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Clarksburg Finance Committee Working to Close FY19 Budget Gap

The town's new Finance Committee wants to know where all the money is coming from as it develops a budget for fiscal 2019.

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BRTA Paratransit Drivers Accept Contract, Reject Strike

Robert Malnati, administrator of the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority, sent a brief notification late Friday that he had been told the tentative agreement settled on Wednesday had been voted by the paratransit union membership.

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Hoosac Valley Eighth-Graders Offer Taste of Renaissance Living

The students provided refreshments that allowed visitors to taste the contrasting flavors of history they titled "rich versus poor." Crockpots full of soup and plates full of cookies were prepared for public taste tests, contributing to the enjoyment of the event.

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@theMarket: Interest Rates and Stock Market

After years and years of historically low-interest rates both here and abroad, stock investors are suddenly paying attention to the day-to-day movements of the world's bond markets. They may be getting a little too obsessive for their own good.

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ThunderFest Returns This Weekend With Snow Train Rides

The train rides echo those from the 1930s though the 1950s that brought winter sports enthusiast to the Berkshires. According to the ProAdams press release, the trains would arrive in Adams on what is now the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail and skiers could then test their skills on the Thunderbolt Ski Trail.

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North Adams Happenings: Feb. 21-27

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

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Feb. 23-March 1

The 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival continues daily through Sunday, Feb. 25 and features music, art, theater, dance, film and more.

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Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 20 - Feb. 22

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BMC Nurses Call Off Strike

The union nurses at Berkshire Medical Center have called off the strike. After a late night of last-minute negotiations Thursday, the local Massachusetts Nurses Association chapter and BMC's administration opted to withdraw the strike as a contract settlement potentially nears. The nurses were planning on a one-day strike on Tuesday, which likely have been followed by a lockout.

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Williamstown Finance Committee Begins Budget Review

The biggest adjustment for town officials this year is the one-time switch of moving all the Williamstown Elementary School operational expenses out of the town budget and into the Mount Greylock Regional School District budget.

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McCann Budget Level-Funded for Fiscal 2019

The Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School District budget is essentially level funded with only a $3,799 increase over fiscal 2018's $9,340,159 million budget.

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Matuszko Tapped As Next BRPC Executive Director

After 21 years with the organization, Thomas Matuszko is poised to become the next executive director of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission. The commission chose Matuszko out of three finalists Thursday evening. The executive committee will now negotiate terms for employment with who could become just the organization's third executive director since the commission was formed in 1967.

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The Independent Investor: Is America Back in the Space Business?

Yet, there were some among us, call them entrepreneurs, visionaries or just good businessmen, that still believed in space. But in addition, they believed that there were economic possibilities in pursuing space. People like Elon Musk (the electric car guy) who was willing to go where others feared to tread.

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Berkshire Mall Closed Because of 'Power Issues'

The mall posted on Facebook shortly around the time the shops were expected to open at 10 a.m. saying the building was closed for Thursday. It is not clear if or when it will reopen.

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Clarksburg Planners Question Tiny Home Proposal

Resident Molly Guest and Katie Jackson, business and community development manager for tiny home builder B&B Micro Manufacturing of North Adams, tried to convince the Planning Board on Wednesday that it would be a benefit to the town to allow the popular little houses to be sited in the rural town.

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Adams Officials Envision The Ideal Town Administrator

Wanted: an honest, upfront administrator willing to embrace the community of Adams, a people person also has a good handle on management and finances and a willingness to collaborate.

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Groundbreaking For Innovation Center Now Eyed For Spring

With commitments from the state, city, and the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority, a project $3 million funding gap is reportedly now closed. Officials from all three agencies are now finalizing the legal documents and agreements.

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Snowfall Predictions: Did You Think It Was Spring? LOL

It was a mini summer vacation day and a couple cafes dug out their outdoor seating, coats and scarfs were tossed to the side, and motorcycles pulled out of garages. All with inches of dirty snow still lining parking lots and roadways.

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Adams Businessman Arraigned in Pedestrian Death

Sookey was arraigned on single counts of leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident and of misleading, impeding and obstructing a police investigation.

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Berkshire Athenaeum Collects PJs Through Boston Bruins Program

Blades, the Boston Bruins mascot, made an appearance at the Berkshire Athenaeum on Tuesday. Oh, and the commonwealth's first lady Lauren Baker was there too.

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Conceptual Plans For Pittsfield Dog Park Created, City Seeks Design Funding

The city will apply for grant funds to design a dog park next month. The Parks Commission gave its approval of a preliminary design crafted by Berkshire Design Group. The plans call for two areas - one for small dogs and one for all dogs - with walking paths, mounds for dogs to run up and down, shade, decorative fire hydrants, shade, water fountains for the dogs, and a 21-car parking lot.

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Adams Changing Budget Hearings to Previous Procedure

Former Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco had initiated the joint public hearings held at the Visitors Center during his three-year tenure and greatly condensed the budget process. Department heads presented their budgets via PowerPoint and the public was encouraged to attend and ask questions.

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Pittsfield Considers Capping Marijuana Establishments at 10

The city is considering capping the number of marijuana retailers at 10. The Department of Community Development has proposed zoning regulations to guide where an establishment can go. Those regulations would cap the number of retailers at 10, three more than the required minimum.

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Bernard Wants to Write a New Story for North Adams

Mayor Thomas Bernard wants North Adams to write a new story not one that defines it by its problems but rather by its potential. That was theme of the new mayor's first "State of the City" address on Tuesday night. Given barely six weeks after his inuagural speech on Jan. 1, the State of the City looked at what he described as hard truths and initiatives already under way.

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Local Christian Lecture Series Focuses on Role of Virtue

The idea has particular resonance for Christians during Lent, the 40-day period of penitence and conversion when Christians prepare for Easter Sunday. The six weeks commemorate the 40 days that Jesus spent in the desert prior to his public ministry, according to the Bible.

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