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Boston Architectural Firm Will Offer Design Ideas for Brayton Path
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Friday, January 11, 2019

A team from the Payette architectural firm checking out the area around Brayton, including the trees.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The steep incline in front of Brayton School would seem an obstacle but Parke McDowell sees it as an opportunity.    "Something like this really should be fun," he said as the team from Payette finished up a tour of the Brayton School site on Saturday. "The broader goal is to craft an environment for people to live in."   The members of the Boston architectural firm were there to get an idea of how to revitalize a path leading from the Brayon Hill Apartments to the school and attached Northern Berkshire Family YMCA.


Shutdown Could Impact Renters, Landlords Who Rely on Section 8 Vouchers
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:10AM / Friday, January 11, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local landlords and recipients of Section 8 housing assistance could start feeling the pinch if the shutdown of the federal government continues much longer.   That is the assessment of the chief executive officer of Pittsfield-based Berkshire Housing Development Corp., a nonprofit dedicated to helping provide affordable housing throughout the region.   Elton Ogden indicated Wednesday afternoon that the shutdown is not having a major impact on Berkshire Housing or its clients — for now — but he is concerned about "mom and pop" landlords with tenants who rely on the federal subsidies to pay the rent.   "It's really the

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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

The Independent Investor: Changes to Social Security and Medicare Benefits
By Bill Schmick,
04:03PM / Thursday, January 10, 2019
As the year begins, those who are retired, or who plan to soon, need to know the changes the government has recently announced to your benefits.   The good news is that retirees will get a 2.8 percent increase in Social Security payments. While that doesn't sound like much, it happens to be the largest cost-of-living adjustment in seven years. What that amounts to for the average couple in retirement is about $67 per month, or an average monthly payment of $2,448.   If you are one of those workers like me, who waited until 70 years of age before collecting benefits and are considered a "high earner," then you will be receiving as much as $73 more per month up to


North Adams' Tourists Repurposing Historic Farmhouse as Restaurant
Staff Reports,
06:15PM / Wednesday, January 09, 2019

The original Airport Rooms sign and its neon is being restored and will be put back in place.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Tourists is planning a new eatery that will reflect some of the 200-year-old history of the property.    The Airport Rooms will open in February in the historic 1813 farmhouse that first welcomed visitors to the area.    It marks a significant change in the resort's plans for a fine-dining restaurant on Massachusetts Avenue that guests at the State Road motel would have accessed via a bucolic trail over the river.    In a press release Wednesday, the motel said it the Airport Rooms will be "serving classic cocktails and a


North Adams Rallies to Support Fire Victims
Staff Reports,
05:05PM / Wednesday, January 09, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — When tragedy strikes in the Berkshires, the community responds.    Within hours of a devastating fire on Houghton Street that left five families homeless, donation drives had already begun to help them get back on their feet.    Peter Oleskiewicz, owner of Desperados on Eagle Street, raised $500 with an impromptu chicken wing fundraiser on Tuesday night. He's also accepting cash and gift card donations at the restaurant through this week with plans to divvy up the proceeds and deliver them to the families on Friday.    "These people had nothing but the clothes on their backs," he said.    The Readsboro

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Easy New Year's Resolutions For Your Health
By Chrissy Garner, LDN,
11:35AM / Wednesday, January 09, 2019

As the clock struck midnight, and you were sipping and kissing away the last of 2018, you and millions of people were also making New Year's resolutions.

Among the popular ones: eat less, move more, cut back on sweets, quit smoking, volunteer, and spend more time with family. Few, if any, of these resolutions (especially those that are health-based), are actually kept. How many will still be priorities at the end of January?

For many of us, the path to good health is not an easy one. Procrastination, family obligations, work demands and lack of time and energy are just a few reasons that can halt best intentions in their tracks.

But consider these simple resolutions for 2019:

* Eat


Roth vs. Traditional 401(k): Which Is Right for You?
11:27AM / Wednesday, January 09, 2019

For many years, employees of companies that offered 401(k) plans only faced a couple of key decisions: how much to contribute and how to allocate their dollars among the various investment options in their plan. But in recent years, a third choice has emerged: the traditional versus Roth 401(k). Which is right for you?

To begin with, you need to understand the key difference between the two types of 401(k) plans. When you invest in a traditional 401(k), you put in pre-tax dollars, so the more you contribute, the lower your taxable income. Your contributions and earnings grow tax-deferred until you begin taking withdrawals, which will be taxed at your ordinary tax rate. With a Roth 401(k),


North Adams Happenings: Jan. 9-15
11:23AM / Wednesday, January 09, 2019
North Adams Happenings:  January 9 - 15   Save the Date  

MLK Jr. Day of Service
MCLA Venable Gym, 375 Church St.
(413) 663-7588, (413) 664-4006,
8:30am - 2pm
for more information

26th annual


Federal Shutdown May Pinch North Adams School Lunch Program
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Wednesday, January 09, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Department believes it can operate its nutritional programs through February and into March but anything past that will be affected by how long the federal government is shut down.    "At the moment it is not at red alert status but the longer the shutdown continues the more likely we will have to have a consideration as to how we can maintain those programs," Superintendent of Schools Barbara Malkas informed the School Committee on Tuesday.    The city could have to tap into reserves until federal reimbursements arrive at some point.   The School Department's food services rely on the U.S. Department of


Berkshires First Recreational Marijuana Store Opens Friday
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:31AM / Wednesday, January 09, 2019
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The county's first recreational marijuana retailer opens its doors on Friday at 10 a.m.   Theory Wellness will be the first to sell retail, rather than medical, cannibis products in the Berkshires after being approved by the state's Cannabis Control Commission last month.   "This is the beginning of a movement in the Berkshires," CEO Brandon Pollock said.   Theory opened as the county's first medical marijuana dispensary in September 2017 and will also be the first to include recreational sales. It was originally formed in 2015 and constructed the 2,500 square-foot facility for the medical marijuana


Big Y Plans to Eliminate Single-Use Plastic Bags in 2020
Staff Reports,
05:32PM / Tuesday, January 08, 2019
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Both Berkshire County cities last year spent months, if not years, talking about banning single-use plastic bags but they might find business is moving ahead of them.    Big Y Foods Inc., one of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England, will eliminate its use of the bags from all 70 of its markets, specialty stores and Big Y Express Gas and Convenience locations in 2020.   That decision was prompted, in part, by local towns that have already prohibited the use of the bags. The 83-year-old company says it has been complying with bag bans in Adams (which launched a free bag initiative), Amherst, Great Barrington, Lee,


Firefighters Battle Large Apartment Fire in North Adams
Staff Reports,
02:01PM / Tuesday, January 08, 2019

  : Tuesday’s fire at 246-248 Houghton St. has been determined accidental, according to State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and Fire Chief Stephen A. Meranti.   The fire started in the front bedroom in a top floor apartment (the building is on an incline with apartments on the ground, first and second floor). The cause will remain officially undetermined, as investigators cannot eliminate smoking or a space heater as the specific cause. The space heater itself was too badly damaged in the fire to determine if it malfunctioned. The building is considered a total loss.   Working smoke alarms first alerted the resident to the fire. He


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