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North Berkshire School Union Offers Superintendent Post to Franzoni
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:24AM / Thursday, June 07, 2018
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The North Berkshire School Union Committee took less than five minutes to select John Franzoni as its next superintendent.    Franzoni, principal of Brayton Elementary School in North Adams, was the last of three formal interviews the committee held this week. On Wednesday night, just minutes after he'd left Clarksburg School, the committee voted for him 10-2 on a roll call vote.    "It would be a long-term commitment and I'd really like to emphasize it would be my priority if I was able to get this opportunity," Franzoni said in his closing statement. "I have a good 10 years left in my education career, I have experience,


McCann Graduates Prepared For The World
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
08:55PM / Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Valedictorian Aimee Dowling recalls the good times and the bad at McCann Tech's graduation ceremony on Wednesday night. See more photos here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann Technical School class of 2018 reflected on memories of the past and were told to go forward with grit and determination.   Just over 100 graduates moved across the stage Wednesday during the school's graduation ceremony held in the Amsler Campus Center at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and valedictorian Aimee Dowling felt it was a good time if any to reminisce.   "Remember those nights where you were up until 2 a.m. cramming for a project and remember the days sitting

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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

SteepleCats Bring Local Talent Back To The Berkshires
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
11:31AM / Wednesday, June 06, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — While the SteepleCats come into the 2018 season with a new look and all new players, the roster does feature some local talent looking to make their mark at Joe Wolfe Field.

One of these players, Matt Koperniak, has already seen plenty of Joe Wolfe Field, as the Hoosac Valley High School star formerly took to the diamond against rival Drury High School who called the field home. Matt comes to the SteepleCats after his sophomore season at Trinity College, where the infielder led Trinity with 47 hits, 75 total bases, a .620 slugging percentage, a .483 on-base percentage, five home runs, and a .388 batting average. Feeling great about his opportunity to play

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WCVB Pulled From Berkshire TV Lineups; Lawmakers Petition For It Back
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10:43AM / Wednesday, June 06, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Spectrum is pulling WCVB Boston, Channel 5, from its lineup and Berkshire lawmakers are petitioning to get the station back.   Wednesday morning the station went dark on many televisions across the county. The change follows the removal of WWLP Channel 22 from the lineup last year. Now, state Rep. John Barrett and state Sen. Adam Hinds are calling on the company to bring the stations back.   "I was most disappointed this morning to see that our friends at Spectrum removed WCVB Channel 5 from its Berkshire County lineup. I was still holding out hope that North Adams would determine that Spectrum had breached its contract and would be referring the


SteepleCats Drop Season Opener
By Matt Stewart, North Adams SteepleCats
09:55AM / Wednesday, June 06, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Baserunning errors and a quiet early offense hurt the SteepleCats in their first game. 

The North Adams SteepleCats fell to the Danbury Westerners 9-3 Tuesday night in their first game of the 2018 NECBL season. North Adams stranded some runners on base throughout the innings, but couldn’t keep up with the offense of the Westerners. 

Danbury pitcher Eli Oliphant kept the SteepleCats offense in check for most of the game, going 6 innings while allowing only 1 hit. Oliphant was credited with the win. For North Adams, starter Brandon Alberto was given the loss after going 4 innings, allowing 5 hits and 3 runs.

The SteepleCats had hard-hit balls,


North Adams Schools Say Goodbye to Longtime Administrative Assistant
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:03AM / Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Ellen Sutherland, right, delivering homemade cupcakes in December for a Northern Berkshire United Way donation. She has been a driving force behind the district's donations and was honored last spring for her efforts. 

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee said goodbye to longtime administrative assistant Ellen Sutherland, who is to retire.

At the last regularly scheduled meeting of the school year Tuesday, officials gave Sutherland a proper send-off after almost 25 years of service to the district.

"It has really been my privilege to work here but it is time to go," Sutherland said.

