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Update: Ambulance Resignation, Censure Vote Follows Moulton TV Comments

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The North Adams School Committee has set a special meeting Tuesday to "Censure School Committee Member Moulton."

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North Adams Councilor Calls Black Lives Matter 'Terrorist' Group

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Robert Moulton Jr., who was returned to the City Council last year and while also winning a seat on the School Committee, was speaking on his long-running show "Let's Talk About It" that aired live on Tuesday night with guest co-host Edward Morandi.

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Homeless Encampments Springing Up in Pittsfield Parks

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Parks and Open Space Manager James McGrath fielded some of the parks commissioners' questions and concerns Tuesday about the influx of the homeless in the city parks — most notably in Springside Park.

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Moulton Resigns from North Adams City Council, School Committee

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A city councilor whose comments about COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter raised a firestorm of opposition has resigned from his public offices.

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Mount Greylock Proposing Fully Remote Learning for Most in High School

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Sophomores, juniors and seniors at Mount Greylock Regional School will begin the year with remote learning if the district moves forward with a plan favored by its interim superintendent.

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Adams' Fallen Heroes Banners Line Park Street

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"Banners for Fallen Heroes" is the endeavor of George Haddad and Selectman James Bush, who worked with volunteers and American Legion Post 160 to honor those from Adams who died in service for their country.

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Mount Greylock Elementary Schools Have Capacity for Full Classrooms

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The Mount Greylock Regional School District has room to welcome all its students back to its two elementary schools with six feet between desks, the district's interim superintendent said on Thursday.

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North Adams Committee Ends Pillar Art Issue on Solicitor's Opinion

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The sound sculpture underneath the Veterans Memorial Bridge has more legal standing than the so-called "pillar art," according to the city's legal counsel.

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Markey Talks Education, Health & Green New Deal in Campaign Swing

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U.S. Sen. Edward Markey made three stops in the Berkshires on Friday to speak on education, technology climate change, health care, racial justice and other issuing affecting the nation.

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Black Lives Matter North Adams Urges Speaking Out Against Hate

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The local Black Lives Matter group wants residents to know that they should not fear speaking up about hate speech and threats.

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Pittsfield Preservation Act Committee Recommends Four More Projects

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The Community Preservation Act Committee voted to send another four projects to the City Council for consideration.

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Massachusetts Residents Asked to Report Receipt of Unsolicited Seeds

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Random packages of seeds that appear to be from China have been appearing in mailboxes across the country. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and numerous agricultural agencies across the nation are warning people not to plant what could be an invasive species.

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Mount Greylock Offers Superintendent Post to Pittsfield's McCandless

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The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee Friday voted 6-0-1 to offer its vacant supinentendent post to current Pittsfield Superintendend Jason “Jake” McCandless.

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Cheshire Digs Deeper Into School Project, Sets Town Meeting Date

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The Board of Selectmen continue to keep the redevelopment of the former Cheshire School on the front boiler.

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Williamstown Planners Recommend Outdoor Pot Bylaw

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Although the board heard from both proponents and opponents of outdoor production during the hearing, it was clear that the winning argument came from the farmers: Marijuana is a legal cash crop that can potentially make their operations more economically viable.

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Connecticut Rescue Agrees to Take 2 Dogs at Risk for Euthanization

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The city's attorney, Gregg Corbo, said Torres had agreed to having Piglet put down and for Pretty Boy and the third dog, Crook, to be surrendered to the rescue organization and removed from the state of Massachusetts.

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State Updates Guidelines for Youth Sports

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The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Friday released its updated rules for amateur sports activities.

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Williamstown's Diversity Committee Holds First Meeting

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The Diversity, Inclusion, Race and Equity Committee held its inaugural meeting Monday evening and decided that, for the foreseeable future, the panel will meet on a weekly basis.

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Williamstown Ag Commission: Outdoor Pot Cultivation Could Help Farm Viability

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The Agricultural Commission on Monday discussed its strategy for convincing town meeting to approve a bylaw amendment that allows for the outdoor growth of marijuana under a strict regulatory regime.

