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'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales': Many Asleep in the Deep
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
06:01PM / Thursday, June 01, 2017
I'm not going to do it. I'm not going to over-analyze "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales." I do that whenever I can't fathom for the love of me why someone would want to see the second-rate movie in question. After all, directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg's rambling, rambunctious and dysfunctionally repetitious absurdity should spell an easy day for the critic. The temptation is to write, "It's lousy and that's that. Trust me. I've been writing film criticism for years. This is strictly for those possessing the bad movie gene."   But of course I can't. Besides the fact that such short shrift would put my


The Independent Investor: Elder Care in an Age of Confusion
By Bill Schmick,
05:54PM / Thursday, June 01, 2017
Many Americans confess that they are confused when faced with the myriad Medicare choices available to them. Others are simply not planning, nor saving enough to meet the challenge of health care costs in old age. In response, a whole new industry has sprung up nationwide.   It's called "life care planning," an off-shoot and a natural progression for those practicing elder law. What, you may ask, is elder law and why has it become so important? Attorneys that practice elder law are essentially advocates for the elderly and their loved ones. They routinely handle a range of legal issues that usually accompany an older or disabled person.   Many of these topics have


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 Mayor Alcombright Won't Run for Fifth Term
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:03PM / Thursday, June 01, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Mayor Richard Alcombright announced on Thursday afternoon that he would not run for a fifth term.

In a brief press conference in his office at City Hall, the Alcombright said it was time for new leadership to take over.

He said he made his decision early last winter in large part because of "the new activity, the new vision, the new leadership.  Seeing so many people wanting to become part of the process I think it's been very eye-opening."

The Small Business Revolution was a bit of an epiphany, the mayor said, "People are feeling empowered. The more I see that happening, the more it helped me make this decision."

The former


State Police Seek Information on Credit Card Fraud Suspects
12:00PM / Thursday, June 01, 2017

The State Police Detective Unit assigned to Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni's office is seeking the public's help in identifying three individuals authorities believe to be involved in numerous credit card fraud cases in Western and central Massachusetts, Connecticut, and possibly Rhode Island.

The credit card fraud took place in March 2017. The suspects traveled to numerous Walmart stores and used stolen credit card information to make fraudulent purchases worth thousands of dollars. The suspects traveled together in a white Ford expedition EL (extended length) SUV at the time, which may have been a rental car with possible Rhode Island or other out-of-state


Stamford Overwhelmingly Rejects Act 46 School Merger
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:47AM / Thursday, June 01, 2017

Two ballots were cast, one for the merger and the second to organize representation on school for the merged union. The merger failed, making the board makeup moot.   STAMFORD, Vt. — Voters in Stamford overwhelming rejected the creation of a unified school district with Readsboro and Halifax.    The final tally on Wednesday night was 173-6 against moving forward with the district under the state's Act 46.    "It's a good thing I believe because now we have more time, we have time to explore the interstate district talks with Clarksburg and at minimum try for geographic isolation," said Cynthia Lamore, chairman of School Board.

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Coalition on the Move for Transportation Discussion
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:29AM / Thursday, June 01, 2017

The new legs of the bike path were part of the transportation discussion.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition has been on the move this year.

Breaking from its long tradition of Friday morning forums at First Baptist Church, the coalition took some different approaches this year under the leadership of new Executive Director Amber Besaw. First was making a meeting go mobile throughout downtown North Adams, having another one on a Friday evening to try to attract different attendees and the latest change of pace: a forum on May 19 held outside at Colgrove Park.

"This has been a year of experimentation with our forums," Besaw said in introducing


Guest Column: Time to Reassess growth Across the Commonwealth
By state Sen. Adam Hinds & Dan Hodge, Guest Column
05:38PM / Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Massachusetts budget process demonstrates economic progress does not always create revenue for the commonwealth. Total employment is eclipsing previous highs, unemployment rates are below 4 percent, and per capita state GDP is strong. Yet the state's budget is difficult to balance and news stories about revenue shortfalls feel like waking up in Groundhog Day.
Balancing the budget in an imbalanced economy with limited income growth, regional disparities and outdated tax codes will always be difficult. Health care costs and other non-discretionary budget items pose central expenditure challenges that we must address. But underperforming revenue – statewide and regionally

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Unpublished Edith Wharton Play Discovered by Scholars
12:55PM / Wednesday, May 31, 2017

LENOX, Mass. — Two scholars have made a new archival discovery: a previously unknown, original, full-length play by Edith Wharton called "The Shadow of a Doubt."

The location of the discovery at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin was unexpected. Wharton scholars have been traveling to the Ransom Center for more than three decades to research Wharton's papers. The source of their interest, however, was the author's correspondence to her lover, Morton Fullerton. What scholars missed was hidden, in plain sight, in the center's Playscripts and Promptbooks Collection (Performing Arts): two typescript copies of "The Shadow of a


What Does Conservative Investing Mean to Older Investors?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:02PM / Wednesday, May 31, 2017

If you're a certain age, or getting close to it, you might hear something like this: "Now that you're older, you need to invest more conservatively." But what exactly does this mean?

For starters, it's useful to understand that your investment preferences and needs will indeed change over time. When you're first starting out in your career, and even for a long time afterward, you can afford to invest somewhat aggressively, in stocks and stock-based investments; because you have time to overcome the inevitable short-term market drops. At this stage of your life, your primary concern is growth – you want your portfolio to grow enough to provide you with the


North Adams Happenings: May 31-June 6
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North Adams Redevelopment Authority Votes to Expand Urban Plan
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:16AM / Wednesday, May 31, 2017

BSC's senior associate Jef Fasser reviews the recommendations with the Redevelopment Authority. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Redevelopment Authority on Tuesday unanimously approved expanding the boundaries of the 1981 Urban Renewal Plan by at least a third and extending its life for an extra four years.    The amendment, which also must be approved by the Planning Board, City Council and the state, grew out of a study of the original plan by BCS Group of Worcester. The review was funded through the city's Community Compact with the state.   "The Heritage Park system is the core of the Urban Renewal Area but there are some differences in the


Cages Travel Baseball Team Opens Season in Hinsdale
12:02PM / Tuesday, May 30, 2017
HINSDALE, Mass. -- The Cages 14-and-under travel baseball team got off to a rough start to its spring season over the weekend with four losses at the Duquette Sports Academy.   The closest game was the Cages' opener, an 11-8 loss to the Vikings Northmen, who used a six-run sixth inning to jump out to a 9-5 lead. and never looked back.   Oscar Low went 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Landen Jamula was 2-for-4 with an RBI in the loss.   Paul Roeder went four innings on the mound, allowing just two runs, both unearned.   The Cages team is scheduled to play a double-header against the Pittsfield Thunder 14U squad on Sunday at Deming Park.


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