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Schools Close, Delay Openings Ahead of Arctic Blast
06:01PM / Wednesday, January 07, 2015
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Temperatures dropped into the single digits Wednesday afternoon and were expected to go much lower before the night was over.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Schools around the region have already announced closures or delays in anticipation of frigid temperatures on Thursday morning.

The National Weather Service is predicting wind chill values of 25 degrees to 35 degrees below zero.

A severe weather alert and wind chill warning is in effect until 11 a.m. on Thursday.

Temperatures began dropping precipitously Wednesday afternoon as Arctic air began to plunge toward the southern United States, leaving the Midwest and Eastern seaboard in the minus temperatures.

North Adams, Clarksburg,

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State Fire Marshal Issues Cold Weather Fire Safety Warning
05:47PM / Wednesday, January 07, 2015
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STOW, Mass. — The office of State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan has released fire safety recommendations for the frigid weather predicted this week.

"Expected subfreezing temperatures will tax our heating and electrical systems as we try to stay warm, so a little caution can help you make you it safely through the extreme weather," said Coan. "We've already seen a number of serious fires, so take a few minutes to protect yourself and your family."
 
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Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
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North County EATS! Restaurant Week Set for Jan. 23-Feb. 1
01:02PM / Wednesday, January 07, 2015
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North Berkshire restaurants will once again have the opportunity to showcase their good “eats” during North County EATS! Restaurant Week 2015.

In its second year, North County EATS is a traditional restaurant week, celebrating the fantastic culinary delights of northern Berkshire County, including restaurants from Adams, North Adams and Williamstown.   

In a continued effort to encourage area locals and visitors to dine out in the Northern Berkshires, the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce, the North Adams Chamber of Commerce and the North Adams’ Office of Tourism and Community Events have collaborated to create North County EATS.

To mix things up a bit this

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FYE Location in Berkshire Mall Closing
Staff Reports,
11:04AM / Wednesday, January 07, 2015
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The FYE music store in the Berkshire Mall is planning to close.

The store is currently liquidating its stock with prices 40 to 80 percent off. A FYE location in Berkshire Crossing in Pittsfield will remain open closed last year.

The 30-year-old music and entertainment retailer had been struggling for years. Parent company Trans World Entertainment reported a net loss of $4.5 million for the third quarter of 2014 and a 9 percent decrease in sales over the same time last year.

Transworld is headquartered in Albany, N.Y., where it began as Record Town in the 1970s. It has closed hundreds of outlets over the last decade. It began using the "f.y.e." (for

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New Interfaith Group Sets Founding Convention For Jan. 25
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:00AM / Wednesday, January 07, 2015
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Wendy Krom, lead organizer of Berkshire Interfaith Organizing, speaks about the new group with fellow member Sam Smith during a Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative meeting in December.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — "Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil."

In the spirit of Ecclesiastes 4:9, an interfaith group of clergy, lay leaders and their congregations has banded together to form an organization called Berkshire Interfaith Organizing, or BIO. The group will hold a founding convention from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at St. Mark's School on Columbus Avenue in Pittsfield. In the event of snow, the convention will be held from

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Williamstown Economic Development Committee Holds First Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:11AM / Wednesday, January 07, 2015
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Jeffrey Thomas was elected chairman of the committee on which he serves with Sandra Thomas (no relation). WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town's newly formed Economic Development Committee may be the largest committee in town, but its members want to hear more voices.   The now 11-member panel held its first meeting on Monday evening, and although much of the discussion focused on the members getting to know one another and procedural matters, one theme that emerged was the need to garner more input from the community.   "I would like to call a public forum, and we can send invitations through the Chamber [of Commerce] and the media," committee member Paul

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AG Rules Barton, Lanesborough School Violated Open Meeting Law
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:37AM / Wednesday, January 07, 2015
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The Lanesborough Elementary School Committee has been found guilty of violating open meeting law.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The attorney general's office has found School Committee member Robert Barton guilty of violating Open Meeting law after sending out an email expressing his opinion.   On Oct. 30, Barton sent an email out with an attached letter that he dubbed "Lanesborough 2020."   In it, he advocated that the town "must move away from its two-town districts with Williamstown" and outlined his reasoning.   iBerkshires ran the letter as a guest column and, according to the state, Barton also sent it to all of the other

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Intergenerational Orchestra to Benefit Uganda School
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:13PM / Tuesday, January 06, 2015
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Local musician and music teacher James Bergin founded the Community Intergenerational Action Orchestra last year. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A Williams College lecture about a school in Uganda in September prompted a concert in December.   A December snowstorm pushed that event over to this Wednesday night.   Williamstown’s Community Intergenerational Action Orchestra will perform on Wednesday at 7:30 at St. John's Episcopal Church to benefit Grace Villa, a home for orphaned and endangered girls in Kampala, Uganda.   "Ashok Rai, who has a son in the orchestra, attended a talk that the director of Grace Villa gave at Williams," CIAO parent Molly Polk

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Williamstown Chamber Names Thomas Interim Director
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:49AM / Tuesday, January 06, 2015
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Sandra Thomas was named interim director of the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce to keep things rolling. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Chamber of Commerce has chosen a familiar face to fill a leadership role.   The Chamber has named former Images Cinema director Sandra Thomas to serve as interim executive director while the group looks for a permanent replacement to Jennifer Civello, who announced her departure in November.   Thomas will serve for 90 days in the Chamber office starting this week, according to Williamstown Chamber President Jason Dohaney.   On Monday, Thomas agreed that the winter and early spring are particularly important times for the

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New Governor Baker to Visit North Adams, Pittsfield
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05:39PM / Monday, January 05, 2015
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Gov.-elect Charlie Baker, right, will be in North Adams and Pittsfield on Saturday as he makes his first official visit as governor.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Charlie Baker will "spotlight" entities in the two Berkshire cities just days after being sworn in on Thursday as governor.

Baker's Inaugural Committee on Monday released six "Spotlights on Excellence" across the state that the new governor and Lt. Gov.-elect Karyn Polito will highlight as they enter office.

They include the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and Soldier On in Pittsfield.

The Berkshires has been watching the installation of the new governor with some trepidation.

The region often

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