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Berkshire Educators Rally Support For 'Fund Our...

The state Senate's budget would give an additional $5 million in funding to Pittsfield Public Schools. But, is only addressing one of four areas cited by the Foundation Formula Budget Review Commission, which found in 2015 that the state has dramatically underfunded the public schools for health... click for more

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North Adams Takes Next Step in Modernizing Zoning

The effort to bring the city's zoning up to date has been "very slow and very tedious," beginning several years ago with cleaning up language and sections in the ordinances and moving on to the latest update of aligning zones with property boundaries. click for more

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Pittsfield To Re-examine Downtown Parking Meters

A petition against putting parking meters in the new Columbus Avenue surface lot could trigger a full re-examination of the parking program. Berkshire Nautilus Owner Jim Ramondetta submitted a petition with some 800 signatures of people opposing putting parking meters in the new lot. Ramondetta... click for more

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Hinsdale Police Searching For Missing Woman

Police are asking for help locating a woman who went missing Wednesday morning. Jacqueline Coutinho was last seen on Smith Road Wednesday morning at about 10:15. Police launched a two-day search for her but was unable to find any clues to her whereabouts. Police are asking for anybody with... click for more

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Adams Cemetery Commission Discuss Stone Ornaments...

The Cemetery Commission has asked the Department of Public Works to keep a closer eye on the accumulation of trash at the cemeteries. click for more

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 17-23

The first 3rd Thursday of 2019 will celebrate youth, with performances by the Berkshire Pulse youth drummers led by Aimee Gelinas w/guest dancers,the Breffny Irish Dancers, Youth Alive, the Reid Middle School Orchestra, the Taconic Guitar Ensemble, Kids 4 Harmony, Berkshire Theatre Group and Rock... click for more

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North Adams Happenings: May 15-21

Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony - Parade begins from the American Legion at 9:30 A.M. and concludes at the Veterans Memorial Park where the ceremony will follow. click for more

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Adams Seek Funding for Town Common and SBA...

Town Administrator Jay Green told the board on Wednesday that he had received communications from Sen. Adam Hinds' office in regard to a state budget amendment that would secure nearly $50,000 for the park. click for more

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Williamstown Pot Farm Proposal Withdrawn by...

The applicant who had sought to create marijuana plantation on Blair Road withdrew its application for a special permit on Thursday night. click for more


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Congressman Neal Stresses...

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal urged...

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McCann Brings Home Gold From...

Seven McCann students can now...

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North Adams Planners Approve...

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Pedestrian Pinned Under Pickup Truck at Third...

A Third Thursday-goer was run over and pinned beneath a vendor pickup truck on Thursday. Police said the details of exactly what unfolded are still under investigation but one person was taken to Berkshire Medical Center with "serious but not life-threatening injuries."

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The Independent Investor: Epidemic Pulls Pork...

Before you ask, this highly infectious virus, while deadly to pigs, is not harmful to humans. The problem is that when even one pig is tested positive, the entire herd needs to be slaughtered as quickly as possible. There is no cure.

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Adams Library Trustees Secure $92K Miller Fund

The library trustees are making progress in diversifying and securing the nearly $100,000 Miller Trust fund.

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Pittsfield Police Honors Good Work, Promotions,...

In November, officers were sent to Cherry Street for a call of suspicious activity. The officers received information about a potential vehicle but nothing was immediately in the area. Officer John Virgilio kept it in mind and later in the day he saw it. The officer tracked it down and with Officers Edward Pezze, Michael Lupisella, Michael Silver, and Matthew Killeen. There were four individuals from Springfield in the vehicle, one had an arrest warrant, and search of the car found a firearm

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Laurel Ridge Eyes Expansion Onto Town Owned Land...

At least some of the land the town bought more than a decade ago to service seniors could somewhat serve its intended purpose soon. The town had bought around 19 acres of land bordered by Prospect Street and North Main Street in 2007 with the intent to build a new senior center and senior housing units. Berkshire Housing Development headed efforts to craft plans for the senior housing aspect but the recession hit and the federal funds eyed for construction dried up. The property has sat for m

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Adams Hires Officer, Recognizes Departing Board...

The town welcomed new Police Officer Christopher Whitney and recognized two departing members of the School Committee and Planning Board for their many years of service.

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Pittsfield Honors Peace Officers Memorial Day

Since 1791 some 23,721 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in America, according to Police Chief Michael Wynn. Five of those were killed in Pittsfield - Capt. Michael Leonard, in 1898; Jailer James Fuller, 1901; Secret Service Operative William Craig, 1902; Officer Leo Sullivan, 1956; and Officer Timothy Shepard, 1988. In honor of National Police Week, the Pittsfield Police Department took time on Wednesday in remembrance of those five, officers throughout the nation, and

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North Adams Council Accepts Library Gift, OKs Arts...

MaryAnn Abuisi, Gottwald's sister and former city clerk, said she had been considering for some time how to give something back the city.

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Pittsfield Councilors Seek New Funding Source For...

The four city councilors who killed the mayor's home improvement program are seeking a resurrection. Councilors Christopher Connell, Melissa Mazzeo, Kevin Morandi, and Anthony Simonelli filed a joint petition calling on the mayor to organize a working group to find a different funding source. The four had voted against the program which eyed to use $250,000 of the General Electric Economic Development Fund to help residents make exterior repairs to their homes.

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State Board Grants Waiver for North Adams Public...

The city has been given approval to move ahead with replacing the roof on the public safety building.

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Dante Birch Elected to Williamstown Planning Board

Dante Birch defeated incumbent and current PLanning Board Chairwoman Amy Jeschawitz by a margin of 608-343 in balloting at Williamstown Elementary School.

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Adams Fire District Say No to Full-Time Fire Chief...

The Fire District voted to keep the status quo and shot down the proposition to increase the fire chief position to full time.

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Clarksburg/Stamford Merger Study Presented on...

Public Consulting Group, hired earlier this year, will present the opportunities and challenges to such a merger on Wednesday, May 15, at 6:30 p.m. at Clarksburg School.

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Mount Greylock School District Developing...

Superintendent Kimberley Grady laid out the goals and discussed some of the steps the district can take to address them at last week's special meeting of the School Committee.

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Third Thursday Returns For 13th Year

The longstanding summer street festival Third Thursday returns this month. The event is held throughout the summer on North Street. The city's main thoroughfare is completely shut down and filled with vendors, food, music, and entertainment. It brings thousands of people to the city's downtown every third Thursday of the month from May until September.

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North Adams Planners Approve Glamping Campground...

It took three public hearings and a site visit before the board definitively voted 7-1, without discussion, to approve the complex of 48 camping sites, event venue and one-bedroom bed and breakfast. Planner Lawrence Taft was the lone no vote.

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Lanesborough Irons Out Local Process For Marijuana...

The town will soon be closed off to new prospective marijuana retailers but that could change in two years. The Board of Selectmen solidified its process for approving community host agreements on Monday, a requirement for a potential company to seek state permits. The town has limited the number of retailers to two and has one host agreement approved and another one in the works.

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Wednesday Deadline for Williamstown Residents to...

The Select Board sent a letter Monday expressing its displeasure with yet another delay on a long-planned bike path through town.

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North Adams Addiction Recovery Center Holds Open...

The community center has open hours on Wednesdays from 10 to 2 at the Green and is free and open to all.

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State Economic Council Sets Berkshire Listening...

The session on Thursday, June 13, at 10 a.m. at Mass MoCA will be the culmination of the regional engagement tour that begins Salem State University on Wednesday.

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