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North Adams Armory Dedication Memorializes City's Fallen Son DeMarsico
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:06PM / Saturday, November 11, 2017

The crowed spilled out onto the sidewalk at the Armory on Ashland Street. Despite the sun, the temperatures were frigid. See more photos here. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A determined student. A mischievous teenager. A brave warrior. An honored native son.    Army Spc. Michael DeMarsico II was many things in his short life. Now his memory is etched in bronze forever with the dedication of monument to the sacrifice he made for his country and his comrades.    A few hundred people braved Saturday's bitter cold for the dedication of a plaque and stone in his honor at the North Adams Armory Center. DeMarsico's life was cut short in 2012 during a patrol in


North County Gives Back To Veterans
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:49AM / Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Williamstown Elementary School Sixth-Grade Choir, under the direction of Betsy Reali on piano, honored veterans in a tribute ceremony Thursday night. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Local businesses and organizations are giving back to veterans this week.
Union Street barber Gus Jammalo is offering free haircuts to any veteran this year.   "I am a veteran and was in the Korean War. I didn’t see any combat, but I was a paratrooper and a tank commander," Jammalo said. "I wanted to give something back and do something different. A lot of veterans come in some are rich, some are in bad shape and can’t afford a haircut."
Jammalo said one of


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

2017 Fall Foliage Festival Leaf Hunt Winners & Locations
12:01PM / Friday, November 10, 2017
  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Fall Foliage Festival Leaf Hunt Committee has announced that this year's hunt has concluded.  All winners and sponsors are thanked for their participation.  Results are as follows:   1. Fifty-five years of spectacles? 1962 Theatre Williams College by Annette Czarnecki, Williamstown   2. Spectacle Garden Deacon Bob Moulton memorial St. Elizabeth of Hungary, found but unclaimed   3. "Don't forget to write!" In Touch Day Spa Williamstown, found but unclaimed   4. Not quite built for fairies B&B Micro Manufacturing behind Windsor Mill by Karen

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Clarksburg Students to Hold Gaming Fundraiser For Veterans
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:28AM / Friday, November 10, 2017

Stores and companies donated lots of books, gaming items and gift certificates for the raffle table.  CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Clarksburg Elementary students will host "Soldiers, Dice, & Dragons" this Veterans Day to raise awareness and money for local homeless veterans through Soldier On.   "Our big concern was homeless veterans and we wanted to make people aware of the large number of homeless veterans in Berkshire County," teacher and organizer Michael Little said. "We are trying to support our veterans and let them know we care about them and appreciate what they have sacrificed."
Little said the fundraiser is essentially a gaming


'LBJ': Offers Hope From the Past
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
06:41PM / Thursday, November 09, 2017
Viewers uninterested in politics and American history probably won't enjoy the insight and philosophical ruminations ventured by director Rob Reiner in his savvy biopic, "LBJ." Detailing the momentous ebb and flow of the times just before and after the ascension of Lyndon Baines Johnson to the presidency of the United States in 1963, Reiner, working from a script by Joey Hartstone, studiously puts forth a thesis worthy of an honorary master's degree.    If it had new information about the man behind the Civil Rights Act of 1964, I'd of considered a Ph.D.   Now, I won't attempt to pull away those who would much prefer the couch, the football game, a


The Independent Investor: Cracks in the House of Saud
By Bill Schmick,
05:11PM / Thursday, November 09, 2017
Over the weekend, the government of Saudi Arabia announced multiple arrests of royal family members as well as other governmental officials. The official explanation was a new campaign to root out corruption, but many believe the raid was a power grab by the reigning Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.   Corruption in Saudi Arabia is as common as sand. It is what makes the wheels run so global observers discounted that excuse. The assumptions ranged from a thwarted coup against the reigning family to a consolidation of power orchestrated by the heir apparent.   As a result, gold jumped over $10 an ounce, oil spiked 3 percent and investors held their breath expecting another shoe


Holmes Confirms He Will Serve on North Adams School Committee
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:29PM / Thursday, November 09, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A retired schoolteacher who tried to withdraw from Tuesday's School Committee election has changed his mind after capturing second place in vote totals.

"I think I may be able to help out a little bit, so I am going to try it," James Holmes said on Thursday. "I think it is a misnomer to say that I can make a difference because I think when you are on a committee that is sometimes difficult, but I think I can offer some insight."   

Holmes is a longtime teacher in the North Adams Public Schools who retired from Brayton Elementary this past spring. He qualified with enough signatures to run for one of the three seats open on the


Drury High Senior Presented With Superintendent's Award
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:13AM / Thursday, November 09, 2017

The award is given by the superintendent to the high school's top student. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Superintendent Barbara Malkas got to do one of the "nicest" parts of her job on Wednesday night: Recognizing an outstanding student.     She awarded senior Cady Denning with the Certificate of Academic Excellence from the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents.    Denning is the daughter of Mark Denning and of Donna Brule-Denning, both of North Adams. She attended Clarksburg School.     "One of the nicest things I get to do on my job is to thank a student who's doing everything we expect of them and


Holiday Hours: Veterans Day
03:10PM / Wednesday, November 08, 2017

An image of the 353rd Infantry in France taken two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect.

Veterans Day falls on Saturday, Nov. 11, but will be observed on Friday, Nov. 10, as a state and federal holiday.

The federal holiday is to commemorate the service of the nation's military veterans in ensuring peace.

It was first known as Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I at the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In recognition of the efforts of World War II veterans, President Eisenhower in 1954 signed legislation creating Veterans Day with the goal of honoring all American veterans.

Closed on Friday, Nov. 10:
Some federal

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One Man's Mission: A Book For Every Child
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:53PM / Wednesday, November 08, 2017

The Northern Berkshire Santa Fund is teaming up with Robert Behr to put a book in the bag of every child the Fund serves this Christmas. To help with this effort, you can donate money online, or donate gently used children's books for all ages in several locations: in North Adams at the office at 102 Main St. or the Friendship Center at 45 Eagle St. or in Williamstown at the First Congregational Church (side door) at 906 Main St.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — When Robert Behr retired from his Williams College job two years ago, he knew he wasn't going to be content just sitting around. So he agreed to volunteer at the Friendship Center food pantry in North Adams --


Required Withdrawals from Retirement Plans: What Should You Know?
12:20PM / Wednesday, November 08, 2017

You may spend decades contributing to your IRA and 401(k). But, eventually, you will need to use this money. Before that day arrives, you will want to be familiar with the rules governing withdrawals – and you will want to know just how much you should take out.

To begin with, withdrawals from traditional employer-sponsored retirement plans like these fall under the Internal Revenue Service's "required minimum distributions" (RMD) guidelines. (You aren't required to take these distributions from a Roth IRA.) Here are some of the key RMD points to keep in mind:

* You need to take distributions by age 70 1/2. You generally should begin taking RMDs in the year in


Miss Hall's School Presents 'You Can't Take It With You'
12:07PM / Wednesday, November 08, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Miss Hall's School Theater Ensemble will live life to its eccentric fullest this fall, performing the popular madcap comedy "You Can't Take It With You" on the Miss Hall's campus at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12.

This MHS production stars senior Jayme McGuigan of Pittsfield as Martin Vanderhof/Grandpa; junior Jasmine Briggs as Alice; and sophomore Emily Carmel of Pittsfield and junior Trudy Fadding of Glendale as Alice's parents, Penelope and Paul Sycamore. Guest actor Matthew Gallagher of Pittsfield plays Tony Kirby, while senior Gabby Hinkley of Dalton and senior Miriam Myers of


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