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MassDOT Sets Public Meetings on Capital Investment Plan

The meetings will begin on Tuesday, May 15, in Boston and continue for two weeks. The draft CIP includes all MassDOT highway and municipal projects, regional airports, rail, and transit, including MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities as well as the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

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BRTA Sets Hearings on Service and Fare Changes

The BRTA, the main public transportation unit serving the Berkshires, is facing an operational budget deficit of $378,400 for the upcoming fiscal year. Transit officials statewide say $88 million is needed to properly fund RTAs after four years of nearly level funding.

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Pittsfield's Lakeway Drive Bridge Set for 2020 Replacement

The concrete bridge was closed in 2012 after it was found to be structurally deficient. The 1936 span shows significant corrosion, spalling of the concrete, and severe deterioration of its steel girders, which caused the bridge to be load-restricted. A temporary, one-lane steel bridge was installed over the older bridge, with stop signs on each end.

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Pittsfield Residents Air Grievances With Spectrum Changes

Nearly 200 people crowded into the auditorium in the Berkshire Athenaeum to express their displeasure with change in enacted by Charter Spectrum in its takeover of Time Warner Cable in the area.

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DTA Commissioner Looks to Battle 'Cliff Effect' With Budget Request

There was once an employer who hired a worker who was on public assistance. And the employee was good.

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North Adams Marijuana Ordinance Takes Another Step Forward

The Planning Board on Monday voted to recommend back to the City Council the proposed marijuana ordinance along with changes advised by the Public Safety Committee.

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Ways & Means Holding Hearings on Human Services in Pittsfield

These hearings focus on specific areas of state spending and help the House of Representatives and Senate prepare their spending recommendations. The Pittsfield hearing is one of two focused on agencies under the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

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Berkshire Workers Critical Of GIC Reducing Health Care Options

GIC Executive Director Roberta Herman asked how many people get their health insurance through Tufts. And nearly all of the 50 or so state employees in the audience at the Berkshire Athaenium Wednesday morning raised their hands. But Tufts is one of the three companies planned to be eliminated as an option for hundreds of thousands of employees through the commonwealth.

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Clarksburg Reviews Raft of Bylaws for Pot, Zoning, Solar Arrays

The complaints came at Monday's public hearing on a raft of bylaw revisions to update the town's zoning. Town officials are anticipating a special town meeting by late December or early January. The solar bylaw was completed last year but not in time for the annual town meeting in May. It was presented at Monday night's Planning Board hearing as a standalone along with a number of connected zoning amendments and additions.

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BRTA Seeking Feedback on Employment-Based Transportation

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority is releasing the results of a study down on the need employment-based transportation. The survey, done in conjunction with transportation planning consultant McMahon Associates, looked at employment issues related to the lack of public transportation after the buses stop running at 6 p.m. in Berkshire County.

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Berkshires Stands Against Proposed Eversource Rate Hike

State Sen. Adam Hinds knows the Berkshires has problems and he sought office in order to help "right the ship." But, he says Eversource's proposed rate increase threatens the county's economic stability. "We struggle with the impact of population decline every single day. We have schools that are closing now because of the lack of student enrollment. We have towns fighting about budgets and the tax burden continues to shift to the people who are staying. The median household income is in most

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Pittsfield Council To Hold Hearing On Capital Improvement Plan

The city is looking to spend some $23.5 million on capital projects next year. Mayor Linda Tyer has submitted a capital budget of $9.1 million for city projects and $14.4 million for water and sewer. The debt incurred from the $9.1 million would be paid for through the city's annual budget while the $14.4 million would come from the enterprise accounts. A public hearing is scheduled for the City Council meeting on Tuesday.

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Large Public Hearing Turnout Opposes Eversource Rate Increase

There were a lot of numbers being thrown around Monday night at the public hearing for Eversource's proposed electrical rate increase. Seventy-three is the number of teachers the city is already planning to lay off while $6.1 million is the salary of Eversource CEO James J Judge. The figure of $708,336 is how much the mayor says the proposed Eversource rate increase would add to the city budget. The electric company shut off power to 10,903 homes in 2015. One dollar and 30 cents per credit w

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Attorney General Healey to Testify at Eversource Rate Hearing In Pittsfield

Attorney General Maura Healey will be at the library on Monday to do what her staff has been doing all across the state - opposing the electric increase proposed by Eversource. The electric company has asked for steep increases in rates throughout the commonwealth - of 10 percent in Western Massachusetts and 7 percent in the eastern portion of the state. The company claims that it needs to raise the revenue to maintain profits for shareholders at 10.5 percent and then upgrade the system's in

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Clarksburg Residents Remain Unconvinced of Cell Tower Need

River Road neighbors hammered representatives of Verizon Wireless on Tuesday over a plan to install a 140-foot monopole at the former North Adams Country Club. The public hearing at the Senior Center was the culmination of months of debate over the need for the cell tower. The Planning Board closed the hearing after nearly two hours of discussion and continued the deliberations to a later date.

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Williamstown Planners Make Proposed Pot Bylaw More Restrictive

The board's annual public hearing to consider articles for town meeting drew a nearly full house to the Board of Selectmen's Meeting Room. Several residents addressed the board about its proposed bylaws, and, in two cases, board members were persuaded to change direction.

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State Holding Hearing On Eversource Rate Increase In Pittsfield

Eversource is seeking to raise rates by 10 percent. The company submitted a proposal to the Department of Public Utilities for such an increase and a local public hearing on the manner is scheduled for April 10 at the Berkshire Athenaeum.

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Massachusetts Commission Hears Testimony on Women's Issues

Affordable health care and family leave are the "forefront" issues for Raya Kirby. Balancing her 4-month-old daughter on her hip, told the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women on Tuesday how she accumulated sick and personal time by not taking any time off for 10 months and her family stocked away every penny, to ensure they could pay bills during her maternity leave.

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Adams Board of Health Sets Tobacco 21 Hearing

The Board of Health set the public hearing on raising the age to buy tobacco products to 21 for Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. Wednesday afternoon board member Bruce Shepley updated the Board of Health on some lingering questions they had on the new regulations and the board agreed it was time to move toward adoption.

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BRTA Considering New Loop Route for North Adams

he Berkshire Regional Transit Authority is considering a new loop in North County as a way to get its riders where they need to go in a faster and cost-neutral manner. The loop route would hit the Ocean State Job Lots plaza (turnaround), Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Main Street, two stops at Mohawk Forest, Berkshire Medical Center North, and then the reverse.

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