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The Classical 'High Season' Approaches Its Summit
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
01:18PM / Wednesday, July 24, 2019

During late July, the classical music festival "high season," anchored by concerts and special events at Tanglewood, approaches its summit, with sure-fire programming.

Offerings this week include great chamber music featuring the renowned Emerson String Quartet joined by Metropolitan Opera soprano Renée Fleming performing a world premiere, "Penelope," by pianist/composer/conductor André Previn; a highly engaging violin/piano recital focusing on the four uniquely captivating violin sonatas of Charles Ives performed by Jeremy Denk and Stefan Jackiw; Maurice Ravel's sonic masterpiece, the "Daphnis et Chloé" ballet with Boston Symphony

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Pretenders, Paul Taylor Dancers, Ragtime Among Top Events This Week
By Grace Lichtenstein, Guest Column
12:48PM / Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Pretenders are coming to Mass MoCA on July 26.

If you love classic rock, Christie Hyde and the Pretenders are making a stop at Mass MoCA. If you're into dance, the Paul Taylor troupe visits the Pillow. And musical comedy aficionados can flock to the Mac-Haydn across the state line for "Ragtime."

Mass MoCA

This Friday, July 26, The Pretenders make what's being billed as the band's only North American appearance of the summer at Mass MoCA. It's a benefit, with proceeds from the concert supporting the Hans and Kate Morris Fund for New Music, which underwrites new work by emerging and established musicians. Brooklyn-based C. Gibbs is the opening act with guests

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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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Don't Chase Last Year's Mutual Fund Category Winners
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:17PM / Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The world of mutual funds can be confusing. With more than 9,000 funds on the market, how can you choose the ones that are right for you?

One way to start is by considering the various categories of mutual funds – and there are quite a few of them: Small Cap Growth, Large Cap Growth, Large Cap Value, Diversified Emerging Markets, Foreign Large Cap Blend and more – the list is extensive, and for many people, confusing.

However, with a little study, you can understand why these funds have their names – for example, a Small Cap Growth fund will contain stocks of smaller companies thought to offer growth potential. Once you know the goals of different categories of mutual

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Bayliss' No-Hitter Highlights BABL Week
11:15AM / Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Tight races abound in the Berkshire Adult Baseball league, where just one game in the loss column separates the top three teams in the over-35 division and the top two teams in the 20-year-old division.   A key game in the 35s comes on Sunday in Lenox, where the first-place Berkshire Thunder (9-2) takes on the third-place Berkshire Bandits (7-3).   The division's second-place team, the Adams Aces (7-2) has two games in the next five days, playing Tunnel City at Alcombright Field on Wednesday and the Greenridge Gremlins at the Dalton Legion field on Sunday.   Last week in the 35-year-old division, Jarrett Bayliss threw a no-hitter to lead the Dalton Moneymakers past the

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North Adams Council Debates Reappointment, OKs Hybrid Cruiser
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:44AM / Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The council spent some time debating the reappointment of Paul Hopkins to the Redevelopment Authority. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A normally routine reappointment turned into an extended and sometimes heated debate at Tuesday's City Council meeting.    Mayor Thomas Bernard had recommended City Councilor Paul Hopkins be reappointed to the Redevelopment Authority, of which he has been chairman for at least a decade and a member since 2001.   But Councilor Marie T. Harpin objected that the administration didn't seem to be working to diversify the makeup of its boards and commissions. Two members had been members since 2001 and a third since

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Gemini Gymnastics Returns With National Champion
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:19AM / Wednesday, July 24, 2019

McKenna Ferris, Madison Rathbun, and National Champion Sabrina Lakehal. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Gemini Gymnastics had a busy season and returned from national competitions in Disney World last month with a championship.   Things are quiet during the summer at gymnastics school and although owner and instructor Amy Garner is enjoying a brief respite, there is always work to be done in preparation for another season of training and competition.   "They are on break now so we are just getting ready to do it all over again," she said. "Ninety percent of the kids moved up to the next level so we are going to teach them those levels and keep

