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Age-Friendly Berkshires Highlights Successes, Launches Video

After a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle and later died, the senior citizens of Great Barrington were scared to walk. Emergency management from Fairview then crafted a program to purchase reflective vests to hand out to those walking, to help make them feel a little safer. Police cruisers will pull over and offer them to the pedestrian. The vests are available at the council on agings and events. It is one effort to help the aging population be a little, a little healthier by continuing to wa

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Coalition Celebrates Another Year of Building Community

Parts of that hole, however, could be filled by the inspiring and uplifting words of the speakers who came to the podium on Friday to share what the idea of "building community" the theme of the meeting, complete with a Lego brick motif and cake meant to them.

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BCAC Celebrates Accomplishments at Annual Meeting

Nancy Wagman, the Kids Count director of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, gave a presentation to the more than 100 guests gathered at Berkshire Hills Country Club on Friday that went back in time to show when and how poverty started winning the war that President Lyndon Johnson declared on it in the 1960s.

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Downtown Pittsfield Inc. Celebrates Successes at Annual Meeting

Something new, something old, and something colorful. The awards given out at Downtown Pittsfield Inc.'s annual meeting this year represented a range of what has been happening in the downtown, whether that be the efforts of those behind Berkshire Pride Festival which brings nearly a thousand people to the common or Carr Hardware's 90 years of business to the First Friday Arts Walk that continually drives foot traffic.

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Adams Fire District Say No to Full-Time Fire Chief

The Fire District voted to keep the status quo and shot down the proposition to increase the fire chief position to full time.

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BFAIR Celebrates Opportunities for Clients at Annual Meeting

Dorwin, a North Adams resident and graduate of McCann Technical School's culinary arts program, was born with Down's syndrome. But her audience was reminded on Friday morning that her condition is just one aspect of her personality and not one that has held her back.

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Adams Fire District to Decide on Full-Time Fire Chief, Firefighter

The proposed fiscal 2020 budget of $2,177,361 is down 21 percent from this year's budget of $2,777,800 but it does include the additions of a full-time fire chief position and a single full-time firefighter position.

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Hoosic River Revival Founder Grinnell Steps Down

Judith Grinnell and some of the organization's longest-serving members passed the torch on Wednesday to a new board and new Executive Director Jason LaForest with a mission to continue their work.

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1Berkshire Annual Meeting Remembers Klefos, Looks to Year Ahead

The annual meeting included a marketplace of members showing off their wares from educational institutions to chocolatiers and a breakdown of the initiatives and events of the past year, along with a reorganization of officers.

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Louison House Sees Challenges, Restoration in Year Ahead

Louison House is there for people who have lost a job, lost a home, or just need shelter because of circumstances beyond their control. It offers 24-hour shelter; clothing, food and furniture; life skills training; referrals to support services; support in moving to permanent housing; tenant advocacy; career and education planning, and counseling.

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NAMI Marks 34 Years, Presents Awards to Mental Health Advocates

Police Director Michael Cozzaglio said the training has given his officers another "tool in the toolbox" and he is fully behind the program.

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Heroes Unite Community at Coalition's Annual Meeting

Former North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright, who has been collecting myriad honors and awards since leaving office in January after eight years as mayor, was given the Northern Berkshire Hero Award at the Coalition's annual meeting at the Williams Inn.

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Williamstown Fire District Passes All Articles

About 20 voters attended the brief meeting in the Williamstown Elementary School cafeteria, where district officials asked for approval of a $480,751 spending plan for fiscal 2019.

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BCAC Celebrates Collaboration at Annual Meeting

On May 4, Berkshire Community Action Council, one of the founding members of the partnership that is now 30-plus members strong, celebrated the ideas of collaboration and community at its annual meeting at the Berkshire Hills Country Club.

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BFAIR Celebrates Successes, Advocates at Annual Breakfast

Chris May has a resume that is tough to rival. He's a professional photographer. He's won the sportsmanship award on his high school track team. He's traveled the world. He's met David Ortiz. He's testified in front of Senators and Congressmen advocating for funding on behalf of the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress.

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Berkshire County Arc Recognizes Achievement at Annual Breakfast

Berkshire County Arc celebrated the efforts of clients like the Mozos and its employees on Friday morning and helped the Berkshire delegation get an idea of how critical the agency is in the lives of some of the county's most vulnerable.

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Louison House Annual Meeting Shows Hope, Progress

The past year has been one of significant change for the Louison House. New director, new board members and, quite literally, a trial by fire for its Victorian headquarters. So Thursday morning the nonprofit shelter for the homeless held its first annual breakfast meeting in some time to share what Louison House has been doing with the community and its many area partners.

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