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Adams Property Owners See Tax Rate Drop for Fiscal 2019
The rate for residential will be $21.39 per $1,000 valuation; the commercial rate will be $25.40, a 14 cent drop from this year. The commercial and industrial shift will increase from 1.12 to 1.15.

Pittsfield Continues to Stumble Over Trash Ordinance
Box, bundle, barrel, bag, whatever, just keep it orderly. That's what Ward 3 City Council Nicholas Caccamo is now proposing for a trash ordinance after re-writing the existing laws from top to bottom looking to focus only on health and aesthetics. His new version does not include any limits on the amount of trash nor does it require a toter or special bags after both had been harshly opposed by residents.

Berkshire Money Management Donates $2,500 to Thanksgiving Angels
Thanksgiving really isn't that far away. At the South Congregational Church, volunteers are already gearing up for the Thanksgiving Angels program, which provides turkeys and all of the sides to thousands of local residents in need. On Wednesday, Berkshire Money Management helped kick off the season with a $2,500 donation.

With Financing Mostly In Place, St. Mary's Redevelopment Moving Forward
With a new investor on board, CT Management has just about all of its funding in place to redevelop the St. Mary the Morningstar campus. Developer David Carver purchased the property at the end of 2017 with plans to transform the historic property into 29 market-rate housing units. Since then the company has been working on securing the financing need to preserve the buildings, transform the interiors, while still making economic sense. The project is estimated to cost more than $6 million.

North Adams Airport Commission Set to Award Terminal Bid
Peter Enzien of Stantec Consulting Services, the airport's engineer, told the commission Tuesday that once the signed standard contract form is sent back to the state Department of Transportation, the city can award the project to low bidder DA Sullivan & Sons, which bid $3.6 million.

Knight Backs Caccaviello in District Attorney's Race
Judith Knight isn't going to be the next district attorney. But she hopes Paul Caccaviello will be. Knight, who finished third in the Democratic primary in September, is putting her support behind Caccaviello's write-in campaign. Knight made the announcement on steps of the Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday.

Fall Foliage Event Winners Listed for 2018
Here's roundup of winners of some of the events; see the story on the Children's Parade for those winners.

Lanesborough Briefs: Special Town Meeting Next Week
A special town meeting will ask voters for approval to fund renovations to the police station, restore the cupola on town hall, and switch the regular town meeting to Saturday, among other topics. The special town meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 23 at 6 p.m. to vote on 10 articles. Three of the articles asks to move money around for the police station renovation, a project already done but is missing a source of funds.

North County Community Dedicated to Continuing Nelson's Story
Nelson's work on that project and his inspiration within the community in leading by example won't be forgotten. During a tribute on Monday night for Nelson, who died in July at age 83, the pantry's new name was revealed as the Al Nelson Friendship Center.

Adams-Cheshire Pleased With New MCAS Test Scores
Superintendent John Vosburgh told the School Committee on Monday that the district has received a rating of 59 percent "partially meeting targets" that means although there is much work to do, the district rating with the state is improving.

PopCares Inspiring Next Generation to Volunteer
These youngest supporters are a testament to the impact that PopCares has had, largely shown by the 600 or so diners at the annual gala who enthusiastically bid up to $330 for platters of whoopie pies, dropped thousands of tickets for a chance at gift certificates and baskets in the chinese auction and penned in bids at the silent auction. Last year's event raised $43,000.

Registration, Early Voting Deadlines Set for Election Day
The last day to register to vote or change voting affiliation for the Nov. 6 state election is Wednesday, Oct. 17. ces.

Mount Greylock Building Committee Nixes Overflow Parking Proposal
At issue was a patch of land currently occupied by trailers related to the $64 million building project. As construction winds down, construction manager Turner Construction plans to remove the trailers and return the land to its natural state.

New Men's Group Piques Interest at Coalition Forum on Relational Violence
The most visible of the efforts made since March is the formation of Men Initiating Change In North County (MIC INC), a group founded by North Adams City Councilor Benjamin Lamb that aims to fill a "gap in the ecosystem" of support for victims of relational violence.

McCann Does Well on MCAS; Skills Chapters Update Committee
The problem is the school has been high achieving for some time so evaluations based on advancing students is more difficult because of the high number of proficient student.

