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Biz Briefs: BerkChique Fashion Fundraiser Returns to West Stockbridge
11:59AM / Tuesday, May 14, 2019
BerkChique's eighth year

The Berkshires' premier annual pop-up clothing sale and fundraiser, BerkChique, returns for its eighth consecutive year from Friday, May 17, through Sunday, May 19, at the West Stockbridge Historical Society, located at 9 Main St., West Stockbridge. Since its inception in 2012, BerkChique has donated more than $180,000 to support local nonprofits. This year the sale is being presented by and in support of WAM Theatre and its programs, with additional donations going to the Berkshire Humane Society, Community Access to the Arts, and IS183 Art School of the Berkshires.

The annual event features new and gently used clothing and accessories in a variety of


North Adams Planners Approve Glamping Campground Project
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Foster Goodrich (hat and light shirt) and Keenan Chenail (in a suit coat) answered more questions on traffic and noise studies they had done.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Planning Board on Monday approved a controversial "glamping campground" on Notch Road the drew standing-room only crowd that was largely in opposition.    It took three public hearing sessions and a site visit before the board definitively voted 7-1, without discussion, to approve the complex of 48 camping sites, event venue and one-bedroom bed and breakfast. Planner Lawrence Taft was the lone no vote.   The concerns expressed by residents of the area below Mount Greylock were


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

Elms College to Hold 88th Commencement May 18
03:04PM / Monday, May 13, 2019
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Elms College will confer degrees on 536 degrees on Saturday, May 18, at the Mass Mutual Center.    The commencement speaker is health-care entrepreneur and philanthropist William Lyons III, who will receive an honorary degree. Also receiving honorary degrees will be Savina Martin, co-chair of the Massachusetts Poor People's Campaign, and Kathryn Buckley-Brawner, executive director of Catholic Charities Agency in the Diocese of Springfield, in recognition of their contributions to the world.   The 91-year-old Catholic liberal arts college will present 187 bachelor of arts degrees, 206 bachelor of science degrees, 116 master's degrees 20


North Adams Addiction Recovery Center Holds Open House
01:55PM / Monday, May 13, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition invites the community to attend an open house to celebrate the opening of the Beacon Recovery Community Center on Tuesday, May 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Green, located at 85 Main St.   A new program of the coalition, it provides peer support to those seeking and maintaining recovery from addiction. BRCC is a peer-led effort that offers support groups, connections to networks that can assist anyone seeking recovery, and opportunities to socialize with others.    The community center has open hours on Wednesdays from 10 to 2 at the Green and is free and open to all.    "We are proud that the


State Economic Council Sets Berkshire Listening Session
01:45PM / Monday, May 13, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Baker administration's new Economic Development Planning Council will meet at Massachusetts Museum of  Contemporary Art next month as a part of a regional listening tour.

Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito on Monday swore in members of the council that will provide input on and oversight of an economic development plan that will be presented to Baker by the end of the year. Polito and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy will serve as co-chairs of the council.

The council includes appointees of the House, Senate, relevant Executive Secretariats, and municipal leaders, along with small-business owners and


Berkshire Leadership Program Spearheads 'Berkshire Gives' Drive
11:52AM / Monday, May 13, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The 1Berkshires Berkshire Leadership Program class of 2019 is spearheading a one-day, county-wide giving drive as its team project.

The event, which is called Berkshire Gives: One Day, One County, will be held throughout the county on Saturday, May 18, and aims to rally the community to come together in support of the needs of all Berkshire residents.

The drive will run from 8 a.m. to noon at the following locations: the Dollar General stores in North Adams, Lanesborough, Cheshire and Sheffield; the Adams Community Market in Adams; BJs in Pittsfield; H&S Auto in Pittsfield; and the Fairfield Inn in Great Barrington.

The first 350 donors (who donate at one


Honorees Chosen for Berkshire Nonprofit Awards
11:35AM / Monday, May 13, 2019

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires has announced the names of 19 honorees for the 2019 Berkshire Nonprofit Awards. The honorees will be celebrated at a breakfast event on Tuesday, May 21, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield.

