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Lanesborough-Williamstown Schools Begin Search for Interim Superintendent

The Lanesborough-Williamstown Tri-District is moving ahead with a plan that officials hope will bring an interim superintendent to the district as early as Jan. 1.

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Adams Woman Celebrates 100 Years

The community wished Rose Koscielniak, a true "Wonder Woman," a happy 100th birthday on Thursday. Friends and family surrounded Koscielniak at a party held at the Council on Aging, which was decorated to the nines with balloons and Wonder Woman posters, to celebrate who they said was a real superhero.

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'Moonlight': Illuminating

It is a subtlety among the ferocity, a nod to the human heart and that universal longing oft referred to as love. Framed in this context, it is at once frightening and romantic, yet all the same a positive paean to the commonality of our species. But you knew it was there all the time, shamefully hidden away amidst the Sturm und Drang of those mean streets.

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Seven Years In, Cop on Top Continues To Grow

It's been seven years since the first Cop on Top set in motion a series of fundraisers, growing every year, that has raised more than $600,000 for Special Olympic athlete. "We've made so much money in our county program that we help other programs in other counties," said Officer Darren Derby, who along with Investigator John Bassi, has been heading the local efforts for years.

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Pittsfield Super Tracking Impacts of Federal Education Act

Superintendent Jason McCandless said he is watching closely what the federal replacement to No Child Left Behind will ultimately mean for the district. Last year the federal government adopted Every Student Succeeds Act and it was signed into law on Dec. 10. The program replaces No Child Left Behind but it does retain some of those provisions. When it comes to the local level, the largest changes would be regarding the ranking system.

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North Adams Housing Supports Louison House Plans

The authority agreed earlier this year to transfer the Church Street home to Louison House for $1 but the final closing has not taken place. In the meantime, the family shelter was forced to move into the building after a fire on June 26 damaged the Adams residential shelter.

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McCann Pinning Ceremony Launches 15 on Nursing Career

It was very much a passing of the torch or really the lamp on Wednesday as most of the newly graduated licensed practical nurses were pinned by colleagues and friends, parents and siblings. The ceremonies in the McCann gymnasium ended with bouquets, applause and bows as the graduates greeted their families.

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Metered Parking Comes To Pittsfield In January

Metered parking downtown will start in the new year. The city will be installing the new parking kiosks on North Street and in the First Street and McKay lots in December and the program will go live on Jan. 3.

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Great Barrington Police Gains Accreditation

The Great Barrington Police Department has met all necessary requirements for full state accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission and will be the first department in Berkshire County to receive the award. The department will receive its award at a ceremony, the date of which has not yet been determined.

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McCann Announces First Quarter Honor Roll

This quarter, 107 students received high honors and 64 received honors.

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Police Officers to Raise Money for Special Olympics Massachusetts

Law enforcement officers from the Pittsfield Police Department, Berkshire County Sheriff's Office and other local and state police agencies, will be taking part in an event called "Cop on Top" a fundraiser for Special Olympics Massachusetts where local officers volunteer their free time during this holiday season and stand high atop the Pittsfield Wal-Mart until they reach their fundraising goal.

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North Adams Happenings: Nov. 30-Dec. 6

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Three Realtors Join Burnam Gold

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Everyone Benefits When You Make Charitable Gifts

And as long as you choose groups that meet the right criteria, your generosity can also be rewarding to you, in the form of tax benefits.

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Pittsfield Cleaning Up Financial Books Regarding Bonding

Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood is looking to clean up the books on some $69 million worth of City Council bond authorizations that were never spent.

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Tuition Costs Highlight Meeting With Lanesborough School, Town Officials

Board of Selectmen Chairman John Goerlach said he is "thoroughly disgusted" that New Ashford is paying half the cost per pupil than Lanesborough is for the same education. The town has a tuition agreement with New Ashford, which does not have an elementary school, to send their students to Lanesborough Elementary School. The tuition is set at $8,730, which is about half of the per-pupil spending of the entire school. Goerlach has been pushing for an increased tuition rate for years, calling f

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Education Task Force Briefs Cheshire, ACRSD Officials

Town and school officials were told this week by members of the Berkshire Education Task Force that with a dipping population and shrinking resources, challenges facing Berkshire County schools are more likely to worsen than improve.

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Ciccolo Adds Attorney With Experience Defending Terror Suspects

The Adams man facing federal terrorism charges has a new member of his legal team. Northampton defense attorney David Hoose earlier informed the court that Ramzi Kassem, a professor at the City University of New York, has joined as co-counsel for Ciccolo, who was arrested on July 4, 2015, on a federal weapons charge.

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Common Folk Host Play Examining Gun Violence

Common Folk will host the play "Venable 8: Three Lessons on Gun Violence" followed by a conversation in hopes to disarm the difficult discussion about gun violence in schools. The local artist's collective production of the three-act play this week examines gun violence in the classroom, why it occurs and how it can be prevented.

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North County Group Seeks 'Ambassadors' as Relocation Resource

Two Degrees of NoCo (North County) is a take off on 2 Degrees Portland, part of the city of Portland, Maine's efforts to grow its economy and culture. The idea is that tight-knit communities have less than "6 degrees of separation" and so become a well-connected resource for anyone considering relocating or moving a business there.

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North Adams Housing Group Seeking Clarity on Asset Transfer

The HOI board, comprised of members the Housing Authority board of directors, had hoped to begin finalizing the transfer on Monday. But the news from its attorney, Elisabeth Goodman of Cain Hibbard & Myers was that the path was still not clear.

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Authorization For Needle Exchange In Pittsfield Could Come Next Week

The decision whether or not to authorize the state to fund a needle exchange program in the city should come next week. The Board of Health is the authority needed to authorize the program and is expected to take up the topic next Wednesday. Tapestry Health is looking to open one through funding from the state Department of Health to combat the spread of infectious diseases, similar to the one opening in North Adams in the coming months.

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Pittsfield Licensing Board to Scale Back Proposed Fee Increases

The Madison isn't a big tourist attraction. It's a place where neighbors gather, knock back a couple beers, and watch the game. Owner William Molner doesn't want to raise his prices. He wants it to be affordable for the neighborhood he serves. Last week he got notice of how much the property taxes were increasing. In January, the minimum wage is going up meaning he'll pay more for his employees. His liability insurance is going up. There is general insurance. There is insurance on the

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Mount Greylock Announces First Quarter Honor Roll

Of a total school enrollment of 565, 354 students have made honor roll.

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MCLA's Delta Mu Delta Inducts 10 Into Zeta Zeta Chapter

Zeta Zeta, the MCLA chapter of Delta Mu Delta, was chartered in 1992. Delta Mu Delta recognizes and rewards scholastic achievement in business subjects and promotes scholarship in training for business.