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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for November & December

State Sen. Adam Hinds will convene his final Speak Up Western Mass public forum of the year at Williamstown Town Hall, 31 North St., on Monday, Dec. 11, from 10 to noon.

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Education Task Force Panel Answers Questions at NBCC Forum

The vision of the Berkshire County Education Task Force is a single, countywide school district that would create sustainable educational opportunities and academic support to a dwindling student population. The controversial recommendation, made in July after two years of study and modeling, hasn't been an easy sell in the small towns fearing that consolidation means school closings and loss of local control.

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Lanesborough Raises Questions On School Regionalization Vote

The long talked about a vote on regionalization of the two elementary schools goes to the voters on Nov. 14. The Board of Selectmen set that date for a special town meeting to handle the question of whether or not Williamstown and Lanesborough should join together as one K-12 regional school district. Schools officials have been talking about taking such a step for years and it is eyed to save both towns money and improve efficiency.

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Community Involvement Discussed at Coalition Forum

At the April forum on Friday, the focus was not on those jobs, or what those people do from "9 to 5," but rather, on what they do from 5 to 9 p.m. when they are not working.

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Pittsfield Brainstorms Future of Parks and Open Spaces

Expand the skate park. Add lights to Clapp Park. Fix the drainage at the old beach at Pontoosuc Lake. More benches at Burbank. Disposal stations for dog waste. Dog parks. Outdoor ice skating. Restoring the Springside House. And the list goes on.

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NBCC Hosts Forum on Youth and Substance Abuse

The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition is sponsoring a forum on marijuana and substance abuse on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m. at Massachusetts college of Liberal Arts' Church Street Center. The event is free and open to the public; pizza will be served at 5:45 p.m.

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Adams-Cheshire Residents See More Regionalization as Answer

The Adams-Cheshire Regional School District is facing a decision: Consolidate and get small, join another district and get big. That seemed the takeaway from Saturday's community forum at Hoosac Valley High School hosted by the Edward J. Collins Jr. Center for Public Management. The center, based at the University of Massachusetts, was hired by Adams to identify and analyze alternatives to reduce costs for the district.

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Adams-Cheshire Holds Public Input Meetings This Weekend

The public is invited to Hoosac Valley High School this weekend to participate in a study to identify and analyze cost-saving alternatives for the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District. "It's to learn, to listen, to provide background, to receive information and to share," School Committee member," Edmund St. John IV said. "It is a chance to partake in the conversation about the future of the district."

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DA, Doctor Advocate Against Legal Marijuana at United Way Forum

Dr. Jennifer Michaels says every patient she sees struggling with serious addiction began by smoking marijuana at a young age. Michaels, the medical director at the Brien Center, joined District Attorney David Capeless Tuesday in a forum at Berkshire Community College urging a no vote on the referendum to legalize marijuana, which will be on the ballot in November. Michaels outlined her belief that the legalization will lead to more issues with addictions while Capeless said public safety wou

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Northern Berkshire Coalition Forum Roams Downtown North Adams

On Friday, for the October monthly forum, participants were asked to get up and out of the church for a very different reason: to engage members of the community who might not be aware of the Coalition's work or its meetings.

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Pittsfield Pols Discuss Importance of Millennial Voters At BCC Forum

In just a few short years college students will be graduated, looking for work, buying a home, having children, and pay off loads of student debt. But right now they aren't thinking of that. The 18 to 29 year old age bracket votes at a much lower rate than the older generations. And because of that, it is easier for politicians to craft their views around the population that put them in office - ignoring the issues of the younger generation.

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Middle East Refugee Plan Outlined to Overflow Pittsfield Crowd

An overly packed library auditorium heard an overview of the organization looking to resettle 50 Syrian and Iraq refugees in the city's plans. But, did not field questions. The meeting only lasted an hour with more than 300 people, in standing room and overflowing into the back, with Jewish Family Services providing an overview of the program. The plan will bring the 15 or so Arab speaking families from the Middle East to Pittsfield and volunteers and the JFS will work closely with the famili

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Walmart Proponents to Present at Pittsfield Ward 1 & 2 Meeting

The developers looking to build a Walmart Supercenter at the William Stanley Business Park will present their plans at a meeting on Monday. Waterstone Realty is proposing a new 190,000 square-foot super center on a parcel known as "the teens." Walmart would then vacate its currently location at Berkshire Crossing and would have its retail branch find a replacement for that buildings. The project has received a letter of intent from the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority to pursue permi

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Panel Discussion, Film Screening Sheds Light On Heroin Epidemic

Throughout Berkshire County 105 people went to the hospital after overdosing. That's on pace for more than 300 in a year. Last year there were 158, a sharp increase from the average of 40 to 60 in 2011 through 2013. There was 36 deaths in 2015 from overdose and so from in Pittsfield alone there have been nine. A total of 36 out of 800 babies born this year have been exposed to opioids while in utero.

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Working Cities Group Unveils Findings On Pittsfield

Input from hundreds of local residents collected over a three-month period will help inform a coalition effort to obtain grant funding that proponents say will help to address many of the poverty-related issues impacting the community.

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Coalition Meeting Focuses on Region's Assets

"This is giving me shivers just looking at the potential we have come up with in the last 45 minutes." — Adam Hinds

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