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Child Care of the Berkshires Ready for Next Renovation Step
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Monday, December 09, 2019

Jazlene Chappell, 11, and her brother Gioni, 5, cut a caution ribbon kicking off the second phase of the renovations at Sarah T. Haskins School. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Child Care of the Berkshires took a moment Friday to mark the end of the first phase of its $1.75 million renovation — and the start of the second.    It's been a long journey, said President and CEO Anne Nemetz-Carlson, as she welcomed family, supporters and financial backers to an open house at the Sarah T. Haskins School to see some of the progress that's been made.    There's a brand-new accessible bathroom and new doors on the first floor, new classrooms for school-age

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North Adams School Officials Raise Concerns Over Teacher Retention
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:19AM / Monday, December 09, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Each month the School Committee gets a personnel report detailing who's coming, who's going and who's being re-assigned.   There can be several pages involved, particularly at the beginning and end of the school year as grant funded positions are listed, new hires and retirements are posted and non-permanent jobs like coaches and after-school staff are added.   But even on a regular month, there can be a significant amount of moving around in the city's most populous department. That has the School Committee concerned — like others school officials around the Berkshires — about  how to retain teaching staff within the

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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
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Veteran Spotlight: PFC Giardina Runs Out of Luck on Day 13
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
04:28PM / Sunday, December 08, 2019
I met this week's veterans spotlight feature several months ago and I liked him instantly as we really hit it off. He would be described as unequivocally old school — kind, humble, generous with a warm smile and a fabulous personality.    Francis A. Giardina served his country in the Army from 1952 to 1954 in the Korean War.    Growing up in Pittsfield, he was the youngest of three children. "We were poor, but we didn't know it ... we always had food on the table and always had plenty to do," he remembered. After graduating from Pittsfield High School, Giardina ran pool halls for a couple of years before being drafted into the Army in November

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Climate Change Expert: Keep Heat on Banks, Insurers
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:16AM / Sunday, December 08, 2019

About two dozen protesters demanding action on climate change gather on the steps of Williamstown's First Congregational Church on Friday afternoon.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A leading expert on climate change Thursday told a packed house that while big oil is an enemy, it is not the only one.   Big banks and big insurance play their part.   "The four banks in the world that fund most of the fossil fuel industry are big American banks," Bill McKibben said during his appearance at MCLA for the Elizabeth and Lawrence Vadnais Environmental Issues Lecture. "Chase Bank is the biggest by far and the biggest with a bullet. Chase Bank lent over the last

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Monroe Leads MCLA Men Past Rivier
09:03PM / Saturday, December 07, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Ki-Shawn Monroe scored a career best 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the MCLA men's basketball team to a convincing 92-69 win this afternoon over visiting Rivier in the Amsler Campus Center on Saturday.   In the opening half, the MCLA defense held Rivier to just 26% shooting while the home team converted on a sizzling 67% of their attempts. MCLA (5-4) led just 15-12 early on, but used a 16-3 spurt to increase the lead to 31-15 with 7:22 left in the half. The Trailblazers would continue the offensive onslaught and lead 53-28 at the half.   Chris Becker was outstanding in the opening half for MCLA. The center went 7-for-7 from the floor for 14

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Whiplash Weather in Store for the Berkshires
01:32PM / Friday, December 06, 2019
Mother Nature is making sure there's a snowy background for Friday night's tree lightings in North Adams and Pittsfield. The National Weather Service is predicting a few inches and up to 5 inches in the higher elevations, with steady snowfall until 10 p.m.    Motorists should beware of slippery roads and low visibility, especially Friday night.   A number of school districts have canceled after-school programs for Friday: Hoosac Valley Regional; Berkshire Arts & Technology Public Charter; Mount Greylock Regional School District; Drury High; and Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union (early dismissal, too).   But wait, this is the Berkshires so you know the

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Clarksburg Gets 2-Week Vacation to Accommodate Construction
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:10AM / Friday, December 06, 2019

Clarksburg School hopes to have 90 percent of the construction on the entrance done during a two-week holiday vacation. CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Clarksburg students will get a full two weeks off over the Christmas holiday beginning with a half day on Friday, Dec. 20, and returning on Jan. 6, 2020.   The School Committee voted for the two-week block on Thursday to ensure the school will be vacant for construction on the new secure entrance. That means students will have both the Monday and Tuesday before Christmas and will also have Jan. 2 and 3 off as well.    But it doesn't mean fewer days of school — the motion also tacked on three days at the end of the

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The Independent Investor: Truth About NATO & Defense Spending
By Bill Schmick,
04:19PM / Thursday, December 05, 2019
While it would appear that President Donald Trump left the London NATO Summit this week empty-handed, the truth is he has already achieved what several presidents before him could not. Unfortunately, it is a shallow victory at best.   Just a week ago, in preparation for President Trump's visit, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization announced a change in the funding of its budget. It agreed to reduce the United States' contribution to the alliance (now 22 percent) and redistribute the costs to other members. As a result, the U.S. and Germany will now pay the same amount. Each will contribute 16 percent of NATO's central budget.   The problem is that NATO's central

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Death of Assault Victim Has DA Seeking Murder Charge
Staff Reports,
02:43PM / Thursday, December 05, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire district attorney intends to seek a murder charge indictment against a North Adams man who has been held by authorities since the brutal beating of his wife five months ago.    Charli Cook, 41, died at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield  on Sunday, Dec. 1. She'd been hospitalized there since July 11 after what authorities say was a brutal attack by her husband, Michael Cook Sr., at their Chase Avenue home.    Michael Cook, then 42 years old, was arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court on single counts of assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury,

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MCLA Gallery 51 Annual Holiday Art Show Opens Thursday
10:31AM / Thursday, December 05, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Gallery 51 opens its Made by Hand Holiday Art Show will on Thursday, Dec. 5, just in time for the holiday season.    All art will be priced below $100 and will be available for purchase that evening through Dec. 28.   The public is invited to attend the show's official opening from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at Gallery 51 on Main Street. There will gifts choices from more than 40 local makers and artisans.   The holiday art show celebrates the artwork of local and regional artists and includes sculpture, ceramics, watercolors, jewelry, paintings, cards, collages, fiber, book arts, photography, and

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Sommer Center for Music & Art to Open Former Adams Church
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Thursday, December 05, 2019

Members of the Adams-Anthony Center and local officials at the former St. Mark's Church for the announcement of the academy. ADAMS, Mass. — The Olga C. Sommer Center for Music & Art will open in the former St. Mark's Episcopal Church and host the Berkshires Academy for Advanced Musical Studies.   A group of New York-based musicians look to breath new life into the former church on Commercial Street. On Wednesday, residents and town leaders were asked to imagine what the Berkshires Academy for Advanced Musical Studies (BAAMS) could bring to Adams and the greater region.   "I like to say that every one of us have little candles in our heads that

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Mass MoCA Launches Winter Season With Free Admission
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:05AM / Thursday, December 05, 2019

Mass MoCA spokeswoman Jodi Joseph welcomes the gathering of museum employees and volunteers to the winter season update. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is offering an early Christmas present to Berkshire County residents: Free admission to the galleries from Dec. 6 through Dec. 22.    "We do this once a year. We do it as a pop up," said Jodi Joseph, director of communications. "We delight in throwing open the doors to bring our friends and neighbors from all over the county here."    Art, she said, edifies and enriches us in these uncertain times. "It comforts, it nourishes, teaches, it inspires,

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