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Ice Jam Overflows Route 8 in Cheshire
Staff Reports,
03:24PM / Friday, January 12, 2018
CHESHIRE, Mass. — A section of Route 8 was closed for more than an hour early Friday afternoon after Kitchen Brook overflowed its banks and covered the highway with large chunks of ice.   Communities across the region have been dealing with flooding caused by the spike in temperatures and heavy rain breaking up more than a foot of snow and ice that had covered the Berkshires over the last couple weeks. The National Weather Service has posted flash flood warnings for both Northern and Southern Berkshire County through tomorrow morning — when, believe it or not, another blast of cold air will blow through the county.   The flooding over South Street came without warning

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Superior Court Briefs: Jan. 8 - Jan. 10
Staff Reports,
02:16PM / Friday, January 12, 2018
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, January 8.   Earl Howard, 24, of Springfield pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.   He was ordered to serve two years at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charge stems from a motor vehicle stop in Cheshire on January 29, 2017.   Joseph Walker, 44, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: distribution of heroin.   He was given a one-year suspended sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction and placed on one-year probation. The charge stems from a motor

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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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by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

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Former Mayor Alcombright Rejoins MountainOne
01:28PM / Friday, January 12, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Former North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright has rejoined MountainOne Bank.

"We are very pleased to announce Dick’s return to MountainOne in the newly created position of Vice President – Local Business and Customer Relations Manager," said Bob Fraser, MountainOne president and chief executive officer. "While his elected role as mayor of North Adams has concluded, his new position will keep him very much in the public eye, representing MountainOne and advocating on behalf of customers and the community. Dick brings a wealth of local knowledge and strong community connections to us, and we are excited about the contribution and impact

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Clarksburg School Officials Vote to Continue Talks With Stamford
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Friday, January 12, 2018

The School Committee on Thursday voted to continue talks with Stamford and use the $25,000 obtained by the late state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi toward a feasibility study.  CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Six months after her death, state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi continues to fulfill promises to her constituents.    Superintendent Jon Lev was informed just hours before Thursday's meeting that $25,000 was available to pursue research on merging or aligning with Stamford School.    With that information, the School Committee formally voted to continue discussions and to use the $25,000 toward a study of a possible merger with the Vermont school.    Both school

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Clarksburg Readies Fee Schedule for Marijuana Locations
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:31PM / Thursday, January 11, 2018
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — With the successful passage of a retail cannabis bylaw, town officials are now starting to look at a fee structure for all the licensing and inspections that will need to happen.    Those fees can include but are not limited to: applications, zoning compliance certification, building inspections, Fire Department inspections, security and legal fees, and host community agreement legal review fees. Most are one-time fees, others may be annual.   "We're also going to have to establish some parameters on the Board of Health, an annual inspection fee like for instance we have for restaurants," Town Administrator Carl McKinney told the Select

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MCLA Women, Men Fall at Bridgewater
07:58AM / Thursday, January 11, 2018
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- Bridgewater State's Rayshon Ward and Joseph Carty combined for 49 points as the Bears opened up MASCAC play with an 82-71 win over the Trailblazers on Wednesday night.   Ward scored 22 of his 25 points in the opening half while Carty completed his monster night by pulling down 15 rebounds.   The Bears (8-6, 1-0) never trailed as they led 9-7 early on before an 8-0 run extended the lead to double figures. Ward's layup at the 13:18 mark gave Bridgewater a 27-16 lead. MCLA (3-9, 0-2) eventually cut it to just 32-30 after a Mike Demartinis bucket, but BSU once again responded behind Ward and Carty.  BSU outscored MCLA, 19-2, over the next five

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MCLA Announces New Performing Arts Programs
02:31PM / Wednesday, January 10, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts announces the addition of five new programs to its Department of Fine and Performing Arts, as two concentrations, in design and studio art, and three minors in dance, design, and music production, recently were added.

"The design concentration prepares students for traditional graphic design careers, web design, animation, concept, as well as character development for films, graphic novels or video games. It’s also great for illustrators and public relations professionals, and for self-promotion," said Melanie Mowinski, associate professor of visual art. "We imagine that students who are choosing the

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BCC Offers Variety of Courses at McCann Tech
02:02PM / Wednesday, January 10, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —Berkshire Community College is offering a number of courses that are being held at Charles H. McCann Technical High School in North Adams to make it easier for students in North County to get the education they need to succeed.

Spring classes begin on January 22. Some of the courses being offered at McCann include a free course called "Money Management for Life," which will assist students in better understanding how to become financially independent. The course is offered for free thanks to a grant from Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. Ashton Darrett will teach this class at McCann on Monday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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North Adams Happenings: Jan. 10-16
12:48PM / Wednesday, January 10, 2018
North Adams Happenings:
January 10 - 16   Save the

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Du Bois 150th Festival Begins on Jan. 15 in Great Barrington
12:26PM / Wednesday, January 10, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The town of Great Barrington, birthplace of W.E.B. Du Bois, begins the Du Bois 150th Festival during the Martin Luther King holiday week of Jan. 15.

The celebration of the 150th anniversary of Du Bois's birth will culminate on his birthday, Feb. 23, at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in downtown Great Barrington with distinguished guests Dr. Reiland Rabaka, Ossie Davis, Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste and other celebrants.

"We are very excited about the Du Bois 150th Festival that will begin with a series of events on January 15, including lectures, readings, concerts, exhibits, performances and guided walking tours, hosted by the town and its

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How Can You Improve Your Financial Fitness This Year?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:50AM / Wednesday, January 10, 2018

If one of your New Year's resolutions is to get healthier, you may already be taking the necessary steps, such as improving your diet and increasing your exercise. Of course, physical fitness is important to your well-being – but, at the same time, don't forget about your financial fitness. Specifically, what can you do to ensure your investment situation is in good shape?

Here are a few "healthy living" suggestions that may also apply to your investment portfolio:

Build endurance: Just as exercise can help build your endurance for the demands of a long life, a vigorous investment strategy can help you work toward your long-term goals, such as a comfortable

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New North Adams Council Approves Appointments, Donation
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:12AM / Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Council President Keith Bona displays the gavel once owned by Mayor Rosasco that he will use during his term.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city's new government met for the first time on Tuesday as Council President Keith Bona wielded the gavel once used by Mayor Ernest H. Rosasco.

"It says on it, 'Our Mayor Ernie,'" said Bona at the meeting's end. "This is from the Sons of Italy and my guess he was given this in the 1950s."

Rosasco was City Council president, and he is in one of the older pictures hanging in council chambers, and was mayor from 1952 to 1953. He later was a District Court judge, presiding in council chambers back when it was a

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