Mayor and Chairman of the School Committee Thomas Bernard told


SteepleCats Tickets Now Available Online
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
12:59PM / Tuesday, June 05, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — In seasons past, buying a ticket for a SteepleCats ballgame meant ensuring your wallet was filled with cash and receiving a ticket in the form of a stamp on your hand. The 2018 season, however, has brought this transaction into the digital age, allowing for tickets to be purchased online or at the field via credit card or cash.

Using the application Eventbrite, tickets for the SteepleCats can now be purchased online for all of the 22 home games at Joe Wolfe Field. The tickets are sent via email and can either be printed out or brought up on your phone to be scanned at the gate, limiting the amount of time spent waiting in line and getting you into the


Ramuntos Brick Oven Pizza Finds Second Home At Joe Wolfe Field
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
12:44PM / Tuesday, June 05, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Ever since its popular opening in late 2016, Ramunto's Brick Oven Pizza has become a mainstay on Main Street of North Adams, filling its restaurant night after night. Now this great restaurant can experienced alongside America’s pastime, as the concession stand for the North Adams SteepleCats will now be operated by the local pizza chain.

For the first time in franchise history, the large bay windows of the concession stand located on the 3rd baseline will be operated by someone other than SteepleCat volunteers. The stand will serve up all the Joe Wolfe Field classics including hot dogs, hamburgers, and other baseball fare and now locally renowned


BMC Registered Nurses Plan to Strike Again
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:03AM / Tuesday, June 05, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The nurses' union has re-issued its plans to strike after lengthy negotiations Monday.   The Massachusetts Nurses Association's Berkshire Medical Center chapter and the hospital have been attempting to settle a contract for more than a year and a half after the last contract expired in September 2016. In October, the nurses went on a one-day strike that was followed by a four-day lockout.    In February, the nurses again issued a strike notice but withdrew it at the last minute as progress was seemingly made. After multiple negotiation sessions since, with the latest being on Monday, no settlement was reached and the union has again re-issued


Following Democratic Convention Win, Palfrey Heads To Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:29AM / Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Hinds showed Palfrey both the positive steps in the city's longtime effort to build its downtown and the challenges that the downtown still faces. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Fresh from receiving the endorsement of the state Democratic Party, Quentin Palfrey was out for a stroll in downtown Pittsfield.   Palfrey is seeking a spot as lieutenant governor on the ticket this fall. The party's delegates at the weekend convention endorsed him over his competitor Jimmy Tingle by 59-41 percent. He is looking to build on that win as he looks forward to the primary.   "We were really gratified. I am a first-time candidate and I was thrilled to get the endorsement of the


North Berkshire School Union Begins Superintendent Interviews
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:18AM / Tuesday, June 05, 2018
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — North Berkshire School Union 43 began interviews with finalists on Monday in the search for its new superintendent.    Heidi Dugal, principal of Gabriel Abbott Memorial School, a member of the school union, answered questions for about an hour on Monday evening after first visiting with staff and parents at a short reception.    William Bazyk, superintendent of the Battenkill Valley School Union in Arlington, Vt., will be interviewed on Tuesday night and John R. Franzoni, principal of Brayton Elementary School in North Adams, will be interviewed on Wednesday. Both interviews will be at 6 p.m. at Clarksburg School and are open to the


'Solo: A Star Wars Story': The Stuff of Heroes
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:27PM / Monday, June 04, 2018
I liked "Solo: A Star Wars Story" about as much as I could possibly like this genre of film, and recommend it as a starter movie for those who have avoided such techno-extravaganzas like the plague, but who now wish to experience one while still compos mentis.    At worst, it is relatively harmless, your understanding of this outer space Western not dependent on a cognizance of the jargon and minutiae of George Lucas' cultural phenomenon. Plus, former Hippies who coordinate the viewing with a flashback might enjoy the light show.   At the end of the day, after marveling at its vaunted, $250 million price tag, the immensity of the thing, and trying to wrap your


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