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Mount Greylock Building Committee Notes Excitement for New School
But in just a couple of weeks, the district gets back to business: educating the children from its member towns plus New Ashford and Hancock. And for the middle and high school students, that means a whole new experience, which the School Building Committee took a few moments to celebrate at its Thursday meeting.

Roadside Grill Brings Traditional Polish Food to Stamford
So Rum utilized some space in his property on 180 Main Road in which he runs his other business Four Seasons Images Inc. The result is the 180 Polish Roadside Grill.

Neal, Amatul-Wadud To Meet In Two Televised Debates
Richard Neal and Tahirah Amatul-Wadud have agreed to two televised debates. The two are seeking the seat of U.S. Representative in the September primary. The longtime sitting Congressman Neal is being challenged by attorney and activist Amatul-Wadud. The two will first meet on Aug. 22 for a debate on WWLP, channel 22 and then on Aug. 30 at WGBY.

Corner Office Convos: Summer 2018 With Mayor Linda Tyer
About this time three years ago Mayor Linda Tyer stood in front of a blighted John Street property as just a candidate. She made it a focus that blight would be a major piece of her campaign. About this time next year, Mayor Linda Tyer will be a candidate again and she believes that property will no longer be in existence (though the owner has appealed the demolition order).

MCLA Academy Prepares Incoming Students for STEM Careers
Now in its sixth year, the academy offers five days on campus meeting professors and likely classmates and trying out the labs in the new Feigenbaum Center for Science & Innovation. The program is entirely funded by Berkshire Bank.

Lanesborough Ups Urgency In Police Station Renovations
Selectman Robert Ericson has missed the deadline given to him to complete the third phase of renovations at the police station. The retired engineer took on the project after touring it in 2014. He is part of the town's energy committee and has headed efforts with the Green Community Act. In late 2014 the town decided to install a new boiler system for the poorly heated 1800's building.

Hijinx Night Returns To Adams Monday
Although the event was postponed last month because of rain, Hijinx will return to Park Street this Monday. Organizer Joseph Martin said people can expect a much bigger street fair this year.

Auditor: PEDA's Unrestricted Funds Continue to Dwindle
An urgency to develop the William Stanley Business Park continues to grow as another year has gone by without a significant windfall of income for the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority. PEDA has been spending approximately $305,000 in General Electric settlement money per year to supplement its operations. That account has dwindled down over the years without a significant boon in revenue to replenish it and if the current trends continue, PEDA will be out of available funds by 2024.

Williamstown Planning Board Grapples With Accessory Dwelling Unit Issue
In the spring, faced with intense opposition from a vocal group of residents, the board abandoned a proposal to implement changes that would have eased zoning restrictions and created more flexibility in residential zones.   1 Comment

Pittsfield Police Unions Respond to Allegations Made During Council Meeting
As the job of a police officer becomes "more dangerous and thankless each and every day," Igor Greenwald "belittled" the good work officers do, so says the police unions. Greenwald has been behind an effort to create a Police Oversight Committee and at a recent subcommittee shared shorties and brought others to testify about negative interactions with police. Greenwald contends there is a "a whole basket of bad apples" in the Police Department and an oversight committee to handle complaints o

Tape Grass Has Returned to Cheshire Reservoir
The town was last plagued by the weed in 2016 and had to bring in SOLitude Lake Management to clean up the lake with a rake type mechanism called a harvester.

Pittsfield Council Has Little Luck With Spectrum Cable
No matter how much the City Council and residents complain about the loss of local programming, Spectrum Cable will not be bringing it back. Melinda Kinney of Charter Communications told the council Wednesday night that the WWLP 22 and WCVB 5 Boston cost too much to bring back to the area. The national company had made a decision that it will not pay extra to carry the channels that are considered "out of market."

Williamstown Select Board Weighs Potential Enforcement for Future Alcohol Violations
The board decided to authorize Town Manager Jason Hoch to send a letter to the businesses that failed to notify them of the board's concern and its intention to take action if one of the establishments is found in violation again in the next 12 months.

North Adams Eagle Street Project Celebrated
On Wednesday evening during the annual Downtown Celebration, there was a pause to cut a blue ribbon strung between the brand-new eagle medallions marking the exit of the historic street.

