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Berkshire Natural Resources Council Appoints New President
05:14PM / Friday, December 22, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The board of directors of Berkshire Natural Resources Council has appointed Jenny Hansell of Sharon, Conn., as its next president, succeeding Tad Ames, who will step down from the organization at the end of the calendar year.

Hansell has served as the executive director of the North East Community Center in Millerton, N.Y., since 2001.

"We conducted a national search resulting in an initial pool of 60 applications. Out of this, Jenny rose to the top on the strength of her experience, track record, and clear articulation of the leadership skills necessary to match the organization's needs and aspirations," said Tim Crane, BNRC's chairman.


Berkshire Community College Brings On New Faculty and Staff
04:49PM / Friday, December 22, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced new faculty and staff additions.

Pam Coley McCann joined BCC as an assistant professor of human services. Prior to joining the college, McCann had a full-time private practice in Pittsfield, and before that she worked for the Department of Mental Health as a clinical social worker. McCann received a master’s degree in social work at Springfield College. She currently lives in Pittsfield with her husband and her dog.

Antonia Buckley joined BCC as the Berkshire Immigrant Stories coordinator. Buckley previously worked as a freelance photographer and was a co-founder of The Hoping Machine. Buckley received a


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

'Wonder Wheel': Round and Round It Goes
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
12:17PM / Friday, December 22, 2017
Woody Allen flummoxes us. I think it was Henry Miller who asked to be judged by his literary work and not his personal life. "Fat chance" said some; "OK" said others; and "Who's Henry Miller?" was doubtlessly the response by most.   While Allen makes no such plea, aloud or tacitly, the arrival of each new movie from this film genius is always a sticky wicket. We are put at odds by alleged misbehavior, objectionable proclivities and charges of sexual harassment never quite resolved in the cauldron of public opinion.   Thus, with the opening of "Wonder Wheel," sometimes dramatically brilliant, cleverly derivative in its homage to a gaggle


North Adams Water Well Below Lead, Copper Action Levels
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Friday, December 22, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 80 water samples from across the city had no elevations of lead or copper.    The state Department of Environmental Protection had ordered the testing after it said the Water Department failed over three years to consistently use a soda ash additive to adjust the water's pH to prevent corrosion. The additive is designed to adjust the pH to 7 or higher   "We're very pleased," Mayor Richard Alcombright said on Thursday. "Whatever happened with the days when we didn't treat, it wouldn't appear to me that it had any sort of blowback."   Tests for copper and lead found them well below action levels; it


North Adams Airport Commission to Address Lease Concerns
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:31AM / Friday, December 22, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Airport Commission has pledged to investigate fixed-base operator leases after airport users brought up concerns over the fairness of the lease agreements.   Airport users Michael Milazzo and Bruce Goff asked to be put on Tuesday's agenda last month to discuss fixed base operator, or FBO, license agreements in which two airport businesses are paying and two are not.   "I think you are in dangerous territory of grant assurance issues for treating FBO's differently under your grant assurance clauses," Milazzo said. "I think we should try to get to the bottom of all of the leases."   Milazzo claimed, with leases in hand,


Tree Lightings & Holiday Events 2017
01:11AM / Friday, December 22, 2017
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Wednesday, Dec. 20

'BEER & CAROLS,' Pittsfield, 7 p.m.: Zion Lutheran Church presents “Beer & Carols” at the church, 74 First St., the fifth annual installment of its popular Christmas sing-along that s intended to gather people together for a lively night of popular Christmas carols and songs. Leading the evening will be pianists Amy Renak and Timothy Weisman, along with Daniel Broad on string bass. Light food and non-alcoholic beverages will be served to all; beer and wine will be available for purchase. There is no admission fee; aA free-will offering will be taken to

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Snow & Ice Forecast for Christmas Weekend
Staff Reports,
05:44PM / Thursday, December 21, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Another storm system is expected to hit the region over the Christmas weekend, bringing sleet and snow.    The National Weather Service is forecasting a mixture of snow, ice, freezing rain, and rain starting Friday morning and extending into Saturday. It's starts with light snow Friday morning and that becomes heavier into the afternoon.   Preliminary snowfall projections indicate that up to 3-6 inches of snow could fall by Friday evening across northern Massachusetts along the New Hampshire and Vermont borders, with snowfall amounts falling off to the south and east.    Greylock Snow Day has increased the probability of Friday being


The Independent Investor: To Roll, or Not to Roll Your 401(k)
By Bill Schmick,
05:18PM / Thursday, December 21, 2017
Rolling your 401(k) or 403(b) into an IRA can be a good idea for some savers but not for others. Here are some things to think about before you make a decision.   In my last column, I outlined some of the more obvious reasons for rolling over your retirement accounts: cost savings, larger selections of investment choices, more flexibility. I also discussed some of the cons against rolling it over: the ability to borrow against your 401(k), a lower age for beginning distributions from your 401(k) (55, versus 59 ½ for an IRA), the ability to delay minimum required distributions after 70 1/2, if you are still working.   This week, I want to focus on one of the greatest


North Adams Health Board Condemns 7 Buildings as Unsafe
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:18AM / Thursday, December 21, 2017

The mansion at 116 Church and its partner at 124 were built at the same time in 1882. Both are part of the estate of Franklin Perras and have been empty for some time.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Board of Health on Wednesday condemned seven buildings as being unfit for human habitation.    Health Inspector Valerie Nickerson Bird told the board during the public hearing held at City Hall that condemning the buildings meant no one could live in them for reasons ranging from lack of electricity or water to serious structural damage.    Among those condemned were the prestigious pair of brick Queen Anne mansions on Church Street that had been owned by Franklin


Amatul-Wadud Announces Bid For U.S. Representative
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:19PM / Wednesday, December 20, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Tahirah Amatul-Wadud wants to unify the First Congressional District.   The Springfield Democrat announced on Wednesday that she will be challenging incumbent Richard Neal for the seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.   Amatul-Wadud told a large audience at Dottie's Coffee Lounge joining her in the announcement that while the district is "jerry-rigged" with a mix of rural and urban areas, everybody shares common concerns. She wants to unite the entire district behind addressing those.   "One of my jobs won't be just to listen to you but to unite. We will not allow us to be strangers. We will not allow us to be


Are You a Snowbird? Protect Your Finances While You're Gone
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:47PM / Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Winter is (just about) officially here – but you may soon be leaving it behind if you're a snowbird. When you go, though, you’ll want to keep your financial situation from getting caught out in the cold.

These are a few suggestions you may want to consider:

Protect your home. If you're like many people, your home is your biggest investment, so you'll want to protect it while you're away. You’re probably already familiar with the steps you should take, such as informing your neighbors that you'll be gone, stopping your newspapers, forwarding your mail, using a timer to turn lights on and off, and so on. And these days, with smart phones and advanced


North Adams Happenings: Dec. 20-26
11:27AM / Wednesday, December 20, 2017
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