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Information Sessions Begin for Clarksburg School Project
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:40AM / Saturday, May 27, 2017
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — School officials are pushing for a vote on school construction project for September that, if successful, means a projected opening in fall 2019.   The timeline was explained on Wednesday during the first public information session on the proposed $17.5 million school construction project. The entire presentation can be seen below.    The plans, "Scheme E," is available on Clarksburg School's website and includes a renovation of the so-called 1960s wing, and addition on that wing in the back, and the tear down and reconstruction of the 1970s wing.    Christian Whitsett, of Jones Whitsett Architects, said the building has


@theMarket: Markets Climb Higher
By Bill Schmick,
06:37PM / Friday, May 26, 2017
In the absence of any earth-shaking news, stocks tend to follow the recent trend. That trend, since the election has been up, so ... The question to ask: when we can logically expect that trend to change?   As readers may recall, my target for the S&P 500 Index is somewhere between 2,443 and 2,475, which I expect we will hit before the end of the second quarter. This week, we broke 2,400, regaining everything that was lost in last Wednesday's 2 percent downdraft. Now, that 2,400 price level should act as a support for the bulls.   "Are you still bullish?" asked one of my clients yesterday.   "That depends upon your time frame," I


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

Brayton Elementary School Holds Memorial Day Ceremony
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:14PM / Friday, May 26, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Brayton Elementary School students and faculty honored veterans past and present during their Memorial Day ceremony.   After fourth-graders led the Pledge of Allegiance, the national anthem and went through the history of Memorial Day on Friday morning, speakers were invited to the stage to explain what Memorial Day means to them.   Army Sgt. 1st Michael McCarron thanked the students for holding the event and asked them to think about those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the country.   "I take a lot of time to think about all of my brothers and sisters that stood behind me during times of conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq but they are no


Superior Court Briefs: May 22 - May 25
Staff Reports,
11:53AM / Friday, May 26, 2017
Cases heard before Judge Edward McDonough on Monday, May 22.   Joshua Stimpson, 30, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute -his second offense - and conspiracy to violate drug laws.   He was ordered to serve concurrent three and a half to four years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction.    The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on June 27, 2016.   Cases heard before Judge Edward McDonough on Tuesday, May 23.   Francisco Reyes, 37, of Pittsfield was found guilty on three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14, and two counts of


Memorial Day Events 2017
By Staff Reports,
09:30AM / Friday, May 26, 2017

The parade will step off at 10 a.m. from the former Adams Memorial Middle School and conclude with the traditional ceremony at the Maple Street Cemetery. The usual route will be followed: Columbia Street to Hoosac Street, Hoosac Street to Summer Street, Center Street to Park Street.

The keynote speaker will be retired Army Lt. Co. John Bianchi, a 35-year military veteran who retired in 2007 after serving seven years as an enlisted man and 28 years as an officer. He served with Army National Guard and Army Reserve and his duty stations included the Pentagon and the United States Military Academy at West Point. Two Hoosac Valley High School students will recite Lincoln's


Holiday Hours: Memorial Day
09:00AM / Friday, May 26, 2017

Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army Arlington National Cemetery is the nation's first federal military cemetery. A ceremony is held each Memorial Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Memorial Day is being celebrated Monday, May 29. It is a federal holiday observing the sacrifices of the nation's servicemen and -women. It started as a day to decorate the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers, particularly in the South, and many states adopted the day as Decoration Day to commemorate all U.S. soldiers after World War I.

Memorial Day was established as a federal holiday in 1971 by Congress. It falls on the last Monday in May.

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North Adams School Committee OKs $17M Budget, Teacher Contract
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:20AM / Friday, May 26, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee on Tuesday approved a spending plan of $17,329,082 for fiscal 2018 that is offset by an appropriation of $250,000 from the school choice account.    The committee also approved a three-year contract with the North Adams Teachers Association after a brief executive session.    The contract balances out the wage and step schedule in year one and has 1.5 percent increases in years one and two.    The negotiations were done as interest based bargaining, where the two sides worked together in mutually beneficial talks rather than each side coming in with separate positions.    "When you don't have a


Letter: Local History Destroyed
Letters to the Editor,
07:00PM / Thursday, May 25, 2017

To the Editor:

Driving to work on Tuesday, I went a different route than usual. As I approached downtown north Adams I thought I was seeing things, The Arnold Printworks Dolls and Mill Children columns in front of Mass MoCA under the Route 2 overpass were gone.

They were a depiction of the essence of this city 120 years ago. When I arrived at Greylock Elementary School, I rushed to my computer to contact fellow artist and co-facilitator on the column project, William Oberst to inquire if he knew anything about their destruction. He answered immediately that he was as surprised as I. As the two artists that planned, led and completed these columns, we remain absolutely stunned.

So many

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State Senate Accepts Amendment To Study Passenger Rail to New York
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:18PM / Thursday, May 25, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state Senate adopted a budget amendment Thursday to develop a blueprint for more consistent passenger rail service to New York City.    State Sen. Adam Hinds filed the amendment which would task the state Department of Transportation to create a working group to study what it will take to establish the service.    "When we are trying to improvement out economy and address population loss, getting our infrastructure right is a key part of that," the Pittsfield Democrat said on Thursday. "This was identified as an important first step."   Some four years ago, former Gov. Deval Patrick had pushed a plan to purchase and


The Independent Investor: Ready For a 20 Percent Correction?
By Bill Schmick,
03:11PM / Thursday, May 25, 2017

As the stock market makes new highs, investors tend to get greedy. They also begin to believe that what has happened in the recent past will continue to happen in the future. Actually, history shows the exact opposite. It is time to give the potential downside some thought.

Hope burns brightly in the equity markets right now. Many on Wall Street believe that the Republican-dominated Congress, led by Donald Trump, "The working man's president," will usher in a golden era of strong economic growth and robust financial markets. The problem is that politics and investments make for strange bedfellows.

At some point, I expect that the two will part ways and when they do, look


Northern Berkshire United Way Celebrates Successes
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:37PM / Thursday, May 25, 2017

Ellen Sutherland is flanked by Northern Berkshire United Way Executive Director Christa Collier, left, and North Adams Schools Superintendent Barbara Malkas. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — When it comes to asking people to give to a good cause, you can talk about the benefit to the community, and you can appeal to folks' better natures.   But a little shame can't hurt.   "This little school in Cheshire, this beleaguered school that's going to close now, came about and accepted my challenge to reach 100 percent participation," Adams-Cheshire Regional School District United Way coordinator Starr Baker recalled on Thursday morning. "On opening day, the


Berkshire High School Athletes, Coaches Honored at Sports Caravan
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:29AM / Thursday, May 25, 2017

Jay Anderson of Pittsfield Cooperative Bank noted the closing of St. Joe PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As the 55th annual Sports Caravan Awards were given to outstanding athletes and coaches of area high schools, a moment was taken to note it would be the last year that one of those schools would be represented.    Jay Anderson, president and CEO of Pittsfield Cooperative Bank, introduced the winners of the Robert "Boog" Powell Awards, and opened by noting the closing of St. Joseph's Central High School and acknowledging girls swimmer Jessie Tobin, who will be the last St. Joe athlete to be presented with a Caravan award.     "What I

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