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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

@theMarket: Stocks Soar on 'Skinny' Deal
By Bill Schmick,
04:43PM / Friday, October 11, 2019
Global markets regained their footing this week, as expected good news on the trade front produced a "relief" rally in equities. Who cared that there was little substance to the deal? Investors decided that even a tiny deal was worth more than no deal at all.   As I wrote last week if "Trump believes he needs a 'win' to counter the slowing economy and the impeachment inquiry, then even a half-hearted deal might be in the cards. In which case, we could see a 10-15 percent move higher in the averages."   But before we pop the champagne, I want to see exactly what the trade deal agreement actually says. So far, we know that both sides have agreed to some


State Briefs: Last Mile Funding, Grant Awards
02:23PM / Friday, October 11, 2019

State Sen. Adam Hinds takes a photo of Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito at the core bore site.

BLANDFORD, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, state Sen. Adam Hinds, state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, Blandford Select Board member Eric McVey and other local leaders observed a core bore drilling on Thursday afternoon to replace outdated utility poles and install broadband internet.

Blandford was awarded a Last Mile Infrastructure Grant worth $1.04 million in 2018 to deliver broadband access to residents. Following the demonstration, Baker announced $5 million supplemental funding for the Last Mile Program, which will cover roughly half the cost of connecting


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

Northern Berkshire United Way Kicks off 2019-20 Campaign
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:26AM / Friday, October 11, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire United Way touted its successes from the last year as it looked ahead to the next year at its annual meeting and campaign kickoff breakfast on Thursday.

Speaking to a sold-out crowd of 210 people gathered in the new Williams Inn, Christa Collier, executive director of the Northern Berkshire United Way, said the 2018-19 campaign goal of $480,000 was not only met but exceeded by $8,765. Much of that will be directed back to NBUW's 20 member agencies, but Collier on Thursday also wanted to highlight some of the other work the agency has been doing above and beyond those allocations.

To that end, two speakers shared news of programs last


The Independent Investor: Brokerage Business Not What It Used to Be
By Bill Schmick,
04:15PM / Thursday, October 10, 2019
Last week, Charles Schwab, the mega-discount broker, disrupted the brokerage industry yet again by dropping its per-trade commission rates for U.S. and Canadian stocks, exchange traded funds (ETFs), and options for both mobile and internet trades. It was inevitable and simply recognizes what the future holds for that segment of the financial industry.   Since Schwab's announcement on October 1, three additional big brokers — TD Ameritrade, E-Trade and Fidelity Investments — have thrown in the towel leaving only Vanguard (among the big houses) left out of the zero-commission trend.   The stock market reacted in shock. Traders hit the sell button on their computers


Berkshires Beat: Tanglewood to Offer Year-Round Programming
04:01PM / Thursday, October 10, 2019
Tanglewood news

For the first time since it was established as the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood will be holding programming during the fall, winter and spring. This change is enabled by the the development of Tanglewood's new Linde Center for Music and Learning, which was launched in the summer of 2019.

The Linde Center will host a variety of programming, offering participants a wide spectrum of performances and multidisciplinary activities designed to attract both newcomers and longtime patrons seeling to becoming more involved with music and the arts. The Linde Center will also serve as an event and concern rental space for use by the Berkshire community


2019 Fall Foliage Festival Leaf Hunt Clues
03:01PM / Thursday, October 10, 2019
  2. (first clue) Evergreen not golden; (second clue) Fir Inn   5. (first clue) Sugary Lane; (second clue) Sweet place to stay in Billsville   11. (first clue) Native American Copse; (second clue) Trail Woods   17. (first clue) 42.6072670, -73.1245140; (second clue) School buses are same color as some foliage      18. (first clue) I'm called by one but contain many colors; (second clue) Flowers at the base of the hills   19. (first clue) Fall up, not down; (second clue) Seasonal altitude

Extra hint: two leaves are in Williamstown, one in Adams and three in North Adams


NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The annual Fall Foliage


Election 2019 Debates & Candidate Forums
02:17AM / Thursday, October 10, 2019
Pittsfield Mayoral Debates Wednesday, Oct. 23, 6 p.m. / Conte Community School   The NAACP-Berkshire County Branch is hosting a debate between mayoral candidates Linda Tyer and Melissa Mazzeo. The debate will be moderated by NAACP Executive Committee member Will Singleton and questions can be asked during the event.    The school is accessible and has parking. Working Cities will be providing free child care and PCTV will be recording the event.   Monday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. / BCC's Robert Boland Theatre.   Berkshire Community College, in partnership with the Pittsfield Gazette and Pittsfield Community Television, will host a debate between Linda


Late PK Lifts MCLA Women to Non-League Win
09:30PM / Wednesday, October 09, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The MCLA women's soccer team rallied back from a 2-1 halftime deficit and Maddie Gibney's penalty kick goal with just two minutes remaining lifted the Trailblazers to a 3-2 non conference win over Cobleskill this evening at Shewcraft Field.   Cobleskill (3-8-1) held a 2-1 lead at the break, but MCLA (2-9-1) started to push the envelope in the second half.  They eventually pulled even in the 80th minute when Alyssa Porter slipped one in on the short side to tie things up at 2-2. It was Porter's third goal of 2019.   The score remained that way until the pivotal final two minutes. Cobleskill tripped an MCLA player in the box and the penalty


'Joker': Doesn't Kid Around
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:12PM / Wednesday, October 09, 2019
If van Gogh were alive today and dabbling in film, I expect that he might create something as artistically maddening as Todd Phillips' "Joker." But we must tread carefully. The controversy is there for the taking.    Joaquin Phoenix's Arthur Fleck, who will ultimately evolve into his alter ego, the Joker, before the closing credits fall on this fantastically directed, acted and produced "Batman" offshoot, is off the hook in every definition of the term. Thus the question is begged: Is it OK to derive entertainment from the criminally insane?   Phillips, who co-wrote this magnum opus with Scott Silver, throws all decorum and caution to the wind as


North Adams Fire Partners With Red Cross for Home Preparedness Campaign
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:54PM / Wednesday, October 09, 2019

A volunteer and a firefighter check a smoke alarm in a city home on Tuesday.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Firefighters visited more than two dozen homes on Tuesday to ensure they had working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Another 30 on the list this week.    The project is a partnership between the city of North Adams and the Western Massachusetts chapter of the American Red Cross' national Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.   "We are thrilled that the North Adams Fire Department has partnered with us again this year to bring the Home Fire Campaign to town," said Mary Nathan, disaster program manager for the Western Mass chapter. "Their

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Valley Flyer Connecting Springfield Region to New York City
06:05PM / Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Enjoyed the opportunity over the weekend to join federal, state and local partners to celebrate the launch of Valley Flyer service, which will strengthen western Massachusetts' transportation network along the Knowledge Corridor.

📰 via @WWLP22News:

— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) October 7, 2019 SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — State officials on Saturday highlighted the Valley Flyer rail pilot that began service on Aug. 30 and will allow daily connections to New York City for the first time in 50 years.    Gov. Charlie Baker, U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, Mayor Domenic Sarno, Amtrak officials and community members


Letter: Cities Not Looking for 'Holiday' Trees
Letter to the Editor,
03:00PM / Tuesday, October 08, 2019

To the Editor:

The cities of N Adams and Pittsfield are NOT looking for holiday trees. They ARE looking for Christmas trees. Why? Well, Jews don't celebrate Hanukkah with a tree, they light a menorah (Hanukkah isn't even a holiday that is remotely like Christmas, but is equated with it because of it's proximity on the calendar), and as far as I know there is no Muslim holiday that uses a tree to represent the holiday.

I'm Jewish, and am fine with the Christmas tree in Park Square. it's not my holiday — but it is the holiday celebrated by most of the 98 percent of Berkshire County that is not Jewish. I wish my Christian brethren a peaceful and joyful Christmas and


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