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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

Kondel, Roberson Have Big Nights in Giorgi League
07:47AM / Monday, July 11, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Geoff Kondel and Kahlil Paul each scored 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Moonlight Diner to an 83-73 win over Meet You at the Rock Sunday as the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League moved indoors to the North Adams Armory.   Anthony Sims scored 16 with a couple of blocks in the win.   Meet You also had three players in double figures. Brandon Davis led the way with 18 points. Joe Aberdale and Jeff Rae scored 16 and 12, respectively.   Atlas Private Wealth Management defeated Drury Lane Design, 62-54, behind 16 from Jeff Sprague. Josh Luczynski led Drury Lane with 13.   Tank Roberson had a big night with 24 points to lead Boys and Girls


Grant Helps College Students Bring Science to Kids
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:52PM / Sunday, July 10, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The college students are teaching the kids, but in the end, the kids end up teaching their teachers, too.

Entering the third year of a four-year grant, undergraduates from MCLA and Williams College have worked with both elementary teachers and college science professors to develop inquiry-based units of instruction based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in a program called “Teaching to Learn.” They then implemented their programs with students in Brayton, Colegrove and Greylock schools - and then made tweaks as they learned from the kindergarten through sixth-graders what works.

This past spring, Williams sophomore Darla Torres and


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

@theMarket: Historical Low-Interest Rates Prop Up Equities
By Bill Schmick,
09:26AM / Sunday, July 10, 2016

There was a time when soaring bond prices and correspondingly lower interest rates were a bad sign for the stock market and the economy. Thanks to worldwide central banks, that correlation no longer exists, or does it?

Current wisdom on Wall Street will tell you that interest rates are at historical lows because investors are hunting for yield. And it just so happens that the U.S. bond market still offers the highest return on your money. That's not hard to understand if you realize that most developed nations' treasury bonds are yielding far less than ours thanks to central bank manipulation.

Gold, on the other hand, continues to rise, racking up a 30 percent gain so far this


'The Legend of Tarzan': Doesn't Monkey Around
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:00PM / Saturday, July 09, 2016

David Yates, director of several "Harry Potter" films, does a respectable job of both preserving and translating for contemporary tastes "The Legend of Tarzan." Although a tad methodical, its high-minded social conscience, solid acting performances and scintillating integration of special effects make up for its occasionally slow pace.

Alexander Skarsgard, handsome, built to rumble and adept at varying grimaces, is a fine King of the Jungle ... an extraordinary presence who can illustriously switch from human to ape mode whenever the survival instinct deems necessary.

This latest permutation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' literary hero can glide through the trees with


SteepleCats Blown Out on Road
08:15AM / Saturday, July 09, 2016
HARTFORD, Vt. -- The Upper Valley Nighthawks beat the North Adams SteepleCats, 10-3, on Friday in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.   The Nighthawks (10-14) swung the bats well right from the start and did not look back.  They scored a runs in the first and third innings on a pair of sacrifice flies by Trent Leimkuehler to go up 2-0. They enjoyed a four-run inning in the fourth to blow the game open and know SteepleCats starter Robbie Buffis out of the game. Buffis finished going three and a third innings allowing five runs. The Nighthawks enjoyed another four-run inning in the seventh to make it 10-1.      After a day off on Saturday, the SteepleCats


Burke Leads Frank Field to Giorgi League Win
07:29PM / Friday, July 08, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Robbie Burke scored 18 points and pulled down 14 rebounds Thursday to lead Frank Field Contracting to a 59-51 win over Yard Work by Dan in the John Giorgi Summer Baskeball League.   Nick Aitken scored 16, and Brandon Hurst added 10 in the win.   Yard work was led by Trevor Alizbozek with 19 points and nine boards and Ryan Donovan with 14 points.   In Thursday’s other game, Travis Severs scored 24 points and Dave Wellington had 19 to lead Central Radio to a 60-53 win over Frame All/Preite Oil.   Jameson Coughlan scored 17 to lead three players in double figures for Frame All. Tyler Benoit scored 13 with 10 rebounds, and Mike Mancivalano scored


