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Pittsfield Approves Extending Tax Breaks For Beacon Cinema

It was in 1997 when Downtown Pittsfield Inc. revealed a downtown master plan which called for a movie theater on North Street. City officials and DPI went searching high and low for a developer, from big chains to independent operators with little luck. Eventually they found Richard Stanley, who ran the Triplex in Great Barrington, and he too wanted nothing to do with the project.

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Mister Tire Closing After 38 Years in North Adams

One sure sign that winter is coming has been for decades the spiraling line of vehicles leading to the doors of Mister Tire No more. After more than 40 years, Larry Davis is cleaning his hands of the tire business. Davis confirmed on Tuesday that Mister Tire will be closing its doors on June 4

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Lanesborough Chief Sorrell Receives High Marks in Performance Review

Town Manager Paul Sieloff couldn't be happier with the performance of the police chief in his first year. The Board of Selectmen authorized a 2.5 percent raise for Chief Timothy Sorrell Monday after Sieloff's exceptional review. As part of his contract, Sorrell will be reviewed annually and pay raises will be based on performance.

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Cheshire Planning Board Holds Off on Dollar General Permit

The Planning Board tabled a vote on Dollar General's special permit request on Tuesday and told the chain store to go back to the drawing board. Austin Turner with Bohler Engineering, the firm representing the discount chain store, provided the board with more specifications on the proposed store at a public hearing Monday.

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North Adams Housing Authority Receives Favorable Audit

North Adams Housing Authority Executive Director Jennifer Hohn reported that the fiscal 2015 audit came back with no financial findings. "We have no financial findings which is the most important," Hohn told the housing authority commissioners Monday. "There are no questioned costs."

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Adams-Cheshire Left With One Candidate for Interim Superintendent

The search for an interim superintendent took an unexpected turn Monday night when one of candidates declared the post was "not a good fit," thanked the committee and left. The departure of Christine Canning came at the end of a somewhat tense interview with the Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee over the needs and expectations of the school district. At one point, she turned to fellow candidate Robert Putnam, shook his hand and said, "congratulations, you've got the job."

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Adams Finance Committee Approves 2016 Town Warrant

The Finance Committee last week approved the town warrant but expressed some concern over articles that would appropriate money for the Adams Agricultural Fair and to make repairs to C.T. Plunkett School. The committee flew through most articles Thursday during its review of the budget hesitated on recommending an article that would appropriate up to $130,000 to make repairs to Plunkett's boiler room roof.

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Licensing Board Considers Outdoor Restaurant Seating During Third Thursday

The Office of Cultural Development is considering letting North Street restaurants have outdoor seating during Third Thursday. Shiobbean Lemme of the Office of Cultural Development brought the idea to the Licensing Board Monday in hopes to find the best way to do it. The board said it liked the idea but wanted to see specific plans on how the alcohol service will be controlled by each restaurant.

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Williams Women's Tennis Reaches NCAA Semifinals

The Williams College women's tennis team Monday earned its ninth straight trip to the NCAA Division III semi-finals.

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Lanesborough Fire Department Hosts Junior Firefighter Academy

The inspiration for the Junior Fire Academy was Nick Garrity. He and his father, Deputy Fire Chief Wood Garrity, saw the Junior Fire Academy being hosted by the National Volunteer Fire Council, and for the costs associated to attend that decided instead to host an event locally.

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Greylock Selects Gerard as New Chief Risk Officer

Gerard has extensive experience developing and managing risk strategy and regulatory interactions, directing operations management, and participating on executive leadership teams.

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Pittsfield Pair Charged With Drug, Gun Crimes On Circular Avenue

Police arrested a juvenile and a 24-year-old man during the investigation of shots being fired in a home on Circular Avenue. Police say Jerrel Hall and the juvenile were arrested on outstanding warrants Monday at about 11 a.m. at a home on Circular Avenue. Police were on scene continuing an investigation of Sunday's shooting and Det. Kim Bertelli-Hund observed several men in the area believed to have active arrest warrants. Two men then fled into a home.

