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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

BFAIR Names New Vice President of Quality Compliance
04:41PM / Tuesday, December 17, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Erin Shea has been promoted to the vice president of Quality Compliance at BFAIR, a new member to the senior management team.

Shea holds a bachelor's in social work from Our Lady of Elm's College and is a licensed social worker with more than 15 years of progressive experience supporting elders and individuals with disabilities and their families. She began her career at United Cerebral Palsy of Western Massachusetts and as a social worker with Berkshire Health Care Systems.

Over the past 10 years, Shea has assumed a variety of roles at BFAIR, one as the assistant director of the Day Habilitation Center. In April 2019, Erin was promoted to the director


BCC Hires New Faculty, Staff
04:23PM / Tuesday, December 17, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has hired new faculty and staff on campus.

Melody Fisher has been hired as the assistant professor of psychology at the college. Previously, she taught at BCC as an adjunct for three years and has taught in Boston, Mass. Recently, Fisher worked at Hillcrest Educational Centers as a clinician and for Williams College running an after-school enrichment program for elementary school children. She lives in Williamstown, has a bachelor of arts degree from Brandeis University, where she double-majored in English and psychology, and has earned her doctorate degree at UMass-Boston.

Sarah Giasullo has been hired as the assistant professor 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

Berkshire Community College Wins Prestigious Sustainability Award
03:44PM / Tuesday, December 17, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College was one of eight state organizations that was recognized at the 13th annual Leading by Example awards for clean energy initiatives in public higher education in the commonwealth by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources.

The Leading by Example program is administered by the Department of Energy Resources and works collaboratively with state agencies and public colleges and universities to advance clean energy and sustainable practices that reduce the environmental impacts of state government operations. The awards were presented at a State House ceremony by DOER Commissioner Judith Judson and Division of Capital Asset


Berkshire Bridges Working Cities Snags $25,000 Grant
03:23PM / Tuesday, December 17, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston is awarding Berkshire Bridges Working Cities additional funding to sustain the Working Cities Pittsfield initiative into its fourth year.

The funding of $25,000 will enable the next stage of its work creating a just, thriving and safe Berkshires for all. This milestone also unleashes the opportunity to pursue additional tactical funding for projects to implement the Working Cities principles.

The new award was granted after an extensive application and interview process involving more than a dozen community leaders. The Berkshire coalition includes members of the nonprofit, school system, city government, resident and business


Financial Moves for Life's 'Inflection Points'
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:04PM / Tuesday, December 17, 2019

You've probably heard or read about inflection points. The term has a specific definition in mathematics, but it's also used widely to describe historical or technological events, such as the Industrial Revolution or the creation of the internet – events that changed human existence in some important way. However, you have personal inflection points, too – and when they occur, you'll need to make the right financial moves.

Here are four of the most important of these inflection points, along with suggestions on dealing with them:

* Marriage: When you get married, you and your spouse will need to discuss a variety of financial issues: What assets and liabilities


North Adams Happenings: December 18-24
11:39AM / Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Wednesday, December 25, 11:30AM to 1:30PM  - Annual Be Our Guest Christmas Dinner at American Legion Post 125
Everyone is welcome to the annual Be Our Guest Christmas Dinner at the North Adam's American Legion Post 125 . It will be held from 11 :30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on December 25. A sit down ham dinner with soup, vegetables, dessert and coffee will be served as well as a take home bag lunch. Deliveries are also available by calling the Legion. Volunteers are also needed for deliveries and to help


North Adams Arts Commission Reviews Examples for Master Plan
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:52AM / Tuesday, December 17, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Public Arts Commission is looking at examples from other communities as it develops a master plan for art in North Adams. 

The commissioners took on five public arts commissions to review, providing summaries on what they discovered in their research to the full commission on Monday.   The commission was charged earlier this summer with developing a public arts master plan for the city. At the end of Monday's meeting, its members gleaned some important elements from the plans, especially having a solid goal of what it wanted the plan to capture.    "I'm just big on not creating solutions that don't have clearly identified


Second Storm Brings Snow to Region Over Monday Night
02:52PM / Monday, December 16, 2019
A winter weather advisory will be in effect from 1 a.m. Tuesday through 1 a.m. Wednesday as yet another snowstorm bears down on the Berkshires.    Depending on which forecast you look at, we're in for anywhere from 4 to 6 inches or up to 12 inches. The snow is expected to begin late  Monday tonight or in the wee hours of Tuesday morning making for slippery and snowy roads Tuesday morning.    And right behind the snow is another deep freeze moving as an arctic cold front moves in on Wednesday night. Ugh.   The National Weather Service says snow squalls are possible on Wednesday, as an arctic cold front crosses the region. Behind the front, bitter cold


McCann School Committee Meets For Last Time in 2019
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
04:06PM / Sunday, December 15, 2019

Principal Justin Kratz updates the School Committee on the switch to standards-based scoring. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Williams College gave McCann Technical School a gift that will brighten up its football field — but it needs some expertise to get it assembled.    Superintendent James Brosnan informed the School Committee at its final — and brief — meeting of 2019 that he would need to issuie a request for proposal for electrical engineering services to get the ball rolling in an effort to illuminate the field. Williams College recently donated a full set of athletic field lights to McCann after the college refurbished Weston

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North Adams Gets $600K Grant to Make Brayton Access Safer
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:06AM / Sunday, December 15, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A nearly $600,000 state grant is going to make it safer for children to cross from Brayton Hill Apartments to Brayton School.    The city was recently awarded $598,255 through the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School program to make infrastructure improvements at the entrance to the Northern Berkshire Family YMCA and install sidewalks in the area of the school. The City Council accepted the grant on Tuesday.    "This grant is an incredible opportunity for the Brayton Elementary School neighborhood and will help support pedestrian and bike safety," said Barbara Malkas, superintendent of North Adams Public Schools. "The end result

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North Adams Remembers Its 3,400 Fallen Veterans
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:06PM / Saturday, December 14, 2019

Staff Sgt. Louis Beveraggi of North Adams speaks at the ceremony at the American Legion. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 3,400 wreaths were laid at the gravestones of the city's veterans on Saturday to honor their memory.    Dozens of volunteers at Southview Cemetery braved the rainy day to set wreaths and speak the names of the veterans interred there or to simply say, "Thank you for your service."   Staff Sgt. Louis Beveraggi, keynote speaker for the event, said he participated in last year's Wreaths Across America and recalled the emotions he had felt.    "I had that feeling like, as I'm passing wreaths, and I'm not


Supplemental Bill Has $1M for Rural Schools, $200K for Barton's Crossing
03:03PM / Saturday, December 14, 2019
BOSTON — The Legislature's recently passed $541 million closeout supplemental budget for fiscal 2019 includes another $1 million rural school aid, for in fiscal 2020, for a total of $3.5 million in rural school aid this fiscal year.    "I'm happy to see this bill make those investments in public education, regional school transportation, public transportation, among many other areas " said state Sen. Adam Hinds, who has been a strong proponent of increasing aid to the schools in his largely rural district. "It is my hope that, in providing this additional investment, we can expand this program and make meaningful investments in more school


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