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Tractor-Trailers Stuck Under North Adams Trestle Twice in One Month
Staff Reports,
06:58PM / Monday, August 31, 2015
A stuck truck closed off traffic on Church Street on Monday.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A section of Church Street was blocked off for nearly three hours on Monday afternoon after yet another tractor-trailer got stuck under the railroad trestle.

A trailer hauling 25,000 pounds of machined metal, reportedly for a Disney ride, became wedged under the trestle at about 4:15 p.m. after leaving Morrison Berkshire on Church Street. The delivery was on its way to Minneapolis.

Traffic was blocked between Davenport Street and Ashland Street. The truck was pulled out from under the trestle shortly before 7 but it was going to take some time to stabilize it before Joseph Dean of Dean's Quality


Northern Berkshire Adult Basic Education Program Fall Programs Begins
12:21PM / Monday, August 31, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Preparation for the new High School Equivalency Exam (GED), English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Basic Skills classes begin Sept. 8.

New programs include Career Pathways; college and career readiness, Distance Learning; online HiSET (GED) preparation, Bridge to College; academic and readiness skills needed to transition to college available.

In addition, there is a new free program for eligible North Adams residents enrolled in the NBABE Program to support High School Equivalency completion including a voucher to cover testing fees, one to one career coaching and support for next steps to college, training, and employment. This program is


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

Best Buy In Berkshire Mall To Close At The End of October
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:07AM / Monday, August 31, 2015

Best Buy at the Berkshire Mall will close.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Best Buy at the Berkshire Mall will close at the end of October.   The retail company informed employees on Sunday that it will not renew the lease for the location, which will leave 63 employees jobless.   "The location lease was up for renewal and we made the business decision not to renew," said Best Buy Spokeswoman Carly Charlson on Monday morning.   Charlson said the company opts to close stores generally based on increasing lease costs, low sales or the strength of the retail center the store is located in. Charlson didn't specify what factors led to this


Adams Aces Take Lead in BABL Final
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
02:25PM / Saturday, August 29, 2015
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Pete Greenbush went 3-for-3 with a double and drove in the final run of the game as the Adams Aces topped the Bandits, 13-3, in the first round of their Berkshire Adult Baseball League 35-year-old Division playoff series on Saturday.   The Aces need to win once on Sunday at Lenox’s War Memorial Field to win the league title. The Bandits will look to stay alive in a 10 a.m. meeting; if they survive, they’ll force a 1 p.m. winner-take-all final.   Greenbush hit a leadoff single to start a pivotal bottom of the second for Adams, which erased a 1-0 deficit and grabbed a 6-1 lead at MCLA’s Zavattaro Athletic


@theMarket: Are We There Yet?
By Bill Schmick,
08:45AM / Saturday, August 29, 2015

This week we witnessed the first substantial correction in the stock market of the year. What matters most to investors now is whether we are at the end of the decline or the beginning of something worse.

We've seen the lows, in my opinion, but that doesn't mean we won't retest them. Normally, I would expect to see at least one re-test of the lowest level made by the S&P 500 Index before all is said and done. If so, there could be risk of as much as a 5 percent decline over the very short-term for the markets. That doesn't have to happen, but it may, so I want you to be prepared for the worse.

It was certainly a bad week to be out of the office visiting clients.


The Independent Investor: The Marijuana Market
By Bill Schmick,
05:40PM / Friday, August 28, 2015

Only four states have legalized marijuana for recreational use so far. Another 23 have given the nod for using cannabis for medical usage. Today it is a $2.7 billion industry that is set to grow substantially in the years ahead if more states jump on the band wagon.

Whether legalization is a fad or a trend in this country will have to wait until the next election cycle in 2016. Legalizing the drug will most likely be on the ballot in several more states. Researchers from California-based The ArcView Group, a cannabis investment and research firm, predicts that 14 more states will legalize marijuana while two more will legalize medical marijuana next year. In addition, at least 10 more


McCann Technical School Bus Routes 2015
01:40PM / Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School opens for the school year Thursday, Sept. 3. Freshman should report to the cafeteria on arrival, sophomores and juniors to their technical areas and seniors to the gym.

Start at 8 a.m. and dismissal at 2:45 p.m.


7:00     349 North Street
7:02     312 North State Road
7:03     Route 8 at Briggs Drive
7:03     688 North State Road
7:05     Route 8 at Crest  Drive
7:15     Grove Street
7:16     Commercial at Leonard
7:18     Commercial at

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'Mile in Her Shoes Art Show' Seeks Participating Artists
12:40PM / Friday, August 28, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – The Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development and Elizabeth Freeman Center are teaming up to call out to artists to participate in the inaugural Berkshire County “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Art Show.”

The art show is being held in conjunction with the annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" Men’s March against Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence, which is scheduled for Third Thursday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m.

The Walk a Mile Art Show presents artists and community members with an opportunity to create wearable art for a great cause.  Artists may enter one or more pair of shoes. The shoes must be new and never worn, and they should be

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North Adams Neighborhood Opposed to Bike Path Plan
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:01AM / Friday, August 28, 2015
West End neighbors gathered at Greylock School to discuss the proposed bike path route. More on the bike path, including a survey, can be found here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — West End residents were loud clear about the possibility of a bike path going through their neighborhood.

No way.

A public session Thursday night at Greylock School was to be focused on residents at the so-called "pinch point" in the heavily residential area along Barbour Street between Phelps and Hawthorne avenues but neighbors from throughout the affected region showed up to express their opposition.

They cited fears over traffic, parking, crime and littering as reasons not to route the path through


Triad Holds Annual Picnic at Greylock Club Pavilion
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:59PM / Thursday, August 27, 2015
Sheriff Thomas Bowler speaks with Frances Buckley of North Adams at Wednesday's annual Triad picnic.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The local Triad group held its annual picnic on Wednesday at the Greylock Club Pavilion.

At least 50 members attended the noontime potluck gathering to hear from area law enforcement and eat hot dogs and hamburgers grilled up by Robert Wadsworth of the Berkshire County sheriff's office.

The group was established some years ago through the sheriff's office and now includes the district attorney's office, local police departments and Councils on Aging. The name "triad" comes from the collaboration of the three groups - law enforcement,

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Superior Court Briefs: Aug. 24 - Aug. 27
Staff Reports,
02:18PM / Thursday, August 27, 2015
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Monday, August 24.   William Soper, 33, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to four counts of rape of a child with force, and single counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, and intimidation of a witness.   He was ordered to serve 10 to 12 years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the rape of a child charges. He was given concurrent nine and a half to 10 years on the other charges.   The incidents occurred in Pittsfield between December 1, 2011 and January 31, 2012 and involved a 12-year-old girl.   Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Wednesday, August 26.   Daniel Chao, 39, of


Economist Urges Berkshires To Build Around Strong Non-Profit Economy
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:05AM / Thursday, August 27, 2015
Steven Sheppard outlined the state of the Berkshires economy at Wednesday's Good New Business Salute.   LENOX, Mass. — Following a shock to the economic eco-system, economist Steven Sheppard says an area needs to mitigate the negative fallout, understand the changes, and then focus on rebuilding on the strengths.   The Williams College professor said the Berkshires had multiple "shocks" to its economy and still hasn't fully recovered.   Since the 1970s, population has been dropping and, in 2010, the county's gross domestic product "hit bottom" from


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