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Grazie Italian Restaurant Opens in North Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:46AM / Thursday, February 11, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — David Moresi had a vision when he bought the Mulcare Block nearly two years ago: Restore his grandfather's tavern, the Mohawk, and open an Italian eatery.

The Mohawk reopened last year, but the restaurant has taken a little longer and required just the right ingredient.

Moresi found it in another North Adams native who had recently returned to the area with his growing family.

"We hit it off, we both had the same vision of what we wanted," said Matt Tatro last week in the newly furnished dining room of Grazie on Marshall Street. "We're both hard working guys, family oriented."

Moresi said it was the right partnership, with each

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North Adams Model Railroad Museum Heads for Phase 2
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:43PM / Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A proposed model railroad museum is moving into Phase 2 of planning with the approval of the Redevelopment Authority.

The estimated $8.5 million museum is the brainchild of museum visionary Thomas Krens and would entail some 31,000 square feet of space on the north side of Western Gateway Heritage State Park, which is overseen by the authority.

The concept was unveiled late last year with the support of local officials and former Govs. William Weld and Michael Dukakis.

Wednesday's meeting in the park's Building One, currently being used by Krens' Global Cultural Asset Management LLC, was an update on the project's Phase One, which included a

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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North Adams Girls Win Youth Basketball Tourney
11:56AM / Wednesday, February 10, 2016
DALTON, Mass. -- The North Adams girls edged Dalton, 18-13, in a defensive battle to win the championship game of the CYC third- and fourth-grade travel squad tournament.   The North Adams squad (seen here) includes: back row - Emily Feder, Faith Moran, Sadie Walden, Brooke Bishop, Danni Bordeau; front row - Brooke Reynolds, Isabella Moore, Megan McGrath, Jacinta Felix, Hannah LaCasse.   Dalton's Olivia Gamberoni earned the tournament's sportsmanship award.

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Think About Sending Financial Valentines to Loved Ones
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:55AM / Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Americans spent nearly $19 billion in Valentine’s Day gifts last year, according to the National Retail Federation. Much of this money went for gifts with short shelf lives, such as candy, flowers and restaurant meals (and about $700 million was spent on gifts for pets).

There’s certainly nothing wrong with giving chocolates or roses. But this year, think about going beyond the classic gifts. Instead, use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to determine how you can make gifts with long-lasting impact to your circle of loved ones.

Here are some suggestions:

* For your spouse or significant other: As long as your spouse or significant other has earned income, he or she may

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North Adams Happenings: Feb. 10-16
10:51AM / Wednesday, February 10, 2016
North Adams Happenings: Feb. 10 - 16
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Bay State Winter Games Return to Berkshires This Weekend
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:16AM / Wednesday, February 10, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Kevin Cummings knows how quickly a good idea can snowball.   The executive director of the Bay State Games is excited to see games offer two new events when it returned to the Berkshires for its 31st season.   "I started with the organization in 1984, and I remember '85 was the first figure skating competition," Cummings said. "We had under 50 skaters."   This year, there will be hundreds of skaters descending on Williams College's Lansing Chapman Rink for three days of competition that run from 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12, through 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.   But the big news in the Bay State Winter Games is the addition of

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North Adams Council OKs Long-Term Lease With Child Care of the Berkshires
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:36AM / Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday approved a 25-year lease with Child Care of the Berkshires that will allow the nonprofit to apply for nearly a $1 million in grants.

"We have really ambitious plans for the building," Anne Nemetz-Carlson, longtime president and CEO of the agency, told the council on Tuesday. "We're a vibrant community place and we'd like to have a long-term lease."

CCB has been leasing Sarah T. Haskins School on State Street for more than 34 years as a day care serving more than 125 children and their families annually. Nearly 95 percent of the children are from families below the poverty line and up to third are victims

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Big Dance Turns Mass MoCA Tour Into Multisensual Peformance
By John Seven, Special to iBerkshires
11:03PM / Tuesday, February 09, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The latest dance performance to appear at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art won't take place on a stage, but that's not the only way it parts from tradition.

Big Dance Theater's "This Page Left Intentionally Blank" will wind its movement through the museum itself, taking the idea of a guided tour and using that to create new ideas not only about dance and performance, but about museums as well.

"It was definitely conceived of as a piece for a museum, a theatrical alternative version or meta-version of a docent art tour," said company co-director Paul Lazar. "It is that. Everyone meets the docent and off you go, but

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USDA Conservation Stewardship Program Accepting Applications
02:10PM / Tuesday, February 09, 2016

AMHERST, Mass. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has $150 million in funding available for agricultural producers across the country through the Conservation Stewardship Program, a federal conservation program that helps farmers voluntarily improve the health and productivity of private and Tribal working lands.

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service plans to add an estimated 10 million acres to the rolls of CSP during fiscal 2016.

"The Conservation Stewardship Program helps farmers boost soil and air quality, conserve clean water and enhance wildlife habitat," said Christine Clarke, NRCS state conservationist. "With this investment, we'll enable

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Grant Opens Workforce Training Opportunities in North Adams, Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:15PM / Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Mayor Linda Tyer said the program will address the changes to the local labor market. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There are currently 127 available manufacturing jobs in Berkshire County averaging annual salaries of more than $55,000, according to Interprint CEO Peter Stasiowski.   But there aren't enough workers in the area with the skills needed to fill those vacancies. The state has now allocated $138,000 to the Berkshire County Regional Employment Board to train workers to fill those jobs.   "We know the importance of growing our own," Stasiowski said.   See application and information below.   According to Stasiowski, manufacturing makes up 8

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North Adams Librarian to Retire After 30 Years
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:48AM / Tuesday, February 09, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Longtime library employee Robin Martin intends to retire in early May, and library officials say they'll feel her absence keenly.

Not only are they losing an experienced employee of 30 years, but her departure as adult reference services librarian may lead to a cascade of staffing issues.

"She has been with the city for 30 years, and I would like to do something communitywide [to recognize her]. There are a lot of patrons who would like to honor her service," Library Director Mindy Hackner told the trustees Monday.

"I am dreading her leaving because she is the keeper of all of our institutional knowledge and she has done a superb

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Berkshire Tidbits: Chinese New Year Banquet, Food Events
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
07:51PM / Monday, February 08, 2016

It's midwinter and full of food delights! Events, holidays and special deals on delicious foods.


Yogurt-marinated wings at Bombay Grill in Lee.

For football fans, Sunday is Super Bowl in more ways than running through a stadium field with a pointy-ended ball. It's super bowls and bowls and platters and pans of gooey and rich, crunchy and spicy, salty, smoky, savory and sweet everything comfort foods. I'll go into local wings later.

Monday, Feb. 8, is the beginning of the 15-day Chinese Spring Festival or Chinese New Year when food offers symbolic help for health, prosperity and overall good fortune in the coming year. I arranged to have a banquet with friends at Panda House

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