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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

North Adams Happenings: Nov. 8-14
11:57AM / Wednesday, November 08, 2017
North Adams Happenings:
November 8th - November 14th   Save the


Letter: Great American Smokeout Is Nov. 16
Letters to the Editor,
11:21AM / Wednesday, November 08, 2017

To the Editor:

The Great American Smokeout is Thursday, Nov. 16, a great day to remind clients, friends, and family about quitting smoking or any tobacco use.

Developed by the American Cancer Society, the Great American Smokeout is a perfect opportunity to think about quitting and its many benefits — physically, mentally, and financially, and maybe even plan a quit attempt. Remember, quitting can take many tries and help is always available for any tobacco user who wants to quit, whether on November 16 or at any other time.

You can help smokers and other tobacco users by encouraging them to keep trying to quit and by offering them the following suggestions:

Consider talking to a


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

Barrett Cruises to 1st Berkshire Victory
Staff Reports,
11:18PM / Tuesday, November 07, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — John Barrett III was an easy victory as state representative for the 1st Berkshire District. Barrett will complete the last year of the late Gailanne Cariddi's term.    The former North Adams mayor was considered a shoe-in for the special election after defeating three fellow Democrats in the primary last month. He swept over Republican Christine Canning with all but Florida and Hancock reporting in. No Republican has held the seat in more than 30 years.    "Since beginning our campaign back in July, our message has been resonating with people from all walks of lives and all ages," he wrote on Facebook. "It is a message


Bernard Wins Decisive Victory in North Adams' Mayor Race
By Tammy Daniels & Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
08:15PM / Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Supporters cheer Thomas Bernard, the city's new mayor.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city has a new mayor in Thomas Bernard, who posted a landslide 2-to-1 victory on Tuesday night.     Bernard bested his opponent, City Councilor Robert Moulton Jr., to become the city's 32nd chief executive in a vote of 2,404 to 1,023.   "I started this race in my parents' living room because my roots in North Adams and my love for our city means more than I can tell you. I am excited by the great things happening in North Admass and a realizer that deep needs and problems that we need to address," Bernard told his supporter celebrating at the Richmond


Clarksburg Voters Grappling With Big School Project Numbers
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:33PM / Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Voters at Monday's session questioned the cost and need for the school project, about the town's finances and if there were other options.

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Voters on Monday were trying to wrap their heads around some hard numbers related to the biggest public works project the town has ever considered. 

  Some 80 residents were attending the first of three information sessions hosted by the town to discuss the proposed $19 million school project. A special town meeting will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, to revote on authorizing the borrowing. The project failed by one vote in September to reach the required two-thirds.   The town's


Berkshire Attack Lacrosse Competes at New England Showcase
Community submission,
11:29AM / Tuesday, November 07, 2017
LONGMEADOW, Mass. -- Players from schools throughout Berkshire County and beyond competed on Sunday at the New England Lacrosse Showcase with Berkshire Attack, a local lacrosse club.   Club teams from seven states competed in front of nearly 100 college lacrosse programs at this annual event.   Berkshire Lacrosse Club offers opportunities to learn and play lacrosse for those in grades 3-5, 6-8 and high school.   For more information about joining the program, contact Jeff Murray at or Larry Sheedy  


North Adams to Elect New Mayor, New Government
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:12AM / Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Thomas Bernard, left, and Robert Moulton Jr. are vying for the corner office in North Adams on Tuesday.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Voters head to the polls on Tuesday to elect a new government for the city of North Adams.    No matter the outcome, North Adams will have a new mayor and, at minimum, four new city councilors.    Robert Moulton Jr. and Thomas Bernard are vying for a two-year term in the corner office. With Mayor Richard Alcombright deciding to step down, this the first time in 34 years that no incumbent has stood for election.    Moulton is a five-time councilor and city native who ran unsuccessfully against Alcombright four years ago.


Power Still Out In Parts of Downtown North Adams
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:19PM / Monday, November 06, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — National Grid is estimating that full power will be restored in the downtown around 8 p.m.

The electric utility has been working throughout the day Monday repairing an underground wire that malfunctioned and caused outages on the south side of Main Street, the Ashland Street area and the Oasis Plaza.

The North Adams Police Department reported that the outage has affected traffic lights in the downtown area.

Mayor Richard Aclombright announced earlier in the day on social media that he has been in contact with National Grid throughout the day and was told the repair would take a minimum of eight hours.

MCLA Gallery 51 and the Berkshire Cultural Resource Council


Letter: How We View Young People Affects Health of Community.
Letters to the Editor,
02:11PM / Monday, November 06, 2017

To the Editor:

How we view young people affects the overall health of our community.

Consider this: Young people meet the expectations that we set for them. If we have negative expectations, all we see is negative behaviors. If we have positive expectations, we start to see their capacity to be forward thinking adults.

During the approximate ages of 14-25, everyone experiences a period in which our brains are developing rapidly. Many of the negative behaviors that we see in young people are symptoms of this growth and are often responses to issues, systemic and personal, over which they have little power or control (i.e poverty, oppression, traumatic experiences, etc). For example, a


Berkshires Beat: Center for EcoTechnology Wins 2017 Composting Challenge
02:01PM / Monday, November 06, 2017
The winner is

The Center for EcoTechnology, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Pittsfield, has been awarded top honor in the North American 2017 Rathmann Challenge, "Mitigating Climate Change: Expanding the Use of Compost," for its pioneering work over the past 20 years to expand the use of composting to reduce wasted food, which in turn reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

The announcement of the award was made on Wednesday, November 1, by the Rathmann Family Foundation. The Rathmann Challenge, which was launched in 2014, seeks to advance organizations possessing the creativity, entrepreneurial ethos, and innovative spirit to make a positive difference in the world. CET


Biz Briefs: North Adams Edward Jones Office Supports Northern Berkshire Santa Fund Toy Drive
12:13PM / Monday, November 06, 2017
Giving back

Walter Lother, the local Edward Jones financial advisor, is supporting the Northern Berkshire Santa Fund toy program by using his office as a drop-off location for this year's toy drive. Local residents may help needy children in the area by bringing in a new, unwrapped toy to the office, 71 Main Street, North Adams, during regular business hours from Nov. 1 through Dec. 1. Especially needed are LEGOs and baby dolls of all types, as well as board games and books.

"With the holiday season around the corner, we are all getting ready for the festivities," Lother said. "And as this is the season of giving, now is a great time to remember the less fortunate in our

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Cleanup, Remediation Part of Greylock Works Redevelopment
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:27AM / Monday, November 06, 2017

An entrance was dug out to reach the future cheese cave under the Weave Shed. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Greylock Works is nearing the end of its first phase of redevelopment of the former Cariddi Mill on State Road.    The owners of the mill recently reviewed some of the actions taken to remediate contamination found on the site during Phase 1, the renovation of the Weave Shed as an event space and artisanal food production site, and exterior upgrades.   The 240,000 square-foot mill was purchased about two years ago by Karla Rothstein and Sal Perry. Former owner James Cariddi had also done some work in remediating the mill.    "The work has really been


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