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Q&A With MCLA President James Birge
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Tuesday, August 23, 2016

  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Originally called the North Adams Normal School, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts was founded to train public school teachers.   True to that heritage, today's MCLA faculty members take seriously their role as educators. That is the message the college's 12th president received when he arrived on campus earlier this year.   "To a department, the faculty talked about their commitment to students achieving their academic goals, which isn't always the case," James F. "Jaime" Birge said recently. "Faculty aren't always as uniformly committed to that purpose as our faculty here. Literally, every

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Whitman's Comes Back to Even Torchia League Title Series
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:18PM / Monday, August 22, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Sarah Sweet went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI and pitched Whitman’s Crystal Clean to a 7-4 win Monday to even its best-of-three championship series in the Pat Torchia Softball League.   Whitman’s will take on Pizza House on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at DiSanti Field to decide the title. Last Thursday, Pizza House opened the championship series with a 10-4 win.   On Monday, Pizza House again started strong, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first to go ahead, 3-0.   Robin Finnegan hit an RBI double, Katie Hancock drove in a run with a single to left, and Becky Duquette drew a bases-loaded walk to give their team the early

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Jobs
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
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Local Author Unveils Real Magic on Mount Greylock
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:13PM / Monday, August 22, 2016

Ilvermorny's granite castle may be fictional, but there's a granite tower at the summit.

ADAMS, Mass. — Local author Kristen Demeo has written "Shrouded in The Mist" to show kids the facts behind the fictional Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry located on the summit of Mount Greylock.

When Demeo heard that J.K. Rowling, the author of the "Harry Potter" book series, chose Mount Greylock to be the home of her fictional North American wizardry school, she felt she could harness a teachable moment.

"It connects kids with local history and helps them learn through a subject that may really interest them," Demeo said. "I hope kids

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MassDOT Moves Forward on All Electronic Tolling
05:18PM / Monday, August 22, 2016

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board decided Monday to move ahead with plans to completely demolish the Interstate 90 toll plazas by the end of 2017 as a milestone in the state's progress toward All Electronic Tolling along Interstate 90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike), the Tobin Bridge and Boston tunnels.  

MassDOT said that AET will "go live" on Oct. 28. The board approved toll demolition contracts, reviewed data security and retention proposals and instructed MassDOT to proceed with public hearings on proposed toll rates designed to be revenue neutral and minimize changes in toll charges for current commuters.  

"The AET system

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Senator Warren Holding Presentation on 'America's Agenda'
02:23PM / Monday, August 22, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be at Berkshire Community College on Saturday for a public forum on "America's Agenda."

Based on the PowerPoint presentation she made at the Democratic Convention last month in Philadelphia, the senator will look at "how the playing field got tilted against America’s middle class – and what we can do to fight back."

The former professor and expert on bankruptcy law was instrumental in implementing the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act and  the development of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

She describes herself as a "data wonk" and has been studying the financial

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North Adams Council to Consider Buying Closed Plant for Public Works
02:10AM / Monday, August 22, 2016

The City Yard's buildings are costly to maintain and not suitable for contemporary needs, say officials. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city is considering a $1.5 million investment in purchasing a former anodizing plant to house all of its public service departments and equipment.    The City Council on Tuesday will be presented with a request from the mayor to enter into a purchase-and-sales agreement for the former Aluminum Anodizing on Hodges Cross Road.   The administration has been seeking an alternative to the current dated location on Ashland Street. Mayor Richard Alcombright has frequently stated a desire to move the Highway Department away from a

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Women Team Up to Create Burial Gowns for Premature Babies
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:59PM / Sunday, August 21, 2016

The gowns are lovingly and delicately hand-stitched.  

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Jennifer Breen knows she’s one of the lucky ones.

The North Adams attorney was able to take her son home from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Baystate Medical Center, where he spent the first 10 weeks of his life after being born at 29 weeks’ gestation. She is now able to hug and hold her happy and healthy 15-month-old son Joey every day and put the terrifying ordeal behind them.   But not everyone is so fortunate, and as Breen stayed connected with the preemie community online, she realized there was one thing that made the trauma of losing a premature baby so much worse for

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North Adams Historical Society Remembers The Siege Of Fort Massachusetts
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:37AM / Sunday, August 21, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Historical Society commemorated the 270th anniversary of the siege of Fort Massachusetts with presentations and historical reenactments on Saturday.

Local history buffs gathered at St. the Francis Indian Ledge on Massachusetts Avenue in observation of the 1746 siege of Fort Massachusetts by 900 French and Indians of the St. François tribe during the French and Indian wars.   First to speak was Ranger Robert Campanile, who thanked attendees for observing the day and remembering an important day in local history.   "The siege of that fort would be the first historical event for the city of North Adams, the town of Williamstown and the town

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Race Honors Memory of Drury Gradís Mother
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:50PM / Saturday, August 20, 2016

Drury High graduate Olivia Carlson talks to runners before Saturday's race.

STAMFORD, Vt. — Among Olivia Carlson’s many memories of her mother are the times the family would participate in 5-kilometer charity road races.

"Especially in the summers, we did 5Ks almost every weekend. I remember we would decide maybe Saturday morning, 'Oh, there's a 5K at 10,' and we’d run in, join the scramble, register day of and just hop in," Carlson said on Saturday morning outside Stamford Elementary School, site of the inaugural Train for Trish 5K Charity Run/Walk.

Reminded how much organizers of such events love a last-minute crush of entrants, Carlson

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@theMarket: Fedspeak Occupies A Dull Market
By Bill Schmick,
06:16PM / Friday, August 19, 2016

It is late summer and a time when the rumor mills work overtime. Financial news departments, confronted with a paucity of breaking news, are desperate to publish "informed opinions" and comments from any public or private sector big name they can find. This week a squad of Fed officials was happy to accommodate.

Never mind that after a week of speeches on "will they, or won’t they” hike rates in September (or December, or anytime in between), investors are no closer to the truth than they were last week. As long as raising-interest rate decisions continue to be data-dependent, the markets remain in nowhere land.

I am not going to add my two cents to the debate

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Harrington Supported by Social & Human Service Workers, Educators
01:05PM / Friday, August 19, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Andrea Harrington, a small-business owner and local attorney running in the Democratic primary for state Senate, has been endorsed by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-MA) and SEIU Local 509. These two organizations represent thousands of social workers, human service workers, and educators throughout Western Massachusetts.

The state Senate seat for the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden District soon to be vacated by Sen. Benjamin B. Downing, D-Pittsfield.

"I am incredibly honored to have thousands of social workers, human-service workers, and educators supporting my campaign for state Senate. These hard-working men and women

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'Indignation': A Fine Sadness
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
11:46AM / Friday, August 19, 2016

If you need a very literate affirmation that life can sometimes be brutal, sad, mocking, unfair and heartrending, then director/screenwriter James Schamus' diligent adaptation of Philip Roth's "Indignation" awaits you at the Bijou. You can't help but be mesmerized by the searing, incisive realities Roth mines in his chronicle of a Jewish young man's experiences, circa early 1950s, at a small college in Ohio. The messages, either blatant or frighteningly violent in their subtlety, are delivered with righteous indignation, suggesting a modern addendum to the Greek tragedies.

If you're familiar with the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's body of work,

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