishing up a massive renovation of 501 Dalton Avenue, a commercial building which formerly housed Jay's Custom Muffler & Auto, Casey's Billiards, and the Salvation Army store. Those three previously vacated the building to make way for a medical marijuana dispensary and renovations are nearly complete.

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North Adams Airport Commission Down Two Members

With Gilman being removed late last year by former Mayor Richard Alcombright, this leaves only three members on the five-person commission.

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Coffee Kiosk Eyed For First Street Common in Pittsfield

Todd Fiorentino is proposing opening Poseidon Coffee, a small kiosk to sell coffee and hot cocoa drinks during the morning hours at the park.

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Waste District Scales Down District Survey

Blanchard had told the directors at their last meeting that the district could can apply for a grant to fund her time for a complete district survey in hopes of finding ways to increase funding through the Recycling Dividends Program.

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North Adams Happenings: Jan. 17-23

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

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Yon Will Continue to Chair Pittsfield School Committee

Katherine Yon will continue to chair the Pittsfield School Committee. During the re-organization meeting Wednesday the committee voted Yon back to the leadership position. Yon has served as chair since 2014.

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Williamstown Residents Argue For, Against Pot Proposal

At issue is not so much the medical applications for the drug as the fact that Silver Therapeutics principal Joshua Silver makes no secret of the fact that he plans to seek a license from the commonwealth to operate a recreational pot retail operation at the same Colonial Plaza site where he wants to establish a medical dispensary.

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North Adams Council Moving Hearing of Visitors to Back of Meeting

The amendments are at the request of Council President Keith Bona, who was elected to the post a the Organization of Government on Jan. 1. Each council president has the option of proposing modifications during their terms.

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BMC Nurses Give Bargaining Committee OK to Call 2nd Strike

The local Massachusetts Nurses Association chapter has been at odds with management for nearly a year and a half of contract negotiations. In October, the nurses staged a one-day strike, which was followed by a four-day lockout. The two sides returned to the bargaining table shortly after and still have yet to come to a settlement.

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Mall Loses Partial Power, Security Kicks Media Off Property

Berkshire Mall management had security escort an iBerkshires reporter from the property Wednesday afternoon. iBerkshires had heard reports that the mall had lost power. We attempted to call management to find out what happened by the phone was "temporarily unavailable." So, we drove there to find out.

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SVMC Waiting Rooms Now Kid-Friendly Thanks to Bennington Bank

A "dingy" waiting room at the Women's and Children's Unit was brightened up with new wall colors and paintings, new seating and several interactive play areas with an underwater theme, all with a large window looking out at the Green Mountains. A similar makeover was done to the waiting area in the pediatrics practice but with a jungle theme.

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Hillcrest Educational to Honor Sheriff Bowler, Officer Derby

Sheriff Thomas Bowler will be honored as Hillcrest Educational Center's Irish Person of the Year. Hillcrest will present the award at the 17th annual Robert "Bees" Prendergast St. Patrick's Celebration on March 15 at the Pittsfield country club.

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Williamstown Community Preservation Committee Has Just Two Applicants

The combined $39,000 is less than 20 percent of the $196,501 sought by eight different applicants in January 2017. Ultimately, the CPC recommended all eight applications, some at reduced amounts, for an aggregate of $160,823; the eight were approved in separate warrant articles at town meeting.

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Adams-Cheshire Hopes to Conclude Agreement Before Superintendent Retires

Massachusetts Association of Regional Schools Assistant Director Stephen Hemman recommended to the committee on Monday that it aim for a closer completion date to accommodate Putnam, who plans to retire at the end of the year.

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Pittsfield Extends Lease For Offices at 100 North St.

Mayor Linda Tyer has no plans to move the city offices currently at 100 North Street back to City Hall. An array of city offices were moved from the basement of City Hall back in 2014 to the mezzanine level of 100 North Street. The move, under former Mayor Daniel Bianchi, caused consternation from some of the city councilors at the time because it didn't need council approval.

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Alcombright Honored Following MLK Day of Service

Alcombright, surrounded by local leaders, the MLK Committee and members of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition on a stage in Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Venable Hall, said the recognition was "humbling, heartwarming and, at some level, deeply spiritual."

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Berkshires Beat: Real Women Essay Contest Entries Sought

Founded in 1986, the Real Women Essay contest, invites Berkshire County students K-12 to participate by writing an essay, poem, scripted conversation, first-person monologue or journal recognizing a woman in their lives that has inspired them.

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