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Kennedy Rallies Berkshire Dems For Final Election Push
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:14PM / Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Those in attendance gathered for a quick group photo before heading back to work on the campaign efforts for Democratic candidates. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There is a lot of frustration with politics, especially on the national level, shown throughout this campaign season. While local Democrats say they understand it, they want to take seats in government to fix the causes of that frustration.   "For those who are so frustrated, and we have to acknowledge that frustration comes from a very real place for far too many people — an economy that despite our best efforts is leaving a lot of folks behind or in danger thereof, we've got a criminal justice system where


Biz Briefs: Canyon Ranch Unveils Luxury Residences in Lenox
01:38PM / Monday, October 31, 2016

Luxury living: Canyon Ranch has launched Canyon Ranch Residences at Bellefontaine, a collection of exquisitely-designed condominiums at its 120-acre Lenox. location. William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Great Barrington, Mass., agents Gladys Montgomery and Marc Bachman will serve as the exclusive sales and marketing agents for the property.

Located on the grounds of the historic Bellefontaine Mansion in the heart of the Berkshires – approximately two hours from Boston and three hours from New York – the Residences at Bellefontaine will be comprised of 19 beautifully-appointed luxury condos ranging in price from $1.35 million to $3.5 million, all of which will have


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

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Awards $769,000 in Fall Grants Cycle
12:26PM / Monday, October 31, 2016

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — The board of directors of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation have announced the recipients of the third round of grantmaking for 2016.

The foundation distributed a total of $50,134 in grants to individuals and nonprofits in the four-county region it serves and grants totaling nearly $720,000 from donors with charitable funds at the foundation.

In Berkshire County, the foundation awarded grants from the Gateway Fund and Pauline Young Music Fund, both of which support projects for students in the North Adams School District.

Arts and Culture: Grants to arts organizations and arts programs in North Adams totaled $17,324. Select grant recipients include: Drury


Berkshires Beat: Cheshire Celebrates Halloween
11:35AM / Monday, October 31, 2016

Spooktacular: The Cheshire Elementary School PTG hosted its annual Halloween Dance Party on Friday, Oct. 21, in the school auditorium. DJ Bob Heck of Bob Heck Entertainment played music and games with the kids. The kids danced and played the night away.

The Hoosac Valley Cheerleaders came and volunteered their time to help run the game and craft tables. Many parent volunteers helped out to make this such a successful event. Each child came in their favorite costume and some parents dressed up as well. There was a large assortment of donated baked goods and treats. Each child received a pumpkin as they left and the pumpkins were donated by Whitney's Farm.

Know about voting: State


North Adams Arts Commission Endorses BCRC Grant Pursuit
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:50AM / Monday, October 31, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Public Art Commission has given its blessings to DownStreet Art to apply for a grant to fund the installation of public art for its 10th anniversary.

Berkshire Cultural Resource Center Program Manager Michelle Daly told the commissioners Thursday said she plans to apply for some grants and through them request $100,000 to install two new pieces of public art on city-owned property.

"There is a confluence of other amazing creative things happening next summer and we really want to capitalize on that," Daly said. "We would like to reinvigorate our public art program as part of that and now that there is a Public Art Commission, I am reaching


No on 2 Campaign Rallies in Pittsfield as Election Day Nears
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:11PM / Saturday, October 29, 2016

MTA President Barbara Madeloni said so far 'the 413 is no on 2.' PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Corporations and big business cannot buy public education.   That is the message that those opposing Question 2, a ballot initiative calling for raising the cap on charter schools by a dozen, is sending.
  The opposition says the expansion of the charter school system will devastate the traditional public school system by allocating more public funding to the privately-run schools.   "The message you are sending across the nation is powerful. What you are saying is that big business, corporations, you cannot buy public education. That's the message that needs to

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North Adams First-Responders Stage Active Shooter Drill at Sullivan
Staff Reports,
05:13PM / Friday, October 28, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The closed Sullivan School on Friday morning hosted an emergency drill that brought more than 130 people together.

Kemp Avenue was closed to through traffic between Lake and Rich streets for several hours as first-responders deal with a simulated mass casualty incident on the elementary school campus.

"We brought together numerous agencies throughout Bekshire County, primarily police, fire and EMS from North Adams, and conducted an active shooter drill," said Amalio Jusino, assistant chief of the North Adams Ambulance Service and coordinator of the drill. "The real focus is integrating fire and EMS with law enforcement for effective critical


Letter: David vs Goliath
Letters to the Editor,
03:00PM / Friday, October 28, 2016

To the Editor:

My comments about the Massachusetts Senate race for our district: Berkshire, Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin).

I watched debates, read the articles, saw and heard local TV and radio appearances and have seen Facebook posts for both candidates. There are major differences between the two! Hurrah, a clear choice.

As a treasurer for a candidate many years ago, I know how to peek at the campaign finance reports (Everyone can: check OCPF for MA, next report 10/31). As of the end of August, Adam Hinds' campaign had reported $75,067 in donations and spent $54,681 vs Christine Canning-Wilson reporting $3,185 [in donations] and spending $2,922.

Seems like a financial Goliath


'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back': Doesn't Quite Grab You
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:35PM / Friday, October 28, 2016

It is what it is.

I contemplated saving approximately 805 words by simply having the above overworked phrase stand as my review of director Edward Zwick's "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back." However, despite its relatively appropriate description of this action-thriller starring Tom Cruise as the title maverick, fear of a random audit by the American Film Critics Oversight Committee induced me to proceed with the usual study in tortured prose that follows.

In this second film based on the character developed by novelist Lee Child, the ex-military police major-turned-vigilante once again fights for truth, justice and the American way — in his very own way. Expect the usual


Superior Court Briefs: Oct. 24 - Oct. 27
Staff Reports,
11:15AM / Friday, October 28, 2016
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, October 24.   Ronald Palazoo, 77, of Sandisfield, pleaded guilty to three counts of rape of a child with force, three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14, and intimidation of a witness or other person.   He was ordered to serve concurrent three to five years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. Palazzo sexually assaulted a boy, not age 6, in Sandisfield between September 3, 2012, and July 11, 2015.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, October 25.   Brian Signor, 27, a homeless man, entered a not guilty plea of manslaughter in connection with the


Chris Trapper to Perform at Drury High School
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:07AM / Friday, October 28, 2016

Boston-based singer-songwriter Chris Trapper will appear at Drury this Saturday.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Drury Performing Arts Management class will bring singer-songwriter Chris Trapper to the Drury auditorium this Saturday.

Boston-based Trapper is former front man for the late-'90s alternative rock band The Push Stars and his music has been featured on televisions shows and movies including "Malcolm in the Middle" and "There’s Something About Mary."

He will play at the Drury After Dark concert series this weekend.

"He is really great and he has some really great music, and I think it is going to appeal to a lot of the community and school


Mass Casualty Drill Set Friday in North Adams
12:47AM / Friday, October 28, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — First responders from throughout Northern Berkshire, in concert with local and regional organizations, will hold an emergency preparedness exercise on Friday, Oct. 28, in Kemp Avenue area.

The drill will simulate a mass casualty incident and will take place during the morning hours.

Police and fire departments and EMS agencies from North Berkshire communities will participate in the event, joined by other public and private organizations.

There will be expected road diversions during the exercise in order to provide a safe environment for the drill. Residents of the street impacted, however, will be allowed to get to their homes during the event. The exercise


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