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Kimball Farms Awarded Five-Year CARF accreditation
02:42PM / Wednesday, December 19, 2018

LENOX, Mass. — Kimball Farms Life Care has earned a Five-Year Term of Accreditation from CARF International.

"Only about 10 percent of the continuing care retirement communities in the country have achieved five-year accreditation status," said Bill Jones, president of Berkshire Healthcare, which operates Loomis. "This is a tremendous source of pride for all of us and it speaks volumes about the terrific work the team here does."

In Massachusetts, only seven CCRCs hold five-year CARF accreditation. Two of those, including Kimball Farms and Day Brook Village Senior Living (formerly Loomis House) in Holyoke, are Berkshire Healthcare Systems affiliates.



North Adams Happenings: Dec. 19-25
11:32AM / Wednesday, December 19, 2018
North Adams Happenings: December 19 - 25   Save the Date  

Namazing Initiative Coffee Date
The Green 85 Main St., Ste 105
7:30 - 9 AM
for more information

Come on down and join The NAMAzing Initiative for their winter Coffee Date at The


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

Consider Some New Year's Financial Resolutions
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:29AM / Wednesday, December 19, 2018

As the year winds down, you may want to look ahead to see which areas of your life you can improve in 2019. Perhaps you will decide to exercise more, eat healthier foods, reconnect with old friends or volunteer at a school or charitable organization.

All these goals are certainly worthwhile – but you also may want to add some New Year's financial resolutions to your list.

Here are a few ideas to consider:

* Boost contributions to your employer-sponsored retirement plan. Good news! Contribution limits will be increasing for many employer-sponsored retirement plans. For 2019, you can contribute up to $19,000 (up from $18,500 in 2018), or $25,000 (up from $24,500 in 2018) if


Holiday Events and Tree Lightings 2018
11:15AM / Wednesday, December 19, 2018

'Tis the season to be merry and bright. Planning a holiday event? Let us know at (Visit our Holiday Bazaars and Craft Fairs list for holiday craft fairs.( And see below for a guide to Christmas tree lightings in towns across the Berkshires.

The city of Pittsfield is offering free downtown parking for Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas Eve and Christmas on Fridays Dec. 7, 14, 21, and 28. There will also be a week of free parking starting Dec. 17 through Dec. 21. Parking is always free in the evenings and weekends.


Holiday Events Wednesday, December 19

Pittsfield: The sixth annual Beer & Carols will be held in the Common Room at Zion Lutheran Church, 74


North Berkshire Coalition Forum Listens to Community's Kids
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Wednesday, December 19, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Out of the mouths of babes.

At the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition's December monthly forum — held for the first time outside of North Adams, at First Congregational Church in Williamstown — Executive Director Amber Besaw unveiled a six-minute video she made in conjunction with Paul Marino from Northern Berkshire Community Television in which several local children were filmed answering questions about their own families.

The airing of the video to the nearly 100 people in the church's Fellowship Hall kicked off the forum subject: "Re-Imagining How We Support Children in Our Community." The topics brought together people from


North Adams Artist Publishes Children's Book
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:51PM / Tuesday, December 18, 2018

'The Bag Family' is a product of two college friends who were inspired to return to their efforts 35 years after they started.  ADAMS, Mass. — Dawn Nelson had a book rolled up in the back of her closet for 35 years.   On Saturday, she was finally able to debut "The Bag Family" that she wrote and illustrated with her college friend, Karen Zander.    The short children's book is the story of the bags used by a family every day. A diaper bag arrives with the new baby and is soon learning about the roles that each of the bags — including a pocketbook, a backpack and a briefcase with self-esteem issues — play in the


