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Mass 2-1-1 Day Celebrated Feb. 11
09:45AM / Friday, February 10, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — United Ways in Massachusetts will join United Ways across the country as they celebrate National 2-1-1 Day on Saturday, February 11, calling attention to this free comprehensive information and referral service that has been in operation here in Massachusetts since 2006 and is celebrating its 20-year Anniversary nationally.

Leading up to 2-1-1 Day, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito will formally announce the merger of the Call2Talk Mental Health/Suicide Prevention line with the statewide Mass2-1-1 platform.

Mass 2-1-1 is a referral line that is staffed by information and referral specialists 24/7 who connect residents to the resources they need. Last year, 1,262 calls

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The Independent Investor: Medicare, Why You Need More Than Part A & B
By Bill Schmick,
05:21PM / Thursday, February 09, 2017

Medicare costs jumped 3.4 percent last year. Drug prices gained a whopping 11 percent. Medicare parts A&B does not cover prescriptions and the gap between what it does cover and your out of pocket expenses could break you.

Last week, while walking Titus, our chocolate Lab, I bumped into a fellow dog walker. I'll call him Abe. Abe is retired and on a tight budget. In an effort to save money, he elected not to acquire drug prescription insurance called Medicare Part D.

"After all," he explained, I'm in my late seventies and aside from aspirin and the occasional antibiotic for the flu, I've been drug-free for as far back as I can remember." Until now —

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

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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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'The Comedian': Requiem for a Funnyman
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:09PM / Thursday, February 09, 2017

It's too bad I can't give you the Goldberger Guarantee for director Taylor Hackford's "The Comedian," an assurance of positive viewership I occasionally offer to close friends when I'm fairly confident they'll enjoy a particular movie. The warranty promises refund of the ticket price if any of those pals doesn't find the movie in question entertaining. I hate to be a piker, but, without releasing my tax records, rest assured that I couldn't afford to institute said guarantee en masse. If proved wrong, it would mean Hamburger Helper instead of steak tartare.

Actually, I'm more of a White Castle kind of guy. But the thought is, what if I'm

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Storm Center: Closings for Thursday, Feb. 9
08:52AM / Thursday, February 09, 2017
Up to a foot of snow is expected to fall on the Berkshires on Thursday. Driving is treacherous and visibility is low.    All public schools are closed today as are many state and local offices. Winter parking bans and snow emergencies are in effect in most towns: do not park on the streets or you may be towed. If you plan on going out, call ahead to ensure your destination will be open.   Email us at info@iberkshires.com with your closure. The following are closed:   Adams * All town offices, library and Council on Aging   * Smith Bros-McAndrews Insurance Inc.   * Adams Community Bank and drive-ups will be closing at 4 p.m. today     North Adams *

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North Adams Makes Finalist for Small Biz Revolution
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:48AM / Thursday, February 09, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams has been named one of five finalists for a half-million dollar downtown boost.   The announcement was made early Thursday morning on Facebook Live by the Small Business Revolution initiative. More than two dozen supporters were at the Holiday Inn to cheer the results.   "I am speechless," said Benjamin Lamb, the president of the City Council who spearheaded the effort with the city's event coordinator Suzy Helme. "This was excellent, especially in a snow emergency. This place was so excited to see this happen.   We were all here for camaraderie — or commiseration."   The results were announced in

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McCann Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
03:53PM / Wednesday, February 08, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has announced its second quarter honor roll for the 2016-17 school year.

 

High Honors

Grade 12: Boudreau, Brian; Cristofolini, Lorenzo; Dean, Ainsley; Denault, Angela; Field, Mallory; Galipeau, William; Gardner, Makenzie; Gifford-Blasi, Ivy; Gigliotti, Katie; Gigliotti, Madison; Guyette, Connor; Kipp, William; Lampro, Tyler; Milner, Erica; Moran, Jordan; Oakes, Jacob; Pandell, Blaize; Parada, Ryan; Pecor, Robert; Piaggi, Brenden; Senecal, Elise; Wojcik, Alexander.

