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The Independent Investor: The IRS Has Its Hands Full This Year
By Bill Schmick,
05:05PM / Thursday, January 24, 2019
The government's partial shutdown has everyone on edge this year. Despite assurances from the powers that be, many taxpayers are concerned that their tax returns won't be processed on time. Should you be worried?   One misconception many have is that the Internal Revenue Service is closed. Not true, the IRS remains open, despite having no budget since Dec. 21, 2018. The agency is running under a contingency plan, which includes operating with only 12 percent of its staff.   Usually, you can e-file your returns in late January, and that remains doable. The IRS announced it will be accepting 2018 tax returns starting January. 28, 2019. They also said they would be issuing


'Stan & Ollie': 'Old Fat & Skinny'
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:58PM / Thursday, January 24, 2019
"Stan & Ollie," director Jon S. Baird's lovingly responsible biopic about Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, the world's most famous comedy duo, convivially invites you to bask in its embracing notions of love, friendship, loyalty and sense of duty.    The passion is such that, feeling protective of the boys, I couldn't help fantasize that if I should become king I'd make it a law that, once the talent in question was universally adored by the public, the enthusiasm was not to diminish, unless of course said entertainer either colluded with the Russians, repeatedly lied to the American public or was disgustingly narcissistic.   Of course, Stan and


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

High School Baseball Umpire Classes Offered
Community submission,
11:43AM / Thursday, January 24, 2019
PITTFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire County Baseball Umpires Association announces the start of classes for prospective candidates who wish to officiate high school baseball in Berkshire County.   The first class will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. at the Italian American Club at 203 Newell St. in Pittsfield. There will be six classes and the exam fee is $45.   For more information contact Don Singleton at 413-884-4353 or Rich Pothier at 413-652-2372.


Berkshire Force Softball Sets Tryout Dates for Travel Teams
Community submission,
11:31AM / Thursday, January 24, 2019
PITTSFIELD – The Pittsfield Girls Softball League has announced tryout dates for the U14 and U16 Berkshire Force travel teams.   Players interested in the under-14 team are eligible if they have a birth year of 2004 or younger. Players interested in U16 are eligible if they have a birth year of 2002 or younger. Players must attend at least one tryout. Dates and locations are as follows:   Saturday, Feb. 2, at Reid Middle School, 950 North St.: 9:30 a.m., registration for U14. 10 a.m. to noon, tryouts for U14. Noon to 12:30 p.m. registration for U16. 12:30 to 2:30, tryouts for U16.   Wednedsay, Feb. 6, at Conte Community School, 200 West Union St.: 5:30 to 7 p.m.,


North Adams City Council Votes to Limit Public Comment
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:33AM / Thursday, January 24, 2019

The council members take their new seats for the year. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday voted 8-1 to limit public comment, disappointing and frustrating those who regularly attend the council's meeting.    The new Rules of Order are a return to past practice in only allowing the public to speak to agenda items at the beginning of the meeting during "hearing of visitors" and keeps the open forum portion at the end of the meeting.  "For the last year there's been harmony and a good exchange of ideas," said frequent commenter Robert Cardimino. "This is a solution looking for a problem."   He threatened to


MCLA Opens 125th Year With New Strategies, Initiatives
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:31PM / Wednesday, January 23, 2019

President James Birge pulls tickets for some gift certificates as a thank you to the attendees.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Some legislators are calling it the "year of education" but for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, it's not about one year but about 125 years of education.

The college will celebrate its quasquicentennial in 2019 with a series of events, exhibitations, signage and celebrations. President Jamie Birge announced the anniversary along with other college news as the spring semester kickoff breakfast held in the Centennial Room on Tuesday morning.

Established in 1894 as the North Adams Normal School to train teachers, the college has gone through a

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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Gas, Avangrid Foundation Supports Girls Inc. STEM Program
01:55PM / Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Eureka! moments

The Girls Inc. Eureka! program at the Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center has received continued support from the Avangrid Foundation, in partnership with Berkshire Gas. Eureka! brings girls in the Berkshires a unique opportunity to explore STEM-related subjects through intensive, hands-on programming over five years.

The first Eureka! cohort was launched in July 2018, made up of 14 girls entering eighth grade. The girls immersed themselves in a four-week summer experience studying a range of STEM subjects including physics, biology and environmental science with area professors from Berkshire Community College and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on site at


Redefining Good Health - And Good Health Care
By Lia Spiliotes,
12:08PM / Wednesday, January 23, 2019

A federal court ruling in December declaring that ACA unconstitutional raised yet another alarm-raiser for Obamacare customers around the country. Again, in the delicate realm of subsidized insurance, ACA customers were asking: Should I reapply? Is the ACA dead?  Will my coverage be canceled?

For now, the foreseeable future, the ACA remains the law of the land as this latest upheaval makes its way through the courts. Obamacare has withstood numerous challenges and two Supreme Court appeals, so advocates recommend people stay the course and get covered. During the recent enrollment period, which ended Jan. 23 in Massachusetts, our insurance counselors at Community Health Programs


North Adams Happenings: Jan. 23-29
11:59AM / Wednesday, January 23, 2019
North Adams Happenings:  January 23 - 29   Save the Date  

TEDx North Adams
Club B10 @ MASS MoCA
12 - 9 PM
$45 - $47.86 (Limit 2 per person)
for more information

Our TEDxNorthAdams 2019


Are You Prepared for a Natural Disaster?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:57AM / Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The year ahead offers new opportunities and experiences. But as you make plans throughout 2019, be mindful of the things that can derail those plans – such as the natural disasters that affected so many families in 2018. Every area around the country is subject to natural disasters, whether they're wildfires, hurricanes or tornadoes. How can you prepare for them?

Here are a few suggestions:

Maintain adequate insurance. It's a good idea to review your homeowners insurance at least annually to ensure it's still providing the protection you need. And make sure you know exactly what your policy covers in terms of natural disasters. You will also want to review your life and


School Officials Updating Greylock Elementary's MSBA Application
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The facilities subcommittee and administrators discuss the conditions at Brayton and Greylock schools. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The roof leaks, the windows weep, parts of the school are cool and others are hot — and a water line to the outdated boiler's kept open with a clothespin.   That's only scratching the surface.    The School Committee's finance and facilities subcommittee toured Greylock School on Saturday to get a close up look at the 60-year-old structure's challenges. The consensus at the end was to push forward with an updated application to the Massachusetts School Building Authority to address the building's many


North Adams Bids Farewell to Clerk, Welcomes Police, Firefighters
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:07AM / Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Gomeau swears in Deborah Pedercini as the new city clerk. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Tuesday night's City Council was about welcoming new faces and bidding farewell to a veteran.   City Clerk Marilyn Gomeau played a large role in the welcoming at her last official City Council meeting, giving the oaths to new firefighters, police officers and clerks.    Gomeau, who has served as city clerk for 15 years, choked up as she swore in her replacement, Deborah Pedercini. She also swore in the new assistant city clerk, Cathy Verrier, who had been the secretary in the Community Development Office.    The councilors who appointed her are no longer serving, she said.


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