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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

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


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

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


New Pitches MCLA Baseball to Road Sweep in MASCAC
09:16PM / Saturday, April 21, 2018
WORCESTER, Mass. – The MCLA baseball team totaled 14 runs in two games to defeat the Lancers of Worcester State twice by scores of 7-1 in a Saturday afternoon Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader.    In Game 1, the Trailblazers scored seven runs on nine hits from five players.   The Lancers made three fielding errors in the first inning, which led to one unearned run. The visitors tacked on two runs in the top of the second on an RBI double from Joe Toledo and an RBI from Bill Pulasky (Lanesboro). They added in two more in the top of the third on RBI from Joe DiMassimo (Dalton) and Jeff Bink to hold a 5-0 advantage.   MCLA added another


MCLA Women's Lacrosse Falls at Mass Maritime
09:23PM / Friday, April 20, 2018
BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. -- Massachusetts Maritime's Casey Sullivan collected nine goals while teammate Stephanie Hunt added five goals and six assists to lead the hosts past visiting MCLA 18-4 tonight at Clean Harbors Stadium.   The Buccaneers improve to 6-7 overall and are 1-4 in the league.  The Trailblazers drop their seventh straight contest as they're now 1-7 overall and 0-5 in the league.   MCLA (1-7, 0-5 MASCAC) got on the board first when Kim Granito tallied just one minute into the contest. MMA (6-7, 1-4) responded with seven unanswered markers to take a 7-1 lead. Sullivan and Hunt combined for five goals during the key first half


'Ready Player One': It's All a Game
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires columnist
03:28PM / Friday, April 20, 2018
It occurs while viewing Steven Spielberg's "Ready Player One" that this is something Dr. Timothy Leary might have dreamt if he fell asleep just after reading Orwell's "1984."    As a pundit I knew in 1969 was oft inclined to opine when bemused by the semi-unexplainable, "It's trippy." Although the film bounces back and forth between reality and its cause célèbre, virtual reality, we are ultimately relieved when we grok that beneath all the layers of surrealism and cutting-edge chimera, it's just good vs. evil fighting it out in high-tech trappings.   In this feature-length metaphor within a satire based on Ernest


@theMarket: Earnings Up; Stocks, Not So Much
By Bill Schmick,
03:00PM / Friday, April 20, 2018
Earnings season kicked off last Friday with the bank results. The numbers were stellar, but the stock prices of those companies fell hard. Since then, the same thing has occurred to any number of companies. What is going on?   At first, you might think it's classic "sell on the news" behavior where traders bid stock prices up prior to the earnings announcement and then take profits immediately after. However, a closer look reveals something different going on.   For months, investors were expecting a boost to corporate profits from the tax cuts passed by Trump and the GOP last year. Boy oh boy, we said, just wait and see how great earnings will be in the first


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