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Stockbridge Officials Share Concerns With Lt. Gov. Polito

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito vowed to work with town, state, and federal officials to find a way forward with the Stockbridge Bowl dredging project. The $4 million project to restore the lake was stalled recently when an endangered snail was found to be located there and in only one other state lake. Board of Selectman Chairman Donald Chabon said the lake is in dire need of restoration and the species wouldn't survive if the lake's overall ecosystem isn't approved.

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State Representative Mark Preps For State Budget Debate

State Rep. Paul Mark is looking to create a Berkshire County opioid task force in the budget. Mark has filed an amendment for $250,000 to start the task force with the Berkshire County Sheriff's Office, the Berkshire Opioid Abuse Prevention Coalition, and a number of other organizations tackling the issue.

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Pittsfield's Carnevale To Lead Governor's W. Mass Office

MEMA's Regional Manager Patrick Carnevale will lead the governor's western Massachusetts office. Gov. Charlie Baker appointed Carnevali to run the Springfield office. There Carnevale will act as a liaison between the communities in western Massachusetts and the executive branch.

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Big Announcement For BIC Scheduled For Friday Morning

Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash, Administration and Finance Secretary Michael Heffernan, and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal are planning to join local officials at 10:30 a.m. Friday for the announcement.

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Yarn Company Latest Tenant Bringing Jobs to Norad Mill

Jay Ash, secretary of housing and economic development, visited a manufacturer making cords for heating train tracks, toured a coffee roasting facility, saw a demonstration of a high-tech training simulator for golfers, spoke with the owner of a photovoltaic company and popped his head into a small business that makes museum exhibition furniture. But he didn't have to travel around North County to see them. All these businesses and more are within a few feet or a floor away from each oth

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Hinds Secures $29.7M for Local Projects in State Capital Bill

The funds were secured in the $29.7 million in capital spending authorizations for local projects in S. 2279, "An Act providing for capital facility repair and improvements for the Commonwealth," a bond bill engrossed by the state Senate.

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Farley-Bouvier Celebrates Six Years as Pittsfield's Representative

About a decade ago, the city of Pittsfield became well aware of the impact that teenage pregnancy has on a community. The city had reached a high in the number of births among teenage women and it brought on an array of challenges, from poverty to social issues to that child having trouble learning in school.

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Two Pittsfield Firefighters Honored By Governor For Meritorious Conduct

Two city firefighters were honored by the governor for meritorious conduct. Lt. Michael D'Avella and Firefighter Robitaille were given awards for meritorious conduct on Tuesday by Gov. Charlie Baker, Public Safety Sec. Daniel Bennett, and Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey.

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Greylock Works Gets $1.72M in State Funds to Complete Parking Lot

Secretary Jay Ash last visited the former Cariddi Mill in May to hear about its potential; on Monday, he was back with a $1.72 million check from the state's MassWorks program to aid the project in completing its parking infrastructure.

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Lt. Gov. Polito Delivers $425K For Habitat For Humanity Condo Project

Eight years ago Berkshire Gas donated a parcel of land on Deming Street to Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity. The non-profit worked with White Engineering to design a condominium project featuring three buildings, with two units in each.

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Richmond Celebrates Renovation of Town Beach, Boat Dock

The state completed a $95,000 renovation of the town beach and boat dock. The Department of Fish and Game's Office of Fishing and Boating Access spent this summer improving drainage, adding handicap access, creating fishing stations, and building a new dock for easy access into kayaks and other boats.

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Polito Touts Infrastructure Projects in South County

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito assured local officials here that she's making sure small towns have access to funding for projects critical to their growth. Polito was speaking at the completion of one of those projects the million-dollar rehabilitation of Forest Street that was made possible by MassWorks funding specifically set aside for rural communities.

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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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Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing Represents Opportunity For Berkshires

Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing has a unique niche that has tremendous growth potential. And the owners are now hoping others will follow their lead and develop a "cluster" in the life science field of the Berkshires. Owners Shawn Kinney and Andrea Wagner led U.S. Rep. Richard Neal on a tour of their facility on Tuesday. The company specializes in manufacturing small scale injectable drugs for clinical trials but does so with an isolator which ups the quality of the clean room product.

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Governor Signs Re-Written Marijuana Bill

Gov. Charlie Baker signed updated marijuana regulations into law Friday. Voters had passed the legalization of recreational use of marijuana in November and since then lawmakers have been reworking the law, which included a six-month delay. After negotiations between the House and Senate, the Legislature passed changes to the citizen's referendum on July 20, which was then signed on Friday.

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State Council to Address Aging Holding Pittsfield Listening Session

Gov. Charlie Baker's Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts will hold listening sessions to hear ideas about how to make the commonwealth the most livable state for people of all ages. The council will meet in Pittsfield on Wednesday, Aug. 2, from 10 to noon at Elder Services of Berkshire County, 877 South St., Suite 4E.

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State Cuts Ribbon On Renovated Veterans War Memorial Tower

Two years and $2.6 million later, the renovation of the Veterans War Memorial Tower at the summit of Mount Greylock is complete. State officials cut the ribbon on the project to completely restore the 84-year-old monument to those armed forces members who were killed in war. The tower was last renovated in 1973 after it was closed for 11 years, and then in the 90s more repairs were done.

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MassDOT Secretary Praises Massive Road Reconstruction in Dalton

MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack says the massive $10.5 million reconstruction of East Housatonic Street is a perfect example of what the state wants to see. The project has been in the works for years and finally began construction March of 2016. It is on pace to be completed in October, with punch list items being completed in the spring.

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State Budget Includes $50K to Keep Preschool at Conte, Morningside

The School Department was close to closing all of its preschool classes at Morningside and Conte Community School, two schools that need it the most. But, between state legislators and the union, there will at least be a few. The state budget includes $50,000 to help fund those programs.

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Senate Chair on Global Warming Takes Input on Energy Policy

State Sen. Marc Pacheco was in Pittsfield on Monday to ask for the public's input and to help motivate people to get involved in the state's clean and renewable energy future.

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Senate President Gets Feel For Berkshires' Economic Future

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg sat in on a number of meetings in the Berkshire on Friday to discuss the county's economic future. The Amherst Democrat knows a lot of the issues already from prior meetings here and representing the rural Franklin County.

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Baker, Polito Highlight Broadband Expansion in West Stockbridge

Jim and Jennifer Hallock took ownership of the Shaker Mill Tavern Family Smoke House almost a year ago. They envision more of a family restaurant than the bar operations of the previous owners and even built out a children's area.

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Lt. Gov. Polito Praises Lee, Lenox For Sharing Town Administrator

On Saturday, Polito came to Lee to celebrate an agreement between the town and Lenox to share a town administrator

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Economic Development Sec. Ash Holds Summit On Workforce Development

The state has brought together local leaders to develop a "blueprint" for regional workforce development. Representatives from business, education, and community organizations met with Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash on Tuesday for a four-hour planning session. The session is part of seven Workforce Skills Cabinet meetings across the state with the hope to better align the education, workforce development, and economic development.

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AAA, RMV Partnership Expands Into Pittsfield

Renewing a driver's license or registration just got easier. The state Department of Transportation and AAA have teamed up locally to expand convenience of Registry of Motor Vehicle services. AAA members can now access all of those services from the branch instead of having to go to the RMV.

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