Grade 11: Ames, Payton; Boucher, Mackenzie; Boucher, Noah; Charon, Ryan; Cote, Megan; Dix, James; Dowling, Aimee; Esoldi, Julia; Favre, Joshua; Fuller, Hannah; Gamari,

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North Adams Police Investigating Hit & Run
Staff Reports,
03:16PM / Wednesday, February 08, 2017

 
Above is an image of a 2013 Ford Explorer similar to the sport utility vehicle believed involved in Wednesday's accident. Police say the suspect SUV could a 2016-17 model and has damage to its passenger side. North Adams Police posted on Facebook on Thursday afternoon that a vehicle and driver suspected in Wednesday's hit-and-run on West Main Street have been found.    According to police, a vehicle was located "displaying damage consistent with the accident" and impounded. An individual was also taken into custody. The investigation is still active and statement said that there would be no further details immediately released.    The

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Jacob's Pillow Hosts 'Chance to Dance' Contest
02:20PM / Wednesday, February 08, 2017

BECKET, Mass. - Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival invites artists of all styles to participate in the first ever Inside/Out: Chance to Dance viewers' choice contest.

An exciting opportunity to perform on the Pillow's iconic outdoor stage, the Chance to Dance contest is a viewer-selected online competition that allows the public, peers, and fans of artists to vote on their inclusion in the Inside/Out Performance Series for Festival 2017.

Submissions to the contest will be accepted from Feb. 6-20; voting is open to the public on PillowTV, the Jacob's Pillow YouTube channel, from February 21-26. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, March 7, and will perform on July 21 as a part

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MCLA Announces Spring Preview Days
01:39PM / Wednesday, February 08, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Beginning on Saturday, Feb. 11, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will offer a series of Spring Preview Days to provide prospective students with opportunities to tour the campus, learn about the admission and financial aid processes, discover a wide variety of academic programs, and find out more about student life at MCLA.

Check in for each Spring Preview Day begins at 10:45 a.m. in the Center for Science and Innovation. The program will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"Preview Days are a convenient way for prospective students to see campus for the first time and learn more about MCLA's academic programs and vibrant campus life. We encourage students

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Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Awards $1.5 Million in Winter Grants Cycle
12:38PM / Wednesday, February 08, 2017

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced the recipients of its final round of grantmaking for 2016.

The foundation distributed over $708,000 in grants to individuals, schools and nonprofits in the four-county region it serves, and grants totaling nearly $800,000 from donors with charitable funds at the foundation.

In Berkshire County, the foundation awarded grants from the Adams Cheshire Educational Partnership; Amy Clampitt Fund; Berkshire Environmental Endowment Fund; Berkshire Hills Fund for Excellence; Central Berkshire Fund; Martha Boschen Porter Fund; William J. & Margery S. Barrett Fund for Adams, Cheshire & Savoy; and Williamstown

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Berkshires Beat: Senior Living Community Collects Items For Neighbors in Need
12:30PM / Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Helping hands: Brookdale Fillmore Pond, a senior living community, launched a partnership with the Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless (BCCH), to provide assistance to those in need in the Bennington, Vt., area. The Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless currently provides resources for more than 400 people a year, but continues to need assistance. The associates, residents and their families at Brookdale Fillmore Pond collected items based on the needs of the BCCH.

Needed items that were collected include gently used seasonal clothing, including coats and socks; children's books; and personal hygiene items, specifically small bottles of shampoo, lotion, mouthwash and

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Biz Briefs: Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity to Dedicate 37th Home
11:52AM / Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Home again: Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity will host a Home Dedication for Sheerece Adams on Saturday, Feb. 11. Adams is in the process of closing on the purchase of the rehabilitated Habitat home at 5 Hall Place. This new homeowner had to complete 400 hours of sweat equity working at ReStore, on the job site of her future home, in addition to Financial Tools workshops and coaching.

The dedication and presentation will start at 5 Hall Place at 2 p.m. After the dedication guests will be welcomed with light refreshments and a tour of the home. Habitat has invited several local leaders such as Sen. Adam Hinds to speak at the dedication. All in the community are welcome to join.

In

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