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Journalist, CNN Analyst Toobin Talks About the Current News Engagement

The last 10 months have been exhausting and invigorating for political and legal journalists, says CNN political analyst and legal writer Jeffrey Toobin. Toobin was the speaker at last week's annual Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture series at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

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Slick Conditions Blamed for Town Truck's Slide Into Hotel Structure

The first snowfall of the season in Williamstown got the winter driving season going with a bang on Monday morning when a town vehicle collided with one of Town Hall's neighbors. No one was injured in the early morning low-speed collision of a town truck that appears to have slipped off the driveway that wraps around the municipal building, down a small incline and into a storage structure adjacent to the Northside Motel.

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Mount Greylock School Transition Committee Named

The three school committees who govern the Lanesborough and Williamstown school districts Wednesday named the transition committee that will lead the expanded Mount Greylock district through the November election.

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Volunteers Prep For Third Annual Children's Extravaganza

The Children's Holiday Extravaganza returns for the third year on Nov. 26 with a record high number of tickets reserved.

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Residents Turn Out to Question Williamstown Cell Tower Proposal

About a dozen residents turned out Thursday night to hear a presentation from Verizon Wireless about its proposal to install a 100-foot monopole cellular tower near the former Taconic Restaurant on Cold Spring Road.

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Bohemian Road Holds Grand Opening in Adams

Things just got a little brighter and a little groovier on Park Street with the opening Saturday of Bohemian Road at 57 Park St. The small store is filled with what owner Randy Cormier describes as "clothing and gifts from around the globe ... and local."

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Clarksburg School Project Defeated in Record Turnout

The borrowing authorization required a two-thirds vote to pass, or 370 yes votes out of the 555 cast. The result was a flip of September's special town meeting vote that saw the project fail to capture two-thirds of the ballots by one vote.

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Tree Lightings & Holiday Events 2017

Roundup of tree lightings and other holiday events in the Berkshires.

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Williamstown Hardware Store Holds Grand Opening

William Aubuchon IV cut the ribbon on Aubuchon's Main Street store, which opened a few weeks ago but held its grand opening celebration until this Friday and Saturday. Afterward, Aubuchon said the move from a smaller location in the Colonial Plaza to the east on Main Street (Route 2) was necessary to serve the store's clientele.

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Clarksburg Town Officials Offer Override Option as 'Plan B'

Town officials are floating the idea of a Proposition 2 1/2 override to stash away funds for capital projects that would include repairs to the aging elementary school. Homeowners have been struggling with sticker shock over the controversial $19 million school project. While it's generally recognized the 50- to 40-year-old school building is in dire need of repair, the thought of shelling out $350,000 a year over the next 40 years has a lot of residents seeking a "Plan B."

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Festive Holiday Market Brings Artisans, Good Food, to Greylock Works

Some 60 vendors and artisans will be showing their wares in the spacious Weave Shed at Greylock Works on Saturday. But this isn't your typical farmer's market or craft bazaar.

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Superior Court Briefs: Nov. 13 - Nov. 15

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Holiday Festivals and Craft Fairs 2017

This is the season of holiday craft fairs and art shows. This list will be regularly updated throughout the fall. Send submissions to info@iberkshires.com.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Nov. 17-23

Celebrate the start of the holiday season and enjoy an alluring variety of appetizers and beverages at the Festival of Trees Preview Party. Guests are invited to dress to fit the theme or wear their holiday best. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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Adams Selectmen Say Goodbye to Mazzucco

Tony Mazzucco attended his final Selectmen's meeting on Wednesday and was met with applause for his service to the town. The town administrator has taken the post of general manager of Norwood and is leaving to move closer to where he grew up.

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North Adams City Food Collection Benefits Friendship Center Pantry

The annual drive collects nonperishable foods from the North Adams Public Schools, City Hall, Police Department, Fire Department, Spitzer Center and the library.

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Mediator Helping Cheshire, Adams Officials With Communication

Selectmen Chairman Robert Ciskowski told his colleagues on Tuesday that the initial "Community Paradigm Working Group" meeting between several select, finance and school officials of the two towns was productive.

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No One Injured in North Adams Head-On Collision

A head-on collision on Thursday closed a section of Massachusetts Avenue for close to an hour. No one was hurt in the noontime accident but both vehicles had to be towed from scene.

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Pittsfield Places Annual Christmas Tree in Park Square

The city's Christmas tree has arrived. City workers, with help from L.P. Adams, installed the 35-foot donated tree Thursday morning. Weighing just about one ton, the tree was donated by Broadway Street residents Teena Guenther and her husband Paul Askew.

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Lanesborough to Join Mosquito Control Project

A mosquito control program will start in the spring following an affirmative vote at Tuesday's special town meeting. Lanesborough becomes the ninth town the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project will operate in. The state-backed agency focuses on reducing mosquito populations and monitoring for infectious disease outbreaks.

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Williamstown Town Meeting OKs Police Station Land Purchase, Zoning Bylaws

Voters OKd the $300,000 acquisition of .42 acres on Simonds Road (U.S. Route 7), including the building that used to be the Turner House for veterans. When the non-profit Turner House announced its plan to suspend operations, the town in October 2016 the site as a potential site to replace the crowded and inadequate home for the Williamstown Police Department at Town Hall.

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North Adams Council Accepts Land for Bike Path

The city is planning to piggyback the 1-mile section in North Adams informally named for the late state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, a longtime bike path proponent, onto the 2.5-mile route in Williamstown to tap into soon-to-expire federal scenic byway money.

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North Adams Happenings: Nov. 15-21

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

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Waterstone Will Continue to Pursue Pittsfield Project

Waterstone fully intends to move forward with a development at the William Stanley Business Park. The company has spent five years and hundreds of thousands of dollars designing the project, which had been aimed at bringing a Walmart Supercenter to the site 16.5-acre site known as the teens.

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