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Live Feed: Pittsfield Lights the Christmas Tree

Pittsfield holds its tree lighting at Park Square with hot cocoa and a visit from Santa Claus.

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Williamstown's Chopsticks Restaurant Reopens

After a six-week closure to address building code issues, a Main Street Chinese restaurant has been cleared to reopen, Town Hall reported Friday morning.

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Hoosac Valley Names Adams Scholarship Recipients

This scholarship is based on the student's high academic achievement on the MCAS exams and is awarded upon acceptance to a participating Massachusetts public institution of higher education.

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Williams Professor Wins Musicological Society Award

The H. Colin Slim Award honors each year a musicological article of exceptional merit, published during the previous year in any language and in any country by a scholar who is past the early stages of her or his career

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SVHC Honors Employees with 2016 Putnam Awards

One award every year is presented for each of the organization’s five core values: quality, empathy, safety, teamwork, and stewardship. The employees who received the awards are noted standard bearers and role models within the organization.

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Williams Russian Professor Named President-Elect of Scholarly Society

Cassiday will serve on the executive committee of the board of directors, which handles all aspects of the management of ASEEES and consists of the president, vice president, immediate past president, treasurer, executive director, the editor of Slavic Review and one member-at-large (designated by the president).

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Greylock Announces New Supervisory Committee Member

Ali joins the Supervisory Committee that includes Chairman Ozias C. Vincelette, Lori Broderick-Bean, Kim Mathews and Allison L. Bedard. The Supervisory Committee functions as the representative auditor for the membership and oversees compliance, policies, rules, regulations and the performance of officials and employees.

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MCLA Names Jorge Professor of Education

Based on his work as a principal investigator for the National Science Foundation-funded "Teaching to Learn" project and his role as a Massachusetts Science Ambassador, Stroud plans to continue to push for systemic change in science education, in grades pre-K through 16.

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Barrington Stage Company Names Director of Advancement

Pirsig joins the Barrington Stage Company team having previously served as the director of development at Flat Rock Playhouse (Flat Rock, N.C.) and assistant director of development for Virginia Stage Company in Norfolk.

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Williams Grad Named Rhodes Scholar

A native of Lebanon, Al Masri received a Fulbright Scholarship to further her studies at Williams, taking a path less traveled to the CDE. Typically, CDE students are already working as economists in their home countries, but Al Masri came to the CDE directly after completing her bachelor's degree in political science/international affairs with a minor in economics in 2014 at the Lebanese American University in Beirut.

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Norman Rockwell Museum Announces New Director of Curatorial Operations

During his tenure at the Museum he has secured funding for art conservation, art storage and facilities needs, overseen a 1,600 percent growth in collections and curated or co-curated a number of contemporary exhibitions such as "Mort Künstler: The Art of Adventure" and "Litgraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel."

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Greylock Appoints Adams Branch Manager

Prior to accepting this position, Prudhomme was an assistant vice president, branch manager, with Adams Community Bank at their Adams and Cheshire branches. Previously, he worked at the former South Adams Savings Bank and Adams Co-Operative Bank, where he began as a teller and advanced to become vice president/branch manager.

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Suns Ownership Firm Names General Counsel, Senior VP

Based at the group's headquarters in New Jersey, Goldklang will oversee legal matters relating to its member clubs and will be involved in other aspects of the group's operations, including new business opportunities.

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Community Health Programs Names Permanent CEO

Spiliotes' healthcare administration experience, leadership style and background running federally qualified health centers were key factors in the board’s decision. But her initiatives in forging community connections and strategic partnerships – unusual for an interim leader -- were also standout factors in the board's decision.

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Adams Community Bank Names Head of Bank Secrecy Program

Crouse is responsible for developing, implementing, administering and maintaining all aspects of the Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Program, which is designed to ensure a high level of compliance with bank secrecy act and anti-money laundering laws and regulations, internal policies and procedures, and federal regulatory expectations.

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Larkin Supporting Literacy Network After Ambassadorship Announcement

Money donated from the purchase of Larkin’s Jane Austen audiobooks will be directed by the Literacy Foundation to support the Literacy Network of South Berkshire, a nonprofit organization with whose mission is to make one-on-one instruction in basic academic skills accessible to adults living or working in southern Berkshire County, where Larkin lives.

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Pittsfield Cooperative Bank Names VP/Commercial Loan Officer

Collins brings more than 10 years of industry experience, six years locally at Berkshire Bank and their ownership predecessor Legacy Banks, as assistant vice president and commercial real estate officer.

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BCF Names Acting Executive Director After CEO's Sudden Death

Robie, who was senior vice president at Berkshire Children and Families, came to BCF from Vermont in 2015, after 20 years of experience serving children, families and communities in programs that ranged from family support to child permanency.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 2-8

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Williamstown's Holiday Walk Returns Saturday

Carols, cookies and canines will help lift holiday spirits this weekend in the Village Beautiful. The Williamstown Chamber of Commerce's annual Holiday Walk gets under way at 9 a.m. Saturday morning with the Run with the Reindeer 5-kilometer run and offers up a full day of family-friendly activities.

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BRPC Urges Single Environmental Report to Move Scenic Rail Project Along

Because of all of the work done already to bring the Berkshire Scenic Railway to Hoosac Street in Adams, BRPC says only one environmental review is needed. The Berkshire Scenic Railway is already operating on tracks between Renfrew Street and North Adams and the plans have been to continue that all the way to Hoosac Street, less than a mile away. But, the initial round of funding didn't support building out the new tracks to get there.

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Sand Mill Road Bridge Repair Likely To Start In Spring

The Board of Selectmen squared away paperwork needed to go out to bid for the Sand Mill Road Bridge repair project and work is likely to start in the spring. The board signed paperwork Tuesday that will be sent to the state Department of Transportation's Chapter 90 division to approve spending and the reimbursement for the project, estimated to cost between $150,000 and $250,000.

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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.