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Bernard Touts North Adams' Strength, 'Competitive Edge'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:38PM / Thursday, January 31, 2019

The address was attended by past and future councilors and other officials or their representatives.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — One year into his first term, Mayor Thomas Bernard is positing North Adams as a small city that can do big things.    "Let's make being the smallest what we all know it is: A competitive advantage," he told viewers on Thursday night in his second state of the city address.   A year ago, Bernard laid out some goals he hoped to address in his first year. Now halfway through his term, the mayor is building on themes of investment and leveraging partnerships and regional initiatives to move the state's smallest city

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'Serenity': It's all Just a Big
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:52PM / Thursday, January 31, 2019
Viewing director Steven Knight's "Serenity, a film consumed with the notion that things aren't what they appear to be, I was uncomfortably reminded that I don't like to figure things out. I don't do puzzles, don't fancy mystery yarns unless they're old classics or approach the inventiveness of "The Usual Suspects" (1995), and if you ask me when train B will pass Train A if both leave their original locations at so and so time, I'll excuse myself, lie that I'll be right back, and head for the veranda for something less complicated, like a cocktail and maybe a few of those little hot dog hors d' oeuvres.   So, if you're looking for


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: Europe, the World's Sick Sibling
By Bill Schmick,
12:08PM / Thursday, January 31, 2019
The European Community is beset by worries. Brexit, trade threats, a slowing Chinese economy, and internal politics at home have all conspired to slow growth, employment, and positive sentiment.   This year, the EU will be lucky to see 1.5 percent GDP growth. In fact, the International Monetary Fund reduced their overall forecast this week for global growth largely as a result of poor performance out of Europe. Europe's powerhouse, Germany, saw its growth for 2019 cut by 0.6 percent because of anemic consumption and weak industrial production data.    Italy, one of the problem children of the EU, saw its growth forecasts cut by 0.4 percentage points as a result of weak


North Adams ZBA OKs Storage Units in Residential Area
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
11:09AM / Thursday, January 31, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Zoning Board of Appeals voted 4-1 on Monday to allow the construction of storage units off residential Liberty and Eagle streets.    The argument by property owner Michael Dowling was that the new units will replace the old barn that had been used for storage for nearly a century, long before zoning. The application was not a change of use, he said, but a continuance.    "The barn's gone," he said. "We're trying to make that property nice and feasible again for the neighborhood."   The barn is currently in pieces on the Liberty Street side. Dowling said it had to be removed because it was no longer


MCLA Men's, Women's Basketball Fall at Bridgewater
09:54PM / Wednesday, January 30, 2019
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- Ryan Carney scored a game-high 23 points Wednesday to lead the Bridgewater State men's basketball team past MCLA, 75-64.   The Bears sweep the season series as they improve to 6-13 overall but are now 4-3 in the conference.   The game was knotted up at 28 at half-time and neither team could create separation for much of the closing half. With the score at 54-53 in favor of BSU, the Bears (6-13, 4-3 MASCAC) rattled off an 8-0 spurt to take control. Admar Jaramillo started the run with a three pointer from the right wing and then Dimitri St. Louis scored five straight points to give the Bears a 62-53 lead with just 3:57 left.   MCLA's Gerald


BArT Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
02:36PM / Wednesday, January 30, 2019

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the second quarter of the 2018-19 school year.  

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

Grade 6

High Honors: Persephone Clark, Tucker


Biz Briefs: Big Y Bag Program Now Benefitting Hillcrest Educational Centers, BCARC
12:22PM / Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Bags for a cause

Hillcrest Educational Centers and Berkshire County Arc begun generating donations through the Big Y Community Bag and Giving Tag Program. The Big Y Community Bag and Giving Tag Program, which launched in January 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work. When a shopper purchases the reusable Community Bag at any Big Y store, they have the opportunity to direct a $1 donation to a local nonprofit by using the attached Giving Tag.

"Participating in Big Y's Community Bag and Giving Tag program is an exciting opportunity for us," said Hillcrest Educational


CHP to Expand Services with New Dental Practice in North Adams
12:12PM / Wednesday, January 30, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Community Health Programs is expanding its healthcare network by bringing dental services to its medical practice location at 71 Hospital Ave. The newly named CHP North Adams Family Medicine and Dental Center will welcome new patients beginning in mid-March.

"We look forward to welcoming new patients at our North Adams dental office," said Lia Spiliotes, CEO of Community Health Programs, which also has dental practices in Pittsfield and Great Barrington and medical and wrap-around services throughout Berkshire County. "By offering both medical and dental at one site, we are able to continue our practice of whole-person care to our patients and


What Can Investors Learn From 'Big Game' Teams?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:06PM / Wednesday, January 30, 2019

In February, TV stations the world over will broadcast the most-watched U.S. football game of the year. But sports fans aren't the only ones viewing this "big game," held in Atlanta this year. The two teams competing are watched closely by the teams that didn't qualify. That's because these teams can learn a lot from the contenders. In fact, "big game" teams can teach some valuable lessons to many groups and individuals – including investors.

What investment insights can you gain from observing these teams? Here are a few to consider:

* A good "offense" is important. "Big game" teams usually have the ability to score a lot of


Berkshire Museum Names New Executive Director
11:58AM / Wednesday, January 30, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Museum has named Jeff Rodgers as its new executive director, effective April 1.

Rodgers brings more than 20 years of museum experience to the Berkshire Museum's top job. Rodgers is currently the provost and chief operating officer of the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, Fla.

"The Berkshire Museum is, and must continue to be, an integral part of the Berkshire community. The museum creates experiences that spark new thinking and new connections bridging art and history and the natural world," Rodgers said in a statement announcing his hiring. "Over the past few months, I've met with leaders from across the community and came

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North Adams Happenings: Jan. 29-Feb. 5
11:33AM / Wednesday, January 30, 2019
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More Testing on Tap for Former North Adams Dry Cleaners
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:23AM / Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Executive Director Jennifer Hohn reports on the status of Sun Cleaners and the Housing Authority's request to be admitted to a new HUD program.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — No concerns were discovered after reviewing the 2018 Sun Cleaners groundwater samples but more tests will be required in 2019.   Housing Authority Executive Director Jennifer Hohn said Monday that all three well samples taken in December at the 111 River St. property are below the Massachusetts Contingency Plan's risk-based standards but she was told more tests will be needed before Housing Opportunities Inc. can transfer the property to the city.     "So that is good news for


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