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Guest Column: Massachusetts Can Help End Campus Violence
By Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Guest Column
01:25PM / Thursday, April 05, 2018
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), an annual campaign to raise public awareness about sexual assault and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. Sexual assault on college campuses is a national public health crisis. Statistics show that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college nationally. During their time at college, 43 percent of women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors and 13 percent of women report being stalked.   To put things in perspective in our state, more than a half a million students are enrolled in a Massachusetts institution of higher education. In 2014, there were 283 reports

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State Senate Passes Short-Term Rental Bill
01:20PM / Thursday, April 05, 2018

BOSTON — State Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, said the state Senate on Wednesday passed S. 2381, An Act regulating and insuring short-term rentals. The bill expands the scope of the state's room occupancy excise tax and local option excise tax to include short-term transient accommodations.

"Short-term rentals have immense impact in the Berkshires and on cities and towns across the commonwealth," said Hinds. "I'm pleased that the Senate bill expands local control over short-term rental services and ensures that these services are competing in a fair and balanced hospitality market."

The legislation would generate an estimated $34.5 million and $25.5

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Jobs
by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
Instead of bickering about parking get a industry in North Adams with higher paying jobs than all the service jobs we have now. Is anyone on the commitee out there looking for any industries to come
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Berkshire County Sixth-Graders 'Go to College'
03:41PM / Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Williamstown Elementary sixth-graders listen to a presentation about the Finonacci sequence - using pine cones, which they got to mark to see the sequence for themselves - on Wednesday at Berkshire Community College during the Berkshire County Goes to College Day.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — More than 1,000 sixth-grade students from around Berkshire County are visiting college campuses this month for the 12th annual Berkshire County Goes to College Day, sponsored by the Berkshire Compact for Education and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

MCLA, Berkshire Community College, Williams College and Simon's Rock College of Bard all will host students for sessions on college life

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North Adams Happenings: April 4-10
03:10PM / Wednesday, April 04, 2018
North Adams Happenings: April 4 - 10   Save the

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Wahconah to Present 'Mary Poppins'
02:34PM / Wednesday, April 04, 2018

DALTON, Mass. — The Wahconah Regional High School Apollonian Players will present the Broadway musical version of "Mary Poppins" on Friday, April 6, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 7, at 1 and 7 p.m.

This "practically perfect" musical is based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film.

The jack-of-all trades, Bert (Anthony Coviello), introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. George Banks (Joe Willson) and his wife Winnifred (Julia Drury) are at a loss as to how to properly raise their children in a society that expects them to live up to a particular status. Young Jane (Anna Duquette) and Michael (Aiden Betit) have sent

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Should You Make Extra Mortgage Payments or Boost Your Investments?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:36PM / Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Every month, you pay your mortgage. And, depending on your circumstances, you may be able to afford to put in additional payments – perhaps sizable ones. But should you? Or, if you really have the extra money, should you invest it?

Initially, you might think it would be quite nice to rid yourself of that mortgage sooner, rather than later. But is it really the burden it seems?

Actually, you get some real benefits from a mortgage. It certainly provides something of great value to you – your home. If you got your mortgage – or refinanced your home – within the past decade or so, you are borrowing money at a pretty favorable interest rate, by historical standards.

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North Adams School Committee Sets Date With Adams-Cheshire
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:39AM / Wednesday, April 04, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee has set a tentative meeting for Monday, April 9, with the members of the Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee to enter into discussions about the possibility of sharing a superintendent.   The talks are coming on the heels of the looming retirement of Adams-Cheshire's superintendent and a push toward collaborations between districts encouraged by the research of the Berkshire County Education Task Force.    The Adams-Cheshire committee on Monday reviewed a brief report on sharing leadership by District Management Group, a fast-tracked portion of a feasibility study on sharing a range of services that is being funded by a

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Labor Board to Hear Complaints Against BMC
Staff Reports,
05:07PM / Tuesday, April 03, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The National Labor Relations Board will hear three cases against Berkshire Medical Center.   The local chapter of the Massachusetts Nurses Association had filed a handful of unfair labor relations complaints with the hospital over contract negotiations. The labor board has now determined that three of them have enough merit to be heard.   "We have been trying to negotiate a fair contract that ensures high-quality patient care since October 2016," said Alex Neary, co-chair of the nursing union's local bargaining committee.    "These National Labor Relations Board findings show that while we have been negotiating in good faith,

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BRTA Sets Hearings on Service and Fare Changes
02:53PM / Tuesday, April 03, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority is planning to increase Charlie Card fares and reduce routes because of proposed budget cuts at the state level that has created a nearly $400,000 deficit.   The BRTA, the main public transportation unit serving the Berkshires, is facing an operational budget deficit of $378,400 for the upcoming fiscal year. Transit officials statewide say $88 million is needed to properly fund RTAs after four years of nearly level funding.   The proposed options for the Fixed Route bus service would be to: discontinue the 4:30 p.m. trip on Bus Route 21 Express; eliminate Bus Route 3S, adding demand stops on Bus Route 3 to

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Nomination Papers Available for Clarksburg Annual Town Election
12:38PM / Tuesday, April 03, 2018
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The annual town election will be held on Tuesday, May 29.    There are 10 offices up for election this year, including two seats on the Board of Selectmen.   One of the seats will see its third election in as many years. William G. Schrade was re-elected to the three-year seat in 2016 but had to step down because he moved; last year, Carlyle "Chip" Chesbro Jr. was elected to fill out the last two years of the office but he, too, resigned because of other responsibilities.   The seat will be up for election again to fill out the final year of the term along with the three-year seat currently held by Jeffrey Levanos.   There will

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Pittsfield's Nolan Earns MASCAC Honor at MCLA
09:47PM / Monday, April 02, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- MCLA senior right-hander Liam Nolan was selected as the MASCAC Pitcher of the Week after not allowing a run in two appearances for the Trailblazers.    Nolan was joined on the weekly honor sheet by a pair of Westfield State Owls. Colin Dunn was named the conference's player of the week while Vincenzo Camera earned the MASCAC Rookie of the Week.   Pittsfield’s Nolan appeared in two games last week coming out of the bullpen for 2/3 of an inning against Springfield, but then went the distance in a commanding 2-0 win over Framingham State. Nolan went all seven innings and allowed just four hits in that contest. He struck out seven Rams and issued

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Clarksburg Awarded $78K in Complete Streets Funding
Staff Reports,
06:01PM / Monday, April 02, 2018
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The town has was awarded nearly $78,000 toward making a section of Middle Road more pedestrian and bicyclist friendly.    The money was part of some $5.5 million in Complete Streets program grants announced recently by Gov. Charlie Baker. The program was launched in fiscal 2016 as a way to promote safe and accessible access to all modes of transportation along the state's byways, such as improving sidewalks and intersections, widening roads for cycling and walking, and upgrading areas to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act.   Clarksburg will receive $77,902 to improve Middle Road by widening it to create a 4-foot shoulder with bicycle

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