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Medical Marijuana Company Eyes Recreational Sales in Pittsfield

Berkshire Roots is positioning itself to be a recreational marijuana dispensary when permits are issued later this year. Berkshire Roots is now finishing up a massive renovation of 501 Dalton Avenue, a commercial building which formerly housed Jay's Custom Muffler & Auto, Casey's Billiards, and the Salvation Army store. Those three previously vacated the building to make way for a medical marijuana dispensary and renovations are nearly complete.

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North Adams Airport Commission Down Two Members

With Gilman being removed late last year by former Mayor Richard Alcombright, this leaves only three members on the five-person commission.

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Coffee Kiosk Eyed For First Street Common in Pittsfield

Todd Fiorentino is proposing opening Poseidon Coffee, a small kiosk to sell coffee and hot cocoa drinks during the morning hours at the park.

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Waste District Scales Down District Survey

Blanchard had told the directors at their last meeting that the district could can apply for a grant to fund her time for a complete district survey in hopes of finding ways to increase funding through the Recycling Dividends Program.

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North Adams Happenings: Jan. 17-23

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

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Yon Will Continue to Chair Pittsfield School Committee

Katherine Yon will continue to chair the Pittsfield School Committee. During the re-organization meeting Wednesday the committee voted Yon back to the leadership position. Yon has served as chair since 2014.

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Williamstown Residents Argue For, Against Pot Proposal

At issue is not so much the medical applications for the drug as the fact that Silver Therapeutics principal Joshua Silver makes no secret of the fact that he plans to seek a license from the commonwealth to operate a recreational pot retail operation at the same Colonial Plaza site where he wants to establish a medical dispensary.

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North Adams Council Moving Hearing of Visitors to Back of Meeting

The amendments are at the request of Council President Keith Bona, who was elected to the post a the Organization of Government on Jan. 1. Each council president has the option of proposing modifications during their terms.

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BMC Nurses Give Bargaining Committee OK to Call 2nd Strike

The local Massachusetts Nurses Association chapter has been at odds with management for nearly a year and a half of contract negotiations. In October, the nurses staged a one-day strike, which was followed by a four-day lockout. The two sides returned to the bargaining table shortly after and still have yet to come to a settlement.

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Mall Loses Partial Power, Security Kicks Media Off Property

Berkshire Mall management had security escort an iBerkshires reporter from the property Wednesday afternoon. iBerkshires had heard reports that the mall had lost power. We attempted to call management to find out what happened by the phone was "temporarily unavailable." So, we drove there to find out.

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SVMC Waiting Rooms Now Kid-Friendly Thanks to Bennington Bank

A "dingy" waiting room at the Women's and Children's Unit was brightened up with new wall colors and paintings, new seating and several interactive play areas with an underwater theme, all with a large window looking out at the Green Mountains. A similar makeover was done to the waiting area in the pediatrics practice but with a jungle theme.

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Hillcrest Educational to Honor Sheriff Bowler, Officer Derby

Sheriff Thomas Bowler will be honored as Hillcrest Educational Center's Irish Person of the Year. Hillcrest will present the award at the 17th annual Robert "Bees" Prendergast St. Patrick's Celebration on March 15 at the Pittsfield country club.

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Williamstown Community Preservation Committee Has Just Two Applicants

The combined $39,000 is less than 20 percent of the $196,501 sought by eight different applicants in January 2017. Ultimately, the CPC recommended all eight applications, some at reduced amounts, for an aggregate of $160,823; the eight were approved in separate warrant articles at town meeting.

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Adams-Cheshire Hopes to Conclude Agreement Before Superintendent Retires

Massachusetts Association of Regional Schools Assistant Director Stephen Hemman recommended to the committee on Monday that it aim for a closer completion date to accommodate Putnam, who plans to retire at the end of the year.

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Pittsfield Extends Lease For Offices at 100 North St.

Mayor Linda Tyer has no plans to move the city offices currently at 100 North Street back to City Hall. An array of city offices were moved from the basement of City Hall back in 2014 to the mezzanine level of 100 North Street. The move, under former Mayor Daniel Bianchi, caused consternation from some of the city councilors at the time because it didn't need council approval.

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Alcombright Honored Following MLK Day of Service

Alcombright, surrounded by local leaders, the MLK Committee and members of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition on a stage in Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Venable Hall, said the recognition was "humbling, heartwarming and, at some level, deeply spiritual."

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Berkshires Beat: Real Women Essay Contest Entries Sought

Founded in 1986, the Real Women Essay contest, invites Berkshire County students K-12 to participate by writing an essay, poem, scripted conversation, first-person monologue or journal recognizing a woman in their lives that has inspired them.

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Gubernatorial Candidate Warren Talks Opioids In Pittsfield

Gubernatorial Candidate Setti Warren says five people a day are dying from opioid addiction. "In 2014, Gov. Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency around opioid addiction. We were the first state in the country to do so. Since then, 6,000 people have died of opioid addiction in our state, 250,000 are living with addiction in our state right now and that number is growing. Over five people a day are dying from opioid addiction or are sick. This at a cost of $10 billion annually," Warren s

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North Adams Library To Host 'Look Up' Film Series Dedicated To Cariddi

Starting Thursday, Jan. 18, the library will host a "Look Up" movie series based on the cosmos using some of the $7,500 left by Cariddi's estate, earmarked for astronomy, after she passed in 2017.

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Pollinator-Friendly Events Planned in Wiliamstown This Spring

Last May, town meeting adopted a non-binding resolution declaring Williamstown a pollinator-friendly community and encouraging landowners to adopt management practices to protect the bees, butterflies and insects that are critical to the ecosystem and the, specifically, our food supply.

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Negotiators Talk Man Out Of Harming Self In Pittsfield Hotel Room

The Berkshire County Special Response Team successfully convinced the unnamed individual who had reportedly threatened to harm himself after three hours at the Econo Lodge on Cheshire Road.

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Pittsfield Schools Considers Using Indigenous People Day, Not Columbus

The School Department may join the growing movement behind switching our Columbus Day with Indigenous People Day. School Committee member Cynthia Taylor suggested the school change the name when written on the school calendar. The change may be small but the gesture is part of a growing movement to use the weekend to celebrate Native Americans instead of the person who invaded their land.

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@theMarket: Melt-Up Continues

Some ask me how you can have the U.S. dollar declining, while interest rates and stocks climb at the same time. Then there are the commodities gold, basic materials, mines and metals all moving up with stocks. Is there, in fact, anything except bond prices that are down?

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Old Country Buffet Expected To Be Razed To Make Way For New Restaurant

The plaza owners Brixmor Property Group received the OK from the Conservation Commission to take down the restaurant. The plan is to construct a new, 5,500 square-foot restaurant in its place.

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The Independent Investor: The Cost of MAGA

It is the guiding principle behind the Trump administration, but to "Make America Great Again" the U.S. may have to break some eggs. Are you ready for that?

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