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Winter Makes A (Relatively Timid) Debut in the Berkshires
12:51PM / Friday, November 08, 2019

In case you've forgotten what winter feels like, step outside today.

The highs for Friday in the Berkshires will barely reach 30 degrees, with snow flurries possibly filling the air, too. Many of us woke up this morning to snow on the ground, too: The National Weather Service out of Albany, N.Y., reported .2 inches in Great Barrington.

This weekend will be chilly but slightly warmer than Friday, with Saturday's highs in the upper 30s and Sunday reaching into the 40s.

But everyone is looking at a potential snow event next Tuesday (see the AccuWeather map below), so we here at will keep our eyes on that.

Just to jog your memory, last week saw the first National


Clarksburg School Pushing Aggressive Time Line for New Entryway
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Friday, November 08, 2019

The  teachers are developing 'visible thinking' to engage students and visualize goals.  CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The School Committee is pushing to have a new secure entryway installed before the end of February -- the deadline to use a $35,000 state grant.   The aggressive time frame means that teachers will be asked in upcoming negotiations to agree to a two-week holiday break, starting with a half day on Friday, Dec. 20, and ending on Friday, Jan. 3.   "It would be ideal to be able to start that on that day, given our timeline and the aggressiveness of getting this project done while students are not in the building," said Principal Tara

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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

Westfield Tops MCLA in Volleyball Playoffs
09:11PM / Thursday, November 07, 2019
WESTFIELD, Mass. – Senior hitter Brianna Starkey pounded 12 kills to lead Westfield State, as the top-seeded Owls steamrolled No. 4 MCLA 25-14, 25-13, 25-14 in the semifinals of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference volleyball semifinals at the Woodward Center on Thursday night.   With the win, the Owls will host Saturday’s championship match at 5:00 p.m.   The Owls seized control from the opening point, sprinting out of the blocks to a 10-3 lead in the first game on a Starkey kill.   The Blazers offered more resistance in the second game.  After Westfield jumped to a 5-1 lead behind three kills from the Crowley sisters, MCLA answered with


'Motherless Brooklyn': Yes, Collusion
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:35PM / Thursday, November 07, 2019
Borrowing a smidgen of wiseacre snazziness from "The Maltese Falcon" (1941) and an acidic splash of scandal from "Chinatown" (1974), Edward Norton writes, directs and stars in the best film noir detective yarn to come down the cinema pike since "The Usual Suspects" (1995). And in the process, he probably puts himself in consideration for an Oscar via his Tourette syndrome-afflicted gumshoe, Lionel Essrog, deprived early in the doings of his only friend and mentor, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). So, we're talking loyalty, revenge and all the stumbling blocks those corrupt powers that be will toss in Lionel's way to deter his retribution, all done to the


The Independent Investor: Fringe Benefits Important as Paycheck
By Bill Schmick,
04:31PM / Thursday, November 07, 2019
Most of us know to the penny how much we made last paycheck, but how many of us know the details of our fringe benefits? Not many, I suspect, and that is a big mistake.   Retirement benefits are available to 77 percent of private industry workers and 91 percent of state and local government employees as of March 2019, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Back in the day, offering perks to workers was a way to stand-out from your competition, but today they are essential tools of recruitment. And countless studies have shown that these benefits are a means to engage employees and increase productivity. That all sounds good on paper but in real life things may be


New Ashford Presents Official Flag to State House
Community Submission,
04:26PM / Wednesday, November 06, 2019

The cupola of the restored 1792 schoolhouse, where Phoebe Jordan cast her famous vote in 1920, is featured on the flag. BOSTON — The official flag of the town of New Ashford will now hang in the Great Hall of Flags at the State House. New Ashford, settled in 1762, did not previously have a town flag.   Town officials and residents were welcomed Wednesday to Beacon Hill by state Sen. Adam Hinds and state Rep. John Barrett III of North Adams    Hinds, who encouraged and supported New Ashford during the flag creation period, was excited to see the final product presented to be hung at the State House.   "The flags hanging in the Great Hall of the


North Adams Traffic Commission Considers Protection Ave Parking Restrictions
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:12AM / Wednesday, November 06, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Traffic Commission is considering "No Parking" regulations on Protection Avenue.   The commissioners reviewed findings from a site visit Monday and agreed to some preliminary recommendations to be communicated with the residents at a future meeting.   "These were the observations and we want to put together our recommendations and with those recommendations, we would go through the process with residents and explain it to them," Chairman David Sacco said.    Sacco said they have mostly focused on the "s curve" part of the road that often gets congested during sporting events at Alcombright Athletic


North Adams Re-Elects Mayor, City Council Incumbents
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:01PM / Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Councilors and friends take pictures at HiLo after Tuesday's election. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Thomas Bernard easily swept to a second two-year term on Tuesday night in with more than 80 percent of the vote.    The electorate displayed a preference for incumbents, also re-electing six councilors and returning two former councilors to the fold. The only newcomer to make it onto the nine-member panel was Jess Sweeney.   "Two years ago, I spent the time between election day and swearing in learning everything I could about the job and, like all learning, it began with the realization of how much I didn't know and how much I thought I knew that I needed to


New Doctor Joins Pulmonary Practice at BMC
05:50PM / Tuesday, November 05, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dr. Inna Kogan, a board-certified and fellowship-trained pulmonologist, has been appointed to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Pulmonary Professional Services of BMC. 

She is accepting new patients in need of pulmonary care and is partnered with doctors Hafez Alsmaan, Cynthia Callahan, Julio Miranda, David Oelberg and Jack Ringer at Pulmonary Professional Services of BMC.

Dr. Kogan is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary and critical care medicine, and sleep medicine. She received her medical degree from St. Petersburg State Medical Academy, Russia, and completed her residency in internal medicine at Boston


Take Greater Control of Your 401(k)
04:26PM / Tuesday, November 05, 2019

If your employer offers a 401(k) or similar plan, you’ve got a powerful retirement-savings tool at your disposal. And yet, how well you do with your 401(k) depends greatly on your choices and actions. What steps can you take to maximize the benefits of your plan?

For starters, be aware that your 401(k) may come with what might be called "standard" features, which you should review to determine their applicability to your situation. These features include the following:

* Default deferral rate: When you take a job, your employer may automatically enroll you in the company's 401(k) plan and assign a "default" contribution rate – the percentage of your


Old Williams Inn Furniture, Goods to be Sold at Benefit Tag Sale
03:23PM / Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Coffee makers and holiday decorations also will be sold this weekend.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The remaining contents of the former Williams Inn will be sold in a three-day tag sale held on Saturday, Nov. 9, through Monday, Nov. 11, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 1090 Main St.

The indoor sale will feature items such as full- and king-sized bed sets, dressers, nightstands, desks, TV cabinets, sofas, tables, chairs, flat-screen TVs, clocks, lamps, luggage racks, iron/ironing boards, linens, office furniture, mirrors, rugs, microwaves, hotel service carts, maintenance items, dishes and glassware, decorative items, pictures, coffee pots, electronics, and much more. 

There will be large

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North Adams Happenings: Nov. 6-12
02:37PM / Tuesday, November 05, 2019


SAVE THE DATE NOVEMBER 20th - The Neighborlie Awards!
Celebrate someone who has made a positive impact in your life or community. Nominate someone now here. Nomination deadline is November 4. For more information, call Glenda at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition at (413) 663-7588.

NOVEMBER 27th - North Adams Annual Tree Lighting
Join us as we celebrate the holiday season with the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in downtown


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