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GIC to Reconsider Reduction to Health Insurance Portfolio
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:06PM / Thursday, January 25, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The GIC may reverse course on its decision to slash the number of health insurance companies in its portfolio in half.   Last Thursday, the Group Insurance Commission, which administers health insurance to more than 400,000 state, school, and municipal employees, voted to decrease its options from six to three for active employees. GIC leadership said the move would save some $20.8 million.   GIC Executive Director Roberta Herman said the commission performed a study that showed many of the companies were offering similar products and that membership would have similar coverage but at a lower cost.   But, it was faced with a fierce outcry from

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North Adams School Department May Move to City Hall
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Thursday, January 25, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Department's Central Office may be taking over the second floor of City Hall.   Mayor Thomas Bernard said the discussions are still in the early stages but his administration is working with Superintendent of Schools Barbara Malkas to see if the co-habitation is a suitable option.    "We're at a moment now that they have a lease that's coming due, so, it's do we up for another cycle?" he said on Wednesday. "The more I thought about it, the more I see the savings on the school side that can be put toward a different use ... and the efficiencies you get bringing all of city government


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 Appointed to Senate Ways And Means
Staff Reports,
07:57PM / Wednesday, January 24, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Adam Hinds was appointed to the Senate Ways & Means Committee.   The Pittsfield Democrat was appointed to the committee by acting Senate President Harriette Chandler on Wednesday, the same day Gov. Charlie Baker put forth his $40.9 billion spending plan for fiscal 2019.   "I am honored to join this important committee," Hinds said in a prepared statement. "It provides an opportunity to give western Massachusetts a louder voice when the Senate is making key policy and spending decisions."   Hinds is still in his first term and the assignment is coveted by lawmakers. The group is charged with reviewing all financial


Ciccolo Case Still on Track for June Trial
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:23PM / Wednesday, January 24, 2018
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Attorneys in the case of an Adams man accused of violating federal terrorism statutes say they are still communicating about a possible plea deal but told the judge to anticipate using the scheduled June 18 trial date.   Judge Mark G. Mastroianni on Wednesday held a brief status conference in the case of the United States v. Alexander Ciccolo, who was arrested on July 4, 2015, and subsequently indicted on one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and one count of attempting to use of weapons of mass destruction.   On Wednesday, Ciccolo's attorney, David Hoose of Northampton, told Mastroianni that he


Berkshire Workers Critical Of GIC Reducing Health Care Options
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:40PM / Wednesday, January 24, 2018

GIC Executive Director Roberta Herman said many of the companies currently in the program offered very similar options.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — GIC Executive Director Roberta Herman asked how many people get their health insurance through Tufts.   And nearly all of the 50 or so state employees in the audience at the Berkshire Athenaeum on Wednesday morning raised their hands.   Tufts is one of three insurance companies planned to be eliminated as an option for hundreds of thousands of employees throughout the commonwealth.   The Group Insurance Commission, which administers health care coverage to nearly a half-million state and municipal workers, voted to cut


North Adams Happenings: Jan. 24-30
11:52AM / Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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Questions to Ask Before Taking Social Security
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:38AM / Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Social Security can be an important part of your retirement income. So, before you start making decisions about your payments, you'll want to know what questions to ask.

Here are a few to consider:

How soon can I start collecting Social Security? You can begin receiving Social Security as early as age 62. However, your payments, as well as the survivor benefits payable to your spouse, will be significantly lower than if you wait until your full retirement age, which is likely to be between 66 and 67.

Can I wait until I’m past full retirement age to begin collecting payments? Yes. Your monthly benefits will continue to rise until you reach 70, at which point they will max


North Adams Council Approves New Rules; Restores Open Forum
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:08AM / Wednesday, January 24, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday approved a new Rules of Order that include amendments recommended from last week's General Government Committee.    The major amendments changed the name of "hearing of visitors" and moved it closer to the end of the agenda; disconnected mayor's concerns from hearing of visitors; and placed in the rules the council president's existing right to disallow audience members from speaking during meetings.    The new rules were promulgated by Council President Keith Bona, taking his first tenure as the council's leader.    He had originally asked to have Rule 10 changed to read that


MCLA Women Rally for League Win
10:56PM / Tuesday, January 23, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The MCLA women's basketball team overcame a seven-point halftime deficit Tuesday to earn a  63-60 win over Salem State University.   Courtney Pingelski led the Trailblazers with a team high 14 points.   MCLA earned its second straight win and improved to 6-11 overall and are now 2-3 in the conference.   The Vikings (7-12, 3-3) led, 32-25, at halftime, but MCLA used a strong third quarter, outscoring the Vikings 21-11 to enter the final period leading 46-43.   Mckenzie Robinson netted 11 points and had four assists.   The Trailblazers will go for three straight wins when they head to Framingham State on Thursday night.   Men's


Baker Highlights Successes in Third State of Commonwealth
10:10PM / Tuesday, January 23, 2018
BOSTON – Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday night delivered his third State of the Commonwealth address from the House Chamber of the State House.   Remarks as prepared for delivery:   Mr. Speaker. Madame President. Congressman Neal. Fellow Constitutional Officers. Members of the Governor's Council. Mr. Chief Justice and Members of the Judiciary. Members of the Cabinet and my Administration. Sheriffs. District Attorneys. Mayors. Local Officials. Reverend Clergy. Distinguished Guests.    Members of my family that are here this evening – Andy, Kristen and William.     My children, AJ and Caroline. And my wife Lauren. The love of my life for the


North Adams Looking to Start Spray Park Construction in July
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:49PM / Tuesday, January 23, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Bids on designing the next phase at the Noel Field Athletic Complex are due on Feb.1, with the anticipation of awarding a contract by March.    Michael Nuvallie, director of the city's Office of Community Development, told the Parks & Recreation Commission on Monday that the hope is to start construction on the splash park after July 1 this year and have the park completed by June 2019.    "The goal is to try to build as much as we can this calendar year and complete  it by June 1 next year," he said. "It's pretty much the timeline we used for the skate park."    The $723,000 project is being


Berkshire County Democrats Meeting to Choose Delegates
01:55PM / Monday, January 22, 2018

Berkshire County Democratic committees will be holding their caucuses in February. This year's Massachusetts Democratic Party Endorsing Convention will be held June 1-2 at the DCU Center in Worcester, where thousands of Democrats from across the state will come together to endorse Democratic candidates for statewide offices, including constitutional officers and gubernatorial candidates. Committees can submit their information to by email to be included in this list. A complete list of caucuses across the state can be found here.

* Adams: The Adams Democratic Town Committee will hold its caucus at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Adams Free Library, Miller Annex, 92 Park Street,

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