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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

Superior Court Briefs: Jan. 18
Staff Reports,
07:12PM / Friday, January 19, 2018
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, January 18.   Chelsey Roy, 29, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of reckless endangerment of a child and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.   She was ordered to serve one year of a two-year sentence at the Western Massachusetts Woman's Correctional Center and placed on two-years probation.    The incidents involved a child who was 11-months-old at the time between September 1, 2014 and October 5, 2014.    Single counts of assault and battery upon a child with injury and assault and battery upon a child were dismissed by the state.   Thomas Johnson, 40, of Pittsfield had


Adams Community Bank Announces Retirements and Promotions
01:48PM / Friday, January 19, 2018

ADAMS, Mass. — Adams Community Bank has announced the recent promotions of a number of employees, along with the planned retirements of two long-term staff members.

Rick Gurney, executive vice president of retail lending, will be retiring as of February 28, 2018, after 32 years of service. Bill Whitman, facilities manager for more than 38 years, retired on November 10, 2017. And Kathy LeClair, a teller/telephone operator at the Park Street branch, retired on December 29, 2017 after 33 years of service.

"These employees have served the bank with distinction over their careers. Their service to the bank earned the trust and loyalty of our staff and customers alike and we wish


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

Attorney Named Partner of Local Law Firm
12:54PM / Friday, January 19, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Attorney Thomas W. Rumbolt has been named a partner in the local law firm Donovan O'Connor & Dodig.

Rumbolt has been with the firm since 2015 when he merged his prior practice.  

A native of North Adams and lifelong resident of the area, Rumbolt is very active in the Berkshire County community. He received his J.D. degree from Western New England University School of Law in 1997 and is a member of the Real Estate Bar Association and the Berkshire Bar Association. Rumbolt is licensed in both Massachusetts and Vermont and his primary practice areas include real estate, estate planning and probate, bankruptcy and commercial transactions.

He presently


MCLA Men's, Women's Basketball Earn Road Wins
06:50AM / Friday, January 19, 2018
FITCHBURG, Mass. -- Courtney Pingelski scored 24 points, pulled down 10 rebounds, and added six steals Thursday to help the MCLA women's basketball team notch a much needed MASCAC win over Fitchburg State University, 82-53   MCLA snapped a seven-game slide as it moved to 5-11 on the season and 1-3 in the conference.   Pingelski paced all scorers with her 24 point night. The junior went 8-for-17 from the floor and canned 4-10 from beyond the arc. Sam Gawron had her best game of the season scoring a career best 19 points off the bench on 9-13 shooting. L'Rae Brundige chipped in with 10 points while Mckenzie Robinson facilitated the offense all night long. Robinson collected


College Notes: January 2018
06:30PM / Thursday, January 18, 2018

Students and faculty in the Bard College at Simon's Rock dance program presented their work to the community at last fall's dance festival. Two programs showcased a total of 24 dance pieces and featured 45 students in performances created by two faculty and 20 student choreographers.

The following local students were recognized for dancing in the fall dance festival: Eliza Abrams, a freshman from Great Barrington; Georgiana Janko, a sophomore from South Egremont, and Daniel Packer, a senior from Williamstown.

    Academic Lists Valerie Goly of Pittsfield has been named to fall  2017 commendation list at Southern Vermont College in Bennington.   Samantha


The Independent Investor: Is Bitcoin Broken?
By Bill Schmick,
05:14PM / Thursday, January 18, 2018
Bitcoin, Ethreum, Ripple and a number of other crypto currencies have had a terrible week. Some of these digital dollars have lost 25 percent overnight, if not more. Today Bitcoin, itself, is down almost 50 percent from that level. Those who warned that this mania would come to a tragic end are crowing now. Are they right?   Last July, I wrote my first column on the phenomena of crypto currencies. Since then, Bitcoin vaulted to historic highs, briefly touching $20,000 on Dec. 17. Since then clients, friends, relatives and yes, even my mother-in-law, have asked me if I thought crypto currencies were a good investment.   The answer will always depend on the price I'm willing to


'The Post': The Stuff of Pulitzers
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:12PM / Thursday, January 18, 2018
When we look back at this currently shameful nadir in American history, we will have heartening movies like Steven Spielberg's "The Post," about how the title newspaper fought a disingenuous U.S. government, to remind us of our successful defense of the 1st Amendment. It is a testament to the uses of history.    Although the film is an exciting, often heart-pounding chronicle of the Nixon-era Pentagon Papers scandal, we know full well that, just as the Korea-based "MASH" (1970) was about Vietnam, this past triumph is also crucial to the here and now.   Once again we are heroically reminded that the Founding Fathers knew what they were doing. Although


North Adams Airport Commission Down Two Members
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:18AM / Thursday, January 18, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Airport Commission is down two members down with the dismissal of Trevor Gilman and the temporary leave of Chairman Jeff Naughton.   The commission voted to appoint Armand Boillat as the interim chairman Tuesday to replace Naughton.   "Jeff had to take a temporary leave of absence and we are looking at about three months," Boillat said.   With Gilman being removed late last year by former Mayor Richard Alcombright, this leaves only three members on the five-person commission.   Gilman was removed from the commission in the last week of the year after police began investigating irregularities in the airport's fuel


North Adams Happenings: Jan. 17-23
11:58AM / Wednesday, January 17, 2018
North Adams Happenings:
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When Do You Need a Financial Advisor?
11:45AM / Wednesday, January 17, 2018

If you could accomplish all your financial goals just by putting your paycheck into the bank every couple of weeks, you wouldn't need the services of a financial advisor. But life isn't that simple – and so, at some point, you may realize you need some professional assistance. But when?

Actually, you might benefit from the services of a financial advisor during many life events, including the following:

Starting your career: When you're starting out in your career, you may encounter several questions related to your benefits package. Should you contribute to your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored plan? If so, how much, and where should you invest your money? Are the


Winter Storm Alert: Cancellations & Closures
09:04AM / Wednesday, January 17, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A snowstorm has dumped several issues of snow this morning, covering much of the region.    The storm has closed or delayed opening of most schools in the area. Find the list here.   Cancellations and closures will be added to the list below as they come in. Send closures to      Following closures and delays for Wednesday, Jan. 17.   Clarksburg Clarksburg Library closed; trustees meeting canceled.   Stockbridge Norman Rockwell Museum opens at 11 a.m.   Pittsfield Berkshire Museum opens at 11 a.m.  

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North Adams Council Moving Hearing of Visitors to Back of Meeting
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Wednesday, January 17, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The General Government Committee is recommending several changes to the City Council's Rules of Order, including moving Hearing of Visitors to later in the meetings and adding in a coda that would allow the president to suspend disruptive audience members.    The amendments are at the request of Council President Keith Bona, who was elected to the post a the Organization of Government on Jan. 1. Each council president has the option of proposing modifications during their terms.    The main change would be to move the location of the Hearing of Visitors on the agenda. Bona wants it back near the end of the meeting.    "Up


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