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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

Housing Organization Transfers Bracewell Property to Louison House
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:32AM / Tuesday, June 27, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Housing Opportunities Inc. plans to transfer 111-113 Bracewell Ave. to Louison House, the family support and shelter organization.   This leaves the housing program with only the former Sun Cleaners property on River Street to dispose of so it can dissolve.   North Adams Housing Authority Executive Director Jennifer Hohn said Monday that the Family Life Support Center is expected to close on the property June 27.   Louison House had already been operating the apartment house for its permanent supportive housing; it was earlier transferred the Flood House on Church Street, which it has been using in the aftermath of a fire at the original shelter


Berkshires Beat: Berkshire County Arc's 23rd Annual Golf Classic Raises $43,000
02:05PM / Monday, June 26, 2017

Green stuff: Berkshire County Arc raised $43,000 at its 23rd Annual Golf Classic at Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield on May 25. More than 180 golfers on 45 teams participated in the tournament, which raised $43,000 to support individuals with developmental disabilities and brain injuries throughout Berkshire and Hampden Counties.

Approximately 100 organizations contributed sponsorships to the Golf Classic, including Corporate Sponsors Greylock Federal Credit Union and Greylock Insurance Agency. In addition, more than 50 volunteers and organizations donated time, raffle prizes and silent auction items. To date, the agency's annual Golf Classic has raised approximately


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

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
Super Bowl Pancake Breakfast
by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

Special Election Set to Fill Late Rep. Cariddi's Seat
02:02PM / Monday, June 26, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The special election to fill the seat of the late state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi will be held Tuesday, Nov. 7.   The secretary of state's office set the dates for the special election on Monday.    The 1st Berkshire Seat represents Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Florida, Hancock, Lanesborough, New Ashford, North Adams and Williamstown.   Candidates must be registered voters of at least 18 years of age and have resided in the district for at least one year preceding the election. They are required to submit the signatures of at least 150 registered voters in the district by 5 p.m. on Aug. 29.   If more than one candidate for any party


DownStreet Art Ready to Kick Off Its 10th Season
01:47PM / Monday, June 26, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — DownStreet Art will kick off its 10th season on Thursday, June 29, with a celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. featuring performances by Nimble Arts Circus and BOOM Music Stage, as well as new art exhibit openings.

"On this milestone anniversary of DownStreet Art, we are excited to bring some really remarkable projects to the North Adams community. The success of DownStreet Art over the past nine seasons has confirmed that arts and culture are an important vehicle for economic development and community pride, and we are excited to be joined by new ventures like the North Adams Exchange (NAX) in the evolving cultural offerings that take place every summer in


BCC Announces Spring Semester Dean's List
12:39PM / Monday, June 26, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced its Spring 2017 Dean's List.

To be eligible for the list, full-time students must have declared a major, completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the spring semester, and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for Honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for High Honors.

Part-time students are eligible for the list if they meet the same requirements, except that their credit hours may have been completed during the fall and spring semesters of one academic year.

The following 136 students qualified for High Honors:


Adams: Michael A. Corkins, Rebecca


Two Berkshire County Women Named Unsung Heroines
12:24PM / Monday, June 26, 2017

Cherri Sanes and Shavelle Boire.

BOSTON, Mass. — Two women from Berkshire County were named 2017 Unsung Heroines by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women during a State House ceremony on June 21.
According to the Commission, Unsung Heroines are women who don't make the news, but who make a difference. They are women who use their time, talent and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others and make a difference in their neighborhoods, cities and towns. They are mentors, volunteers and innovators who do what needs to be done without expectations of recognition or gratitude. These women are the glue that keeps a community together and the commonwealth is better


Coalition Remembers Cariddi, Looks Back During Annual Meeting
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Monday, June 26, 2017

Jim Mahon, second from left, and Paula Consolini, third from right, accept the Northern Berkshire Hero Award on Friday. (Photo by Bert Lamb)

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition's annual meeting is always a time to look back at the previous year.

This year, the Coalition began its meeting by looking back one week to the death of state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi and then looking back at her decades of service to the Northern Berkshire community.

"Gailanne was amazing," Coalition Executive Director Amber Besaw said simply as she introduced a slideshow of photos of Cariddi over the years set to the song "Kind & Generous" by


Timeless Training, Frank Field Earn Giorgi League Wins
10:37PM / Sunday, June 25, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Keshawn Monroe scored 14 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked a pair of shots Sunday to lead Timeless Training to a 56-46 win the John Giorgi Summer Basketball league.   Collin Parrot added 12 points for Timeless Training in its win over Pete's Gun Shop/Maselli & Tanzman.   Greg Vreeland had a team high 20 points and eight rebounds for Pete's.   In Sunday's other game, Frank Field Contracting defeated Lifting Standards, 45-31.   Paul Oparowski scored 12 points, and Jameson Coughlan added eight for Frank Field.   Robert Jutras scored a game-high 18 points, and Reece Racette had eight for Lifting Standards.   Play


SteepleCats Drop Sunday Scuffle with Swamp Bats
10:26PM / Sunday, June 25, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The North Adams SteepleCats saw their two-game winning streak come to an end on Sunday evening, as the visiting Keene Swamp Bats claimed an 8-2 victory.   The hosts could not solve Keene starter Tim Elliott, who did not allow a run over seven innings on the mound.   Keene took an early lead in the top of the first inning, plating a pair of runs on a big two-out hit. Singles by Dean Lockery (Central Connecticut State) and Nathaniel Eikhoff (Virginia) had two men aboard with two outs, when Robert Boselli (St. John's) doubled into left center field to score both runs, giving the Swamp Bats a 2-0 lead.   The Swamp Bats posted the game's biggest


North Adams Continuing With Airport Hanger Purchase
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:56AM / Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Airport Commission rescinded and the revoted on recommendations related to the purchase of the so-called Shamrock Hangar so that Commissioner Trevor Gilman could recuse himself.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — As the city moves forward with the purchase of the "Shamrock Hangar," hanger tenants are concerned they will be kicked out.     Owner of Midnav and board member of Mohawk Soaring Brian Doyle asked the commission Tuesday if the Mohawk Soaring tow plane will be forced out of the hangar.   "Our tow plane is based there and it is not the kind of aircraft that can sit outside," he said. "It has an impact on us and we would like to know


More Drury Student Art Added to Cascade Building
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:29PM / Saturday, June 24, 2017

Art teacher Phoebe Pepper poses with one of her student artists at the Cascade building in North Adams.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The masterpiece painting collaboration between Drury High School and Cascade School Supplies has turned a corner.


After five years of large artwork being displayed on the street side of the old Brown Street factory building, two years' worth of slightly smaller but still colorful paintings now hang on the south side of the building along Grimes Street, near Cascade's front entrance.

The second row of another 20 paintings was unveiled with a small ceremony on Thursday, marking the seventh year the students of Drury art teacher Phoebe Pepper


Bay State Girls Basketball Tryout Sunday at McCann Tech
03:39PM / Saturday, June 24, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The final tryout for the Western Massachusetts girls basketball team for this summer's Bay State Games is Sunday, June 25, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at McCann Tech.   The team primarily is for girls entering grades 9 through 12, though recent graduates are welcome. Each team is allowed up to three 2017 grads.   Players must be a full-time resident of Massachusetts and a full-time student at a recognized academic institution.   The tryout fee is $38.   The 2017 Bay State Games are July 14-16 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury Crossing.   For information, contact Amy Cyr at


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