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Blowtorch Ignites Exterior of Pittsfield Home
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The outside of a Second Street home was damaged on Monday after it was accidentally ignited with a blowtorch. Firefighters responded to a reported structure fire at 125 Second St. at about 5:30 p.m. and found smoke and a blaze coming from the front of the single-family home. With quick work, the first
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Free Webinar Looks at the Intersection of Smoking and Food Insecurity
DALTON, Mass. — Smokers, on average, pay about $11 for a pack of cigarettes. So, if they stop, lower-income smokers should have more money. Right?    But the calculation isn't that simple when other stress factors are considered, such as food insecurity.    "You have to understand that when
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Pittsfield Subcommittee Supports 5 Percent COLA Cap
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is looking to cap its cost of living adjustment after the consumer price index reached 7.5 percent in January. On Monday, the Ordinances and Rules subcommittee unanimously voted to cap the COLA at 5 percent for non-union employees. It will go to the full City Council next week for a final
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New England Public Media Wants to Hear From Listeners
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Museum is the next stop on the New England Public Media summer listening tour.    The in-person event will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.    The events are free and open to the public; food and refreshments will be provided along with a door prize
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Pittsfield Historical Commission Vote to Urge Miss Hall to Preserve the Weston House
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Historical Commission on Monday voted to give the nearly 200-year-old Weston House at Miss Hall's School "preferable preserve" status after an extensive discussion between the public and the commissioner.   The private school on Holmes Road is considering demolishing the structure, saying
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Lanesborough Police Department Moves to Temporary Location
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Lanesborough Police Department has officially moved to its temporary location at 545 South Main St., as the department still waits for a brand-new station.    The department's been slowly transferring items in over the past days and, with Monday's installation of a landline, the police
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Administrators Push for Taconic's Transition to All Vocational
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — District leaders continue to push for Taconic to become a vocational school, reporting that the four-year-old facility is quickly outgrowing the secondary model. The School Committee at its last meeting continued this conversation that started about two years ago.  In March, it was recommended that the school
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Pittsfield Walmart Reopens After Coolant Leak
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Walmart store at Berkshire Crossing was closed for hours Monday morning for a coolant leak.    According to a Fire Department report, an employee accidentally damaged a freon line to one of the large commercial refrigeration units. Firefighters initiated a Tier 1 hazardous materials action and
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Bird Scooters Popular Transit Alternative for Pittsfield Downtown
People have been shifting their Bird use from joyriding to work and errands over the past three months.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When the Bird electric scooters swooped into Pittsfield back in April there were some that cheered the effort but more than few quickly took to Facebook to prophesy disaster —
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Two-Alarm Fire Damages Pittsfield Duplex
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Saturday night two-alarm fire caused significant damage to half of a Morningside duplex. There were no injuries reported. The Fire Department responded at about 6 p.m. to a report of smoke coming from the windows of 42-44 Myrtle St. at the corner of Hull Street. Firefighters found the kitchen of the
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