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Superior Court Briefs: Aug. 18.
Staff Reports,
11:10AM / Friday, August 19, 2016
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Thursday, August 18.   William Fiske III, 27, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of assault and battery and single counts of armed assault with intent to murder, breaking and entering a building in the daytime, assault by means of a dangerous weapon, larceny from a building, violation of a restraining order, threat to commit a crime, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, vandalize property, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, and failure to stop for a police officer.   He also entered not guilty pleas on three counts of assault and battery on a correction officer, and a single count of


Adams Residents Brainstorm Fictional Wizardry School's Possibilities
By Jack Guerino,
03:46AM / Friday, August 19, 2016

The conservation group said trail safety was one of their main concerns.

ADAMS, Mass. – Adams residents are brainstorming ways to harness magic from the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to spark the local economy.

"We need to come up with as many ideas we can from the far out and the fun to the very probable, to the businesses, to people and to families and just weave this in as much as we can," Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco said on Thursday night. "We can have as much fun with it as we want but there is an economic component to this as well.

A Harry Potter fan himself, Mazzucco was speaking to the "Ilvermorny Opportunities" meeting, a


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

BRPC To Towns: Consider Long-term Sustainability of Broadband Choices
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:11AM / Friday, August 19, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is warning towns not to settle for internet which may not be fast enough in a few years.   The relaunching of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute comes with changes to the program which allows towns to craft individual plans for expanding broadband into unserved areas. That includes grants for cable companies to expand, such as Lanesborough, West Stockbridge, and Hinsdale opted to do, or expansion of a wireless system — like Middlefield is piloting — or running fiber cables to the homes like Mount Washington.    BRPC's Regional Issues Subcommittee believes that nothing less than fiber optic


Tony's Electric, Moonlight Win Giorgi League Titles
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
10:46PM / Thursday, August 18, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Jen Wehner’s inside game and Brendan Kordana’s 3-point shooting were keys to their respective teams capturing championships on Thursday in the finale of the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Wehner scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Tony’s Electric/At Home TLC/Flynn & Dagnoli to a 37-36 overtime win over Teddy’s Pizza in the Women’s Division finale at Noel Field.   In an Open Division final that started under the stars and ended inside the North Adams Armory, Kordana scored 36 points -- 21 from behind the arc -- to lead Moonlight Diner to a 66-54 win over Boys and Girls Club.   The opener was the kind


Drury, Colegrove Principals Take New Roles
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:53PM / Thursday, August 18, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There are some staffing changes ahead for the North Adams Public Schools — including the search for a new principal for Drury High School.

Colegrove Park Elementary School Principal Shelley Fachini is moving to special education, and Drury High Principal Amy Meehan will be replacing her at "Old Drury."

That will leave a vacancy at Drury High School that will be filled by an interim principal.  

"It's a domino effect," said Superintendent of School Barbara Malkas on Thursday.

Malkas said it was decided to split a preK-K special education coordinator into two positions after discussion with retired Superintendent James


Adams Man Pleads Not Guilty to Attempted Quadlands Robbery
04:14PM / Thursday, August 18, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The man accused of robbing Quadlands Flowers & Gifts in June is being held on $25,000 bail.

David J. Taylor, 22, of Old Columbia Street in Adams, pleaded not guilty on Thursday afternoon in Superior Court in Pittsfield of a single count of armed assault with intent to rob a person 60 years of age or older.

Judge Daniel Ford ordered that he be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction.

Taylor is accused of entering the flower shop on Holden Street at about 9:30 a.m. on June 20 and brandishing a handgun at the sales clerk that had been tucked in his waistband. He did not get any money and no one was injured.

The investigation was conducted by members


The Independent Investor: Health Savings Accounts a Good Idea
By Bill Schmick,
03:14PM / Thursday, August 18, 2016

Does your employer offer a health savings plan? Many do, especially if your company's health insurance has a high deductible. If you aren't taking advantage of it, you should and here's why.

Health Savings Accounts (HSA) were created as a way to help control rising health care costs. An HSA is an account, similar to a personal savings account or an IRA that you can open at work or on your own. Employers consider it a supplement to their high deductible employee health insurance plan (HDHP).

How do you know if your health insurance plan qualifies as a high deductible? Usually, HDHPs won't start paying out until after you've spent at least $1,300 (individual) or $2,600


North Adams Historical Society Observing Siege of Fort Massachusetts
10:43PM / Wednesday, August 17, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The 270th anniversary of the siege of Fort Massachusetts will be celebrated this year on the ledge that overlooks where the fort had been built.

The event will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, at what is called St. Francis Indian Ledge, 799 Massachusetts Ave. Free parking is available at Renee's Diner across the street.

On Aug. 19-20, 1746, 900 French and Indians of the St. François tribe under the command of Gen. Pierre Rigaud de Vaudreuil besieged Fort Massachusetts, a frontier outpost what was then East Hoosuck. The 45 colonists surrendered the next day.  

The fort was burned to the ground and the prisoners marched off to Canada, including


Guest Column: Shared Services Are the Future
By Rep. William 'Smitty' Pignatelli, Guest Columnist
04:46PM / Wednesday, August 17, 2016

After nearly a year of preparation, and just a few short months since 17 South Berkshire communities came together in a historic Community Compact signing, we are starting to see the successful work of so many coming together.

As community leaders, we have to be willing to have a serious conversation about our region's financial stability, and sustainability, as well as how can we best streamline and enhance the services that our taxpayers have grown to expect with their hard earned dollars.

Collective action will provide collective success.

When this conversation started I had three goals in mind.

1: Maintain each towns' unique identity,

2: Enhance services for residents,


Saturday Run/Walk to Raise Money for Cancer Research in Stamford, Vt.
01:53PM / Wednesday, August 17, 2016
STAMFORD, Vt. -- The inaugural Train for Trish Charity 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. at Stamford Elementary School.   The event honors the memory of Trisha Leblanc Carlson and is organized by her daughter, Olivia, a member of Drury High School’s Class of 2016 and Williams College’s Class of 2020.   Registration is $20, and all proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.   The 3.1-mile loop features rolling hills, mountain views and a halfway-point water station. Refreshments will be available at the finish line.   For information or to register, visit the Berkshire Running Center website or search for Train for Trish Charity 5K Run/Walk


Berkshire STEM Network Snags $65,000 State Grant
01:08PM / Wednesday, August 17, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Network has received $65,000 from the Massachusetts STEM Pipeline Fund to promote STEM education in the region.

The funding is part of more than $250,000 in recent grant awards to support the commonwealth's regional STEM networks. This regional award will support Berkshire County and the Pioneer Valley. As the lead partner of the Berkshire STEM Network, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will continue to collaborate with education, community and industry partners across the region.

MCLA Dean of Academic Affairs Monica Joslin, who serves on the STEM Advisory Council, said an investment


As Tanglewood Season Wanes, Music Still Fills the Mountains
By Stephen Dankner, Special to
12:39PM / Wednesday, August 17, 2016

During this penultimate week of the Tanglewood Festival, the spotlight will focus on a wide range of both standard and unusual fare in varied genres: from Stravinsky, Mozart and Verdi, to Berlioz, Saint-Saëns, Prokofiev and contemporary composer George Tsontakis (b. 1951).

Come late August, classical aficionados are saddened to acknowledge the waning Tanglewood season – a cornucopia of musical riches presented in an incomparably bucolic setting. Many of those superlative concerts will reside in our collective memory for a long time.

There's no cause, though, for dismay. Looking ahead, these last two months of magnificent music making are but a prelude to the fall array of


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