Superior Court Briefs: June 27 - July 7
Staff Reports,
12:59PM / Friday, July 08, 2016
Cases heard before Judge Maureen Hogan on Monday, June 27.   Dale Crittelli, 36, of Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate drug laws.   He was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on May 6, 2016.   Kristina Crittelli, 32, of Adams had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate drug laws.   She was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on May 6, 2016.   Gavin Mahar,


Free Summer Movies All Around the County
11:17AM / Friday, July 08, 2016

Summer is the time to kick back on the grass and watch an outdoor film. Series in Pittsfield and Williamstown start this weekend, and the annual Movies Under the Stars in Adams starts on July 22.

In Pittsfield, “Movies at the Park” will be offered Friday evenings, from July 8 through July 29, beginning at dusk at Clapp Park on West Housatonic Street opening with "Minions." The rest of the movies to be shown are "Honey I Shrunk the Kids" on July 15, "Inside Out: on July 22 and "Hotel Transylvania 2" on July 29.

Rain dates are Aug. 5 and 12 only if one of the previous movies is cancelled due to weather. “Movies at the Park” are


Donovan & O'Connor Adding Dodig to its Name
10:59AM / Friday, July 08, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire County's oldest and largest law firm, Donovan & O'Connor is changing its name to Donovan O'Connor & Dodig as of July 15.

The addition of Chris S. Dodig's name marks the first name change for the well-known law firm since 1954, when J. Norman O'Connor Sr. joined Walter Donovan in the general practice of law. Donovan, an Adams native, had been practicing law in Berkshire County since 1913.

Dodig joined the firm in 1990, at age 24, after receiving his juris doctorate from Albany Law School. Dodig focuses his practice on litigation, including serious injury cases, and broke new ground for the firm by securing numerous million


Berkshire Tidbits: Community Celebration, Co-Op Specials
By Judith Lerner, Special to
10:28AM / Friday, July 08, 2016

This Saturday, July 9, the towns of Becket and Washington will be holding a community fair, their Hilltown Brouhaha, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in various locations around the center of North Becket Village in the elbow of Route 8.

All the towns' hidden treasures will show themselves for the benefit of the community.

There will be food samplings from Dream Away Lodge and cooking demonstrations by Kushi Institute. Jacob's Pillow will present a dance performance, fairy houses will appear and there will be a book sale. Becket Arts Center and Athenaeum will have a silent auction.

Bowie the Magic Clown will be there and Smokey Bear, as well. Artisans, crafters and other vendors will sell


Ciccolo Pleads Innocent to Terror Charges
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:24PM / Thursday, July 07, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — An Adams man facing two terrorism-related charges pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court on Thursday afternoon.

Alexander Ciccolo, 23, was arraigned on several charges leveled in a superseding indictment released last week by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.   To each count, Ciccolo answered in a loud, clear voice, “not guilty,” in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Katherine A. Robertson.   After the 15-minute hearing, Ciccolo’s attorney declined to speculate about the possibility of a plea bargain on the charges, which include accusations that he attempted to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and attempted


Hunt Leads Moresi/Mingo's to Giorgi League Win
09:26PM / Wednesday, July 06, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass -- Todd Hunt scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds Wednesday to lead Moresi Associates/Mingo’s to a 65-47 win over Atlas Private Wealth Management in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Nolan Bird backed up Hunt with 20 points.   Atlas had three players in double figures. Kollin Allard and Cam Lesure each had 12, and Josh Racette added 10.   Ace of Seasons defeated Drury Lane Design, 60-45, behind 19 points and 13 boards from Chad Copeland. Richard Johnson had 13 and 10, and Merle Darling scored 10 for Ace.   Garrett Harvey scored 10 points, and Josh Luczynski added nine for Drury Lane.   League play continues on Thursday with two


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