Adams Officials Say Infrastructure Needed to Deal With Flooding
Two rainstorms on Sept. 12 and 18 overwhelmed some of the town's flood control system. Flooding affected the Lime, Davis, North Summer, and Charles street areas damaging people's property and causing over $2 million in damage to public infrastructure.

Pittsfield Sells $875K Worth of Tax Liens
The tax lien auction brought in another $875,000, adding to about $800,000 the city had taken in ahead of time in back taxes. According to Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood, 61 liens were sold by Strategic Auction Solutions at City Hall Thursday afternoon accounting for $875,770.61.

Clarksburg VFW Unveils New Sign, Name for Town Field
Town meeting voted to rename the field last December to memorialize Cook and the town's veterans and the local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter, also named after Cook, raised the funds to install the sign.

Victor, Dumigan Presented Pittsfield Schools Superintendent Award
The two received the Massachusetts Association of Superintendents Certificates of Excellence Wednesday night. One student from each high school wins the prestigious award annually and this year Taconic's Victor and PHS's Dumigan are the recipients.

Mark Shapp Honored as RSVP Volunteer of the Year
Mark Shapp knows his way around, whether that be City Hall or a train. And Shapp is happy to share his knowledge with anyone. In the last decade, he's volunteered 4,316 of his hours to do just that. In the last year, he's spent 629 hours volunteering as the City Hall ambassador and with the Berkshire Scenic Railway.

Unified Basketball 'Takes Off' in the Berkshires
Mount Greylock and Wahconah met Friday in Berkshire County's inaugural Unified Basketball game.

BCC Names Interim Director of Nursing
Christine Martin is taking over as head of the nursing program at BCC. Berkshire Community College named Martin the interim director of nursing on Thursday. The appointment comes a month after former director Tochi Urbani resigned from the position in the midst of trouble with the program's accreditation.

Williamstown Town Manager, School Building Committee Members Clash over Permit Fees
At issue is about $154,000 billed to the regional school district for permitting. In fact, the town is owed about $295,000, based on its standard permit fee schedule, but about half of that has been passed through to subcontractors on the school building project.

Adams Finance Committee Approves Special Town Meeting Warrant
Earlier this week, the Selectmen declared a state of emergency to allows the town to deficit spend in order to mitigate damage left in the wake of the two rainstorms that caused substantial flooding.

North Adams Councilor Raises 'Food Desert' Issue in West End
These developments may be private, but Cohen feels "that there is a need for larger conversations with our leadership." Her suggestion was to refer it to the Community Development Board and perhaps to extend the conversation to involve more stakeholders.

Girls Inc. Recognizes 'International Day Of The Girl'
Sixth-graders Savannah Peterson-Holt and Yanet Asanke stood outside of Girls. Inc. with about 20 of their peers holding a handmade sign. It was a sign honoring Girls Inc. of the Berkshires and one they had worked on for a few days together during the after-school program. Beside them were other girls holding various signs - some reading #Strong, others reading #Smart, and others more elaborate featuring one of the six rights listed on Girls Inc.'s "bill of rights."

Clarksburg, Williamstown Awarded State Housing Grants
The private water district was taken over last year by the town because of the cooperative's difficulty in finding trustees and addressing the significant infrastructure upgrades required for the more than 30-year-old district.

Adams Officials Wary of New School Project
There was some uncertainty on the board's part that building a new elementary school would be the best solution.

Court Agreement Clears Way for Verizon Tower in Clarksburg
The decision, filed on Friday in U.S. District Court in Springfield, clears the way for Verizon, operating as Pittsfield Cellular Telephone Co., to install a 140-foot monopole at the former North Adams Country Club.

Pittsfield Collects $800K in Back Taxes Ahead of Auction
The city pulled in slightly more than $800,000 ahead of Thursday's tax lien auction. Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood said nearly 500 properties with tax liens were sent notification of the upcoming auction and 156 owners came to city hall to settle the debts.

Berkshire Works Rebrands as MassHire
We have jobs. That's what numerous elected officials proclaimed Wednesday morning. There are thousands of jobs available. But, at the same time, there are still thousands of people in the Berkshires looking. "We have jobs, lots of jobs, nearly 1,500 every day. Job from travel and tourism to engineering to health care, executives and entry-level and every level of talent," Mayor Linda Tyer said. "We have jobs. The Berkshires are ready to hire."

