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PopCares Annual Dinner Draws Hundreds to Bounti-Fare
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:07AM / Monday, October 24, 2016

Jessica and Nicholas Dabrowski and their daughter, Jordan. Jessica was diagnosed with an uncommon form of blood myeloma five years ago and within days learned she was pregnant. The couple has made it through with support from the community, including help from PopCares.

ADAMS, Mass. — It was a tough Wednesday about a year ago for Jessica and Nicholas Dabrowski.

They were struggling with work, taking care of their young daughter, Jordan, and the resurfacing of Jessica's cancer. There was chemotherapy at Berkshire Medical Center and visits to Massachusetts General Hospital, while both were working full time or more at stressful jobs.

It was a day when they'd felt defeated,


Adams Harvest Fest This Weekend
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:44PM / Friday, October 21, 2016
ADAMS, Mass. — The Harvest Fest will come to Bowe Field for the first time this Saturday.   Organizer Annmarie Belmonte said the idea for the event was to give people something to do this fall.   "Basically is there is not much to do around here, and, I hosted Hi-Jinx that went off without a hitch, so I thought I would try something else," Belmonte said.   The "Rising of the Corn" event is starting small at four hours, with hopes to grow next year.   The fest at the Adams Agricultural fairgrounds is being sponsored by Izzy's Diner and Pizza and Bounti-Fare. There is a $2 admission fee for adults at the gate, children are free; it runs


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

'The Accountant': Adds Up Smartly
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:14PM / Friday, October 21, 2016

"Why would I want to see Ben Affleck do taxes?"

Thus inquired a friend's wife when he asked if she'd like to see "The Accountant," director Gavin O'Connor's action-packed crime drama starring Affleck in the title role. To which I reply, "exactly." The snazzy, left-handed glorification of the iconically dull profession, often seen as a refuge for the creatively challenged, is here entertainingly perched on its ear and pumped for all of its anomalous surprise, shock and glee.

This is an often captivating, physical and mental road trip through some rather intricate loopholes that'll have you wondering if Humpty can ever be put together at


MCLA Alumni Association Announces 2016 Awards
12:40PM / Friday, October 21, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Alumni Association held its Annual Distinguished Alumni Award Ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 15, when it recognized the achievements of past graduates of the college.

This year's recipients included Peter Abuisi '66, who received the Outstanding Educator Emeritus Award; The Honorable Representative Michelle Dubois '06, who received the MCLA Alumni Humanitarian Award; Michelle Kirby '90, who received the MCLA Outstanding Educator Award; Benjamin Lamb '07, who received the MCLA Young Alumnus Award; Buffy Duringer Lord '98, who received the MCLA Outstanding Service to the College Award; and Dr. Katherine


New Berkshire Theatre Awards Program Names Winners
11:40AM / Friday, October 21, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. - The winners of the First Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards have been announced. Seventeen arts journalists voted on 120 nominees in 25 categories chosen from artists in the 75 live theatre productions mounted in Berkshire County and adjacent areas between October 1, 2015, and September 30, 2016.

The winner of the special Larry Murray Award, to be given to a person or theater project that advances social, political or community issues, will not be announced until the Winners’ Celebration at 5 p.m. on Nov. 13 at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret in Pittsfield. Nominees for the Larry Murray Award are Kristen van Ginhoven, co-founder and artistic director of WAM Theatre, and


Brayton Students Enjoy Free Supper Program
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:33AM / Friday, October 21, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Kids in North Adams have another reason to hang around after school: Dinner.   The hot meal program was introduced this year at Brayton Elementary School as part of its slate of after-school activities.   Cory Nicholas, the food service director, said about 185 students are now served dinner each weekday evening.   "We, from a food service standpoint, are trying to increase access," he said. "That's our goal. We have expanded with breakfast in the classroom and now supper."   Noella Carlow, the school system's 21st Century after-school and summer program site coordinator, who with Nicholas secured the grant, said the


Clarksburg Building Committee Seeking More Funds for Study
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:08AM / Friday, October 21, 2016

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Funds set aside for a feasibility study of Clarksburg School are coming up short.

The School Building Committee voted on Wednesday to kick a request for another $45,000 to the School Committee. The study is the first step in determining construction options for the 50-year-old school.  

The town a year ago approved expending $250,000 for the study, with $100,000 from the school's stabilization fund (set aside specifically for this use) and $150,000 from the town stabilization fund with the expectation that money would be reimbursed. The entire project is estimated at $8 million to $10 million.

"I feel that we don't know where we'll end up

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Founding Director Bowen Leaving BArT at End of School Year
Staff Reports,
05:30PM / Wednesday, October 19, 2016

ADAMS, Mass. — The founding director of Berkshire Arts & Technology Public Charter School will leave at the end of the school year.

Julia Bowen informed the BArT community by email on Wednesday afternoon that she was departing after 13 years guiding the region's first and only charter school.

"I feel confident that this work will continue long after my departure," she wrote. "Over the years, we have built a team that has the intelligence to take on new challenges, the wisdom to focus on the most important work and the moral clarity to do this with integrity and respect, always with students' best interests at heart. I couldn't have imagined we would


Letter: Ballot Question 2
Letters to the Editor,
02:29PM / Wednesday, October 19, 2016

To the Editor:

There are good educational arguments for both sides of Question 2 on increasing the number of charter schools. However one claim by the proponents of this issue is misleading.

They say that passage of the ballot question will increase the amount of state funding going to public education. It is true that the enabling legislation for charter schools calls for transitional reimbursement to the sending district for students going to charter schools.

The problem is that, like every state program, this reimbursement is "subject to appropriation." No ballot question can in fact bind the legislature, as it considers the state budget, to prioritize a particular line item.


Letter: How Should I Vote On Prop 2?
Letters to the Editor,
02:00PM / Wednesday, October 19, 2016

To the Editor:

This was the question I was asked by a friend because they knew I had taught in both regular and charter public schools. For those who don't know, a yes vote on Prop 2 [Question 2 on the general election ballot] will expand the charter school program in Massachusetts and a no vote will keep charters at current levels.

To understand how to vote, you need to understand why we have charter schools. Charter schools are the invention of progressives who wanted to create a sort of education laboratory where they could re-create, innovate, and advance modern education beyond the stranglehold of bureaucracy. New education techniques that were proven to be effective would then


SVMC Presents 'Taking the Scare Out of an Abnormal Mammogram'
01:41PM / Wednesday, October 19, 2016

BENNINGTON, Vt. — If you're a woman over the age of 40, you may have been there: You get a call that your mammogram is abnormal, and you get scared. It's completely natural. The fear sometimes stops women from getting a mammogram in the first place or from coming back for the recommended diagnostic breast imaging.

What you need to know is that there is a long way between an abnormal mammogram and a breast cancer diagnosis. Information about the process of breast cancer screening, including what is happening behind the scenes, can help you cope with this unsettling news and move forward with confidence.

That's why clinicians from Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's


Massachusetts Health Connector's 'Hidden Gems' Tour Visits North Adams
01:16PM / Wednesday, October 19, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Just days before the start of open enrollment – when anyone without health insurance can sign up for coverage – the Massachusetts Health Connector is embarking on a one-day, statewide tour that includes a stop at Greylock Works on State Road starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

The "Hidden Gems" tour is stopping by more than 15 locations around the state, highlighting interesting local standout places that the entire state should know about. While at the location, the Health Connector will talk about the hidden gems that can be found through the state health insurance exchange, including quality plans that can fit a family's needs


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