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North Adams Planners Want Permitting for Church 'NOMADS'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:40PM / Friday, June 14, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Planning Board has told New Hope United Methodist Church on State Street that it must apply for a special permit to allow RVs to park on its property.   Recreational vehicles apparently showed up last summer and parked behind the church at 192 State St., the former Carr Hardware location. The church has asked to amend its agreement to allow the temporary housing of two to four RVs for the Methodists who are doing three-week volunteer sessions.    "The organization is part of the United Methodist Church's larger organization," the Rev. Dan Randall told the board on Monday. "Because of the weather up here ... it would only be in

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@theMarket: Markets Expect Fed to Cut Rates
By Bill Schmick,
04:08PM / Friday, June 14, 2019
Investors can credit the Fed once again for the market's revival thus far in June. The buying is fueled by expectations of three rate cuts by no later than December. Is that wishful thinking?   While only 23 percent of investors expect a rate cut next week when the Fed meets, 83 percent do expect a cut in July. The odds of another cut in September are now at 63.8 percent, with a third cut in December, which is expected by over half of market participants.   Given that the Fed's job description is to keep inflation under control, while supporting robust employment, one or the other of those variables will need to change in order for the Fed to cut rates. The inflation rate

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

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by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
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CATA Breaks Ground for New Art Center & Headquarters
02:23PM / Friday, June 14, 2019

The 6,400 square foot center is designed by Clark & Green Architects. It's expected to take about a year to renovate the structure.  GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Access for the Arts broke ground on Wednesday morning for a new art center at 420 Stockbridge Road.   The center will be a permanent home for CATA and allow the organization to expand its innovative arts programs for people with disabilities.   The two-story, 6,400-square-foot facility will double the organization's existing studio space, with two studios — one for visual arts and writing, the other for dance and performing arts. CATA's new arts center will also embody the

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The Independent Investor: The Suburban Dilemma
By Bill Schmick,
04:25PM / Thursday, June 13, 2019
Over the last decade, the percentage of Baby Boomers, those aged 65 to 74, living in the suburbs increased by almost 50 percent. Over the next 20 years, that age group will double in size, and by 2040, 1 in every 5 Americans will be age 85 or older. The majority of them will continue to live in the suburbs.   Older adults, it appears, move less frequently than any other age group. Over the last 10 years, only 6 percent of persons over 65 years of age moved, according to AARP, compared to 17 percent of those under 65. It's called "aging in place," which is a standing trend that describes how older Americans prefer to stay in their homes and never move. They are attached to

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North Adams Library to Renovate Two More Rooms
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:36AM / Thursday, June 13, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Historical Society and trustees of the North Adam Public Library have allocated funds to renovate some unfinished rooms in the library to store archival material.   The trustees motioned Wednesday to spend up to $5,000 from the trustees fund to match funds from the Historical Society needed to prepare two rooms on the third floor for archival storage.   "Because of the move, there is no space for a lot of the paper and boxes of files at the Holiday Inn," Trustee Robin Martin said. "So the two rooms that are here that we have been storing some historical stuff in anyways have to be cleaned up."   The Historical Society had to

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MCLA Launches Institute of Arts and Humanities
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:00PM / Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Professor Lisa Donovan, director other institute, center, speaks with attendees before symposium begins.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is partnering with the area's myriad cultural entities to further its mission as an inclusive educational institution.   The college launched its new Institute for Arts and Humanities on Wednesday morning with a three-day conference on diversity, equity and inclusion that included an address that night by activist and commentator Nikki Giovanni and a lunchtime talk by Mathew Knowles, father of Beyonce, on Thursday.   The institute was made possible by a three-year $360,000 grant from The

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Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival Set for Saturday
04:23PM / Wednesday, June 12, 2019
ADAMS, Mass. — Bowe Field will become a fantasy land this Saturday as the fourth annual Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival emerges from its magical realm.    The locally organized "Whimsical Fantasy Celebrating the Arts" is a family friendly affair featuring artisans, vendors, music and lots of activities for young and old. The day will be packed with new entertainment and the Queen's Quest, plus the popular Faerie Village build.    Attendees are more than welcome to come in fantasy costume but don't worry if you've left your wings behind — you can embellish a new pair at the fair.    Meet the Faerie Queen and her court,

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Summer Music Festival Season is About to Begin
by Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
12:24PM / Wednesday, June 12, 2019

After a particularly severe and brutally cold winter, the upcoming seasonal musical offerings will be balm to both popular music and classical aficionados, who, each June, anticipate the feast of music these diverse festivals and series present.

These are the music festivals that make our locality a cultural capital, drawing thousands to hear great music – popular, classical chamber, symphony, choral, opera, musical theater, contemporary classical, et al – to experience legendary artists perform masterworks within the verdant hills and dales of the Berkshires and southwestern Vermont we call home.

For this first week of Classical Beat, here's a capsule preview of six of

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BBBBBzzz: Bombino, Berkshire Jazz Start the Pop Season with a Bang
By Grace Lichtenstein, Guest Column
11:57AM / Wednesday, June 12, 2019

An American Public Media "Live from Here" broadcast with Chris Thile kicks off the early Tanglewood season on Saturday, June 15.

Summer is almost here, and so is pop, jazz, dance, musical theater and new music throughout the region. As before, I'll preview what's coming up each week to help you kick off your shoes.

Hopefully, I'll encourage you to attend a performance of music you know you love, or even music you don't know but that you might love. A great, varied season awaits from Great Barrington to North Adams.

 

Tanglewood Music Festival

Let's begin with Tanglewood, in Lenox, with its early season non-classical lineup in the Shed. On Saturday,

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North Adams Council Delays Approval of Fiscal 2020 Budget
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Councilor Marie T. Harpin makes the recommendation to delay to allow review of reports received after the last committee meeting and some minor amendments to be made.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday punted the fiscal 2020 budget approval another two weeks on the recommendation of Councilor Marie T. Harpin.   Harpin, chairman of the Finance Committee, said this was in part because of reports her committee had received from the administration but had not yet had time to review and concerns over use of the debt load that has fallen off the books.    "It's just, you know, to get a better understanding of where where we're going in

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McCann Postsecondary Graduates Ready to 'Reap Rewards'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:04PM / Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The pinning ceremony was held in the high school gym. See more photos here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A change in career, a chance to do something interesting, a desire to follow a passion.    The 14 graduates of McCann Technical School's postsecondary program had a variety of reasons for entering the nearly yearlong program. And at Monday night pinning, they celebrated their successful completion in the fields of cosmetology, dental assisting, medical assisting and surgical assisting.    "I like working with people. I worked at the nursing home for eight years now. I really enjoyed it so I wanted to pursue something a little bit more

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Tools Are Great for Father's Day – and for Investors
10:43AM / Tuesday, June 11, 2019

If you are a dad, you may well be pleased to unwrap some tools as Father's Day gifts. Of course, it might be a stereotype that all men are handy at repairs; women certainly can be every bit as good when it comes to building and fixing things. In fact, the construction process is valuable for anyone to learn – and the same skills that go in to creating and mending physical objects also can be applied to financial projects – such as working toward a comfortable retirement.

Here are a few of those skills:

Diagnosing the challenge: A good craftsperson knows that the first step toward accomplishing any outcome is to assess the challenge. So, for example, if you want to build

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