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Brien Center Management, Union Reach Deal to Avert Strike
Service Employees International Union 509 and Brien Center management have been struggling to find an agreement since last September.

Developing Story: FBI On Scene at Adams Residence
Tarsa did say that no area residents were evacuated as a result of the activity. The road remained open to car traffic at all times.

Fourth of July: The Declaration of Independence
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.   2 Comments

Fourth of July Festivities Include Parades, Fireworks
Festivities marking the nation's 239th birthday will be held around the Berkshires. All events are on Saturday, July 4, unless otherwise noted.

Economic Development Commission Will 'Roll Out Slowly'
“It will let us start the process or recruiting those interested and figuring out how they want to go forward and operate.” — Tony Mazzucco

North Adams Youngster To Throw Out Friday's First Pitch at Fenway
“They truly are accepted in these settings and all disabilities, illnesses or obstacles are forgotten as they live beyond their limits, beyond their diagnoses.” — Tracy Bassette

Team Bianchi Wins Road Race Challenge
"The parade is one of my favorite days in Pittsfield." — Dan Bianchi

Clark Unveils 'Whistler's Mother' on Saturday
"This painting came to be seen as a symbol of American strength and stability and American values." — Ashton Fancy

Cranwell Sold For $18 Million
"We plan to elevate the already outstanding guest experience and enhance the resort's position as a destination." — Andrew Benerofe

Koczela To Return As Code Enforcement Officer in Adams
"Scott has been a very dedicated servant to this community for nearly 10 years." — Joseph Nowak

'Tragic' Director Stages 'Comedy' at Shakespeare & Company
"And what I think is extraordinary about Shakespeare is that it can apply now." — Taibi Magar

Opinion: Crossfit Offended Diabetics Everywhere
Yes, Crossfit, that is the truth. Your unfunny and simplistic graphic and accompanying tweets show just how ignorant you are about diabetes.

City Refutes Battalion's Claims as Team Skates into Sunset
"The mayor did tell Mr. Dadds on several occasions that a new contract with the Battalion would not be signed until local vendors/bills were taken care of." — Michael Canales

North Adams Director Wins Massachusetts Emergency Manager of The Year Award
"We really have a good team. We all work together, so on behalf of the team, I'll accept this emergency manager of the year award." — Steve Meranti

Village Ambulance Adds Vans With Wheelchair Lifts
"As we looked at ... there's a real need for this throughout the community year round. So we just purchased a third van so we can continue to provide community service even after the college starts in the fall." — Shawn Godfrey

Report: Local Nonprofits Generate $2.4 Billion In Economic Activity
"But I am happy to report that the nonprofit sector in Berkshire County has been part of what is a more buoyant part of our economy and is helping to bring the economy back." — Stephen Sheppard

Cheshire Will Hold Another Override Vote
"If we don’t educate our children, you may as well put a lock on the door of the town." — Carol Francesconi

Berkshire Carousel Breaks Ground On Permanent Home
"It'll be a small carousel, but it's ours." — Maria Caccaviello

Pittsfield's Tyer Challenges Mayoral Candidates To Foot Race
"It's just meant to be something to celebrate Independence Day." — Linda Tyer

Committee Approves Changes To North Adams Zoning Ordinances
“The city was built out in a very tight manner, and everyone walked to work so they didn’t have cars and they didn’t need the space we have these days.” — William Meranti

Curtain Rises on Williamstown Theatre Festival
"I'm really excited to see how it connects with audiences." — Mandy Greenfield

Lanesborough Committee Urges Another Vote On Docks Bylaw
"It's been more than a decade of effort to get something done." — Robert Barton

Alcombright Running on Progress, Development
"There are more jobs, more investment, and more local projects than there was six years ago." — Richard Alcombright

Local Trumpet Player To Play With The Eagles Band
Felix has performed in competitions on the national and international level.