Cheshire to Pave Three Roads
Out of 100, Maple Drive scores 39, West Mountain Road 36 and the section of Wells Road, scored a 42.

Mass MoCA Announces Its Fall Season
Theatergoers are going to be mad about Mass MoCA this fall. Jon Hamm, the star of the landmark television series “Mad Men,” comes to town this fall to collaborate in a work-in-progress theater project dubbed Fishing, which will see him team with Wilco percussionist Glen Kotche and director/choreographer Danielle Agami.

North Adams Arts Commission Authority Change Draws Protest
Mayor Thomas Bernard submitted an amended ordinance to the City Council that removes the commission's control on approving public art installations, turning it into a recommending body on par with certain other city boards, and also addressing a host of grammatical and word changes.

Lanesborough Sorting Out Who's on Roadkill Duty
A deer died naturally but was laying on the side of the Ore Bed Road. It was bloated and "ready to explode." Sources haven't confirmed the actual conversation but iBerkshires can imagine it went something like this: "I'm not touching it," said a highway worker. "Call the animal control officer."

Candidates Double Down on Talking Points in DA Debate In Becket
In 2009 Rebecca Moulton had a restraining order against her then-boyfriend David Vincent and she had left the apartment the pair shared. And then later she was found beaten to death in that apartment.

Cumberland Farms Hearing Continued Until After Community Meeting
For the second time this summer, the convenience store chain has requested a continuation of its public hearing on its proposal to build a new gas station on Commercial Street. The hearing has been rescheduled to Sept. 11.

North Berkshire Youth Work Programs Recognize Graduates
Durocher was one of 20 students who successfully completed this year's summer programs that brought young people into participating businesses and organizations to experience not only a work environment but tryout potential careers.

Scooter-User Threatened With Fines on Rail Trail
The state Department of Conservation and Recreation has confirmed that rules that ban the use of motorized vehicles such as snowmobiles or motorcycles don't apply to adaptive equipment such as scooters and wheelchairs.

North Adams Planners OK Lodging, Coffeehouse Plans for Wigwam
Owner and manager Wayne Gelinas appeared before the Planning Board on Monday with a presentation on how he will restore the closed gift shop, rebuild cabins and turn the residence into a wine and coffee bar. He anticipates the renovations and construction would be done in three phases.

Adams to Address Safety Concerns at Russell Field
With the Russell Field Renovation Project delayed at least another season, the Parks Commission agreed to put efforts into resolving a few safety issues at the park — specifically with the softball field.

Cheshire Needs to Fix Fire Station Roof
St. John, who serves as superintendent of building and grounds, said the repair of this small portion of the roof is estimated to cost $64,566. This, with the $24,000 the town originally allocated to make the repairs plus other smaller costs, brings the amount to approximately $95,000.

Historical Society Sets 271st Anniversary Event for Fort Mass
The commemoration also marks the 271st anniversary of the rebuilding of Fort Massachusetts. Wendy Champney and her group Save Fort Massachusetts Memorial have fought long and hard to preserve the land that the original fort stood upon, and in past years have stressed the importance of celebrating and preserving these historic events and landmarks.

Final Debates Set for Berkshire District Attorney Candidates
Paul Caccaviello, Andrea Harrington and Judith Knight are vying for the nomination that will essentially determine the winner in the race since there is no other candidate on the general election ballot.

Downtown Celebration Set For Wednesday, Aug. 15
This event is free. In the case of inclement weather, an announcement will be made on Wednesday morning and the rain date will be Thursday, Aug. 16.

End of Session Review 2018: Paul Mark
The state Legislature relax a bit in the early hours of Aug. 1 as the formal legislative session was ready to close. But, wait, wait. State Rep. Paul Mark had one more bill -- a land taking for the town of North Field intended to help local farmers.

Jazz Camp to Be Hosted at Hoosac Valley
Berkshire County jazz students will get a week of face time with five professional New York City musicians that will culminate in a live performance at the Bounti-Fare.

Habitat for Humanity Aims to Break Ground on Williamstown Project in Spring
Habitat for Humanity, which was chosen by the town's Affordable Housing Trust to build two single-family homes at the corner of Cole Avenue and Maple Street, is looking for help from a local resident or business.

Rhode Island Edges Pittsfield Little Leaguers in New England Title Game
Coventry, R.I., Sunday defeated the Pittsfield American Little League All-Stars in Sunday's New England Regional title game.

