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Biz Briefs: North Adams Verizon Wireless Zone Gives $1,000 to Food Pantry
12:30PM / Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Verizon donation

Keith Parzych, owner of the Verizon Wireless Zone store at 43 Main St. in North Adams, presented a check for $1,000 to Mark Rondeau, co-founder of the Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry of the Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative, on Tuesday at the food pantry on Eagle Street.

The donation came from the Wireless Zone Foundation of Giving, which is made up of Verizon Wireless Zone stores across the country who take small donations then sponsoring local charities. Founded in 2003, raises significant amounts of money and supports a large number of local and national charities and causes, including Make-A-Wish, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and

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Gladu Receives Zoltek Passion for Coaching Award
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11:29AM / Tuesday, October 15, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- MCLA baseball coach Mike Gladu Saturday was recognized with the Frank A. Zoltek Passion for Coaching Award.   "Words and phrases like knowledgeable, organized, discipline, communication, family, work ethic, tough love, relationships, cares, life lessons, unwavering high character,'and makes you feel special,' were only some that were used to describe the Coach," said Ed Noel, who presented the "Frankie" to Gladu in a ceremony before the Trailblazers played their fall double-header.   Amonth those who spoke at Saturday's ceremony were Noel, Tito Snezek, Quinn Gladu, former player Rya Shook and coach Robert Jutras.   The

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Jobs
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
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by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

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North Adams Happenings: Oct. 16-22
11:18AM / Tuesday, October 15, 2019
SAVE THE DATE NOVEMBER 2nd - Masquerade at Greylock WORKS
On November 2nd, three weeks before FESTIVE, come to gWorks to dance in disguise at our MASQUERADE Halloween costume party! Doors open at 8pm !
Celebrate your costume ingenuity with DJ BFG spinning seamless upbeat dance music within immersive theatrical lighting choreographed by LJ McZawa.
Whether you're coming out in a dramatic mask + your favorite party clothes or a full-body transformation, our local friends are joining in on the fun to motivate your creativity with Costume Themes and

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Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs 2019
10:20AM / Tuesday, October 15, 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 info@iberkshires.com.

 

Saturday, Oct. 19

Dalton: The annual Craft Fair and Bake Sale will be held at the Dalton Senior Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Dalton Council on Aging to support programs at the Senior Center, the fair will include quilts, woodwork, paintings, jewelry and other items produced by local crafters. There will also be a bake sale of the Friends of the Dalton Free Public Library and raffle items. A hot lunch may be purchased from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The

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Be Creative When Withdrawing from Retirement Accounts
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:09AM / Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Like many people, you may spend decades putting money into your IRA and your 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan. But eventually you will want to take this money out – if you must start withdrawing some of it. How can you make the best use of these funds?

To begin with, here's some background: When you turn 70 1/2, you need to start withdrawals – called required minimum distributions, or RMDs – from your traditional IRA and your 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan, such as a 457(b) or 403(b). (A Roth IRA is not subject to these rules; you can essentially keep your account intact for as long as you like.) You can take more than the

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Trick-or-Treat, Halloween Events 2019
09:40AM / Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Trick-or-treaters around Berkshire County and beyond will be donning costumes and ringing doorbells in anticipation of treats on Halloween on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2010. Remember to dress appropriately, carry a flashlight and only visit homes with lights on in your neighborhood.

Below is a list of towns holding trick-or-treat hours on Halloween, unless otherwise noted. Those towns that are crossed out have not been confirmed so check back. The towns with the asterisks are the same times every year.

If you don't see your town listed and you know the hours, let us know at info@iberkshires.com.

There are also plenty of other fun holiday-related events happening in the Berkshires, too!

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North Adams Library Looks Into Cariddi Beacon
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Tuesday, October 15, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The library trustees will consider placing a light in the belvedere in memory of state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi.   Trustee Chairwoman Robin Martin told the rest of the board last week that she has solicited input from the public and those close to Cariddi and there was a consensus that something visual should be done to memorialize the late state representative at the library.   "Just something that is there all of the time as a memorial to Gail while we are doing everything else," she said at Wednesday's meeting. "Something that people can see, like a beacon ... I think it would be a nice thing to do."   The state

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Helping Hands Founder Gathers Group to Tackle Homelessness
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:21AM / Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Flood House in North Adams has been the temporary home the Louison House transitional living facility, but Louison officials are looking forward to returning to their original location in Adams within the next few months.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — When Marilyn Honig was a child, her family suffered a devastating house fire that left four members of her family dead and the rest of them homeless.

That's why when a spate of house fires tore across North Adams at the beginning of the year, Honig immediately knew she wanted to do something to help.   "My heart really went out to the fire victims. I remember that feeling of being really scared," said Honig, a Stamford, Vt.,

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McCann Scores High on MCAS Tests
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:10AM / Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The McCann School Committee reviews MCAS results.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical High students once again scored highly on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System tests and the vocational high school is classified as "not requiring assistance or intervention."   "It has been another solid year and we are doing the same things we have always done and our kids are performing at the same level and they are getting a chance to shine," Principal Justin Kratz told the School Committee on Thursday. "We are in good shape."   Kratz said the test was different this year and has been "reshuffled." He said it is harder

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Dalton CRA Holds 23rd Annual Just for Kicks Tournament
09:36AM / Monday, October 14, 2019
DALTON, Mass. -- The hosts from Dalton won two divisions and placed two more teams in the finals of six divisions at the 23rd annual youth soccer CRA Just for Kicks Tournament over the weekend.   Fifty-nine teams competed in the event, which uses the fields at Wahconah Regional High School and Nessacus Middle School.   Dalton teams won the fifth- and sixth-grade Division 1 girls competition and the seventh- and eighth-grade girls division.   Dalton's girls also were finalists in the fifth- and sixth-grade Division 2 girls, and Dalton boys were finalists in the seventh- and eighth-grade boys.   Williamstown won the fifth- and sixth-grade boys Division 1 division,

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Innovation Center on Schedule For January Opening
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:58AM / Monday, October 14, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Innovation Center is still on schedule to open sometime in January.   The center's Executive Director Ben Sosne gave a brief update to the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority last week and said board should expect a grand opening in the first half of January.     "I was just through the building and it looks fantastic," he said on Tuesday. "I am really excited to get this thing open and welcome everybody in."   He said in the next few months they will be moving in tenants and figuring out final specs.   "Like painting and lighting and everything that is going in," he

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Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Mulls Possible Expansion
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
06:50AM / Sunday, October 13, 2019
ADAMS, Mass. — The solid waste district is hoping for a decision from North Adams, and possibly Dalton, before considering service contracts.   The Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management Commission on Thursday discussed the bid process for servicing the district and, with the possibility of North Adams coming on board, Program Coordinator Linda Cernik wants to ensure they use every resource available.   "This is a very, very important bid coming up. There can't be any mistakes, any hiccups, nothing. With the possibility of North Adams joining the district, and maybe Dalton, we have to get this right," Cernik said. "We met with Williams College and the

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