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'Ad Astra': Stellar Search for Self
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:28PM / Friday, October 04, 2019
— Shakespeare   While I don't love director James Gray's "Ad Astra," a space cowboy adventure about an accomplished astronaut's (Brad Pitt) mission to locate his legendary astronaut dad (Tommy Lee Jones), previously presumed dead but perhaps gone rogue, I must extol its valuable subtext. You know how you might just be fantasizing about that dream house on a lake in Vermont and suddenly you start getting email advertisements on your phone about just such an abode? Well, per this highly prescient movie set "in the near future," the thought is we are just about there.   In this predicted tomorrow, that sort of mind intrusion has been honed to a

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@theMarket: An October to Remember
By Bill Schmick,
04:30PM / Friday, October 04, 2019
October is certainly living up to its reputation. This week, we witnessed a more than 1,000-point decline in the Dow Jones Industrial Average before recovering at the end of the week. Behind the volatility: worry over a slowing economy.   On Thursday morning (Oct. 3,2019), the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) announced that the non-manufacturing index hit a three-year low. This was on the heels of earlier negative news from the manufacturing sector. The Institute said that sector had experienced its worst contraction since 2009 with the index falling to 47.8 percent from 49.1 percent in September.   Economists and traders alike already knew that manufacturing was in a

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

Jobs
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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by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

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Berkshire Regional Planning Tackles Rural Issues
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
03:55AM / Friday, October 04, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Rural communities and the unique challenges they present took a front seat on Thursday at the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission's Executive Committee.   Thomas Matuszko, executive director of BRPC, presented the board with an executive summary of the 108-page Rural Policy Plan released Wednesday by the state's Rural Policy Advisory Commission.   "This plan looked at how rural communities, which are the majority of communities in Berkshire County, have different needs and different impacts," he said. "They came up with a list of strategies for each of the different sectors and what is really important for rural

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With Heating Set, Clarksburg School Turns to Security Upgrade
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Friday, October 04, 2019
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Clarksburg School expects to have plans in hand for a new security entrance in two weeks.    Principal Tara Barnes reported that Westall Architects is nearly completed with designs that will allow the project to be put to out to bid.   "They've been working on plans for a while, and they should have something else back Oct. 14," she told the School Committee and members of the renovation group on Thursday. "They've been working with some engineers and drawing the design in touch with folks who do the glass."   The school received a $35,000 state grant to address security concerns. Barnes said she had not detailed the

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The Independent Investor: Markets Bogged Down by Politics
By Bill Schmick,
06:32PM / Thursday, October 03, 2019
Recently, financial and economic events have taken a back seat to politics. Whistleblowers, United Nations speeches, White House tweets, and the on-going trade wars seem to be moving markets far more than unemployment or earnings reports. Is this simply a short-term phenomenon, or is something else happening that is becoming a longer-term trend?   As readers are aware, over the last three years, financial markets have been increasingly governed by what is happening in Washington. At first, markets keyed off big developments like the tax cuts and what they would or would not accomplish from an economic point of view. From time to time, markets would also focus on the possibility of

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Solemn Farewells for Public Safety Commissioner Morocco
05:06PM / Thursday, October 03, 2019

Services were held at Southview Cemetery following the funeral.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The lonely call came out over dispatch on Thursday afternoon: "North Adams to 101 ... North Adams to Commissioner Morocco."   It was the final call to Public Safety Commissioner E. John Morocco Jr., who could no longer answer. The 74-year-old retired officer had died Friday, Sept. 27, after a long illness.    Morocco served as the longest — and the last — public safety commissioner for the city of North Adams. He served the city for more than four decades under five administrations, beginning as a park police officer at Windsor Lake in 1966 and 16 years

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Perfect Fall Weather on the Horizon for Fall Foliage Festival Weekend
12:32PM / Thursday, October 03, 2019

A hint of color is creeping into downtown North Adams.

If the damp, cool week has got you worrying about the Fall Foliage Parade weather, have no fear: While there may be some clouds in the sky for the parade itself, the weekend looks to be crisp and dry.

In other words, a perfect fall weekend in the Berkshires to wrap up the annual Fall Foliage Festival.

The highlight of the festival, the parade kicks off at 1 p.m. Sunday from Ocean State Job Lot and winds its way up Route 8, across Main Street and then down Ashland Street. Both Accuweather and the Weather Channel say it will be 63 degrees and cloudy on Sunday.

As for the events leading up to the parade itself, Friday night's

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Lee Woman Receives Latinx Excellence on the Hill Award
11:54AM / Thursday, October 03, 2019

LEE, Mass. — Lee resident Eleanore Velez was honored by the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus during a State House ceremony on Thuesday. She was one of 44 recipients of the Caucus’ 2019 Latinx Excellence on the Hill Award.

Velez was nominated for this recognition by state Sen. Adam G. Hinds.

"I know Eleanore to be passionate about education and her community," Hinds said. "When the MBLLC reached out seeking a nomination for this year's Latinx Excellence honors, she was the first constituent that came to mind, and in vetting her name with local stakeholders I received nothing but tremendous positive feedback.

"I'm proud that she is

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Cities Seek Donation of Official Holiday Trees
10:55AM / Thursday, October 03, 2019

Pittsfield typically hosts its tree-lighting
ceremony the first Friday of December.

Do you have a tree that would be perfect to donate and serve as an official holiday tree for the city of Pittsfield or the city of North Adams?

Both cities are seeking residents to donate their official holiday trees for the upcoming season. Pittsfield's tree will be on display in Park Square; North Adams needs two trees to place on each end of Main Street.

In Pittsfield, criteria used to select the city's official holiday tree includes minimum height of approximately 30 feet; superior shape; ease of access to the tree for cutting; adequate room to safely fall the tree; and ease of transporting

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North Adams Happenings: Oct. 2-8
10:34AM / Thursday, October 03, 2019
Wednesday 10/2 9:00 A.M. (FREE), SOCIAL, Open Hours UNO Community Center, 157 River Street, (413) 664-4612 More information.

10:00 A.M. (FREE), KIDS, Terrific Tots Playgroup The Family Center, 210 State Street, (413) 664-4821 More information.  


11:30 A.M. (FREE), KIDS, Little Wonders Baby Playgroup The Family Center, 210 State Street, (413) 664-4821 More information. 

6:00 P.M. (FREE), MEETING, NAACP-General Meeting The Green, 85 Main Street More information.

6:30 P.M. (FREE), WRITING,

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Conversation With Wayfair CEO Opens Neal's Economic Summit
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:32PM / Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Mayor Linda Tyer welcomes the gathering on Thursday.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The founder of Wayfair engaged in a conversation with U.S. Rep. Richard Neal on Wednesday morning, covering topics of technology, entrepreneurship, immigration, taxes and trade.    Niraj Shah, a 1991 graduate of Pittsfield High School, is bringing 300 jobs to his hometown with the development of a call center for the international home decor company. He was the keynote speaker at Neal's Economic Development Policy Summit hosted by Berkshire Community College.    Shah's father was one of the thousands employed by General Electric in Pittsfield. He'd emigrated from India

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MCAS Results Find North Adams Schools Making 'Substantial' Progress
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:43AM / Wednesday, October 02, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Public Schools have scored well in the latest state standardized tests.    But school officials are a little worried on how to translate the charts, graphs and scores into something that makes sense for the average parent.     How will they answer, "what's going on in our schools? Is it good news?" said Mayor Thomas Bernard at Tuesday's School Committee meeting.   Superintendent Barbara Malkas acknowledged that the information was somewhat daunting and that even those immersed in it have had training to understand the results.     "The idea is that your overall classification is

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