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Bernard Suggests North Adams May Hold Spectrum Meeting
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:28AM / Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The City Council approved the use of new voting machines, a hanging sign and several licenses.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Mayor Thomas Bernard is suggesting that a community meeting, similar to that held in Pittsfield, be scheduled with Charter Spectrum.    "I think we can still agree there's still enough upset that it's worth having a community meeting and inviting Charter Spectrum to hear the perspective of the community," Bernard told the City Council on Tuesday night.    Complaints have been rife as frustrated cable customers have dealt with poor customer service, slow or interrupted internet connections, pricey new digital boxes and


North Adams to Push Back Barriers on Beaver Street
Staff Reports,
04:24PM / Tuesday, April 24, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The inconvenient Jersey barriers jutting out into a section of Beaver Street are being removed after four years.    The cement blocks had been put in place after a mudslide knocked sizable boulders into the road.    "The geologists from the state said they feel it's pretty stable now," Public Services Commissioner Timothy Lescarbeau told the Finance Committee last week. "We're going to have one row up on the curb but the center line will be shifted back."   Four years ago in April, a rainstorm had caused the collapse of the steep hillside just south of the Clarksburg town line. The road, Route 8, runs between


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

Stockbridge Officials Share Concerns With Lt. Gov. Polito
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:44PM / Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Chabon and Cardillo spent about an hour with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito talking through issues. STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito vowed to work with town, state, and federal officials to find a way forward with the Stockbridge Bowl dredging project.   The $4 million project to restore the lake was stalled recently when an endangered snail was found to be located there and in only one other state lake.   Board of Selectman Chairman Donald Chabon said the lake is in dire need of restoration and the species wouldn't survive if the lake's overall ecosystem isn't improved.   "This is not preserving our species. This is just destroying our lakes.


Barrett Enters His First State Budget Debate, Sets Eyes on RTAs
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, April 24, 2018
  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — State Rep. John Barrett III is looking to make a statement with a state budget amendment for regional transit.   Barrett said one penny on the sale tax ends up in the hands of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority and the rest of the regional transit authorities are getting shortchanged. This year, the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority is considering hiking fares and reducing services as costs have increased but state support has remained level for the third consecutive year.   "The reason I put $8.4 million in my amendment is because I just want to drive it home that what I was requesting came to 1/10 of a penny," Barrett

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North Adams Firefighters Save Home From Garage Fire
By Tammy Daniels,
09:30PM / Monday, April 23, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A chicken incubator is suspected as the cause of a devastating fire that destroyed a two-car garage and threatened a nearby home on Monday evening.    Firefighters were able to save the home at 1664 South Church St. owned by Paul and Diane Lesure but the garage is a total loss.   Acting Fire Lt. Matt Labonte said the garage was fully involved upon arrival. "So we made our intentions on cooling down the house," he said. "The house was on fire on the back side so we made our hose lines to the house so nothing got inside."    The Dutch-style garage had a full second story that had caved in within a half hour or so of the


Four Freedoms Presents Day of Civic Empowerment
04:51PM / Monday, April 23, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Area residents have the opportunity to attend more than 25 civic and election-related workshops at no charge this Saturday, April 28, on the campus of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

The workshops are presented by the Four Freedoms Coalition in partnership with MCLA. The workshops will take place at the Church Street Center, 375 Church St.

Titled "Step Up!"  the daylong event features non-partisan civic workshops led by North Adams Mayor Thomas Bernard, state Sen. Adam Hinds, state Rep. Paul Mark, North Adams City Councilors Benjamin Lamb and Marie T. Harpin, Multicultural BRIDGE founder and CEO Gwendolyn Hampton-Van Zant, Shirley Edgerton


ArtWeek to Launch Across Massachusetts
02:39PM / Monday, April 23, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. - Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek will present its largest season lineup ever.

The award-winning creative festival will offer more than 500 events from April 27-May 6 — more than double the size of the 2017 festival. For the first time, ArtWeek events will take place across the commonwealth, with a presence in 155 neighborhoods and towns across all six regions of the state.

The festival aims to provide participants with new ways to get creative and make art and culture more accessible to everyone. This season, more than 70 percent of all ArtWeek events are free. Visit the website to view the full calendar of


Berkshires Beat: Sen. Hinds Reads Aloud to Young Children in Pittsfield
01:57PM / Monday, April 23, 2018
Time to Read

Dr. Brian Dempsey is sending families home from checkups with free books and a very important prescription for the parents: "Read aloud to your children every day." In support of that effort, Sen. Adam Hinds visited the pediatrician's office on April 20, not only to cheer him on, but to practice what doctors preach by reading to a group of young patients.

Dr. Dempsey participates in Reach Out and Read, a program that prescribes books and reading aloud to give young children a foundation that is crucial for success. Embedded within the existing healthcare system, Reach Out and Read’s model includes providing a new, age-appropriate book for each child to take


Biz Briefs: Nonprofit Center Names Award Finalists
12:29PM / Monday, April 23, 2018
The finalists are ...

The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires has announced the names of the 21 finalists for the Berkshire Nonprofit Awards. The winners in each of seven categories will be announced at the first Berkshire Nonprofit Awards Breakfast on Tuesday, May 22, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Country Club of Pittsfield. Tickets for the Berkshire Nonprofit Awards Breakfast are $40 per person. Register online or call 413-645-3151.  

Nominations were solicited throughout February and March. A team of 14 judges from the business sector reviewed and ranked the nominations, choosing the finalists and winners at a meeting earlier in April at Berkshire Bank. The finalists are:


BHS Expands Endocrinology Care With Addition of New Doctor
12:04PM / Monday, April 23, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems announces the appointment of Dr. Zaighum Rana, a board- certified and fellowship-trained endocrinologist, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Endocrinology & Metabolism of BMC.

Dr. Rana is accepting new patients in need of endocrinology and metabolism services and is partnered with doctors Brian Phillips and Krithi Ramesh and nurse practitioners Robyn Korte and Roberta Mansen at Endocrinology & Metabolism of BMC.

Rana received his medical degree from Universitatea de Medicina si Farmacie, Grigore T Popa, Romania, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at St. Mary's Hospital,


North Adams Fin Comm Reviews Public Services, Inspection Budgets
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:24AM / Monday, April 23, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Public Services and inspection budgets for fiscal 2019 will see little change from this year.    "Other than salary changes, it's very much a level-funded budget," Administrative Officer Michael Canales told the Finance Committee last week. "Last year we did bring on a code enforcer and sealer of weights and measures."   The new sealer is awaiting one more certification and that department "will be fully up to speed," he said.    The meeting last Wednesday was the second of four planned by the Finance Committee to review the proposed $44 million fiscal 2019 budget. The committee comprised of Chairman


DiMassimo Scores Game-Winner as MCLA Baseball Earns Extra-Inning Win
07:27PM / Sunday, April 22, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Dalton’s Joe DiMassimo drew a one-out walk and scored on a Jeff Bink single in the bottom of the 12th as the MCLA baseball team Sunday earned a 4-3 win over Bridgewater State at Joe Wolfe Field   North Adams’ Logan Rumbolt went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a pair of walks, and Pittsfield’s Bill Pulasky (Mount Greylock), went 2-for-4 in the first game of a MASCAC double-header.   Taconic graduate Liam Nolan struck out nine and allowed just two runs in seven innings of work on the mound to start the game. Drury graduate Schuyler Robinson and Mount Greylock’s Brandon Condon and Frank Rickus each threw an inning of relief.   Rickus earned


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