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Letter Carrier Food Drive Set for Saturday
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:10AM / Thursday, May 12, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Letter carriers across Berkshire County this Saturday will pick up nonperishable food on their routes to donate to the Friendship Center Food Pantry, among other charities.

North Adams letter carrier and president of the Berkshire County Letter Carriers Union Branch 286 Gary Ghidotti said any resident can donate a bag or box of non-perishable food by leaving it under his or her mailbox. The letter carriers in Adams, Becket, Dalton, Great Barrington, Hinsdale, Housatonic, Lanesborough, Lee, Lenox, North Adams, Pittsfield, parts of Richmond, Sheffield and Williamstown will be collecting the donations and bringing them to their respective loading docks for sorting

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North Adams School Officials Ratify Contract With New Superintendent
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:45PM / Wednesday, May 11, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city's new superintendent of schools was made official on Wednesday night with the ratification and signing of a three-year contract.

Barbara Malkas of Clarksburg is expected to begin her new duties July 1.

She is currently under contract with the Webster Public Schools, which she said is looking into hiring an interim.

Mayor Richard Alcombright, chairman of the School Committee, did not anticipate Malkas being unable to start by July 1, nearly seven weeks away.

"I have no concerns about that. We'll figure out the next step if we have to," he said.

Retired Superintendent James Montepare is currently filling in the post but said he was


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

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MAC Treasures Aims to Re-Open in North Adams
01:38PM / Wednesday, May 11, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — After four years at 600 Main St. in Williamstown, MAC Treasures has found a new home at the site of West End Auto at 362 State Road in North Adams.  

MAC Treasures is a donation-based tag sale that helps support the Minerva Arts Center, which provides performing arts opportunities to students in Northern Berkshire County.  

MAC Treasures provides an unique shopping experience, where you can find “treasures” including men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories, books, children’s toys, music, housewares, furniture and seasonal items at reasonable prices. In addition to these “treasures”


Grilling Safety Tips Offered by Great Barrington Fire Department
11:36AM / Wednesday, May 11, 2016

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Chief Charles Burger and the Great Barrington Fire Department would like to remind the community to follow grilling safety tips to ensure a fire-free season as the warm weather begins to arrive.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services (DFS), Massachusetts fire departments responded to 431 fires involving grills, hibachis and barbecues between 2011 and 2015. These fires caused 20 civilian injuries, three firefighter injuries and $3.5 million in property damage.

“Warm weather means that more residents will be barbecuing and we want to make sure they do so safely,” Chief Burger said. “Please follow the safety tips provided


Here’s How to Keep Your Portfolio Healthy
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:07AM / Wednesday, May 11, 2016

If you have a medical appointment this week, you might want to wish your nurse a happy National Nurses Week. This annual event is designed to celebrate the important role nurses play in health care.

Of course, while nurses and doctors can help you in many ways, you can do a lot of good for yourself by adopting healthy living habits, such as eating right, exercising frequently, and so on. But you can also do much to help your financial health.

Here are a few suggestions:

Stay invested. During times of market volatility, it can be temping to head to the investment “sidelines” until things “cool off.” Going to the sidelines can mean a few different things –


North Adams Council Committee Will Review Treatment Center Resolution
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:44AM / Wednesday, May 11, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Public Safety Committee will take up a resolution calling for a local detoxification center in light of how the opioid epidemic has been affecting the city's residents.

The resolution was brought forward Tuesday by council President Benjamin Lamb on behalf of the North County Cares Coalition, a group that has been advocating for better access to health care and the restoration of a full-service hospital.

Kenna Waterman, founder of Josh Bressette Commit To Save A Life, wrote in a letter to the council supporting the resolution that her organization addressing opioid addiction is frequently asked to help find recovery beds.

"Ninety-nine percent of


Annual Humane Race Set for Saturday
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:20PM / Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Kitty cats painted by pupils at Williamstown Elementary School will be part of a display for the Humane Race. Christa Abel of Bark N' Cat said the Williamstown community has been supportive of the benefit race.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The annual Humane Race scheduled for this Saturday has been raising critical funds for the Berkshire Humane Society for 14 years.

Hundreds of dogs (and owners) take off each year from Water Street for a fun run and walk and that ends at the finish line on Spring Street.

It's a great time for people and their pets to get fresh air, meet friends and have fun.

"People love it because people love to run and walk with their dogs," said


Berkshire Tibits: Israeli Holiday, Cooking Demos
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
03:08PM / Tuesday, May 10, 2016
This Tuesday evening, May 10, from 7:30 to 10, the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires will celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day with Tastes of Israel at the Gateways Inn, 51 Walker St. in Lenox, 413-637-2532. The public is invited to come, take part in and enjoy this free event which will feature Israeli music, cooking demos and tastings — while they last — of Israeli food specialties.   Federation executive director Dara Kaufman said this celebration will kick off the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires new partnership with the Afula-Gilboa region of Israel. Michele Gazit, chef and owner of Gateways Inn, will assist visiting Israeli chefs Tamar Salemeh


Redwood Motel Developers Get OK for New Plans
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:02AM / Tuesday, May 10, 2016

There are no immediate plans on how to incorporate the 200-year-old farmhouse into the Redwood Motel project.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Planning Board on Monday approved expanded plans for the Redwood Motel project on State Road.

The developers have assembled some 18 properties including nearly 45 acres on the north side of the Hoosic River. The acquisition of the former Stevens farm on Friday for $350,000 from Franklin P Stevens Revocable Trust will allow the development of 47 rooms.

Principal Benjamin Svenson of Broder Properties of Boston and project manager Eric Kerns presented the updated plans to the planners on Monday to add almost 20 more rooms than originally


Running With The Law 5K Race Planned For June
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:17PM / Monday, May 09, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — "Running with The Law" returned to the streets this past weekend with runs planned every Saturday up to a community road race planned for June.

Last fall, it was hard to miss North Adams Police officers running downtown with an entourage of nearly 20 elementary school students.

This same program, Running with The Law, returned Saturday for the spring session with a 5-kilometer road race planned for Saturday, June 11, to benefit Pop Cares, a non-profit organization that supports local cancer patients.

"We are kind of doing a spinoff of what we do with the Running with Law program. We are going to do a 5K and kind of get the whole community


'Disrupting Aging' Comes to the Berkshires
03:14PM / Monday, May 09, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County is home to one of the fastest growing populations of older adults in Massachusetts and across the country. In fact, about 21 percent of the population is currently over 65, and that number is expected to grow.

Our culture tells us that aging will change us against our will, and for the worse. Dr. Bill Thomas, an internationally acclaimed longevity expert argues that our cultural view of aging is all wrong.

Blending myth and science, live music and visuals, Dr Bill Thomas’ "Age of Disruption Tour" is a modern day Chautauqua (Chautauqua is an adult educational movement that Theodore Roosevelt called “the most American thing


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