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North Adams City Council Seeking Legal Opinion on Pillar Art

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Councilors voted unanimously to send a request from Councilors Jason LaForest and Marie T. Harpin to test the viability of the repainted art to the General Government Committee with the amendment it would formulate questions for the city solicitor.

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North Adams City Council Asked to Intercede in 'Pillar Art' Stalemate

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Councilors Marie T. Harpin and Jason Laforest are asking that the council order that pillars under the Veterans Memorial Bridge be tested to determine if the artwork that was painted over nearly three years ago can be restored.

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North Adams OKs Restaurant at Greylock Works

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The Planning Board on Monday night approved the addition of the restaurant, The Break Room, to the renovated mill space on State Road.

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Williamstown DPW Worker Rescued in Snowplow Accident

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A Department of Public Works employee was treated and released from the hospital Sunday morning after his snow plow went off the road and down an embankment in South Williamstown, police said Sunday afternoon.

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Lanesborough Police Chief Retiring, Taxes Dropping

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Police Chief Timothy Sorrell will be retiring after serving five years in the position.

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North Adams Mayor Updates Council on Public Safety Roof Fiasco

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Blue tarps had become a permanent part of the decor at the public safety building over the years. The aged structure's leaky roof has posed a danger to first responders and their very expensive equipment.

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North Berkshire MLK Committee Recognizes Adams Selectman

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This year's awardee is Adams Selectman James "Jim" Bush, whose name will join his 26 predecessors on the plaque.

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Medicare For All Bill Slowly Building Support in Massachusetts

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State Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa, 1st Hampshire District, sees the potential for the Bay State to follow the Canadian province's groundbreaking example in 1962 of being the first to provide single-payer health care to its citizens.

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Four Freedoms March Again Draws Large Crowd to Pittsfield

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The annual Four Freedoms March is held to acknowledge the four freedoms that were outlined by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a State of the Union address nearly 80 years ago.

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BHS, Williams College Collaborate on Retail Pharmacy on Spring Street

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The Williamstown Apothecary is scheduled to open in early spring, following the completion of renovations to the property being undertaken by Berkshire Health Systems and municipal permitting.

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Pittsfield ZBA Continues Seymour Street Marijuana Cultivator Hearing

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The brief meeting on Wednesday was to act on the request of proposed indoor marijuana cultivators who asked to continue the hearing until February.

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North Adams Councilors Tour Sullivan School

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The Finance Committee took a tour of the building on Tuesday afternoon to get a better sense of the condition of the J. Stanley Sullivan Elementary School as the City Council has been weighing an offer on the property made more than two months ago.

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Veteran Spotlight: Marine Cpl. Keil Did Tour in Afghanistan

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Mitchell Keil served his country from 2006 to 2010 in the Marine Corps. A graduate of Wahconah Regional High School in Dalton, he was sent to basic training at the famed Parris Island in North Carolina.

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Adams' Fallen Heroes Project Finds A Sponsor

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Selectman James Bush is part of the group and had trouble believing what he was hearing when he got the call from Senior Vice President of Lending Maureen Baran.

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Williamstown Planning Board Weighing New Pot Bylaw

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The Planning Board last week heard from several residents who want it to prohibit outdoor production of marijuana in the language of an updated bylaw the board intends to send to May's annual town meeting.

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10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival Returns in February

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The expanded 9th annual 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival returns to cure those winter blues this February with a new emphasis on outdoor recreation.

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Pittsfield Receives Insurance Grant to Inspect Parks

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The city received a $10,000 grant from the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association to inspect all playgrounds and provide inspection trainings.

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Barrett Tells Williamstown Select Board Rail Service 'Feasible'

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Barrett stopped by the panel's twice-monthly meeting to give an update on a variety of legislative issues, and he said transportation generally is perhaps the No. 1 area where the state action can benefit the Berkshires.

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Pittsfield Panel Continues Marijuana Zoning Restriction Decision

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The Community Development Board continued a hearing giving it more time to consider a zoning amendment that would essentially eliminate outdoor marijuana cultivation in residential neighborhoods.

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Pittsfield City Council May Reconsider Subcommittees

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Councilors Helen Moon, Keven Morandi, and Chris Connell voted against the assignments and asked Council President Peter Marchetti to reconsider his selections.

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Pittsfield Public Works Subcommittee Recommend Recycling Contract

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The proposed five-year dual stream contract with the DEP and WM Recycle America would designate the Springfield Materials Recycling Facility as the city's recycling processing facility as it has done for the past two decades.

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Adams Gets Good News on Tax Collection Rates

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The Selectmen had asked Treasurer/Tax Collector Kelly Rice for a general health check of the town's collection progress at a meeting earlier this month and were pleased to hear her say on Wednesday that the numbers are generally positive.

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Snow on the Way; Preview for Southern Vermont on Wednesday

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The National Weather Service's Albany, N.Y., has issued the advisory beginning Wednesday at 10 p.m. through Thursday at 7 p.m. Snowfall across much of Vermont could reach 3 to 5 inches with more expected in the higher elevations, along with gusty winds.

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Price Rite Marketplace Shows Off Remodel to Happy Customers

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The 25-year-old grocery chain is rebranding all of its Massachusetts locations with a goal of an improved customer experience.

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Pittsfield City Councilor Brings 16 Petitions to Meeting

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Newly elected Ward 7 Councilor Anthony Maffuccio started his term with a slate of 16 petitions ranging from simple municipal updates to new initiatives.

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Dancecapade Members Return From Disney World

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Dancecapade owner Jaclyn Grabicki brought 11 of her dancers to the Florida theme park in mid-December to perform alongside 45 other studios.

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