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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

North Adams Committee Recommends Keeping Winter Parking Ban
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:49AM / Wednesday, February 03, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Public Safety Committee is recommending no change in the winter parking ban despite pleas by two residents who have no place to park.

Aleksandr Lisser of Veazie Street had requested through City Councilor Joshua Moran that the city revise its winter parking policies, saying the lack of parking at his home makes the regulation impossible to follow.

But the Traffic Commission last week found no reason to change the policy, citing public safety concerns, and the Public Safety Committee on Monday agreed.

"This is a public safety issue for many, many, many people in this city," said Chairman Robert R. Moulton Jr. "You don't allow parking


Letter: Commuters Need to Slow Down
Letters to the Editor,
07:00PM / Tuesday, February 02, 2016

To the Editor:

I have been driving on Route 8 for over 15 years to and from work. The traffic in the morning especially needs to slow down. It doesn't help the fact there is, from what I see, zero police presence from North Adams to Pittsfield. This is not the Autobahn, there is a speed limit. Leave earlier so you won't have to drive like an idiot and put other drivers at risk.

Dan Goodell




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

Pignatelli Seeking Return To House; Not Running For Senate
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
05:48PM / Tuesday, February 02, 2016
LENOX, Mass. — None of the Berkshires' House of Representatives delegates are looking to move to the Senate.   On Tuesday, 4th Berkshire District Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli said he will not seek the Senate seat being left vacant by state Sen. Benjamin Downing, who is not running for re-election. Pignatelli will instead seek another term in the House.    "I love the House! I am honored to serve! In that spirit and in the best interest of my family and the district that I call home, it will be an honor for me to run for re-election to the House of Representatives. Together with each of you and with the Berkshire Delegation, we will continue to


Clarksburg Pursuing Green Communities Status
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:57PM / Tuesday, February 02, 2016

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The town is moving forward with policies that will allow it to become a state-designated Green Community.

Among the first steps is instituting an anti-idling policy for vehicles, doing an in-depth energy analysis of town buildings and updating zoning bylaws. The state has set five criteria that has to be met.

"The reason we want to go Green Communities is we would be in line for 1 percent with the MSBA," Town Administrator Carl McKinney told the Select Board last Wednesday, referring to the Massachusetts School Building Authority's points toward energy-efficient school buildings. It would also open the town to other grants released to Green


Greylock Mill Project Accepted Into State Brownfields Program
Staff Reports,
03:49PM / Tuesday, February 02, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Greylock Mill project has been accepted by Attorney General Maura Healey into the state's brownfields program, providing liability protection as the property is redeveloped.

Greylock Works LLC is proposing an $18 million revamping of the 140-year-old former textile mill on State Road. The property contains a number of additions and was used after the textile mill closed for other industrial concerns, including an aluminum anodizing plant and a machining company. A separate nonprofit project, Greylock Flume Inc., seeks to restore the water power tail to the Hoosic River as a conservation area and possible access to the planned Mohawk Bike Path.



North Adams Fitness Center Offering Youth Boxing Program
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:41AM / Tuesday, February 02, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Miner Combat's community outreach program will provide a new boxing experience for Northern Berkshire youth.

Miner Fitness owners Caleb and Becky Miner will bring youth boxing to their USA-Certified Boxing Club facility at 69 Union St.

Caleb said the idea has been on the back burner and was partly inspired by his son, who had shown an interest in boxing. But it was television personality Rachael Ray who pushed the new program into existence.

"The final nail in the coffin was when we were watching a Rachael Ray show and her whole show was dedicated youth boxing, and we thought, 'alright this is our answer we really need to do this,' " Caleb


Houghton Street Buildings Being Razed in North Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:17PM / Monday, February 01, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — They lasted more than 170 years. But now the decrepit former mill houses on Houghton Street will soon be a memory.

Berkshire County Construction on Monday began the demolition of the four two-family units, 198-214 Houghton St., near the bottom of Houghton Street. A fifth building, a former corner store at the intersection of Liberty and Houghton, will also be ripped down.

"It can't come soon enough," said Mayor Richard Alcombright, who has been working for years with the trust that owns the properties.

"I want to thank the Romeo family for working with us in getting this done. This has saved the city $80,000."

The properties had


MCLA Women Top Worcester State
09:58PM / Saturday, January 30, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The MCLA women's basketball team received a 21-point, 10-rebound effort from Kayla Hotaling as the Trailblazers defeated the Worcester State Lancers, 61-58, in MASCAC action Saturday afternoon from the Amsler Campus Center Gym.   With the win, the Trailblazers avenged an earlier loss to the Lancers as they improved to 11-8 overall and stand at 3-4 in conference play.  The Lancers drop to 5-14 overall and have a 2-5 mark in league play.   MCLA (11-8, 3-4) never trailed in the final quarter of play and was clinging to a 58-57 lead after WSU's TaNajia Smith went one of two from the line.  MCLA's Courtney Durivage connected from 16 feet for


North Adams Man Arrested For Smashing Mailboxes in Vermont
Staff Reports,
03:45PM / Friday, January 29, 2016
STAMFORD, Vt. — A North Adams man was arrested Friday for smashing mailboxes.   Vermont State Police say 21-year-old Steven Barbeau is charged with two counts of unlawful mischief relating to the incident on Jan. 16. Police say troopers received reports at about 2:15 in the afternoon of several individuals "driving up and down VT Route 9 smashing mailboxes."   Troopers couldn't locating the individuals but a follow-up investigation led to Barbeau's arrest.   He was arrested and processed at the Shaftsbury Barracks on Friday and given a citation to appear in Bennington County Superior Court on Feb. 22.    The case is still under investigation


Superior Court Briefs: Jan. 25 - Jan. 29.
Staff Reports,
03:09PM / Friday, January 29, 2016
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, Jan. 25.   Steven Cote, 45, of Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of operating under the influence of alcohol - his fifth offense - negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol with a suspect license, and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.   He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail. The charges stem from an incident in North Adams on December 11, 2015.    Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, Jan. 26.   Kelly Simonetta, 37, of North Adams was found


Girl Scout Cookies On Sale Through March 6
02:59PM / Friday, January 29, 2016

It's time for Do-si-dos, Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Samoas and your other favorites: Girl Scout Cookie season has begun and will run through Sunday, March 6.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the country. From its earliest beginnings to its current popularity, the sale of cookies has helped Girl Scouts set goals, develop people skills and learn business skills such as money management and decision-making.

In the Berkshires, there are the six varieties of cookies sold at $4 a box: Samoas, Trefoils, Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Do-Si-Dos and Savannah Smiles. And, Toffee-tastic, the limited edition gluten-free cookie, is available for $5 a box.

The public has the


BHS Dealing With Malware Threat
Staff Reports,
04:48PM / Thursday, January 28, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems is trying to heal some sick computers after they were infected with malware during the past week.

"No patient health or payment information was compromised during this event and that information is protected by a sophisticated and secure system," said BHS spokesman Michael Leary in response to an inquiry by iBerkshires.

Leary said the FBI's Boston office contacted BHS on Tuesday to share information on the malware threat, which has apparently caused problems at other businesses around the world recently.

Berkshire Health Systems personnel began seeing evidence of the event last weekend and brought in computer security


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