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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

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.


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

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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What Expenses Will You Incur When Investing?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:21AM / Wednesday, January 20, 2016

You invest so that you can achieve a variety of goals, such as a secure retirement. It’s inevitable, though, that you will incur some costs when investing, ranging from payments to a financial professional to costs of educational materials. So it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with these expenses.

If you work with a financial professional – and you should, because the investment world is complex – you will need to compensate this individual for his or her expertise and guidance. Financial advisers get paid in different ways, including the following methods:

* Fee only: Fee-based accounts may charge a fee as a percentage of your total portfolio. For example,


North Adams Receives $200K Gift For Airport
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:25AM / Wednesday, January 20, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city will receive a $200,000 gift to fund its share of the construction of a new administration building on the airport.

Mayor Richard Alcombright told the Airport Commission on Tuesday that real estate developer and Turboprop East director Harry S. Patten Jr. has agreed to fund the city's 5 percent share of the nearly $4 million project.

"There are a lot exciting times in the city lately, and we have had a lot of good announcements and none probably as good as this one," Alcombright said. "This is a really good thing."

The federal grant is contingent on the city being able to fund a certain percentage of the entire project.


Adams Arts Advisory Board Setting Sights on Fairy Festival
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:33AM / Wednesday, January 20, 2016

ADAMS, Mass. — Francie Anne Riley came across a * YouTube video about the popular fairy doors in Ann Arbor, Mich., and sent it on to her artist friends.

That prompted the idea of placing the "doors" around Adams, which led to a workshop on creating fanciful clay doors at River Hill Pottery in North Adams. Those doors are now opening onto ideas for a Berkshire Mountains Fairy Festival — some mystery, some medievalism, some performances and lots of arts installations.

It's this constant confluence of innovative ideas that the Adams Arts Advisory Board is hoping will catalyze the creative economy in the Mother Town and beyond.

"A group of artists working at


North Adams Little League to Hold Meeting, Registrations
01:24PM / Tuesday, January 19, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Little League will hold an open meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 6:45 p.m. at the North Adams Armory with registration to follow.


New board members have decided to continue the city’s Little League charter in spite of the previous board’s already announced decision to focus on the creation of a new Cal Ripken Little League in the 2016 season.


There will be a second registration on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 6 to 7:30 at the Armory.


North Adams Little League and Minor League baseball is open to children ages 7 to 12. Bring a cop of your child’s birth certificate and a utility bill as proof of residency.


Letter: Thanks to NAFD for Fire Preparation Campaign
01:00PM / Tuesday, January 19, 2016

To the Editor:

I would like to thank the three members of the North Adams Fire Department, Lt. Goodman, firefighters Sherman and Lamarre, who in a very professional way came to my home with a member of the American Red Cross and updated my smoke alarms and added a carbon monoxide alarm. This was part of the "Home Fire Preparedness Campaign" and the new equipment was free. I want to thank the North Adams Fire Dept. for participating in this program. Go Habs.


Alan D Horbal



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Forum on Health Care Solutions Introduces Community Health Workers
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:06AM / Tuesday, January 19, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The closure of North Adams Regional Hospital nearly two years ago has given birth to the opportunity for the community to rethink how it views health care and to try new innovations that ultimately will make the area healthier.

One of those innovations is a new breed of outreach workers called “community health workers,” or CHWs for short, and they are growing in numbers in Berkshire County, attendees of the January Northern Berkshire Community Coalition forum, titled “Improving Our Community Health Together: Solutions,” learned on Friday.

Kimberly Kelly, manager of Community Health & Public Health Initiatives for Berkshire Health

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