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Chambers Filled For Conyers' Appointment to Pittsfield Fire Department

It was standing room only in the City Council Chambers Tuesday night, filled with supporters of Frederick Conyers Jr. who was introduced as the newest firefighter. Conyers was one of five names the mayor sent along to the council for appointment - joined by Michael Anthony, Max LaCasse, Jarrett Robitaille and Jesse Underwood-Miller - but his stood out after recent controversy over his background.

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Williamstown Planners Snub McCallum on Community Preservation Post

A divided Planning Board on Tuesday night decided to keep its current representative on the Community Preservation Committee in that seat. Last month, a benign request from Planner Ann McCallum to take on the task led to an emotional exchange when she learned that Chris Winters did not want to give up the post.

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Subcommittee Appointment Latest Point of Contention at Mount Greylock

Despite assailing his committee chair on a number of fronts, Richard Cohen was quick to support her for a lifetime achievement award on Monday evening. It was that kind of night for the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee.

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Adams Names Interim Library Director to Permanent Post

Holli Jayko has been named as the new library director for the Adams Free Library. Jayko, who has been the children's librarian for a number of years, has been filling in as interim director since the beginning of November, when Deborah Bruneau retired after more than 23 years of service.

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Governor Appoints Michael Case to DCR Regional Director Post

The governor has tapped Michael Case to head the western regional office of the Department of Conservation and Recreation. Case took over the job on Feb. 1 and now oversees 39 parks from Mount Holyoke west, including Pittsfield State Forest, Mount Tom, and Mount Greylock. "I've been a Berkshires guy all my life. I'm an outdoors guy. I couldn't say no," Case said on Friday

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North Adams Partnership Announces New Director

“Valerie’s background in working with the Northern Berkshire community combined with her project management experience will help the Partnership grow economic opportunities in North Adams.” — John DeRosa

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Pittsfield Councilors Seeking Review of Airport Management

Three city councilors are asking for a review of airport management. Councilors Donna Todd Rivers, Christopher Connell, and Melissa Mazzeo filed a petition asking Mayor Linda Tyer to form a study group review options for airport management and perform a cost analysis.

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Adams Events Committee Will Disband

"There are big events in town that they have had a huge hand in and they have doing an unbelievable job over the years." — Jeffrey Snoonian

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Gardner Appointed to Williamstown Planning Board

"I'm sort of a planning geek. I teach planning at Williams. I love it, and I enjoy the opportunity to be doing it." — Sarah Gardner

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North Adams Sees 4% Tax Rate Hike; Average Bill Up $65

The increase from last year's $16.69 is expected to cost the owner of an average single-family home valued at $134,500 an extra $65 a year.

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Adams Free Library Gains New Trustee

"She has been here in Adams for a long time." — Deborah Bruneau

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Bianchi: DPW To Be Ready For When Snow Flies

"We're going to have more ahead of time in hopes that we don't get in a crunch like we did last year." — Daniel Bianchi

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Bissell Chosen as Greylock Federal President and CEO

"We're also taking a fresh look at what we are offering the community at all different levels." — John Bissell

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Pittsfield Offers Public Services Job To Former Newton Commissioner

"He comes with a wealth of experience." — Mayor Daniel Bianchi

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United Cerebral Palsy Hires New Executive Director

"His wealth of knowledge and significant human services experience is going to tremendously benefit our agency." — Tony Hyte

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Pittsfield Offers Community Development Director to Florida Woman

"Her knowledge of city planning and housing along with her strong management experience, will be invaluable to the department and the community." — Daniel Bianchi

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Pittsfield Schools Promote West To SPED Director's Post

"We are fortunate that we find ourselves growing our own leaders." — Katherine Yon

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Opioid Abuse on Williamstown Selectmen's Radar

"It's just mind-boggling to me that this is not a topic of conversation at every dinner table, every coffee shop, every meeting." — Jane Patton

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Berkshire Reps Rise In Legislative Ranks

"I believe the Berkshires fared extremely well with this reorganization of the house." — Smitty Pignatelli

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Williamstown Selectmen Again Decline to Take Pipeline Stance

"I don't like spending our time on resolutions over which we have no control of the outcome." — Hugh Daley

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North Adams Residents Asked for Patience as DPW Clears Snow

"The last week and a half, two weeks have been very taxing on our crews and on our equipment." — Mayor Richard Alcombright

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Williamstown Adds Two to Economic Development Committee

"If we reserve a seat for one, there are at least three more we could consider." — Selectman Andy Hogeland

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Williamstown Selectmen Name 10 to Economic Development Committee

"Let's get this group together and let them take a second to talk among themselves and see if they've got everyone they need." — Hugh Daley

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Pittsfield Council Accepts School Budget Law, Denies Hiring Authority Plan

"It is a safeguard for the educational system." — Churchill Cotton

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