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North Adams School Committee OKs $17M Budget, Teacher Contract

The School Committee on Tuesday approved a spending plan of $17,329,082 for fiscal 2018 that is offset by an appropriation of $250,000 from the school choice account. The committee also approved a three-year contract with the North Adams Teachers Association after a brief executive session.

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Cheshire Advisory Board Wants Injunction to Keep School From Closing

The Advisory Board has asked if the town could file an injunction with the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District to stop the closing of the elementary school. During the joint Advisory Board and Selectmen's meeting Tuesday, the Advisory Board asked that the town try to delay the closing of the school so a more thorough study can be conducted to look at other educational models and possibly merging with other districts.

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State Senate Accepts Amendment To Study Passenger Rail to New York

The state Senate adopted a budget amendment Thursday to develop a blueprint for more consistent passenger rail service to New York City. State Sen. Adam Hinds filed the amendment which would task the state Department of Transportation to create a working group to study what it will take to establish the service.

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Pittsfield Police Asking For Info About Car Crash On Friday Night

Police are asking for any information regarding a crash on Friday which left one man with life-threatening injuries. Police say at just before midnight Friday night Matthew King, 35 of Wilson Street, was traveling in a Hyundai south on Wahconah Street when he veered into the northbound lane and collided with Ford van operated by Mitchell Messana, 25, of Richmond.

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The Independent Investor: Ready For a 20 Percent Correction?

As the stock market makes new highs, investors tend to get greedy. They also begin to believe that what has happened in the recent past will continue to happen in the future. Actually, history shows the exact opposite. It is time to give the potential downside some thought.

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Northern Berkshire United Way Celebrates Successes

Northern Berkshire United Way honored the Starr Baker on Thursday with its Volunteer of the Year Award at its annual Community Celebration and Awards Breakfast at the Williams Inn. The event brought together some of the agency's leading corporate supporters and representatives of the 20 member nonprofits who receive financial support from the local branch of the United Way.

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Pittsfield Will Pay Dated Electric Bill For Softball Complex

The city solicitor has ruled that the city is going to have to pay a dated electric bill for the softball complex on East Street. The City Council was looking to contest responsibility of a $1,701.28 Eversource electric bill dating back to 2012. The bill is attributed to the final months of Berkshire County Softball Complex, Inc.'s operations there, and city officials said Jim Bridges, who headed it, should have been responsible.

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November Date Set for Mount Greylock Regionalization Question

As the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee moves forward with its efforts to invite its "feeder" elementary schools to join the district, it is getting some indirect encouragement from the countywide task force looking at challenges facing public education.

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Pittsfield Schools to Lease Space on Eagle For Off-Campus Program

The school department is leaving St. Luke's Square for smaller rental space on Eagle Street. The district ran the Student Resource Center out of leased space on Whipple Street. That lease expires at the end of June and the School Committee had previously voted to completely revamp the programs housed there, bringing nearly all of them into the schools themselves.

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Berkshire High School Athletes, Coaches Honored at Sports Caravan

As the 55th annual Sports Caravan Awards were given to outstanding athletes and coaches of area high schools, a moment was taken to note it would be the last year that one of those schools would be represented.

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Clarksburg OKs Warrant Articles, Passes $4.2M Budget

Voters approved all 18 articles on the annual town warrant on Wednesday night, including a town budget of $1,434,771.80. It took about an hour go work through the warrant but all articles passed unanimously or nearly so, with few comments.

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Pittsfield City Clerk Election: Phillips Out, Cetti In

City Clerk Jody Phillips will not seek re-election but Assistant Clerk of Elections Michele Cetti will seek the job.

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Five Reid Students Honored For Building Positive School Community

Five Reid Middle School students were honored for their community involvement on Wednesday. The Say It Proud Awards, presented by the Berkshire United Way's Pittsfield Prevention Partnership, are given out to youth who make positive impacts. Three of the winning Reid students sit on the school council and two others on Students Against Destructive Decisions.

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McGovern Tapped as Executive Director of Boys & Girls Club

McGovern will replace the current CEO, Chris Jacoby, who will retire June 30. Jacoby is expected to resume his position as a member of the board of directors.

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MPO Urged to Start Mohawk Bike Path Construction Earlier

If funds become available to get shovels in the ground on the Williamstown Mohawk Trail Bicycle project, the MPO says it will try to move construction up. Otherwise, the project won't be funded until 2019.

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New Gas Station Proposed In Adams

The Planning Board has approved the demolition of the former Goodwill property on 160 Howland Ave. to make way for a gas station and 5,000 square-foot convenience store.

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North Adams Council Accepts Bullett Resignation, Mulls Replacement

The council's Rule 25 sets out a process for filling mid-term vacancies. Candidates can submit letters of interest and qualifications and are given a chance to speak before the council for three minutes. Members may ask questions of the candidates and then take nominations and vote.

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Clarksburg Elects New Select Board, Planning Board

The town has a new Select Board with the election on Tuesday of Carlyle "Chip" Chesbro Jr. and Kimberly Goodell. Tuesday's election also ensured that the town would have a full Planning Board this year. Vincent King was elected to the full five-year position that was open; Erin Scott to complete four years of a five-year term, and Gregory Vigna to complete the last year of a full term.

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Adams Fire District Sets $2M Budget for Fiscal 2018

The Fire District has been approved for a $1,953,440.52 budget for fiscal 2018. Water district members met May 9 in the Fire Station garage to vote for the almost $2 million budget, of which $1,906,440.52 will be raised by water revenue.

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House Lawmakers See Importance of Meals on Wheels Firsthand

It sounds simple: give food to the elderly people of the county. But it is much more than that. The drivers delivering through Elder Services of Berkshire County's meals on wheels program can often be the only person the recipient sees.

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Bob Heck Announces Campaign For Pittsfield City Council

Former radio host Bob Heck plans to seek a seat on the City Council. Heck announced on Monday that he plans to run for an at-large seat on the council. The Alden Avenue resident is the former host of 'Bob Heck in the Morning' on Live 95.9 and later on WBRK. He now owns and operates an entertainment business for weddings, parties, and bars and taverns throughout the county.

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Williams College Running Culvert Underneath Downtown

Williams College project manager Jason Moran explained to the Board of Selectmen that the college has put in motion a multi-phase plan that will alleviate flooding problems in and around Spring Street by, in part, replacing the undersized pipe that carries Christmas Brook under downtown and into the Green River to the east.

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Stamford Group Asks for Time to Research Joint-Clarksburg School District

A state education act is pushing small schools to consolidate their governance and share their services or come up with an alternative. Stamford's been wary of how the law would affect its school but some residents think they've found an answer across state lines.

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Youth Substance Use and Abuse Targeted in Prevention Efforts

Those 2017 statistics culled from needs assessment surveys completed by students, hospitals and pediatricians, parents, superintendents and other stakeholders were presented Monday at the Coalition offices in a news conference that brought many of those stakeholders together to interpret the numbers and discuss new strategies moving forward.

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Pittsfield City Council Begins Review of Proposed Fiscal 2018 Budget

Mayor Linda Tyer has put forth a $163.8 million budget, which basically puts the city at the levy ceiling. The budget increase is only 1 percent, with the majority of that going to health insurance, and will leave the city only $31,145 short of the hitting the levy ceiling. The ceiling is a state restriction on the amount of revenue the city can bring in from property taxes

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