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NAMI Marks 34 Years, Presents Awards to Mental Health Advocates
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Thursday, September 27, 2018

Police Director Michael Cozzaglio, left, and Sgt. Albert Zoito speak at the NAMI annual meeting.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Police Department was recognized on Wednesday for the work it's been doing to understand and address people with mental illness.    Brenda Carpenter, executive director of the Berkshire County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, awarded the department with the association's Silver Ribbon that is given to those whose work has shown a commitment to the care of individuals affected by mental illness.   She noted every officer has undergone Crisis Intervention Team training, a NAMI program designed to

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Berkshires Beat: Children's Races Kick Off Fall Foliage Festival
12:41PM / Wednesday, September 26, 2018
The winners are ...

The annual Fall Foliage Children's Races and Family Fair, presented by Northern Berkshire United Way and the Adams Youth Center, kicked off the Fall Foliage Festival on Sept. 22, with local families coming to Houghton Street to enjoy a morning of fun with local nonprofits offering games, art projects, and giveaways.

Terry A La Berry & Friends delighted the crowd with popular children’s tunes before the 30 registered racers lined up for their races. The winners were presented with medals by Mayor Tom Bernard at the end of the event. All participants received participation ribbons. The 2018 annual Fall Foliage Children’s Race winners were:

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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

Mount Greylock Regional Teachers End Job Action
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:20PM / Wednesday, September 26, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Mount Greylock Regional School District and its teachers union have reached an accord to end the job action that has limited extracurricular activities at the district's three schools.

Mount Greylock Superintendent Kimberley Grady late Wednesday morning sent an email to the Mount Greylock community announcing that, while contract negotiations continue, the teachers have agreed to end the job action that has affected students at Mount Greylock, Lanesborough Elementary and Williamstown Elementary.

"We understand that the negotiation continues to reach a final contractual agreement, but we are thankful that the parties were able to find common ground to

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North Adams Happenings: Sept. 26-Oct. 2
11:35AM / Wednesday, September 26, 2018
North Adams Happenings: September 26 - October 2   Save the Date  

October 3
Free on the 3's
11am - 5pm

MASS MoCA is free for North Adams residents on the 3rd of the month through June 2019. Bring an


Understanding Risk Tolerance Is Essential for Investment Success
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:17AM / Wednesday, September 26, 2018

To succeed as an investor, you might think you need to know about the economy, interest rates and the fundamentals of companies in which you would like to invest. And all these things are indeed important. But it's most essential to know yourself. Specifically, you need to know how much risk you are willing to tolerate to achieve your goals.

Of course, you've lived with yourself your entire life, so you probably have a pretty good idea of your likes and dislikes and what makes you comfortable or uncomfortable. But investing can be a different story.

Initially, you may believe you have a high tolerance for risk, but if the financial markets drop sharply, and you see that


North Adams Council OKs Withdrawal From Police Civil Service
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Police Director Michael Cozzaglio explains the difficulty in recruiting police officers through the Civil Service list.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday voted to dissolve its Police Department's participation in Civil Service, following in the path of surrounding communities.

City officials have discussed leaving Civil Service in the past, citing difficulties in recruiting officers who are often from the eastern end of the state.

"Civil Service has been here in the city since somewhere around 1940 ... Civil Service in Massachusetts came in 1884 so it's been around 124 years," Police Director Michael Cozzaglio said. "It's old, it's


Ground Broken For Berkshire Innovation Center
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:30PM / Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Gov. Charlie Baker helped break ground on the $13.7 million project.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Shawna Axenroth and her daughter go hiking in the scenic Berkshire Hills and talk about the environment. They run science experiments in their kitchen.

And they are both looking to pursue scientific careers.

Axenroth is at Berkshire Community College and her daughter is just starting the first year of high school. They both want to live and work fruitful careers in the science field in their hometown.   But the way it has been going in the region, there hasn't been much reason to be optimistic about that prospect. The population has been declining, particularly with the younger


Resolution Endorsing Gun Range Goes to North Adams City Council
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:53AM / Tuesday, September 25, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Public Safety Committee on Monday approved forwarding a resolution in favor of the continued public use of the city's shooting range to the City Council.   The draft resolution strongly urges the administration to work with the permitted users of the range to find a solution to the liability and insurance issues that prompted the decision to close public access to the facility effective Jan. 1, 2019.     "We don't have the direct yea or nay approval on this but we're hoping to make a case that this is something the administration has to review a bit more before they just make a decision to close it," said Chairman

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Berkshire YMCA Honoring Those 'Changing Lives After 55'
03:31PM / Monday, September 24, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Family YMCA's inaugural Changing Lives After 55 awards will celebrate and recognize community members over the age of 55 who have made significant contributions and achievements in Berkshire County.    The awards night, slated for Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Berkshire Hills in Pittsfield, will salute honorees in the areas of education, arts and culture, business, nonprofit, youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.   Tickets to the event are $35 and can be purchased at   Those being honored are: C. Jeffrey Cook, a principal of the law firm Cohen Kinne Valicenti Cook


Biz Briefs: Humane Society Opening Second Catwalk Boutique
02:24PM / Monday, September 24, 2018
Catwalk Times Two

Berkshire Humane Society will open a second location of Catwalk Boutique, its successful women's resale shop, in downtown Lenox this coming winter/spring. Dates are to be determined. The original Catwalk Boutique, located at 325 Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington, opened in May 2014. The shop specializes in affordable women’s clothing with an emphasis on designer and upscale labels, current styles, and contemporary fashion. All clothing is like-new or very gently used. Shoppers can also purchase handbags, jewelry, shoes, and accessories such as scarves, hats, and gloves. All proceeds from the shop benefit Berkshire Humane Society.

"Our shop in Great


North Adams Historical Commission Wants Funds to Preserve Gatehouse
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:37AM / Monday, September 24, 2018

Commissioners don't think the roof can wait years for repair. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Historical Commission is hoping to get some of the leftover funds appropriated last year for capital projects to put toward some much-needed historical preservation.   A priority is the 104-year-old Mount Williams gatehouse, the tower at the reservoir on Pattison Road.    "We don't want anything happening to that," said commission Chairwoman Justyna Carlson at Thursday's meeting. "It's one of the old ones that should be preserved and according to [historical consultant Bonnie Parsons'] assessment, there were many more in the commonwealth but

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Democrats Open Pittsfield HQ For November's Election Push
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:34PM / Sunday, September 23, 2018

State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier introduced Andrea Harrington, calling her successful campaign for the Democratic nomination an inspiration. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With the primaries in the rearview mirror, Democrats are gearing up for the -final election push.   Locally the party opened a North Street headquarters for the coordinated campaign.   The office will serve as the local headquarters for campaign staffer working on behalf of Democratic candidates up and down the ticket -- from Congress to district attorney.   "We have an incredible slate of Democratic candidates from the top to our incredible local winner Andrea Harrington for district


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