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Clarksburg Finance Committee Reviews Police, DPW Capital Requests
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:08PM / Friday, March 06, 2020
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Finance Committee this week reviewed budgets and capital outlays for the Department of Public Works and the Police Department.    The largest capital expenditure for the DPW will be for the addition and upgrade to the town garage on Cross Road, which is being paid out of the $1 million infrastructure borrowing approved by town meeting last May.    Highway Foreman Kyle Hurlbut on Monday confirmed the project had been bid and he was satisfied with the specs drawn up by the architect.    "I'm a little worried about bid numbers coming back but there's nothing you can do until they come back," he said. The project had


@theMarket: The COVID Crash of 2020
By Bill Schmick,
03:15PM / Friday, March 06, 2020
The stock market has not only erased all the gains of this year but is now working on giving back last year's gains as well. Are we close to a bottom or is there more pain in store for investors?   Unless you are invested in gold, or U.S. Treasury bonds, there are few places that offer protection to investors right now. What may have spooked traders most this week is the freefall of interest rates as exemplified by the benchmark U.S. Ten-Year Treasury bond. It has done the unthinkable falling below one percent in yield. Some believe it is on its way to zero.   You might assume that all this selling is based on the fear that the United States will soon see thousands of new


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

McCann Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
03:05PM / Friday, March 06, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has announced its honor roll for the second quarter of the 2019-20 school year.

High honors

Grade 12: Blevins, Macie; Canales, Dana; Carpenter, Emma; Carpenter, John; Charron, Jessica; Daigneault, Mya; DeBlois, Morgan; Delmolino, Braedon; Gazaille, Bree; Goodell, Madison; Hardee, Dylynn; Harrington, Vanessa; Hartley, Jadon; Kupiec, Kiera; LeSage, Vanessa; Levesque, Andrew; Loughman, Alicia; Mahar, Nathan; McLain, Emily; Mitchell, Madison; Rose, Christopher; Shepard, Nicholas; Tovani, Darius; Traversa, Vanessa; Williams, Hailey; Williams, Hanna; Yeaton, Aleasia.

Grade 11: Bailey, Matthew; Burdick, Allie; Champney, Molly; Cirullo, Connor;


Don't Let Coronavirus Infect Your Investment Strategy
12:13PM / Friday, March 06, 2020

As you know, the coronavirus has become a major health concern, not just in China, but in other parts of the world, too – and it's also shaken up the financial markets. As an individual investor, how concerned should you be?

The impact of the coronavirus on the markets isn't surprising. China is the world's second-largest economy, and when it experiences factory closures, supply chain disruptions and city lockdowns, the ripple effect on the world's other economies is considerable. Plus, the financial markets simply don't like uncertainty – and there's a lot of that associated with this outbreak and the efforts to contain it.

Nonetheless, instead of


North Adams Happenings: March 4-10
11:43AM / Friday, March 06, 2020
SAVE THE DATE April 24-25
The City of North Adams and MCLA celebrate their 125th Anniversary!
Save the date for a weekend of celebration. Details TBA. Wednesday 3/4 9:00 A.M. (FREE), SOCIAL, Open Hours UNO Community Center, 157 River Street, (413) 664-4612 More information.

10:00 A.M. (FREE), INFORMATION, Berkshire Consumer Services Program


North Adams to Draft Short Term Rental Regulations
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Friday, March 06, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city will begin the process of crafting short-term rental regulations with the goal of having something before City Council this summer.

The Community Development Committee held a public information session with the Community Development Office and Berkshire Regional Planning Commission on Wednesday to go over some possible elements of a policy to regulate online rentals like AirBnB.   "This is the beginning of the process and we are not looking to prohibit or penalize short-term rentals in the city," committee member Jason LaForest said. "So please don't think we are out to get you. We just want to make sure everyone is safe and it

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The Independent Investor: The Biden Bounce
By Bill Schmick,
04:12PM / Thursday, March 05, 2020
Super Tuesday surprised many investors. As the smoke cleared and the results came dribbling in, it became apparent that Joe Biden had risen from the dead. Wall Street celebrated by gaining over 4 percent in one day.   The market's performance says a lot about how investor's view the Democratic candidates. Taken as a group, Wall Street was not happy with where the Democratic candidates were heading. Last week, for example, I discussed Bernie Sander's election platform. The price tag alone ($50 trillion over 10 years) was enough to convince most Wall Streeters that the market and economy would be in for some really rough sledding if Bernie were to be elected.   Elizabeth


'The Invisible Man': More Than What Meets the Eye
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:30PM / Thursday, March 05, 2020
I inevitably ponder the same confounding question every time I review a horror move: Why would someone want to subject themselves to two hours of blood pressure-raising, heart-pounding, stomach-curdling and mind-distressing occurrences?    I then go on to explain that there are plenty of real, everyday circumstances from which to draw fear without paying handsomely for it at the Bijou. Things like the mortgage, a suspiciously weird neighbor who's doing gosh knows what, a bunch of looney, mendacious ne'er-do-wells helping themselves to the national treasure down in Foggy Bottom, and nowadays especially, the guy working in the diner who, after visiting the men's room,


Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for March
01:00PM / Thursday, March 05, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The staff of state Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will host two community outreach events during March.   The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Huntington and North Adams on Wednesday, March 18, for this month's staff office hours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  North Adams City Hall, 10 Main St. Stanton Hall, 24 Russell Road, Huntington

Appointments are not necessary but can be booked in advance by calling the Pittsfield office at 413-344-4561 or the Williamsburg office at 413-768-2373. These office hours provide an opportunity for those seeking assistance with state agencies or programs to


North Adams Committee Advises Closing Sidewalk by Hoosac Mill
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Thursday, March 05, 2020

Building owner Ariel Sutain explains the short-term plans for securing the brickwork to the Public Safety Committee.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Public Safety Committee is recommending that the sidewalk on Union Street along the Hoosac Mill again be blocked off to pedestrian traffic as a safety precaution.    The condition of the 500-foot-long nearly freestanding wall of the former textile mill (Hoosac Mill No. 2) had been brought up by City Councilor Robert Moulton Jr. after some bricks fell from one section. The owner responded with a preliminary engineering report and a plan to fix unstable sections, and the city's Building Inspector William Meranti did a


North Adams First Responders Extricate Injured Girl From Ravine
Staff Reports,
05:48PM / Wednesday, March 04, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — First responders rescued a teenager who fell and apparently broke her ankle or leg in the ravine behind Brayton Hill Apartments.    The initial call came in shortly after 4 p.m. on Wednesday of a girl who had fallen on the slope behind the apartment complex and could not be reached. The police, firefighters and ambulance personnel responded to the scene and shift Delta was called in to cover the fire station while two trucks were out.    Fire Lt. Michael Sherman said there were muddy and wet conditions on the banking down toward the river. Because of the conditions, the first-responders used a litter basket and line to reach the girl and bring


Drury High Seeing Increased Participation in Advanced Courses
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Alicandri, right, talks about his experience in the courses. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School has seen a "seismic shift" in the number of students taking one or more high-level courses over the past decade.   Drury has gone from offering four Advanced Placement courses to 13 and added on two college-level courses; from 35 seats in these courses filled in 2010 to 276 seats in 2020.   "We have fewer students now than we did in 2010 with the declining enrollment in the public schools," high school Principal Timothy Callahan told the School Committee on Tuesday. "That is a seismic shift in how we've decided to do school at Drury, and

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