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Clarksburg Will Try Again to Pass School Merger Article
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Friday, March 16, 2018

The board welcomes new officer Cody Alvarez.  CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The town will once again see if town meeting will accept combining school districts with Stamford, Vt., with the same article tabled at the December special town meeting.   The Select Board signed off on a single-article warrant Wednesday that would see if town meeting would accept an agreement with the town of Stamford that would merge the two districts. Chairman Jeffrey Levanos shared his concerns over the redundant article.    "This is the same warrant ... so I guess my concern is ... we kind of got trashed for this so if this is verbatim are we just going back to get trashed


New Doctor Joins BMC Rheumatology Services
10:55PM / Thursday, March 15, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has appointed Dr. Leonard H. Sigal, FACP, FACR, a board-certified and fellowship-trained rheumatologist, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Rheumatology Professional Services of BMC. 

Dr. Sigal joins Dr. Lauren Dudley at Rheumatology Professional Services of BMC, and is taking new patients in need of rheumatology services in the community.

Sigal comes to the Berkshires from New Jersey, where he most recently served as chief of the Division of Rheumatology for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, RW Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick. He previously was on the faculty 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

Thriving North Berkshire Academy Result of Collaborative Efforts
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:07PM / Thursday, March 15, 2018

Aiden Kozik, one of the students in the program, addresses dignitaries and educators at the armory.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Aiden Kozik knows what he needs to do to succeed: Be prepared, be respectful, cooperate in the classroom and finish what he starts.    That was the message he gave, along with Director Jodi Drury, to Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and dozens of officials and educators who turned out for the official opening of the North Berkshire Academy on Thursday morning.    "I like this school because my friends are here, because it lets kids take pride in school and learn to be a responsible person by working hard each and every day," said

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Caccaviello Sworn in as Berkshire District Attorney
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:43PM / Thursday, March 15, 2018

Paul Caccaviello said he'll lead the office with integrity and honor. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The new district attorney has taken office.   Paul Caccaviello was sworn into the position Thursday after being appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker to fill the role being vacated by David Capeless.    "It is now my turn to step aside but I assure you I leave you in safe and sturdy hands," Capeless said.   Capeless is retiring and has opted not to finish out his term, but instead, pass the reins over to his first assistant -- a move that has faced a fair amount of criticism since it was announced two weeks ago.   Caccaviello took his oath of office in front


North Adams Planners Say No-Gas Gas Station Has to Go
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:46AM / Thursday, March 15, 2018

The planners approved two new business operations and an amendment to the Norad Mill plan.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The gas station that no longer serves gas will have to shut down the cigarette kiosk it's been running.    The Planning Board on Monday had enough of the stalling related to the redevelopment of the corner of Eagle and Canal streets.    "They are still operating their kiosk," said Chairman Michael Leary. "Obviously, there is no permit for that."   The owners of the site have been given years to come up with a plan to resume operations at the former BP gas station at the corner of Canal and River


New Ashford School Committee Wants Another Negotiation on LES Tuition
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:14AM / Thursday, March 15, 2018

NEW ASHFORD, Mass. — The School Committee on Wednesday night voted to accept a tuition agreement to send its seventh- through 12th-graders to Mount Greylock Regional School but asked its chairwoman and its superintendent to try again to negotiate a lower tuition rate to be able to continue sending its younger students to Lanesborough Elementary School.

The three-person committee agreed to recommend that the town approve at town meeting the increased rate of $14,477 for its middle and high school students, contingent upon some clarifications in the language about special education students and transportation costs.

But after nearly two hours of fielding questions and listening to


Drury Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
02:17PM / Wednesday, March 14, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. - Drury High School has announced its honor roll for the second quarter of the 2017-18 school year.


Grade 12

High honors: Boillat, Taylor Nicole; Brayman, Jacob Richard; Copeland, Mackenzie Marie; Crosier, Cassandra Champagne; Denning, Cady Aileen; Eastwood, Serena Marie; Middleton, Joseph James; Moon, Amanda Marie; Neff, Anthony John; Zoito, Allison Elizabeth.

Honors: Clements, Ashley Elizabeth; Flynn, Trinity Marie; Labdi, Shadi Samir; Lessard, Matthew Ryan; Therrien, Brianna Marie; Toomey, Dylan Hunter; Vallieres, Joshua Paul; Wright, Kevin Robert.


Grade 11

High honors: Alicandri, Vincienza Mai; Bohl, Natasha Irene; Callahan, Andrew Chan; Cartmill, Hali


BRTA Looking For Input on Storm Shutdowns
01:22PM / Wednesday, March 14, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. —The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) recently shut down bus service due to a snow storm. BRTA now is investigating the effectiveness of how adequate the communication was to the public.

The public is invited to take the survey, which takes less than 3 minutes to complete and is confidential, online here between now and March 30.

People can also take the survey at the BRTA Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC), 1 Columbus Avenue, Pittsfield, on the Customer Service Kiosk computer.


North Adams Happenings: March 14-20
11:58AM / Wednesday, March 14, 2018
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What Should Investors Know About Recent Volatility?
11:56AM / Wednesday, March 14, 2018

As you may have heard, the stock market has been on a wild ride lately. What's behind this volatility? And, as an investor, how concerned should you be?

Let's look at the first question first. What caused the steep drop in stock prices we experienced on a few separate days?

Essentially, two main factors seem to be responsible. First, some good economic news may actually have played a significant role. A 17-year low in unemployment and solid job growth have begun to push wages upward. These developments have led to fears of rising inflation, which, in turn, led to speculation that the Federal Reserve will tighten the money supply at a faster-than-expected rate. Stocks reacted


North Adams Council Approves Marijuana Ordinance
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:23AM / Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Mayor Thomas Bernard had hoped to push through two ordinances on pot consumption and fines but the council referred them for further review.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Monday approved an amended retail marijuana ordinance and referred two related ordinances to the Public Safety Committee.    A third related measure was referred back to the mayor's office at his request.    The ordinance has been in the works since January, when Mayor Thomas Bernard in one his first acts in office formed a working group to fast track an ordinance on retail marijuana before the state begins accepting applications in April.    The measure was


MCLA Softball Drops Pair on Opening Day
08:25PM / Tuesday, March 13, 2018
CLERMONT, Fla. -- The MCLA softball team opened its season Tuesday afternoon at the PFX games with an 8-3 loss to UMass Dartmouth in the 2018 opener.   UMD (5-2) took control early, taking advantage of a pair of runs to take a 1-0 lead after one inning.   MCLA scored an unearned run in the fifth before added two in the final frame as Kaitlyn Berghela's RBI triple to right field scored Kayla Baker, who slapped a single to start the frame.  Kaylyn Holliday then drove her home with her third hit of the day.   MCLA freshman hurler Sam Feinstein was tagged with the loss. Holliday had three hits for the Trailblazers to lead the offense.   Lasell 5, MCLA 3 Lasell's


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