Pittsfield Board Questions Unused Liquor Licenses
"We want you to do what you need to do so that you're either operating this entity or it's being sold." — Thomas Campoli

Williamstown Prudential Committee Thankful for College Contributions
"The college has been very generous over the years letting guys serve." — John Notsley

Pittsfield's Mayor Bianchi Launches Re-Election Campaign
"I am extremely optimistic about the future of the city and the future of Berkshire County." — Daniel Bianchi

Williamstown Economic Panel Hears From Local Business
"It there are two big problems, they would be parking and parking. And the third problem would be parking." — Stephen Sheppard

Sagas of the Shire: The Madness of Sue Dunham
It was perhaps her shrewd tongue that most contributed to her status as a legendary local figure during her lifetime.

North Adams' Colegrove School May Open in New Year
"I think the school transition could be over the Christmas holiday, when we have time." — Mayor Richard Alcombright

Berkshire Battalion Hockey Moving From North Adams
Less than two weeks after saying the Berkshire Battalion would return for the 2015-16 season, the club's new owner said on Friday that he is taking it to Connecticut or New York.

Clarksburg Planners OK Golf Course Solar Array, Clubhouse
The 1.25 megawatt solar array will have more than 4,000 panels over 4 acres and generate enough energy to power about 250 homes.

Pittsfield Traffic Commission Looks To Ease Congestion At Deming
"This is a safety issue for the children." — Dan Miraglia

Mount Greylock Building Committee Adds Renovation Option
"This was our attempt to find a middle ground. And [MSBA] applauded that." — Trip Elmore

Lenox Selectmen Appoint Land Management Committee
"This is going to be a committee that is going to not sit by idly – it's going to have a lot of work to do." — Chairman Edward Lane

Pittsfield Schools Promote West To SPED Director's Post
"We are fortunate that we find ourselves growing our own leaders." — Katherine Yon

School Officials Hoping For 2nd Override Try in Cheshire
"After looking at all of the possible options and weighing everything out, I would recommend going back for another override vote." — Kristen Gordon

Williamstown Housing Trust OKs Three Grant Applications
"We may go into a mode now — of necessity — of fund-raising." — Stanley Parese

Pittsfield Council Approves $146.2 Million In Operating Budgets
"One of the objectives was to make sure our Police Department and Fire Department are fully funded and fully manned." — Mayor Daniel Bianchi

North County Bids Farewell to NBCC Leader Bashevkin
"This community at its best is Al Bashevkin." — state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing

State Senate President Hears Berkshire's Challenges, Successes
"In so many ways BCC is at the center of our regional efforts to address the issue we have." — state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing

Residents Skeptical of Dalton High School Housing Plan
"What this really is, is workforce housing." — Elton Ogden

Adams Town Meeting OKs Budgets, Rejects Plastic Bag Ban
It took the 128 town meeting members present nearly three hours to run through the 36 articles Tuesday night.

Pittsfield Narrowly Approves $11M Capital Plan; OKs 2016 Budget
"I still believe there are places to cut but I refuse to let what happened last year happen." — Anthony Simonelli

North Adams Council Approves $38.6M Budget
The appropriated budget is up $840,453, or about 2.0 percent, over this year.

Retiring Brayton Educator Named Teacher of the Year
"She strives each year to truly know each child in her room to help them find their niches — to grow both academically and emotionally."

Red Lion Inn Hosts Local Authors' Reception
While they all shared the common thread of being residents of the Berkshires, each author brought his or her unique talents.

Opioid Abuse on Williamstown Selectmen's Radar
"It's just mind-boggling to me that this is not a topic of conversation at every dinner table, every coffee shop, every meeting." — Jane Patton

North Adams Looking at 5-Year Weed Plan For Windsor Lake
The tall, invasive weeds have been proliferating around the edges of the pond, nearly obliterating the views of the campground beach from the main public area.   1 Comment

Pittsfield Prayer Vigil Urges End of Hate, Racism
"Hate is too great a burden to bear because it is more injurious to the hater than the hated." — the Rev. Charles Pratt

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