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North Adams Councilors to Tour Public Services Buildings
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:54PM / Wednesday, August 24, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — City councilors will be touring the city's public service structures as the administration lays out the reasoning to spend some $1.5 million to consolidate everything at the former anodizing plant at Hodges Cross Road.

The City Council on Tuesday was presented with a purchase-and-sales agreement of $995,000 with 59 Hodges Cross Road LLC for the structure and its 30-some acres. Another half-million would go toward further updating and transforming the 85,000 square foot building to hold the several different departments and activities.

The council voted to postpone discussion on the agreement until after touring the City Yard and other public service


St. Francis' Church Being Razed
03:38PM / Wednesday, August 24, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Demolition began in earnest on Wednesday months after the deteriorating steeple on St. Francis' Church was removed.

A building connecting the 150-year-old church to the rectory on Union Street was razed late last week in preparation for the removal of the church proper. Interior work on hazardous waste abatement had been completed some weeks ago.

On Wednesday, in short order, the middle of the massive brick building was reduced to a pile of rubble and only the tower and back portion of the church remained standing. Some benches from the grounds and one of the complete spire structures were loaded onto a flatbed. 

The destruction of the historic


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Centennial Hikes Across Massachusetts Celebrate 100th Anniversary of National Park Service
01:38PM / Wednesday, August 24, 2016

BOSTON — The Department of Conservation and Recreation will lead park visitors on free "Centennial Hikes" at 12 parks across Massachusetts, including two in the Berkshires, on Thursday, Aug. 25, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

The DCR-managed parks are part of the cherished and historic legacy of America’s state and national parks system, and serve as excellent examples of land conservation efforts that have been made across the country.

"I cannot think of a better way to celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service and their efforts of preserving this country’s natural resources, than going on a Centennial


North Adams Happenings: Aug. 24-30
01:18PM / Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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BFAIR Successfully Completes QUEST Audit
11:51AM / Wednesday, August 24, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Family & Individual Resources, BFAIR, has successfully completed an audit by the state Department of Developmental Services Office of Quality Enhancement (QUEST), resulting in a two-year license for residential and individual home supports, as well has its day habilitation and employment support services.

The QUEST audit took place in early July, with the designation of the two-year license on July 20.

In an effort to maintain compliance and continue to provide the highest standard of quality care, BFAIR regularly undergoes auditing by accrediting and licensing bodies (ie. QUEST and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities).


DownStreet Art: Aug. 25
11:46AM / Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Participatory Art & Entertainment:  Throughout Downtown Mortal Beasts & Dieties 5:00 - 8:00PM  Connecticut-based Mortal Beasts and Deities stilt dancers, frequent performers in the city over recent years, will bring their unique artistry to the streets of downtown North Adams,
from 5 to 8 pm. Always a crowd-favorite, look for this trio of stilt walkers as they roam the streets, bringing their signature ‘controlled mayhem and earnest frivolity’ to DownStreet Art

Gallery 85, 85 Main St. Community Art Project, 5:30


Post-Tanglewood, Area Chamber Concerts Blossom
By Stephen Dankner, Special to
11:30AM / Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The approach of Labor Day marks the conclusion of the summer music festival season, and so the local classical music scene coalesces, as regional presenters favor intimate spaces for chamber music during the upcoming fall.
This will become the dominant genre of music making to be found until next June, when the warm late spring weather invites us to share massed performances outdoors at Tanglewood and other venues, large and small.

Looking ahead, you'll find a variety of concerts presented in churches, chapels, small auditoriums, halls and the like throughout the region. Even Tanglewood's acoustically superb Ozawa Hall is really too big for a string quartet or piano trio to be


Investors Can Learn Much from Workers
10:40AM / Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Next week, we observe Labor Day, a celebration of the American worker. And there's a lot to celebrate, because our workers have accomplished great things and, in the process, demonstrated a variety of impressive character traits – many of which also can be useful to investors.

For example:

Perseverance: Have you ever read about an inventor who failed dozens of times before finally hitting on a winner? Or a scientist who studied the same problem for decades before discovering a revolutionary solution? All kinds of workers display this type of perseverance, in one form or another. As an investor, you, too, will need this "stick-to-itiveness" because you will face


State Senate Candidates Focus On Economics In 5th Debate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:07AM / Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Adam Hinds cited his work with the U.N., Pittsfield Community Connection, and the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition as showing he has the ability to bring parties together to tackle tough issues. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As director of the Pittsfield Community Connection Adam Hinds reeled in a $5 million grant to fight crime an violence in the city.   Over the next 10 years, the grant will supplement salaries to put at-risk youth in jobs, provide job training, get them counseling, and employed outreach workers who had been in gangs or jail and can show the youth that that lifestyle doesn't work.   The crime numbers overlapped with the three most impoverished census


North Adams Council Tosses Parking Ordinance
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:54PM / Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Mayor Richard Alcombright said he would accept the ordinance's rejection with a smile.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday rejected a plan to put meters in the Central Street parking lot.

The vote was unanimous; Councilor Ronald Boucher was absent.

The ordinance, which would have made the Center Street parking fees the same as other spaces, had already been published and passed to a second reading on a vote of 7-2 two weeks.

But the objections of some stakeholders around the lot led the Public Safety Committee to hold a second meeting to hear them out. More than two dozen showed up to state their opposition to the idea, saying it would cause problems, not solve


Whitman's Rallies to Win Torchia League Title
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
08:37PM / Tuesday, August 23, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Kristin (Paryzch) Hildabrand hit a one-out single in the bottom of the seventh to drive in Britt Malloy and give Whitman’s Crystal Clean a 9-8 win in the championship game of the Pat Torchia Softball League on Tuesday.   Whitman’s survived a back-and-forth contest with Pizza House to win the league title series, 2-1, after dropping the first game last week.   Two fielding miscues set the stage for Hildabrand’s game-winning single. Malloy reached on an error to start the inning, and after Pizza House’s Jenn Choquette got the second hitter to fly out, Krystal Poulen reached on an error and moved Malloy into scoring


North Adams Police Seeking Information on Break-Ins
03:58PM / Tuesday, August 23, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Police Department is asking for assistance in investigating a number of break-ins in the Church Street area after another home was robbed Tuesday afternoon.

According to the department, it is working closely with the campus police at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Campus Police on multiple reports of homes burglarized in the areas around Church Street and Ashland Street.

"We would like to reach out to anyone who lives in the area that may have seen our possible suspects or who has video surveillance on their home," the department requested on its Facebook page.

The suspect or suspects may have been carrying televisions, monitors or


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