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@theMarket: The Market's Winter Storm

Stocks worldwide have experienced a downdraft since October. All the gains so painstakingly made thus far in 2018 have been erased. Volatility has battered markets with all the severity of a Nor'easter. Next year may prove to be a continuation of the same.

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Winter Plans on Teasing Berkshires This Weekend

After an early forecast of rain for Saturday and Sunday, it now appears as if clouds will move in on Saturday and temperatures wil hover just around freezing on Sunday to make the precipitation more of a messy, wintry mix in the Berkshires.

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North Adams Happenings: Dec. 12-18

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

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Holiday Events and Tree Lightings 2018

'Tis the season to be merry and bright. Planning a holiday event? Let us know at iberkshires.com. Visit our Holiday Bazaars and Craft Fairs list for holiday craft fairs.

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Mount Greylock School Building Committee Presses Contractor on Auditorium

At the latest meeting of the School Building Committee, the panel pressed Turner Construction Vice President Carl Stewart III for a date when the general contractor finally will finish work on the school's auditorium.

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PEDA: Waterstone Contract Expires Saturday

The site of a proposed Walmart Supercenter will be back on the market following a year of inactivity. Pittsfield Economic Development Authority Executive Director Corydon Thurston said since Walmart pulled out of the plans developed by Waterstone Retail to redevelop the 16.5-acre site at the William Stanley Business Park there hasn't been any new activity. PEDA has signed an agreement holding the property for the developer for a year and that expires on Saturday.

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Adams Selectmen Get Transfer Station Update

Before moving on, the Selectmen discussed what day during the week the transfer station would be open during summer. Ultimately the board agreed on Thursday but noted this could change if it does not work out this coming summer.

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Wayfair Bringing 300 Jobs to Pittsfield

Home decor distributor Wayfair is planning to bring 300 jobs to the city. The Massachusetts Economic Assistance Coordinating Council this morning approved $31.4 million in tax breaks to the Boston-based retailer. Wayfair Inc. will in return add up to 3,000 jobs in the Boston area and establish a call center in Pittsfield.

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Pittsfield Council Approves New Water and Sewer Rates

The City Council adopted increases to water and sewer rates for both fiscal year 2019 and 2020. The water rates are now set to go up 10 percent starting on Jan. 1 and then another 10 percent on July 1. Sewer rates are now slated to increase 50 percent on Jan. 1 and remain that way through 2020.

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North Adams Council Restores Fire, Police Chief Titles

The adoption was prompted by the announced retirement of Police Director Michael Cozzaglio, who has been in his post for 15 years. However, the changes have been discussed off and on after the past administration abandoned attempts to fill the commissioner of public safety post six years ago.

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Pittsfield Firefighters Donate Christmas Gifts to DCF

The city's firefighters are helping to provide a good Christmas to children in DCF care. The firefighters union continued its annual holiday tradition of buying gifts for more than two dozen local children involved with the Department of Children and Families. The firefighters had taken the names of 25 children, what they'd like for Christmas, and then headed out to shop for them.

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Single Car Accident Causes Road Closure in Williamstown

A little after noon, a car southbound on U.S. Route 7 lost control, striking and severing a utility pole on the west side of the road, according to Williamstown Police.

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1Berkshire Annual Meeting Remembers Klefos, Looks to Year Ahead

The annual meeting included a marketplace of members showing off their wares from educational institutions to chocolatiers and a breakdown of the initiatives and events of the past year, along with a reorganization of officers.

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North Adams Movieplex Holds 'Five For Free' Food Drive

Theater officials say its a great way to get into the holiday spirit by helping those in need and enjoying some time at the movies.

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Tyer Meets With Herberg's Future Leaders

How do you handle negativity? That's what seventh-grader Ella asked Mayor Linda Tyer on Monday afternoon. The mayor responded: "I make a choice - and this is important for leadership - to approach my work with an attitude of optimism. If I felt negative about everything, I would just be stuck. I wouldn't be able to think clearly or view my city with a positive lens. What I think is that people in our city work really hard, everyone does their very best, you come to school or parents go

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Pittsfield to Continue With Wastewater Treatment Project Plan

After six hours spanning two nights, the City Council opted not to ask the mayor to hold off on the $74 million wastewater treatment project. The City Council had given the OK earlier this year for the mayor to borrow up to $74 million for significant upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant

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North Adams Council Approves Tax Incentive for Tog Manufacturing

According to the agreement, the company is committed to invest up to $2.75 million in improvements, $1.85 million in capital equipment and create 20 full-time jobs by the end of fiscal 2024.

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St. John Attends First Meeting as Cheshire Interim Town Administrator

Retiring Town Administrator Mark Webber told the Selectmen that the majority of his workday was spent with St. John showing him the ropes.

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North Adams Planners OK Marijuana Shop, New Businesses

The Planning Board on Monday gave the OK to Evergreen Strategies LLC's proposal to develop a licensed marijuana establishment in the vacant 2,200 square-foot building, along with several conditions including disposal and lighting.

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Adams Officials Looking to Senior Planner to Help Local Business

At last week's Selectmen's meeting, Chairman John Duval noted with the coming departure of these businesses, it is critical to bring on this new employee.

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Harrington Adds Two More to District Attorney's Office Leadership

District Attorney-elect Andrea Harrington added two more to her leadership team on Tuesday. Richard Dohoney will be brought on as Harrington's deputy district attorney and Jeanne Kempthorne will serve as chief of appeals and legal counsel. Dohoney, of Great Barrington, is currently the city solicitor. Kempthorne is a former federal prosecutor working in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston for 11 years.

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Adams-Cheshire Committee Approves Amended Agreement

The School Committee unanimously voted Monday to adopt the new agreement that not only lays out changes in the two towns' relationship but would also change the district's name to the Hoosac Valley Regional School District.

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Pittsfield Police Recognize Promotions Of Seven Officers

Seven members of the Police Department were recognized for earning promotions. Michael Grady and Matthew Kirchner were promoted to captain; Thomas Dawley, Glen Decker, and John Soules were promoted to lieutenant, and James Parise and Ryan Williams were promoted to sergeant.

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North Adams Council to Take Up Public Safety Chief Changes

Mayor Thomas Bernard had pledged nearly two weeks to move forward with the change with the looming retirement of Police Director Michael Cozzaglio.

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