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MCLA Men's Tennis Drops Opener
08:12PM / Sunday, March 25, 2018
NORTHFIELD, Vt. -- The MCLA men's tennis program opened its 2018 season Sunday afternoon with a 9-0 loss at Norwich University.   The Trailblazers dropped all three doubles matches to dig a hole. Aaron Goldsmith and Jared Freeman fell 8-2 in the top doubles slot, while Norwich (2-1) earned 8-0 wins in the other two matches heading into singles play.   MCLA fell in straight sets in all the singles matches as well. Goldsmith put up a good fight but ultimately fell 6-4, 7-6 in the number one singles match. Freeman fell in the second singles slot 6-1, 6-0 while Charles Najimy lost in the third singles slot 6-1, 6-1. Mohamed Mahrous, Reydel Santana, and Nick Castle also competed


Cutler Scores Eight as MCLA Women's Lax Wins First
06:04PM / Saturday, March 24, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- MCLA's Mckenzie Cutler scored eight goals in leading the Trailblazers to a season opening 17-12 win over visiting Dean College Saturday afternoon at sunny Shewcraft Field.   Cutler got MCLA (1-0) on the board in the opening minute of play as she tallid off a Rachel Green assist for an early 1-0 lead. The teams swapped goals, and after Dean's Lauryn Wilks tallied, it was 2-2. The Trailblazers responded with four straight goals to take control of play. Green got the spurt started with her second goal of the game and then Cutler added two more. After Brianna Morris potted her first of the season, MCLA led 6-2. The Trailblazers led 9-6 at halftime as they


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

Williamstown Elementary Sixth-Graders Win Berkshire Robotics Challenge
05:23PM / Saturday, March 24, 2018

The team from St. Mary's School in Lee was called 'Anything But Last.' The team did not come in last in Saturday's Robotics Challenge.

LENOX, Mass. — A team of sixth-graders from Williamstown Elementary School won the 19th annual Berkshire Robotics Challenge at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School on Saturday.

Noelle Dravis, Julia Goh and Grace Winters took turns guiding the team’s Lego robot through seven rounds of competition, capped by a dramatic 110-100 win in the finals over the runner-up from the Berkshire Christian Homeschool group.

Lila Cohen-McFall, Emma Kate Hane and Emma Swoap also participated on the winning team, dubbed WES LegoHeads II, which


@theMarket: Trump's Trade Wars Sink Markets
By Bill Schmick,
08:55AM / Saturday, March 24, 2018
World markets declined again this week. Despite world condemnation, which included most of America's economists and corporations, Donald Trump unilaterally forged ahead in implementing his own brand of protectionism. Investors fear the consequences.   While tariffs on imported steel and aluminum are still being negotiated, the president has upped the ante and is now pursuing China. The United States has long accused China of stealing our intellectual property. The Chinese, of course, have denied that and so, for years the discussions went round and round — until now.   On Thursday, our president announced his intention to slap $60 billion of tariffs on 1,300 product


Citizens with Disabilities & Their Families Share Their Stories
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:26AM / Saturday, March 24, 2018

Department of Developmental Services Commissioner Jane Ryder speaks at Friday's legislative breakfast.   PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Elected officials from throughout the county Friday morning were at Berkshire Hills Country Club to enjoy the 18th annual Berkshire Disabilities legislative breakfast.   And they heard how any breakfast — or any meal — can be a challenge for some of their constituents.   "I was speaking with [United Cerebral Palsy's] Louise Norton in the assistive technology department one day, and she told me, 'Well, Jennifer, this is where I come in. I can help you to be able to communicate with [your daughter] and she

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DeRosa Stepping Down After 35 Years as North Adams Solicitor
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:00PM / Friday, March 23, 2018

John DeRosa receiving an honorary degree at MCLA in 2011. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — City Solicitor John B. DeRosa is stepping down as the city's main legal counsel after 35 years of service.    DeRosa made the announcement on Friday, saying he will retire effective March 31 from the city but will continue to work for his private clients and in efforts to support the community. It had been a privilege and honor to as the chief legal officer for the city, he said.   "I think it's a good time to do it. We have a new mayor," he said. "It's been a wonderful experience ... I've really enjoyed working with the mayor and the city boards and the


Drury Student Selected to National Society of High School Scholars
01:59PM / Friday, March 23, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School students Chad A. Lawrence of Stamford, Vt., has been selected to become a member of the the National Society of High School Scholars.

The society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment. The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes.

"On behalf of NSHSS, I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice and commitment that Chad has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of academic excellence," Nobel said. "Chad is now a member of a unique community of scholars - a

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Mass RMV Service Interruption Runs Through March 26
01:30PM / Friday, March 23, 2018

The Registry of Motor Vehicles has announced that all RMV services and system access, with the exception of law enforcement, will be unavailable from 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, until 8 a.m. Monday, March 26.

The service interruption is due to the RMV transitioning to a new computer system that will allow the RMV to comply with federal and state mandates. During this time, there will be no motor vehicles inspections available in the state, no RMV online services, and all RMV service locations will be closed.

Please note AAA locations will be unable to process RMV services for AAA members.


MCLA President Appointed to Two Local Boards of Directors
01:12PM / Friday, March 23, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts President James F. Birge has been appointed to the 1Berkshire Board of Directors and the Lever Board of Directors.

His participation on these two boards augments the college's outreach to the greater community as MCLA continues to maintain and expand vital connections throughout the Berkshires.

Birge said he is delighted to join the 1Berkshire and Lever boards as they, along with MCLA, work to elevate economic growth all over the region.

"I look forward to working with 1Berkshire and Lever to gain further insight on how we might best prepare our students to fill positions across the Berkshires," he said.


North Adams Council Asked to Clear City Yard Deed by Eminent Doman
Staff Reports,
04:13PM / Thursday, March 22, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council next week will be asked to take a piece of property the city has been using for decades by eminent domain.   The taking is related to the purchase of the old City Yard by Cumberland Farms, which has also been granted an extension on its purchase-and-sales agreement to continue environmental testing.    In a communication to the City Council, Mayor Thomas Bernard said the company had exercised its option in January for a 60-day extension of the feasibility study period to allow it to test for contaminants and site suitability. The extension ended on March 10.    "Earlier this month Cumberland Farms, acting through


The Independent Investor: Medicare Premiums and Your Income
By Bill Schmick,
04:04PM / Thursday, March 22, 2018
We all know that Medicare is not free. Once we enroll in Part B and D, we start paying monthly premiums. What many consumers fail to realize is that how much you pay depends on how much you make.   For most of us, this is a moot point. We assume that we will be retiring at 65 years old (at the same time Medicare kicks in) but that assumption is no longer accurate. The reality is that Social Security, retirement, and Medicare can happen at different times in your life.   Take, for example, Social Security benefits. Every year the target date for full retirement creeps higher. It used to be 65, but now, for many, it is edging up to almost 67 over the next few years. When that


'Love, Simon': You've Got Blackmail
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:54PM / Thursday, March 22, 2018
While director Greg Berlanti's "Love, Simon" is at once funny, serious and important, it's a darn shame that it is so very apt ... that this astute tale about a teenage boy's struggle to make his gayness known is revolutionary at all. Memo of inquiry to American civilization: It's the spring of 2018, and this fact of life is just making the mainstream? Well, better late than never.    Truth is, attitudinal changes come slowly, especially to the narrow-minded. But the seed of tolerant reformation, boosted during the enlightenment of the '60s, has finally gained pragmatic traction. Today's kids, who have of late heroically evidenced that they'll


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