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MSBA Invites Greylock School Into Eligibility Phase for Renovations
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:29AM / Thursday, December 12, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Greylock Elementary School has made it into the eligibility phase to look into renovating or replacing the 60-year-old building.     The Massachusetts School Building Authority Board of Directors voted at its meeting on Wednesday to invite the North Adams Public Schools into the first step of the school building process.   "The board has voted the Greylock Elementary School into the eligibility period," said Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg, chairman of the MSBA. "The MSBA will work collaboratively with local officials to ensure the best outcome for the district's students."   Greylock School has not had any


Dan Pompi Receives Academic Excellence Award
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Staff
01:10AM / Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Dan Pompi receives the Superintendent's Award for Academic Excellence from Superintendent Aaron Dean. ADAMS, Mass. — Hoosac Valley High School senior Dan Pompi is this year's recipient of the Superintendent's Award for Academic Excellence    Superintendent of Schools Aaron Dean made the presentation at Monday's School Committee meeting as a number of family members looked on.    Each year, superintendents from across the state honor the top-ranking student from their district with the award. The award is sponsored by the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents.   "When I was a principal my favorite part of the job was


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

Bird Leads MCLA Men to Road Win
10:56PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2019
CHICOPEE, Mass. --  Drury High graduate Hayden Bird led four Trailblazers in double figures with 25 points as the MCLA men's basketball team used a strong first half to earn an 89-72 win over Elms.   MCLA is now 5-4 as is off until Jan. 4. Elms dips to 2-7 on the season.   Bird was 9-for-14 from the floor and an impressive 7-for-10 shooting from beyond the 3-point line. He added seven rebounds. Chris Becker aided Bird's efforts with 19 points while Noah Yearsley chipped in with 17. Ki-Shawn Monroe notched 10 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Quentin Gittens took advantage of his start to snag a team best 11 rebounds.   MCLA led just 17-14 in the first


Use Year-end Bonus (Or Gift) Wisely
01:01PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2019

As 2019 draws to a close, you may be anticipating – or have already received – a year-end bonus from your employer. Or you might be receiving a substantial cash gift for the holidays. (If you're really lucky, you might get both.)

You can doubtlessly think of many ways to spend this money right now, but how can you use it to help yourself in the long run?

Here are a few suggestions:

* Pay off some debts. Virtually all of us carry some type of debt, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. For example, your mortgage not only gives you a place to live and a chance to build equity in your home, but the interest payments are typically tax deductible. Other debts, though,


North Adams Happenings: Dec. 11-17
12:44PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2019
NOW through DECEMBER 23rd  - FREE MASS MoCA Admission for Berkshire Residents
MASS MoCA celebrates the Berkshires this holiday season offering FREE admission to all Berkshire County residents from Friday, December 6, through Monday, December 23.
Galleries open 10am-5pm every day but Tuesdays, with art-making in Kidspace on the weekends. Show us proof* of Berkshire County residence, and give us your email and mailing address (so we can stay in touch!) and enjoy the art for free.
* an ID, or utility bill will do the


Holiday Events and Tree Lightings 2019
11:15AM / Tuesday, December 10, 2019

'Tis the season to be merry and bright. Planning a holiday event? Let us know at (Visit our Holiday Bazaars and Craft Fairs list for holiday craft fairs.( And see below for a guide to Christmas tree lightings in towns across the Berkshires.


Holiday Events Thursday, Dec. 12

North Adams: Phil Kline's walking symphony experience "Unsilent Night" returns again to North Adams. This year the event will explore the neighborhood just north of River Street, starting at the UNO Community Center and ending at the new studio venue at Porches Inn. The walk is at 6 p.m., with a gathering at UNO one half-hour before. All ages invited;  dress warmly, 


Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs 2019
10:20AM / Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Fall has arrived, bringing with it many craft fairs and harvest festivals around the Berkshires. This list will be updated as we get more information. Have an event to add? Email us at


Saturday, Dec. 14

Pittsfield: The Holiday Shindy will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the newly instated Al Khalil Cultural Center (formerly Shire City Sanctuary) with 40 artisan vendors, featuring holiday shopping with food from local farms and the opportunity to meet and watch local makers weave, sew, and whittle. Admission is $3, free for children under 12.

Sheffield: Christ Trinity Church, 180 Main St., will hold its holiday bazaar and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The


North Adams Planners OK High End Union Street Housing
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:49AM / Tuesday, December 10, 2019

David Moresi plans to renovate the second and third floors of the Wall-Streeter mill into one and two-bedroom apartments. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Developer David Moresi's next project is to transform the offices in the former Wall-Streeter building into high-end apartments.   The Planning Board on Monday approved Moresi Commercial Investments' request Monday for a change of use to operate mixed occupancy of commercial and residential use in an I-2 zone at 26 Union St.   "For the next couple of years, we are going to focus on housing in North Adams," Moresi said. "This will be one of three projects and it will be mixed-use redevelopment of the former


Child Care of the Berkshires Ready for Next Renovation Step
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Monday, December 09, 2019

Jazlene Chappell, 11, and her brother Gioni, 5, cut a caution ribbon kicking off the second phase of the renovations at Sarah T. Haskins School. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Child Care of the Berkshires took a moment Friday to mark the end of the first phase of its $1.75 million renovation — and the start of the second.    It's been a long journey, said President and CEO Anne Nemetz-Carlson, as she welcomed family, supporters and financial backers to an open house at the Sarah T. Haskins School to see some of the progress that's been made.    There's a brand-new accessible bathroom and new doors on the first floor, new classrooms for school-age


North Adams School Officials Raise Concerns Over Teacher Retention
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:19AM / Monday, December 09, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Each month the School Committee gets a personnel report detailing who's coming, who's going and who's being re-assigned.   There can be several pages involved, particularly at the beginning and end of the school year as grant funded positions are listed, new hires and retirements are posted and non-permanent jobs like coaches and after-school staff are added.   But even on a regular month, there can be a significant amount of moving around in the city's most populous department. That has the School Committee concerned — like others school officials around the Berkshires — about  how to retain teaching staff within the


Veteran Spotlight: PFC Giardina Runs Out of Luck on Day 13
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
04:28PM / Sunday, December 08, 2019

I met this week's veterans spotlight feature several months ago and I liked him instantly as we really hit it off. He would be described as unequivocally old school — kind, humble, generous with a warm smile and a fabulous personality. 

  Francis A. Giardina served his country in the Army from 1952 to 1954 in the Korean War.    Growing up in Pittsfield, he was the youngest of three children. "We were poor, but we didn't know it ... we always had food on the table and always had plenty to do," he remembered. After graduating from Pittsfield High School, Giardina ran pool halls for a couple of years before being drafted into the Army in November


Climate Change Expert: Keep Heat on Banks, Insurers
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:16AM / Sunday, December 08, 2019

About two dozen protesters demanding action on climate change gather on the steps of Williamstown's First Congregational Church on Friday afternoon.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A leading expert on climate change Thursday told a packed house that while big oil is an enemy, it is not the only one.   Big banks and big insurance play their part.   "The four banks in the world that fund most of the fossil fuel industry are big American banks," Bill McKibben said during his appearance at MCLA for the Elizabeth and Lawrence Vadnais Environmental Issues Lecture. "Chase Bank is the biggest by far and the biggest with a bullet. Chase Bank lent over the last


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