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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

Storm Center: Closings for Thursday, Feb. 9
08:52AM / Thursday, February 09, 2017
Up to a foot of snow is expected to fall on the Berkshires on Thursday. Driving is treacherous and visibility is low.    All public schools are closed today as are many state and local offices. Winter parking bans and snow emergencies are in effect in most towns: do not park on the streets or you may be towed. If you plan on going out, call ahead to ensure your destination will be open.   Email us at with your closure. The following are closed:   Adams * All town offices, library and Council on Aging   * Smith Bros-McAndrews Insurance Inc.   * Adams Community Bank and drive-ups will be closing at 4 p.m. today     North Adams *


North Adams Makes Finalist for Small Biz Revolution
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:48AM / Thursday, February 09, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams has been named one of five finalists for a half-million dollar downtown boost.   The announcement was made early Thursday morning on Facebook Live by the Small Business Revolution initiative. More than two dozen supporters were at the Holiday Inn to cheer the results.   "I am speechless," said Benjamin Lamb, the president of the City Council who spearheaded the effort with the city's event coordinator Suzy Helme. "This was excellent, especially in a snow emergency. This place was so excited to see this happen.   We were all here for camaraderie — or commiseration."   The results were announced in


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

McCann Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
03:53PM / Wednesday, February 08, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has announced its second quarter honor roll for the 2016-17 school year.


High Honors

Grade 12: Boudreau, Brian; Cristofolini, Lorenzo; Dean, Ainsley; Denault, Angela; Field, Mallory; Galipeau, William; Gardner, Makenzie; Gifford-Blasi, Ivy; Gigliotti, Katie; Gigliotti, Madison; Guyette, Connor; Kipp, William; Lampro, Tyler; Milner, Erica; Moran, Jordan; Oakes, Jacob; Pandell, Blaize; Parada, Ryan; Pecor, Robert; Piaggi, Brenden; Senecal, Elise; Wojcik, Alexander.

Grade 11: Ames, Payton; Boucher, Mackenzie; Boucher, Noah; Charon, Ryan; Cote, Megan; Dix, James; Dowling, Aimee; Esoldi, Julia; Favre, Joshua; Fuller, Hannah; Gamari,


North Adams Police Investigating Hit & Run
Staff Reports,
03:16PM / Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Above is an image of a 2013 Ford Explorer similar to the sport utility vehicle believed involved in Wednesday's accident. Police say the suspect SUV could a 2016-17 model and has damage to its passenger side. North Adams Police posted on Facebook on Thursday afternoon that a vehicle and driver suspected in Wednesday's hit-and-run on West Main Street have been found.    According to police, a vehicle was located "displaying damage consistent with the accident" and impounded. An individual was also taken into custody. The investigation is still active and statement said that there would be no further details immediately released.    The


Jacob's Pillow Hosts 'Chance to Dance' Contest
02:20PM / Wednesday, February 08, 2017

BECKET, Mass. - Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival invites artists of all styles to participate in the first ever Inside/Out: Chance to Dance viewers' choice contest.

An exciting opportunity to perform on the Pillow's iconic outdoor stage, the Chance to Dance contest is a viewer-selected online competition that allows the public, peers, and fans of artists to vote on their inclusion in the Inside/Out Performance Series for Festival 2017.

Submissions to the contest will be accepted from Feb. 6-20; voting is open to the public on PillowTV, the Jacob's Pillow YouTube channel, from February 21-26. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, March 7, and will perform on July 21 as a part


MCLA Announces Spring Preview Days
01:39PM / Wednesday, February 08, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Beginning on Saturday, Feb. 11, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will offer a series of Spring Preview Days to provide prospective students with opportunities to tour the campus, learn about the admission and financial aid processes, discover a wide variety of academic programs, and find out more about student life at MCLA.

Check in for each Spring Preview Day begins at 10:45 a.m. in the Center for Science and Innovation. The program will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"Preview Days are a convenient way for prospective students to see campus for the first time and learn more about MCLA's academic programs and vibrant campus life. We encourage students


Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Awards $1.5 Million in Winter Grants Cycle
12:38PM / Wednesday, February 08, 2017

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced the recipients of its final round of grantmaking for 2016.

The foundation distributed over $708,000 in grants to individuals, schools and nonprofits in the four-county region it serves, and grants totaling nearly $800,000 from donors with charitable funds at the foundation.

In Berkshire County, the foundation awarded grants from the Adams Cheshire Educational Partnership; Amy Clampitt Fund; Berkshire Environmental Endowment Fund; Berkshire Hills Fund for Excellence; Central Berkshire Fund; Martha Boschen Porter Fund; William J. & Margery S. Barrett Fund for Adams, Cheshire & Savoy; and Williamstown


Berkshires Beat: Senior Living Community Collects Items For Neighbors in Need
12:30PM / Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Helping hands: Brookdale Fillmore Pond, a senior living community, launched a partnership with the Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless (BCCH), to provide assistance to those in need in the Bennington, Vt., area. The Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless currently provides resources for more than 400 people a year, but continues to need assistance. The associates, residents and their families at Brookdale Fillmore Pond collected items based on the needs of the BCCH.

Needed items that were collected include gently used seasonal clothing, including coats and socks; children's books; and personal hygiene items, specifically small bottles of shampoo, lotion, mouthwash and


Biz Briefs: Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity to Dedicate 37th Home
11:52AM / Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Home again: Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity will host a Home Dedication for Sheerece Adams on Saturday, Feb. 11. Adams is in the process of closing on the purchase of the rehabilitated Habitat home at 5 Hall Place. This new homeowner had to complete 400 hours of sweat equity working at ReStore, on the job site of her future home, in addition to Financial Tools workshops and coaching.

The dedication and presentation will start at 5 Hall Place at 2 p.m. After the dedication guests will be welcomed with light refreshments and a tour of the home. Habitat has invited several local leaders such as Sen. Adam Hinds to speak at the dedication. All in the community are welcome to join.



North Adams Happenings: Feb. 8-14
11:12AM / Wednesday, February 08, 2017
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On Valentine's Day, Consider Financial Gifts
10:36AM / Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Last year, Americans spent more than $19 billion on Valentine's Day gifts, according to the National Retail Federation, with the majority of this money going to flowers, candy, cards and an evening out. These gifts were thoughtful, of course, and no doubt appreciated, but they were also somewhat disposable, for want of a better word.

On the other hand, some financial gifts can have a pretty long "shelf life."

Beyond simply enclosing some money in a card, what sort of financial gifts can you give? The answer depends somewhat on the recipient. For example, if your sweetheart is also your spouse, some of the gifts suggested below may be redundant to the financial moves you


North Adams Getting Back in Line for MSBA Project
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Wednesday, February 08, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee on Tuesday approved beginning the process toward renovating Greylock School.

A statement of interest detailing structural deficiencies of the nearly 60-year-old school and their impact on educational program will be submitted to the Massachusetts School Building Authority if the City Council also approves the action next week.

School officials were quick to point out that the application does not mean a school project anytime soon — nor does it obligate either the city or MSBA to anything.

"Greylock was potentially one of our projects," said Mayor Richard Alcombright, referring to Greylock having been a possible option in


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