End of Session Review 2018: John Barrett III
State Rep. John Barrett said he is in the mindset of at least making a little bit of progress at a time. That's why he is disappointed there couldn't be some consensus at the statehouse on education and health care. Neither of those bills ultimately passed the legislature and Barrett said he wished at least something could have been done on each topic and then continued next year.

UNO Community Center Celebrates New Park
It was three years ago that the UNO Community Center opened in a former tavern on River Street. Purchased and renovated by Wadsworth — what he calls "impact investing" — the center provided the first permanent home for the neighborhood group founded by Davis in 1990.

Pittsfield Little Leaguers' Regional Final Pushed to Sunday Due to Rain
The Pittsfield American Little League All-Stars' game Saturday was postponed to Sunday due to rain.

Little League Notebook: Rhody Rally Sets Rematch with Pittsfield AL
The Pittsfield American Little League All-Stars Saturday play Coventry, R.I., for the New England Championship.

Cheshire Holding Expanded Cruz Nite This Weekend
This Saturday's Cruz Night will have a historical twist to mark the town's 225th anniversary: a Civil War re-enactment encampment on the grounds of Cheshire School.

Third Mosquito Spraying Scheduled In Pittsfield
For the third time, this summer the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project will spray a section of the city for mosquitoes. West Nile Virus was found to be present in mosquitoes collected for sampling last Thursday. The project will now use a truck-mounted adulticide spray in a one-mile radius of the intersection of Pecks Road and Wahconah Street on Monday, August 13.

Volunteers Replant Vandalized Eagle Street Park
But sometime Tuesday night between 8:30 and the discovery at 10:15 one or more persons entered the dark park and trashed the plantings. Staff at Desperados restaurant nearby did their best to replant what they could.

Cheshire May Take Over Private Water System
Town officials were initially hesitant to take the water system because they knew it had issues. The Water Department was not interested either.

Coaching Continuity One of Keys to Pittsfield Little Leaguers' Success
The Pittsfield American Little League has a tradition of success built on the efforts of its volunteers.

Veterans War Memorial Tower Rededicated as National Monument
In the 100th years since World War 1 came to an end, state officials and veterans groups have rededicated the War Memorial Tower. The Veterans War Memorial Tower is now designated as a national monument by the U.S. World War 1 Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum and Library.

Lever Demo Day Celebrates Entrepreneurship
The daylong event held at Greylock Works was an opportunity for local startups to display their visions and progress — and for the finale of the North Adams Arts Enterprise Challenge that saw the prize go to Eric Schimelpfenig of Fabber.

Cheshire Block Parties Are Four Years Strong
Since July 2015, the community group has held two block parties each summer in what is considered the small town's downtown area around Town Hall. The block parties feature food vendors, live music, crafters and other activities.

Pittsfield Seeking New Location for Police Shooting Range
Neighbors had concerns with the Utility Drive shooting range regarding safety and noise. They raised concerns over zoning and the proximity to the homes with children. The Police Department issued an order to halt the live fire training, though police will still use it for other types of training.

Mount Greylock Board Creates Oversight Panels for Next Phases
The board had determined to move in that direction at last month's meeting but had held off on approving the $173,600 required for architects Perkins Eastman in Boston to develop planning documents and permitting for the building.

Adams Ale House Holds Grand Opening
Williams and the Landers took over after Girard informed the Selectmen in February that he planned to lease the building. They stuck with the Adams Ale House name and held a soft opening in July to test the waters but since then have expanded their menu and offerings.

Defense, Homers Propel Pittsfield Little Leaguers to Regional Final
The Pittsfield American Little League All-Stars Wednesday advanced to Saturday's New England Regional Championship Game.

Pittsfield Looks To Crack Down On False Burglar Alarms
The Police Department is looking to crack down on false burglar alarms. Chief Information Officer Mike Steben said in 2017 officers responded to 1,670 false alarm calls.

Habitat's Long-awaited Condo Project Hits Permitting Snag
Habitat for Humanity's long-awaited Gordon Deming condominium project will continue to be long-awaited. Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity is now thinking it will be unlikely to break ground on the $1.1 million project this fall as it works through the permitting process. The project was heralded by city and state officials when Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, who awarded a $425,000 grant toward it last November but lining up permitting had proven to be a challenge.

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