"We are looking forward to shining a light on these incredibly dedicated individuals, their commitment to our community, and their high-impact accomplishments," said Liana Toscanini, founder of the Nonprofit Center. The NPC was founded in 2016 to help nonprofits connect, learn and grow.

Nominations were solicited throughout February and March. A team of 17 judges from the business and nonprofit


McCann Announces Third Quarter Honor Roll
11:24AM / Monday, May 13, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical High School has announced its honor roll for the third quarter of the 2018-19 school year.

High honors

Andrews, Colby; Bailey, Matthew; Beany, Jeremy; Belanger, Emily; Berger, Madison; Biagini, Elizabeth; Blake, Hannah; Blake, Hope; Blevins, Macie; Bushika, Jeramia; Canales, Dana; Caron, Cortney; Carpenter, Emma; Carpenter, John; Charron, Jessica; Chen, Justin; Clark, Madison; Daigneault, Casey; Daigneault, Mya; Daniels, Millard; Daub, John; DeBlois, Morgan; Delmolino, Braedon; Demers, Brandon; Devito, Cortney; Dolle, Allison; Dolle, James; Dufur, Paige; Duquette, Makayla; Farnsworth, Seth; Fink, Elissa; Fortin, Lily; Furlon, Krista; Gagne, Owen;


CHP Names Primary Care Physician to North Adams Family Medical and Dental
11:11AM / Monday, May 13, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Dr. Leigh LoPresti has joined the primary care team at CHP North Adams Family Medical and Dental.

A family medicine physician, LoPresti is a former chief medical officer at Battenkill Valley Health Center in Arlington, Vt. He has practiced medicine in Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Minnesota, and, most recently in Randolph, Vt. He has served on the faculties of the UMass Medical Center, the University of Vermont, Eastern Maine Medical Center and the Medical College of Wisconsin.

A graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine, he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Amherst College. He completed residencies in Fayetteville, N.C., and in


Drury Announces Third Quarter Honor Roll
11:03AM / Monday, May 13, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School has announced its honor roll for the third quarter of the 2018-2019 school year.

Grade 12

High honors: Alicandri, Vincienza Mai; Alvarez, Casey Anne; Bolte, Cynthia Ann; Callahan, Andrew Chan; Caproni, Abby Kate; DeMarsico, Leigha Renae; Dix, Anna Belle; Giron, Maya Jocelyn; Haley, Kelsey Helen; Koperek, Yvonne Lee; LeSage, Kelby Berk; Macksey, Ashley Lynn; Marceau, Erin Elizabeth; Piekos, Lauren Elizabeth; Scrivens, Nicole Elizabeth; Tatro, Caitlin Rose; Thibert, Jamie Lee; Thomas, Laura Lynn.

Honors: Beebe, Daniel Edward, Bohl; Natasha Irene; Boucher, Sydney Patricia; Callander, Corey Joseph; Cartmill, Hali Dawn; DiGennaro, McKensie Brooke;


New North Adams Librarian Holds First Meeting
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:27PM / Sunday, May 12, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The library trustees welcomed new Library Director Sarah Sanfilippo last week.   Sanfilippo, the former director of the library at Southern Vermont College in Bennington, gave her first director's report Wednesday.   "I would like to officially welcome Sarah ... Sarah has started a week and a half ago and by all accounts, things are going swimmingly," Chairman Rich Remsberg said.   Sanfilippo was hired in April to replace retiring director Mindy Hackner. Sanfilippo started April 29 and Hackner agreed to stay on until the end of May to help with the transition.    Sanfilippo said she has been busy getting to know the


Mother's Day Brings Wintry, Rainy Weather
04:15PM / Sunday, May 12, 2019
Yes, it's May 12. And yes, there's a wintry mix of sleet and snow moving through the Berkshires. Happy Mother's Day!   There have been reports of snow at least a half inch of snow in the higher elevations, including Florida Mountain and Readsboro, Vt.    The National Weather Service says sleet and wet snow may produce slick spots across the higher terrain including the Massachusetts Turnpike between Otis, Blandford and Russell.   It was reportedly 30 degrees and snowing on the MassPike near Becket; the speed limit was lowered from the New York border to mile marker 44.   NWS's Albany, N.Y., bureau says there was a trace of snow on Mother's Day in


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