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Williamstown Residents Argue For, Against Pot Proposal

At issue is not so much the medical applications for the drug as the fact that Silver Therapeutics principal Joshua Silver makes no secret of the fact that he plans to seek a license from the commonwealth to operate a recreational pot retail operation at the same Colonial Plaza site where he wants to establish a medical dispensary.

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North Adams Council Moving Hearing of Visitors to Back of Meeting

The amendments are at the request of Council President Keith Bona, who was elected to the post a the Organization of Government on Jan. 1. Each council president has the option of proposing modifications during their terms.

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BMC Nurses Give Bargaining Committee OK to Call 2nd Strike

The local Massachusetts Nurses Association chapter has been at odds with management for nearly a year and a half of contract negotiations. In October, the nurses staged a one-day strike, which was followed by a four-day lockout. The two sides returned to the bargaining table shortly after and still have yet to come to a settlement.

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Mall Loses Partial Power, Security Kicks Media Off Property

Berkshire Mall management had security escort an iBerkshires reporter from the property Wednesday afternoon. iBerkshires had heard reports that the mall had lost power. We attempted to call management to find out what happened by the phone was "temporarily unavailable." So, we drove there to find out.

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SVMC Waiting Rooms Now Kid-Friendly Thanks to Bennington Bank

A "dingy" waiting room at the Women's and Children's Unit was brightened up with new wall colors and paintings, new seating and several interactive play areas with an underwater theme, all with a large window looking out at the Green Mountains. A similar makeover was done to the waiting area in the pediatrics practice but with a jungle theme.

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Hillcrest Educational to Honor Sheriff Bowler, Officer Derby

Sheriff Thomas Bowler will be honored as Hillcrest Educational Center's Irish Person of the Year. Hillcrest will present the award at the 17th annual Robert "Bees" Prendergast St. Patrick's Celebration on March 15 at the Pittsfield country club.

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Greylock 7th- and 8th-Grade Boys Reach Tourney Semis

The Greylock seventh- and eighth-grade boys travel basketball team went 2-2 at the CYC Tournament over the weekend.

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Kittler, Charron Lead St. Mary's to Adams PAL Win

Second week action in the Adams Police Athletic League high school division featured wins by St. Mary's, Pizza Jim's and the Adams Police Department.

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Williamstown Community Preservation Committee Has Just Two Applicants

The combined $39,000 is less than 20 percent of the $196,501 sought by eight different applicants in January 2017. Ultimately, the CPC recommended all eight applications, some at reduced amounts, for an aggregate of $160,823; the eight were approved in separate warrant articles at town meeting.

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Adams-Cheshire Hopes to Conclude Agreement Before Superintendent Retires

Massachusetts Association of Regional Schools Assistant Director Stephen Hemman recommended to the committee on Monday that it aim for a closer completion date to accommodate Putnam, who plans to retire at the end of the year.

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Pittsfield Extends Lease For Offices at 100 North St.

Mayor Linda Tyer has no plans to move the city offices currently at 100 North Street back to City Hall. An array of city offices were moved from the basement of City Hall back in 2014 to the mezzanine level of 100 North Street. The move, under former Mayor Daniel Bianchi, caused consternation from some of the city councilors at the time because it didn't need council approval.

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Alcombright Honored Following MLK Day of Service

Alcombright, surrounded by local leaders, the MLK Committee and members of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition on a stage in Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Venable Hall, said the recognition was "humbling, heartwarming and, at some level, deeply spiritual."

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Biz Briefs: Crissey Farm Honored for Excellence in Wedding Venues

Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.

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Williams College Seeks 'Books' for Human Library Project

A Human Library consists of volunteers who act as "books" that can be "checked out" by "readers." Each book decides on a title that gives a snapshot of their story:

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Berkshires Beat: Real Women Essay Contest Entries Sought

Founded in 1986, the Real Women Essay contest, invites Berkshire County students K-12 to participate by writing an essay, poem, scripted conversation, first-person monologue or journal recognizing a woman in their lives that has inspired them.

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Gubernatorial Candidate Warren Talks Opioids In Pittsfield

Gubernatorial Candidate Setti Warren says five people a day are dying from opioid addiction. "In 2014, Gov. Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency around opioid addiction. We were the first state in the country to do so. Since then, 6,000 people have died of opioid addiction in our state, 250,000 are living with addiction in our state right now and that number is growing. Over five people a day are dying from opioid addiction or are sick. This at a cost of $10 billion annually," Warren s

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North Adams Library To Host 'Look Up' Film Series Dedicated To Cariddi

Starting Thursday, Jan. 18, the library will host a "Look Up" movie series based on the cosmos using some of the $7,500 left by Cariddi's estate, earmarked for astronomy, after she passed in 2017.

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Pollinator-Friendly Events Planned in Wiliamstown This Spring

Last May, town meeting adopted a non-binding resolution declaring Williamstown a pollinator-friendly community and encouraging landowners to adopt management practices to protect the bees, butterflies and insects that are critical to the ecosystem and the, specifically, our food supply.

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Berkshire Bruins Bantams, Squirts Win Gib Kittredge Titles

The Berkshire Bruins earned two banners at the Boys & Girls Club on Sunday evening.

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Pittsfield Schools Considers Using Indigenous People Day, Not Columbus

The School Department may join the growing movement behind switching our Columbus Day with Indigenous People Day. School Committee member Cynthia Taylor suggested the school change the name when written on the school calendar. The change may be small but the gesture is part of a growing movement to use the weekend to celebrate Native Americans instead of the person who invaded their land.

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MCLA Men's Basketball Snaps 16-Game League Losing Streak

The MCLA men's basketball team defeated Worcester State on Saturday.

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Williams' Anderson Posts Shutout Win

The Williams College women's hockey team shut out Colby on Saturday.

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Reynolds Receives Adams-Cheshire Superintendent Award

She plans to attend Bentley University and double major in early childhood and elementary education.

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Williams Men's Hockey Tops Manhattanville

The Williams men's hockey team won at home on Friday night.

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'Darkest Hour': Saving The World 101

Digging down into the cerebraly exhilarating and deliciously funky depths of his prime minister, Gary Oldman examples the DNA of democratic ideals with both grand conviction and charming whimsy.