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North Adams Restaurant Gains Approval With Addition of Parking
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:15PM / Wednesday, October 03, 2018

The undersized fiberglass steeple will be removed. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Planning Board on Monday approved a parking plan for the proposed Loom restaurant on Massachusetts Avenue that is connected to the Tourists resort.    Executive Chef Cortney Burns and Eric Kerns, a partner in Tourists, had appeared before the board in September seeking approval of the transformation of the former Our Lady of Incarnation Church into a farm-to-table restaurant for the resort. The plans, however, did not include parking and the proposal was delayed until a variance could be obtained or a new plan submitted.    On Monday, the board gave the OK to a parking lot with spaces

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Biz Briefs: Tunnel City Coffee Opens Fall Art Show
02:11PM / Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Coffee and art

Sarah Sutro and Dorothea Osborn present their abstract paintings at Tunnel City Coffee in downtown Williamstown this fall, featuring rich watercolors and imaginative takes on scientific themes. Sutro's abstracted realist paintings recall memories of existence among peaceful landscapes, while Osborn's macro-paintings delve into life at the cellular level, sharing the beauty of biology’s smallest divisions. The show runs from the beginning of October through the end of December.       

Influenced by artists Paul Klee, Georgia O'Keefe, and John Singer Sargent, Sutro finds inspiration in the outside world, oceanscapes and

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

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12:14PM / Wednesday, October 03, 2018
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October 11
Hardman Lecture: Maria Hinojosa
Church Street Center, Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium
413.662.5224
7pm
Free!

As a reporter who was the first Latina in many newsrooms, Maria Hinojosa

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Can You Count on a Bountiful Investment 'Harvest'?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:52AM / Wednesday, October 03, 2018

We're officially in autumn – the season when we bring in what we planted in the spring. But the concept of planting and gathering isn't confined to agriculture. In fact, it can be used in many walks of life, including investing. So what can you do to help work toward a successful investment "harvest"?

Here is (not quite) a bushel of ideas:

Plant the right "seeds." When farmers plant specific crops, they know about what to expect – how long it will take for them to grow, how much yield they will produce, and so on. When you invest, you too need to plant "seeds" by choosing investments that are designed to help meet your goals. For example,

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Berkshire Health Systems Has 'Legitimate Concerns' With Ballot Question
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Berkshire Medical Center says not all the staff are on board with Question 1, providing a group photo to prove it. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center officials estimate that it'll cost the hospital $22.8 million if Question 1 is passed.   Voters will decide in November whether to legally mandate specific ratios of registered nurses to patients. Berkshire Health Systems is opposing the question, fearing the costs will prove to be detrimental to the services it provides.   "It requires us to hire between 120 and 130 registered nurses. Do the math, it is about $20 million for Berkshire Medical Center. It is a lot of money," President and CEO

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Advocates for Ballot Measure on Nurse Staffing Levels Rally in Pittsfield
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Mark Brodeur, also an RN, was more fiery in his speech, blaming hospital executives across the state for choosing profit over patient care.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Advocates for the ballot measure instituting minimum nurse staffing levels in hospitals say the focus is on patient safety.    "The care has gotten tougher, the patients have gotten sicker with our opioid epidemic," said Amber VanBramer, a registered nurse in the intensive care unit at Berkshire Medical Center. "We need safe limits to be able to care for these patients properly."   Around a dozen registered nurses and supporters, including North Adams City Councilor Jason

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Clarksburg Close to Settling Verizon Wireless Lawsuit
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:42PM / Tuesday, October 02, 2018
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Town officials are close to reaching an agreement over a lawsuit filed by Verizon over the denial of a cell-tower permit but an abuttor is pressing them not to forget how the tower's location might affect his property.    Bryan Tanner, who is also the town moderator, appeared at last Wednesday's Select Board meeting to press officials on which spot at the former North Adams Country Club was under discussion for the placement of a 140-foot monopole.    "Obviously Verizon has been successful in their court appeal and I've had to accept the fact a tower will be on that property," he said, but wondered if the location

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Pittsfield's Patti Notches Game-Winner for College Squad
iBerkshires.com Sports,
04:21AM / Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Pittsfield High School alumna Taylor Patti scored the game-winner in double overtime last month to lift Wentworth College to a 2-1 win at Emerson.   It was just the second career goal for the senior back, and it helped Wentworth 5-4-2 record going into Saturday's game against Nichols.   Alessandra Arace scored her first goal of the season for the Providence College women's soccer team in a 3-2 overtime loss to Xavier last week. The Lenox graduate has a goal and a two assists this season for the Friars (7-4-1).   Amanda Wright (Pittsfield) had a team-high seven shots and helped set up the winning goal in Springfield College's 2-0 win over Mount Holyoke on Saturday.

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County School Officials Press Legislators on School Funding Formula
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:52AM / Tuesday, October 02, 2018
LEE, Mass. — Local school officials pressed members of the Berkshire delegation to make education funding a priority in the coming legislative year.    And the legislators urged them to keep up the pressure.    "The pressure we feel at home can translate into action at the State House," said state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, explaining that when they speak with legislative leaders, "I can go and say this is the most important issue in Pittsfield."   But while the Pittsfield representative is a firm believer in grassroots activism, she said the critical part of the equation is finding new revenue.    "We're underfunding

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North Adams Housing Authority Anticipates One More Sun Cleaners Test
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Tuesday, October 02, 2018

The Housing Authority is anticipating environmental tests at the former Sun Cleaners will be completed this month.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The seemingly neverending saga of dissolving the defunct Housing Opportunities Inc. is dependent on one more test boring at its Sun Cleaners property.    Hopefully.   Housing Authority Executive Director Jennifer Hohn told the commission Monday that the transfer of 111 River St. to the city is getting closer, and an end to the six-year effort to dissolve HOI is in sight.   The River Street property has been in limbo for more than a year pending tests for contamination. It's the last asset owned by

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North Adams Continues to Address Domestic Violence Prevention
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:31AM / Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Elizabeth Mitchell of the Elizabeth Freeman Center joins Mayor Thomas Bernard last week to tell the City Council how the center is training and resources.   NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city has recognized October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. But the official efforts aren't ending this year with a simple proclamation.    After the murder of Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien only days into the new year, City Councilors Marie T. Harpin and Benjamin Lamb submitted a communication asking that the council work with the mayor's office and community partners to create "a multi-pronged approach" to the issue of domestic violence within the

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Berkshires Beat: Albany Berkshire Ballet Receives Grant For 'Rockwell in Our Time'
02:08PM / Monday, October 01, 2018
Rockwell in dance

The Albany Berkshire Ballet has been awarded a project grant of $2,500 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Cultural Investment Portfolio for the continued development of the new work "Rockwell in Our Time" by choreographer Mary Giannone Talmi. Talmi is collaborating with playwright Kevin McGerigle and composer Christopher Culpo with additional choreography by Andres Ramirez and music by Ben Talmi. The ballet is a multidisciplinary work inspired by Norman Rockwell's "Four Freedoms" that moves forward and backward in time reflecting World War II America and our current national reality.

"The individuals that work together to produce a

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