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Dowling Presented McCann Superintendent's Award
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires columnist
02:41AM / Friday, December 08, 2017

Superintendent James Brosnan presents Dowling with the certificate recognizing her academic achievements.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical senior Aimee Dowling was presented the Superintendent's Award on Thursday in front of her family and teachers.

"Leadership is in your future you are going to do great things," Superintendent James Brosnan said Thursday night's McCann School Committee meeting. "Every day Aimee comes into school, she has a smile on her face and I think that is an example for all of your classmates and all of your teachers. ... You are a great example of the classic McCann culture."

Each year superintendents across the state


The Independent Investor: Will the Lights Go Out?
By Bill Schmick,
09:53PM / Thursday, December 07, 2017
The deadline looms. There is no deal in sight. Various political factions are jockeying to get their demands met. It is all part of an annual compromise to fund the government for another year.   So what else is new?   If the government does shut down on Saturday morning, it will be the 18th such occurrence in U.S. history. In every case, the nation has survived, although at times the cost has been great. There was, for example, a 16-day shutdown back in 2013 that resulted in a $24 billion hit to economic output and caused 850,000 workers to be laid off.   We all know it costs the American people more to shut down the government than it does to keep it open. In this age of


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

Moulton Double-Double Leads MCLA Women to Win
08:03PM / Thursday, December 07, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Courtney Pingelski scored the go-ahead basket with 9 seconds remaining and Emily Moulton had 15 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 blocked shots to lead the MCLA women's basketball team past visiting Simmons College, 54-50, on Thursday.   After trailing at halftime, Simmons (1-5) stormed back to take a 38-34 lead heading into the fourth quarter. It maintained its lead until the 2:11 mark when Karina Mattera converted two free throws to give the hosts a 46-45 lead. Simmons' Molly Phillips drove for two on the next possession to give the lead back to the Sharks with just 1:51 left to play. Mattera once again was fouled and knocked both down again to put MCLA in


North Adams' Newly Elected Councilors Attend MMA Workshops
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02:30PM / Thursday, December 07, 2017
  ASHLAND, Mass. — Several councilors-elect from North Adams joined other newly elected councilors and aldermen from across the state at a training conference held by the Massachusetts Municipal Councillors Association, a member group of Massachusetts Municipal Association, on Dec. 2 at Framingham State University's Warren Conference Center in Ashland.   Councilors-elect Rebecca A. Cohen, Marie T. Harpin and Jason M. LaForest attended the training conference. They will be sworn in on the first of January at City Hall in North Adams.   Current City Councilor Lisa Blackmer, who serves as immediate past president of the MMA and MMCA second vice president, moderated the


Can You Afford to Retire Early?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:24PM / Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Some people dream of retiring early. Are you one of them? If so, you'll need to plan ahead – because a successful early retirement can't be achieved through last-minute moves.

So, if you're determined to retire early, consider taking the following steps:

Pick a date. Early retirement means different things to different people. But it's important to pick an exact age, whether it is 60, 62, 64, or whatever, so you can build an appropriate retirement income strategy.

Think about your retirement lifestyle. You may know that you want to retire early – but have you thought about what you want to do with your newfound time? Will you simply stay close to home and


MCLA Recognizes Adams Scholarship Recipients
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Tessa Langsdale, class of 2021, tells the students how she had been in their seats just last year.  See more photos from the event here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 50 Berkshire students were recognized at the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship reception at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.   "I am really quite pleased to be able to welcome you and to be able to congratulate you on earning this scholarship," MCLA President James Birge told the recipients Tuesday at the Church Street Center. "It is a rigorous award to win and you have demonstrated your abilities to do that through your grades, standardized test performances ... and all


North Adams School Committee Bids Farewell to Mayor, Members
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:15AM / Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Ellen Sutherland gives Hockridge a hug.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — They've served through three superintendents, two mayors and with more than a dozen other School Committee members.    It's been a long 16 years for Mark Moulton and John Hockridge but they will always have that time engraved in their minds and, now, on presentation clocks given to mark their departures from the committee.    The School Department said farewell to the second longest-serving members of the board on Tuesday night. Hockridge and Moulton were both elected in 2002, coming second only to Heather Boulger, who took office in 1998.    "It's kind of

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Mass MoCA's Building 6 Named Building of the Year
09:46PM / Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Building 6 opened earlier this year.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art's massive Building 6 has been named Building of the Year: Northeast by The Architect's Newspaper. announced its Best of Design Awards 2017 on Dec. 4.    "The buildings' massive size, along with the complex's interlocking courtyards, bridges, and walkways, offer the opportunity to experiment with open spaces, structural elements, and connections," wrote Archpaper, in encapsulating the reasoning behind the award.    The 130,000 square foot structure, named the Robert W. Wilson Building, was opened


MCLA Women's, Men's Basketball Teams Fall
09:41PM / Tuesday, December 05, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The visiting Keene State women's basketball team got 20 points and four steals from Sandi Purcell, and the Owls buried 13 3-pointers as they held off the MCLA Trailblazers, 59-52, in non-conference women's basketball action Tuesday evening.   Purcell scored 12 of her 20 points in the closing half. The senior connected on just six of 15 shots, but buried five 3s to lead the Owl attack. Teammate Emily McPadden notched 15 points, and Lilly Shlimon added 11 points for Keene (2-6).   MCLA took its only lead of the night at the 7:24 mark of the third quarter on Emily Moulton's bucket in the paint, but Keene immediately answered with a three point play


Clarksburg Girls Group Raises Funds for Berkshire Food Project
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:28PM / Tuesday, December 05, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A student-led movie night at Clarksburg School raised more than $400 for the Berkshire Food Project.    The nine girls involved in the Girls Advisory Group presented the check for $411.50 to Darlene Ellis, the non-profit's kitchen manager, on Monday.    The Food Project feeds a daily weekday lunch to anyone who walks in the door, as well as several special holiday meals. It's been housed in First Congregational Church on Main Street for many years, using its large kitchen and hall.    The group has done movie night in the past to benefit various causes, but in this case, the project was chosen "because they needed a new


Letter: City Council Health Care Benefits Must Cease
Letters to the Editor,
03:44PM / Tuesday, December 05, 2017

To the Editor:

Recently, the Selectmen for the town of Cheshire made a cost saving and diligent decision to eliminate health insurance for part-time elected and appointed officials, thus saving the taxpayers an estimated $10,000 to 15,000 annually. 

While Massachusetts state law requires cities and towns to offer health insurance to any employee who works a minimum of 20 hours per week, elected and appointed officials are excluded from this requirement. Due to the spiraling cost associated with health insurance, many other cities and towns are taking a hard look at this issue.    In 2010, newly elected North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright requested a Financial Management


Bright Ideas Will Host Benefit for Puerto Rico
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:25PM / Tuesday, December 05, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Bright Ideas Brewery will host a benefit for Puerto Rico with an art sale and silent auction Wednesday.   Puerto Rican native Zorelly Cepeda Derieux watched Hurricane Maria devastate her home on the news from North Adams in September and inspired by her brother's actions, harnessed the power of the local arts and business community to help bring relief to the commonwealth.   "My brother and a couple of friends hosted a similar fundraiser at a bar in New York City and raised thousands for hurricane relief efforts," Cepeda Derieux said. "I figured I could do the same in North Adams. Before that, I was just sharing addresses of friends


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