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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

The Independent Investor: What Does Your 401(k) Investments Look Like?
By Nate Tomkiewicz and Bill Schmick,
05:14PM / Thursday, May 09, 2019
It might surprise you to know that many retirement savers religiously contribute to their tax-deferred savings plans but have no idea what investments they own. Many plan representatives simply suggest that if you don't know, just invest in a target date retirement fund. Is this a good idea?   Most 401(k)s and 403(B)s plans, for example, have between 20 and 30 investment options you can choose from.  This menu of choices normally includes bond and stock funds as well as international funds. There are also balanced or blended funds, which invest in a mixture of stocks and bonds. Many plans also have some kind of annuity-like investment as well as target date


'Long Shot': Proves a Winning Bet
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:36PM / Thursday, May 09, 2019
I'm giving director Jonathan Levine's "Long Shot" a three, even though by most of my film-criticizing parameters (pace, creativity, screenplay, blah, blah, blah) it rates a 2.5. But hey, it's such a convivial and much needed feel-good movie that I'm figuring why be a piker? It's not like I have to pay Microsoft a vig depending on how many popcorns I allot the film in question, although that day may indeed be coming.   Pulling no punches in its hardly veiled muckrake of the current four-flushers down in Foggy Bottom, this delightfully quixotic confection, heir to the screwball comedies directors Frank Capra and Preston Sturges buoyed Depression Era


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

North Adams Goodwill Opens 'Gateway to Employment' Center
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Thursday, May 09, 2019

Goodwill's Director of Community Development Maryam Kamangar, President and CEO David Twiggs and Mayor Thomas Bernard wait for the ceremony to start.    NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It took six years, but Kathy Anker has succeeded it bringing Goodwill's employability program to North Berkshire.   "I've wanted the space since I joined the organization, because I feel that we needed to bring our mission services to North County," she said. Goodwill has a large training and donation center in Pittsfield but it's hard for people to get there. "You have to say, I'm coming to where you are."   Anker, director of mission services


Four Arrested In North Adams Drug Raid
Staff Reports,
05:23PM / Wednesday, May 08, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire County Crime Task Force arrested four people in a drug raid Monday afternoon.    The District Attorney's office said Anthony Dobbins, 46, Brian Mullen, 53, and Samantha Lloyd, 32, of North Adams and Mark Tanguay, 36, of Williamstown were all arrested while executing warrants on a home and a vehicle. The District Attorney's Office said 141 grams of cocaine were seized as part of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking.   Dobbins and Mullen were charged with trafficking in cocaine at an arraignment Wednesday in Northern Berkshire District Court and held without bail pending a dangerous hearing. Lloyd and Tanguay were


Drury Band to March in Washington Fourth of July Parade
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:18PM / Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Video capture of Drury students marching in 2016. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Drury High School band will again represent Massachusetts marching in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C.   The four-day trip from July 2-5 will take a busload of students and chaperones to the nation's capital to perform in the parade for the third time and to visit historic sites and museums. The band will march down Constitution Avenue for one mile between 7th and 17th streets. The parade organizers try to have at least one band or unit represent each of the 50 states.   "I'm very proud to have our students representing North Adams and Drury High


Why Should Recent Graduates Care About Retirement Planning?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:41AM / Wednesday, May 08, 2019

If you've graduated from college in the past year or so and started your first job, you're no doubt learning a lot about establishing yourself as an adult and being responsible for your own finances. So thoughts of your retirement are probably far away. And yet you have several good reasons to invest in your 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan.

First of all, by contributing to your 401(k), you can get into the habit of regular investing. And since you invest in your 401(k) through regular payroll deductions, it's an easy way to invest.

Furthermore, your 401(k) or similar plan is an excellent retirement-savings vehicle. You generally contribute pre-tax dollars


McCann Brings Home Gold From SkillsUSA
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:04AM / Wednesday, May 08, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School had another successful year at the SkillsUSA state competition, bringing home six gold medals.   Seven McCann students can now say they are the best in the state: Nate Myers, Aubrey Tetlow, Joe Vigiard, Ethan Walden, Kenzie Oblisk, Stephanie Shatford, and Cecilia Marszalek all came out on top in their trades.   "I don't think they understand the magnitude of what they have accomplished and to be able to graduate and say that you are the best in the state in your field is a huge thing," Principal Justin Kratz said on Tuesday morning. "With your gold medals, you put that on your resume and you hold the keys to a


North Adams School Committee Approves Budget, Academy Changes
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:40AM / Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Superintendent Barbara Malkas shows off her office. The old signs haven't been removed and Mayor Thomas Bernard joked that some of them were still applicable. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee on Tuesday approved a spending plan for fiscal 2020 of $18 million.    Some $265,000 in school choice funds is being used to offset the budget, bringing the total down to $17.769 million. That represents an increase of $348,414 over this year, or 2 percent.   Superintendent Barbara Malkas said the School Committee has annually transferred $250,000 in school choice funds and that this year an additional $15,000 was being requested to cover the stipend for the


Health Matters: Four Quick Tips to Protect Against Anaplasmosis
By Marie J. George,
09:16PM / Tuesday, May 07, 2019

For those who don't work in health care, the disease anaplasmosis sounds made up. In reality, it's the second most common tick-borne illness affecting our region. 

Like Lyme disease, the most common one, it is caused by bacteria carried by the blacklegged tick. According to the Vermont Department of Health, Vermont has the highest annual incidence of anaplasmosis nationwide.

You can get anaplasmosis, Lyme disease, as well as a handful of less common tick-borne diseases from the same bite. Because of the tick life cycle, the number of tick bites peaks in May and June and again in late October and November. 

Here are some quick tips to protect you against anaplasmosis and

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North Adams Happenings: May 8-14
09:09PM / Tuesday, May 07, 2019


North Adams Happenings May 8 - 14, 2019 SAVE THE DATE MONDAY MAY 27TH  - Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony - Parade begins from the American Legion at 9:30 A.M. and concludes at the Veterans Memorial Park where the ceremony will follow.

SATURDAY JUNE 8TH - Opening Day for the North Adams Farmers Market Outdoor Season! - Mark your calendars! Join us for the 1st OUTDOOR market of the 2019 season, as we return to


U.S. Open Local Qualifier Held at Berkshire Hills Sports,
02:58PM / Tuesday, May 07, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Rutland, Vt.'s, Jared Nelson and Dartmouth's, Mark Purrington Tuesday earned a spot in the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying Tournament with their performances at the local qualifier at Berkshire Hills Country Club.   The two tied for first in the one-round event at 3-under-par 69 to earn the two berths at stake in the June 3 sectional in Purchase, N.Y.   Another Vermonter, Killington's Garren Poirier, finished just out of the money in third place at 2-under 70, the only other red number on the leaderboard.   Poirier, like Nelson, is an amateur.   Nelson made the turn at even par but started the back nine strong with birdies on the


After-School Dance Program Culminates in '62 Center Performance
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:55PM / Monday, May 06, 2019

Alexis Clairmont, Meriah Delisle, Graci Garrison, Tessa Gonzalez, Yazmin Griffith and Madison Morgan perform 'Paintin' at Brayton.' WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The six little girls leaped, spun and fluttered across the floor in a dance they'd practiced for weeks.    The demonstration on Friday in the black box theater at the '62 Center for Theatre and Dance was a culmination of an after-school program at Brayton Elementary School in North Adams.    Alexis Clairmont, Meriah Delisle, Graci Garrison, Tessa Gonzalez, Yazmin Griffith and Madison Morgan finished to rousing ovation from their peers and relatives and celebrated with a pizza party hosted


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