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North Adams Committee Recommends Against Hydrant Ordinance
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:09AM / Thursday, March 04, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The General Government Committee is recommending a proposed ordinance creating a fire hydrant division be filed, saying it raised a number of complicated issues and legalities, and was best addressed by the policies and procedures of the departments involved.   "We're not voting on hydrants tonight, we're voting on whether to put in a new department in order to maintain hydrants," said member Wayne Wilkinson. "I see no need for that. We have a plan from the mayor which I fully support. When he brings it to council I'll certainly vote on it. Let's just fix the problem."   Mayor Thomas Bernard, just hours before the

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North Adams Airport Commission to Hold Scheduled Meetings
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:35AM / Thursday, March 04, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Airport Commission plans to get back on track with regular monthly meetings.   The commissioners, who met on Tuesday for the first time this year, agreed that they needed to be more regular with their meetings.   "I would like to get back to our regular third Tuesday of every month meeting schedule," Chairman Jeff Naughton said.   The commission's last meeting was in December 2020 held to sort out an Open Meeting Law complaint. Before that, meetings were sparse if held at all.   Airport user and former commissioner Trevor Gilman said he was happy the commission will be meeting more consistently and noted there is a lot of

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

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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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by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

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Baker: Mask Mandates Essential Even as Vaccines Distributed
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:28PM / Wednesday, March 03, 2021
GLOUCESTER, Mass. — Hours before President Biden ridiculed "Neanderthal thinking" about removing mask mandates, Gov. Charlie Baker talked about the reasons why he has no intention of lifting Massachusetts' mandate any time soon.   On Tuesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order lifting that state's face covering mandate in the face of a pandemic that has claimed more than 44,000 lives in the Lone Star State.   Baker was asked at his Wednesday COVID-19 update whether he would follow Abbott's lead.   "One of the things the vaccine does is it prevents you from getting sick, which is great," Baker said. "One of the things no

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Drury Grades 7&8 Finishing Week Remote After Positive Test
04:57PM / Wednesday, March 03, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Junior high students will go remote for the last two days of this week after a member of the school community tested positive for COVID-19.    Superintendent Barbara Malkas posted the notice on the public schools' website on Wednesday but did not identify if the affected person was a student or staff. The individual tested positive after becoming symptomatic, she wrote.    "We have been planning for this scenario during our reopening planning process and have a comprehensive plan in place to sanitize the school, inform staff and families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact, and support the affected family as

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Bernard Asking to Borrow $300K to Fix Fire Hydrant Problems
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:38PM / Wednesday, March 03, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Mayor Thomas Bernard is asking the City Council to borrow $300,000 to fix the fire hydrant system.    In a press release on Wednesday afternoon, he also provided an update on the emergency survey undertaken after two serious fires highlighted the continuing deficiencies in the city's hydrant system.    The just completed inventory has found 55 fireplugs were nonfunctioning, far fewer than what was estimated a few weeks ago.    "Currently, the condition of the fire hydrant system in the city represents a significant threat to our shared commitment, as well as to the physical safety and peace of mind of our residents," the

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Clarksburg's Elementary Grades Celebrate 100 Days in Class
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:16PM / Wednesday, March 03, 2021

School Committee members Laura Wood and Cynthia Brule hold plaques with Principal Tara Barnes on Wednesday morning.  CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The school community on Wednesday marked its 100th day of in-person learning with a small parade and the presentation thanking students and staff for their perseverance.    One hundred days in school wouldn't normally be something to celebrate. But being inside a classroom in this particular year has been anything but normal.    Clarksburg's elementary grades along with its fellow schools in the Northern Berkshire School Union — Gabriel Abbott in Florida, Emma Miller in Savoy, and Rowe Elementary —

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MCLA Professor And Author Lecture
12:15PM / Wednesday, March 03, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Caren Beilin, an assistant professor in MCLA's English & Communications Department, will offer a free community conversation at 5:30 p.m. on March 9, 2021, via Zoom, in her role as this spring semester's Hardman Scholar-in-Residence.     This event is free and open to the public; visit http://bit.ly/MCLAHardman to register. Beilin will also present a special faculty talk via Zoom at noon on March 9.    Beilin is a creative writer working at the intersection of feminism and disability poetics. She is the author most recently of the nonfiction book "Blackfishing the IUD" (Wolfman Books, 2019), a CLMP Firecracker Award

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State Adding Teachers, School Staff to List Eligible to Receive Vaccine
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:42AM / Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Today, I am directing every state to prioritize educators for vaccination. We want every educator, school staff member, and child-care worker to receive at least one shot by the end of this month.

It’s time to treat in-person learning like the essential service that it is.

— President Biden (@POTUS) March 2, 2021 GLOUCESTER, Mass. — Educators, early educators and school staff will be eligible to make appointments through the commonwealth's system to receive COVID-19 vaccines starting next week, Gov. Charlie Baker announced on Wednesday morning.   Making a stop at West Parish Elementary School, Baker said educators, who were next on the state's priority

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BCC to host Virtual Open House on Saturday
08:01AM / Wednesday, March 03, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will host a Virtual Open House on Saturday, March 6 at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom.   During the virtual open house, guests choose one of four break out rooms, where they can chat with Admissions Counselors and faculty about their academic interests or how to navigate the admissions process. The four break out rooms, facilitated by deans or faculty, will be for Nursing, Business & Outreach, STEM and Allied Health, or Humanities, Behavioral and Social Sciences.   Attendees will then also get a chance to learn more about financial aid opportunities and about their transfer options from BCC to hundreds of four-year schools.

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North Adams School Officials See Plans for Brayton Hill Improvements
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:06AM / Wednesday, March 03, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The dangerous entrance to the Northern Berkshire Family YMCA is going to be reconstructed to make it safer for children walking to school.    The $622,000 project is part of the state Department of Transportation's Safe Routes to School initiative and is being funded through the Transportation Improvement Program.   It will include revamping the steep entrance on the west side of Brayton School and the YMCA and adding in sidewalks and other improvements.    The public schools outreach coordinator Emily Schiavoni said the school district and Northern Berkshire Community Coalition have been partners in the program since 2016. The two

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North Adams Councilor Apologizes for Text
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07:37PM / Tuesday, March 02, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A declared mayoral candidate is apologizing for an inappropriate text message more than a week after the message was first posted to a Facebook chat group.    City Councilor Jason LaForest had sent Emily Bryant a text with clapping hands and the hashtag "hottie" in 2019. Bryant, who is married, posted the message and her response (which started with "Dude, don't go there ...") to the North Adams Chat group.    LaForest in his public apology on Facebook (with a Jason LaForest for Mayor logo) wrote that Bryant was someone he was "acquainted with briefly" in 2019 and he had sent the post in response to a workout

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BArT Announces Upcoming Enrollment Deadline
12:17PM / Tuesday, March 02, 2021
ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts and Technology (BArT) Charter Public School is currently accepting applications for students in grades 6 - 10 for the 2021-2022 school year.   The next enrollment deadline for the 2020-2021 school year for grades 6 - 10 is Thursday, March 11, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. To apply visit https://www.bartcharter.org/apps/form/Enrollment-Form.   More information on the school's enrollment and lottery process can be found at www.bartcharter.org. Interested families should contact the school at 413-743-7311 ext 732 or enrollment@bartcharter.org. Despite COVID-19 closures, teaching and learning continues at BART and enrollment is moving forward as usual.

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