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BRPC Wants to Know How Towns Spend Chapter 90 Funds
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:13AM / Monday, January 29, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — One of the first things Gov. Charlie Baker did on taking office in 2014 was release an additional $100 million in money for cities and towns to repair roads.   But towns in the Berkshires didn't use the money that spring. In fact, total spending on Chapter 90 allocations dropped to the lowest spending level in the last five years. Baker's announcement had come halfway through the fiscal year and was hailed by local officials.    The following year, spending peaked locally at $10 million but that was still less than what the state sent to Berkshire towns. The rest of it went into city and town's bank accounts. In the last five years, 75

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Letter: Still Awaiting Answers on Repainting of Pillars
Letter to the Editor,
05:00PM / Sunday, January 28, 2018

To the Editor:

Just a public update concerning the paint over of the mill workers and products painted on the pillars on Marshall Street.

The paintings were done by children in the North Adams school system and represent an important part of the community's history. A meeting between the students supervising artist and a representative from the museum was held in December with no resolution reached.

From information received, another future meeting is in the works but, the question arises concerning why the long dragged out time in resolving the issue? Possibility the tactic is to keep putting off a resolution with the goal of hoping the public will forget the issue.

The fact of the


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

County Alums Posting Solid Indoor Track Times Sports,
01:58PM / Sunday, January 28, 2018
Berkshire County was well represented at Saturday’s Massasoit Classic indoor track and field meet at Springfield College.   Trinity College sophomore Weyessa “Ace” McAlister (Monument Mountain) won the mile run, clocking a time of 4 minutes, 33.52 seconds, to win by more than two seconds. Earlier this month, he opened the 2018 with a fourth-place finish in the 3,000 meters at the Embry-Riddle University 2018 Indoor-Outdoor Challenge in Florida.   Springfield College’s and Taconic High School’s own Courtney Luscier won the 60-meter dash in a time 7.87 seconds.   Two more Taconic alumni were busy representing UMass Boston at this weekend’s


Westfield State Topples MCLA Men, Women
05:37PM / Saturday, January 27, 2018
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Marcus Collins scored 28 points to lead four Westfield State players in double figures as the Owls defeated MCLA, 97-75, on Saturday.   Collins also had a team-high eight rebounds and six assists for Westfield State (9-11, 3-4 MASCAC).   Mike Demartinis scored 16, and Keiland Cross added 11 to lead MCLA (6-12, 3-4).   MCLA hosts Bridgewater State on Wednesday night.   Women's Basketball WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Kierra McCarthy scored 18 points, and Lucy Barrett added 16 to lead Westfield State to a 78-57 win over MCLA.   Mount Greylock graduate Barrett had three assists, three steals and one turnover for the Owls (13-6, 7-0), who put the game away


Massachusetts Libraries Say State Budget Stacked Against Them
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:31AM / Saturday, January 27, 2018

Board of Library Commissioners Mary Kronholm, left, and Jan Resnick say level funding is forcing operations to eat into programming, training and support for public libraries.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A decade ago, the state's libraries were urging legislators to provide them the funding support they needed to serve their communities large and small.    Not much has changed since then.    The Board of Library Commissioners is asking for a $2 million increase over this year; the governor's budget is giving it $175,000 instead.   "The ask is a 3 percent increase ... we have operated on less than a 1 percent increase over the last eight


@theMarket: Bulls Barrel Through Another Week
By Bill Schmick,
05:21PM / Friday, January 26, 2018
Better quarterly earnings trumped concerns of a declining greenback this week sending all the U.S. stock averages to yet more record highs. There appears to be no end in sight for this continued "melt-up" in the markets.   Over in Davos, Switzerland, President Donald Trump addressed the annual World Economic Forum. For the most part, it was a classic display of "Trumpisms"— MAGA, unfair trading partners, historic stock market.  His "ain't American grand again, thanks to me" message failed to impress most of his foreign audience although his supporters were ecstatic over his speech. But whether you love him, or hate him, "The


Superior Court Briefs: Jan. 23 - Jan. 25
Staff Reports,
01:14PM / Friday, January 26, 2018
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, January 23.   Brian Aherne, 40, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of larceny by embezzlement.   The charge was continued without a finding for one year. Aherne took approximately $5,000 from the estate of Corrine Wise between October 1, 2010 and October 31, 2012.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, January 26.   Brett Logan, 35, and Karisa Miranda-Ruiz, 35, both of North Adams were found not guilty of a single count of reckless endangerment of a child.   Logan and Miranda-Ruiz were accused of knowing that an 11-month-old child was being abused and did not report it between September 1,

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BArT Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
11:40AM / Friday, January 26, 2018

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the second 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.

Students in grade six who earned high honors are Abreyana


WAM Announces Expansion of Theater Leadership
10:20AM / Friday, January 26, 2018

Talya Kingston has been named associate artistic director and Max Galdos-Shapiro will join WAM as general manager.

LEE, Mass. — WAM Theatre embarks on its ninth season with the announcement of two new members of the WAM Leadership Team and three new members of its board of directors.

Talya Kingston has been named associate artistic director and Max Galdos-Shapiro will join WAM as general manager. Together with Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven and Philanthropy and Outreach Coordinator Gwendolyn Tunnicliffe, they comprise the leadership team at WAM Theatre.

Newly appointed to WAM's board of directors are Lynn Festa, Wendy Healey and Arwen Lowbridge.

"We are


MCLA Men Use Defense to Earn Road Win
11:55PM / Thursday, January 25, 2018
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- The MCLA men's basketball team held Framingham State to 29 percent shooting as they clamped down on the Rams and rolled to a 58-40 win on Thursday night.   MCLA (6-11, 3-3 MASCAC) was led by Keiland Cross and Adam Conquest who each ended with 10 points. Quran Davis added 9 points in the win.     Framingham State (5-14, 1-5) was led by Manny Payton's game high 13 point night while Cameren McCloud Thomas had 12.   MCLA led 18-16 after Payton connected on a triple for the Rams with 5:18 left in the first half. The Trailblazers outscored the Rams 10-2 to close the half with a 28-18 lead.   MCLA never trailed in the second half and


North Adams Officials Taking on Problem of Domestic Violence
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:43PM / Thursday, January 25, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The recent murder of a local woman has prompted two city councilors to engage local government in addressing the issue of domestic violence.    Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien, who moved to the city less than a year ago, was allegedly killed by her husband on Jan. 5. Of the three murders that occurred in the city in the last decade, at least two of them could be considered domestic violence, said Councilor Marie T. Harpin, who with Councilor Benjamin Lamb brought the subject to the council. She also pointed to the disappearance of a Clarksburg woman, also believed killed by her late husband.    "To me, I think that is a shout-out to us, as


'Phantom Thread': When Love Is In Fashion
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
02:51PM / Thursday, January 25, 2018
Though perhaps deluded, I'd like to think I put as much effort into an essay as Daniel Day-Lewis' Reynolds Woodcock devotes to making a dress in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Phantom Thread."    This is the sort of person you want doing your heart operation, piloting the airplane you're on, or teaching your kid. He's the real deal, and suffers for it, too. The maladies of obsessive genius are many. But the inherent reward is matchless, with the added benefit, aside from financial remuneration, of almost having a right to the arrogance you exude, if so inclined.   Welcome to Mr. Woodcock's world, a special place of understated elegance based in a


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