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Downing Ending Tenure In State Senate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:22PM / Monday, January 25, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Benjamin B. Downing announced on Monday his decision not to run for re-election after 10 years representing the Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin District.   "This is something I thought about for a while. It's not a decision I came to lightly. I care deeply about the city. I care deeply about the Berkshires. I care deeply about the region and Western Massachusetts. I also care about it enough to know that if I didn't have it in my heart to do it 100 percent, I couldn't tell voters that I was," Downing said.   Downing remembers when there was an open state Senate seat for the 2006 election and friends and family urged the


Clarksburg School Hoping for More Chromebooks
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:07AM / Monday, January 25, 2016

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The School Committee was presented with the need for more Chromebooks for students as the school moves to a more online system.

Graham Coterwas, IT director for the North Berkshire School Union, explained how the school has been moving to the cloud and using the Google document system for sharing projects and papers.

Each student, staff and faculty has an account to use the free Internet-based computing system; how a file or folder is shared limits access.

"It's all centrally managed by me, I work at four different schools," he said, adding no matter where he is, "I can get in and do all kinds of administrative tasks."

Principal Tara


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: Stocks Rebound
By Bill Schmick,
02:31PM / Friday, January 22, 2016

It had to happen at some point. The averages declined almost every day for three weeks in a row, so a relief rally should be expected. The question is will it continue?

Unfortunately, that depends on the price level of oil. The bounce in stock prices that began on Wednesday was directly related to the bounce in oil. Oil has gained over 10 percent in just two days. Traders believe we still have not seen a bottom however. No one knows when and at what price oil will finally bottom. Until it does, stocks will be held hostage to the energy market.

No one knows when and at what price oil will bottom. Until it does, stocks will be held hostage to the energy market.

In the meantime, everyone


Burns Suppers Celebrate Scotland's Favorite Poet & Haggis
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
02:18AM / Friday, January 22, 2016

Monday, Jan. 25, will be the Scottish poet Robert Burns' 257th birthday.

The poet and lyricist, collector of folk songs, farmer and liver-of-life-to-the-fullest, was so beloved that, only a few years after his early death at the age of 37, friends began the tradition of celebrating his birthday with merriment, music, feasting, dancing and drinking which persists into the present.

Scots and fans of the poet all over the world still celebrate his birthday with bagpipes, readings, singing, feasting and drinking — eating haggis and other, more elegant fare; drinking stout, ale, beer and scotch. Burns Night Suppers now happen all over the globe, pretty much in the same manner whether


Baker Gives State of the Commonwealth Address
12:49AM / Friday, January 22, 2016

BOSTON – Today, Governor Charlie Baker delivers his first State of the Commonwealth address from the House Chamber of the Massachusetts State House. Remarks as prepared for delivery:

Mr. Speaker. Mr. President. Members of the House and Senate. Fellow Constitutional Officers. And Members of the Governor's Council.

Mr. Chief Justice and Members of the Judiciary. Members of the Cabinet and my Administration.

Senators Warren and Markey. Members of Congress. Sheriffs. District Attorneys. Mayors. Distinguished Local Officials. Reverend Clergy. Distinguished Guests. And fellow Citizens.

I want to begin by expressing my gratitude to some special people. For the support and


'Carol': Sings a Sad Song
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:58PM / Thursday, January 21, 2016

It often takes a long time, sometimes forever and then perhaps never, for someone to become tolerant of something that he or she doesn't understand. More often than not, it's because they feel threatened by it.

Director Todd Haynes, who with "Carol" champions for lesbians what his "Far From Heaven" (2002) embraced for male gays, knows homosexuality is way up there on the list. To illustrate the scope of this prejudice, he finds dramatic effect by reaching back to the 1950s and showing how, just yesterday, countless lives were ruined by this primeval bigotry.

This isn't to say civilization has now cured itself of centuries devoted to enforcing strict taboos


MCLA Women Roll over Fitchburg
10:17PM / Wednesday, January 20, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. --  The MCLA women's basketball team rolled past visiting Fitchburg State, 75-21, on Wednesday in MASCAC action from the Amsler Campus Center Gym.   Kayla Hotaling led MCLA (10-6, 2-3 MASCAC) with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Karina Mattera ended with 12 points as 12 Trailblazers broke into the scoring column. The Trailblazer defense held Fitchburg (0-16) to just 16 percent shooting and caused 40 turnovers.   MCLA wasted little time in putting this one away as they forced the Falcons into 24 first half turnovers en route to a commanding 45-14 halftime lead.  Hotaling and Mattera keyed the offense combining for 25 points over the opening twenty minutes


North Adams Traffic Commission Rejects Request to Modify Parking Ban
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:28PM / Wednesday, January 20, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Traffic Commission on Wednesday dismissed a request from a resident to change the winter parking ban, saying it would open up a "Pandora's box" of problems.

Aleksandr Lisser of Veazie Street had requested the City Council revise parking regulations banning night parking on the street from Nov. 1 to April 31 because his home did not have off-street parking. The matter was referred to the Traffic Commission for its Jan. 20 meeting. Lisser did not attend the meeting.

Commission Chairwoman MaryAnn King said she had received an email about the issue from Lisser last fall stating he had been "harassed" by police who had ticketed his car.


North Adams Mayoral Campaign Spending More than $60K
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
08:31PM / Wednesday, January 20, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Last year's mayoral campaign cost more than $60,000.

Both candidates, Mayor Richard Alcombright and opponent John Barrett III spent about $30,000 apiece, with the incumbent edging his challenger by about $1,100.

Barrett, however, took in about $2,000 more in donations at $29,660.77, not including in-kind donations, according to campaign spending reports filed with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance.

Tuesday, Jan. 20, was the final filing date for campaign spending ending on Dec. 31. Previous deadlines were on Sept. 14 and on Oct. 16.

During both those two reporting periods, Alcombright outspent his competition. Barrett, former mayor of the city


Berkshire Tidbits: Church Suppers, Guido's Thank-Yous
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
02:43PM / Wednesday, January 20, 2016
First Congregational in Lee
Sets Free Wednesday Suppers
Fall through spring at 5:30   Almost every Wednesday evening, from the end of summer until the next summer, church members, local service clubs, supermarkets and restaurants spend the afternoon in the kitchen of First Congregational Church in Lee, 413 243-1033, 25 Park Place, making simple but tasty suppers for their community.   They welcome everyone. Personally.   It's a pretty friendly place. Many regulars take the time to make newcomers feel at home as they eat their freshly made salads, ham dinners, chicken with pineapple over rice, shepherd's pie


BMC Adds 'Observation' Beds to North Adams Emergency Department
01:33PM / Wednesday, January 20, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The expansion of health care services continues in the city with the addition of two "observational beds" at Berkshire Medical Center's Satellite Emergency Facility.

The limited-use beds at the former North Adams Regional Hospital will offer a level of care that may allow a patient to remain in North Adams for a period of time rather than being transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield.

"The addition of observation beds in the North Adams Satellite Emergency Facility will provide the appropriate patients and their emergency providers with additional time for testing and treatment at a level that does not require an inpatient


North Adams Happenings: Jan. 20-26
10:26AM / Wednesday, January 20, 2016
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