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Downtown Pittsfield Inc. Celebrates Successes at Annual Meeting

Something new, something old, and something colorful. The awards given out at Downtown Pittsfield Inc.'s annual meeting this year represented a range of what has been happening in the downtown, whether that be the efforts of those behind Berkshire Pride Festival which brings nearly a thousand people to the common or Carr Hardware's 90 years of business to the First Friday Arts Walk that continually drives foot traffic.

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North Adams Recovery Center Leads With Peer Mentoring

The Beacon Recovery Center opened only eight short weeks ago but already has a cadre of nearly a dozen people who show up every Wednesday.

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Pittsfield Resurfaces Tennis Courts

The city's tennis courts were in serious disrepair and parents and coaches certainly took notice. They began advocating the city to fix them. The high school teams practice and bring in other schools to play. But coaches felt not only were the courts in poor condition but also posed a safety hazard.

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Congressman Neal Stresses Free Speech at MCLA Commencement

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal urged the new graduates of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts to not only hear, but to listen and not to be afraid of encountering alternative opinions.

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Berkshire Educators Rally Support For 'Fund Our Future' Campaign

The state Senate's budget would give an additional $5 million in funding to Pittsfield Public Schools. But, is only addressing one of four areas cited by the Foundation Formula Budget Review Commission, which found in 2015 that the state has dramatically underfunded the public schools for health care, special education, English language learners, and economically disadvantaged students.

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North Adams Takes Next Step in Modernizing Zoning

The effort to bring the city's zoning up to date has been "very slow and very tedious," beginning several years ago with cleaning up language and sections in the ordinances and moving on to the latest update of aligning zones with property boundaries.

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Pittsfield To Re-examine Downtown Parking Meters

A petition against putting parking meters in the new Columbus Avenue surface lot could trigger a full re-examination of the parking program. Berkshire Nautilus Owner Jim Ramondetta submitted a petition with some 800 signatures of people opposing putting parking meters in the new lot. Ramondetta claims the city had not kept him informed of the move and that meters would hinder his business. He's righting back, calling for 90-minute parking, like he has now, instead.

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Hinsdale Police Searching For Missing Woman

Police are asking for help locating a woman who went missing Wednesday morning. Jacqueline Coutinho was last seen on Smith Road Wednesday morning at about 10:15. Police launched a two-day search for her but was unable to find any clues to her whereabouts. Police are asking for anybody with information about where she might be to contact them at 413-655-0201.

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Adams Cemetery Commission Discuss Stone Ornaments

The Cemetery Commission has asked the Department of Public Works to keep a closer eye on the accumulation of trash at the cemeteries.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 17-23

The first 3rd Thursday of 2019 will celebrate youth, with performances by the Berkshire Pulse youth drummers led by Aimee Gelinas w/guest dancers,the Breffny Irish Dancers, Youth Alive, the Reid Middle School Orchestra, the Taconic Guitar Ensemble, Kids 4 Harmony, Berkshire Theatre Group and Rock On!

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North Adams Happenings: May 15-21

Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony - Parade begins from the American Legion at 9:30 A.M. and concludes at the Veterans Memorial Park where the ceremony will follow.

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Adams Seek Funding for Town Common and SBA Celebration

Town Administrator Jay Green told the board on Wednesday that he had received communications from Sen. Adam Hinds' office in regard to a state budget amendment that would secure nearly $50,000 for the park.

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Williamstown Pot Farm Proposal Withdrawn by Applicant

The applicant who had sought to create marijuana plantation on Blair Road withdrew its application for a special permit on Thursday night.

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Tyer Eyes Potential Purchase, Demolition of Blighted Gas Station

Mayor Linda Tyer has a tentative plan to get rid of the eyesore of a former Hess gas station on Tyler Street. In the proposed capital budget, Tyer is seeking funds to purchase the property and turn it into green space. The mayor said on Monday the parcel has been identified as an important piece of redevelopment on Tyler Street and the city has agreed to take ownership, provided the owners are willing to sell.

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Pedestrian Pinned Under Pickup Truck at Third Thursday

A Third Thursday-goer was run over and pinned beneath a vendor pickup truck on Thursday. Police said the details of exactly what unfolded are still under investigation but one person was taken to Berkshire Medical Center with "serious but not life-threatening injuries."

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The Independent Investor: Epidemic Pulls Pork Prices Higher

Before you ask, this highly infectious virus, while deadly to pigs, is not harmful to humans. The problem is that when even one pig is tested positive, the entire herd needs to be slaughtered as quickly as possible. There is no cure.

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Adams Library Trustees Secure $92K Miller Fund

The library trustees are making progress in diversifying and securing the nearly $100,000 Miller Trust fund.

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Pittsfield Police Honors Good Work, Promotions, Retirements

In November, officers were sent to Cherry Street for a call of suspicious activity. The officers received information about a potential vehicle but nothing was immediately in the area. Officer John Virgilio kept it in mind and later in the day he saw it. The officer tracked it down and with Officers Edward Pezze, Michael Lupisella, Michael Silver, and Matthew Killeen. There were four individuals from Springfield in the vehicle, one had an arrest warrant, and search of the car found a firearm

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Laurel Ridge Eyes Expansion Onto Town Owned Land in Lanesborough

At least some of the land the town bought more than a decade ago to service seniors could somewhat serve its intended purpose soon. The town had bought around 19 acres of land bordered by Prospect Street and North Main Street in 2007 with the intent to build a new senior center and senior housing units. Berkshire Housing Development headed efforts to craft plans for the senior housing aspect but the recession hit and the federal funds eyed for construction dried up. The property has sat for m

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Adams Hires Officer, Recognizes Departing Board Members

The town welcomed new Police Officer Christopher Whitney and recognized two departing members of the School Committee and Planning Board for their many years of service.

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Pittsfield Honors Peace Officers Memorial Day

Since 1791 some 23,721 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in America, according to Police Chief Michael Wynn. Five of those were killed in Pittsfield - Capt. Michael Leonard, in 1898; Jailer James Fuller, 1901; Secret Service Operative William Craig, 1902; Officer Leo Sullivan, 1956; and Officer Timothy Shepard, 1988. In honor of National Police Week, the Pittsfield Police Department took time on Wednesday in remembrance of those five, officers throughout the nation, and

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North Adams Council Accepts Library Gift, OKs Arts Commission Ordinance

MaryAnn Abuisi, Gottwald's sister and former city clerk, said she had been considering for some time how to give something back the city.

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Pittsfield Councilors Seek New Funding Source For 'At Home' Program

The four city councilors who killed the mayor's home improvement program are seeking a resurrection. Councilors Christopher Connell, Melissa Mazzeo, Kevin Morandi, and Anthony Simonelli filed a joint petition calling on the mayor to organize a working group to find a different funding source. The four had voted against the program which eyed to use $250,000 of the General Electric Economic Development Fund to help residents make exterior repairs to their homes.

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State Board Grants Waiver for North Adams Public Safety Building

The city has been given approval to move ahead with replacing the roof on the public safety building.

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Dante Birch Elected to Williamstown Planning Board

Dante Birch defeated incumbent and current PLanning Board Chairwoman Amy Jeschawitz by a margin of 608-343 in balloting at Williamstown Elementary School.

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