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Cariddi's Estate Keeps Showering North Adams Library With Gifts
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Monday, March 19, 2018

The trustees are considering creating an endowment fund with the monies left to library by the late Rep. Gailanne Cariddi. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The late state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi continues to surprise the library with gifts, with her estate giving it another $20,000 with possibly more to come.   Cariddi left $7,500 earmarked for astronomy-related materials and programming, however, Library Director Mindy Hackner added another small account of $4,000 was also left to the library as well as another $17,820.   This latest gift of $20,000 comes with no strings attached.   Hackner asked the library trustees Wednesday what they thought they should spend the


BMC Brings Endoscopy Services Under One Roof
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:29AM / Monday, March 19, 2018

The new center, in the former radiation oncology space, held an open house on Thursday evening.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center recently opened a new Endoscopy Center on its main campus, bringing both in-patient and ambulatory care under one roof.   The $5 million investment in what was previously the radiation oncology suites has allowed the health system to better service patients.   "The past years have been at the Crane Center," said Dr. Jason Bratcher. "We were doing [in-patient] procedures in the operating room. It just wasn't as cohesive and together doing out-patients there and in-patients here. ...   "It makes it

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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

Berkshire Bruins Win 10U Title at Spring Fling
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09:15PM / Sunday, March 18, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Cody Soper scored a pair of goals Sunday to lead the Berkshire Bruins to a 4-1 win over host Black Bears in the 10-and-under championship game at the Northern Berkshire Youth Hockey League Spring Fling.   Eric Harrington and Alexander Jerebtsov each scored a goal, and Zackary Schneider had an assist in the win.   Hunter Shepardson backstopped the Bruins to victory in goal.


Hillcrest Commons Promotes Concurrent Therapy To Neal
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:30PM / Saturday, March 17, 2018

Congressman Neal is on the Ways and Means Committee, which oversees Medicaid and Medicare. A bill in Congress now could expand concurrent treatment. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hillcrest Commons would like to expand its group and concurrent therapy programs, but a 7-year-old Medicaid and Medicare law prevent it from doing so.   But, now there is legislation that could allow for those sessions to have greater coverage, which advocates say is a benefit to the patient, the health-care organization, and to the government.   "There is pending legislation in Washington that would allow for greater therapy services for people access their Medicare benefit. Instead of one-on-one

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DeMarsico's Wine Cellar Opens Tasting Room in the Norad Mill
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:07AM / Saturday, March 17, 2018

The DeMarsicos' wine list continues to grow. The winery operates on an agricultural license. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — DeMarsico's Wine Cellar has been elevated.    The "cellar" is now situated on the second floor of the Norad Mill, giving the winery plenty of space for production, retail and wine tastings.    "And we have windows," laughed Cheryl DeMarsico.    Cheryl and her husband, Glen, started making wine as a hobby but as demand for their product grew — and they scored some awards — they opened for business in the basement at 28 Marshall St., in a room below Grazie Italian Ristorante, about a year and a half


Quinones Homers in MCLA Softball's First Win
11:50PM / Friday, March 16, 2018
CLERMONT, Fla. - The MCLA Softball team defeated Trinity, 11-6, Friday to earn the first win of head coach Erica Li's career.   The Trailblazers lost the night cap to Lawrence, 9-0, to go to 1-5 on their spring trip.   MCLA 11, Trinity 6 MCLA had its best effort to date in the opening game against the Bantams. It took the lead in the top of the first on Kaylyn Holliday's RBI double to centerfield and when Morgan Watson doubled her home, MCLA led 2-0. The Bantams got a run in the bottom half to cut the deficit to 2-1.     MCLA then got a solo home run off the bat of McCann Tech graduate Alanza Quinones to make it 3-1 and then Holliday blasted a two run shot


Berkshire County Arc Names New Director of Staff Development and Training
02:30PM / Friday, March 16, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc has promoted Shaun Hall to the position of director of Staff Development and Training.

Hall has been a valued employee for BCArc for 18 years, most recently being honored with the 2017 BCArc Employee of the Year award. Previously he was a BCArc employment manager for 10 years, working to find employment opportunities for people with disabilities.  

Seven years ago, Hall was promoted to the new position of staff development specialist. The position's focus was to standardize the training throughout the agency. He has been instrumental in this position for the agency and grew his department to a team of three additional staff to


New Member Joins MCLA Board of Trustees
02:25PM / Friday, March 16, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Brenda Burdick, senior manager of marketing and public relations at General Dynamics Mission Systems in Pittsfield, as been named the newest member of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Board of Trustees.

MCLA President James F. Birge said he is pleased to welcome Burdick to the board.

"Brenda Burdick brings more than 25 years of experience in business communications and marketing – as well as public, community, and government relations – to MCLA's Board of Trustees," Birge said. "Through her extensive community service throughout the Berkshires, which includes her work with the Berkshire Compact for Education and as a


Superior Court Briefs: March 5 - March 14
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02:07PM / Friday, March 16, 2018
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, March 5.   Yulanda Chadwell, 37, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on her behalf on a single count of misleading a police officer.   She was released on $2,000 bail. Chadwell is accused of providing police with misinformation during their investigation into the death of 39-year-old Paul Henry, who was murdered on July 4, 2017.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, March 9.   Henry Brazeau, 50, of North Adams pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person who has attained age 14, and two counts of caretaker abuse.   He was ordered to serve 196 days of a two-year


'A Wrinkle in Time': Folds, Spindles and Doesn't Exhilarate
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:44PM / Friday, March 16, 2018
'A Wrinkle in Time': Folds, Spindles and Doesn't Exhilarate   2 popcorns By Michael S. Goldberger film critic   I expected more from director Ava DuVernay's "A Wrinkle in Time," an adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's 1962, adventure-fantasy novel.    The book has been touted by a couple generations of youngsters, including my own moppet, Erin, who in retrospect adds that the freaky ideas were also a bit terrifying to a 9-year-old who hadn't to date "given that acid trip-type stuff much thought." Well, that's gratifying. But in any case, I saw my critiquing mission as a sort of command performance and wanted to bring news


Youth Hockey Tournament Continues All Weekend in North Adams
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12:01PM / Friday, March 16, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Northern Berkshire Youth Hockey’s Spring Fling tournament continues at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rink with games Friday through Sunday.   The  NBYHL will welcome teams from Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Vermont to North Adams for two great weekends of youth hockey that began on March 9.   There will be a raffle table with great prizes and a concession stand selling yummy food.     Admission is free to all games, with action through 8:30 p.m. on Friday, 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday and 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.   Come down and cheer on all the participants of this great event.  


Pittsfield's New, Taconic's Nolan Pitch MCLA to Wins
08:23AM / Friday, March 16, 2018
AUBURNDALE, Fla.- MCLA left-hander Bobby New tossed a complete game shutout allowing just three hits and striking out eight Colby-Sawyer hitters in lifting the Trailblazers to a 2-0 win over the Chargers on Thursday.   The Trailblazers (5-2) completed the sweep after taking game one 6-1. CSC drops to 2-6 on the season with the loss.   Pittsfield High graduate New (2-0) was the story  as he dominated from the outset in collecting his second straight shutout in Florida. He quickly erased any hopes for a Charger rally as he picked off three runners throughout the contest. His seven strikeouts were a career high.   MCLA scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.


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