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Adams Property Owners See Tax Rate Drop for Fiscal 2019

The rate for residential will be $21.39 per $1,000 valuation; the commercial rate will be $25.40, a 14 cent drop from this year. The commercial and industrial shift will increase from 1.12 to 1.15.

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Pittsfield Continues to Stumble Over Trash Ordinance

Box, bundle, barrel, bag, whatever, just keep it orderly. That's what Ward 3 City Council Nicholas Caccamo is now proposing for a trash ordinance after re-writing the existing laws from top to bottom looking to focus only on health and aesthetics. His new version does not include any limits on the amount of trash nor does it require a toter or special bags after both had been harshly opposed by residents.

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Letter: Question 1 Will Hurt Small Hospitals

If Question 1 passed it would enforce rigid staffing ratios that are not geared towards patients' needs. Every patient is different, so we base decisions on acuity and collaboration rather than strict numbers.

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Letter: Moran Right for Register of Deeds

I am writing to voice my opinion and support for Debbie Moran as register of deeds in Adams.

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Letter: Experience Matters in District Attorney

Career public servants put the community's well-being before their personal ambitions and spend their time protecting others; they become experts in their field, tireless in commitment and devoted for decades.

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Retirement Security Week: Take Steps to Boost Your Retirement Security

Some 50 percent of households are considered at risk of not having enough money to maintain their living standards in retirement, according to the National Retirement Risk Index, produced by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.

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North Adams Happenings: Oct. 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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Berkshire Money Management Donates $2,500 to Thanksgiving Angels

Thanksgiving really isn't that far away. At the South Congregational Church, volunteers are already gearing up for the Thanksgiving Angels program, which provides turkeys and all of the sides to thousands of local residents in need. On Wednesday, Berkshire Money Management helped kick off the season with a $2,500 donation.

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New Doctor Joins BMC Cancer Center

Dr. Ahmad is accepting new patients in need of hematology oncology services at both the Berkshire Hematology Oncology of BMC offices in Pittsfield, at the BMC Cancer Center and, in North Berkshire, at the North Adams Campus of BMC.

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North Adams Airport Commission Set to Award Terminal Bid

Peter Enzien of Stantec Consulting Services, the airport's engineer, told the commission Tuesday that once the signed standard contract form is sent back to the state Department of Transportation, the city can award the project to low bidder DA Sullivan & Sons, which bid $3.6 million.

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Knight Backs Caccaviello in District Attorney's Race

Judith Knight isn't going to be the next district attorney. But she hopes Paul Caccaviello will be. Knight, who finished third in the Democratic primary in September, is putting her support behind Caccaviello's write-in campaign. Knight made the announcement on steps of the Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday.

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Fall Foliage Event Winners Listed for 2018

Here's roundup of winners of some of the events; see the story on the Children's Parade for those winners.

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Lanesborough Briefs: Special Town Meeting Next Week

A special town meeting will ask voters for approval to fund renovations to the police station, restore the cupola on town hall, and switch the regular town meeting to Saturday, among other topics. The special town meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 23 at 6 p.m. to vote on 10 articles. Three of the articles asks to move money around for the police station renovation, a project already done but is missing a source of funds.

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North County Community Dedicated to Continuing Nelson's Story

Nelson's work on that project and his inspiration within the community in leading by example won't be forgotten. During a tribute on Monday night for Nelson, who died in July at age 83, the pantry's new name was revealed as the Al Nelson Friendship Center.

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Adams-Cheshire Pleased With New MCAS Test Scores

Superintendent John Vosburgh told the School Committee on Monday that the district has received a rating of 59 percent "partially meeting targets" that means although there is much work to do, the district rating with the state is improving.

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Lauren Mangiardi Scores Twice in MCLA Women's Soccer Win

The MCLA women's soccer team scored a pair of first half goals and controlled the majority of play as they cruised to a 7-0 win over the visiting SUNY Poly women's soccer team at Shewcraft Field on Monday.

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PopCares Inspiring Next Generation to Volunteer

These youngest supporters are a testament to the impact that PopCares has had, largely shown by the 600 or so diners at the annual gala who enthusiastically bid up to $330 for platters of whoopie pies, dropped thousands of tickets for a chance at gift certificates and baskets in the chinese auction and penned in bids at the silent auction. Last year's event raised $43,000.

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Biz Briefs: Red Lion Inn Partners with Stash Hotel Rewards

Stash members earn five points for each dollar spent on eligible room rates and can redeem them at great independent hotels across North America, including the Caribbean and Hawaii.

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Berkshires Beat: BSO Going 'Into the Forest' for Pleasant Valley Concert

Hosted by Sean Rafferty, "Into the forest, In Tune," Pleasant Valley edition, also will feature segments on the natural history of forests and the intersection of forests, music, and the arts.

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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for October

The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Otis and Shelburne for this month's staff office hours on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Registration, Early Voting Deadlines Set for Election Day

The last day to register to vote or change voting affiliation for the Nov. 6 state election is Wednesday, Oct. 17. ces.

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Mount Greylock Building Committee Nixes Overflow Parking Proposal

At issue was a patch of land currently occupied by trailers related to the $64 million building project. As construction winds down, construction manager Turner Construction plans to remove the trailers and return the land to its natural state.

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New Men's Group Piques Interest at Coalition Forum on Relational Violence

The most visible of the efforts made since March is the formation of Men Initiating Change In North County (MIC INC), a group founded by North Adams City Councilor Benjamin Lamb that aims to fill a "gap in the ecosystem" of support for victims of relational violence.

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McCann Does Well on MCAS; Skills Chapters Update Committee

The problem is the school has been high achieving for some time so evaluations based on advancing students is more difficult because of the high number of proficient student.

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Adams Officials Say Infrastructure Needed to Deal With Flooding

Two rainstorms on Sept. 12 and 18 overwhelmed some of the town's flood control system. Flooding affected the Lime, Davis, North Summer, and Charles street areas damaging people's property and causing over $2 million in damage to public infrastructure.