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Adams Places Restrictions on Summer Street Bars

The Selectmen set some restrictions last Thursday with the bars' management after mounting issues in the Summer and Victory Street area.

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North Adams License Board Advises Against Home-Rule Petition

David Atwell, owner of Dave's Package Store at the corner of Eagle and River streets, had approached the commission seeking information about how he could gain a license to sell hard liquor.

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Former Pittsfield Councilor Urges Licensing Board to Be Tougher

Former City Councilor Joseph Guzzo wants the Licensing Board to be a little tougher. Guzzo attended Monday's meeting to express his frustration with the board's recent decision when it comes to license violations. Particularly, Guzzo dislikes the board's recent decision to suspend A-Mart's license but only after the holidays.

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A-Mart's Liquor License Suspended After The Holidays

A-Mart won't be selling alcohol for three days ... after the holidays. The Licensing Board sanctioned the North Street package store with the suspension relating back to an incident in May. In July, the board had punished A-Mart with a three-day suspension for the incident in which an intoxicated person was sold more alcohol at the store.

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Methuselah's Liquor License Suspended Following Overcrowding

Methuselah Bar and Lounge will be closed for the next five days after the Licensing Board issued a suspension Monday afternoon. The board issued the suspension after the Police Department found about double the amount of people inside the bar than its occupancy.

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Williamstown Select Board Weighs Potential Enforcement for Future Alcohol Violations

The board decided to authorize Town Manager Jason Hoch to send a letter to the businesses that failed to notify them of the board's concern and its intention to take action if one of the establishments is found in violation again in the next 12 months.

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Rusty Anchor Challenging Pittsfield Building Inspectors' Ruling

The Rusty Anchor is appealing to the state after local building inspectors have characterized its second floor as a nightclub. Owners Scott Graves and Paul Messana had just finished renovating the second-floor space at the private marina and are hoping to use it for such events as baby showers or anniversary get-together. But, the city's Building Department says it is need to make significantly more investments into the fire safety system because by definition the use of that space is for a "

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North Adams Alcohol Retailers Will See Compliance Checks This Summer

Instead, the coalition's NB21 prevention program found younger children were more likely to access alcohol in the home or through acquaintances than attempt underage purchases. But that doesn't mean compliance checks of retailers still aren't important.

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Selectmen to Skyline: Events Are Getting Out of Control

The Selectmen has a message for the Skyline Country Club: the parties are starting to get out of hand. Skyline owner Jim Mitus has been leasing the clubhouse to a local event organizers Mad Crew three or four nights a year for the last few years. During each of the last three events, however, police had to respond to an array of issues. Town officials had somewhat of an intervention on Monday as they asked Mitus to keep a closer eye on those parties.

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Owner of Nudel Looks to Reopen The Lantern in Pittsfield

The chef and owner of Nudel, in Lenox, is looking to re-open the Lantern. The Licensing Board gave its approval for Bjorn Somlo to take over the liquor license. The property is being bought by Mill Town Capital, under 449 North Street RE, LLC., and Somlo is hoping to re-open the restaurant

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Adams Ale House Slated to Reopen Under New Management

The Adams Ale House is slated to reopen under new management after months of being closed. Pub owner Nathan Girard on Wednesday told the Board of Selectmen that he plans to lease the building to a group that will run it under the same name.

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Freight Yard Pub Owners Opening 2nd North Adams Restaurant

Sean and Colleen Taylor have run Freight Yard Pub in Western Gateway Heritage State Park for 25 years. They hope to transfer that success to the Trail House by offering familiar, American food but with enough of a difference for the Trail House to stand alone.

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Two Pittsfield Convenience Stores Eyed to Re-open; Lach's Get New Manager

The owner of the former Dalton Ave. Variety is now looking to re-open in a gas station on South Street. Saurin Shah told the Licensing Board of Monday that he hopes to re-open his business in the former BP station across from Haddad on South Street in the coming months. He said he will be leasing the space and another entity is looking to rebuild the gas station.

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