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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

Clarksburg Officials Closing in on New Compensation Plan
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Friday, January 15, 2016

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Select Board members on Wednesday came to a consensus on a new compensation and classification plan for employees but held off on a formal vote until a "clean" draft of the changes was in front them.

Officials have been trying to straighten out a salary system that had new workers waiting more than a year for a first raise, steps that were not followed, confusing classifications and wages that were far below surrounding towns.

Town Administrator Carl McKinney put initial costs — prior to some changes made during the meeting — at about $12,000 more next year.

"We went through the municipal wage survey, and even with these changes,


North Adams Cal Ripken League to Hold Registration
03:40PM / Thursday, January 14, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Registration for North Adams Cal Ripken youth baseball will be Wednesady and Thursday, Feb. 16 and 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon at the North Adams Elks Lodge.   Registration forms are available at the YMCA so families can pick them up at their convenience.   Registration is $50 per child or $75 for two children. Minor leaguers also are welcome.


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

Berkshire Tidbits: Berkshire Grown Market, Ramen Nights
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
03:28PM / Thursday, January 14, 2016

Berkshire Co-op Market still has deals on holiday fare. Berkshire Co-op Market Member Appreciation Day Friday, Jan. 15; 8 to 8   Berkshire Co-op Market in Great Barrington on Friday will host the first of this year's quarterly Member Appreciation days during which Co-op members receive a 10 percent discount on everything in the store.   This is the Co-op's thank you to their owners for being owners and for shopping there. Over the course of the day, from morning to night, there will be an atmosphere of celebration with tastings, product demonstrations, giveaways, raffles and general fun.   Berkshire Co-op Market, 413-528-9697, is located at 42 Bridge St. in


Tractor-Trailer Misses Hairpin Turn
Staff Reports,
03:24PM / Wednesday, January 13, 2016

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — A tractor-trailer truck nearly took a dangerous shortcut to the city on Wednesday afternoon after crashing over the guardrail at the Hairpin Turn.

The tractor-trailer truck, hauling an Expedited Transport trailer, failed to navigate the notoriously difficult turn as it was descending the steep Mohawk Trail at about 2 p.m.

It slid into and over the guardrail near the old overlook, its front tires dangling over the edge.

The driver was able to exit the cab and was uninjured, according to police.

Clarksburg Fire Department and North Adams Ambulance responded to the scene, and North Adams Police directed traffic around the scene. The very point of the Hairpin


MountainOne Bank Announces Officer Promotions
12:38PM / Wednesday, January 13, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Robert Fraser, president and CEO of MountainOne Bank, has announced promotions for long-time employees Alicia Benoit and Lisa Mineau.

Benoit, who joined MountainOne in 1986, has been promoted to Electronic Banking Officer, having served in roles of increasing responsibility within the Electronic Banking Department.

“Alicia is a dedicated and valuable employee whose knowledge and expertise of electronic deposit service products has enabled MountainOne to offer our customers superior electronic banking products," Fraser said. "Her successful oversight of electronic deposit systems, as well as her efforts on behalf of customers, are the basis for


North Adams Happenings: Jan. 13-19
12:24PM / Wednesday, January 13, 2016
North Adams Happenings: January 13 - 19
  Save the Date!   Tuesday, January 26th 
North Adams Chamber of Commerce
Annual Meeting @ Grazie Ristorante
24 Marshall Street
5 – 7:30 PM
$10 - $15
email for more information

Come join us at Grazie's


Berkshire Health System Offering Help to Patients of Dr. Tang
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
11:44AM / Wednesday, January 13, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems is trying to step into the health-care gap caused by the abrupt closure of a local primary care practice.

The state Board of Registration in Medicine last Thursday suspended the license of Dr. Shaohua Tang as an emergency measure, linking the physician to improper patient care and the fentanyl overdose death of a patient last fall. A hearing is being held this week.

Tang operated as Integrative Medicine at 85 Main St., which closed on Friday for "an emergency," leaving an unknown number of patients without care. A number of patients with prescriptions written by Tang were reportedly unable to get them filled at local


North Adams May Push Landlords to Act Against Drug-Dealing Tenants
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:39AM / Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Councilor Keith Bona explains his idea of pushing landlords to deal with tenants involved in criminal activity.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city may begin notifying landlords of tenants' criminal behavior — and possibly hold them liable.

A communication by Councilor Keith Bona urging the city to look at ordinances that at least would require notification to landlords of police raids or arrests up to the potential of fines and forced evictions was referred to committee at his request.

"My family has always been in the business of renting property so I'm not looking to throw landlords under the bus," he said. Rather, he believes that notifications of bad


North Adams Planners Approve Common Folk's New Home
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:41PM / Tuesday, January 12, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Planning Board on Monday night approved an application by Common Folk to allow the arts collective to move into 18 Holden St.

The OK did come with the caveat that the collective be aware of noise issues in the mixed-use building. The collective is part gallery, part installation, part gathering place, part live performance - from music to spoken word.

The question was whether the music performances were commercial entertainment or art, and which city board had authority over them.

"It it's truly an entertainment venue, yes [it falls under the License Commission] but we're in a gray area as to art," said Building Inspector William Meranti.


Gib Kittredge Tournament Returns to Boys & Girls Club
08:05AM / Tuesday, January 12, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – The Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires, Inc. will host the 45th annual Gib Kittredge Hockey Tournament Friday through Monday, Jan. 15-18, at the club’s rink on 16 Melville St.   The first puck drops Friday night at 5 p.m. when the host Berkshire Bruins take on Bethlehem, N.Y., in the Squirt Division. Games continue Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The finals begin Monday at 9 a.m. The tournament also utilizes Williams College's Lansing Chapman Rink in Williamstown during the weekend. Admission is free.   “We are proud to again host the Kittredge Tournament," Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Chris Jacoby said.


North Adams Conservation Commission OK's Initial Phase of Redwood Redo
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:11AM / Tuesday, January 12, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Preliminary work on the Redwood Motel renovation can begin as long as the project stays out of the accepted delineation of wetlands.

The renovation will involve taking down some of the motor court's buildings near Route 2 and building around 30 more rooms in similar single-story buildings parallel to the Hoosic River. The project is being undertaken by The Beyond Place LLC.

Conservation Commission Chairman Jason Moran said he had suggested the project's representatives apply for a request for determination to give the board a chance to see the outlined area before winter weather sets in.

Project representative Eric Kerns told the commission on Monday


Medical Board Suspends North Adams Physician's License
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
12:19PM / Monday, January 11, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A local physician had his license summarily suspended last week for posing "immediate and serious threat to the public health, safety and welfare."
According to statement from the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine, the disciplinary action was taken against Dr. Shaohua Tang at its meeting Thursday, Jan. 7, in Wakefield and included concerns over the death of a patient from an overdose of fentynal last fall.

The board summarily suspended Tang's medical license for allegedly engaging in substandard care in his treatment of three patients. Tang has the right to a hearing at the Division of Administrative Law Appeals within seven


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