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Greenberg’s leaves gap for contractors: NORTH ADAMS -- Area contractors say they’ve lost a valuable resource in H. Greenberg & Son Inc., as the Curran Highway business of almost 40 years closed Tuesday.
"It’s a void that will be hard to fill," John Burke, of Burke Construction in Adams, said Thursday. "We had no idea they were going to close. The day before, we were in there buying [materials] for a job in North Adams."
Mayor Richard Alcombright said he spoke to owner Steve Greenberg on Thursday afternoon, and was told job loss figures among Greenberg’s roughly 20 full- or part-time employees are not as high as initially thought.
All but six or eight -- pending individual decisions -- will be able to keep their existing hours at the Greenberg’s in Bennington, Vt.
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Chairman says to withdraw funding request: WILLIAMSTOWN -- Chairman of the Community Preservation Committee Philip McKnight said he will recommend the Affordable Housing Trust’s request for funding be withdrawn at the next meeting on Jan. 29.
The announcement was made at Wednesday night’s CPC meeting, during which representatives from each proposal were present to field questions from the committee.
"This application seeks $200,000, as it did last year, for its use in the future, as it sees fits," McKnight said. "Meaning, we’re being asked to bankroll your committee without having a project proposal, estimate or anything to look at."
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Consolidation coming? Local housing authorities respond to Gov. Deval Patrick’s consolidation plan that surfaced Thursday, but has yet to hit the Legislature. It proposes to consolidate the state’s 240 housing authorities into six regional agencies.
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Young learners look ahead: NORTH ADAMS -- Some 400 eighth-graders from Hoosac Valley, Mount Greylock, Clarksburg Elementary, Drury, Gabriel Abbott and BART were connected with area professionals during Thursday’s 2nd annual Northern Berkshire Eighth Grade Career Fair at MCLA.
The career fair, an offshoot of the Berkshire Compact, aims to get eighth-graders thinking about the paths they’ll need to take to ready themselves for future jobs.
Jennifer Huberdeau is writing this story and can be reached at email@example.com, on Twitter @NAT_DigitalJen, or by phone at 413-663-3741, ext. 227.