BRTA Strike Ends; Regular Bus Service Resumes Wednesday
Staff Reports,
02:15PM / Tuesday, December 18, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BRTA buses should be back on schedule Wednesday, Dec. 19, bringing an end to the strike that has paralyzed much of the county's public transportation system for the past two weeks.    The latest offer presented to the federal mediator on Tuesday was voted on by the paratransit union membership at a meeting and was approved.     The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority sent out an alert early Tuesday afternoon reporting it had received notification that the union representing the paratransit drivers had accepted the latest offer. Regular paratransit services will resume Thursday, Dec. 20.   Fixed route service had been severely


Stamford-Clarksburg School Merger Effort Selects Consultant
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:20AM / Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Interstate School Committee meets Monday night at Stamford School with Clarksburg Select Board member Karin Robert and Town Administrator Carl McKinney.  STAMFORD, Vt. — Stamford and Clarksburg, Mass., hope to have options available by May for a combined school district.     The Interstate School District Committee on Monday voted unanimously to recommend Public Consulting Group of Boston to do the legwork on plans to create the groundbreaking interstate school district.    The committee hopes to have a contract signed by next week with work to begin as soon as Jan. 2.    "We have to keep the ball rolling ... we have to continue

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North Adams Sees Two-Car Collision, Pedestrian Accident
Staff Reports,
05:20PM / Monday, December 17, 2018

While officers were at the River Street accident a call came in for the pedestrian accident at Holden Street.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Two accidents that caused injuries occurred within about an hour of each other late Monday afternoon.    Shortly after 4 p.m., a driver heading west on River Street in a gray Hyundai sedan collided near the carwash with an eastbound Toyota sport-utility vehicle out of New York. According to preliminary reports, the Hyundai's driver was trying to turn off the car's hazard lights and took her eyes off the road and collided with SUV.   One person was being taken by Northern Berkshire EMS to the satellite emergency


Berkshires Beat: Lenox Sixth-Grader Wins Hinds' Holiday Card Contest
03:51PM / Monday, December 17, 2018

Hinds poses with the winner (front right), two of the runners-up and local Marines collecting toys for their Toys for Tots program. She's a winner

State Sen. Adam G. Hinds introduced Savannah Reber, the student artist whose drawing was chosen for his greeting card this year, during a holiday open house in his downtown Pittsfield office on Dec. 13. His office was decorated with hundreds of drawings submitted by local third- through sixth-grade students to his Holiday Greeting Card Design Contest. In total, 348 students from a dozen schools located across western Massachusetts submitted entries to the contest.

Savannah, 12, is a resident of Lenox and is in sixth grade at Lenox


Drury Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
03:15PM / Monday, December 17, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School has announced its honor roll for the first marking period of the 2018-19 school year.

Grade 12

High honors: Alicandri, Vincienza Mai; Beagle, Karina Hope; Bergendahl, Nea Helena; Bolte, Cynthia Ann; Boucher, Sydney Patricia; Callahan, Andrew Chan; Callander, Corey Joseph; Caproni, Abby Kate; DeMarsico, Leigha Renae; Gardner, Alana Marie; Haley, Kelsey Helen; Holland, Sabrina Marie; Janz, Jenah Lorin; Koperek, Yvonne Lee; Lawson, Helen Kathleen; LeSage, Kelby Berk; Macksey, Ashley Lynn; Marceau, Erin Elizabeth; Mitchell, Anthony Allen; O'Connor, Quinn Joseph; Piekos, Lauren Elizabeth; Raymond, Emilie Renee; Shook, Hayley Lee; Smith, Abigail


Motorists Accidentally Drives Over Main Street Median
Staff Reports,
02:11PM / Monday, December 17, 2018

The roof of the car is scratched up.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An elderly Vermont woman missed the turn coming out of TD Bank on Main Street and ended up on the wrong side of the road Monday afternoon.    Traffic was diverted around the scene across from the Mohawk Theater for a half-hour or so until the car was taken away. No one was injured but the driver appeared a little shaken.    The woman apparently drove her late model Hyundai Elantra sedan across the eastbound lanes of Main Street and over the median and headed the wrong way in the southernmost lane at about 1:30 p.m.    The small car went under one of the chains strung along the median to


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