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Youth Development, Transportation, Tops Pignatelli's Budget Priorities

State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli's top budget priority isn't a surprise: Berkshire Youth Development. The Lenox Democrat has prioritized programs such as the Railroad Street Youth Project for a number of years. And now, he's requesting more state funding to expand that into a countywide effort.

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North Adams Fin Comm Reviews Public Services, Inspection Budgets

Canales said department heads will be queried about fee structures so they can be built into the fiscal 2020 budget. He said the two separate inspection departments will probably be moved into one department.

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Williamstown ZBA Wants Expert Testimony in Person on Cell Tower Issue

After more than two hours of testimony on Thursday, the ZBA voted 5-0 to ask Cooper to discuss his disagreement with Verizon's radio frequency engineer about how many "small cell" nodes could be mounted on utility poles to eliminate a 2.8-mile coverage gap in the area.

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Farley-Bouvier to Push For St. Mary's, Early Ed Funding

Each representative across the Commonwealth filed a number of amendments for specific projects in their district. This year, state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier is putting all of her efforts behind just one: St. Mary the Morningstar.

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Pittsfield Reconvenes Resource Recovery As Trash Talk Starts Over

The city's Resource Recovery Commission has reconvened after its toter plan was rejected by the City Council. The committee had come together in September of 2016 and for more than a year completed an analysis of the city's curbside trash collection. It settled on a plan to overhaul the trash collection with a toter system eyed to decrease the $3 million cost the city pays for trash disposal, increase the 11 percent recycling rate, and combat blight.

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Doe Saved From Adams Flood Chute

It was a tense afternoon for Animal Control Officer Kim Witek, who rushed to the Winter Street flood chutes on her day off after photos of a doe struggling through the rushing waters surfaced on Facebook.

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@theMarket: Earnings Up; Stocks, Not So Much

Earnings season kicked off last Friday with the bank results. The numbers were stellar, but the stock prices of those companies fell hard. Since then, the same thing has occurred to any number of companies. What is going on?

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North Adams Businesses Warned of Multiple Break-Ins

Police are warning Main Street business owners about a series of break-ins that have occurred over the past few days.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: April 20-26

The Funkdation Hip Hop Festival of the Berkshires returns for another year! Youth breakdancing battles will begin at 3 p.m., with a performance by Nostalgia at 6 p.m., and adult breaking battles starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Berkshire Museum. Child spectators FREE; $10 for everyone else.

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Williamstown Fin Comm Splashes Sand Springs Pool Funding

The non-profit, which purchased renovated the existing pool on Sand Springs Road and offers memberships at a reduced rate from that charged by its for-profit predecessor, is asking the town for $19,000 to help fund its operational expenses.

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Superintendent Candidate Bazyk Familiar With Adams-Cheshire Challenges

The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee held its third superintendent interview on Thursday night with William Bazyk, superintendent of the Battenkill Valley Supervisory Union.

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Berkshires Near Economic Development District Designation

The county is about halfway toward creating an economic development district, which will open up a new source of potential revenue for projects throughout Berkshire County. The Comprehensive Economic Development committee, which is orchestrated through Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, has signed agreements from eight of the county's 32 towns joining the effort. The creation of a district will allow for cities and towns throughout the Berkshires apply for additional grant funding from t

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North Adams Committee Finding Little Business Support for Bag Ban

Cohen had developed the survey through surveymonkey.com to gather input from businesses. At last week's meeting, a pizzeria owner had indicated owners might be leery of expressing their opinions in public.

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The Independent Investor: Why the Tax Cuts Are Unpopular Among Americans

Despite spending big money and all the marketing they can muster, the Republicans are still not able to convince most Americans that the tax cut benefits anyone but the rich and the corporations they own. Maybe, we are not as dumb as they think we are.

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Superintendent Candidate Geryk Says Prepared to Move ACRSD Forward

The School Committee on Wednesday interviewed the second of four superintendent candidates: Maria Geryk, former superintendent of the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools.

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Former Berkshire Place to Transform Back to Independent Senior Living

After opening a brand-new $10 million building on South Street, Berkshire Place is now planning to renovate and transform its former home back into independent living. Berkshire Retirement Home has owned the building at 89 South Street since 1888 when it opened as senior housing as Berkshire County Home for Aged Women. The name was changed in 1960 to Berkshire Place and the operations shifted to skilled nursing and rehabilitation, long-term care, and residential care.

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Superintendent Candidate Vosburgh Says Adams-Cheshire 'Perfect Fit'

The School Committee is searching for a replacement for Superintendent Robert Putnam, who is retiring at the end of the school year. At the same time, it is in talks with North Adams about possibly sharing a top administrator.

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PEDA Working Through Minutiae to Get BIC Up and Running

PEDA approved a series of agreements on Wednesday, which is hoped to tie up the legal documentation required for the Berkshire Innovation Center. The Pittsfield Economic Development Authority has long had a ground lease in place for the Berkshire Innovation Center. But, as the project has evolved, the roles of various parties had altered - thus the required paperwork changes were needed to align.

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North Adams Happenings: April 18-24

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

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Incumbent, Newcomer Vying for Selectman in Cheshire

The two candidates vying for the three-year seat on the Board of Selectmen this year are offering voters a choice between experience or a fresh perspective.

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Touch a Truck Draws Curious Kids

The event allowed children to explore big trucks as well as learn about community helpers such as a police car, fire truck and ambulance. There were also buses, tractors, tow trucks and more.

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Current Sonsini Staff Looks To Move Past Recent Drama

It's been a distressing few months at the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter because of court cases, contracts, and battles over leadership. But, every morning staff continues to open those doors, feed the dogs and cats, give them medicine, and try to find homes for the stays and surrenders.

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Adams Finance Committee Completes Review of Fiscal 2019 Budget

A vote to approve the town administrator's personal services budget failed with a 1-9 vote because a majority of the committee felt the $95,000 salary cap for the town administrator's salary was out of line.

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Pittsfield Board Concerned Proposed Assisted Living Expansion; Praises St. Mary's Plans

Side by Side is looking to expand its assisted living facility to the east by knocking down a neighboring four-family dwelling on West Union Street. But, the Community Development Board is concerned that there will be an additional 20 living units with only six parking spaces. The board fears that there are too few parking spots available in the residential neighborhood.

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