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Q&A: Blackmer Takes Her Turn at Williamstown Candidates Forum
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:00PM / Tuesday, August 22, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Lisa Blackmer hopes to bring strong values and an open mind to the 1st Berkshire seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.   "I generally try to listen to people from different sides, educate myself about the issue and make the decision to the best of my ability," Blackmer, a North Adams city councilor, said recently. "There are things that are very important to our community that may not matter somewhere else that I will advocate strongly for."   Blackmer was the fourth and final Democratic candidate interviewed to fill the unexpired term of deceased state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, D-North Adams.    On Aug. 9, she

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Gubernatorial Candidate Warren Touts Experience, Ideas
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:28AM / Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Mayor Warren took a swing through the Berkshires last week.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Setti Warren wants to bring his brand of management — budgets based on outcomes and consensus building — to Beacon Hill to fix the state's economic woes.

During his eight years as mayor of Newton, he righted that city of 88,000 by eliminating a $40 million structural deficit, raising $20 million in reserves and putting it on the path to building five new schools. And he did one of the hardest things in Massachusetts: Get a Proposition 2 1/2 override passed for not one, but three ballot initiatives for education, public safety and infrastructure.

"We were open and honest and

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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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
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Q&A: Barrett Takes Questions at Williamstown Candidates' Forum
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:00PM / Monday, August 21, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — John Barrett III, former mayor of North Adams, put his experience front and center in a recent forum sponsored by the Williamstown Democratic Party Committee.   "Thirty years of relationships on both sides of the aisle, which I think is important," Barrett said. "Relationships not only in the House of Representatives and the Senate but also relationships with many that are in the secretariats today. They know who I am, and I do believe they respect me and the work I did with them. It wasn't always easy because we were always seeking more money for our communities."   Barrett is one of four Democrats running to fill out the

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BArT Students Look Skyward on First Day of School
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:13PM / Monday, August 21, 2017
  ADAMS, Mass. — It's not every day an astronomical event coincides with the first day of school.    But for Berkshire Arts and Technology Public Charter School students, Monday's partial eclipse was a chance to view something special together before dismissal.   "This is just a blast," new Executive Director Jay White said. "It is not as good as being in the path of totality but just look around — they are just so excited."   White, a former astrophysics professor, shared his excitement with the school community and made sure each student and faculty member had a set of eclipse glasses to safely view the event.   The

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Berkshires Beat: Jacob's Pillow Opens New Studio Building
10:34AM / Monday, August 21, 2017

Pillow talk: Jacob's Pillow Dance celebrated the opening of the Perles Family Studio at an official ribbon cutting ceremony on Aug. 18. The Pillow's 85th Anniversary Festival Finale, on Aug. 26, will be the first event in the brand new space, which marks the first major on-site construction project at the Pillow since 1992.

The $5.5 million building was designed by award-winning Flansburgh Architects of Boston and constructed by Allegrone Companies of Pittsfield, Mass. The Perles Family Studio is an integral part of the Pillow's five-year strategic plan, Vision '22, which launches the Pillow as a year-round campus for programs, research, and development with initiatives

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Biz Briefs: Sotheby's International Sets Record in Berkshire County with Highest Sale Since 2013
10:13AM / Monday, August 21, 2017

Charming cottage: William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty has announced the record sale of a 6,934 square-foot mansion in Lenox, Mass. – the highest sale in the region since 2013. The Federal-style home was listed and sold by Lenox agent Dan Alden for $3,575,000.

This property, "Thistlewood," was part of the famous "Berkshire Cottage" mansions, about 75 of which were built in Lenox and Stockbridge, Mass., during the Gilded Age in the late 19th century. Throughout this time, the wealthiest families in the country built these impressive mansions not only in the Berkshires, but also Newport, R.I. and Bar Harbor, Maine. The home at 151 Walker St. resides on

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Community Reflects On Nick Cave Exhibit At Mass MoCA
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:21AM / Monday, August 21, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Youth Alive accompanied by musicians and members of the Berkshire Jewish Community performed a musical tribute to artist Nick Cave’s exhibit "Until" at Mass MoCA.   "Commit to disrupting hate," Dennis Powell, President of the Berkshire Chapter of the NAACP said during opening remarks before the "Until: Unity" performance at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art Thursday.   "Acceptance, fundamentally, is a personal decision. It comes from an attitude that is embraceable, a belief that every voice matters, that all people are valued and that no one is less than."   Youth Alive, a dance group focused

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SereniTea To Add Theatre And New Events With Liquor License
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:00AM / Monday, August 21, 2017

The pair took over the former Parlor Cafe on Ashland Street last year. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Now that SereniTea Parlor has an approved liquor license, they plan to host more evening events and bring back community theatre.    Leanne Wilensky and Todd Hamilton took over the former Parlor on Ashland Street last year and since then have been building on their business and finding further ways to entrench it in the North Adams community.   "I want people to feel comfortable here," Wilensky said. "I want this to be people’s place."   Late last month the city approved the café’s all liquor license and although they are still

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision
01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012
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Workers set up a new public art installation, 'Bus Stop,' by Victoria Palermo as part of 2012 Downstreet Art. The functioning bus shelter will be used by patrons of the BRTA. A ribbon cutting will be held June 28.

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Going, Going ... Gone
by TunnelVision
11:49PM / Tuesday, January 03, 2012
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They were removing the letters at Staples on Tuesday, marking the closure of the office supply store in North Adams.

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North Adams City Council for 2012-13
by TunnelVision
12:25PM / Monday, January 02, 2012
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Here's the new City Council for the coming year.

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City Woman Wins Hometown Holidays Gift Basket
by TunnelVision
09:18PM / Thursday, December 22, 2011
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Jonathan Secor had some help in pulling the winning ticket. Congrats to Janet O'Neill of North Adams who won the big Hometown Holidays gift basket on Thursday. O'Neill won some $1,300 worth of gift certificates and merchandise.

The drawing could be entered by spending $50 downtown during the Thursday night Hometown Holiday events. Jonathan Secor of MCLA Gallery 51 said 62 people had entered the contest (including the editor of iBerkshires &mdash amazing how much cat toys cost nowadays).

Secor contacted O'Neill who  was excited and surprised at winning. "No, I'm not kidding," Secor assured her

We

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