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Baseball and the Berkshires' Moves to Berkshire Mall

After two years at Arrowhead in Pittsfield, including last year's run as a traveling exhibit, curator Larry Moore hopes the mall location will be a permanent home for the exhibit, which features artifacts celebrating the game's connection to the region and area residents' connection to the game.

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Traffic Commission Unsure What Else Can Be Done For Deming Park Traffic

The Traffic Commission was unable to come up with a plan to ease traffic congestion around Deming Park on game days. The park with both Little League and Babe Ruth playing fields is packed during the baseball season, with cars overflowing form the parking lot and lining the sides of Newell Street and Meadow Lane. Ward 3 Councilor Nicholas Caccamo put forth two petitions aimed to ease that burden - one to eliminate parking on Boise, Newell, and Mead

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@theMarket: 100 Days Does Not an Economy Make?

To be fair, the first quarter in just about every year tends to be the weakest. Economists call it "residual seasonality." You can think of it as the after Christmas economic hangover when spending dampens down as the credit cards bill come due.

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Pittsfield Police Arrest Two On Firearm Charges Following Search

Police seized a number of guns from a Linden Street home Friday morning. Police said the Berkshire County Special Response Team executed a "no-knock" search warrant at 108 Linden Street. The search was after an investigation in tandem with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

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Pittsfield Highlights Westside Riverway Park For Arbor Day

It may seem like an odd setting to celebrate Arbor Day, an active construction site where some trees had been removed and soil dug up resting alongside a river historically known for pollution.

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Candidate Statement: Christine Hoyt for Adams Selectman

As we strolled down the sidewalk with Mount Greylock in the distance, we knew we had made the right decision to buy our home in Adams. Since then, Pete and I have branched out joining community organizations and commissions, both in Adams, as well as throughout the County.

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Pittsfield Traffic Commission Rejects Handicapped Parking Plan

The Traffic Commission rejected plan increasing the number of handicapped parking spaces on the city's four main commercial streets. Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell put forth a petition calling for additional handicapped parking spaces on North, South, Tyler, and Elm Streets. He then identified spots with the commissioner of public services, Downtown Pittsfield, the Commission on Disabilities and the city engineer to develop a plan.

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Williamstown Elementary Talks Use Fees, School Calendar

The Williamstown School Committee began discussing on Wednesday how it can more equitably charge fees to outside groups for use of the school's building and grounds.

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Pilot Program Brings Destressing Techniques to Pittsfield Classrooms

Doing any job when one is stressed and frustrated is much more difficult. And teachers are the same way. They are the scapegoats when schools are under performing. They're pressured by parents and administrators. Their work days are long, some students can be taxing, and recently in Pittsfield, the threat of job loss has hung over their heads.

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The Independent Investor: World's Bread Basket No More

The recent controversy over dairy trade policies between the Trump administration and Canada is only the tip of the iceberg. While Trump is selectively picking on one particular product, the truth is that the United States is losing its competitive advantage in many areas of agriculture.

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Council Voices Few Concerns Over Pittsfield's Capital Plan

The city's capital plan calls for the replacement of 5,236 street lights to LEDs but some councilors are wondering why a project to light up Tyler Street has not been undertaken. The Tyler Street Business Group petitioned the city in 2014 asking for lights on the North side of Tyler Street at an estimated cost of $500,000. Movement halted on those efforts when the city was accepted in the Transformative Development Program. MassDevelopment is currently in the midst of planning efforts for a r

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Figment Brings Art, Music Back to Windsor Lake

Last year's first Figment event brought hundreds of people to participate in games and art projects, and to stay for the "after dark" portion of music and dancing. The worldwide initiative promotes free interactive arts-focused activities for all ages to bring communities together.

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Pittsfield School Officials Approve Further Budget Cuts

The proposed school budget has been cut again, raising the number of layoffs to 75.6. However, the teacher's union is foregoing some $300,000 worth of step raises to save some of those jobs. On Wednesday the School Committee adopted a proposed budget of $60,686,338, with the city's share of that being $60,066,338. That is $250,000 less than what was presented at the budget hearing two weeks ago.

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Clarksburg Opens Bids for Horrigan Road Repairs

The Select Board on Wednesday night opened five bids for paving and work on the mile-long road that runs from Middle Road to the Vermont State Line. Town meeting in 2015 had overwhelmingly approved borrowing up to $235,000 for the project as well as an immediate borrowing of $65,000 to address culvert issues.

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Mount Greylock Building Project May Take on Parking Lot

The chairman of the district's School Building Committee reported that because of cost savings realized to date in the $65 million addition/renovation project, he is hopeful that the building project will be able to add a badly needed parking lot resurfacing project back into the project.

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Cheshire Grants Use of Elementary School For Summer Programs

The Selectmen voted 2-1 to allow the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District to use Cheshire Elementary School for summer programming and its central office. After an at times contentious discussion Tuesday, the board voted to allow a summer day-care program and a special education summer damp with Selectman Robert Ciskowski holding a hard line against the district.

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North Adams Adopts 'Age-Friendly' Strategy

North Adams is keeping the needs of its senior citizens in mind as it develops projects and programs. The City Council on Tuesday night unanimously adopted an "age-friendly community strategy" that commits the city to improving the physical and social environment for the city's elderly.

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Berkshire County Rx Round Up Set for April 29

Anyone with unused, unwanted and expired prescription, over-the-counter and controlled medications may stop by to dispose of them safely. Personal needles will also be accepted in puncture-proof plastic containers.

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MCLA Holding 25th Community Day of Service

According to Moser, this year is special in that it marks the 25th anniversary of this annual spring day of service. Participants will meet in the larger Venable Gym because the event has outgrown its previous location in the MCLA Church Street Center.

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North Adams Happenings: April 26-May 2

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

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Richardello, Gaspardi-Febles Honored With Quinn Award

When Esther Quinn died in 1998 the local business community lost someone who, after working a full day, would put in countless volunteer hours. But others are following in her footsteps. This year 1Berkshire honored both Linda Gaspardi-Febles of MountainOne and Denise Richardello of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with the 18th annual Esther Quinn Award, recognizing those same type of efforts.

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Maple Grove Civic Club Hears From Adams Candidates

The three people running for the three-year seat being vacated by Selectman Jeffrey Snoonian spoke at the forum, with the first being Elizabeth Bushey was first to speak Sunday afternoon at a well-attended Civic Club meeting at the Polish National Alliance.

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Pittsfield Council Asked To Push For State Education Funding Changes

How the state calculates what it costs to run a school system is much different from what local officials say it actually costs. That was the message delivered to the City Council Tuesday night when the School Committee arranged a presentation from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees. MASC Field Director Tracy Novick urged the council to advocate for changes to the state funding formulas to bring more state dollars into the city.

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