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BArT Announces Third Quarter Honor Roll
07:16PM / Thursday, May 03, 2018

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the third quarter of the 2017-2018 school year. 

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of “Honors”. Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of “High Honors.”

Academic courses at BART are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

Grade Six

High Honors: Abreyana Avila, Tiana


Guest Column: Tobacco Industry Targeting Teens With Vaping
By Joyce Brewer, Guest Column
07:00PM / Thursday, May 03, 2018

Thanks to the tobacco and vaping industries targeting our youth, Berkshire County has experienced an increase in the use of e-cigarettes, such as the JUUL, by young people.

In my job, I speak with people throughout our region about the dangers of tobacco and about how the tobacco industry targets kids. Usually, they are alarmed and surprised to learn that youth use of e-cigarettes and vaping devices such as JUUL is not just another harmless fad, but that these products contain nicotine, a highly addictive substance that is getting youth hooked. Nearly 24 percent of high-school-aged youth in Massachusetts report using e-cigarettes and almost 45 percent have used them at least

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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

The Independent Investor: Financial Scams Targeted at Elderly Are Epidemic
By Bill Schmick,
04:50PM / Thursday, May 03, 2018
As Baby Boomers age, the volume of reported financial scams directed against them continues to escalate. By some estimates, more than $37 billion a year is now being stolen from America's elderly. And those are only the reported cases.   It is estimated that 5 million Americans are bilked by con artists every year. Some financial firms believe the total can exceed $37.5 billion annually. The Office of Children and Family Services in New York begs to disagree. They say that in their state alone $1.5 billion a year is stolen. And for every case that is reported, 44 are not.   Aside from the impact of losing their entire savings, elder fraud victims are dying at triple the death

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Drury Stage Company to Perform 'Black Comedy' Farce
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:54PM / Thursday, May 03, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Drury Stage Company will bring the one-act British farce "Black Comedy" to the stage starting Thursday.   "This is very much slapstick physical comedy and the students are hilarious," Director Liz Urban said. "It is very funny you will come and just enjoy yourself the whole time."   The play, written by Peter Schaffer, premiered in 1965 and follows sculptor Brindsley Miller, who is trying simultaneously to impress Georg Bamberger, an elderly millionaire interested in possibly purchasing his work and his fiancée Carol Melkett's father Colonel Melkett.   Brindsley borrows some antique furniture from his

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College Scholarships Available for Drury High Graduates
12:41PM / Thursday, May 03, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Public Schools offers three postgraduate scholarship funds for any college student who graduated from Drury High School and is attending a four-year college when making the application.   This is the first year the applications for these scholarships are available online. The school district disperses some $17,000 in scholarships each year. All postgraduate scholarship applications are due by June 1.   The Charles & Olivina Perron Memorial Scholarship is open to any college student attending a four-year college. To apply for the Charles & Olivina Perron Memorial Scholarship fund click here.   The Dr. H.H. Gadsby Memorial


SteepleCats Seeking Host Families for Summer Season
10:31AM / Thursday, May 03, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams SteepleCats are seeking host families to house players for their upcoming 2018 baseball season.

The host family commitment is to house a SteepleCats player from June 2 through the beginning of August. Players should have their own room, and families provide their meals. Players will arrange their own transportation. 

In exchange, host families receive a Golden Ticket that allows them to attend any game throughout the league – and never expires. They also receive a discount on SteepleCats merchandise.

More importantly, they build a relationship with players that can last a lifetime. For more information on hosting a player, contact Pat


North Adams Committee Advises No Rate Changes at Transfer Station
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:31AM / Thursday, May 03, 2018

A pie chart expenses for the transfer station.  The budget for fiscal 2019 is $455,184.27. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Public Services Committee will be recommending no changes to the rates at the transfer station with the exception of adding a one-time disposal fee of $10.    Administrative Officer Michael had brought forward several proposals on changing to a single-rate sticker fee and adding a $6 one-time charge. But committee members felt that the transfer station was a convenience for many in the area and fees shouldn't be reduced at this point.    "I would keep everything the same and then next year, if we find our nonresidents has dropped


MCLA Adding Men's Lacrosse
10:43PM / Wednesday, May 02, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts President James F. Birge and Director of Athletics Laura Mooney announced Wednesday the addition of men’s lacrosse to its varsity lineup with competition slated to begin during the 2019-20 academic year.   This new program will bring the total number of varsity sports at MCLA to 14, divided evenly among programs for men and women.    Birge said that men’s lacrosse is the perfect next addition to MCLA’s growing athletics program.    “Across the country, this fascinating sport – which combines the best qualities of hockey, basketball, and soccer – continues to increase


E3 Academy Exhibit Looks Social, Civil Rights Issues
By Ashlynn Marcil, iBerkshires Intern
03:34PM / Wednesday, May 02, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. ー The E3 Academy will be opening an interactive exhibition that covers social and civil  rights issues in connection to the community of North Adams.    "The Many Faces of North Adams" opens on Thursday, May 3, with a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the MCLA Design Lab, 49 Main St. It runs through May 29.   The E3 Academy, which stands for Effort, Employability and Essential skills and knowledge, is a competency-based program of Drury High School. The program features a non-traditional classroom setup using service-learning projects for students at risk of leaving school.   Through the work on this service learning

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Here's a Checklist for Changing Jobs
07:51AM / Wednesday, May 02, 2018

A few generations ago, it was not uncommon for workers to stick with a single job for their whole careers. But for many of us today, frequent job changes are a fact of life: The average employee tenure is just over four years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

So, assuming you’re going to switch jobs a few times, you’ll want to be prepared. Here’s a checklist of things you can do to smooth these transitions and help your financial situation:

* Build an emergency fund. Some of your job changes may be involuntary, so you’ll want to have a cash cushion handy – just in case. One smart move would be to build an emergency fund, containing three to


North Adams Happenings: May 2-8
07:47AM / Wednesday, May 02, 2018


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North Adams Fire Damages Central Avenue Duplex
By Tammy Daniels,
05:31PM / Tuesday, May 01, 2018

A fire in the walls at 54-56 Central Ave. took time to find and extinguish.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Firefighters spent close to two hours tracking down and extinguishing a stubborn fire within the walls of a Central Avenue duplex on Tuesday afternoon.

The blaze started on the backside of the building, between the first and second floors, and sent smoke pouring from windows and eaves of the circa-1900 home. It was called in around 2 p.m.

"It looks like it started in the wall between the two apartments or around the wall between the two apartments," Fire Director Stephen Meranti said. "It got into the ceiling and it went both ways into both


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