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SteepleCats Edge Vermont on the Road
12:34AM / Wednesday, July 24, 2019
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Shane Muntz hit a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning to give the North Adams SteepleCats an 8-5 lead en route to a 10-8 win over Vermont on Tuesday in New England Collegiate Baseball League action.   The SteepleCats went on to score two more runs in that inning to build a 10-5 margin that the Mountaineers could not overcome.   Muntz went 2-for-5 with three RBIs, and Scout Knotts was 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Matt Koperniak had a pair of hits and drove in a run.   Ben Shields earned the win on the mound, striking out four and allowing four earned runs in five innings of work.   Joseph Kemlage struck out six in 2-2/3 innings for a

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Berkshires Beat: Clinton Church Restoration Awarded $75,000
01:32PM / Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Clinton AME Zion Church outing (date unknown). Church grant

Clinton Church Restoration is one of 22 sites and organizations dedicated to preserving African American history to receive grant support from National Trust for Historic Preservation's African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund (Action Fund). As part of the second class of Action Fund grantees, Clinton Church Restoration was awarded $75,000 to continue its efforts to restore and repurpose the historic Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church in Great Barrington as an African American heritage site and cultural center.

"We are honored to receive this grant and be in the company of so many worthy projects," said Wray Gunn,

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North Adams Happenings: July 24-30
11:43AM / Tuesday, July 23, 2019
North Adams Happenings July 24 - 30, 2019 SAVE THE DATE AUGUST 6th - National Night Out
4:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.Neighborhoods throughout North Berkshire once again join the North Adams Police, Fire, and Emergency Departments to host a variety of special events such as cookouts, games, contests, music and more!
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AUGUST 14th - 23rd Annual Downtown Celebration
JOIN US! The  23rd Annual Downtown Celebration will take over downtown North

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Coughlan's Big Night Lifts Team in Giorgi League
08:11AM / Tuesday, July 23, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Jameson Coughlan scored 21 points and grabbed 20 rebounds Monday to lead Frank Field Contracting to a 41-32 win over Maselli/Bedard Bros. in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Anton Wright led Maselli with 11 points.   In Monday's other game, Joe Wiggins scored 18 points as Flynn & Dagnoli/Kingsbread beat RJ's Taxi, 68-32.   Mike and Jayden Cross each scored 10. Mike Cross had 10 rebounds for a double-double.   Alex Heck and Justice Marable each scored eight for RJ's.   On Sunday in the Giorgi League, Fortitude Strength and Conditioning earned a 53-39 win over Swish.   Mike Muller scored a game-high 14 and grabbed

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Holyoke Mayor Morse Challenges Neal In Congressional Race
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Morse is joined by a large crowd of supporters at the Unicorn Inn on Monday night. HOLYOKE, Mass. — They said he couldn't do it.   There is no way a 21-year-old, turning 22, could defeat an incumbent mayor with years of political experience. And there was no way the city of Holyoke was ever going to be as good as it had been.   "When I ran for mayor eight years ago, people had a few things to say. They said No. 1, wait your turn. No. 2 maybe run for something else. Or No. 3, don't run at all, you are too young, too gay, too progressive, you are not going get elected here in the city of Holyoke," Alex Morse said at the Unicorn Inn on Monday night to a

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North Adams Housing Authority Still Waiting on Sun Cleaners
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:38AM / Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Board of Commissioners made a pro forma vote to ratify Jennifer Hohn's annual contract.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Housing Authority is still waiting on the Sun Cleaners contamination report that is reportedly now 85 percent complete.   Per usual, Housing Authority Executive Director Jennifer Hohn had little new news about the status of old dry cleaning location and told the Board of Commissioners on Monday that the ball is now completely in engineers Tighe & Bond's court.   "My hands are tied so it is all on Tighe & Bond," Hohn said.   The board, which also serves as Housing Opportunities Inc. board, plans to transfer all the HOI

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