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North Adams Schools Find Taps With Elevated Levels of Lead, Copper
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:43AM / Wednesday, December 07, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An extensive testing of water delivery points in the city's schools has turned up elevated levels of lead and copper.

Some 353 bubblers, faucets and other water taps were tested in September through a state grant through the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust. The results were received this week, with about 50 points identified as exceeding state levels for lead and copper.

Only a handful drinking water taps tested high and those were immediately shut off and warning signs put up, said school officials.

The city has also been in discussions with the state's Departments of Health and Environmental Protection on next steps.

"The results are not


North Adams' E3 Academy Creates Mini-Pantry
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:17AM / Wednesday, December 07, 2016


NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The students at E3 Academy saw a problem with hunger and came up with a solution: a mini-food pantry.

Inspired by the proliferation of Little Lending Libraries in the region, the Give Food Take Food pantry box outside the Vietnam Veterans Post 54 is stocked with canned goods with the idea that people who need it will use it.

"We were doing, 'what are problems in the community?' and we found one of them is people in North Adams don't know where to get food or are struggling to get food," said student Joey Butler. "So we decided to make it easier by putting this out here and putting food in it."

The academy, an

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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

High School Athletes Learn Leadership Lessons
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Sports
12:23AM / Wednesday, December 07, 2016

John Martin, left, and Major League shortstop Nick Ahmed speak to Berkshire County high school athletes on Tuesday morning at the Boys & Girls Club in Pittsfield.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — One of the chief lessons of Tuesday's Berkshire County Student-Athlete Leadership Summit was that leaders serve those whom they lead.

But featured speaker John Martin gave the 130 high school students gathered in the Boys & Girls Club gym permission to be self-centered — if just for one day.

"When you have a chance to speak this morning in your breakout sessions, I want you to get a little bit selfish in your role as a leader," said Martin, a guidance counselor and coach


Salvation Army Donates Hundreds of Winter Coats to North Berkshire Vets
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:23PM / Tuesday, December 06, 2016

A chance conversation between Tina Samson, left, and Capt. Katherine Corno led to some 200 or more coats being delivered to City Hall on Tuesday.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Veterans Services Office on Tuesday took delivery of nearly 30 bags fillled with warm coats for local veterans.

The donation came courtesy of the Salvation Army and was prompted by a chance meeting between office assistant Tina Samson and Capt. Katherine Corno of the local Salvation Army post.

"We just walked into each other, it was out of the blue," said Samson, who was on Main Street in mid-November drumming up donations for gift certificates and socks for veterans.  "I had a box in my hand

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North Adams Movieplex Holds 'Five For Free' Food Drive
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:16AM / Tuesday, December 06, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Those who donate five non-perishable food goods can see a free movie of their choice at the North Adams Movieplex.   The downtown theater will hold its annual "Five For Free" food drive Tuesday night to benefit the Berkshire Dream Center.   "We always like to be part of the community, not just in the community, so we like to do our part," theater manager Scott Ingalls said. "There are a lot of people out here who need it."   He said people who donate can see the movie of their choice for showings starting between 6 and 7:30 p.m.. He said the movies are first-come, first-serve. People can also donate throughout the day


North Adams Groups Holding Toy & Clothing Drive
Staff Reports,
06:21PM / Monday, December 05, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city's emergency responders are teaming up with the Northern Berkshire Family YMCA and North Adams Rotary to conduct a Holiday Toy and Clothing Drive this Thursday, Dec. 8, from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Walmart on Curran Highway.

Members of the North Adams Ambulance Service and the Fire and Police departments will be on hand with their vehicles to collect the donations, along with Mayor Richard Alcombright. All donations received will be used to aid local families this holiday season.

Last  year's drive collected some 1,000 pieces for the statewide Toys for Tots, said organizer MaryAnn King of the Police Department. This year, she said, the goal


Biz Briefs: Downtown Window Decoration Contest Winners Announced
01:38PM / Monday, December 05, 2016

The winners are ...: The Berkshire Emporium was voted the winner of the Holiday Window Decorating Contest sponsored by the North Adams Chamber of Commerce for its multi-window display featuring various rooms throughout Santa's North Pole home. The Berkshire Emporium will receive a gift certificate with the Mohawk Soaring club for a one-month membership and flight with an instructor in the spring.

Of the six participating volunteer groups that decorate empty storefronts, there was a tie between the North Adams Farmers Market Committee windows at 87 Main St. and the St. Elizabeth's Youth Group windows at 107 Main St. Those groups will split the volunteer group cash prize of $100


Berkshires Beat: Young Democrats Mobilize in Western Massachusetts
01:28PM / Monday, December 05, 2016

Rallying together: Young Democrats from across Western Massachusetts gathered Dec. 1 in Amherst, Mass., to formally establish a regional chapter of the party's youth organization, motivated, in part, by last month's election results. Representing three of Western Massachusetts four counties, energized activists crowded a coffee shop to select officers and discuss how to advance the agenda important to younger Bay State voters.

The meeting attracted high schoolers from Northampton and West Springfield, college students from various campuses and young professionals eager to encourage a rising generation of citizens to participate in public policy and run for office. Led informally

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Clarksburg Welcomes Reserve Officers, Hears From Ed Task Force
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:53AM / Monday, December 05, 2016

The new officers and Police Chief Michael Williams. The officers families attended the meeting.

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Town officials welcomed Clarksburg's two newest police officers on Wednesday night.

Kevin Stant and Samantha Haines were confirmed by the Select Board as reserve patrol officers for the rest of the 2017 fiscal year.

Chief Michael Williams introduced the officers, whom he said had completed the reserve intermittent officer training course. They also successfully passed the interview process and background check.

"I believe both candidates would make good officers on this department," he wrote in his letter to the Select Board.

Stant has been employed


North Adams Indoor Sports Facility Marks Third Anniversary
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:30PM / Saturday, December 03, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Even as the calendar turns to December, in a corner of the Blackinton neighborhood, it is always baseball season.   Or soccer season or lacrosse season if you prefer.   The Cages at the Mill is entering its fourth year of providing indoor practice, training and instruction space for local athletes in the former Blackinton Mill building on Massachusetts Avenue.   To celebrate, the complex will hold an open house on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 1 to 3 p.m.   Owner Rob Livingstone said recently that business is going strong at the facility, which recently inked a deal with Global Premier Soccer Stateline in Pittsfield to run an 18-week development camp


Superior Court Briefs: Nov. 15 - Dec. 1
Staff Reports,
03:02PM / Friday, December 02, 2016
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, Nov. 15.   Brian Schaffer, 60, of Lee, pleaded guilty to four counts of possession of child pornography.   He was given a two-year suspended sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction and placed on three-years probation.   Schaffer was in possession of child pornography in Lee on August 1, 2015.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, Nov. 16.   Russell Allison, 43, of Pittsfield, had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a loaded firearm, armed career felon, and assault by means of a dangerous weapon.   He was


MCLA Names Jorge Professor of Education
12:55PM / Friday, December 02, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Dr. Nick Stroud, associate professor of technology and science education, recently was appointed to the Evelyn H. and Arlindo Jorge Professorship in Education at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

MCLA President James F. Birge said Stroud was nominated to the chair due to his expertise and influence as an educator of science educators, and the promise of his future contributions to the field, and to the local community.

"The achievements and contributions Dr. Stroud has made, and will continue to make, more than support his appointment to the Jorge chair," Birge said. "I look forward to his continued leadership and scholarship as our Jorge


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