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Clarksburg Sets Special Town Meeting for Solar, Zoning Changes
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:22AM / Friday, December 15, 2017

The Select Board signed off a town meeting warrant for Dec. 28. CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Select Board has set a special town meeting to approve new zoning bylaws for Thursday, Dec. 28, rejecting a last-minute appeal to delay the implementation of new solar regulations.    The bylaws related to zoning, marijuana production and sales, and large-scale solar installations have been developed over the past 18 months with aid from the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission. The process was funded through a local technical assistance grant — part of the town's Community Compact — that runs out on Dec. 31.    "The solar bylaw is pretty


Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for December
01:29PM / Thursday, December 14, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The staff of state Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will host two community outreach events during December.   The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Ashfield and Dalton at the following locations: Wednesday, Dec. 20,  from 11 to 1, Ashfield Town Hall, 412 Main St. Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 11 to 1, Dalton Senior Center, 40 Field St. All residents of the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden Senate District are invited to participate in these sessions if they have an idea, question or comment about state government they wish to share, or if they require assistance from the senator's


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

Drury Arts Group Staging 'Back To The '80s' Musical
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
11:26AM / Thursday, December 14, 2017

Ryan Goodell is a lead and narrator in this reminiscence of a class election at the fading end of the Eighties. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Pump up your Reeboks and power up that Atari because the 1980s are alive in well at Drury High School this weekend.   The Drury Performing Arts Center will bring the jukebox musical "Back to the '80s" for four performances at the high school.   "It is not your typical musical it is all '80s music," director Nicole Rizzo said. "It tells the story through the songs we all know and love from the '80s. The songs drive the characters' narratives."   The musical, written by Neil Gooding, tells


North Adams Promotes Three Police Officers to Sergeant
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:40PM / Wednesday, December 13, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Three  city police officers were advanced to the rank of sergeant and sworn in at Tuesday's City Council meeting.   Town Clerk Marilyn Gomeau gave the oath of office to Albert Zoito, Mark Bailey and Anthony Beverly before a crowd of family and friends.    "All have distinguished themselves in their service and commitment and it brings me great pleasure and great confidence to make these elevations in rank," Mayor Richard Alcombright said Tuesday. "I could not be more pleased and on behalf of the city of North Adams I thank them for their courage and their commitment."   Police Director Michael Cozzaglio said the


Department of Agricultural Resources Has Tips to Keep Pets Safe This Holiday Season
04:19PM / Wednesday, December 13, 2017

BOSTON — The state Department of Agricultural Resources' Division of Animal Health is reminding residents to ensure their pets remain safe and healthy by planning ahead when traveling and being aware of potentially harmful holiday foods and decorations. 

"I want all families to enjoy the holiday season with their pets by planning ahead and being aware of how holiday decorations, food and even new guests in a home may affect pet health," said MDAR Commissioner John Lebeaux. "I encourage residents to talk with their local veterinarian to discuss what types of holiday plants and other greenery items are safe to have indoors and to purchase them from a local


Rainbow Seniors Hires New Director
03:10PM / Wednesday, December 13, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County has named Kenneth Mercure as its new director. Rainbow Seniors is the county's social and support network for LGBTQ elders.

Mercure, a Berkshire County native, was the driving force behind the Berkshire Pride festival and a lead organizer of the Berkshire Transgender Day of Remembrance in 2017. A natural organizer, his earliest effort was the founding of an LGBTQ youth program in Great Barrington – at age 15! The group flourished for two years.

Mercure began working as a Lyme disease community organizer and patient advocate in 2010 and went on to found the Lyme Alliance of the Berkshires, which holds monthly meetings

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Time to Review Your Investment Strategy for the Year
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:21PM / Wednesday, December 13, 2017

As the year draws to a close, it's a good time to review your progress toward your financial goals. But on what areas should you focus your attention?

Of course, you may immediately think about whether your investments have done well. When evaluating the performance of their investments for a given year, many people mistakenly think their portfolios should have done just as well as a common market index, such as the Standard & Poor's 500. But the S&P 500 is essentially a measure of large-company, domestic stocks, and your portfolio probably doesn’t look like that – nor should it, because it's important to own an investment mix that aligns with your goals,


North Adams Happenings: Dec. 13-19
11:47AM / Wednesday, December 13, 2017
North Adams Happenings:
December 13th - December 19th   Save the


North Adams City Council Tours New DPW Facility
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The new animal shelter is under construction in the building and will serve Adams and Williamstown along with the city. It isbeing funded by a grant.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council took the full tour on Tuesday of the new Department of Public Works facility that is nearing completion and is already being utilized by city workers.    Mayor Richard Alcombright told the councilors, councilors-elect and Mayor-elect Thomas Bernard during the walk-through of the overhauled former anodizing plant that the space has been "transformed"   "This is a remarkable transformation of this space," he said. "For those of you who have been in

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Berkshire County Groups Call for Action to Protect Net Neutrality
By Mark Hurwit, Community Submission
08:24PM / Tuesday, December 12, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — More than 40 bundled-up Berkshire citizens gathered on the sidewalk in front of the Pittsfield Verizon store last Thursday evening, holding home-made placards and signs, to join tens of thousands of others for a day of peaceful protests at more than 600 Verizon store locations across the country.   The issue at hand — one they insist affects everyone — is an upcoming congressional vote on the Federal Communications Commission's plan to repeal the rules that currently restrict how large broadband companies can control their users' access.   Eileen Raab, who organized the Pittsfield rally, said she was "very pleased with the


Tuesday, Dec. 12: Berkshires County Winter Storm Cancellations
02:03PM / Tuesday, December 12, 2017

BART School: All After School Programs.


North Adams:
21st Century After School Programs.

Hockey: Drury at Chic Comp.

Girls Basketball: Drury at Monson.

N.A. youth basketball: There will be no Instructional, House Practices, Travel Practices or Games.

McCann: The girls basketball game, hockey game, swim meet and all after school activities have been cancelled for today.


Swimming: Wahconah at Taconic Hills


Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires closing at 5:30 today. Rink closed at 6pm. ALL basketball cancelled.

Boys Basketball game - Ludlow at PHS - have been postponed due to weather and transportation conditions.

PHS Swim Team


North Adams Planners Do Not Recommend Recreation Marijuana Moratorium
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:26AM / Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A number of residents attended the hearing, offering both support and some opposition to the moratorium.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Planning Board voted unanimously to not recommend a recreational marijuana moratorium to the City Council after hearing no support from the council.

During a joint Planning Board and City Council public hearing Monday, the Planning Board heard from councilors and residents alike who were opposed to delaying a possible recreational marijuana facility from moving into the community.

"I think the more that we put ourselves behind all of those communities who are moving along with this, the less we will be able to benefit it from it in the long


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