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Kindergarten Registration Dates Scheduled Around County
11:29AM / Friday, March 17, 2017

Schools across Berkshire County are holding registration days for next year's kindergartners. Schools can submit their information to be added to this list to

* Adams: C.T. Plunkett Elementary School will hold kindergartden registration on Friday, March 10, from 8:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the office at C.T. Plunkett Elementary School, 14 Commercial St. Adams.  

Incoming children must be5 years old by Aug. 31.  Parents registering their children must bring their child’s birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residence. Call the office at 413-743-0876 with any questions.


* Adams: St. Stanislaus Kostka School is now registering for


J.C. Penney at the Berkshire Mall To Close
Staff Reports,
10:27AM / Friday, March 17, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — J.C. Penney store at the Berkshire Mall will be closing, one of 138 nationwide.   The anticipated closures were announced on Feb. 24 and on Friday the company released the list of specific stores slated for closure. The mall store is the only one in Massachusetts targeted for closure; the next closest, the Penney's in Bennington, Vt., is not on the list.   Liquidation sales are expected to begin in mid-April.   J.C. Penney had announced closures was on the horizon at the end of last month. The closures represent about 13 percent of the company's store portfolio. The company said on Feb. 24 that the stores eyed for closure either needed


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

Secretary Ash Tours Greylock Works Project
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:30AM / Friday, March 17, 2017

Nearly 33 million people live only a few hours drive from North Adams.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Workers were painstakingly pulling nails and screws out of the flooring in the massive 65,000 square foot Weave Shed on Thursday afternoon.

They already restored about half the flooring in this section of the old Greylock Mill but this final half still needed filling, sanding and sealing — removing over a century of grit and grime — before it would be ready for events planned later this summer.

"We methodically routed out every hole, we brought this floor back to life piece by piece," said Greylock Works developer Salvatore Perry. "We cleaned very joint, every


CHP Looks to Add Physicians, Services in North County
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:19AM / Friday, March 17, 2017

CHP hosted a joint chamber event in its new offices on the third floor of BMC North.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Community Health Programs has opened its renovated offices on the North Adams Campus of Berkshire Medical Center and hopes to add new doctors to its North County practice.

Members of 1Berkshire and the North Adams Chamber of Commerce got to tour the new offices at a joint chamber event on Wednesday catered by Bounti-Fare and Kelly's Package Store. CHP moved into the former 3rd North wing of the hospital last December.

"What you saw is a renovation that we finished about two weeks ago, you can see that we're still working to outfit some of the rooms," said


Dellea Honored With Hillcrest's Irish Person of the Year Award
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:30PM / Thursday, March 16, 2017

There was a large audience at the Pittsfield Country Club for the event.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It was in the mid-1980s when Michael Dukakis was looking to close the Avalon School, which was in receivership.

Meanwhile, Hillcrest officials had taken an idea of expanding into the education field to their Chief Operating Officer Eugene Dellea.

Dellea brought the concept the board chair, financial and legal reviews were done and the leadership was ready to bring the idea of buying Avalon to the full board. But first, they needed the governor's office to stop his efforts to close it.   "In communications with the governor and his staff, we impressed upon him the needs

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The Independent Investor: Trump's Budget
By Bill Schmick,
06:44PM / Thursday, March 16, 2017

It was late, "skinny," and guaranteed to send Washington lawmakers up a wall.  President Trump's first crack at a budget, released on Thursday, makes drastic cuts to many sacrosanct departments and programs while boosting spending in others.

If you haven't strapped in quite yet, now is the time to do so. The president's 53-page budget (less than half of his predecessor's lean, 134 pages) makes dramatic cuts to departments such as the Environmental Protection Agency (minus-31 percent) and the State Department (minus-28 percent), while increasing defense spending by $54 billion.

Areas that would also be hit hard were foreign aid, grants to multilateral


Clarksburg Approves Measures to Close $250K Deficit
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:10AM / Thursday, March 16, 2017

Moderator Bryan Tanner confers with Town Clerk Carol Jammalo before the meeting. Tanner reminded those in attendance that the town needs candidates for Select Board, School Committee and Planning Board.

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Voters passed three articles at Wednesday's special town meeting that will bring the budget into balance and allow tax bills to finally go out.

The town is dealing with a $249,992.06 deficit because of an accounting error and higher-than-expected charges from the state.

Town Administrator Carl McKinney gave a lengthy apology to the nearly three dozen people who attended the special town meeting at Clarksburg Elementary School.  

"It is my fault,

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Police Find Vehicle Of Missing Woman
Staff Reports,
04:01PM / Wednesday, March 15, 2017
EASTHAMPTON, Mass. - Authorities say the vehicle of 39-year-old Joanne Ringer has been found, but she is still missing.   Ringer went missing on March 2. She had last been seen in Clarksburg and was driving her 2001 Volkswagen Jetta to Easthampton. On March 6, authorities found the vehicle in Easthampton but she remains missing.    Police are asking for any assistance in locating here. She is described as a white, standing 5-feet 7-inches tall and weighing 130 lbs. She has brown eyes, but police say she could be wearing colored contacts, and has brown hair with purple streaks. She has several tattoos including the full length of her right arm. Specifically, she has a tattoo

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Thieves Steal Scenic Viewers From Eastern Summit
03:57PM / Wednesday, March 15, 2017

FLORIDA, Mass.  — State Police are investigating the theft of two scenic viewers that were stolen from the Eastern Summit on Route 2.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Talitha McCarthy-Johnson indicates that two commercial binocular units, which were located next to the Eastern Summit Gift Shop, were cut from their platform and taken sometime between Feb. 27 and March 7.   The two binoculars, manufactured by Tower Optical, are constructed of bronze and cast iron and weigh approximately 305 pounds each. These binoculars are considered collectibles, given the relatively low number manufactured.   If you have any information relative to the whereabouts of these items,


Berkshire Taconic Announces Second Round of Grant Deadlines
03:17PM / Wednesday, March 15, 2017

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced the second round of deadlines for competitive grants in 2017.

Regional nonprofits, students, school communities and individuals are invited to apply for funding during the spring grants cycle from April through June.

For nonprofits

The Fund for Williamstown's DeMayo Bright Futures Innovation Award recognizes nonprofit organizations, businesses or individuals who are passionate about solving community challenges with innovative practices in Williamstown. The award recipient will receive $1,000. Nominations are due April 15.

The Wassermann-Streit Y’diyah Memorial Fund supports educational projects about


North Adams Happenings: March 15-21
12:18PM / Wednesday, March 15, 2017
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Plan for Health Care Costs During Retirement
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:14PM / Wednesday, March 15, 2017

When you retire, some of your expenses may go down – but health care is not likely to be one of them. In fact, your health care costs during retirement may well increase, so you may want to plan for these costs well before you leave the work force. How much can you expect to spend on health care during your retirement years?

Consider these statistics: A 65-year-old couple who retired in 2016 will need about $288,000 (in today's dollars) during retirement just to pay Medicare Parts B, D and supplemental insurance, according to HealthView Services, a company that provides health care cost projections for financial services firms. If out-of-pocket costs such as deductibles,


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