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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

The Independent Investor: 'Watch the Gap Please'
By Bill Schmick,
05:13PM / Thursday, February 16, 2017

If you haven't realized it by now, Medicare has a lot of "gaps" in its coverage. In order to close that gap, various private insurance companies offer plans that cover a lot of out-of-pocket costs — for a price.

Bare-bones Medicare coverage can leave you with some steep medical bills. As we discussed in our last column, if you are admitted to the hospital, for example, your first bill will tally $1,216 or more, which is the deductible you pay just for being admitted. After that, you pay 20 percent of the fee for every doctor visit, lab test, MRI, X-Ray and on and on. Remember, too, that there is no yearly limit for what you may have to pay beyond your basic Medicare


Polito Signs Community Compacts With Lanesborough, Windsor
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:38PM / Thursday, February 16, 2017

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito shakes Windsor Selectman Doug McNally's hand. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — It is difficult for small towns to bring in special expertise so the state is stepping in to help.    Lanesborough wants to focus more on economic development and that long-range planning is significantly helped along by a professional economic development planner.   In Windsor, town officials want to secure long-term financial stability but don't have the professional expertise and time to craft a careful strategy.   Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito on Thursday joined officials both towns to sign Community Compact agreements that will bring in consultants to help those


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 May Seek Funds For Library Repair
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:41PM / Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Mayor Richard Alcombright and Building Inspector William Meranti met with the library trustees last week after concerns surfaced about the condition of the historic building. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The mayor told the library trustees last week that the city is aware of the public library's maintenance needs.   Mayor Richard Alcombright and Building Inspector William Meranti attended the trustees meeting last Wednesday to quell concerns about deferred building maintenance.   "I got a sense ... that there is a certain amount of angst on the board over what we might call deferred maintenance that is currently here and angst that the administration is really not


North Adams Planners OK Tiny House Builder
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:27PM / Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The newest permutation of the Redwood project that adds a restaurant and spa on the east end. The planners have asked the developers to submit permitting plans instead of updates to ensure the public also is kept abreast of the project.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Planning Board approved permits for a tiny house manufacturer that is moving into the Windsor Mill.

B&B Precision Builders has been operating out of the former Berkshire Gas building on Old Columbia St. in Adams and is expected to move into a large section of the city-owned mill in the coming months.

The locally owned company was founded as a home builder by the late Michael Bresett of Adams and was re-established by


Father Daughter Dance Set in North Adams
02:08PM / Wednesday, February 15, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Father and Daughter Dance will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Eagles Hall on Curran Highway.

Tickets are $10 and are only available in advance at Persnickety Toys in North Adams, Val's in Adams and Where'd You Get That?! in Williamstown.

Due to safety concerns and requirements at the venue, the amount of tickets for sale this year has been reduced. Once you purchase your tickets please print your name on the back of each one as you can enter them in a drawing to win the door prize.

All proceeds of our dance go directly to supporting a local organization in our community. Details on Facebook.



North Adams Hosts Winterfest Celebration for 20th Year
01:55PM / Wednesday, February 15, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams invites everyone downtown for WinterFest on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for sledding, snow building, hot chocolate, the annual Chowder Cook-off, ice sculpting, horse-drawn wagon rides, a community camp fire, and the second annual WinterFest Farm & Artisan Marketplace.

This family-friendly, day-long, event wraps up at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink with free skate rentals and rink access from 2 to 4 p.m.

Weather permitting, the fun will continue on Sunday, Feb. 19, at Windsor Lake for a day of sledding, snowshoe hiking, snowman making, and wrapping up the day with a bonfire with hot cocoa and cookies in


What's Smarter: Paying Off Debts or Investing?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:26AM / Wednesday, February 15, 2017

If you're just starting out in your career, you will need to be prepared to face some financial challenges along the way – but here's one that's not unpleasant: choosing what to do with some extra disposable income. When this happens, what should you do with the money? Your decisions could make a real difference in your ability to achieve your important financial goals.

Under what circumstances might you receive some "found" money? You could get a year-end bonus from your employer, or a sizable tax refund, or even an inheritance. However the money comes to you, don't let it "slip through your fingers." Instead, consider these two moves: investing

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North Adams Approves 'Safe & Inclusive' Resolution
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
11:42PM / Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The City Council approved the resolution unanimously after another modification.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution declaring North Adams a safe and inclusive community.

The vote was greeted with applause by a crowded City Council chamber.

The resolution put forward by Councilors President Benjamin Lamb and Nancy Bullett in December went through a few modifications before Tuesday's final vote.

It generated a great deal of discussion at its first appearance at council, which found it referred to the Community Development Committee. The committee took no action on the resolution, instead of allowing the discussion to inform


North Adams Pushing For Votes as Deadline Looms
Staff Reports,
06:32PM / Tuesday, February 14, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — For a few shining moments, North Adams jumped to second place in voting for the Small Business Revolution's Main Street challenge.

And then it was gone.

"It was literally up for three minutes," said Benjamin Lamb, who's helping lead the charge for the city to capture a $500,000 economic development boost. "I think it shows just how close this voting is."

The post on the Small Business Revolution's Facebook page appeared about 3 p.m. showing North Adams as moving up from third to second place among the five finalists. Then it inexplicably disappeared, leaving the latest update on Tuesday with the city still in third place as of


Colegrove Park Classes Write Valentines for First-Responders
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:58PM / Tuesday, February 14, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Colegrove Park Elementary School children spent part of last week creating some big, colorful Valentine's Day cards.

Not for their families or classmates but to show their appreciation for the city's first-responders.

On Tuesday morning, three student representatives — Tyler Haskins, Nick Sacco and Stephen Cornell — and retired teacher Anna Saldo Burke delivered boxes of valentines to the police, firefighters and ambulance service.

"It's to thank the North Adams Police, and the firefighters and EMTs for their service to the city," said Nick, as the group waited for Sgt. James Burdick to accept the box of cards for a


North Adams Looks to Sell Off Six Properties
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:08AM / Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The City Yard on Ashland Street is one of the six parcels eyed for sale.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The mayor will ask the City Council on Tuesday for authorization to sell off six city-owned properties appraised at nearly $5 million.

"I think we would all agree that the City should not be a 'property owner' in this sense and the proceeds realized from these sales could be used to bolster reserves and/or fund the many capital projects in front of us," Mayor Richard Alcombright wrote in his communication to the councilors.

Alcombright has frequently spoken of the need for the city to divest itself of underutilized and unneeded properties. But the global economic


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