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Speaker DeLeo Helps Kick Off Local Democratic Campaign Pushes
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:13PM / Saturday, October 15, 2016

Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo said the Donald Trump campaign is scary. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo says if the state government is going to be effective, he needs Democrats elected from the federal level to the local level.   "We really, really have to change in terms of the whole dynamic. It is really frustrating as speaker of the House not to be able to look to Washington for any type of partnership or assistance there may be. It is most important that we send the Congressman [Richard Neal] back to Washington," DeLeo said on Saturday morning.   DeLeo was in Pittsfield Saturday to visit with elected officials and rally support

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Northern Berkshire Coalition Forum Roams Downtown North Adams
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Saturday, October 15, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Usually when the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition meets on the second Friday of the month, participants gather at First Baptist Church and either hear from guest speakers or talk among themselves about a specific topic.

Not this month.

On Friday, for the October monthly forum, participants were asked to get up and out of the church for a very different reason: to engage members of the community who might not be aware of the Coalition's work or its meetings and therefore don't typically have a voice.

The idea came from a comment made by state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi at the September forum, interim Executive Director Amber Besaw told the 40 or so

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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

Retired North Adams Firefighter Celebrates Centennial
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:56AM / Saturday, October 15, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Francis Rivers can remember his first day as a firefighter, even though it was 70 years ago.

"I can still remember the first day I come on the Fire Department, the names of all the old-timers," he said on Friday, listing of names of long-passed colleagues. "I laid in bed the other night and I could name all the fellows I worked with.  

"That was a long time ago: 1946."

He had returned from the war in Europe and was appointed as a permanent firefighter a couple weeks later by Mayor Cornelius E. O'Brien. O'Brien, he said, told him to take a couple weeks vacation first, saying he'd earned it while overseas.

Rivers, who


North Adams School Adds Supper to After-School Program
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:44PM / Thursday, October 13, 2016

Carlow, the mayor and Superintendent Barbara Malkas answer questions from the City Council on Tuesday.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The school district is expanding yet again an after-school program that's credited with improving academic scores and social growth.

Beginning this fall, Brayton Elementary School will offer a supper program for any city students under the age of 18, Monday through Friday.

The school district has been designated a 21st Century Community Learning Centers for 14 years and is considered a demonstration model of the federally funded program for other districts.

"It was often used, in my practice in other districts, as the model to emulate and it is no


'The Birth of a Nation': A Painful Truth
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:58PM / Thursday, October 13, 2016

Watching writer-director Nate Parker's "The Birth of a Nation," a biography of the slave Nat Turner that concludes with the namesake rebellion he led in 1831, you can't help but anguish over the idea that only 155 years ago slavery was perfectly legal in the Southern United States. That kind of historical realization always gets me wondering what crazy practice do we abide today that our heirs will one day see as similarly primeval and egregious?

Perhaps it'll be the current health care crisis ... the fact that "once upon a time" nearly half the country wasn't certain if it wanted to ensure the less fortunate half's well-being through adequate


Clarksburg Hires New Treasurer/Tax Collector
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:17AM / Thursday, October 13, 2016

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Select Board hired Ericka M. Oleson of the town of Florida on Wednesday as the new treasurer/tax collector.

Oleson will begin her duties officially on Monday, Oct. 24. She was selected out of four applicants for the post to replace Melissa McGovern-Wandrei, who was fired two weeks ago.

Officials have not revealed the reason for her termination but they did strongly impress upon Oleson the need for the town's small staff to get along and to be pleasant to citizens.

"What needs to happen is everyone has to get along very well," said Chairman Jeffrey Levanos, later adding that "if I have somebody [at work] who we just don't get along


North Adams Pub's New Owner Hopes to 'Enhance Experience'
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02:32PM / Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Moore wants to make Mingo's a family friendly experience and beef up its catering potential in concert with the bowling alley.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Mingo's Sports Bar & Grill on Roberts Drive is getting a new owner. But don't expect too much change.

"We're really going to focus on the quality of the food coming out of the back," said Matt Moore, currently going through a training process with Mingo's as he learns the business. "It's always been good but I think we can always improve."

The business, as Moore's Mingos, was approved for an all-alcohol liquor license by the License Board on Wednesday.

Moore said he'd been


It's National Save for Retirement Week So Take Action
11:14AM / Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Congress has dedicated the third week of October as National Save for Retirement Week. Clearly, the government feels the need to urge people to do a better job of preparing for retirement. Are you doing all you can?

Many of your peers aren't – or at least they think they aren't. In a recent survey conducted by, respondents reported that "not saving for retirement early enough" was their biggest financial regret. Other evidence seems to show they have good cause for remorse: 52 percent of households 55 and older haven't saved anything for retirement, according to a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, although half of this group


North Adams Council OKs Borrowing to Buy Anodizing Building
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:32AM / Wednesday, October 12, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday approved the borrowing of $1,498,550 to purchase and renovate the former Berkshire Anodizing building on Hodges Cross Road as a public service building.

The vote to move to a second reading and publish as required by law was 8-1, with Councilor Robert M. Moulton Jr. casting the lone nay vote. Moulton expressed his concern at previous meetings of taking a commercial site off the city's tax rolls.

The administration has pushed to buy the vacant 85,000 square foot building and its accompanying 30 acres as a way to alleviate numerous space and condition issues in the city's current public services buildings.

The borrowing covers

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Clarksburg, North Adams Team Up to Save House
By Jack Guerino,
10:51PM / Tuesday, October 11, 2016

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — A single-family home was saved Tuesday night by a joint effort of the Clarksburg and North Adams fire departments.

The departments were able to quickly snuff out the structure fire at 72 Farview Heights Road, near the border between the two communities.

Clarksburg Fire Chief Carlyle "Chipper" Chesbro Jr. said the call initially went to North Adams, which was the first to respond to Tuesday night at 8.

"North Adams did a great job getting up here and knocking it down for us," Chesbro said. "Then we came in with our engine and tanker and assisted."

North Adams Fire Director Stephen Meranti said he was first on the scene and was


Fire Prevention Week Is October 9-15
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04:17PM / Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Why It's Such A Hot Topic for Berkshire Homeowners & Renters

With The National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Fire Prevention Week occurring this month, Oct. 9-15, it is the perfect time for your Berkshire County neighborhood insurance agency to talk to you about how your home, condo or renters insurance can provide coverage in case of a fire event.

"Other types of losses are generally out of our hands and those of our clients," says Lori Goodell, assistant vice president and sales manager for Greylock. "But there are so many critical, yet simple, precautions you can take to safeguard against fire. A big part of our role as your insurance agent is to double


Stamford Volunteer Fire Department Marks 65 Years
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The framed handwritten 1951 log from North Adams detailing the Paradise Farm fire that helped push the formation of a fire company.

STAMFORD, Vt. — A barn fire at Paradise Farm on a September evening in 1951 would spark the creation of the Stamford Volunteer Fire Department.

When a neighbor called North Adams, Mass., at 10:35 p.m., he was told to contact Clarksburg (Mass.) Fire Department. Three minutes later, James H. Hunter himself called North Adams "requesting that men and equipment be sent to his estate to help quell a raging barn fire."

Both Massachusetts companies drove post haste to the farm to battle the blaze for more than three hours.

Stamford had just that

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