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DeMarsico's Wine Cellar Opens Tasting Room in the Norad Mill
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:07AM / Saturday, March 17, 2018

The DeMarsicos' wine list continues to grow. The winery operates on an agricultural license. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — DeMarsico's Wine Cellar has been elevated.    The "cellar" is now situated on the second floor of the Norad Mill, giving the winery plenty of space for production, retail and wine tastings.    "And we have windows," laughed Cheryl DeMarsico.    Cheryl and her husband, Glen, started making wine as a hobby but as demand for their product grew — and they scored some awards — they opened for business in the basement at 28 Marshall St., in a room below Grazie Italian Ristorante, about a year and a half


Quinones Homers in MCLA Softball's First Win
11:50PM / Friday, March 16, 2018
CLERMONT, Fla. - The MCLA Softball team defeated Trinity, 11-6, Friday to earn the first win of head coach Erica Li's career.   The Trailblazers lost the night cap to Lawrence, 9-0, to go to 1-5 on their spring trip.   MCLA 11, Trinity 6 MCLA had its best effort to date in the opening game against the Bantams. It took the lead in the top of the first on Kaylyn Holliday's RBI double to centerfield and when Morgan Watson doubled her home, MCLA led 2-0. The Bantams got a run in the bottom half to cut the deficit to 2-1.     MCLA then got a solo home run off the bat of McCann Tech graduate Alanza Quinones to make it 3-1 and then Holliday blasted a two run shot


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

Berkshire County Arc Names New Director of Staff Development and Training
02:30PM / Friday, March 16, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc has promoted Shaun Hall to the position of director of Staff Development and Training.

Hall has been a valued employee for BCArc for 18 years, most recently being honored with the 2017 BCArc Employee of the Year award. Previously he was a BCArc employment manager for 10 years, working to find employment opportunities for people with disabilities.  

Seven years ago, Hall was promoted to the new position of staff development specialist. The position's focus was to standardize the training throughout the agency. He has been instrumental in this position for the agency and grew his department to a team of three additional staff to


New Member Joins MCLA Board of Trustees
02:25PM / Friday, March 16, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Brenda Burdick, senior manager of marketing and public relations at General Dynamics Mission Systems in Pittsfield, as been named the newest member of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Board of Trustees.

MCLA President James F. Birge said he is pleased to welcome Burdick to the board.

"Brenda Burdick brings more than 25 years of experience in business communications and marketing – as well as public, community, and government relations – to MCLA's Board of Trustees," Birge said. "Through her extensive community service throughout the Berkshires, which includes her work with the Berkshire Compact for Education and as a


Superior Court Briefs: March 5 - March 14
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02:07PM / Friday, March 16, 2018
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, March 5.   Yulanda Chadwell, 37, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on her behalf on a single count of misleading a police officer.   She was released on $2,000 bail. Chadwell is accused of providing police with misinformation during their investigation into the death of 39-year-old Paul Henry, who was murdered on July 4, 2017.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, March 9.   Henry Brazeau, 50, of North Adams pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person who has attained age 14, and two counts of caretaker abuse.   He was ordered to serve 196 days of a two-year


Youth Hockey Tournament Continues All Weekend in North Adams
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12:01PM / Friday, March 16, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Northern Berkshire Youth Hockey’s Spring Fling tournament continues at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rink with games Friday through Sunday.   The  NBYHL will welcome teams from Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Vermont to North Adams for two great weekends of youth hockey that began on March 9.   There will be a raffle table with great prizes and a concession stand selling yummy food.     Admission is free to all games, with action through 8:30 p.m. on Friday, 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday and 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.   Come down and cheer on all the participants of this great event.  


Pittsfield's New, Taconic's Nolan Pitch MCLA to Wins
08:23AM / Friday, March 16, 2018
AUBURNDALE, Fla.- MCLA left-hander Bobby New tossed a complete game shutout allowing just three hits and striking out eight Colby-Sawyer hitters in lifting the Trailblazers to a 2-0 win over the Chargers on Thursday.   The Trailblazers (5-2) completed the sweep after taking game one 6-1. CSC drops to 2-6 on the season with the loss.   Pittsfield High graduate New (2-0) was the story  as he dominated from the outset in collecting his second straight shutout in Florida. He quickly erased any hopes for a Charger rally as he picked off three runners throughout the contest. His seven strikeouts were a career high.   MCLA scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.


Clarksburg Will Try Again to Pass School Merger Article
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Friday, March 16, 2018

The board welcomes new officer Cody Alvarez.  CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The town will once again see if town meeting will accept combining school districts with Stamford, Vt., with the same article tabled at the December special town meeting.   The Select Board signed off on a single-article warrant Wednesday that would see if town meeting would accept an agreement with the town of Stamford that would merge the two districts. Chairman Jeffrey Levanos shared his concerns over the redundant article.    "This is the same warrant ... so I guess my concern is ... we kind of got trashed for this so if this is verbatim are we just going back to get trashed


New Doctor Joins BMC Rheumatology Services
10:55PM / Thursday, March 15, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has appointed Dr. Leonard H. Sigal, FACP, FACR, a board-certified and fellowship-trained rheumatologist, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Rheumatology Professional Services of BMC. 

Dr. Sigal joins Dr. Lauren Dudley at Rheumatology Professional Services of BMC, and is taking new patients in need of rheumatology services in the community.

Sigal comes to the Berkshires from New Jersey, where he most recently served as chief of the Division of Rheumatology for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, RW Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick. He previously was on the faculty of


Thriving North Berkshire Academy Result of Collaborative Efforts
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:07PM / Thursday, March 15, 2018

Aiden Kozik, one of the students in the program, addresses dignitaries and educators at the armory.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Aiden Kozik knows what he needs to do to succeed: Be prepared, be respectful, cooperate in the classroom and finish what he starts.    That was the message he gave, along with Director Jodi Drury, to Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and dozens of officials and educators who turned out for the official opening of the North Berkshire Academy on Thursday morning.    "I like this school because my friends are here, because it lets kids take pride in school and learn to be a responsible person by working hard each and every day," said

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Caccaviello Sworn in as Berkshire District Attorney
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:43PM / Thursday, March 15, 2018

Paul Caccaviello said he'll lead the office with integrity and honor. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The new district attorney has taken office.   Paul Caccaviello was sworn into the position Thursday after being appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker to fill the role being vacated by David Capeless.    "It is now my turn to step aside but I assure you I leave you in safe and sturdy hands," Capeless said.   Capeless is retiring and has opted not to finish out his term, but instead, pass the reins over to his first assistant -- a move that has faced a fair amount of criticism since it was announced two weeks ago.   Caccaviello took his oath of office in front


North Adams Planners Say No-Gas Gas Station Has to Go
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:46AM / Thursday, March 15, 2018

The planners approved two new business operations and an amendment to the Norad Mill plan.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The gas station that no longer serves gas will have to shut down the cigarette kiosk it's been running.    The Planning Board on Monday had enough of the stalling related to the redevelopment of the corner of Eagle and Canal streets.    "They are still operating their kiosk," said Chairman Michael Leary. "Obviously, there is no permit for that."   The owners of the site have been given years to come up with a plan to resume operations at the former BP gas station at the corner of Canal and River


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