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Mount Greylock Negotiating to Modify COVID-19 Agreement with Union

The next regular meeting of the School Committee is Feb. 11, but it was clear from the public comments at the start of last week's meeting that some in the community are unwilling to wait until the middle of next month for a revision to the MOU that allowed classes to begin in September.

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Pittsfield Health Subcommittee Asks for Update on GE Cancer Study

After receiving a presentation about environmental monitoring activities from the problematic landfills that abut Allendale Elementary School, the City Council's Public Health and Safety subcommittee requested that the state Department of Public Health provide an updated study on cancer cases in that area.

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Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID-19 at ServiceNet Shelter

The employee was asymptomatic and had not been to work since Wednesday of last week, Senior Vice President of Shelter & Housing Jay Sacchetti said.

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Pittsfield's Trattoria Rustica Granted 30-day Inspection Certificate

At Thursday's Licensing Board meeting, the owner of Trattoria Rustica Davide Manzo was granted a temporary 30-day building inspection certificate by Building Commissioner Jeffrey Clemons. Manzo's eatery is due for an inspection of the sprinkler system and he hasn't been able to get hold of building owners Cavalier Management on the matter.

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New Police Chief Takes Command in Adams

Kelley was sworn in on Tuesday morning in front of Town Hall, the town's third police chief in less than year. He particularly thanked his immediate predecessor Troy Bacon, along with Town Administrator Jay Green and Selectmen Chairwoman Christine Hoyt, for ensuring a seamless transition in leadership.

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Construction Ashuwillticook Rail Trail Extension to Pittsfield Begins

Berkshire County's rail trail will continue into Pittsfield in the next year and then through South County in the future. In mid-December, construction began on the extension of the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail that will connect Adams to Pittsfield.

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McCann to Hold Virtual Open House for Prospective Students

Principal Justin Kratz told the School Committee last Thursday that instead of inviting area eighth-graders to the school for the annual showcase and look at after-school programming, the school's recruitment efforts will be virtual.

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Pittsfield First-Responders Receive Moderna Vaccine

Police Chief Michael Wynn said 70 percent of police personnel expressed interest in vaccination and another 5 to 10 percent were on the fence and decided to wait and see how their colleagues responded to it.

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Bennington Police Investigating Homicide

Police have taken a suspect into custody in the homicide and recovered a weapon believed to be used in the attack. Neither the victim or suspect's have been released by authorities.

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NBCC Honors Ansari with 2021 Peacemaker Award

The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition recognized Ansari with its 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Peacemaker Award in an announcement posted on the non-profit's Facebook page on Monday afternoon.

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NAACP to Host Virtual Freedom Fund Awards

The yearly event raises funds to provide stipends to students of color in Berkshire County that are planning on attending college or trade school the following year. Last year, 10 students received stipends in the amounts of $500 or $1,000, amounts dependent on if they were going to school locally or further away.

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Pittsfield Councilors Ask for Accountability on Police Grants

Ward 1 Councilor Helen Moon and Councilor at Large Earl Persip III pointed out the need for accountability at last week's council meeting in regard to the city's acceptance of a $233,940 Support and Incentive grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.

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Update: Sheffield Fatal Fire Accidental

Wednesday morning around 5:49 a.m, multiple neighbors called 911 and reported a structure fire at 1715 Hewins St. Multiple agencies responded minutes later to find the home fully engulfed in flames.

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City of Pittsfield Rolls Out New COVID-19 Vaccination Information Hotline

The hotline, which can be accessed by calling 413-449-5575.

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Williams College Tightens COVID-19 Restrictions Ahead of Spring Term

The bottom line: students will face tighter restrictions due to the nature of the winter season, the current spread of the novel coronavirus nationwide and the increase in the number of students planning to be on campus.

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Pittsfield Council Gets Report on Parking, Plowing for December Storm

Commissioner of Public Services and Utilities Ricardo Morales told the City Council last week that Pittsfield has been short-staffed for contractors. The number of contractors that sign up for work with the city has reportedly dwindled in the past three years, the city faced shortages in 2018, 2019, and 2020.

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Adams Advertising Community Development Director Post Again

Town Administrator Jay Green said last week that the finalist candidate, to be ratified by the Selectmen, had informed the town that he was withdrawing his name for "personal reasons."

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Holiday Hours: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is being celebrated Monday, Jan. 18.

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Pittsfield Council Rejects Call to Refer Investigations of Restaurants

The council last week rejected another petition from Ward 7 Councilor Anthony Maffuccio, this one requesting the Licensing Board review any alleged COVID-19 violations.

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Drury Graduate to Direct Horror Film in North Adams

A Drury High School graduate is hoping to bring his dream or, more appropriately, his nightmare to film life.

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Pittsfield Gets $475K for Second Installment of Block Grant Funds

In total, the city has received $1,264,444. The first allocation was accepted by the City Council on April 28, 2020. These two allocations are separate and in addition to the city's annual entitlement allocation.

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Anheuser-Busch, Girardi Distributors Donate Water to Clarksburg Firefighters

Anheuser-Busch and Girardi Distributors delivered canned emergency drinking water to the Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Department.

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Community Recreation Association To Hold Food Drive

Donations collected during the drive will support the St. Agnes and the United Methodist Church Food Banks in Dalton and The First Congregational Church Food Bank in Hinsdale.

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Williamstown Housing Trust Looks to Spread Word About Rental Assistance Program

The board of the Affordable Housing Trust on Wednesday talked about how it can reach more potential beneficiaries of its emergency rental assistance program and how it can structure a companion program for homeowners.

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Berkshires Could See Mix of Rain/Snow Overnight

The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., issued the advisory effective from midnight to 10 a.m. on Saturday with warnings of slippery roads in the morning.

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