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Citizens with Disabilities & Their Families Share Their Stories
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:26AM / Saturday, March 24, 2018

Department of Developmental Services Commissioner Jane Ryder speaks at Friday's legislative breakfast.   PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Elected officials from throughout the county Friday morning were at Berkshire Hills Country Club to enjoy the 18th annual Berkshire Disabilities legislative breakfast.   And they heard how any breakfast — or any meal — can be a challenge for some of their constituents.   "I was speaking with [United Cerebral Palsy's] Louise Norton in the assistive technology department one day, and she told me, 'Well, Jennifer, this is where I come in. I can help you to be able to communicate with [your daughter] and she

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DeRosa Stepping Down After 35 Years as North Adams Solicitor
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:00PM / Friday, March 23, 2018

John DeRosa receiving an honorary degree at MCLA in 2011. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — City Solicitor John B. DeRosa is stepping down as the city's main legal counsel after 35 years of service.    DeRosa made the announcement on Friday, saying he will retire effective March 31 from the city but will continue to work for his private clients and in efforts to support the community. It had been a privilege and honor to as the chief legal officer for the city, he said.   "I think it's a good time to do it. We have a new mayor," he said. "It's been a wonderful experience ... I've really enjoyed working with the mayor and the city boards and the


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

Drury Student Selected to National Society of High School Scholars
01:59PM / Friday, March 23, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School students Chad A. Lawrence of Stamford, Vt., has been selected to become a member of the the National Society of High School Scholars.

The society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment. The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes.

"On behalf of NSHSS, I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice and commitment that Chad has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of academic excellence," Nobel said. "Chad is now a member of a unique community of scholars - a

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Mass RMV Service Interruption Runs Through March 26
01:30PM / Friday, March 23, 2018

The Registry of Motor Vehicles has announced that all RMV services and system access, with the exception of law enforcement, will be unavailable from 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, until 8 a.m. Monday, March 26.

The service interruption is due to the RMV transitioning to a new computer system that will allow the RMV to comply with federal and state mandates. During this time, there will be no motor vehicles inspections available in the state, no RMV online services, and all RMV service locations will be closed.

Please note AAA locations will be unable to process RMV services for AAA members.


MCLA President Appointed to Two Local Boards of Directors
01:12PM / Friday, March 23, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts President James F. Birge has been appointed to the 1Berkshire Board of Directors and the Lever Board of Directors.

His participation on these two boards augments the college's outreach to the greater community as MCLA continues to maintain and expand vital connections throughout the Berkshires.

Birge said he is delighted to join the 1Berkshire and Lever boards as they, along with MCLA, work to elevate economic growth all over the region.

"I look forward to working with 1Berkshire and Lever to gain further insight on how we might best prepare our students to fill positions across the Berkshires," he said.


North Adams Council Asked to Clear City Yard Deed by Eminent Doman
Staff Reports,
04:13PM / Thursday, March 22, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council next week will be asked to take a piece of property the city has been using for decades by eminent domain.   The taking is related to the purchase of the old City Yard by Cumberland Farms, which has also been granted an extension on its purchase-and-sales agreement to continue environmental testing.    In a communication to the City Council, Mayor Thomas Bernard said the company had exercised its option in January for a 60-day extension of the feasibility study period to allow it to test for contaminants and site suitability. The extension ended on March 10.    "Earlier this month Cumberland Farms, acting through


The Independent Investor: Medicare Premiums and Your Income
By Bill Schmick,
04:04PM / Thursday, March 22, 2018
We all know that Medicare is not free. Once we enroll in Part B and D, we start paying monthly premiums. What many consumers fail to realize is that how much you pay depends on how much you make.   For most of us, this is a moot point. We assume that we will be retiring at 65 years old (at the same time Medicare kicks in) but that assumption is no longer accurate. The reality is that Social Security, retirement, and Medicare can happen at different times in your life.   Take, for example, Social Security benefits. Every year the target date for full retirement creeps higher. It used to be 65, but now, for many, it is edging up to almost 67 over the next few years. When that


'Love, Simon': You've Got Blackmail
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:54PM / Thursday, March 22, 2018
While director Greg Berlanti's "Love, Simon" is at once funny, serious and important, it's a darn shame that it is so very apt ... that this astute tale about a teenage boy's struggle to make his gayness known is revolutionary at all. Memo of inquiry to American civilization: It's the spring of 2018, and this fact of life is just making the mainstream? Well, better late than never.    Truth is, attitudinal changes come slowly, especially to the narrow-minded. But the seed of tolerant reformation, boosted during the enlightenment of the '60s, has finally gained pragmatic traction. Today's kids, who have of late heroically evidenced that they'll


Northern Berkshire Youth Baseball Assigns New Players to Teams
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03:13PM / Wednesday, March 21, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Northern Berkshire Independent Youth Baseball League has assigned new players for the 2018 season.   Coaches will be contacting all players to schedule practices as weather permits. The following is a list of new players who have been assigned to rosters for the upcoming season. This list is just the new players for each team and does not reflect the complete rosters with returning players:   FYP/Trail House: Nick Gilman, Austin Buda, Carter Lee, Hayden Boucher, Alex Rodriguez -Joy,  Jacob Gladu, Alex Cable, James Varellas, Zach Howland,  Max Miller,  Carter Moore.   H A George: Jesse Thompson, Jake Newberry, Jake Bugbee.   Elks:

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North Adams Awarded State Grant for Eagle St. Business Development
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:00PM / Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A consultant will provide technical assistance to Eagle Street businesses. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams is one of 19 communities — and the only one in Western Massachusetts — to be awarded a state grant to help downtown businesses.    The city received $15,000 that will go toward helping existing businesses on historic Eagle Street with technical assistance.    "I think it's a great thing because it will help downtown business development," Mayor Thomas Bernard said on Tuesday. "It is a great thing because it's a really solid partnership between the local businesses and the city. ...    "I really like to


North Adams Happenings: March 21-27
12:19PM / Wednesday, March 21, 2018
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Time for Financial 'Spring Cleaning'
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:41AM / Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The days are longer and the temperatures are warmer – so it must be spring. For many of us, that means it's time for some spring cleaning. But why stop with sprucing up your living space? This year, consider extending the "spring cleaning" concept to your financial environment, too.

How can you tidy your finances? Here are some suggestions:

"De-clutter" your portfolio. As you go through your home during your spring cleaning rounds, you may notice that you've acquired a lot of duplicate objects – do you really need five mops? – or at least some things you can no longer use, like a computer that hasn’t worked since 2010. You can create


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