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'The Shape of Water': No Ordinary Fish Tale
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
01:41PM / Thursday, December 28, 2017
If you think the book was closed long ago on fairy tales, that they've all been written and read, and that the genre is further rendered obsolete by the brutal, anti-intellectual sentiment now rearing its ugly head in America, then you need to see "The Shape of Water."    Director Guillermo del Toro's beautifully conceived, written and acted fantasy, at once cynical, imaginative and wistfully altruistic, enchantingly draws us into its dissection of our existence, telling its classical good vs. evil tale with a reverence for the truth we humans require in order to flourish.   Del Toro touts the inherent worth and sanctity of the individual in the unlikely


North Adams Council Passes Final Measure of Term
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:32AM / Thursday, December 28, 2017

Mayor Richard Alcombright addresses the council for the final time.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council at its last meeting of the term on Tuesday unanimously approved a change in sick-time buyback for non-union employees.    The ordinance had been submitted by City Councilor Lisa Blackmer and passed to a second reading with the condition it be reviewed by the city solicitor. Some councilors were wary of supporting changes related to personnel benefits that did come through the administration.   Mayor Richard Alcombright, however, read a brief communique indicating his support for the amendment with language as approved by the city solicitor.   The


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

Biz Briefs: Greylock's North Adams Branch Moving to Ashland Street
03:08PM / Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Coming soon

The Greylock Federal Credit Union and Greylock Insurance Agency offices located at 66 Main St. in North Adams both will be moving to 131 Ashland St. (Landmark Building) on Jan. 8. The Landmark building is the former home of Landmark Credit Union, which merged with Greylock in 2017. After the merger the Landmark building was closed for renovations which were recently completed.

The newly renovated location at 131 Ashland St. offers members the convenience of one-stop shopping for all their banking and insurance needs. It also offers plenty of parking and a drive-up. A grand opening will be held in February to celebrate the newly renovated branch.


Looking ahead



E-Book Review: 'Symphonies & Scorpions' by Gerald Elias
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
02:24PM / Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Musician/author Gerald Elias is widely known by Berkshires classical music aficionados for living a double artistic life as a violinist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, performing at the BSO's Tanglewood Music Festival each summer, and also being the gifted author of six classical music-themed mystery "whodunits": "Devil’s Trill," "Danse Macabre," "Playing With Fire," "Death and the Maiden," "Death and Transfiguration" and "Spring Break."

Now, Elias has just released his first downloadable e-book, "Symphonies & Scorpions." A memoir, he has subtitled it "Ramblings of a Wand'ring


New Year's: Time for Financial Resolutions
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:35PM / Wednesday, December 27, 2017

We've reached the end of another year – which means it’s just about time for some New Year's resolutions. Would you like to study a new language, take up a musical instrument or visit the gym more often? All these are worthy goals, of course, but why not also add some financial resolutions?

Here are some ideas to think about:

Increase contributions to your employer-sponsored retirement plan. For 2018, you can contribute up to $18,500 (or $24,500 if you're 50 or older) to your 401(k) or similar plan, such as a 403(b), for employees of public schools and some nonprofit groups, or a 457(b) plan, for employees of local governments. It's usually a good idea to


North Adams Happenings: Dec. 27-Jan. 2
12:53PM / Wednesday, December 27, 2017
North Adams Happenings:
December 27th to January 2nd   Save the


Contact Your Elected Officials
11:27AM / Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Have something to say? Here's how to get in touch with your local officials, both on the national and state level.


U.S. Senate

Markey, Edward

Warren, Elizabeth


U.S. House of Representatives

Neal, Richard


State Senate Hinds, Adam
617-722-1625 413-344-4561


State Representative Barrett, John 617-722-2400   Farley-Bouvier, Tricia
413-442-4300   Mark, Paul

Pignatelly, William


North Adams Chamber Holiday Celebration Benefits School Program
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:03AM / Wednesday, December 27, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Chamber of Commerce's holiday party raised more than $300 for the city's 21st Century After-School Program.   The party was held recently at Freight Yard Pub and the program was selected as the beneficiary of this year's voluntary collection. A total of $315 was donated.   Joyce Fruscio, a Title 1 reading teacher at Brayton School, singled out program coordinator Noella Carlow for her efforts.    "She started this program, she works endlessly. The kids are at school until 5:30. She's in school before anyone else is, her program doesn't start until 3:30 but she's there at seven, 7:30 in the


Williamstown Scoutmaster Retiring After 25 Years With Troop 70
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:27AM / Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Outgoing Scoutmaster Rich Davis poses with current and past members of Boy Scout Troop 70 of Williamsown on the day of his last meeting.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — There's only one question left for Rich Davis, retiring after 17 years of being Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 70 in Williamstown.

"What are you going to do on Thursdays now?" incoming Scoutmaster Emily Brannan asked Davis at a party celebrating Davis' retirement on Dec. 21 (a Thursday, of course).

"My wife will come up with something," Davis quipped to applause and laughter from the current and past Scouts and their families gathered in the parish center of St. Patrick and Raphael Parish after a


McCann Students Build Condominium In Class
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:12AM / Tuesday, December 26, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Carpentry students at McCann Technical School are getting real-world experience by building an actual condominium in the classroom.   In the past, junior and senior carpentry students would show their skills by building scaled-down houses that although testing their mettle, just was not real enough.   "They learn the concepts, but it just isn't real," instructor Pat Ryan said. "And over the past couple of years, I was thinking about what we could do to really give students actual experience."    Ryan said he was inspired after dismantling a back room in the classroom that was once used as the girls' laundry room, a


North Adams Conservation Commission OKs Borings for Bike Path
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:34AM / Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Greenman-Pedersen engineers Seth Campbell and Lindsey Barbee presented to the commission.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Conservation Commission last week gave the go-ahead for borings to be taken along the proposed Mohawk Bike Path next month.

Commissioners on Monday determined a negative determination of applicability of the Wetlands Protection Act but set certain conditions to ensure they were aware of actions being taken in the area near Harriman and West Airport.

Engineers from Greenman-Pedersen Inc. of Wilmington, project managers for the 3.5-mile trail that will run from Simonds Road in Williamstown to Harriman & West Airport, said five borings will be done on city property


@theMarket: The Market That Keeps on Giving
By Bill Schmick,
11:01AM / Saturday, December 23, 2017
You can't say enough about a stock market that continues to climb, day after day, month after month. Best of all, it looks like it will continue to do so through the end of the year. What happens in 2018? Well, that may be a different story.   There is no evidence, however, that things will have to change in the New Year. Thanks to the big fat tax refund check that Corporate America will receive next year, investors will be expecting several quarters of better earnings. At the very least, that should support stock prices for a few months, if not more.   Let's not get into whether the tax cuts are good or bad for the economy. If you have been reading my columns, you know my


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