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Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 2 - Feb. 4

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Fire Displaces Five Pittsfield Residents

A Thursday night fire caused nearly $10,000 worth of damage to a Worthington Street home. Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Garner said at 7:43 p.m. the department received a report of a basement fire at 10-12 Worthington Street - located right near the intersection of West Housatonic Street and Center Street. The fire left five residents from the two-family home displaced but nobody was injured. Garner estimates some $8,000 to $10,000 worth of damage.

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Williams Lego Challenge 'Bridges' Math, MLK, Charity

Last year it was a sturdy Star Destroyer, this year it was a fragile bridge across the massive fireplace in the Paresky Center. The building of the Lego Bridge on Jan. 18 was one of the focal points of the Williams College Winter Study course "The Mathematics of Lego Bricks," taught by associate math professor Steven Miller. The course often includes a time challenge.

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SVMC Expands Program for Patients with Chronic Lung Disease

The upcoming session, which will accommodate up to 16 patients during either morning or afternoon classes, begins Feb. 9.

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Annual Father Daughter Dance Set for Feb. 21

This semi-formal event is for fathers or father figures and their daughters of all ages. People have attended previous events with their fathers, grandfathers, uncles, neighbors or a friend’s father.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Feb. 5-11

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Public Forum Set on Mount Greylock Building Project

In Williamstown, that ballot vote will take place on March 1 along with the presidential primary. The ballot vote in Lanesborough is scheduled for March 15. The project will also be discussed at a special Lanesborough town meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. at Lanesborough Elementary School.

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Dunkin Donuts Asks For Extension On Pittsfield's Styrofoam Ban

Dunkin' Donuts is asking for a year's extension to comply with the city's Styrofoam ban. Attorney Pierce Haley, representing Dunkin Brands, asked the Board of Health on Thursday for the extension as the company waits on the development of a lid for 24-ounce containers. Haley said the company has been looking to transition away from the polystyrene containers but needs another year or else it won't be able to serve its larger beverage sizes.

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Adams Continues Strategic Planning Process

The Selectmen have begun drafting a strategic plan document that will reflect the vision of the board and the community. The Selectmen used Wednesday's workshop meeting to continue the process of whittling down thoughts from the community strategic planning sessions held this past summer.

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Election 2016: Presidential Primary Voting

Wednesday, Feb. 10, is the last day to register or to change party status to vote in the Tuesday, March 1, presidential primary. You may change your party enrollment by completing a new voter registration form in person at your town or city clerk's office, by mail, or at www.RegisterToVoteMA.com.

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Clarksburg Resumes Search for Town Accountant

Town officials are making a second try for a town accountant. The Select Board on Wednesday interviewed three candidates — all with fairly extensive accounting backgrounds — but felt a key experience was missing for each one: Municipal accounting.

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'Jane Got a Gun': Misfires

A few decades ago, before the revisionist Western (i.e. Robert Altman's "McCabe and Mrs. Miller," 1971) moseyed into our movie palaces, director Gavin O'Connor's ultrarealistic "Jane Got a Gun" might have fascinated us and even won a few awards. But I tell you pardner, by this juncture I've just about had a belly full of poor cowpokes and sodbusters trying to scratch out a living in inhospitable country populated by no-account varmints, gunslingers and the precursors of what would evolve into

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The Independent Investor: Is a Recession Looming?

The funny thing about declining stock markets is that when they last more than a couple of weeks, talk of recession starts to percolate among investors. It is no different this time. I have written before that the stock market has erroneously called six of the last 13 declines as recessions, meaning that weak stock prices do not necessarily herald a weak economy. There have been instances in the past where a prolonged decline over a year or so has contributed to a recession but even then th

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State Fire Marshal Seeking Info On Lanesborough Garage Fire

"The building was fully engulfed by the time the fire was noticed shortly after midnight and the Lanesborough Fire Department called." — office of the state fire marshal.

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Old Country Buffet Abruptly Closes in Pittsfield

Employees were shocked to find a sign posted on the door of Old Country Buffet saying the restaurant was closing for good. Handwritten on the post is information on an employee meeting to be held Thursday afternoon. Employees have reported that they were given no notification of the closure. It is unclear how many employees will be impacted by the company's decision.

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Adams Boy Recognized For Saving Mother's Life

An 8-year-old local boy will get to be an "officer for a day" this month in recognition of his life-saving 911 call last November. Cody Stojda had found his mother on the floor of their home unable to breathe and immediately called the emergency number to get her help.

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Williams Science Center Project in Front of Zoning Board

The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday evening will continue a hearing to consider Williams College's new science center. The college and its consultants were before the board on Jan. 21 to discuss topics ranging from stormwater management to light pollution to the height of the new, 170,000-square-foot science center.

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Economic Future Being Planned for Pittsfield's Tyler Street

Could Tyler Street become the city's food mecca? That's one idea for the Morningside neighborhood. Planning and architecture firm Elan is transitioning from the fact-finding stage to developing actual strategies and goals for redevelopment in Tyler Street.

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Pittsfield Board Suspends Lach's Lounge Liquor License

Licensing Board member Richard Stockwell was in Lach's Lounge on Jan. 23. He left at 10:30 p.m. because he knows that the crowd that arrives after 11 isn't for him. A few hours later, James Dominguez was murdered in the parking lot next to the bar. Police determined Dominguez was at Lach's Lounge until closing that night and on scene officers say many patrons of Lach's Lounge had been over served.

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Cheshire Takes Next Steps in Electrical Aggregation

The town will begin the process of choosing a preferably green electricity supplier through Colonial Power Group. Mark Cappadona, a Colonial Power Group representative, told the Selectmen on Tuesday that the state Department of Public Utilities has approved the town's ability to join an electrical aggregation other than what National Grid provides. This will allow Cheshire to choose an electrical power supplier from the marketplace.

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Images Cinema Kicks Off 100th Anniversary Celebration

In November 1916, Hiram C. Walden converted a former Williams College fraternity house into a movie theater, promising to screen only “high class” fare with live musical accompaniment. One hundred years later, movies are still screening at 50 Spring St., making it one of the oldest continuously operating movie theaters in the world.

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NBCC Director Adam Hinds Making Run for State Senate

Adam Hinds is tossing his hat in for state Senate. Hinds, currently executive director of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition in North Adams, formally announced for the seat on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Hotel on North.

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Magical 'Tempest' Arrives in Pittsfield this July

"The Tempest" takes place on a magical island inhabited by spirits and monsters and two humans, castoffs from society: a wizard and his daughter. It is the story of the old man's revenge ... or forgiveness.

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Buono Joins CompuWorks as VCIO

As a VCIO, Buono will guide clients through the critical process of aligning technology decisions with organizational goals by understanding where the company is today and its vision for the future.

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Pittsfield Council Recrafting Rules Of Order

Will the general public be allotted time during inauguration to speak on any item? Currently, the City Council's rules of order say for 15 minutes at the start of the special meeting there will be an open microphone for residents to voice their opinions on anything from tax rates to conspiracy theories.

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