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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

Faith-based Organizations Honor National Day of Prayer in Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:58AM / Friday, May 03, 2019

Akilah Edgerton and Katelynn Miner say a prayer for those in government. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — God bless President Donald Trump and Mayor Linda Tyer.   Those two names aren't spoken in the same sentence often. But for those gathered outside City Hall on Thursday, the focus wasn't on what divides a community, a state, or a nation.   The focus is on what unites -- love, goodness, and faith.   Pastors of a number of local faith-based organizations led a crowd of about 50 in prayer, prayers for the government, for education, for businesses, for the media, the military, the church, and for families.   "Now I think, based on what's happened in


Wahconah's Caesar Rules AIC Record Books
10:51PM / Thursday, May 02, 2019
The 2019 season did not go the way anyone in the American International College men’s lacrosse program may have wanted.   But the program will not soon forget the contributions made by graduating senior Quinn Caesar.   Caesar, a graduate of Wahconah, wrapped up his collegiate career last month when the Yellowjackets ended an 0-16 campaign.   Look beyond those numbers, though, and you see an impressive story.   Caesar set a school record with 63 games played in four years and finished as AIC’s all-time leading scorers among midfielders with 56 goals, and he is eighth on the school’s scoring chart at his position with 79 points.   He scored his final


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

Clarksburg Sets Voter Registration Date for Town Elections, Meeting
07:36PM / Thursday, May 02, 2019
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The last day to register to vote in the town election and at town meeting is Wednesday, May 8.    Voter registration hours will be held at Town Hall on that day from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8 p.m.   Town election will be held on Tuesday, May 28, at the Clarksburg Senior Center on West Cross Road. Polling hours are noon to 7.   The annual town meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 29, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Clarksburg Elementary School on West Cross Road.   Voter registration and absentee ballot application may be found in the entry way to Town Hall. Absentee ballots will be available until noon on Friday, May 24. They may be obtained by filling


The Independent Investor: What You Need to Know (But Don't) About Buying an IPO
By Bill Schmick,
05:42PM / Thursday, May 02, 2019
An initial public offering of a stock, called an IPO, can be either a sucker's game or a chance for instant riches. Determining the outcome requires a great deal of work, knowledge, and luck. Most investors have none of the above when it comes to IPOs.   I want to share with you a recent conversation I had with a conservative client (a vegetarian and yoga teacher) on this subject.   "I want to buy some stock of this company that makes a vegetarian form of hamburgers. How do I do it?" she asked.   "Why do you want to buy it?" I asked, before explaining the mechanics of such a purchase.   "Well, it tastes really good, all my friends love them,


'Avengers: Endgame': What the World Needs Now
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
11:51AM / Thursday, May 02, 2019
Y'know how I'm always looking for metaphors and clues in movies that might lead the way to saving our republic from the current rash of misanthropic evildoers? Y'know, those who would replace our democracy with autocracy for their own profit and narcissistic obsession. Well, someday I'm going to just review a movie. But this isn't that someday.   Nah, "Avengers: Endgame," a surprisingly entertaining, jaunty ride to vicarious liberty is simply too rich with the stuff of the Four Freedoms to be treated as just another superhero movie. It celebrates and brims with the very idea of righteousness, replete with an utterly contemptible villain too hateful and too


County Ambulance looks to Launch Post-Overdose Interventions
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Thursday, May 02, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — County Ambulance is looking to launch a new post-overdose intervention program to help its patients connect with rehab and health services.   County Ambulance President Brian Andrews said the idea would be that emergency medical technicians and paramedics on staff will visit those who were transported by the service for an overdose within 24 to 72 hours and connect them with resources.   The hope is to take a bite out of the opioid problem, reduce the number of patients being transported, and improve the overall health of the community.   "Although some of the statistics recently that have come out are suggesting that deaths are down from

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Williams Tops MCLA on Trailblazers' Senior Day
10:26PM / Wednesday, May 01, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The MCLA baseball team dug itself a hole early, but put the tying run in scoring position in the ninth before Williams reliever Kyle Dean earned the save in a 7-5 non-conference win for the Ephs at Joe Wolfe Field.   Williams improves to 21-8 overall while MCLA dips to 10-25 on the season.   MCLA (10-25) led early after Taconic grauate Austin Rachiele tripled to right field in the first and came around to score the games first run. Williams responded with a run in the second before erupting for four more runs in the third off Trailblazer starter Mike Urbanski.   Erik Mini delivered the key blow as he hooked a three-run home run down the right field line


Should You Borrow from Your 401(k)?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:44PM / Tuesday, April 30, 2019

If you work for a business that offers a 401(k) plan, consider yourself fortunate, because a 401(k), with its tax advantages and variety of investment options, is a great way to save for retirement. But what if you need to tap in to your plan before you retire? Is it a good idea to borrow from your 401(k)?

To begin with, you need to determine if a loan is even available. You can only borrow from your 401(k) if you're still working for the company that offers the plan, but even so, you'll have to check with your human resources area to determine if loans are allowed. If they are, you'll want to weigh the pros and cons before taking action.

On the "pro" side, it's


BCC Nursing Program Earns Accreditation
06:08PM / Tuesday, April 30, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College's two-year nursing program is being accredited through 2023, bringing relief to the beleaguered program.    College officials were notified this week that the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing has restored continuing accreditation to the Associate Degree of Nursing program for the next four years. In its notification to the college, ACEN acknowledged that deliberations on the change in status centered on the materials that were submitted to the board following the visit by the peer accreditation team.   In mid-April, BCC announced that it would voluntarily and temporarily suspend admission to the

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North Adams Happenings: May 1-7
11:30AM / Tuesday, April 30, 2019
SAVE THE DATE WEDNESDAY, MAY 8TH, 3:00 P.M. - Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for Career Center at GoodWill Industries
Meeting in North Adams, please join GoodWill Industries for the opening of their new Career Center  at 166 State St from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

THURSDAY, MAY 9TH, 5:00 P.M. - 2nd Annual Spirit of Caring Awards and Celebration - This event will honor individuals and businesses that have dedicated their time and talents to our community and the Northern Berkshire United Way network. More information.



North Adams' Kids 4 Harmony Gets Gift From A Better Community
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:49PM / Monday, April 29, 2019

Children in the Kids 4 Harmony after-school program can learn violin, viola and cello. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The lower levels of Brayton Elementary School were filled with music making on Friday afternoon.    Kids were scattered about practicing on violins or banging away on drums to learn beats. It sounded noisy but these kids were getting down the fundamentals that will create harmony.   Kids 4 Harmony is an after-school program of Berkshire Children & Families that offers lessons in viola, violin and cello to children in North Adams and Pittsfield. It is reliant on donations to keep it going and, on Friday, the organization was presented with a $2,000 check


BArT Announces Third Quarter Honor Roll
11:04AM / Monday, April 29, 2019

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the third quarter of the 2018-19 school year.

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Grade 6

High Honors: Jeffrey Bourassa, Persephone Clark, Tucker Danylin, Sascha Ehrlich, Darryl Hage, Ryley Schwarz and Alexandria Zustra.

Honors: Natasha Burnell, Efrem Chen, Caiden Davis, Allissa Davis, Evan Hilton, Jayda Kimok, Kaitlyn Milette, Ania O'Leary, Brooke Reynolds and Katelynne


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