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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

MassDOT Offering Municipal Grants to Outdoor Dining, Mobility
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:16PM / Thursday, June 11, 2020

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito explains the $5 million Safe Streets program to provide municipalities aid developing outdoor spaces and routes for the public and businesses. BOSTON — Towns and cities trying to aid businesses in reopening will have access to some $5 million in grants through the state Department of Transportation.   The grant program, in partnership with the Barr Foundation, is designed to address the Phase 2 reopening that allows restaurants to offer outside seating and other businesses to open their doors to limited access.   The novel coronavirus pandemic has created issues around safe mobility and physical distancing, said Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito on Thursday

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Two BCArc Site Managers Promoted to Residential Supervisors
11:32AM / Thursday, June 11, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County ARC has promoted two site managers to residential supervisers.

Jamie Sigoski was recently promoted to residential supervisor, where she oversees the operations of four group homes for adults with developmental disabilities. Previously she supervised a home in Lanesborough. 

Sigoski joins a team of nine supervisors, who, collectively, oversee BCArc's 43 homes across Hampden and Berkshire counties.  

A Pittsfield native and mother, she has worked at several human service agencies, and for a variety of programs at BCArc. 

"Years ago I saw myself in early childhood education, but after I took a job at BCArc, I fell in love with


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

Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department Brings Video Connect Sessions to Correctional Facility
11:25AM / Thursday, June 11, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County Sheriff's Department has implemented video connect technology through its partnership with Securus Technologies. 

The implementation of video connect sessions went live on May 19 to provide incarcerated individuals with the tools necessary to see and connect with their loved ones, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"It is part of our job to help prepare the incarcerated for reentry and maintaining ongoing communications with loved ones plays a vital role in success when they are released," Sheriff Thomas Bowler said. "It was a priority for us to fast track this program for our population given the


Mass MoCA Approved for Major NEA Grant
11:10AM / Thursday, June 11, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is one of a select number of initiatives the National Endowment for the Arts has approved for a major "Our Town" grant.

Selected as one of just 51 grants nationwide in this category, the two-year, $100,000 matching grant will support the North Adams Artist Impact Coalition, a collaborative initiative designed to maximize artist support in the North Adams community and better connect artists to regional resources and to each other. 

The coalition, which formed last year, is spearheaded by Mass MoCA's Assets for Artists Program alongside the city of North Adams and other area arts stakeholders such as


Berkshire Health Systems Initiates COVID-19 Antibody Testing
10:44AM / Thursday, June 11, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has begun providing COVID-19 antibody testing in the community, which will help residents to know if they have had COVID-19 at some point in the past, but officials stress that testing does not ensure immunity from the virus. 

The testing is available through a blood test and only with a physician order. Interested residents can ask their primary care physician to submit an order to the BHS Laboratory for a test to be drawn at a BHS blood draw station. The result will then be provided to the physician, who will relay the result to the patient.

Patients accessing the antibody testing will be responsible for any co-pays, deductibles or


Clarksburg Shifting Annual Town Meeting to Senior Center
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:41AM / Thursday, June 11, 2020
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Town buildings will reopen on Monday, July 6, four months after they were closed when the first Berkshire County case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the small town.    The Select Board on Wednesday voted to approve a decision by the Board of Health to open the library, Senior Center and Town Hall next month to limited access and in accord with the state's reopening plan.    The school will continue to be closed at this point and the Senior Center will be open Thursday from noon to 7 to accommodate the town election and will be utilized for the annual town meeting on Wednesday, June 24.   "We're going to follow the state


Bishop Rozanski Named Archbishop of St. Louis
10:51AM / Wednesday, June 10, 2020
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski has been named as the archbishop of St. Louis.    Pope Francis made the announcement on Wednesday morning that Rozanski, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, will replace the retiring Robert J. Carlson in St. Louis.   A press conference is being held Wednesday in the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis to introduce the archbishop-to-be.   Rozanski was an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Baltimore when he was named the 9th bishop of the Diocese of Springfield in 2014. The diocese encompasses the Roman Catholic parishes of Berkshire County, of which St. Joseph's in Pittsfield is the "Mother

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North Adams Airport to Receive Federal Grant
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
10:30AM / Wednesday, June 10, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Airport Commission accepted a Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act grant to assist in airport operation cost.   The Airport Commission held its first remote meeting Tuesday and accepted a grant of $30,000 from the Federal Aviation Administration to help fund airport operations. The commission has not met since its last meeting in March was canceled.    "It seems to me that option where we are just using the funds for operational expenses and payroll, utilities, and bills makes the most sense," Chairman Jeff Naughton said. "We don't have any land development projects going on right


North Adams Schools Mull Reconfiguration, Closure Scenarios
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:00AM / Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The School Committee reviews budget scenarios at a virtual workshop on Monday.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — School officials are bracing for a worst-case budget scenario that could mean the closure of one of the three elementary schools.   At minimum, the district is anticipating reductions in positions. There's also the possibility of the reconfiguration of Brayton and Greylock schools.    But the end result is unknown at this point until the state can give the district concrete aid numbers.    "These are really just possibilities and considerations, and therefore subject to change based on the discussions that will be had tonight,"


Safe Routes School Honors North Adams Coordinator, 2 Schools
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:13AM / Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Emily Schiavoni is this year's recipient of the Nikki Tishler Memorial Award for the work she's done in North Adams to promote safe walking and biking.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire County was well represented at the state's Safe Routes to School award program on Monday, including the presentation of the Nikki Tishler Memorial Award to North Adams Public Schools' Emily Schiavoni.   Lee Elementary won the Exemplary Program Award for the Western District and Clarksburg School received an honorable mention. Additionally, both schools along with Brayton, Greylock and Colegrove Park in North Adams were named Gold Level winners and Williamstown


Clarksburg Lists Voter Precautions for Thursday Election
04:34PM / Tuesday, June 09, 2020
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The town election will be held on Thursday, June 11, from noon to 7 p.m. at the Clarksburg Senior Center, 712 West Cross Road.   This year's election will be taken with precautions because of COVID-19 and only four voters will be allowed inside the polling center at a time.   Voters should:  Wear a mask or face covering over their noses and mouths. Bring their own marking utensil (pen or pencil). Refrain from coming to the polls if you are not feeling well or have a fever. Observe 6-foot social distance. Inside floor is marked 6 feet in distance. Wait in designated area to allow only one person at check-in, check-out tables and casting


Berkshire HorseWorks Reopens With COVID-19 Precautions
04:10PM / Tuesday, June 09, 2020

CAPTION HERE RICHMOND, Mass. — Berkshire HorseWorks is reopened its facility to the public on Monday and implemented new "COVID Clean" restrictions while allowing clients to receive mental health treatment and engage in fun outdoor activities safely.    Specializing in Eagala's Model Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine-Assisted Team Building, the nonprofit ranch will make programs available while implementing social distancing, the use of masks and hand-sanitizer, and the sanitizing of facilities before and after appointments.   "Everyone is hurting on so many levels. We would be remiss if we hadn't found a way to offer our services and


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