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MCLA Picks Alumnus & Former Leader as Commencement Speaker
05:21PM / Tuesday, April 12, 2016

State Sen. Benjamin B. Downing and STEM educator Yvonne Spicer will also receive honorary degrees at commencement.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will celebrate its 117th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 14, beginning at 11 a.m., in the Amsler Campus Center Gymnasium.

This year's keynote speaker will be James C. Clemmer, a veteran executive with more than 25 years of business experience and an alumnus, who served as interim president of MCLA from August 2015 until the arrival of the college's new President James F. Birge in March.

Clemmer will receive an honorary doctor of business.

In addition, state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing,


St. Joe High Accredited, Approves Strategic Plan
02:54PM / Tuesday, April 12, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — St. Joseph Central High School has been accredited for 10 years by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

The recent acknowledgment by NEASC affirms the academic excellence of the diocesan high school's programs and offerings, said school officials. The self-evaluation process, which is also extended to public schools, sets specific criteria as it reviews all aspects of a school.

School Board President John O'Brien applauded the many individuals and their countless meetings involved in the accreditation process, stating that it was "no small undertaking. We are extremely pleased with the NEASC commendations and have incorporated all of


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

Tractor Supply Paper Clover Drive Benefits 4-H
01:38PM / Tuesday, April 12, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Tractor Supply Company, in partnership with National 4-H Council, launches its 2016 Spring Paper Clover Campaign this week

Local Tractor Supply customers can purchase paper clovers between April 13 and April 24 for $1 or more during checkout. All funds raised will be used to support 4-H youth development program activities in the communities where Tractor Supply stores are located.

 "We were so thrilled by the results of last year's Paper Clover Campaign, and with the help of our dedicated customers we hope to meet and exceed that goal this year," said Christi Korzekwa, senior vice president of marketing at Tractor Supply. "Partnering


North Adams Gas Station Renovators Told to Start Work Soon
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:07AM / Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The BP has not offered gasoline in several years. The Planning Board is pushing the owners to fast-track plans to rebuild the pumps and convenience store.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Planning Board on Monday told the owner of the BP and Getty gas stations to clean up the properties and get to work.

Representatives from Summit Distributing LLC were asked to come before the board to update it on the proposed renovations of the BP gas station on at the corner of Canal and Eagle streets and the Getty Mart on State Road.

The Getty Mart was approved for rebuilding last fall but BP station has been without gas for years — just the kiosk is open. Both properties were purchased in

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North Adams School Committee Hears From Superintendent Candidate
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:05PM / Monday, April 11, 2016

Barbara Malkas answered 12 questions posed by School Committee members, ranging from community engagement, to academic achievement to educational philosophy.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee completed its first interview of the two finalists for the superintendent's position in the North Adams Public Schools.

Barbara Malkas, superintendent of the Webster Public Schools, spent the day visiting the schools and faculty, and attended a meet and greet with city councilors and other shareholders in the afternoon.

The Clarksburg resident was asked a dozen questions by the School Committee on Monday evening during an interview of just under an hour that will be televised on


Campaign Statement: Addressing the Heroin Crisis in Western Mass
By Adam Hinds, Guest Columnist
04:53PM / Monday, April 11, 2016

I recently attended the National Summit on Heroin in Atlanta, where President Obama announced new federal action to combat the epidemic. A week earlier, Massachusetts Governor Baker signed legislation intended to curb opioid use. These actions at the state and national level signal that we are moving from sounding the alarm on heroin addiction to practical steps aimed at turning the tide. Yet more needs to be done, especially in Western Massachusetts.

Getting ahead of this epidemic requires addressing it as a major public health crisis. We need a comprehensive, community approach that links law enforcement and the medical community with mental health professionals and accessible


MCLA Softball Splits on Road
08:11AM / Monday, April 11, 2016
SALEM, Mass. -- The Salem State and MCLA softball teams split a MASCAC doubleheader on Sunday afternoon in a makeup from April 2.   The Trailblazers took the first game, 7-3, in eight innings before the Vikings rebounded with a come-from-behind, 4-3 victory in game two.   In Game One, Rachael Quackenbush (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.) pitched a complete game, allowing three earned runs and Abby Lucas hit a bases loaded double in the eighth that drove in three runs to propel MCLA to victory   MCLA (8-9) travels to Bay Path on Tuesday.


Flood Insurance: What Berkshire County Homebuyers & Homeowners Need to Know
Presented by Greylock Insurance, SPONSORED CONTENT
04:54AM / Monday, April 11, 2016

While we love our rivers, lakes and waterfalls here in the Berkshires, they do make us much more susceptible to flood from heavy rains, ice jams, snowmelt, and more. Whether you own or are planning to buy a home, it's equally imperative that you understand property flood risks, your coverage options, and how to protect yourself and your loved ones from a flood catastrophe.

Sharon MacEachern, AVP, operations manager for Greylock Insurance, a Berkshire County based neighborhood agency, reminds us that the unexpected can happen anytime, anywhere.

"In the past decade we've witnessed the devastating effects of two major storm systems, Hurricane Katrina and, closer to home,

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North Adams School Officials to Interview Superintendent Candidates
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:11AM / Monday, April 11, 2016

School Committee members hashed out the questions that they will ask the two candidates for superintendent this week.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee this week will be making one of its most important decisions in years.

The city will be selecting its first educational leader in more than a decade after public interviews with two finalists.

"This is an exciting time for us," said Mayor Richard Alcombright on Tuesday.     

That's why School Committee members gathered around the conference table last week to develop a set of carefully worded questions to evoke answers that will inform that selection.

The questions will range from

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Clarksburg Endorses Charter School Cap, Education Funding
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:33PM / Saturday, April 09, 2016

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The School Committee on Thursday endorsed resolutions against lifting the cap on charter schools and calling for better school funding.

The resolutions from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees are being presented around the state; the funding resolution was backed on Tuesday by the North Adams School Committee, although that board delayed a decision on the charter school petition.

Superintendent Jonathan Lev said he believed that alternative education can "definitely do some good," but had issues with the lax regulations of the state's charter schools.

"The things that I personally have problems with is charter schools ... do


Framingham Tops MCLA Baseball Team
10:56PM / Friday, April 08, 2016

NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. --  The Framingham State baseball team homered three times in the top of the seventh inning to overpower MCLA 7-2 in the opening game of a twinbill played at the New England Baseball Complex.

Framingham State's Jonathan Chapman and Ryan Wardwell launched back to back home runs in the top of the seventh breaking a 2-2 tie, and Kyle Pileski drilled a three run shot for some breathing room.

Starting pitcher Zach Kirby made it stand as the Rams as he struck out 12 Trailblazers and set them down 1-2-3 in the seventh. The game was moved to this location due to unplayable field conditions at MCLA.

MCLA drops to 3-12 on the season (0-3 MASCAC), while the Rams are now


North Adams Woman Celebrates 100th Birthday
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:01PM / Friday, April 08, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Filomena Demo marked 100 years on Friday.

Friends and family of the former North Adams resident gathered at Williamstown Commons to celebrate her big 100th birthday

Her son, Sergio Demo, said it is great to be able to celebrate his mother's centennial.

"It is just fantastic," Demo said. "She is healthy 100 and we are just happy that she is still with us."

She was born in North Adams in 1916, daughter of Joseph and Amelia Grande, but she grew up in Amato, Italy. Her family returned to the United States by the late 1930s, and again settled in North Adams.

Filomena had worked in a shoe shop and mills in North Adams and attended the


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