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@theMarket: Have the Wheels Come Off the Market?
By Bill Schmick,
04:09PM / Friday, May 31, 2019
No question about it, the president's decision to impose 5 percent tariffs on all Mexican imports by June 10 caught investors flat-footed. Combined with the on-going war of words with the Chinese on tariffs, markets worldwide fell sharply this week. Is a relief rally in the cards?   Chances are that next week, we should see a rebound. How much and over what period of time will largely depend on what happens next on the trade front. My thinking on the Mexican issue thus far is this: Trump is using trade with Mexico to force their government to turn back (instead of encouraging) Latin American refugees from our border.   You may disagree, but I believe President Trump's


McCann Advanced Manufacturing Students Get Accreditation
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires columnist
01:30PM / Friday, May 31, 2019

Superintendent James Brosnan congratulates qualifying students. See student photos here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Dozens of McCann Technical School students have received Manufacturing Advancement Center Workforce Innovative Collaborative certifications.   Members of the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership and McCann community members attended a ceremony Thursday morning during which 38 students were awarded MACWIC levels one and two certifications.   "Congratulations to our students who have continue to work as hard as they can," Superintendent James Brosnan said. "This is not easy ... this is an incredible


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

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary Celebrates 90th Anniversary
12:06PM / Friday, May 31, 2019

LENOX, Mass. — This year marks the 90th anniversary of Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, and the popular regional resource for outdoor exploration and nature connection is marking the milestone with a multi-event celebration extending from spring into fall.

The salute to the 1,400-acre-wildlife sanctuary — and how it has both engaged the Berkshires community while positively impacting residents and visitors — will focus on four major events:

* Family Fun Day, a free community event on June 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that features nature exploration activities, live-animal presentations, music, and nature arts and crafts;

* Wild Thing Trail Race and


Red Cross Urges Safety Measures Around Pools, Swimming Areas
10:37AM / Friday, May 31, 2019

As the weather warms, people begin to open their pools and visit swimming areas including beaches, lakes and rivers. The Red Cross urges Massachusetts residents to learn how to be safe around bodies of water.

First, residents should secure their pools when they are not in use. This includes:

* Completely surrounding the pool with four-sided isolation fencing with a self-closing and self-latching gate that is out of the reach of a child.

* Installing a four-sided isolation fence (separating the pool area from the house and yard), which reduces a child’s risk of drowning 83 percent compared to three-sided property-line fencing.

* For above-ground pools, securing, locking or


North Adams Council Wants More Info on Parking Proposal
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:22AM / Friday, May 31, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council wants more information before it even considers putting seven metered parking spots to the east side of Ashland Street.    The request had been made to the Traffic Commission more than a year ago by Glenn Maloney on behalf of Very Good Property Development, which owns one of the buildings on that side of the street. Maloney said allowing parking in what is now a no-parking zone would allow more convenience for not only his building but other commercial businesses on the street.    The commission had recommended the parking spots May 20 with the conditions that there be no parking 100 feet from the Summer Street intersection so


The Independent Investor: Cost of Caregiving Keeps Climbing
By Bill Schmick,
07:05PM / Thursday, May 30, 2019
If you thought the nation has problems with Social Security and Medicare, you ain't seen nothing yet. Today, more than two-thirds of Americans assume they will be able to rely on a family member to meet their long-term care needs if needed. My advice: don't count on it, and here's why.   As it stands today, one-third of all U.S. families provide long-term care for a disabled or elderly family member. You may have guessed that two-thirds of those caregivers are women, although why it should be deemed a woman's task alone is beyond me.   If you want to look at the upside to care-giving, you could say that caring for a loved one who needs our help, is a chance to pay


'Aladdin': Wishful Thinking
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:07PM / Thursday, May 30, 2019
Three wishes. It sure seems like a lot. One would think you could solve all the world's problems as well as a few of your own if a genie granted them to you. But after mulling director Guy Ritchie's adaptation of the "One Thousand and One Nights" Arabian folktale Disney first treated us to in 1992, I'm still not certain how I'd proceed.    Are you sure you can't wish for more wishes? Yeah, I know, I know. That's the way it has to be. You see, it's all part of a built-in lesson about hopes, aspirations and the human condition, brought to the silver screen here in fine fettle.   Rated PG and boasting a bevy of positive beliefs, with special


Hazmat Called in for Medical Incident at Opioid Treatment Center
Staff Reports,
03:34PM / Thursday, May 30, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Fire Department and hazardous materials team are investigating a medical incident at Spectrum Health Systems.   Police Sgt. Albert Zoito said a report had been received around 11 on Thursday morning that one of the Spectrum employees had fallen ill after coming in contact with "something that someone brought in."   "A nurse that worked here was subjected to something that someone brought in and she is now feeling ill," he said. "She came in contact with something that was making her feel ill, apparently, and reported that came in from somebody."    Fire Chief Stephen Meranti said the woman received medical


Clarksburg Town Meeting OKs $1M Infrastructure Borrowing
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:42PM / Wednesday, May 29, 2019
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — A $1 million borrowing to fix infrastructure needs passed by a large margin on Wednesday night and the results were met with cheers.    The final tally was 157-43, more than three to one in favor.   The approval was a win for town officials who have been talking up the need for the funds over the past year to begin to address numerous repairs of the town's aging roads and buildings, including a roof for the school and an addition on the town garage to cover expensive equipment.   "I'm glad it passed," said Select Board Chairman Ronald Boucher afterward. "It's like I said before, we have to do something. This is just


North Adams Happenings: May 29-June 4
02:10PM / Wednesday, May 29, 2019


North Adams Happenings May 29 - June 4, 2019 SAVE THE DATE WEDNESDAY JUNE 5TH - Concerts at Windsor Lake KICK-OFF with Common Folk Jam! - Mark your calendars! Join us for the first Concert at Windsor Lake of the season. Concerts run every Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. through the end of August. More information: 413-664-6180 |

WEDNESDAY JUNE 5TH - SteepleCats Opening Season Game! Joe


Are Women Better Investors Than Men?
Are Women Better Investors Than Men?,
02:05PM / Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Most of us would probably agree that men and women frequently behave differently, and these differences often show up in professional, family and social situations. Of course, this certainly doesn't mean either gender has an advantage in these areas. 

However, here's an interesting question: Do women possess attributes that may make them better investors? Some evidence suggests this may indeed be the case. Consider the following:

Long-term focus: Women seem to focus more on long-term goals, according to some studies, whereas men may concentrate more on short-term track records of potential investments. Generally speaking, taking a long-term approach to investing is a good


North Adams Planning Process Integrating Hazard Mitigation
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:15AM / Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The City Council worked through a lengthy meeting that stretched past 10 p.m. on Tuesday night.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There have been 49 declared natural disasters in Massachusetts since 1953, and 20 of those in the Berkshires.    And climate change and an aging infrastructure are exacerbating current hazards and creating future challenges for communities.    "This could be our new normal, going forward, and we need to prepare and adapt to it," said Caroline Massa, senior planner with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, told the City Council on Tuesday night.    The state is encouraging communities to work on Hazard Mitigation

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