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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

Hinds, Mark Re-File Bill Aimed To Help Volunteer Ambulance Services
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Wednesday, January 25, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — A bill to change the staffing requirements of an ambulance service could be a game changer for struggling volunteer services.   But, the state Department of Public Health has opposed the bill in previous legislative sessions.   State Sen. Adam Hinds and state Rep. Paul Mark have sponsored a bill that would alleviate the requirement that two emergency medical technicians be on every basic life support transports. The change would allow for first responders, who are slightly less trained, to be drivers during those calls while a certified EMT handles patient care in the back.   "There are a number of communities in the district that bump up


North Adams Mulls Moving PreK and Grade 7 Classes
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:26AM / Wednesday, January 25, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Finance and Facilities Subcommittee will recommend the School Committee approve moving Grade 7 up to the high school.

The move to consolidate resources will also relocate the preK program from Johnson School into the elementary schools and add one class.

The change to a preK-Grade 6 and Grade 7-12 reconfiguration will require a School Committee vote and the approval of the Massachusetts School Building Authority, which the school department is already pursuing.

Malkas said she had spoken separately with School Committee members about ways to consolidate resources before bringing the proposal to the subcommittee. There were two options: moving the preK

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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

Gov. Charlie Baker Delivers Second State of the Commonwealth
08:49PM / Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Baker kicked off his speech focusing on economic growth through the state. BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker delivered his second State of the Commonwealth address Tuesday night highlighting successes in a number of areas and setting the groundwork for the next year.   Baker highlighted work on the economy, fiscal management, the Department of Children and Families, energy, high-speed internet, education, local municipal help, and more to say the "state of the Commonwealth is strong."   But, he said there is more work to do and despite changes on the federal level, he vowed to continue focusing on moving Massachusetts forward.   His remarks as prepared


Clarksburg School Options Being Narrowed Down
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:51AM / Tuesday, January 24, 2017

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The School Building Committee is leaning toward one of two new options developed in response to feedback at its last meeting, when the initial plans for a renovated Clarksburg School were proposed.

Proposals E and F pick up on the concerns raised over the size of the primary wing and the need for a gym. The committee appeared heavily in favor of Option E, which included a rebuilt and expanded primary wing, a new kitchen and cafe, and a 4,000 square-foot gym, smaller than the 5,000 square-foot options.

Both those options will join the four prior schemes created by Jones Whitsett Architects along with the firm's review of the current building, the educational


Housing Program Eyes Property Sales After North Adams Balks at Transfer
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:34AM / Tuesday, January 24, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A years-long effort to transfer ownership of Housing Opportunities Inc. properties to the city of North Adams has hit a wall.   Because of the city's delayed response and recent apprehension toward the transfer of all the parcels, the nonprofit board may sell the properties on its own.   HOI attorney Elisabeth Goodman, who remotely attended Monday's meeting, told the board members that she attended a meeting with Mayor Richard Alcombright and City Solicitor John DeRosa two weeks ago, and DeRosa said the city may not want to take all the properties.   "We had thought …that the city of North Adams wanted the properties transferred


Mount Greylock Grads Competing on College Ski Circuit
12:24AM / Tuesday, January 24, 2017
The collegiate ski season got under way this weekend in Lake Placid, N.Y., where several Mount Greylock alumni were in action for their respective collegiate teams.   Williams College senior Luke Costley helped the Ephs finish sixth at the season-opening St. Lawrence Carnival. On Day 1, Costley placed 13th in the 1.5-kilometer classic sprint race.   Williams’ ski teams -- downhill and cross country -- combined to finish in sixth place after two days of competition at Whiteface and Mount Van Hoevenberg.   Colby College senior Kat Chenail helped the Mules place fourth in the event. Chenail was 67th on Saturday in a 5K skate race.   Freshmen Grace Smith and Ian


Biz briefs: Cosmetologists Sought for Cancer Society Makeover Program
01:35PM / Monday, January 23, 2017

Looking good: The American Cancer Society is seeking Pittsfield-area volunteer cosmetologists for its Look Good Feel Better program that instructs women who are undergoing cancer treatment beauty, skin care and hair techniques. The program runs at many locations in Massachusets, including Berkshire Hematology Oncology.

Look Good Feel Better is a free, non-medical, salon and product-neutral program offered through a collaboration between the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation and the Professional Beauty Association. The program offers complimentary group, individual and online sessions that teach beauty techniques to help cancer survivors face their


North Adams Downtown Readying for Mass MoCA Opening
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:22AM / Saturday, January 21, 2017

Mass MoCA Director of Communications Jodi Joseph speaks about the upcoming opening of the new galleries and efforts to include the downtown on the museum's 'lovely moment.'

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art's 135,000 square-foot-expansion is opening this May — and local businesses are warned to be ready to capitalize on an expected surge in traffic.

"We're in a lovely moment at Mass MoCA right now," Jodi Joseph, MoCA's communications director, said at the North Adams Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting on Wednesday night. "We have a huge summer in front of us ... we are already looking at record


Berkshire County Women Head to DC Women's March
10:24PM / Friday, January 20, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — iBerkshires rarely gets a chance to report outside its coverage area because of our focus on local news.

There's the occasional jaunt to Boston, Greenfield, Springfield, Bennington, Vt., and even Albany, N.Y.

But Friday night I'll be on a bus headed to the Women's March on Washington with a group from North County. Readers can follow along on my Twitter feed @iBerk_Editor and we'll have a story posted later on the front page.

Those interested in the march can also attend a free event the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield from 10 to 2 on Saturday hosted by WAM Theatre. The event is being held thanks to an anonymous donor covering the rental fee but


Glider Activity Moved To South Side Of Airport
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:31PM / Friday, January 20, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Airport Commission has voted to move all glider and tow-plane activity to the south side of the runway.   The commissioners unanimously voted on the issue Tuesday even though they had concerns about letting the tow plane operate in an area designated for ultralight aircraft.    "The whole point was to separate the planes by their speed and now you put the tow plane in with the gliders," Commissioner Trevor Gilman said. "Just because the glider pilots are familiar with it doesn’t make it any less of an obstacle in the pattern because it is still a 100-naught airplane on that side."   Initially, Gilman requested that


'Hidden Figures': Amounts to an Important Tale
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:51PM / Friday, January 20, 2017

Watching director Theodore Melfi's "Hidden Figures," about the African-American women working for NASA who were instrumental if not indispensable to getting our first man in space, we scratch our heads and can't help but ask ourselves, "How come I didn't know this?" But figuring the truth here isn't rocket science.

So many years after the fact, it's the same depth of prejudice that hampered Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson and their sister colleagues from convincing the space agency of their genius that has squirreled away their story.

This is a civics lesson, especially important at this tremulous juncture when a sizable portion


SVMC OB/GYNs to Appear on WAMC's Medical Monday
12:41PM / Friday, January 20, 2017

BENNINGTON, Vt. — At 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, SVMC OB/GYNs Anika Chadee and Themarge Small will appear on WAMC's Northeast Public Radio's Medical Monday program.

Dr. Chadee received her medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies, and completed the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Bronx, N.Y., which is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. She joined the SVMC medical staff and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians in 2016.

Dr. Small received her medical degree from the University of California Los Angeles' Geffen School of Medicine and completed the


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