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Williamstown Town Meeting OKs Police Station Land Purchase, Zoning Bylaws

Voters OK’d the $300,000 acquisition of .42 acres on Simonds Road (U.S. Route 7), including the building that used to be the Turner House for veterans. When the non-profit Turner House announced its plan to suspend operations, the town in October 2016 the site as a potential site to replace the crowded and inadequate home for the Williamstown Police Department at Town Hall.

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North Adams Council Accepts Land for Bike Path

The city is planning to piggyback the 1-mile section in North Adams informally named for the late state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, a longtime bike path proponent, onto the 2.5-mile route in Williamstown to tap into soon-to-expire federal scenic byway money.

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Moulton Game-Winner Lifts MCLA Women in Opener

The MCLA women's basketball team Wednesday won its season-opener.

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Vermont Regulators Declare Centers for Living and Rehabilitation Deficiency Free

Last month, five surveyors from the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living arrived unannounced for their yearly survey. They reviewed the facility for three days to check that the nursing home is meeting each of more than 300 standards covering every aspect of care, including administration, cleanliness, nursing care, activity programming, protection of resident rights and food service.

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North Adams Happenings: Nov. 15-21

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Waterstone Will Continue to Pursue Pittsfield Project

Waterstone fully intends to move forward with a development at the William Stanley Business Park. The company has spent five years and hundreds of thousands of dollars designing the project, which had been aimed at bringing a Walmart Supercenter to the site 16.5-acre site known as the teens.

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Hoosac Valley Elementary Finding Success

Hoosac Valley Elementary School Principal Michele Colvin says despite all the changes in the district, the elementary school is unifying and thriving. Colvin said the school had to reinvent itself and even created a new mascot, the "Lil’ 'Canes," and a new motto, Together Everyone Achieves More or TEAM.

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Williamstown Culvert Replacement Project Begins

Williams College on Tuesday began the long process of replacing the culvert that carries Christmas Brook under downtown and into the Green River.

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North Adams Council OKs Tax Rates for Fiscal 2018

The council approved the split tax rate that will see the residential rate rise about 4 percent, up from $17.67; the commercial rate will rise about 3 percent, from $38.54 to $39.85 per $1,000 valuation. A single family home assessed at $138,300 would see another $123 on the tax bill.

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Williamstown & Lanesborough Approve School Regionalization

Within minutes of each other — and several miles apart — voters at the special town meetings in Lanesborough and Williamstown easily passed motions to create one regionalized school district for its children in kindergarten through Grade 12.

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Developers Submit Plans For Pittsfield 'Walmart' Project

Waterstone Retail has filed its request for a special permit to build a 196,000 square-foot Walmart Supercenter at the William Stanley Business Park. The developers signed a letter of intent to purchase the 16.5-acre parcel known as the "teens" at the intersection of Tyler Street Extension and Woodlawn Avenue.

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Changes To Curbside Trash Pick Up On City Council Agenda

A proposal to overhaul the curbside trash pickup system is heading to the City Council. Mayor Linda Tyer has put forth a request to move to a toter system, with which residents will be provided a 45-gallon tote for trash and a 95-gallon tote for recycling. Those totes allow for Republic Services to use trucks with automated arms.

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Lanesborough Restaurant, Neighbor Take Dispute to Selectmen

The Board of Selectmen are hoping for a peaceful resolution to an ugly neighbor dispute between a local business and its residential neighbor. The Selectmen have fielded complaints from Stephen Ciepiela regarding Matt Reilly's. Ciepiela lives next door and says the restaurant is blaring music until late at night. He says he can hear it clear inside his home at 11 p.m. at night with the windows closed.

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Williamstown Selectmen Recommend School Regionalization to Tuesday Town Meeting

The Board of Selectmen on Monday voted to recommend the town approve the expansion of the Mount Greylock Regional School District to include its two feeder elementary schools. In concurrent Tuesday special town meetings in Lanesborough and Williamstown, voters in the two towns will be asked to approve the current junior-senior high school district to include the elementary schools in each town.

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North Adams Redevelopment Authority Agrees Reduce Restaurant Rent

A financially shaky Redevelopment Authority has agreed to reduce the rent for the Freight Yard Pub to keep funds flowing to manage its debt. The restaurant had began witholding rent this past spring until the authority addressed what it claimed were poor conditions in Western Gateway Heritage State Park.

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Greylock Works Gets $1.72M in State Funds to Complete Parking Lot

Secretary Jay Ash last visited the former Cariddi Mill in May to hear about its potential; on Monday, he was back with a $1.72 million check from the state's MassWorks program to aid the project in completing its parking infrastructure.

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Biz Briefs: Greylock Donates $100,000 to Elder Services for Elder Nutrition Program

Each visit provides not only a hot nutritious meal, but also vital social contact and a health and safety wellness check.

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Berkshires Beat: Home Instead Kicks Off 'Be A Santa To A Senior' Program

Holiday shoppers are invited to support Be a Santa to a Senior by visiting a participating location where Be a Santa to a Senior trees will be on display from Nov. 10 to Dec. 29.

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Adams Plans To Restore Cook Street Mill

The town will try to salvage the Cook Street grain elevator and remediate the area in hopes of turning it into a park. Director of Community Development Donna Cesan asked the Selectmen to endorse a grant application to secure up to $200,000 in Brownfield funds from the Environmental Protection Agency to remediate the former Hoosac Valley Coal and Grain Property.

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Williams Women's Soccer Wins NCAA Tourney Second-Round Game

The Williams College women's soccer team advanced in the NCAA Division III tournament on Sunday.

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Running With The Law Returns For Third Year

Former North Adams Police Officer David Lemieux started the weekend running program with now-retired Brayton Elementary school teacher James Holmes in 2015. Lemieux and Holmes, both avid runners, wanted to create a program that encouraged healthy habits and positive interactions with police officers.

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Lanesborough, Williamstown Voters Face School Regionalization Question Tuesday

At contemporaneous town meetings in each community, residents will be asked whether to consolidate the three schools of the Tri-District into a single, expanded Mount Greylock Regional School District. If they do so, the current practice of electing a separate school committee for each elementary school will be a thing of the past, and the budgets for both preK-6 schools will be incorporated into a single spending plan that voters will be asked to approve each spring at Annual Town Meeting.

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Williams Women's Soccer Advances in NCAA; Football Tops Amherst in OT

The Williams College women's soccer team Saturday won its NCAA tournament opener.

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North Adams Armory Dedication Memorializes City's Fallen Son DeMarsico

A few hundred people braved Saturday's bitter cold for the dedication of a plaque and stone in his honor at the North Adams Armory Center. DeMarsico's life was cut short in 2012 during a patrol in Afghanistan. He was walking point along the road, searching for improvised explosive devices.

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Pittsfield Celebrates Veterans Day

With temperatures in the teens Saturday morning, the city of Pittsfield honored veterans of all wars with a parade and ceremony. At 10 a.m. marchers and vehicles left City Hall and proceeded down North Street, onto South Street, and concluded at the Veterans Memorial on South Street.