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Stop Ignoring Recall Letters From Auto Manufacturers

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as many as 25 percent of car owners do not respond to a recall. You, the consumer must do your part by participating fully in recalls, which are always free safety fixes.

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Clarksburg Town Meeting, Election Set This Week

Voters on Wednesday night will decide a $4.3 million total budget for fiscal 2017 and whether to institute two new zoning bylaws. Town meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 25, beginning at 7 p.m. at the elementary school. The annual town election will be held Tuesday, May 24, from noon to 7 at the Clarksburg Senior Center. The full warrant and budget is posted below.

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Tyer Calls For $1M Police Department Boost in Wake of Shootings

Mayor Linda Tyer is calling for an increase of nearly $1 million to boost staffing in the Police Department. The mayor was joined by an array of elected officials, community leaders, and law enforcement Monday in a press conference addressing increased gun violence in the city. Tyer said the fiscal 2017 budget calls for a $936,000 increase to bring on a half-dozen new officers and new equipment.

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Berkshires Beat: Honoring Downing On His Way Out

Downing, a former chair and current vice chairman of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, was presented with a Champion of Tourism award at Massachusetts Tourism Day. T

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Biz Briefs: Lee Outlets Give Veterans Reserved Parking

U.S. Army Recruitment Officers Staff Sgt. Aaron Pierce and Sgt. First Class Kenneth Rosado were in attendance along with representatives from various local veterans’ organizations, including American Legion Post 68 and the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 65, both of Pittsfield.

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Jamula Homers in Adams Community Bank's Win

Adams Community Bank, Williamstown Police and Krispy Cones each picked up Cal Ripken Baseball wins over the weekend.

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Pittsfield Airport: Increased Military Traffic Caused By Training Demands

"It's the sound of freedom" is how the assistant airport manager describes the increased activity of military helicopters at the airport. Residents may have recently noticed many military helicopters flying overhead recently. But don't be alarmed: it's just practice.

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Berkshire Scenic Begins Summer Season Memorial Weekend

With several blasts of the train whistle, the Hoosac Valley Service's Budd Car 6126 moved along the backways of the city at a dignified 10 mph. The ride from North Adams to Adams on Friday night was a precurser of the scenic rail line's first full summer season in North County — and a sneak peak for North Adams Chamber of Commerce members

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North Adams Committee Mull Airbnb Impact on City

Lodging in Northern Berkshire is caught between feast and famine. There's no room to be found during the summer and high-traffic weekends; in the winter and shoulder seasons, rooms go begging. It's a conundrum that city officials are keeping in mind as they grapple with the growing shared services economy and proliferation of online room rentals, a topic at a meeting Wednesday at City Hall.

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Ashe, Sabadosa Win Steel Rail Titles

The fourth annual Steel Rail Half Marathon was contested on Sunday on the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail.

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Parks Commissions Approves Improvements To Pellerin Field

The first round of improvements to the newly named Buddy Pellerin Field at Clapp Park is set for this summer. The Parks Commission gave the group heading the effort the Okay to order a scoreboard and to continue planning for a number of other additions and changes to the field. The group has already raised $20,000 and has set a goal of a quarter of a million to make four phases worth of improvements to the ballfield.

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United Way Ends 'Day of Caring' With Dance Party

Hundreds of people shook it up on the dance floor at Hancock Shaker Village on Friday night. The dance party Friday night capped of the Berkshire United Way's Day of Caring during which dozens go businesses found ways to donated to the organization's childhood literacy efforts. Further, 50 book houses were installed all over the county as a mini lending library.

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PHS Baseball Team Throws Cookout For Soldier On Veterans

At 18 years old many young men had found themselves in the midst of battles overseas. They returned with limited support, with post traumatic stress, chronic illness, and often living on the streets. Since then some of them found their way to Soldier On, which cares and helps pick homeless veterans back up and onto their feet.

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