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North Adams Schools Select Interim Manager for Business Office
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Wednesday, January 03, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee on Tuesday authorized the superintendent to enter into a contract with a business management firm for up to 60 days.    The School Department has been unable to replace Business Manager Nancy Ziter, who retired effective Dec. 31.    "We are now past Dec. 31, Nancy has ridden off into the sunset," Superintendent of School Barbara Malkas told the committee. "But we are in the position where we are without a school business administrator and yet the district still needs to operate and to move forward with our business and finance operations."   The department will contract with The Management Solution

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MCLA Women's Basketball Falls at Union College
11:05PM / Tuesday, January 02, 2018
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - Union's Nicole Conley scored 15 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as the Dutchwomen held visiting MCLA to just 26 percent shooting as they pulled away from the Trailblazers earning a 52-32 win in non conference action.   Union (4-4) never trailed, leading 10-9 after one quarter and increasing the lead to 23-16 at halftime. The Dutchwomen took control early in the third quarter as Corina Lindsey and Conley drilled back to back 3-pointers, increasing the margin to 29-18. MCLA (4-7) answered with two straight buckets, but Union embarked on an 11-1 spurt to shoot out to a 40-23 lead. The Trailblazers scored the final five points of the third quarter, but still

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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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Second Film Tackles North Berkshires' Opioid Crisis
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:26AM / Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Berkshire Transition Network Recovery Coach Collin Woods speaks at the December forum of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — While many people are obsessed with the latest "Star Wars" movie, people in the Northern Berkshire County addiction and recovery community are watching a sequel of a completely different kind.

"Voices for Recovery: Building a Recovery Community" is the second locally produced documentary that addresses the opioid crisis in North County. Produced by local videographer Joe Aidonidis, it is the sequel to last year's "Faces: Five Voices from One Community," which focused on personal stories around

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North Adams Swears in New Council, Mayor Bernard
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:43PM / Monday, January 01, 2018

The current and immediate past mayor hug at the end of the ceremony.   NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Mayor Thomas W. Bernard assured his constituents at Monday's swearing-in that mistakes will inevitably be made as this new government steps off the path into the "exciting and uncertain wilderness of possibility."   "Indeed, that's the only promise I make to you today: I WILL make mistakes, but I will never fail for lack of trying," the 26th mayor of the city of North Adams promised as he took possession of a corner office held by only two other mayors over the last 34 years. "We will face challenges and celebrate achievements together,

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Babson Tops MCLA Women at Springfield College Tourney
06:55PM / Sunday, December 31, 2017
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Babson College broke open a tie game in the third quarter, and Payton Ouimette notched a double-double with 19 points and 17 rebounds as the Beavers defeated MCLA, 75-51, Sunday in the Naismith Classic at Springfield College.   Babson (7-4) and MCLA were knotted at 25-25 at halftime. The Beavers outscored the Trailblazers 31-16 in the pivotal third quarter to take command. Ouimette scored 11 of her 19 points in the second half.     The Beavers came out of the locker room, and Elizabeth Lane and Tea Spellacy drilled back to back 3-pointers to open up a 31-25 lead. The Traiblazers (4-6) pulled within one at 33-32 after Courtney Pingelski hit a 3 of

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North Adams Inauguration Event Set for New Year's Day
04:18PM / Sunday, December 31, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city of North Adams will begin the new year with a new City Council and new mayor.    The organization of government will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday in City Council Chambers at City Hall. It will include the swearing in of the mayor, city councilors and school committee members.    Thomas Bernard will give his inaugural speech as he begins his term as the city's new mayor. Bernard was elected in November to succeed Richard Alcombright, who decided not to run for a fifth term.    Also being sworn in will be returning Councilors Keith Bona, Eric Buddington, Benjamin Lamb, Joshua Moran and Wayne Wilkinson and newcomers Rebbecca

