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Thurston To Leave PEDA; Reorganization Talks Begin

The Pittsfield Economic Development Authority, Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation, and the city are in talks of creating a new structure. Each has their own roles in economic development but with each agency losing key people, it is time for them to reconsider all of the operations.

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Pittsfield Approves Permit For Dalton Avenue Dunkin' Donuts

The neighborhood is a mix of commercial and residential properties. The City Council heard the residential concerns but at the same time, this was the most amicable permit hearing the city has had with Dunkin' and one that was once referred to by a councilor as a "political victory."

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Williamstown Selectmen Discuss Mount Greylock School's Regional Expansion Plan

A veteran member of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee explained to the Board of Selectmen on Monday why the school wants to ask both member towns to expand the region in November special town meetings. Carolyn Greene explained that there are several options to address deficiencies in the Tri-District arrangement that binds the three independent school districts: Mount Greylock, Lanesborough Elementary and Williamstown Elementary. But there is one option that the school committee fa

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Adams Warns Regional School District No Support for Budget Increase

School officials arrived empty-handed to Tuesday's Finance Committee meeting because Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee's spending plan for fiscal 2018 is up in the air. The Finance Committee had penciled in the assessment for Adams based on a $19.2 million budget that should have been approved on Monday. Instead, the School Committee's three Cheshire representatives balked at a plan that would mean the closure of Cheshire Elementary School.

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Fake News Not New But Can Be Combatted: Panel

Those are just three ways media consumers can judge the veracity of something they see online, according to a panel of media and education professors. The panel participated in a forum on Monday evening called "Fact or Fabrication in Today's News," jointly sponsored by the North Adams Public Library and the Milne Public Library in Williamstown.

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Everett Murder Suspect Arrested In Pittsfield

Police arrested a man accused of murdering a man in Everett in February. Pittsfield Police say David Grossack, 47, was arrested in the city this afternoon. Grossack was listed as one of Massachusetts State Police's "most wanted" for allegedly killing and Everett artist.

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Dina Guiel To Seek Pittsfield's Ward 2 City Council Seat

Dina Guiel plans to run for City Council. Guiel announced on Tuesday that she intend to seek the Ward 2 council position. It is currently held by Kevin Morandi, who has been in the seat since 2011. Morandi has not yet said whether or not he intends to seek re-election.

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Dr. Donovan Traces History of NARH to 1955; Third Volume in Works

Donovan finished the second part of his three-part self-published volume on the history of NARH last fall. This second part ends at 1955, just as the "new" hospital opened. The first volume covers its establishment up until 1910. The hospital was opened after a tragic train crash two years before. Built for about $20,000 including land, the imposing three-story, brick and limestone "cottage" style structure facing south took 16 months to complete. It had 12 beds and, that first year, had a pa

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Adams-Cheshire Fails to Approve Fiscal 2018 Budget

The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee failed to pass its $19.2 million budget Monday night and may pass the buck to the towns. The budget failed to get the five votes needed for passage, with the four Adams representives voting for and the three Cheshire representatives voting nay after an at-times heated two-hour long meeting at Hoosac Valley High School.

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Pittsfield Looking to Restore Capitol Marquee

The city is looking at spending some $150,000 to restore the historic Capitol marquee outside of the senior center. Barry Architects did an assessment of the structure and determined there are significant repairs needed.

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Former Pittsfield Officer Sentenced for Stealing From Police Union

A former Pittsfield Police officer sentenced on Monday afternoon after pleading guilty to stealing more than $200,000 the Pittsfield Patrol Police Union. Jeffrey D. Coco, 44, former union president, will serve up to 20 months in the House of Correction.

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Non-Partisan Advocacy Workshops Offered

Participants are welcome to stay for an hour or the whole day. All workshops will be held on the Berkshire Community College campus at 1350 West St. in Pittsfield, which is fully accessible.

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Berkshires Beat: Volunteers Needed to Monitor Water Quality As 'River Smart' Month Nears

Once a month, trained volunteers will collect water samples at designated locations on the Green River in the Hoosic Watershed and Wahconah Falls Brook and the Southwest Branch of the Housatonic River in the Housatonic Watershed.

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Women's Commission Breakfast Focuses on Civic Engagement

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud admitted she was "preaching to the choir" on Monday morning as she stressed the importance of community engagement in the politic process. Her audience at Berkshire Community College was nearly 100 women and legislators who'd shown up on a cold and rainy morning in the Susan B. Anthony Lounge for the Berkshire County Commission on the Status of Women's annual legislative breakfast.

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North Adams Team Wins 18th Annual Robotics Challenge

The competition involved 26 Berkshire County teams comprising more than 180 students ages 8 to 14 using programmable robots built from LEGO kits to complete a variety of missions involving hypothetical scenarios that focused on improving interactions between people and animals.

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Libraries' Forum Targets Fake News

iBerkshires.com will participate in a public forum on Monday sponsored by the Milne and North Adams public libraries on so-called "fake news." "Fact or Fabrication in Today's News" takes place on Monday, March 27, at 7 p.m. at the Williamstown Youth Center.

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Cheshire, Lanesborough Consider Sharing Roads Chief

Town officials have been mulling the idea of sharing a highway superintendent with Lanesborough as it's search for a new Department of Public Works chief has dragged on for months. The plan had been for the new person to train with the retiring Superintendent Peter Lefebvre but his last day is only weeks away now.

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Brayton Students Play Bingo For Books

More than 50 students and their parents participated in the first "Bingo for Books" event last week at Brayton Elementary school during which students showcased their literary skills. Fourth-grade teacher Marie McCarron said she and fellow teacher Karen Cellana brought the event to Brayton because they wanted to get parents more involved in the classroom.

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Vietnam Veterans Honored In Pittsfield Ceremony

The war may be long over but Vietnam veterans are still tasked with a duty of making sure no other veterans return home to face the same fight for benefits they endured. Scott Gagnon served as both he commander of the Dalton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and as the Massachusetts Veterans of Foreign Wars assistance service officer for Western Massachusetts. He knows well the fight Vietnam veterans have endured in just trying to secure proper medical care.

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Lanesborough Elementary Weighs New Tuition Policy

The Lanesborough Elementary School Committee on Friday formally began the process of raising the tuition it charges New Ashford. In response to longtime criticism from town officials about the difference between the negotiated salary rate and the actual per-pupil cost of a Lanesborough education, the district has developed a policy that will peg that tuition to that average cost.

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North County Seniors And Students Prepare Food Bags

North County seniors and students teamed up to make and fill bags for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts' Brown Bag program. Seniors made an assembly line at the Visitors Center on Friday morning and filled 96 decorated bags with food for other seniors throughout the county.

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Legislators Pledge Support to Disabled Community During Uncertain Times

The 17th annual Berkshire Legislative Breakfast to support services for people with disabilities saw a crowd of more than 300 at the ITAM Lodge to hear families and care providers share their concerns with members of the county's legislative delegation. That's the county's delegation in Boston, but events in Washington, D.C., very much on the minds of the speakers and the audience alike.

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Flying Cloud Institute Welcomes New Board Member

Nash currently runs NASH Insights in Lenox, Mass., working with organizations to assess their needs, conduct program evaluation, and obtain grant funding. She is the former executive director of the Berkshire County Regional Employment Board and the Boston Area Health Education Center.

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Lanesborough, Pittsfield Police Participate In 'High Five' Friday

Police throughout Massachusetts on Friday stood outside of their local elementary schools waiting for the students to arrive. Once the children piled off the bus, the officers were there greeting them with high fives to start their day.

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