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North Adams Councils OKs Transfers to Close Out Fiscal 2016
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:21AM / Thursday, July 14, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city is finishing out the fiscal year under budget and with the anticipation of free cash in its coffers.

Mayor Richard Alcombight on Tuesday night presented the City Council with some $615,815.51 in internal transfers to close out fiscal 2016, required by the end of this week.

"We were 1.6 percent under budget this year, which is always a good thing, and we are anticipating some free cash ... which should put us further under budget, which again is a good thing," the mayor said. "I want to thank our finance team and all the folks in City Hall and within city departments for trying to hold the line."

The funds came from the Transfer


Pete's Gun Shop, Celtics Earn Giorgi League Wins
09:33PM / Wednesday, July 13, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Tim Maselli scored 13 points, and Greg Vreeland added 12 to lead Pete’s Gun Shop/Maselli & Field to a 46-41 win over Moresi & Associates/Mingo’s on Wednesday night in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Kevin Shaker scored 11, and Nolan Bird and Todd Hunt each scored 10 to lead Moresi.   In Wednesday’s other game, Caleb Mackey scored 18 to lead the Celtics to a 54-34 win over Frank Field Contracting, which got 10 from Nick Aitken.   Play continues Thursday with two games starting at 6:30 at Noel Field or the Armory in the event of rain.


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

North Adams Board Tells Package Store Owner to Get a Manager
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:45PM / Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The commission decided a public hearing has to be held for Bright Ideas Brewing to sell at the Levit Amp concerts.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The License Commission is putting the brakes on an alcohol license transfer after the proposed new owner of Ed's Variety failed to find a local manager.

Will Patel of Westwood had appeared before the commission last month with paperwork naming himself as manager and an assistant who would take over but who was not a U.S. citizen.

Patel told the commission he had attempted to hire a local manager but didn't know anyone. He admitted that he had not advertised for the position.

The former owner, Richard Sheehan, and his sister did not wish


Letter: Blue Star Parents Group Forming
Letters to the Editor,
07:00PM / Wednesday, July 13, 2016

To the Editor:

July 4th is when we celebrate our country's Independence. It's also a perfect opportunity to remind people that the freedom and independence we celebrate is not free.

Berkshire County has many residents serving in the military – active, Reserves and Guard. Each military individual represents an entire family who is also sacrificing and supporting them. To help these families, Berkshire County Chapter for Blue Star Parents will hold its first gathering, Thursday, July 14, at 7 p.m. at the North Adams American Legion.

The group is open to all military parents – Reserves, National Guard or Active Duty. The concerns, stress, and emotions that come with the


Letter: Support a Pittsfield Ban on Exotic Circus Animals
Letters to the Editor,
04:00PM / Wednesday, July 13, 2016

To the Editor:

I am writing to you as a concerned citizen for the welfare of animals especially the exotic ones that could be used in circuses.

I realize that this puts all of you in a difficult spot trying to please both sides of an issue but I would encourage each one of you and take a step back and really to consider the issues at hand. I am not going to ask for all of you to take a look at gruesome pictures of what happens to these animals when training and I am not going to give you the details of what happens on the road or before and after shows.

Instead, I am going to ask you to remember back if any of you went to circuses as children or brought your children to them and the magic


Berkshire Tidbits: Corn Season
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
03:28PM / Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Tolland, Conn., Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual steak and lobster dinner Saturday, July 16, from 5 to 11 p.m.

There's a choice of a steak dinner, $25, a lobster dinner, $25, or a steak and lobster dinner, $40. Dinners include a salad, corn-on-the-cob, a baked potato and dessert. Or, hot dogs and hamburgers may be purchased separately.

The cash bar is open at 5 and remains open throughout the evening. Dinner seating is from 6 to 8. After dinner there will be a live band with dancing, a raffle and more.

The event takes place at the Tolland Public Safety Complex, 206 West Granville Road/Route 57.

Call 413-258-2859 or 413-537-8886 for tickets.


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CPR, AED Training Offered at Reduced Cost
12:42PM / Wednesday, July 13, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — SJG Emergency Response Training & Consulting has teamed up with Sweetbrook Nursing & Rehabilitation Center to provide reduced-cost CPR and AED training.

The fee is $20 per person (usually $50). Participants can pay by cash or check the day of the event. The classes will be held at Sweetbrook Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 1561 Cold Spring Road. The schedule is as follows; hour-long classes are scheduled at the top of each hour:

⦁ Thursday, July 21, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

⦁ Thursday, July 21, 6-10 p.m.

⦁ Thursday, Aug. 18, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

⦁ Thursday, Aug. 18, 6-10 p.m.

⦁ Thursday, Sept. 15, 7 a.m.-4


Newport Lights Up SteepleCats
12:30PM / Wednesday, July 13, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The North Adams SteepleCats (14-13) were coming a big road win VS the Plymouth Pilgrims (12-15) on Monday and were looking forward to returning home for the first time in seven days Tuesday night.   The game ended up not going the SteepleCats way in 14-1 loss to the Newport Gulls (15-14) at Joe Wolfe Field. It was the second time the Gulls have beaten the SteepleCats this season.   The Gulls jumped on the SteepleCats in the third inning and did not look back, scoring nine runs against ‘Cats starter Peter Lannoo. All nine runs came with two outs and eight of the nine were unearned. The Gulls continued to pour it on, pushing across three insurance runs in


North Adams Happenings: July 13-19
12:09PM / Wednesday, July 13, 2016
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Summer Music at its Best: Tanglewood, Tannery Pond and Manchester
By Stephen Dankner, Special to
11:51AM / Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Tanglewood enters its second week of classical programming, with inspiring and thought-provoking concerts in the Shed and in Ozawa Hall. As always, diversity is the watchword: from an all-Mozart evening to Ives and Gershwin; from Beethoven and Tchaikovsky to the cutting-edge orchestra “The Knights” performing arrangements of Cat Stevens, The Troggs and Bob Dylan. And, as always, there’s heartfelt chamber music: this week by Brahms and Alban Berg.

In New Lebanon, N.Y., at Tannery Pond, there’s a not-to-be-missed evening of solo piano music (Schubert, Franck, Liszt and Hough), to be performed by MacArthur (‘genius-award’) Fellow-virtuoso pianist/composer


Act Today to Avoid Financial Regrets Tomorrow
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:21AM / Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Mr. Sinatra, one of the most famous entertainers of the 20th century, did things his way, but he was also familiar with remorse. He’s not alone, of course. We all deal with regrets – and financial ones are among the most troublesome.

Here are the leading financial regrets, according to a recent survey by, along with some suggestions for avoiding them:

Not saving for retirement early enough: This was the top regret expressed by survey respondents. Saving and investing early for retirement offers you two key benefits. First, the more time you give growth-oriented investments, the greater their growth potential. And second, by saving and investing for retirement


North Adams Council Wants More Data on Parking Lot Changes
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:45AM / Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The council is considering whether to restore meters to the Center Street lot. Councilor Lisa Blackmer brought up concerns over confusing signage, noting some were in the middle of spaces making it difficult to determine whether they were permit or not.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An unconvinced City Council on Tuesday referred a proposal to restore parking meters to the Center Street parking lot to committee.

The lot has had a parking-ticket kiosk for a number of years, but it's been broken for at least four. Police Director Michael Cozzaglio had approached the Traffic Commission about restoring the meters last month, saying it was impossible to enforce parking limits in the short-


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