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North Adams License Board Advises Against Home-Rule Petition
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:31PM / Wednesday, March 20, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Licensing Board on Tuesday voted not to support any actions toward a home-rule petition to add another all-alcoholic retail license in the city.    David Atwell, owner of Dave's Package Store at the corner of Eagle and River streets, had approached the commission seeking information about how he could gain a license to sell hard liquor.    Atwell said it was feedback from his customers over the past year that had lead him to consider changing his license.    "Since we've been open, almost 13 months now, at a location that was a full liquor store since 1959 until a few years ago, I get a lot of requests for hard

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Two Arrested After Manhunt
By Andy McKeever,
12:45PM / Wednesday, March 20, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The two men who led authorities on a manhunt on Tuesday are facing a number of charges.   Police say Arnold Chapman and Shannon Brown were arrested after leading police on a lengthy chase spanning from North Adams to Pittsfield. The incident started when the two allegedly attempted to return some $2,000 worth of stolen merchandise to the North Adams Walmart. They fled in a black pickup truck with Florida plates as North Adams Police were responding to the store.   The suspects fled shortly after 2:15 p.m. as police from North Adams, Adams, and Cheshire chased the vehicle. The drivers then cut over the Connector Road in Lanesborough to Route 7, where 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
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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North Adams Airport Administrative Building Work Ahead of Schedule
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:29AM / Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Airport Commission hears updates on the progress of the administrative building.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Contractor D.A. Sullivan & Sons look to complete work on the new administrative building at Harriman & West Airport by the end of June.   Peter Enzien of Stantec Consulting Services, the airport's engineer, told the Airport Commission on Tuesday that since the building’s move earlier this year, the contractor has been steadily working on the interior and exterior of the building.   "Since they moved the building, all of the under slab, piping and conduits have been installed for the electric and plumbing," he said. "The floor

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Berkshire Blizzard Brings Home Trophy
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02:53PM / Tuesday, March 19, 2019
WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- The Berkshire Blizzard 14-and-under girls hockey team won the the Thousand Island Ice Out Tournament last weekend.   "The girls fought hard going with two big wins on Saturday before going to the championship game," Blizzard coach William Rech said.   The team includes: Kellie Harrington, Lizzy Hunt, Serena Batacchi, Jordanne Brazie, Beatrice Garvey, Meg Loring, Nyla Hess,  Maddy Rawling, Christy Rech, Mia Paligo, Tori Jarvis, Mia Alfonso and Cyra Pacher. 

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Steinman Leads St. Anselm into Elite Eight
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12:21PM / Tuesday, March 19, 2019
The remarkable run by Pittsfield’s Peyton Steinman and Grace Guachione and the St. Anselm College women’s basketball team continued Monday into the quarter-finals of the NCAA Division II tournament.   The Hawks defeated LeMoyne College, 63-61, to advance to next Tuesday’s Elite Eight games in Columbus, Ohio.   Steinman played every minute of the Sweet 16 contest, scoring 19 points, including a 3-pointer and 12-for-12 shooting at the free throw line.   “It’s surreal,” Steinman said in the post-game press conference. “I’m going to use the word again, it’s electric down there. We got knocked out early in the NE-10, and we

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Berkshire Beat: Herberg Team Wins 20th Annual Berkshire Robotics Challenge
11:21AM / Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Tyler Vosburgh (left) and Bella Zeno operate the Herberg HBP robot during the championship match. Robotics Challenge

Herberg Middle School HBP (Heavy Brain Power) defeated Williamstown Elementary School (WES) LEGOHeads I, 78-54, in the finals to win the championship of "Into Orbit," the 20th annual Berkshire Robotics Challenge, conducted March 16 at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School.

The competition involved 16 Berkshire County teams comprising more than 130 students ages 8 to 14 using programmable robots built from LEGO kits to complete a variety of hypothetical missions that focused on space-themed missions – such as growing food in space, fighting muscle atrophy

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North Adams Library Trustees Have Funding Concerns
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:41AM / Tuesday, March 19, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The library trustees will invite the mayor to a future meeting to discuss the fragile state of the library's budget that if not increased in coming years, will lead to decertification.   Library Director Mindy Hackner told the trustees Wednesday that she recently attended budget meetings with Mayor Thomas Bernard and is still receiving pushback from the city in meeting Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners funding standards.   "The city has always argued with me that the commissioners are being arbitrary in their requests for municipal appropriation and they don't like being told they need to be funding their library at this

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North Adams Students Getting Two Weeks at Christmas
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:11PM / Monday, March 18, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Students will get a full two weeks off for Christmas at the end of the year — but they'll have to make the extra two days off up elsewhere.   The School Committee earlier this month approved a 2019-20 calendar that schedules a holiday vacation that runs from Dec. 23, 2019, to Jan. 3, 2020.    The extra days are a result of how the Christmas and New Year's Day holidays fall in the middle of the week.    "We had two versions of the calendar, as is the practice in North Adams, presented to the North Adams Teachers Association, and we had a vote and this calendar was overwhelmingly approved," said Superintendent Barbara

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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for March
01:45PM / Monday, March 18, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The staff of state Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will host two community outreach events during January.   The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Plainfield and Alford for this month's staff office hours on Wednesday, March 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Alford Town Offices, 5 Alford Center Road Plainfield Town Offices, 304 Main St., from 11 to noon Plainfield Town Hall, 348 Main St., from noon to 1 p.m., during the senior lunch Appointments are not necessary but can be booked in advance by calling the Pittsfield office at 413-344-4561 or the Williamsburg office at

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Biz Briefs: Stop & Shop Workers Still Without Contract
Staff Reports,
01:15PM / Monday, March 18, 2019
UFCW planning Chicopee rally Area UFCW locals are hosting a rally at the Stop & Shop in Chicopee on Wednesday, March 20, as the grocery and union representatives have made little headway in contract negotiations.     UFCW Local 1459, representing about 2,000 workers in the Berkshires and Western Massachusetts, voted a week ago to authorize a strike if the contract talks continue to bog down. Local 1459's vote is in accord with four other UFCW locals that together represent some 30,000 workers in the grocery chain's New England stores.    Local 1459 President Tyrone Housey said in a video message on Friday that the grocer made some economic package

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Youth Voices Lead Coalition Forum
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:09AM / Monday, March 18, 2019

Malina Ziaja, a junior at Hoosac Valley High School, speaks during the coalition youth forum on March 12.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The youth spoke, and the adults listened.

Seven young people from the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition's Youth Leadership Program led the Coalition's monthly form on March 12. Representing all four North County high schools, the teens talked to the adults about why adults don't always listen to the point of view of teenagers — and how that can change.

While the youths lead a NBCC forum every year, usually they pick a topic. This year, however, NBCC Executive Director Amber Besaw said, the topic came out the needs assessment

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Q&A: Doctor with Pro Football Pedigree Treating Sports Injuries in Bennington
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Sports
06:56AM / Sunday, March 17, 2019

Dr. Ivette Guttmann BENNINGTON, Vt. — Sustain a sports injury in and around Bennington, and you might discover that your doctor has more than years of medical training to bring to your recovery plan.   She just might be a former professional football player, too.   Earlier this winter, Dr. Ivette Guttmann joined the staff at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center as a sports medicine specialist.   Guttmann is board certified in pediatrics and primary-care sports medicine.   And she is a bona fide football hero, having set a record for touchdown completions in a season as a quarterback for the Orlando Starz and in the Independent Women's Football

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