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Sunday, Bloody Sunday
Staff Reports,
09:05AM / Sunday, September 27, 2015
It is going to be a late night for star-gazers.   The super rare "super blood moon" arrives Sunday night for the first time since 1982 and the last time until 2033.   According to various sources — we cribbed our information from NASA's website, science.nasa.gov — the annual harvest Moon will coincide with both a lunar eclipse and the occurrence of a "super moon," when Earth's nearest neighbor is as near as it gets.   It all should combine to make for a large, bright, orangy object that should be quite a show.   The harvest moon, which occurs on the first full Moon after the arrival of autumn (that arrival was Wednesday this past

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Fall Foliage Festival Leaf Hunt 2015
01:05AM / Saturday, September 26, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The annual Fall Foliage Leaf hunt has begun, and the committee has released the first set of clues.

Colored paper leaves are hidden throughout the area and participants must solve the clues in order to find the leaves and win a prize.

The leaves are well hidden and the committee suggests persons search thoroughly to find them. When a leaf is found the person must sign their name on it and return it to Pedrin's Dairy Bar on Curran Highway to claim the prize. One prize per household please.

There is also a phantom leaf hunt for homebound residents. Those participating in the phantom leaf hunt must send a postcard with their name address phone number and 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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Christmas Brook Skating Club Offers Free Session
04:09PM / Friday, September 25, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Christmas Brook Figure Skating Club will be holding fall registration and also will be be providing a free skate session and skates at the Peter Foote Vietnam Veteran Memorial Rink on Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The club's freestyle skaters will be available to assist any skaters who need help and will also be demonstrating their abilities.

The Learn-to-Skate program will start the following Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 5:30-6:20 and will include a 30-minute lesson with a professional coach and 20 minutes of free skate. Girls and boys, ages 3 and up, can learn the basics of figure skating, make new friends and become part of a great club.

For more

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NCCC's UNITY Program Announces 2015-2016 Teen Programs
02:15PM / Friday, September 25, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The UNITY Program of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition has announced its 2015-2016 youth development programs.

UNITY’s popular and long-running Youth Leadership Program (YLP) and Teen Writing Workshop (TWW) will again be offered and facilitated by nbCC staff Jessica Sweeney and Adam Tobin. They are still accepting any sign ups for this year’s program, and are available to answer any questions over the phone, over email, or in person.

YLP engages teenagers in developing leadership skills through creative, youth-led community service projects. Activities that address communication skills, diversity, decision-making, and team building are also

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Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 21 - Sept. 25
Staff Reports,
01:14PM / Friday, September 25, 2015

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, Sept. 21.

Christopher Therrien, 27, of North Adams had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of trafficking in heroin.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $7,500 cash or $75,000 surety bail.

The charge stems from the execution of a search warrant at his Union Street home on August 18, 2015.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Rickey Williams, 38, of Bronx, N.Y. pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense - and single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute - his second offense - and

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Two Fundraisers Planned For Local Girl's Walk to Cure Diabetes Team
10:22AM / Friday, September 25, 2015

Noelle's Belles, a JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes team, is holding two fundraisers in October.

The JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes raises funds for scientific research to better treat, prevent and ultimately cure type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. For this reason, people with type 1 diabetes must take insulin in order to stay alive. Unlike type 2 diabetes, it cannot be controlled with lifestyle changes.

Noelle's Belles is the team of Williamstown fourth-grader Noelle Dravis, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes five years ago at the age of 4. Her team

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'Black Mass': Very Badfellas
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:48PM / Thursday, September 24, 2015
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Warner Bros. Johnny Depp portrays Boston mobster Whitey Bulger in the sadistic by-the-numbers bad guy move 'Black Mass.'

his is icky stuff. While gangster film fans interested in violence first and plot second might enjoy Johnny Depp's outrageously sadistic portrayal of South Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger in director Scott Cooper's "Black Mass," discriminating devotees of the genre will be turned off by the rampant distastefulness. Although a true story, the script doubtlessly derives from the stencil a la Mafioso iconicized by Coppola and Scorsese.

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The Independent Investor: How Cell Phones Hurt Your Productivity
By Bill Schmick,
12:42PM / Thursday, September 24, 2015

Forty-two years ago, when the cell phone was first invented, the new device was hailed as a major tool in boosting everyone's productivity. Today, we are discovering that the opposite is true. The cell phone has become a major distraction.

Ever notice how many people on the job are making cell phone calls? Cops, clerks, nurses, brokers — it doesn't matter who they are — their dependence on their cell phone is almost an addiction. New research reveals that you don't even have to answer your phone to reduce your productivity.

A study by the Journal of Experimental Psychology discovered that subjects who needed intense focus in their daily routines performed poorly

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Drury Grad Trumpeter & 'SNL' Saxophonist Holding High School Jazz Clinics
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:15AM / Thursday, September 24, 2015
Richard Boulger, right, and Alex Foster are presenting a series of jazz clinics for students in Pittsfield, Cheshire and North Adams.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School graduate, professional trumpeter, and recording artist Richard Boulger will join "Saturday Night Live's" saxophonist Alex Foster to present a series of clinics for Berkshire County band students.

Boulger, who has studied under trumpet legends such as Freddie Hubbard and Donald Byrd and has recorded with musical greats such as the Allman Brothers Band and Randy Brecker, has a long career of educating musicians of all ages throughout New York City and New England.

The clinics are taking place next

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Housing, Health Care, Top Priorities For Aging Demographics
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:09AM / Thursday, September 24, 2015
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — By 2030 nearly all Berkshire County municipalities will have more than 60 percent of their population over the age of 50.   An effort has been mounted locally to start laying the plans for communities to be more age friendly when the baby boomer generation turns 65. The first step in that is to find out what the older generation wants.    "We're really going to be an aged community," said Laura Kittross, who headed the survey.    The trend is national but the Berkshires are ahead of the curve. The median age is 44 in the Berkshires but there are more adults over the age of 65 then under the age of 18.   The majority of

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North Adams Cruiser Involved in Crash; Officer Injured
Staff Reports,
06:54PM / Wednesday, September 23, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A local police officer was taken to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon after his cruiser was involved in a collision on Church Street.

School Resource Officer Fran Maruco was taken to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, where he was treated for contusions and a head injury.

North Adams Police posted an update on its Facebook page later in the evening:

"Just an update on the m/v accident involving Officer Maruco. He is doing pretty well. Several bumps and bruises, very sore. Checked out at BMC. Should be returning home soon. The driver of the other vehicle is expected to be OK, too. A speedy recovery to all. Thank you for your thoughts and best

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Election 2015: Rudd Leaves Ideas for Mayoral Candidates
Letters to the Editor,
04:34PM / Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Well, I got trounced.  It was not, unfortunately, unexpected. My plan from day one was to go one-to-one with Dick Alcombright. I thought (and still think) I could have won. And more importantly, the debate — the conversation about how to fix North Adams — would have been educational and constructive for the community. I was hoping that John would stay out of the race. The minute John Barrett got into the race, I knew that my goal was doomed; the city would return to defending the two camps — a division that has delayed progress in the city.

Even with this loss, I hope residents/voters will keep my proposals in mind. Some are so easy to do and will have dramatic

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