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Berkshire Food Project Hosts Annual Thanksgiving Dinner
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:28PM / Monday, November 20, 2017

Kitchen Manager Darlene Ellis, left, and new Executive Director Kim McMann were prepared for more than 200 people to eat Monday night.   NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Hundreds were fed Monday evening at the Berkshire Food Project's Thanksgiving Dinner, part of its charge in making sure no one goes hungry this holiday season.   The non-profit's new Executive Director Kim McMann said she feels this annual event is one that truly brings people together.    "One of the things that is really special about Thanksgiving dinner is that we have people that don't usually eat with us come in and eat with the people who eat with us every day," she


Journalist, CNN Analyst Toobin Talks About the Current News Engagement
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:35PM / Monday, November 20, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The last 10 months have been exhausting and invigorating for political and legal journalists, says CNN political analyst and legal writer Jeffrey Toobin.

Toobin was the speaker at last week's annual Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture series at  Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. 

Toobin is a Harvard-trained attorney and classmate of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. He spent time in the office of the independent counsel prosecuting the Iran Contra Affair and later was an assistant U.S. attorney in New York City. He wrote a book about Iran Contra and left the law in the 1990s to continue his writing career, including


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

Biz Briefs: Pittsfield Business Sponsors Thanksgiving Run/Walk to Benefit Autism Connections
03:27PM / Monday, November 20, 2017
What are you thankful for?

The second annual Thankful 5k Run/Walk to benefit Autism Connections will be held Thanksgiving morning at 8 a.m. at Berkshire Running Center at 34 Depot St. Pittsfield. Race Directors Shiobbean Lemme and her husband and co-owner Kent decided to offer a free event to thank the community support for their family owned run specialty store and training center. The free event was part of the celebration of their move into their spacious training center and cycling studio last November.

The Lemmes have been running the business and specializing in race directing and timing since 2010. Among the largest races they have directed is the annual Steel Rail Half Marathon


MCLA Men's Basketball Improves to 1-1
11:59AM / Sunday, November 19, 2017
MHERST, Mass. -- Mike Demartinis scored 15 points, including 12 in the second half, as the MCLA men's basketball team defeated Sarah Lawrence, 61-59, in the consolation round of the Ken Wright invitational on Saturday.   MCLA (1-1) led early by as many as 14 points, however this one was close throughout the second half.  Neither team led by more than six in the closing half of play that featured seven lead changes and five ties.     Late in the half, the Gryphons (0-2) led, 56-53, after Enike Anyia's layup with 3:35 left to play.  Noah Yearsley scored on a drive to the basket to cut it to a one point game and MCLA would hold the Gryphons without a


Clarksburg School Project Defeated in Record Turnout
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:32PM / Saturday, November 18, 2017

Town Clerk Carol Jammalo, at right in red, swears in assistants on Saturday to help with running the special town meeting. CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The controversial $19 million school project went down to defeat on Saturday by 292-263.   The borrowing authorization required a two-thirds vote to pass, or 370 yes votes out of the 555 cast.    The result was a flip of September's special town meeting vote that saw the project fail to capture two-thirds of the ballots by a single vote.    School Superintendent Jon Lev said he had previously posted a meeting of the School Building Committee for 5 p.m. on Monday.   "We're


'Murder on the Orient Express': Has You Humming the Scenery
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:38PM / Saturday, November 18, 2017
The beautiful romanticization of an era that in truth was only elegant for the well-to-do makes director Kenneth Branagh's version of Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express" a veritable feast for the eyes and imagination if not for the movie house detective in you.    Oh, there are wonderfully opulent appurtenances aboard the luxury train where famed Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot plies his craft with genius, whimsy and a gallantry too often eclipsed by humankind's less noble instincts.   Starring an all-star cast to match the assemblage of beautiful people in Sidney Lumet's 1974 adaptation of Christie's 1935 mystery, this group is also


Williamstown Hardware Store Holds Grand Opening
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:00AM / Saturday, November 18, 2017

Snowblowers lined up outside the new Aubuchon Hardware.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Aubuchon Hardware's president and CEO on Friday said the chain's newest location affirms its commitment to the Village Beautiful.   William Aubuchon IV cut the ribbon on Aubuchon's Main Street store, which opened a few weeks ago but held its grand opening celebration until this Friday and Saturday.   Afterward, Aubuchon said the move from a smaller location in the Colonial Plaza to the east on Main Street (Route 2) was necessary to serve the store's clientele.   "We needed to take care of the customers in this area, and to do that appropriately, we needed more


E3 Students Create Recipe Cards for Food Pantry
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:38AM / Saturday, November 18, 2017

E3 Academy students test out their recipes in the UNO Center kitchen.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Every Wednesday, clients of the Friendship Center Food Pantry gather down the street in the First Baptist Church to sign in and wait their turn.

On a recent Wednesday morning, they got a little extra surprise: homemade treats prepared and presented by the students of the E3 Academy, a competency-based program of Drury High School that features a non-traditional classroom setup for students at risk of leaving school.

The students came to the church bearing a set of recipe cards, which they produced as part of their quarter-long service-learning project to address issues related to


MCLA Men's Basketball Falls in Season Opener
10:00PM / Friday, November 17, 2017
AMHERST, Mass. -- Mike McGuire scored 16 points Friday to lead Western New England to a 78-60 win over the MCLA men's basketball team in its season opener at the Ken Wright Tournament at Amherst College.   Mike DeMartinis led the Trailblazers with 19 points and a game-high seven rebounds.   Ki-Shawn Monroe and Antoine Montgomery added 13 and 12, respectively, in the loss.   MCLA is back at Amherst for the tournament's consolation game on Saturday.


Clarksburg Town Officials Offer Override Option as 'Plan B'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:33PM / Friday, November 17, 2017

Residents are sharply questioning the town's ability to pay back the $7.7 million it would be responsible for.  CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Town officials are floating the idea of a Proposition 2 1/2 override to stash away funds for capital projects that would include repairs to the aging elementary school.    "We're trying to work something out ... maybe a $2.75 override and put those monies into stabilitization for town and school repairs," said Selectmen Chairman Jeffrey Levanos at Wednesday's information session. "The school has that idea of their project and the school wants you to vote yes, the town wants no, but maybe there's a gray


Festive Holiday Market Brings Artisans, Good Food, to Greylock Works
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:06PM / Friday, November 17, 2017

Karla Rothstein, earlier this week, holds up a long list of performers, artisans and vendors appearing at Saturday's Festive at Greylock Works.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Some 60 vendors and artisans will be showing their wares in the spacious Weave Shed at Greylock Works on Saturday.    But this isn't your typical farmer's market or craft bazaar.    Instead of rushing through, the organizers are hoping patrons of Festive Holiday Market will slow down, have a cup of coffee, try some of the food being made by award-winning chefs, take time to talk to the artisans about their passion and, in general, just chill.    "I think sometimes

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Superior Court Briefs: Nov. 13 - Nov. 15
Staff Reports,
01:49PM / Friday, November 17, 2017
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, November 13.   Christopher Rathbun, 28, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws, and possession of cocaine.   He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $5,000 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Lee on October 10, 2017.   Ronald Vachon, 34, of Greenfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on four counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14, two counts of rape and abuse of a child aggravated by an age difference, and a single count


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