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Adams Police Foresees Full Staffing, Adds North Adams Officer
"For the past year the department has been down, at one point or the other, four officers." — Police Chief Richard Tarsa

Clarksburg Selectmen OK Tree Removal, Sign Gates Ave Deed
"We will get Gates Avenue done this year. — Carl McKinney

Boston Transit Campaign Touts North Adams Getaways
"The notion was to try to focus on a younger, Boston-based demographic." — Joshua Field

Santa Claus Calls Pittsfield Children
"It is one of the fun programs." — Becky Manship

Williamstown Food Pantry Readies Christmas Donations
"Every penny that comes in goes to help families, mostly in food, once in a while in a few other areas." — Carol DeMayo

Pittsfield Awarded Third Consecutive Grant To Combat Youth Violence
The funds will continue the city's efforts to reduce youth and gang violence.

North Adams Commission Hikes Campground Seasonal Rates
"Until we have metered sites, we're going to have to entertain this increase to keep us in the black." — George Forgea

Lanesborough School Committee's Barton Resigns
"I have decided to resign as a member, rather than try to serve with members who are either not truthful or not reliable." — Robert Barton

Clark Art to Charge Admission Starting Jan. 1
Beginning Jan. 1, adult admission to the galleries will be $20, according to the museum's website.

Adams Board of Health Revisiting Rental Inspection Fees
"I can't really do a good comprehensive inspection, and it puts us at liability because, heaven forbid, I knock something over." — Scott Koczela

Crafts & Artisan Store Kit & Kaboodle Reopens in North Adams
"There are a lot of people out there that really love the handmade items. They last longer and they're quality items." — Carolyn Albert

North Adams Airport Commission Provides Feedback On Bike Path
"We will work with you and find a way to make it work. If it is possible to do, we will do it." — Jeffrey Naughton

Exterior Work Continues on Colegrove Park School
"This is the hard part, we're in the winter with difficult conditions. You don't get to see anything because it's covered up." — Margo Jones

Maple Grove Civic Club Will Reactivate Taxpayers Association
"If it's hard, they should work hard to start it. I don't see why we have to be the ones that start it for them." — Joseph Nowak

Lanesborough School Committee Chair Rejects Call to Resign
"Several days later, you did nominate me to be the committee chair even though you considered me a misleading liar." — Regina DiLego

Solid Waste District Eyes Hazardous Waste Collection
"I think we will get more cars because we haven't done one in a while ... I think the timing is right." — Sandy Totter

Adams Library Pulls Service Animal Policy After Outcry
"We would never discriminate against any service animal or person in this building." — Library Director Deborah Bruneau

Pittsfield Performance Pavilion Ready for Summer
"We've already got people lined up asking to the use this facility for the summer." — Dr. John Herman

Forum: North Berkshire Needs Focus on Health, Not Just Health Care
"It's not about hospitals. It's not about health care. It's about health." — Ruth Blodgett

Williamstown Adds Two to Economic Development Committee
"If we reserve a seat for one, there are at least three more we could consider." — Selectman Andy Hogeland

Pittsfield Coalition Delivers Christmas Gifts To Veterans in Nursing Homes
"We find the veterans and wish them happy holidays." — Tom Landry

Berkshire Chamber Outlines 'New way' at Annual Meeting
"There are 1,700 unfilled jobs in the county – good jobs with benefits – and there may be another thousand jobs that aren't listed." — John Bissell

MassDOT: $60M to Maintain & Fix Western Mass Bridges
"Currently, there is $10 million that has been spent or will be spent on bridges." — Peter Frieri

Williamstown Housing Trust Awards First Mortgage Assistance Grant
"It's clear from MountainOne that the loan the family will be receiving would not be possible without the grant." — Tom Sheldon

Pittsfield Schools Ponder Potential Budget Increase
"If you're going to take what we have today and you're going to pay for it again next year, that would be the budget." — Kristin Behnke

Lenox Solar Candidates Narrowed, Community Center Work Halts
"Some of these proposals are tomes and it will take a little while to get through it." — Ken Fowler

Clark Art Receives Never-Exhibited Winslow Homer Painting
"Charles Prentice Howland (1878)," an oil painting that has never been publicly exhibited, was donated to the Clark by the sitter’s granddaughter, Susan Montgomery Howell.

Amtrak Service Begins in Greenfield, Northampton
The Vermonter will also add a stop in Holyoke later in 2015 when station work is complete.

Pittsfield Bridge Project Delayed To 2015
The timetable for the project has been plagued with continued delays over the past few years.

DCR Details $2M Fix for Mount Greylock Memorial Tower
"As an architect I welcome this challenge. This is a very exciting project." — George Katsoufis

Williamstown-Lanesborough Superintendent Looks Back on Career
"I think I've tried to see a thread through all the work I do that it's really about relationship building." — Rose Ellis

Bianchi, Downing Collect Hundreds of Toys For Tots
"I wanted to make less fortunate children's Christmas brighter." — Timothy Parsons

McCann Graduates 20 From 2014 LPN Program
"It would be pretty much impossible to find a medical facility without McCann alumni as employees." — Justin Katz

Adams Selectmen Expanding Subcommittees
"I'd be a little cautious about doing his job. I think we are policy setters and that is what we do." — Arthur "Skip" Harrington

Night of Comedy Planned to Support North Adams Youth
"I am going to come in and do my act and make some people laugh." — Wayne Soares

North Adams Library Trustees Seek Staffing Options
"It's the most minimum basic service you can give in a public library and it's not satisfactory."

Finalists Announced For Pittsfield Deputy School Superintendent
"We felt very fortunate by the number and caliber of our applicants." — Jake McCandless

Mass MoCA Goes Big With Upcoming Renovation, Season
"It's a massive building. It's hard to wrap your head around it." — Joe Thompson

Clarksburg Sets Tax Rate, Passes Special Town Meeting Articles
"We are right up against Proposition 2 1/2." — Carl McKinney

BMC Nurses Picket For Increased Staffing
"They haven't hired full-time staff to bridge the gap." — Patricia Zuccaro

Pittsfield Council Asks Mayor To Hire Efficiency Consultant
"This is one of the times where I think a consultant will pay for itself. We will get that money back." — Councilor at Large Kathleen Amuso

North Adams Tax Rate Up 5 Percent for Fiscal 2015
"We hear things about spending and control and that's all we've done." — Mayor Richard Alcombright

Clarksburg Finance Committee Leery of Spending Items
"We should not be entertaining anything related to that free cash." — Mark Denault

Cheshire Selectmen See Pipeline Plans
"There is a lot more to come and it is going to be a ways away, certainly a couple of years." — Mark Webber

Williams Asks Planning Board to Hold Off on Zoning Change for Hotel
"Let's hit pause and do this in a not-hurried, more thoughtful process to make sure all the impacts are thought through at this early stage." — Jamie Art

Pittsfield Signs Contracts With Firefighters, Police Patrolmen
"The total looks large because they are 2 1/2 years retro pay." — Barry Clairmont

North Adams Neighborhood Group Gets Place of Its Own
"I didn't get paid money for the whole 24 years but this project is worth doing it all over again because money is not everything." — Shirley Davis

Lanesborough Sets 2015 Tax Rate
All types of property will be taxed at $18.98 per $1,000 of assessed value.

MCLA Honors Local High School Seniors Achievement
"You are all part of the 330 reasons this year that we have to be hopeful." — Sen. Benjamin B. Downing

Lanesborough Restricts Dog Owner After Attack
"The dog got out, crossed the street and attacked her completely unprovoked." — Animal Control Officer Michael McClay

 
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