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MCLA Men, Women Fall at Salem State
10:00PM / Tuesday, January 22, 2019
SALEM, Mass. -- The Salem State women's basketball team clamped down on visiting MCLA as the Vikings earned their first conference win of the season with a 56-38 victory over the Trailblazers.   Salem improves to 3-15 overall, but is now 1-5 in the conference.   MCLA drops their sixth straight game as they fall to 4-12. They are 0-5 in the MASCAC and will host Framingham State on Thursday night.   MCLA was paced by Hannah Mazzeo's 11-point night off the bench. The Trailblazers shot just 20 percent from the floor and committed 18 turnovers in the loss.   Men's Basketball SALEM, Mass. -- Salem State remained atop the MASCAC with a resounding 103-77


Congressman Neal Teaches Civics Class at Drury High School
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:22PM / Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Holly Boudreau speaks to U.S. Rep. Neal about her application to the U.S.  Air Force Academy.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It's not often teens have a chance to quiz their congressman.    So the students in Stephanie Kopola's college-level world history class spent some time developing the questions they wanted to pose to U.S. Rep. Richard Neal on Tuesday.   "They generated questions based on what interested them," Kopola said. "Then they voted on the ones that really encompassed what they were interested in."   Many of the questions, not surprisingly, dealt with current events and topics that could affect their futures: border

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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

Hinds Rolling Out 'Rural Agenda' In New Legislative Session
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, January 22, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Adam Hinds is pushing a "rural agenda" in the new legislative term.   The Pittsfield Democrat is filing more than 60 bills, many of which are aimed at helping small rural areas. While he represents the Berkshires' only two cities, the bulk of his constituents reside in 50 towns spread over three counties. They have an average population of 1,900, ranging from Adams' at 8,200 people to Monroe with only 95.   "We really go through with what are we doing for a rural jobs act, trying to take away a lot of the problems that our towns face like PILOT payments, trying to get a PILOT commission. We are stick with the volunteer

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MLK Committee, Shine Wire Recognize Drug Recovery Group Founder
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:13PM / Monday, January 21, 2019

MLK Committee members Kathy Keeser and Alex Daugherty speak at Monday's Martin Luther King Day gathering.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Martin Luther King Jr. Committee awarded Kenna Waterman the 2019 Peacemaker Award and Shine Wire contributed almost $40,000 to her cause.    After a morning of community service Monday on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, those who took the day on instead of the day off met at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts to recognize local community leader and addiction assistance advocate Kenna Waterman.   "It is an honor to be recognized for using my voice and telling my story and spreading my passion for assistance and recovery


Community Forum Set for Clarksburg/Stamford School Merger Study
Staff Reports,
02:37PM / Monday, January 21, 2019
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Residents in Clarksburg and Stamford, Vt., are encouraged to attend Tuesday's public forum on merging the two towns' school districts.    The forum will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 6:30 p.m. at Clarksburg Elementary School.    Representatives from Public Consulting Group of Boston will be on hand to walk attendees through the timeline for the feasibility study on creating an interstate school district.   "We encourage people from both towns to attend this meeting because it is their first opportunity to meet with Public Consulting Group and to hear more about the study being conducted," said Kimberly Roberts-Morandi, a


Berkshires Beat: Clark Art Institute Launches Free Snowshoe Program
01:53PM / Monday, January 21, 2019
Now that there's snow

The Clark Art Institute has launched a new snowshoe program to encourage exploration of the winter beauty of its Williamstown campus. Project Snowshoe provides visitors with the chance to borrow a pair of snowshoes from the Clark to trek the 140-acre campus during snow season. Details on snowshoe safety are available on the Clark's website.

The Clark has installed a snowshoe rack and benches adjacent to the west side of its Manton Research Center building. Snowshoes are available in three sizes for both adults and children to borrow. Visitors who prefer to use poles are welcome to bring their own. Participants should observe safety precautions, including


Hoosac Valley's Puppolo Joins DI Ranks Sports,
01:12PM / Monday, January 21, 2019
Hoosac Valley High School graduate Kali Puppolo Saturday signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Manhattan College and play softball for the Division I Jaspers.   Puppolo is in her second year at Herkimer College in New York, where she pitched a team-best 113 innings for the Division III junior college powerhouse.   Puppolo 15-3-1 with a 2.29 ERA for the Generals, who advanced to the title game of the NJCAA DIII National Championship.   Manhattan went 28-25 last spring, advancing to the semi-finals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.   There is a fair amount of local talent already competing at the Division I level this winter.   On the basketball court,


SNAP Clients to Receive February Benefits Early
11:58AM / Monday, January 21, 2019

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Family Services of Community Health Programs advises SNAP clients that February benefits are being distributed early.

Clients are encouraged to budget this early February payment accordingly, as future benefits may not be reloaded until after the partial government shutdown comes to an end.

SNAP is the federal government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for income-eligible individuals and families. Benefits are administered by the state.

WIC (Women, Infants & Children) benefits will continue and can be accessed as usual. CHP will communicate any WIC updates to clients, as information is available.

Any South County WIC or


Health Drives Much of Pignatelli's Legislative Agenda
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, January 21, 2019
LENOX, Mass. — State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli heard a story about a police officer who had witnessed someone die from an overdose while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.   Not all first-responders carry Narcan, which reverses opioid overdoses, and Pignatelli believes that if that officer's Police Department had it, the person could have lived.    "I am filing a bill that requires all first-responders to carry Narcan. We have this opioid epidemic all throughout Massachusetts and I find that several communities or first-responders do not carry Narcan," Pignatelli said.    "For instance, even locally the state police carry

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More Heating Assistance Sought as Officials Discuss Poverty
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:18AM / Monday, January 21, 2019

Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer, right, and North Adams Mayor Tom Bernard applaud as new Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington, left, is introduced at a forum on poverty at Williams College.  

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — As the Berkshires face the coldest weather of the winter so far, the county's state senator, Adam Hinds, has joined dozens of other legislators in urging Gov. Charlie Baker to help close the gap in heating assistance caused by a federal funding shortfall.

According to Berkshire Community Action Council, around 8,000 households in Berkshire County apply for LIHEAP (the low-income heating assistance program) every year; across the state, a total

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Soccer Referees Offer Course for New Officials
12:55PM / Sunday, January 20, 2019
LENOX, Mass. -- The Massachusetts State Soccer Referee Committee will offer its next new referee course on Sunday, March 17.   The course will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hampton Inn on Pittsfield Road (Route 7).   The cost is $115, which includes registration, administration and course fees.   Interested men and women are asked to register at onthe association's website.   For information, contact either or Berkshire County Youth Soccer League assignor Anthony Pedlozky at   The local board of officials will reimburse new referees for their soccer uniform and kit once they have officiated 10 games in a


North Adams Traffic Commission Advises Rate Hike for Permit Parking
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:20AM / Sunday, January 20, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Traffic Commission is recommending the city raise its parking permit fees for the Center Street lot for the first time in 10 years.    The commission on Monday voted to recommend to the City Council raising the rates by $10 for both daytime and overnight parking permits. Four of the commissioners were in attendance: Chairwoman MaryAnn King, Amanda Chilson, Eric Buddington and David Sacco.   King said she had discussed the issue with Police Chief Michael Cozzaglio about hiking the permits.   "We've never raised the price on it since that was put in place in that lot," King said. "It's just that it is prime parking and

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