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North Adams Groups Holding Toy & Clothing Drive

The city's emergency responders are teaming up with the Northern Berkshire Family YMCA and North Adams Rotary to conduct a Holiday Toy and Clothing Drive this Thursday, Dec. 8, from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Walmart on Curran Highway.

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Berkshires Beat: Young Democrats Mobilize in Western Massachusetts

The meeting attracted high schoolers from Northampton and West Springfield, college students from various campuses and young professionals eager to encourage a rising generation of citizens to participate in public policy and run for office.

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Regional Planners Still Waiting On DLTA Funds To Be Released

BRPC Executive Director Nathaniel Karns wants to help move the Eagle Mill redevelopment along. But, he isn't sure if he'll have the funds to do it. Last year, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission began the process of crafting a 40R zoning overlay district. It is a series of regulations aimed to encourage dense residential and mixed-use zoning districts.

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Clarksburg Welcomes Reserve Officers, Hears From Ed Task Force

Kevin Stant and Samantha Haines were confirmed by the Select Board as reserve patrol officers for the rest of the 2017 fiscal year. Chief Michael Williams introduced the officers, whom he said had completed the reserve intermittent officer training course. They also successfully passed the interview process and background check.

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Attorney General Upholds Williamstown's Waubeeka ByLaw

The owner of Waubeeka Golf Links has been chomping at the bit to move forward with a proposal to diversify the property in an effort to preserve the 50-year-old enterprise. After a six-month review of the Waubeeka Overlay District bylaw passed at May's annual town meeting, the Attorney General's Office on Thursday notified the town that the bylaw allowing development of a 120-room inn s approved.

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Berkshire County Arc Holds Annual Meeting

Berkshire County Arc singled out a few of its 700 employees for awards at Friday morning's 62nd annual meeting.

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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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Superior Court Briefs: Nov. 15 - Dec. 1

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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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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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Seven Years In, Cop on Top Continues To Grow

It's been seven years since the first Cop on Top set in motion a series of fundraisers, growing every year, that has raised more than $600,000 for Special Olympic athlete. "We've made so much money in our county program that we help other programs in other counties," said Officer Darren Derby, who along with Investigator John Bassi, has been heading the local efforts for years.

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Pittsfield Super Tracking Impacts of Federal Education Act

Superintendent Jason McCandless said he is watching closely what the federal replacement to No Child Left Behind will ultimately mean for the district. Last year the federal government adopted Every Student Succeeds Act and it was signed into law on Dec. 10. The program replaces No Child Left Behind but it does retain some of those provisions. When it comes to the local level, the largest changes would be regarding the ranking system.

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North Adams Housing Supports Louison House Plans

The authority agreed earlier this year to transfer the Church Street home to Louison House for $1 but the final closing has not taken place. In the meantime, the family shelter was forced to move into the building after a fire on June 26 damaged the Adams residential shelter.

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McCann Pinning Ceremony Launches 15 on Nursing Career

It was very much a passing of the torch — or really the lamp — on Wednesday as most of the newly graduated licensed practical nurses were pinned by colleagues and friends, parents and siblings. The ceremonies in the McCann gymnasium ended with bouquets, applause and bows as the graduates greeted their families.

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Drury to Perform Manilow's 'Copacabana'

More than 65 students in the Drury arts wing will take their audience to where "music and passion were always the fashion" when they perform the musical based on Manilow's 1978 hit song this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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Metered Parking Comes To Pittsfield In January

Metered parking downtown will start in the new year. The city will be installing the new parking kiosks on North Street and in the First Street and McKay lots in December and the program will go live on Jan. 3.

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Great Barrington Police Gains Accreditation

The Great Barrington Police Department has met all necessary requirements for full state accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission and will be the first department in Berkshire County to receive the award. The department will receive its award at a ceremony, the date of which has not yet been determined.

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Police Officers to Raise Money for Special Olympics Massachusetts

Law enforcement officers from the Pittsfield Police Department, Berkshire County Sheriff's Office and other local and state police agencies, will be taking part in an event called "Cop on Top" – a fundraiser for Special Olympics Massachusetts where local officers volunteer their free time during this holiday season and stand high atop the Pittsfield Wal-Mart until they reach their fundraising goal.

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