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North Adams Alcohol Retailers Will See Compliance Checks This Summer

Instead, the coalition's NB21 prevention program found younger children were more likely to access alcohol in the home or through acquaintances than attempt underage purchases. But that doesn't mean compliance checks of retailers still aren't important.

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Selectmen to Skyline: Events Are Getting Out of Control

The Selectmen has a message for the Skyline Country Club: the parties are starting to get out of hand. Skyline owner Jim Mitus has been leasing the clubhouse to a local event organizers Mad Crew three or four nights a year for the last few years. During each of the last three events, however, police had to respond to an array of issues. Town officials had somewhat of an intervention on Monday as they asked Mitus to keep a closer eye on those parties.

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Owner of Nudel Looks to Reopen The Lantern in Pittsfield

The chef and owner of Nudel, in Lenox, is looking to re-open the Lantern. The Licensing Board gave its approval for Bjorn Somlo to take over the liquor license. The property is being bought by Mill Town Capital, under 449 North Street RE, LLC., and Somlo is hoping to re-open the restaurant

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Adams Ale House Slated to Reopen Under New Management

The Adams Ale House is slated to reopen under new management after months of being closed. Pub owner Nathan Girard on Wednesday told the Board of Selectmen that he plans to lease the building to a group that will run it under the same name.

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Freight Yard Pub Owners Opening 2nd North Adams Restaurant

Sean and Colleen Taylor have run Freight Yard Pub in Western Gateway Heritage State Park for 25 years. They hope to transfer that success to the Trail House by offering familiar, American food but with enough of a difference for the Trail House to stand alone.

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Two Pittsfield Convenience Stores Eyed to Re-open; Lach's Get New Manager

The owner of the former Dalton Ave. Variety is now looking to re-open in a gas station on South Street. Saurin Shah told the Licensing Board of Monday that he hopes to re-open his business in the former BP station across from Haddad on South Street in the coming months. He said he will be leasing the space and another entity is looking to rebuild the gas station.

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Lanesborough Selectmen Warn Garden Grill To Keep Closer Eye On Patrons

Police have been routinely responding to fights breaking out outside of the establishment this summer. The Selectmen are now saying they'll step in and curb hours or force the restaurant to pay for an officer to be present if it continues.

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Hangar of Pittsfield Sets Sights on October Opening Date

After purchasing the former Chameleon's on East Street, Harold Tramazzo had hoped to open Hangar Bar and Grill this summer. And the eyes of many in Pittsfield have been on the building, with people getting excited when the old sign was pulled down, wondering when it would open. Trammazzo said on Wednesday that the building needed more work than he anticipated but the renovations are picking up steam and he now hopes for an October opening.

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Licensing Board Approves Entertainment, Keno For Rusty Anchor Club

Traffic, noise, undesirable citizens infiltrating the area, that is what concerns the residents at the Pines when it comes to the Rusty Anchor Marina and Pub Club on Pontoosuc Lake.

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North Adams Eateries Approved for Alcohol Licenses

The License Commission on Monday approved a wine and beer license for SereniTea Parlor and all-alcoholic license for Korean Garden.

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Williamstown Selectmen Approve Package Store Licenses

The Board of Selectmen on Monday approved two new package store licenses one on the north end of town and one at the south. The Store at Five Corners in South Williamstown and the Express Mart at the corner of Simonds Road (Route 7) and Sand Springs Road were before the board seeking licenses to sell wine and malt beverages.

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Efforts to Re-Open Polish Club in Pittsfield Still Ongoing

Steve Fillio has joined the efforts to reopen the Polish Community Club. The club has been closed since the end of 2014 and members have been trying to re-open since. But, it had many hurdles in its way to get things aligned and now some two years later, the efforts are still ongoing. Fillio has now joined in and is expected to take over managing the bar and he is currently heading efforts to renovate the interior.

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Methuselah Ordered By Licensing Board To Donate Five-Days of Profits

Instead of having her liquor license suspended for five days, Methuselah owner Yuki Cohen is donating the profits from those days to a local non-profit. Methuselah was called before the Licensing Board to answer to an incident on Nov. 25, 2016, when a 17-year-old was drinking at the bar and then was shot moments after right outside of the door. The Licensing Board agreed on Monday to stay a license suspension for a year, meaning if there are any violations in the next year the suspension is a

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Licensing Board Approves Liquor License for Hangar of Pittsfield

Hangar of Pittsfield is looking to open by July after receiving the liquor license formerly held by Chameleons. Harold Tramazzo owns three other Hangar Bar and Grills and is looking to purchase the former Chameleon and open his fourth restaurant there. He told the Licensing Board on Monday that he hopes to close on the purchase of the property in February, renovate the space, and then open in mid-summer.

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Methuselah Likely to Face Punishment From Licensing Board After Shooting

Police Lt. Michael Grady said the 17-year-old's shooting was likely gang related. He doesn't believe the shooter was inside of Methuselah at the time but that "associates" of the shooter were. The victim walked into the bar, had a drink as has been shown on the surveillance footage provided to police by Cohen and then left after 20 minutes. It was then he was shot right outside.

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Pittsfield Licensing Board to Scale Back Proposed Fee Increases

The Madison isn't a big tourist attraction. It's a place where neighbors gather, knock back a couple beers, and watch the game. Owner William Molner doesn't want to raise his prices. He wants it to be affordable for the neighborhood he serves. Last week he got notice of how much the property taxes were increasing. In January, the minimum wage is going up meaning he'll pay more for his employees. His liability insurance is going up. There is general insurance. There is insurance on the

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License Board Approves Whitney's Alteration

Whitney's Beverage Shop in the Oasis Plaza was approved on Tuesday by the License Board for an alter of premise to location as it moves to expand its space.

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Pittsfield Licensing Board Considering New Processing Fees

The Licensing Board is looking to add on a processing fee for alcohol license holders who make changes mid-year. The fees would be tacked on to such transactions like changing of hours or changing of managers which are done outside of the annual renewal or up all of the annual renewal fees.

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Pittsfield Fire Department Says Lenco Has Too Many Vehicles On Site

The Fire Department is saying the number of vehicles on Lenco property is a hazard. Lt. Randy Stein filed a complaint with the Licensing Board saying the company has upward of 100 vehicles on both the Betnr Industrial Drive and Downing Industrial Park locations while the company's auto dealers license only allow for 10 at Downing and 25 at Betnr.

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North Adams Commission OKs Beer & Wine for Concerts

The License Commission on Wednesday gave the go-ahead for selling adult beverages at two upcoming music festivals. The first is for Bright Ideas Brewing to serve beer at the upcoming Levitt AMP North Adams Music Series at Colegrove Park. The concerts, underwritten largely by the Levitt Foundation, bring well-known musicians to play for free in selected communities.

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Jae's Asian Bistro Eyes Move to Pittsfield

Jae's Asian Bistro is moving to Pittsfield. Attorney Jeff Lynch told the Licensing Board on Monday that he expects to have a change in name and manager soon for the former 7 Winter Grille on Winter Street. The building is owned by Susan Chung, who with her husband Jae Chung owner multiple restaurants. The Chungs plan to close the Lenox location of Jae's Asian Bistro and reopen on Winter Street until the name Jae's Grille, according to Lynch.

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