Pittsfield Calls For Increased Monitoring, Communication Regarding Hill 78
Increased levels of contamination in groundwater near the toxic waste sites near Allendale School have city councilors asking for increased scrutiny. The City Council accepted a report which calls for another meeting with the state Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Public Health, and the U.S. EPA in response to the May test results around what is known as Hill 78 and Building 71. The sites are toxic landfills created as part of the General Electric cleanup.

North Adams Council Endorses Keeping Gun Range Open
It was a strong rebuke to Mayor Thomas Bernard, who had ordered the range closed to public access effective Jan. 1, 2019, after learning that the city's insurance company would no longer cover it for liability reasons. The Police Department will still continue to use it.   1 Comment

Adams Sets Emergency Town Meeting
The town was left with an estimated $2 million in damage and, currently, state representatives are trying to secure some funding.

Secretary of State Candidate Amore Drums Up Support in Pittsfield
The Swampscott Republican is challenging longtime incumbent William Galvin for the post of secretary of state in the November election. Amore has a lengthy background in security — he's currently security chief at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum — and is pledging to increase public access to records and secure the election process.

Northern Berkshire United Way Announces Campaign Goal
Last year, the organization's campaign goal was $470,000. The amount raised ended up being $477,667. And this year's campaign goal is $480,000.

Adams Selectmen Want to Find Compromise With Cumberland Farms
At the end of Wednesday night's meeting, Chairman John Duval said the board supports the Commercial Street development because it will represent new growth.

Berkshire Education Task Force Developing Models for Collaboration
Now, it's hoping to offer pathways to school officials as they decide whether and how far to proceed toward the task force's solution of a single countywide school district.

Clarksburg Principal Looks to Spend More Time in Classroom
Her goal is to spend at least 30 percent of her week, or about 1 1/2 days, in classrooms. Instead of working around meetings, the first thing in her calendar will be classroom time and everything else will fall around that.

Gabriel Abbott School Starts Off School Year With Anti-Bullying Blitz
The children had a good handle on the different components of the game, readily answering questions about the aspects making up the bingo card. It's not surprising because the bullying prevention program has been part of their curriculum since kindergarten.

Mount Greylock, Wahconah Add Unified Basketball Teams
Unified Sports, a program of the Special Olympics, allows young people with disabilities a chance to wear their school colors and represent their communities in athletic competitions.

Adams Officials Welcome Adams Express And Mobil Station
The facility is open 24 hours and sells various amenities including beer and wine.

Mausert Block Takes Big Step With Opening of Development Office
It's just an office but its completion marks a major step forward in the long-awaited renovation of the former Woolworth building.

Fife Donation Inspires Adams Historical Society Civil War Concert
The fife will be on display Saturday afternoon during a concert of Civil War-era songs in the Grand Army of the Republic Hall on the top floor of the Adams Free Library.

AG Healey Touts Record, Endorses Harrington for District Attorney
Attorney General Maura Healey stressed the importance of voting at the local level during her stop at Democratic campaign headquarters on North Street this past Monday.

Adams Declares State of Emergency to Deal With Flood Damage
The board unanimously voted the declaration at Wednesday's meeting with hopes that it would also pave the way for possible state funding needed to address the near $2 million in damages.

Clarksburg School Making Slow Progress on Repairs
But the building still needs significant repairs and updates to meet current code including complying with the federal American With Disabilities Act. A preliminary estimate done during the feasibility study had a cost of $4 million to address priority projects that included the removal of asbestos.

Cheshire Town Meeting OKs Fire Station Roof Funds
Mostly former and current volunteer firefighters filled out the just more than 50 residents who attended Thursday's special town meeting for the sole purpose of passing a single article that would allocate funds to make the emergency repairs.

Holiday Hours: Columbus Day
Columbus Day is a state holiday being observed Monday, Oct. 8, to commemorate Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas on Oct. 12, 1492.

Cheshire Selectmen Warn School Renovation Tough Sell
Vosburgh informed the board that representatives from the Massachusetts School Building Authority will visit the Adams school this month for a senior study of the building.

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