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10 Most Dangerous Pittsfield Intersections: 2017 Edition

The ratings use a weighted system. If there is a fatality at an intersection, it is given a score of 10. If the accident causes a non-fatal injury, the intersection receives five points. An accident that only causes property damage receives one point. Over a three-year period, those scores then start to show specific areas that tend to see more and more serious accidents.

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Adams Police Receive New Fingerprint Device

Police Chief Richard Tarsa told the board on Wednesday that because of the way the Adams Police Department conducts sex offender registrations, it was one of four departments in the state to receive the $30,000 device.

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Williamstown School Committee Member Questions Education's Emphasis on Technology

Johnson emphasized that his comments were meant to address the national trend in education and not reflect on Williamstown's priorities. And he said there are issues of equity involved in the rush to bring technology into the classroom.

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North Adams Emergency Services Holiday Fundraiser Yields Big Numbers

The North Adams Fire Department spent last Monday afternoon wrapping the hundreds of toys they received during the November toy drive outside of Walmart, where shoppers were able to purchase a toy and place it on one of the emergency service vehicles parked outside.

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Sandisfield Town Garage Burns to the Ground

According to news reports, the five-alarm fire was reported shortly after 9 a.m. and was "fully engulfed" when firefighters from multiple companies arrived at the scene.

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Renovation of Former Pittsfield Church Into Apartments Progressing

In 1906 the Berkshire Railway System constructed a building on Seymour Street to host a steam boiler and large electrical generators to power the trolley cars going up and down North Street. Six years later the facility was too small. The railroad built a new one on East Street and vacated the Seymour Street building. The Polish community, however, saw that all other groups had their own churches and started petitioning the Catholic Diocese of Springfield for one. In 1921, the diocese grante

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@theMarket: Should Be Good Month for Stocks

The House passed a stop-gap spending bill averting a government shut-down late Thursday night. As a result, markets moved higher. We can expect more of the same until the next deadline, which is just before Christmas.

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Pittsfield Health Officials Back Trash Collection Changes

Health Director Gina Armstrong doesn't see the enforcement of new trash regulations becoming a difficult task. The Board of Health is currently in charge of enforcing nuisance issues regarding trash already. Armstrong brought up some areas of concern about the proposed toter system regulations, but overall said it will keep the city cleaner.

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Clarksburg School Committee Requests Extension on School Project

School Committee is formally asking for an extension on its school building renovation plans in light of new information on the town's financial status. The school district and its partners are asking for time until Jan. 12 to meet with financial and legal consultants "to review the feasibility of moving forward."

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Wahconah Cheerleaders Earn Berth in National Championship

In addition to supporting their school's football team on a run to the Western Massachusetts championship and a narrow loss in the state semi-finals, Wahconah's cheerleaders last month earned a spot in the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championships with their performance at the Massachusetts fall state championships.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 8-14

Shire City Sanctuary will again host its Holiday Shindy, featuring more than 60 artisan vendors, yummy food, warm drinks and live music

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Holiday Festivals and Craft Fairs 2017

This is the season of holiday craft fairs and art shows. This list will be regularly updated throughout the fall. Send submissions to info@iberkshires.com.

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Superior Court Briefs: Dec. 4 - Dec. 6

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North Adams Schools Asks Retiring Business Manager to Stay Longer

Ziter is scheduled to retire on Dec. 31, but Superintendent Barbara Malkas informed the committee there has been difficulty in hiring a qualified, licensed candidate.

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Dowling Presented McCann Superintendent's Award

McCann Technical senior Aimee Dowling was presented the Superintendent's Award on Thursday in front of her family and teachers.

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Enrollment Growing In Pittsfield Needle Exchange Program

Already 31 people have enrolled in the local needle exchange program. The state Department of Health allocated grant funds earlier this year to bring a syringe exchange program to the area through Berkshire Health Systems at 510 North Street. The intent is to reduce harm to those using intervenous drugs. The program opened on Sept. 4 and enrollment has been growing ever since.

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The Independent Investor: Will the Lights Go Out?

If the government does shut down on Saturday morning, it will be the 18th such occurrence in U.S. history. In every case, the nation has survived, although at times the cost has been great. There was, for example, a 16-day shutdown back in 2013 that resulted in a $24 billion hit to economic output and caused 850,000 workers to be laid off.

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North Adams' Newly Elected Councilors Attend MMA Workshops

Several councilors-elect from North Adams joined other newly elected councilors and aldermen from across the state at a training conference held by the Massachusetts Municipal Councillors Association, a member group of Massachusetts Municipal Association, on Dec. 2 at Framingham State University's Warren Conference Center in Ashland.

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Pittsfield Remembers Pearl Harbor

One hundred and ten minutes. That was how long the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 lasted.

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Carr Hardware In Quarterfinals For Small Business Of Year Award

Carr Hardware is the only business in Massachusetts to make it to the quarterfinals of the "Independent We Stand Small Business of the Year Award." And, if they win they plan on donating that money right back into the community. Carr Hardware says the small business organization Independent We Stand is giving out $5,000 to this year's winner. If Carr Hardware gets it, it will be donated toward building a new splash pad at Clapp Park.

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Williamstown Select Board Reviews Town Manager's Performance

In a special session called to wrap up the body's annual review, Town Manager Jason Hoch was complimented for his management style, innovation and continuing to keep the town on a solid financial footing.

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Cesan Appointed as Interim Adams Town Administrator

The Selectmen have appointed Director of Community Development Donna Cesan as the interim town administrator.

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Crane Currency Being Acquired by Global Manufacturing Company

Crane Currency's acquisition by a Connecticut-based firm with a strikingly similar name is good news for the region, say Crane officials. Crane Co. of Stamford, Conn., announced late Tuesday it would purchase the nearly 200-year-old banknotes operation for $800 million.

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Adams Fire Snuff Out Columbia Street Fire

Fire Chief John Pansecchi said the call came in late morning and once firefighters arrived at the single-family home, they were able to contain the blaze to one room that was used for storage by the owner.

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Montgomery Fire Chief Dies Fighting House Fire

Frye was 59 years old. He has been a member of the Montgomery Fire Department since 1993 and chief for about 13 years.

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