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Pittsfield School Committee Eliminates Full In-School Opening Plan

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The School Committee agreed to eliminate a full in-school education model and asked the administration to continue developing a hybrid and remote model.

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Mount Greylock School Committee Denies OML Violation

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The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday said it did not violate the Open Meeting Law in the run-up to the departure of former Superintendent Kimberley Grady.

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Berkshires; More Rain Expected Thursday

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The National Weather Service has posted a severe thunderstorm warning until 10 p.m. for the Berkshires, eastern New York, northwestern Connecticut and Southern Vermont. Wind gusts could reach up to 70 mph in some areas.

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School Committee Takes Open Meeting Complaint to Exec Session

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At 12:06 p.m., the committee moved to executive session to consider its response to an OML complaint filed by the editor of iBerkshires.com.

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Pittsfield Licensing Board Approves Manager Change; Extends Permit

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The Licensing Board approved a change of manager for Mission Restaurant and allowed the International House of Tacos to hold onto its alcohol permit for a few more months.

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Pittsfield Planners Delay Downtown Homeless Shelter Vote

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The Community Development Board continued a hearing allowing more time to consider the development of a homeless shelter downtown.

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Southwestern Vermont Health Care Expands Advanced Breast Imaging Technology

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The funds purchased two Hologic Selenia Dimensions 3-D Mammography units. Both provide proven superior clinical performance compared with less recent technology.

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Williamstown Con Comm Contemplates Adding a Trail on Conserved Parcel

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At its July 9 meeting, the commission discussed a request from a former member of its body to install a trail on the Deans Lot, a 47-acre parcel off White Oaks Road.

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Pittsfield Police Advisory Review Board to Discuss Eliminating Chokeholds

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The Police Advisory Review Board will discuss possibly eliminating chokeholds at its next scheduled meeting.

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PopCares, Line Dancers Hold Get Well Parade for Mancuso

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At least 70 friends and family had gathered in the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art parking lot behind Big Y with get-well signs, balloons and flowers to surprise Mancuso, who had recently been in the hospital.

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Berkshires Beat: Mahaiwe, Simon's Rock Offer Drive-In Movie Theater

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Gates will open each night at 7:45 p.m., with previews and shorts starting at 8:30 p.m. and featured movies beginning at 9 p.m.

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Governor Launches Mask Awareness Campaign After COVID-19 Outbreaks

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House parties, camps and other large gatherings are being blamed for as contributing to "a slight but important rise" in positive cases in Massachusetts.

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Adams Continues Ban on Tag & Garage Sales

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Although the practice has been reinstated by the governor as part of Phase III of his COVID-19 reopening plan, the town of Adams has yet to allow tag sales within its borders. Hours after a brightly colored sign goes up on a utility pole advertising a tag sale, it is often being removed.

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North Adams Council Seeks Candidates for Vacant Seat

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The City Council is looking for applicants interested in filling out the final year of a two-year term.

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Governor Signs Order Requiring Travelers to Isolate 14 Days

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The new travel order, outlined on the state's website, carries a $500 per day fine for anyone violating the rule, which goes into effect on Aug. 1.

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Mount Greylock Super Recommends Delayed Start, Hybrid Instruction

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Robert Putnam on Tuesday delivered two virtual "fireside chats" for members of the school community to discuss the current state of planning for the resumption of classes after in-person instruction ended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Williamstown Conservation Commission OKs Patch Work on Route 43

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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation this month will do some repair work on Route 43, but a full rebuild of Water Street south of Latham Street is still several years away.

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Speakable Adjustable Mask Wins Lever Pitch Challenge

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Speakeasy Travel Supply won the Lever COVID-19 Intrapreneur Challenge Pitch Competition with its speakable adjustable mask.

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Off-Road Vehicle Group Tries to Make Case for Mount Greylock Trails

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The council had one agenda item Thursday during a remote meeting and only discussed ways to resolve illegal ORV use on the state reservation, including designated areas where it would be legal.

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Pittsfield Police Chief Says Too Soon Assess Budget Cut Impact

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Police Chief Michael Wynn told the Police Advisory and Review Board that it is still too soon to tell how the reduced budget will affect operations.

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