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Biz Briefs: Mentors Needed for Financial Literacy Workshop
01:41PM / Monday, October 24, 2016

Mentors needed: Miss Hall's School is seeking area professional women to volunteer as mentors for the 17th annual Money Matters financial literacy workshops to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 15, and Thursday, Nov. 17, at the school's Holmes Road campus. Eighth-grade girls from across Berkshire County will attend the program, which provides them with a foundation of financial understanding. This year's program will be facilitated by Dr. Mahnaz Mahdavi, professor of economics at Smith College and faculty director at the Jill Ker Conway Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (CIEC) at Smith College.

Volunteer mentors are asked to commit to one of the program's two days, which run


MCLA to Hold Open Houses For MBA, MEd Degrees
12:19PM / Monday, October 24, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will offer open house events in Pittsfield and on the MCLA campus for those interested in completing their bachelor’s degrees, earning their Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree or Master of Education (MEd) degree, and more.

Two open houses will be held: on Monday, Oct. 24, in the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield; and on Tuesday, Oct. 25, on the MCLA campus in Bowman Hall, room 217. Both events will begin at 6 p.m.

MCLA’s Degree Completion, MBA and MEd programs are designed to meet the needs of working adult learners. MCLA’s Degree Completion programs, designed to take just over two years to


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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State Fire Marshal Offers Halloween Safety Tips
12:06PM / Monday, October 24, 2016

State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey offers fire safety tips for celebrating Halloween.

More children are injured by cars than fire on Halloween, so it’s important for children to learn and practice pedestrian safety and for drivers to use extra caution. Drive more slowly and watch for children who may forget to cross at corners and use crosswalks.

Other tips for Halloween costumes, decorations and trick-or-treating:

· Use a small flashlight or battery-operated tea light in pumpkins instead of a candle.

· Make sure your home is well-lit inside and out and that there is a clear path to your door.

· Keep decorations like cornstalks away from heat sources and


Berkshires Beat: NBCC Looking for 'Neighborlies' Nominations
11:13AM / Monday, October 24, 2016

Feeling neighborly: The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (nbCC) will host the Fall Neighborlies celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue, 53 Lois St. Due to limited parking at the Synagogue, overflow parking will be available at the Stop and Shop on Route 2 (the side closest to Williamstown).

Twice a year, nbCC's Northern Berkshire Neighbors welcomes residents to consider people of all ages who have performed acts of kindness or made a positive difference in their lives, in their neighborhoods or in their community. Anyone may nominate individuals or groups in one or more of the following categories: neighborly acts, young


12th Annual FODfest Set for Saturday
10:34AM / Monday, October 24, 2016

Daniel Pearl

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Sheffield-based nonprofit Music in Common will present its flagship concert event, FODfest (Friends of Danny Festival), at Dewey Hall, located at 91 Main St., on Saturday, Oct. 29.

FODfest celebrates the life of Daniel Pearl — the slain Wall Street Journal reporter who began his career at the North Adams Transcript and The Berkshire Eagle. The concert will feature more than a dozen local musicians in a unique format that is part jam session, part song-swap and part concert.

The concert begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to all. Also included in the evening is a screening of the new documentary short about Music in Common,


PopCares Annual Dinner Draws Hundreds to Bounti-Fare
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:07AM / Monday, October 24, 2016

Jessica and Nicholas Dabrowski and their daughter, Jordan. Jessica was diagnosed with an uncommon form of blood myeloma five years ago and within days learned she was pregnant. The couple has made it through with support from the community, including help from PopCares.

ADAMS, Mass. — It was a tough Wednesday about a year ago for Jessica and Nicholas Dabrowski.

They were struggling with work, taking care of their young daughter, Jordan, and the resurfacing of Jessica's cancer. There was chemotherapy at Berkshire Medical Center and visits to Massachusetts General Hospital, while both were working full time or more at stressful jobs.

It was a day when they'd felt defeated,


Adams Harvest Fest This Weekend
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:44PM / Friday, October 21, 2016
ADAMS, Mass. — The Harvest Fest will come to Bowe Field for the first time this Saturday.   Organizer Annmarie Belmonte said the idea for the event was to give people something to do this fall.   "Basically is there is not much to do around here, and, I hosted Hi-Jinx that went off without a hitch, so I thought I would try something else," Belmonte said.   The "Rising of the Corn" event is starting small at four hours, with hopes to grow next year.   The fest at the Adams Agricultural fairgrounds is being sponsored by Izzy's Diner and Pizza and Bounti-Fare. There is a $2 admission fee for adults at the gate, children are free; it runs


'The Accountant': Adds Up Smartly
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:14PM / Friday, October 21, 2016

"Why would I want to see Ben Affleck do taxes?"

Thus inquired a friend's wife when he asked if she'd like to see "The Accountant," director Gavin O'Connor's action-packed crime drama starring Affleck in the title role. To which I reply, "exactly." The snazzy, left-handed glorification of the iconically dull profession, often seen as a refuge for the creatively challenged, is here entertainingly perched on its ear and pumped for all of its anomalous surprise, shock and glee.

This is an often captivating, physical and mental road trip through some rather intricate loopholes that'll have you wondering if Humpty can ever be put together at


MCLA Alumni Association Announces 2016 Awards
12:40PM / Friday, October 21, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Alumni Association held its Annual Distinguished Alumni Award Ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 15, when it recognized the achievements of past graduates of the college.

This year's recipients included Peter Abuisi '66, who received the Outstanding Educator Emeritus Award; The Honorable Representative Michelle Dubois '06, who received the MCLA Alumni Humanitarian Award; Michelle Kirby '90, who received the MCLA Outstanding Educator Award; Benjamin Lamb '07, who received the MCLA Young Alumnus Award; Buffy Duringer Lord '98, who received the MCLA Outstanding Service to the College Award; and Dr. Katherine


New Berkshire Theatre Awards Program Names Winners
11:40AM / Friday, October 21, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. - The winners of the First Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards have been announced. Seventeen arts journalists voted on 120 nominees in 25 categories chosen from artists in the 75 live theatre productions mounted in Berkshire County and adjacent areas between October 1, 2015, and September 30, 2016.

The winner of the special Larry Murray Award, to be given to a person or theater project that advances social, political or community issues, will not be announced until the Winners’ Celebration at 5 p.m. on Nov. 13 at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret in Pittsfield. Nominees for the Larry Murray Award are Kristen van Ginhoven, co-founder and artistic director of WAM Theatre, and


Brayton Students Enjoy Free Supper Program
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:33AM / Friday, October 21, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Kids in North Adams have another reason to hang around after school: Dinner.   The hot meal program was introduced this year at Brayton Elementary School as part of its slate of after-school activities.   Cory Nicholas, the food service director, said about 185 students are now served dinner each weekday evening.   "We, from a food service standpoint, are trying to increase access," he said. "That's our goal. We have expanded with breakfast in the classroom and now supper."   Noella Carlow, the school system's 21st Century after-school and summer program site coordinator, who with Nicholas secured the grant, said the


Clarksburg Building Committee Seeking More Funds for Study
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:08AM / Friday, October 21, 2016

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Funds set aside for a feasibility study of Clarksburg School are coming up short.

The School Building Committee voted on Wednesday to kick a request for another $45,000 to the School Committee. The study is the first step in determining construction options for the 50-year-old school.  

The town a year ago approved expending $250,000 for the study, with $100,000 from the school's stabilization fund (set aside specifically for this use) and $150,000 from the town stabilization fund with the expectation that money would be reimbursed. The entire project is estimated at $8 million to $10 million.

"I feel that we don't know where we'll end up

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