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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: A Theme for Investors?
02:02PM / Wednesday, April 20, 2016

On April 22, we observe Earth Day. Like many people, you might participate in some activities to help the health of our planet. But you can also do some things to improve your personal investment environment.

In fact, you might want to follow a key environmental theme: reduce, reuse, recycle. How can these elements be applied to investing? Here are some ideas:

Reduce: You don’t want to waste time, effort and money on investment decisions that will ultimately not benefit you much, if at all. For example, if you are constantly buying and selling investments, you may be hurting yourself in a few different ways.

First, by not holding investments for at least a year before selling


Touch A Truck Lets Little Kids Play With Big Vehicles
Staff Reports,
12:12PM / Wednesday, April 20, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. - Little kids got to play with big trucks - and school buses, tractors, ambulances, fire engines and police cars - at the annual Touch a Truck event sponsored by Child Care of Berkshires on Wednesday morning.

The star of the show was one of the two new North Adams ambulances, purchased this month with donations from Iberdrola Renewables and MountainOne Bank and through the North Adams Ambulance Service subscription drive. The ambulance joined several other local vehicles, including fire engines and a police car from North Adams, a tractor and dump truck, a school bus and a flat-bed tow truck.

This year, it was not raining or snowing, as it has been in past year for 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

North Adams Happenings: April 20-26
11:51AM / Wednesday, April 20, 2016
North Adams Happenings: 
April 20 - April 26
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Senator Downing Reads To Brayton Students
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:25PM / Tuesday, April 19, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — State Sen. Benjamin Downing celebrated a belated Read Across America Day at Brayton Elementary School on Friday and answered students' questions.

Although Read Across America day was in March, Downing did not want to pass up a chance to read to Marie McCarron's and Karen Cellana's fourth grade classes.

"He was really busy in march when it was actually Read Across America Day, but he never says no so we rescheduled it," McCarron said. "The kids were so excited and honestly they just like to be read to. They absorb everything."

Downing read "The Mountain That Loved a Bird" written by Alice McLerran with pictures by Eric


North Adams Ambulance Replaces Aging Fleet
04:25PM / Tuesday, April 19, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Ambulance Service recently took possession of two 2016 McCoy Miller Type III Ambulances and a 2016 Ford Expedition Supervisor Medic Intercept vehicle.

The ambulances were purchased from Yankee Fire & Rescue Inc. in Palmer and Medic 1 was purchased from MHQ in Marlborough, completing all graphic, lighting and radio installations.

Officials say the new acquisitions are part of the emergency medical services' commitment to provide safe, compliant transportation for individuals in the large geographic area it serves.

"With the increased transport distances our trucks are seeing rapid increases in miles and maintenance costs and the two


Senate Candidate Del Gallo Takes Strong Anti-Pipeline Stance
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:32AM / Tuesday, April 19, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Rinaldo Del Gallo spent a long time getting the city to pass a ban on Styrofoam. And he's continued to press for a ban on plastic bags. Those type of environmental concerns have always been a priority.   Now he is running for the open state Senate seat, though he hasn't made the official announcement yet, and he didn't expect any difference in opinions among the other Democratic candidates when it comes the proposed natural gas pipeline project. But, he was wrong.   Both Adam Hinds and Andrea Harrington did not take a stance when asked during interviews with WAMC earlier this year, a move Del Gallo feels is


Finck, Kinnaman Place High in Divisions at Marathon
Staff Reports,
10:09PM / Monday, April 18, 2016
BOSTON — Leatrice S. Finck of West Stockbridge finished 41st in her division at Monday's Boston Marathon.

Finck, 60, ran a time of 4 hours, 1 minute, 44 seconds over the 26.2-mile course at the world's oldest marathon. There were 358 women aged 60 to 64 competing in the race.

The top time among Berkshire County finishers at the event was 2:59:01, turned in by Lanesborough's Logan Wilson, 21, who finished 1,312th overall and 961st in his age group.

Lemi Berhanu Hayle and Atsede Baysa of Ethiopia won the individual titles, finishing in 2:12:45 and 2:29:19, respectively.

The Boston Athletic Association reports that 27,487 runners started the race. Nearly 97 percent of that


DiNicola Scores for MCLA in Extra-Inning Win
09:04PM / Saturday, April 16, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The MCLA softball team got an eight- inning shutout from senior Rachel Quackenbush to defeat the Fitchburg State Falcons 1-0 in game one of a MASCAC twinbill on Saturday afternoon.  The Falcons turned the tides in game two, shutting out the Trailblazers 3-0 to earn the split.  

The Trailblazers (9-13, 3-3) and Falcons (10-12, 4-2) engaged in an old-fashioned pitchers duel in the opener. Quackenbush went toe to toe with FSU's Kaylee Sylvestre. Each pitcher went the distance and MCLA finally broke through in the eighth inning to earn the win.

Mount Greylock graduate Michaela Dinicola opened with a bunt single, and Abby Lucas' hard hit ball to short was


North Adams Church Selling Downtown Building
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:36AM / Saturday, April 16, 2016

First Congregational is updating space within the church building for its Sunday school classrooms and offices.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — First Congregational Church is selling off retail property on Ashland Street that it's owned for more than 100 years.

Lois Daunis, a member of the congregation's Facilities Committee, said the decision was made in late 2014 to divest the 1960-building because it no longer suited the church's needs.

"The church said, this building is not really necessary and we don't have a big volunteer army to manage the retail, so why are we keeping it?" she said. "If we don't need the space ... are we being good


Mass MoCA Show Challenges Visitors to Consider 'Space Between'
By John Seven, Special to iBerkshires
04:52PM / Friday, April 15, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The galleries at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art are renowned for the challenging, inventive creations featured in them, but a new show at the museum challenges visitors to pay attention to the areas between the galleries.

With "The Space Between," which opens on Saturday, April 16, Williams Graduate curatorial intern Nina Wexelblatt has fashioned an experience that takes advantage of the parts of a museum experience that are not often focused on — what happens as you move from one exhibit to another.

Wexelblatt says she was inspired by the building and campus themselves, which display a level of character that most museum

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Greylock Federal Credit Union Holds Youth Week
03:07PM / Friday, April 15, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union will hold its annual Youth Week celebration from April 16-23 with the theme “Pump Up Your Savings.”

“Passport to New Adventure” lanyards and free tickets for the week’s events are available at all Greylock branches beginning Saturday, April 16. The annual event fosters financial education among young people in Berkshire County through free fun events and activities designed to enhance skills for managing money and savings.

“The goal of Greylock’s Youth Week is to instill the habit of saving at a young age, offering positive encouragement, and providing financial education to young


'The Boss': Corners the Funny Business
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:58PM / Friday, April 15, 2016

It has been suggested that Melissa McCarthy's scurrilous business tycoon in director-husband Ben Falcone's "The Boss" is a female Donald Trump. Indeed, there are similarities, the main difference being that McCarthy's robber baron is likeable. While equally egocentric, delusional and selfish to a fault, we sense there's a moral core there somewhere. Fact is, real-life people rarely repent and change their spots. So we count on fictitious Scrooges to seek redemption and please our innate sense of right and wrong.

A prologue detailing a childhood scarred by abandonment explains the psychology that went into creating McCarthy's Michelle Darnell, the mogul


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