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North Adams Happenings: Oct. 16-22

On November 2nd, three weeks before FESTIVE, come to gWorks to dance in disguise at our MASQUERADE Halloween costume party! Doors open at 8pm !

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Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs 2019

Have an event to add? Email us at info@iberkshires.com.

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Be Creative When Withdrawing from Retirement Accounts

Keeping in mind that the withdrawals are generally fully taxable at your personal income tax rate, are there some particularly smart ways in which you can use the money to help your family or, possibly, a charitable organization?

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Trick-or-Treat, Halloween Events 2019

Below is a list of towns holding trick-or-treat hours and/or events on Halloween.

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North Adams Library Looks Into Cariddi Beacon

Trustee Chairwoman Robin Martin told the rest of the board last week that she has solicited input from the public and those close to Cariddi and there was a consensus that something visual should be done to memorialize the late state representative at the library.

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Helping Hands Founder Gathers Group to Tackle Homelessness

And now Honig and a group of other regular contributors on the page are targeting one specific need in the community: resources for those without housing stability. That grew from a post on the page where someone was searching for a tent to provide shelter while they were without permanent housing.

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McCann Scores High on MCAS Tests

On the math portion of the test, McCann claimed a 94 percent passing rate; the state average is 91 percent.

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Dalton CRA Holds 23rd Annual Just for Kicks Tournament

The hosts from Dalton won two divisions and placed two more teams in the finals of six divisions at the 23rd annual youth soccer CRA Just for Kicks Tournament over the weekend.

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Mount Greylock Parents Split on Merging Winter & Spring Vacations

Mount Greylock's director of academic technology reported on results of a survey to gauge support for revising the school calendar to consolidate the February and April vacation weeks into a single week off in March.

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Innovation Center on Schedule For January Opening

The center's Executive Director Ben Sosne gave a brief update to the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority last week and said board should expect a grand opening in the first half of January.

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Williamstown Playground Project Nearing Completion

Last week, the poured rubber surfacing was scheduled to be laid at the new playground at Linear Park, off Water Street, and one of the volunteers helping lead the project said the hope is that the site will be ready for youngsters before the end of the fall.

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Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Mulls Possible Expansion

The possible inclusion of North Adams and Dalton would be especially convenient this year as both municipalities' solid waste contracts expire on June 30, the same date as the district's.

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Williams Volleyball Earns Five-Set Win at Home

Erin Denham had 22 kills Saturday to lead the Williams College volleyball team to a five-set win over Colby.

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Edge, MCLA Men Earn MASCAC Shutout

Mount Greylock Regional School graduate Sam Edge made four saves Saturday to earn a shutout as the MCLA men's soccer team earned its first MASCAC win of the season, 1-0, at Worcester State.

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Mount Greylock Considering Universal Pre-Kindergarten

Locally, Grady said she sees concerning trends of declining pre-kindergarten enrollment and assessment scores among incoming kindergarteners that indicate greater need.

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Pittsfield City Council Accepts Grant Funds For Electric Car

Kerwood said the car has been ordered and the $34,000 allocation was approved in the fiscal 2020 budget and was purchased through parking revenue.

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Letter: Tom Bernard for North Adams Mayor

Tom Bernard, the mayor of North Adams, shows up. Everywhere. And he would do more if only there were more hours in a day.

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Letter: Susan B Anthony Statue Should Be Placed at Town Hall

However, I am really concerned about hiding the Susan B. Anthony statue there where few people traveling through Adams will be able to see the great statue of their native daughter.

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State Briefs: Last Mile Funding, Grant Awards

Blandford was awarded a Last Mile Infrastructure Grant worth $1.04 million in 2018 to deliver broadband access to residents.

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MCAS Results Mixed for Hoosac Valley Regional School District

Standardized test results were a mixed bag for the Hoosac Valley Regional School and although there was some progress, the district was penalized because of incomplete data.

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Adams Committee Raising Money for Susan B. Anthony Celebration

Adams is taking the lead nationally in recognizing Anthony as she was born on East Road in 1820.

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Northern Berkshire United Way Kicks off 2019-20 Campaign

Much of that will be directed back to NBUW's 20 member agencies, but Collier on Thursday also wanted to highlight some of the other work the agency had been doing above and beyond those allocations.

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Welcome to Wayfair: Dignitaries, Business Leaders Celebrate Opening

The international home decor company's new $5 million call center will employ upwards of 300 people in the coming months in a newly renovated section of the Clock Tower Building fully furnished, of course, with Wayfair products.

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Berkshires Beat: Tanglewood to Offer Year-Round Programming

This change is enabled by the the development of Tanglewood's new Linde Center for Music and Learning, which was launched in the summer of 2019.

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2019 Fall Foliage Festival Leaf Hunt Clues

The annual Fall Foliage Leaf hunt, a traditional popular feature of Fall Foliage Festival Week, including three sets of GPS coordinates for GEOcaching fans, starts Saturday, Sept. 28.