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Bernard, Tyer Join With 1,000 Mayors Against Gun Violence

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Mayor Thomas Bernard has joined Pittsfield's Mayor Linda Tyer in signing onto to the principles of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition following the deadly shootings that killed more than 30 people.

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Pittsfield Firefighter Befriends Teen Rescued From Springside Park

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When a teenager fell some 25 feet into an abandoned cistern at Springside Park, Firefighter Mike Marran was the first one down there with him. He kept him calm and talked sports, he took care of the wounds, secured him into a halfback, and the other first responders pulled him out through a tri-pod set up. It is what Mike Marran is trained to do as a member of the Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team.

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Williamstown Celebrates New Police Station With Ribbon Cutting, Night Out Open House

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Johnson was joined by Town Manager Jason Hoch, members of the construction team, two members of the town’s select board, a representative from Williams College, Rep. John Barrett III and Sen. Adam Hinds to celebrate the creation of a facility that was long needed but relatively quickly delivered once the ball got rolling.

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Lanesborough Selectmen in Talks to Buy New Gravel Bed

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The town is considering buying a new gravel bed on Ore Bed Road. Town officials have been in talks with Dennis Condron about purchasing a piece of property across from the town's landfill. Selectman Henry "Hank" Sayers said the property has about 50,000 yards of gravel in the lot while the town's current landfill is nearly empty.

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Adams Selectmen Discuss Offloading Community Center

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The Community Center on East Street needs an estimated $1 million renovations and may end up demolished.

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Adams Celebrates Important Local Women, Displays 'First Ladies' Quilt

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Committee unveiled the "First Ladies Quilt" and Wall of Recognition at Town Hall on Friday evening with small reception.

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Pittsfield Considers Re-Hiring Consultant For Parking Management

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In a split 3-2 vote, the City Council's Ordinance and Rules subcommittee recommended 90-minute parking in the newly constructed Summer Street lot. But it urged the administration to bring back the original consultant to do an updated analysis of the parking meter plan.

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Latura Brings 'No Filter' Into Race For City Council

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Richard Latura wants his hometown back the way he remembers it and he doesn't care how that happens - legal or not. Latura is running for an at large seat on the city council. He doesn't like what is happening in the city and he wants to make it safe, cut out political nonsense, and reel in the taxes.

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Barrett Applauds Budget Increase for Career Centers

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State Rep. John Barrett is particularly happy that there is extra money in the state budget for MassHire career centers and he's hoping to expand on a pilot program for on the job training. Barrett had gotten money for the Berkshire career center last year to pilot a workforce development program at McCann Technical School. The program engaged General Dynamics and is eyed to line up the job training programs with the needs of the company.

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Tel-Electric Dam Removal Starts Monday in Pittsfield

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The demolition of the Mill Street — or Tel-Electric — dam will begin on Monday. The project has been years in the making and the dam has been failing for years. The dam is attached to the Hawthorne Mill Building, which used to house the Tel-Electric Piano Player Co. Factory, and had been cited by the Massachusetts Office of Dam Safety as being in a hazardous condition nearly 20 years ago.

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Pittsfield Council Continues Discussion On Downtown Parking

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For the third time in four months, the City Council said it wants to have a full conversation about downtown parking. But it still hasn't determined how to do that - whether that means hiring a consultant or doing it internally. On Tuesday, the council agreed to have the city solicitor craft an order to have the newly constructed Summer Street surface lot have 90 minutes of free parking instead of the current 30 minutes. But not before many councilors pled for a wider examination of the overa

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Norad Mill Opens In-House Cafe

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The Norad Cafe joins dozens of businesses already in the former Exelcior Mill and has been on the priority list for mill developer David Moresi since taking possession of the structure.

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Field Debate Causes Friction on Mount Greylock Committee

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The Mount Greylock School Committee Thursday considered questions that have been raised about a plan to install an artificial turf field at the middle-high school — including concerns raised by members of the committee itself. But one committee member and strong advocate for maintaining the course agreed upon earlier this spring said the time for asking questions is over.

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Adams-Cheshire Committee Interviews Superintendent Finalists

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The full committee on Thursday interviewed superintendent candidates Aaron Dean, principal of Pittsfield's Crosby Elementary School, and Beth Choquette, principal of Northampton's Bridge Street School. Both have previously worked for Adams-Cheshire.

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'Guardians' Sculptures Being Removed from Natural Bridge Park

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This art installation, although originally intended for the Ashuwillticook Trail, was placed at the Natural Bridge State Park here in North Adams where it has remained for the past 15 years.

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Central Berkshire Tennis Team Wins Western Mass U18 Title

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The Lee Community Tennis Association Central Berkshire team this weekend won the USTA Western Massachusetts Junior Team Tennis Championship in the under-18 division.

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North Adams Peebles Store Changing Name, Focus

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Peebles Department Store in the downtown is going to be turned into a Gordmans, a discount retailer, early next year.

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Williamstown Parks & Rec Advisory Committee Conducting Survey

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The committee is charged with gathering input from residents and organizations and compiling a list of recommendations to report back to the Select Board, which created the ad hoc committee earlier this year.

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Blake, Salvatore Key Pittsfield 13s in Babe Ruth World Series Opener

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Owen Salvatore doubled home the winning run in the top of the sixth, and Evan Blake and Brayden Gutzmer combined to strike out 10 in a 2-0 win over the Mid-Atlantic champions from Centre County, Pa., at Bullens Field.

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Two Will Be Interviewed For Adams-Cheshire Superintendent

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Only two candidates will be interviewed Thursday for the Adams Cheshire Regional School District superintendent position with candidate Martin McEvoy withdrawing his name from consideration.

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Berkshire Business Interns Recognized for Summer Efforts

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The Berkshire Business Interns, winnowed from more than 500 applications this past spring, worked in 20 different organizations, businesses and municipalities throughout the county this summer. About two-thirds hail from the Berkshires.

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New Owners of Chick's in Adams Plan Reopening

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The Selectmen's License Subcommittee reviewed an all-alcohol license transfer for the bar on Wednesday that would allow the new owners of 128 Colombia St. to re-establish the pub.

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OLLI Forum Delves Into Issue of Ageism

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At one point, Ashton Applewhite's biggest fear was that she'd end up "drooling in an institution" when she got old. She was worried about memory loss. She didn't want to live a depressed life. Getting old was not something she wanted to even think about. But something changed when she embarked on a project writing about people over the age of 80 and still working.

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