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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

New Men's Group Piques Interest at Coalition Forum on Relational Violence
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Monday, October 15, 2018

MIC INC fielded a team in the Walk A Mile fundraiser in Pittsfield in September. The group also will hold a 'standout' at North Adams City Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 4 to 6 p.m.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Back in March, the community came together at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition meeting to talk about relational violence on the heels of the death of a local woman, allegedly at the hands of her husband.

On Friday, six months later, the community once again came back to a Coalition forum to jump right back into the same issue — and to hear what has been done since March.

The most visible of the efforts made since March is the formation of Men Initiating


Northern Berkshire Santa Fund Joining With Northern Berkshire United Way
01:23AM / Monday, October 15, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — After serving the Northern Berkshire community for more than 60 years as its own nonprofit organization, the Northern Berkshire Santa Fund will be merging into the Northern Berkshire United Way after this holiday season.   The decision was made to enable the organization to continue its mission of providing toys for Northern Berkshire youths in need in a more fiscally and structurally sound way, said board President Tammy Daniels.   "The Santa Fund has sought partners over the last few years who can provide a sustainable foundation for the program to continue," Daniels said. "The Northern Berkshire United Way has offered to give the


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

MCLA Men's Golf Competes at NAC Championships
06:45PM / Sunday, October 14, 2018
WATERBURY CENTER, Vt. -- MCLA's Reese Dwyer moved up two spots to finish 30th overall Sunday on Day Two of the North Atlantic Conference Championship at the Country Club of Vermont.   Dwyer shaved three strokes off his Day One score to finish at 31-over for the two-day event.   Winner Daniel Christy finished at 4-over, two strokes ahead of the field.   MCLA finished 10th in the event, won by Husson University.


Clarksburg VFW Unveils New Sign, Name for Town Field
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:15AM / Sunday, October 14, 2018

Town meeting last December approved renaming the field.  CLARKSBURG, Mass. — There's no missing the new name of the town field.    The large green sign proudly proclaims it as the Pfc. Peter A. Cook Veterans Memorial Field.    Town meeting voted to rename the field last December to memorialize Cook and the town's veterans and the local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter, also named after Cook, raised the funds to install the sign.    "It was extremely important to us we get Pete Cook's name out here in a permanent status," said VFW member Edward Denault on Friday morning. "We didn't care how we got to it or where we


MCLA Harrier Posts Top 10 Finish
10:47PM / Saturday, October 13, 2018
POULTNEY, Vt. -- The MCLA men's cross country team had its best finish of the 2018 meet season as they finished in fourth place at the Green Mountain Invitational on Saturday,   The Trailblazers were led by Christopher Gamble, who earned a top 10 finish, his first of the season.   The meet was won by St. Joseph's of Maine  Dillon VanDemortel of Cobleskill took the individual title in 25 minutes, 51 seconds.   Gamble covered the 8k race 28:19 to finish solo ninth. He narrowly missed out on a top five finish by just 13 seconds.   Corey Powers was next across the line for MCLA finishing in 13th place. He covered the track in 29:44 for MCLA.   Owen


Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 21 - Oct. 11
Staff Reports,
03:17PM / Friday, October 12, 2018
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, September 21.   Shane Harding, 29, of Marcy, N.Y. was found guilty on three counts of rape and a single count of kidnapping.   He was ordered to be held without bail at the Berkshire County House of Correction until sentencing. On Tuesday, September 25, Harding was sentenced to concurrent eight to 18 to 20 years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the rape charge. He was given eight to 10 years on the kidnapping charge. Those sentences will begin after he completes any time he is currently serving in the state of New York.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, September


Trick-or-Treat, Halloween Events 2018
02:45PM / Friday, October 12, 2018

Trick-or-treaters around Berkshire County and beyond will be donning costumes and ringing doorbells in anticipation of treats on Halloween on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. Remember to dress appropriately, carry a flashlight and only visit homes with lights on in your neighborhood.

Below is a list of towns holding trick-or-treat hours on Halloween, unless otherwise noted. Those towns that are crossed out have not been confirmed so check back. The towns with the asterisks are the same times every year.

If you don't see your town listed and you know the hours, let us know at

There are also plenty of other fun holiday-related events happening in the Berkshires, too!


CHP Receives $285,000 Grant to Enhance Mental Health Treatment
01:28PM / Friday, October 12, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. - Community Health Programs has received a $285,000 federal grant for expanded treatment of behavioral health disorders that can place patients at risk of substance abuse.

The grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration is part of a $396 million federal allocation. Of this, $12 million will be shared by 38 Massachusetts-based community health centers.

CHP will strengthen its integrated behavioral health strategy by adding two full-time licensed clinical social workers to its primary care practices at CHP Lee Family Practice and CHP Great Barrington Health Center.

"This award helps us to double-down on the underlying


CHP Dentist, Dental Educator Receives Prestigious NYU Fellowship
01:23PM / Friday, October 12, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dr. Ronald Maitland, clinical director of the dental residency program at CHP Neighborhood Dental, has been honored by New York University for his contributions to dental education over more than five decades.

"This is an extremely prestigious award for Dr. Maitland, and so well-deserved," said Lia Spiliotes, CHP's chief executive officer. "CHP, and the Berkshire County community, are so fortunate to have Dr. Maitland leading educating of future dentists, at the dental residency program at Neighborhood Dental Center."

Maitland was inducted as a fellow of the NYU College of Dentistry Academy of Distinguished Educators on Sept. 14 at


Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs 2018
12:20PM / Friday, October 12, 2018

Fall has arrived, bringing with it many craft fairs and harvest festivals around the Berkshires. This list will be updated as we get more information. Have an event to add? Email us at


Saturday, Oct. 20

Cheshire: The Adams Cheshire School District PTG is hosting the Hoosac Harvest Vendor and Craft Fair at Hoosac Valley Middle and High School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event  features 70-plus vendors, more than 70 raffle items, a stuffing station (where you can stuff your own animal) and a DIY with Bella Sky. All money raised from this event will go to Hoosac Valley Elementary PTG.

Dalton: A Craft Fair and Bake Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the


BCC Names Interim Director of Nursing
Staff Reports,
10:29AM / Friday, October 12, 2018

Christine Martin will take over as interim director. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Christine Martin is taking over as head of the nursing program at BCC.   Berkshire Community College named Martin the interim director of nursing on Thursday. The appointment comes a month after former director Tochi Urbani resigned from the position in the midst of trouble with the program's accreditation.    Martin is no stranger to the program. She has taught at the college since 1993 and has worked as a tenured Professor in the Practical Nursing Program as well as the Associate Degree Nursing Program, an Adjunct Clinical Nursing Faculty member, an instructor of the Bridge Course


North Adams Councilor Raises 'Food Desert' Issue in West End
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:22AM / Friday, October 12, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — City Councilor Rebbecca Cohen is urging the city's leadership to address the food desert in Greylock created by the closure of Price Chopper.   Cohen said she's had numerous discussions about this issue with citizens in that section of the city's West End.   "I have been very concerned about two developments in the West End — Brayton Hill and Greylock [Valley] project — and their lack of transportation infrastructure and the inability to get to healthy products," she said. "I waited, just as all of us did, for something to come into the West End to give them options other than the mom and pop stores that were


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