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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

Towns Shift Election, Town Meetings This Spring
09:52AM / Tuesday, May 05, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in municipalities across the Berkshires altering their town meeting and local election schedules.

For elections, town officials are encouraging voters to apply to receive mail-in ballots in order to protect the health of voters and ballot workers on election day.

Although the concept of absentee ballots is not new, in the past they have been limited to voters who "must be prevented from voting at their polling place on Election Day, due to: absence from the voter's city or town on Election Day; or physical disability; or religious belief."

This year, an act of the Legislature opened up mail-in balloting for all voters. A standard


Berkshire Seamsters Market Homemade Masks, Benefit Those Struggling Economically
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:06AM / Tuesday, May 05, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When the COVID-19 pandemic began shutting things down in Berkshire County, Kate Lauzon had a problem.   But with some creativity, hard work and outside philanthropy, she and her friends helped turn that problem into two solutions.   "A few months ago, I had started a community sewing program," Lauzon said this week. "We ran it out of the Froio Center. Three weeks into everyone learning how to sew, including myself … "   … the world, for so many people, came screeching to a halt.   "Sewing started three weeks before they shut us down," Lauzon said. "We were set up for 10 weeks, once a week. It was


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

Crane Postpones Reopening; Bernard Asks for Clarity on Plant's Future
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:20PM / Monday, May 04, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The past week has been a roller coaster for the more than 200 workers at Crane Stationery.    The communications coming out the company's parent, Mohawk Fine Papers of Cohoes, N.Y., have at times been contradictory with employees unsure of the future of the 220-year-old paper brand.    The questions about the company's decision to reopen operations at the Curran Highway plant led to an order by Mayor Thomas Bernard that the printer submit a health safety plan and ensure that it's only doing essential work as outlined the state during the novel coronavirus.   This was greeted as a "retaliation" by Mohawk's


State Officials Caution May 18 Not 'Magical' Reopening Date
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:54PM / Monday, May 04, 2020
BOSTON — State officials on Monday stressed that May 18 is not a "magical date" for reopening the commonwealth.   Rather, the restart of economic activity will be a phased effort based on recommendations from an advisory board announced last week and public health experts.    "There seems to be some with an understanding that May 18 is a magical date," said Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito at Monday's daily COVID-19 update. "May 18 is the date that we have said the report of this advisory board will be released."   Gov. Charlie Baker last week extended the stay-home order until May 18 as cases of the novel coronavirus continued to climb. He


McCann Tech Teachers Adapt Instruction to Shop-less Environment
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:02AM / Monday, May 04, 2020
The vocational school is doing what is possible for remote learning but it's hard to replace hands-on learning students get in many of the shops, such as carpentry. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School teacher Perry Burdick misses school the way it used to be.   He misses his students. He misses his lab. He even misses the occasional fire.   "We have a whole wall of computers dedicated to the kids," the information technology teacher said recently. "They take them apart, put them together. To re-emphasize it, they will go into TestOut and attempt to replicate it doing simulators."   Since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the


Crane Ordered to Have COVID-19 Safety Plan Before Opening
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:11PM / Sunday, May 03, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Crane Stationery must have a plan in place showing it is making accommodations for COVID-19 and adhering only to work that supports essential businesses before it can resume operations.    Crane was found on Saturday to be providing services to some essential businesses but had not yet provided the city with a written health plan as of Sunday afternoon.   An order by Mayor Thomas Bernard issued Sunday states "that prior to opening for operation, Crane Stationery must submit a plan in writing to the North Adams Board of Health outlining how COVID-19 precautions will be instituted, and how the company will demonstrate that only work providing


Clark Art Institute Announces Revised Plans for Summer Season
06:53AM / Sunday, May 03, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute has announced a revised program for its summer 2020 season, reflecting changes necessitated by its current closure due to the global health crisis and the logistical challenges related to international travel and shipping restrictions.

"At a time when our foremost priority is the health and well-being of all people, concerns over exhibition schedules are insignificant in the face of the human crisis we are confronting," said Olivier Meslay, the Hardymon director of the Clark. "Like museums around the world, our plans and schedules are not immune to the disruptions caused by the global pandemic, and so, it was inevitable


State Police Investigate Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Florida
08:29PM / Saturday, May 02, 2020
The motorcyclist has been identified as Lucienne Montgomery, 26, of Nashua, N.H. She was originally identified as being from Clinton, Mass. The article has been updated to correct that.   FLORIDA, Mass. — A 26-year-old woman from Nashua, N.H., was killed Saturday afternoon when she was thrown from her motorcycle on Route 2.    State police from the Cheshire barracks responded to the scene at about 3:45 p.m.    Preliminary investigation indicates the woman was operating a 2009 Harley Davidson XL 883 motorcycle eastbound when, for reasons still under investigation, she lost control after navigating a sharp curve near the 22-mile marker. The motorcycle then

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New Book Looks at History, Work of Shakespeare & Company
04:51PM / Saturday, May 02, 2020

LENOX, Mass. — The founding and philosophy of the internationally regarded Shakespeare & Company are now available in "Shakespeare & Company: When Action is Eloquence," co-written by company member Bella Merlin and Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer, with a special foreword by Artistic Director Allyn Burrows. 

Drawing on previously unpublished material – including notebooks, lectures, interviews and rehearsal diaries – and the company's newly collated historical archive, the book provides insight into the works of a theater company, and sheds light on the role Shakespeare plays in the modern world. 

Published by Routledge in March 2020,


NECBL Commissioner: Canceling Season the 'Responsible Thing to Do'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:35PM / Saturday, May 02, 2020

NECBL had to weigh the well-being of players and the logistics of trying for a postponed season before making the decision  to cancel.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The directors of the New England Collegiate Baseball League waited as long as they could to hold a vote no one wanted to take and affirm a decision that was largely out of their hands.   "We wanted to be a ray of hope for our communities, but the ramifications of doing so felt reckless," NECBL Commissioner Sean McGrath said on Saturday morning.   Instead, the board Friday had the responsible but unenviable task of informing the league's players, fans and communities that it would not be

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Face Coverings Mandated on BRTA Buses
11:15AM / Saturday, May 02, 2020

Beginning Wednesday, May 6, in accordance with an order issued by Gov. Charlie Baker, all customers using a Berkshire Regional Transit Authority bus and/or paratransit must wear a mask or face covering over their mouth and nose. 

Information on making a cloth face covering and how to wear a covering can be found on the CDC website.

Riders are also encouraged to practice social distancing while riding on the bus and maintain space when seating.

All riders must be traveling to a critical, essential destination. Critical trips are defined as work-related, vital appointments, or necessary shopping trips. All riders are required to exit the bus at the end of the route, or their stated


iBerkshiresTV: Interview With State Sen. Adam Hinds
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
03:16AM / Saturday, May 02, 2020


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