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Common Folk Ready to Unveil New Home

Common Folk will unveil its new home Thursday evening during DownStreet Art with a gallery opening and live music. Common Folk, the local artist collective, has never really known a sense of permanency throughout its existence. The group has moved from location to location throughout the downtown as it grappled with funding challenges or compatibility issues.

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North Adams Council Backs Resolution Calling for Detox Center

The City Council on Tuesday approved 8-1 a citizens' petition calling on Berkshire Health Systems to open inpatient beds for detoxification and substance abuse recovery. The vote came after more than an hour of discussion and debate and numerous comments from the public, including assertions that the council was dithering over what the community wanted.

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Pittsfield Approves $151M Budget; $11.8M Capital Plan

After reviewing the mayor's proposed spending plan over the course of 22 hours, the City Council settled on an amount just $4,713 more than the mayor had proposed. The City Council gave a preliminary nod to a 151,298,664 city budget, which reflects a $6,075,123 increase over the last year, after reviewing the final four budgets during another five and a half hour session. Those four final budgets revealed the most changes as the Community Development office returned with the $123,000 restorat

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Lanesborough Residents Fed Up With Obnoxious Jet Skiers

The Narragansett neighborhood is looking for some help in stopping rowdy jet skiers from keeping them up at night. A crowd of residents from the area have lodged a complaint with the town asking for ways to squelch what they say is a group of jet skiers racing, jumping wakes, drinking and partying, and using foul language right outside of their doors. The residents say this summer the group has been using the town's boat ramp to access the lake and are speeding back and forth between one of t

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Pittsfield Man Arrested in Armed Robbery of K&K Liquors

Sean Matthews, 25, of Pittsfield is accused of armed robbery of K&K Liquors on North Street with a knife at about 10:13 a.m. Police says local and state officers arrived on scene and performed an initial search of the perimeter and shortly after detectives developed Matthews was the suspect. No injuries occurred during the robbery.

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Rowling Picks Mount Greylock as Site of Fictional Wizarding School

The state's highest peak was revealed on Tuesday to be the location of a school of wizardry. J.K. Rowling, author of the immensely popular "Harry Potter" series, released a short story on Tuesday on the history of Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at Pottermore.com.

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Kondel Leads Moonlight Diner to Giorgi League Win

Moonlight Diner and the Boys & Girls Club picked up wins Monday in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.

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Cheshire Planning Board Approves Dollar General Plans

Dollar General was cleared for a new store after more than two years of vocal opposition and a change of location. The Planning Board on Monday approved the discount chain store's request for special permits for signage, the building application and a site plan that included minor changes.

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Pittsfield Licensing Board Tries to Find Compromise Between Eatery, Neighbors

The Licensing Board is giving a West Housatonic Street restaurant a shot at having live music, despite pleas from the neighbors. Owner Mickey Soldato requested an entertainment license to have acoustic musicians perform on the outdoor patio a couple nights a week. Soldato says the hope is to grow the business, including with later evening patrons, by providing more. However, those who live on Gale Avenue have been there before and it was a nuisance.

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Williams College, Chamber Discuss Downtown Parking with Selectmen

Williams College and the Chamber of Commerce believe they have solutions in place to avoid a repeat of last summer's parking woes on Spring Street, and they're asking downtown merchants to be part of the answer. In 2015, parking inventory in the Village Business District was squeezed by construction vehicles related to the college's renovation of the Log pub on Spring Street.

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Rose Leads Babe Ruth Team to City Playoff Win

A to Z Lettering won Game 1 of Pittsfield's Babe Ruth City Championship on Monday evening.

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Drury Class of 1973 Golf Tourney Raises Funds for Education

This past sunny Saturday, 10 teams were preparing to play at Stamford Valley Golf Course in the 8th annual Drury High School Alumni Golf Tournament. The annual tourney grew out of a class reunion nearly a decade ago that has since raised thousands of dollars to help the North Adams, Mass., high school. The event is sponsored by the Drury class of 1973, said Nancy Bullett, a founder and organizer, and includes alumni from 1965 to 1978.

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SEIU Local 888 Endorses Farley-Bouvier for Re-election

The Service Employee Employees International Union Local 888 has endorsed Tricia Farley-Bouvier's re-election as state representative for the 3rd District. SEIU represents 2 million workers in the health care, public and property services. Farley-Bouvier, a Democrat, was first elected to the House in a special election in 2011 and represents all but one precinct in Pittsfield.

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Del Gallo Challenges Democratic Candidates to Spending Limits

The following is an open letter from Rinaldo Del Gallo III, candidate for the Democratic nomination for state Senate: During the first week of April, I sent my fellow candidates an email asking them to agree to voluntary spending limits. Many progressives I have spoken to feel it is an excellent idea. I herein resubmit an open letter on the subject of spending limits, debates, and columns in local papers. This offer, previously submitted in early April, I offer for 10 days after publication

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Williams College Elects 39 Seniors to Phi Beta Kappa

Election to Phi Beta Kappa is granted to the top five percent of the Williams class at the end of their junior year; 28 students were elected. At the end of their senior year, students in the 12.5 percent of the class, excluding those already elected, were eligible for election; 39 students were elected.

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North Adams Police Officer Crashes Cruiser

A city police officer sustained minor injuries after his cruiser hit a utility pole on Ashland Street. Sgt. James Burdick said Officer Joshua Tracy was heading south on Ashland Street on Monday around 11:50 a.m. when he hit a utility pole near where the road intersects with Church Street.

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Pittsfield Adult Learning Center Lists Graduates, Award Recipients

Among the 40 adult students earning a high school equivalency, 36 achieved their goal by successfully passing the HiSET exam and another four completed the Adult Diploma program.

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Berkshire County Arc Awards Scholarships to Five Local High School Seniors

Funds for the scholarships were raised through Berkshire County Arc's Annual Golf Classic and the Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group.

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Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires Launched

The mission of the NPC is to facilitate growth for charitable organizations through shared resources, affordable products and services, and creative collaborations.

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Berkshire Country Day School Celebrates Awards, Graduation

Fourteen students graduated from BCD.

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North Adams Native Returns to Join Pittsfield Law Firm

Holmes is a native of North Adams and has returned home after living in Boston for nine years. She has returned to be closer to family and re-establish roots for the future. She is looking forward to getting involved again in the community where she grew up.

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BCC Announces Spring Semester Deanís List

According to Dr. Frances Feinerman, vice president for Academic Affairs, to be eligible for the list, full-time students must have declared a major; completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the spring semester; and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for Honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for High Honors.

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Lenox, Wahconah Students Win Youth Art Expo

Participating youth were asked to think about where they see themselves in nine months, and create an art piece which reflects that. Every participant submitted a piece that represented their hopes and dreams for the future.

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MCLA Professor Joins WGBH, NASA in STEM Education Effort

Over the next five years, the education team at Boston public media producer WGBH will receive approximately $10 million from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop new STEM instructional models and digital media tools.

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Sprinkler System Saves Louison House

Assistant Fire Chief John Pansecchi said the electrical fire broke out in the attic around 11:45 Sunday morning but was quickly snuffed out by the family support centerís sprinkler system.

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