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Time for Some Financial Spring Cleaning
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:26AM / Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Spring is here – and for many of us, that means it's time for some spring cleaning. This year, in addition to tidying up your home, why not try brightening your financial environment? Some of the same moves you make to clean your surroundings may apply to your finances.

Consider these suggestions:

Get rid of clutter. When you go through your closets, attic, basement or other areas, you may find many items you no longer need. You might be able to sell some of these things or find other ways of disposing of them. And as you review your portfolio, you might also encounter "clutter" in the form of investments that may be redundant to others you own. If so, you might


North Adams Happenings: March 27-April 2
10:21AM / Wednesday, March 27, 2019
North Adams Happenings: 
March 27 - April 2   Volunteer


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

Pittsfield City Council Passes Plastic Bag Ban
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:03AM / Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Rinaldo Del Gallo first petitioned for the ban in 2013. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After close to six years of debate, the city finally passed a ban on single-use plastic bags Tuesday night.   The ban had been proposed in 2013 and has been working its way through the City Council process since. It was first coupled with a ban on Styrofoam, which was later passed in 2015 separate from the bag ban and restricted polystyrene food containers.   The bag ban went before the Green Commission and to City Council subcommittee meetings, the latter of which had left it unaddressed for a time. Earlier this year, it made its way to the full council will a full


Council Committee to Weigh Restrictions on Mohawk Theater
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:43AM / Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Mayor Thomas Bernard also asks the Finance Committee to set meetings to begin review of the 2020 budget.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday sent the potential sale of the Mohawk Theater back to committee to determine what restrictions might be put on the request for proposals for the historic movie house.    Councilors had wanted to "flip the process" by issuing an RFP first and weighing responses before declaring the property "municipal surplus." But an opinion by the city solicitor received Tuesday afternoon closed off that possibility.    The request by Mayor Thomas Bernard to declare the 80-year-old cinema surplus


North Adams Board of Health Condemns Three Houses
Staff Reports,
03:51PM / Tuesday, March 26, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Board of Health last week issued emergency condemnations of three residential buildings, two of which had been damaged by fires within the last few months.    The single-family Victorian at 129 North St. caught fire Feb. 2 after the owner tried to thaw out frozen water pipes with a blowtorch. The family was forced to flee the building. Director of Health Michael Moore said the owners were getting help from their insurance company in addressing the building's damage.    A second structure at 133 Reed St. was also condemned because of damage from a stove fire on Feb. 11.    A house at 53 Montgomery St. "has been a problem


Berkshires Beat: Corpse Flower in Bloom at Darrow School
12:26PM / Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Corpse flowers bloom

It’s spring at The Darrow School in New Lebanon, N.Y. That means the sap is rising, the birds are singing, the sun is lingering, and something in the air stinks. This means that the rare corpse flower is in full bloom. Corpse flowers were first planted at Darrow in 2009 in the sheltered confines of the school’s Samson Environmental Center (SEC). Four bloomed in 2012, six in 2013, and now, according to Lily Corral, biology teacher, sustainability coordinator, and director of the SEC, as many as 10 flowers have sprouted, several of which are at the blooming stage.

"The corpse flower is a rare plant that is challenging to grow," Corral said. "It


North Adams Housing Authority Receives CHAP
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
10:28AM / Tuesday, March 26, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Housing Authority has been given the OK to begin a Rental Assistance Demonstration conversion.   Housing Authority Executive Director Jennifer Hohn released a letter from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development received last week notifying the authority.   "North Adams Housing Authority is excited to receive our award letter from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for a 'Commitment to Enter into Housing Assistance Payments,' " Hohn said.    Rental Assistance Demonstration, or RAD, allows HUD housing authorities to move their units to the Section 8 platform and to leverage debt and equity for


Congressman Neal to Speak at MCLA 120th Commencement
04:02PM / Monday, March 25, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will celebrate its 120th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 18, beginning at 11 a.m., in the Amsler Campus Center Gymnasium.   This year's commencement speaker will be U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, who represents the First Congressional District of Massachusetts in Congress and who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee. Neal will receive an honorary doctor of public service degree.   In addition, Richard Alcombright, vice president of local business and the customer relations manager at MountainOne and who served as the mayor of North Adams for four terms, will receive an honorary doctor of public service


North Adams Residents Invited to Meet Police Chief Finalists
11:50AM / Monday, March 25, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Mayor Tom Bernard invites members of the North Adams community to meet the finalists who are being considered as the city's next police chief.

Following a national search and preliminary screening of candidates, a police chief search committee convened by the mayor extended invitations to three candidates to interview for the police chief position. Public meetings will be held as part of each applicant's finalist interviews, according to the following schedule:
* Tuesday, March 26, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at The Green, 85 Main St.: Jamie D. Berger, currently a detective sergeant with the Wayland, Mass., Police Department


Albany Berkshire Ballet Looks Ahead — And Back — in 50th Anniversary Year
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Monday, March 25, 2019

Albany Berkshire Ballet has formed collaborations with organizations like Williams College, where ABB dancers join student dancers for performances.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The five dancers glided around the room, its purple-and-mirrored walls enclosing a faintly muggy space, either from powerful bodies working hard or a late-winter heating system still cranked up, or maybe a combination of both.

The three women and two men were rehearsing a dance for an upcoming showcase at Williams College, but on this day, their ballet slipper-clad feet pounded the dance floor in the second-floor studio of the Albany Berkshire Ballet headquarters on Fenn Street.

In the past, on a weekday


North Adams Elementary Students Get College Experience
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:21AM / Monday, March 25, 2019

The after-school program provide a range of opportunities for North Adams students.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Kids 2 College after-school program gives city elementary students hands-on STEM experiences in a college classroom.   Although it was spring break and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Students were off last week, class was in session in Venable Hall.   "We do a lot of project-based learning," Kids 2 College instructor AnnaMaria Sebastino said. "For example, we studied volcanos and today we are building a paper-mâché one … we do a lot of different things."   The program is a partnership between


MCLA Softball Drops Two One-Run Games
10:34PM / Saturday, March 23, 2019
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The MCLA softball team featured a balanced offensive attack and held late leads in both games but was unable to hold on as it was swept by Albertus Magnus on Saturday afternoon.   MCLA fell to 2-10 and returns to action Sunday as they visit Rhode Island College for a pair of nonconference contests.   Albertus Magnus 5, MCLA 4 MCLA would open up the scoring in Game One with four runs in the top of the 2nd. With the bases loaded a Kaitlyn Berghela single drove in a pair of runs and teammate Kayla Baker would follow with a two-RBI single of her own.     Through 4-2/3 innings Trailblazer pitcher Kara Adams held Albertus at bay conceding just one hit


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