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Pittsfield Homeless Committee Chairman Defends Efforts
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — While a new panel is being prepared to take over, the outgoing Homelessness Prevention Committee says it felt under attack by demands made on it from the City Council.   The committee's Chairman Ed Carmel spoke at Tuesday's council meeting in defense of the work the committee had done even though
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Pittsfield Health Department Eying Rise in COVID-19 Cases
The Health Department is keeping an eye on the rise in COVID-19 cases. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Over the last 14 days, Pittsfield has seen 17 new COVID-19 cases and Berkshire County has seen 36.  The Health Department says Pittsfield keeps heading in this direction it may become a yellow zone on the COVID-19
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The Retired Investor: Food Faces Escalating Prices
It has been a long time coming. Commodities have been in the doghouse for years, but a combination of events are conspiring to lift the prices of soft commodities much higher. A definition of soft commodities refers to future contracts of substances that are grown, rather than extracted or mined. We know them best as food and fiber
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'My Man Godfrey': High-Class Struggle
I wish that I were reviewing one of the several movies about this pox upon our house that are certain to be made when the horror is deep into our rearview mirror. But until that glorious return to normality has us resuming all the simple joys of life we take for granted, like going to the movies, I'll be retro-reviewing and thereby
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North Adams Man Indicted for Wife's Murder
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A North Adams man has been indicted in the murder of his wife, Charli Ann Cook, last year.    A grand jury in Berkshire Superior Court on Wednesday returned a true bill for a charge of homicide against Michael Cook, 43.    North Adams Police arrested Cook and charged him for the July
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Berkshires Beat: Halloween Weekend
Trick or Treat Trick or treat will look different in Berkshire County this year with COVID-19 regulations guiding what communities will allow. Some communities are going forward with door to door trick or treat while others are modifying trick or treat to create lower risk interactions.   Some communities have opted out
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Elfenbein Named to Mount Greylock Regional School Committee
Curtis Elfenbein responds to a question during Wednesday's combined meeting of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee and the select boards from Lanesborough and Williamstown. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Lanesborough resident Curtis Elfenbein on Wednesday was appointed to fill two years of an unexpired term on the
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Mayor Tyer Reviving 'At Home in Pittsfield' Program
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — More than a year after it was rejected by the City Council, Mayor Linda Tyer has revived her At Home housing renovation program.   The initiative was referred on Tuesday to the subcommittee of Economic and Community Development. Tyer is asking for appropriation of $500,000 from the Pittsfield Economic
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Letter: Vote YES on 2 for Ranked Choice Voting
To the Editor: Over the past eight years, I have written numerous columns in support of Ranked Choice Voting (RCV): "A case for instant runoff voting," (11/3/12)(Eagle); "Put Instant Runoff Voting on the Ballot," (11/4/14,Taunton Daily Gazette); "A Better Method for Pittsfield Elections," (9/25/15, Berkshire
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Northern Berkshire Union Schools Report Fairly Smooth Reopenings
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Principals in the Northern Berkshire School Union reported last week that their reopenings have been going well.    Gabriel Abbott Memorial in Florida, Emma L. Miller and Rowe elementary schools reopened for in-person learning in September; Clarksburg has been operating with a hybrid model, largely
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