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North Adams Library Wants to Connect With Business Community
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:07AM / Friday, April 15, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The library trustees agreed to vote next meeting to join the North Adams Chamber of Commerce to extend their reach to the business community.

Library Director Mindy Hackner told the trustees she recently was indexing old North Adams Transcript articles when she came upon some from the 1960s and read that the librarian, Ruth Brown, used to hold a coffee hour during National Library week with local business people.

Inspired by this, Hackner invited the city councilors to attend a coffee hour before their council meeting on a Tuesday. She said only one councilor showed up.  

Disappointed, the director said she explored other ways to extend the library's


North Adams School Official Intervews Superintendent Candidate
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:42PM / Thursday, April 14, 2016

Stephen Donovan, superintendent of the Acushnet School District, told the School Committee about his efforts in early education and budgeting on Wednesday.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The community heard on Wednesday from the second of two finalists for superintendent of schools.

Stephen Donovan, superintendent of the Acushnet School District, toured the North Adams and met with City Councilors and other community leaders prior to the evening interview with the School Committee.

The committee had intended to vote on the candidates following the interview but the decision has been delayed until Monday, April 25, because of the absence of two School Committee members. Karen Bond was

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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 Independent Investor: Have You Had 'The Talk' Yet?
By Bill Schmick,
02:18PM / Thursday, April 14, 2016

Whether you are a Baby Boomer or the child of one, it is about time you faced the music.

We all know that life ends, no matter how hard we try to ignore it. Having a family meeting before it is too late may save all of you needless heartache and financial turmoil.

Today, we are in the midst of an enormous transfer of wealth within America. Trillions of dollars of assets are passing from one generation to another and will continue to do so over the next couple of years. And whenever large amounts of money are involved, there is a need for knowledge, advice and estate planning. You can't do that if you or your family is in the dark when it comes to family finances.

Most experts will


Southern Vermont College Hosts Girls Soccer Clinic
12:38PM / Thursday, April 14, 2016

BENNINGTON, Vt. -- Southern Vermont College women’s soccer team will host a Spring Soccer ID Clinic for girls in grades 9 through 12 on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Under the direction of coach Michael Zauzig, the one-day, five-hour clinic will focus on skill development and instruction with tactical training and small-sides games. Assistant coach Shawnee Webster and members of the women’s soccer team will assist with the clinic.

Participants should bring cleats, weather-appropriate clothing, water bottle, shinguards and indoor shoes in case of inclement weather. The cost is $40 per person, which includes lunch and a T-shirt.

To register and/or for more


Biz Briefs: April 14-20
11:49AM / Thursday, April 14, 2016
Ruby Sparks is celebrating five years in business.

Grants for businesses: The Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation is seeking applicants for matching grants of up to $5,000 that it can award to businesses in Pittsfield and Berkshire County for technical assistance services, such as financial, architectural, legal, engineering, or specialized business planning services.  The funding was awarded to PERC by the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation.

The purpose of the technical assistance grant program is to help small businesses with 20 or fewer employees expand, grow, improve their operations and create jobs.  All individuals, especially women, minorities,


Berkshire Tidbits: Preparing for Passover
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
08:57PM / Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The menu for the Haven Supper Club for the week of April 11 to 15 will be:

Roast chicken with asparagus, roasted potatoes and sherry mushroom sauce Lemon roasted rainbow trout with sautéed kale and basmati rice Roast pork loin with sautéed spinach, polenta and pineapple chutney Mushroom risotto with butternut squash and asparagus

Entrées come with soup or salad and cost $22 for one to three dinners ordered, $75 for four dinners ordered, $110 for six dinners, $200 for 12 dinners. They can be any of the dinners.

Order by Wednesday, pick up at the bakery in Lenox on Friday. The staff suggests people can order for different meals and can choose among that


Barrett, Gold Named to MCLA Board of Trustees
01:43PM / Wednesday, April 13, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Former North Adams John Barrett III has been named as a trustee of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Gov. Charlie Baker approved Barrett's appointment and the reappointment of Susan Gold, who has served on the Board since 2010. Both will serve five-year terms.

Gold, who was instrumental in the recent presidential search process, was elected chairman of the board at the meeting held on April 7.

"Lieutenant Governor Polito and I congratulate the trustees on their new roles and thank them for their willingness to step forward and serve the Commonwealth," Baker said. "Board oversight is critically important, and we rely on their expertise


While Paying Off Student Loans, Donít Forget About Retirement
11:46AM / Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Even if you’ve been out of school for a few years, you may still have a vivid reminder of college: your student loan debt.

Since you’ve joined the workforce, you might be paying back your loans as best you can. But can you gradually reduce your debts while still putting money away for your long-term goals – such as retirement?

Of course, you might think it’s premature to even think about retiring, since you probably have decades to go before you say goodbye to the working world. But the sooner you begin saving and investing for retirement, the more time you’ll have for your money to grow. Plus, your early start will help you avoid having to play “catch


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North Adams Council Approves Tax Agreement for Greylock Works
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:46AM / Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The agreement for the mill redevelopment would limit the property taxes over the next decade as the nearly $9 million project moves forward.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday approved a tax incremental financing agreement for Greylock Works LLC that will give the project some property tax relief during the development of the former Cariddi Mill.

The council also designated the mill property as an economic opportunity area to allow the implementation of the TIF under state law during the nearly 2 1/2 hour meeting.

Owners Salvatore Perry and Karla Rothstein intend to transform the 240,000 square foot State Road mill into a business incubator focused on food


North Adams First Responders Now All Carry Narcan
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:28AM / Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Narcan is already being used by the North Adams Ambulance Service and has saved four lives in just one week.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — All ambulance, police officers, and firefirefighters in the city now carry Narcan, a nasal spray opiate antidote that can save people from overdosing.

The use of the antidote is already saving lives.

Mayor Richard Alcombright, along with emergency responders and Northern Berkshire Community Coalition members, announced Tuesday afternoon that North Adams first responders will be the first in Berkshire County to all carry Narcan.

And it has already saved lives.

"The math on this today, and on one level unfortunate but also very very important, is


MCLA Women's Lacrosse Drops Non-League Game
10:42PM / Tuesday, April 12, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The visiting Becker College women's lacrosse team received six goals and a pair of assists from Rachel Welling, while Victoria Belcher added four goals and two assists in the Hawks' 17-8 win over MCLA on Tuesday.   Natalie Caney scored three goals for the Trailblazers (3-6).   MCLA hosts Fitchburg State on Saturday at 3 p.m.


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