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Springfield College Women Top MCLA
09:52PM / Saturday, December 30, 2017
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Host Springfield College outscored the MCLA women's basketball team, 34-23, in the second half as the Pride broke open a close game and went on to defeat the Trailblazers, 58-45, Saturday in the opening game of the Holiday Inn/Naismith Classic.   Gracie Restituyo was tough to handle all day long as she posted game highs of 18 points and 15 rebounds. Chelsea McAllister added 12 points for the Pride (8-2) in the win.   Both teams showed some rust in the opening half as the game marked the return to action after long layoffs. Springfield led, 11-10, after one quarter and just 24-22 at half-time. Both teams shot poorly in the opening half as MCLA was 33

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Letter: Treatment Needed for Heroin Addicts
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Friday, December 29, 2017

To the Editor:

In Berkshire County, as well as other counties across our United States, crime and heroin are causing great problems to the public.

There has to be better places to treat addictions. So many people go to these clinics, yet very few are quitting or getting better.

Crime is going up because they need to steal from others to support their habits. Many people are dying from overdoses, and families are broken.

How many have to die before a real treatment can be found to end this horrible epidemic.
 

Andrew Daniels

 

 

 

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Drury Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
02:34PM / Friday, December 29, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School has announced its honor roll for the first quarter of the 2017-2018 school year.

Grade 12 High Honors

Boillat, Taylor Nicole; Brayman, Jacob Richard; Clements, Ashley Elizabeth; Copeland, Mackenzie Marie; Crosier, Cassandra Champagne; Denning, Cady Aileen; Eastwood, Serena Marie; Middleton, Joseph James; Moon, Amanda Marie; Zoito, Allison Elizabeth.

Grade 12 Honors

Dubie, Ryan David; Flynn, Trinity Marie; Gray, Devon Patrick; Hemenway, Justin Micheal; Johnson, Nickolas Chandler; Jutras, Lillie Annetta; Keleher, Nina Patricia; Labdi, Shadi Samir
Marceau, William James; Neff, Anthony John; Stewart, Emily Catherine; Therrien, Brianna Marie;

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire 4-H Holds Awards, Recognition Event
01:52PM / Friday, December 29, 2017
Great job

About 100 people gathered to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of 4-H'ers, volunteers and others on Dec. 2. Volunteers were recognized for years of service: one year, Henry Cadorette III, Marie Goodermote, Mathew Goodermote, Glenda Matos-Carter, Melanie Richard, Jonathan Rowe, Nancy Smith, Jennifer Soldato, Courtney Sparks, Elysse Tuper and Haley Vadakin; five years, Michelle Daly; 25 years, Henry Cadorette Jr.; and 45 years, Scott Robinson.

The "Friend of 4-H" award goes to individuals or businesses that help Berkshire 4-H. The recipients this year were Laura Allen, Lisa Dachinger, Gail Guarda and Gregg Petricca. The "Fair Honor Roll" is chosen by

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The Independent Investor: Confusion Reigns as Taxes Change
By Bill Schmick,
09:46AM / Friday, December 29, 2017
At the best of times taxes are confusing, so much so that most people hire an accountant to prepare them. This coming year should be a real doozy for the accountancy industry.   Given the massive changes to the tax code that will go into effect next year, taxpayers are rightly concerned (and confused) on exactly what the rules will be and how they will impact their families.    "Most (although not all) taxpayers would owe less under the new rules, according to analyses by various independent think tanks, including the Tax Foundation and the Tax Policy Center," according to Charles Schwab and Co.    In high tax states, lines are already forming at the local

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Clarksburg Passes Pot, Solar Bylaws; Nixes School District Article
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:27AM / Friday, December 29, 2017

Voters approve an amendment to one of the zoning bylaws.  CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Voters had more of an appetite for marijuana than solar arrays at Thursday's special town meeting.    Nine of the 10 articles on the warrant were passed by significant margins by the 77 voters present and changed several zoning bylaws and set regulations for marijuana production and sales, including allowing for more retail locations, and limited solar array locations.    The final article, which would have authorized the town to enter into a school district agreement with Stamford, Vt., was defeated after School Committee members objected that they had had no input on the

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