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Pittsfield Councilors Reject Putting Marijuana Ban on Ballot
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — City officials say the vote on recreational marijuana has already been taken and it doesn't need to go before voters again.   The City Council's Ordinance and Rules Committee rejected on Monday a petition from local attorney William Barry requesting a ban on recreational marijuana establishments.
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Gubernatorial Candidate Warren Touts Experience, Ideas
Mayor Warren took a swing through the Berkshires last week. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Setti Warren wants to bring his brand of management — budgets based on outcomes and consensus building — to Beacon Hill to fix the state's economic woes. During his eight years as mayor of Newton, he righted that city of
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BArT Students Look Skyward on First Day of School
  ADAMS, Mass. — It's not every day an astronomical event coincides with the first day of school.    But for Berkshire Arts and Technology Public Charter School students, Monday's partial eclipse was a chance to view something special together before dismissal.   "This is
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Pittsfield Warns Of Aggressive Foxes
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Health Department is telling homeowners to be on the lookout for aggressive foxes.   The Health Department said a resident was bitten by a fox in the area of Wahconah Street, specifically near Dower Square, over the weekend. That fox was captured but health officials are asking residents to use
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Berkshires Beat: Jacob's Pillow Opens New Studio Building
Pillow talk: Jacob's Pillow Dance celebrated the opening of the Perles Family Studio at an official ribbon cutting ceremony on Aug. 18. The Pillow's 85th Anniversary Festival Finale, on Aug. 26, will be the first event in the brand new space, which marks the first major on-site construction project at the Pillow since 1992. The
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Biz Briefs: Sotheby's International Sets Record in Berkshire County with Highest Sale Since 2013
Charming cottage: William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty has announced the record sale of a 6,934 square-foot mansion in Lenox, Mass. – the highest sale in the region since 2013. The Federal-style home was listed and sold by Lenox agent Dan Alden for $3,575,000. This property, "Thistlewood," was part of the famous
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Pittsfield Rallies Against Hate, Racism
President of the local NAACP chapter Dennis Powell was the keynote speaker. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hundreds of local residents joined at Park Square on Saturday in protest of hate and racism.   Organized by the activist's group Indivisible Pittsfield, demonstrators carried signs, broke into protest songs,
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Mass MoCA Announces Fall Season Works, Performances
Nick Cave's 'Until' closes on Sept. 4 after nearly a year in Building 5. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — For the sixth year running, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art heads into the fall with the 7th annual FreshGrass Festival on Sept. 15-17, a weekend devoted to bluegrass and progressive roots music and wraps up
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Berkshire Athenaeum Honors Youth Short Story Contest Winners
Author Jana Laiz shared her own personal story as a young writer to now a published author of multiple books. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As a child, Jana Laiz didn't like to read.   She loved to write but she didn't like to read, despite her mother's attempts to get her to do so. And then one day, a
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Superior Court Briefs: Aug. 14 - Aug 17
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Monday, August 14.   Candace Mateo, 37, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on two counts of illegal ownership of a firearm, two counts of possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a
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