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North Adams License Panel Targets Intoxication, Violence at Local Bars
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:22AM / Wednesday, March 23, 2016

​NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The License Commission is hoping to be proactive in addressing incidents of intoxication and violence at local establishments, dangling the idea of pulling back closing times.  

The commission at its next meeting will consider sending a letter to taverns "talking about late-night service and how that is seeming to become a safety issue," said Chairman Jeffrey Polucci.

"Our hot buttons as a commission in this city is underage service and overservice to intoxicated persons," he said.

Commissioner Rosemari Dickinson also asked police to provide the commission with more timely reports on incidents that result in charges.



Berkshire Tidbits: Greek Pastry & Wine Dinners
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
04:21PM / Monday, March 21, 2016

The menu for the Haven Cafe Supper Club for the week of March 21 will be as follows:

• Herb roasted rack of lamb with couscous and roasted asparagus
• Rosemary, lemon and balsamic marinated chicken with saffron rice and grilled zucchini
• Grilled shrimp over spinach and scallion pancakes with lime butter

Entrées come with soup or salad and cost $22 for one to three dinners ordered, $75 for four dinners ordered, $110 for six dinners, $200 for 12 dinners. They can be any of the dinners.

Order by Wednesday, pick up at the bakery in Lenox on Friday. The staff suggests people can order for different meals and can choose among that week's options. Contact Haven at


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

Lola Greene Legacy Scholarship Applications Being Accepted
01:44PM / Monday, March 21, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Applications are now being accepted for the Lola Greene Legacy Scholarship.

A one-time grant of $250 to $500 will be awarded to a graduating high school senior from Berkshire County who is planning to continue to study Latin and/or the Classics in college. The scholarship will be awarded based on scholastic achievement with emphasis on Latin study and related activities, future plans to continue Latin and Classics studies, and demonstrated leadership and good moral character.

Lola Greene taught at Mount Greylock Regional High School from 1984 through 2000. During this time she developed the school’s Latin program and Junior Classical League into one of


'Meet Your Neighbors' Theme of 2016 DownStreet Art
11:42AM / Monday, March 21, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ Berkshire Cultural Resource Center is bringing back DownStreet Art this summer with a new theme, new opportunities and the return of DownStreet Art Thursdays.

The ninth annual DownStreet Art will feature four DownStreet Art Thursdays, participatory projects at city events between July and October, and also will debut a new creative business incubator program with the goal of supporting local artists beyond exhibition and performing opportunities.  

“Between events at Mass MoCA, city/community events, B-HIP, DownStreet Art and the new Levitt Amp concert series, we’re looking forward to a jam-packed

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North Adams Colegrove Park Students Thank Police Officers
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Correspondent
10:52PM / Sunday, March 20, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Colgrove Park Elementary seventh-graders invited Police Officers David Lemieux and Kyle Cahoon in for a presentation last week to thank them for their service and classroom involvement.

The week before, the officers had read "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" to James Holmes' classes for Read Across America day.

After the reading, the officers stayed and talked to the kids about being a police officer.

Soon after they broke into song and dance.

"These guys love doing stuff for kids," Holmes said. "They could of left after they read the book but they hung around a while ... and the next thing you know we started singing and dancing. The


MCLA Women's Lax Loses Second, Plays Home Opener Wednesday
06:44PM / Sunday, March 20, 2016

CLERMONT, Fla.- The MCLA women's lacrosse team wrapped up play on its southern swing as they fell to Eastern Connecticut, 15-4, on Sunday.

The Warriors wasted little time taking control as they led 15-1 after a half of play.  They dominated the half outshooting the Trailblazers, 26-2, in the opening stanza.  

MCLA (0-2) outscored the Warriors, 3-0, in the second half, but the outcome was already decided.

The Trailblazers got goals from Taylor Brewer, Natalie Caney, Mackenzie Cutler, and Tanelle Ciempa.

MCLA will open up its northern slate on Wednesday at home when it challenges Sage at Shewcraft Field at 4 p.m.


Freemasons Honor Longest Serving Mason in Massachusetts
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:07PM / Saturday, March 19, 2016

Wellcome poses with current District Deputy Grand Master Craig Perdicini and Nicholas Mantello, Kevin Hamel, Lawrence Tonini and Mark Feder.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — When Frank Wellcome Jr. joined the Masons way back when, he didn't expect to make history.

"My father was a Mason so as soon as I turned 21, I joined," Wellcome said.

Eighty years, later, he's still a Mason.

Born on April 12, 1914, in Yarmouthville, Maine, he fondly looks back on his time with the Freemasons.

"I am glad I am still here and I had a very good career with the Masons. I enjoyed it," he said Wednesday at a dinner reception to honor him as the longest standing Freemason in


@theMarket: Fed-Driven Rally Grinds Higher
By Bill Schmick,
09:51AM / Saturday, March 19, 2016

Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, the Federal Reserve Bank gave investors everything they wanted this week. As a result, the indexes racked up their fifth week of gains in a row. Could there be six?

A combination of events has unfolded over the last few weeks that have driven the markets higher. A potential bottom in oil and its subsequent rise to over $40 a barrel has provided support as well as fuel for stock gains. Given my belief that "where oil goes, so goes the market," it should be no surprise that the stock markets have now regained all the losses suffered in 2016. Oil, by the way, is also at around the same price it was at the beginning of the


Berkshire Planners Object to Transportation, Development Cuts
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:23PM / Friday, March 18, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is taking aim at Gov. Charlie Baker's proposed fiscal 2017 budget.

The commission on Thursday approved sending a letter to state lawmakers outlining its opposition to cuts that will affect transportation and development issues in the region. Executive Director Nathaniel Karns took aim at four areas of the budget: public transportation, environmental protection, brownfields funding, and money for economic development organizations.

The governor has proposed cuts to public transportation outside of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority to the tune of $2 million, Karns said, which could even further hinder the


Vermont State Police Launch Unsolved Cases Pages
04:52PM / Friday, March 18, 2016

WATERBURY, Vt. — On the eve of the 12th anniversary of 17-year-old Brianna Maitland's disappearance from Montgomery on March 19, 2004, the Vermont State Police is launching a new tool to provide an increased focus and public awareness of unsolved cases such as Maitland's.

Interactive Vermont Missing Persons and Unsolved Homicides pages have been created in an effort to make case specific information more readily available to the public, and create awareness that might generate new information for investigators.

"The launch of these pages will hopefully generate conversation, awareness and potentially new information to assist investigators. These cases have a profound


'The Brothers Grimsby': Fraternally Filthy
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:02PM / Friday, March 18, 2016

I don't quite know yet if I've been scarred for life by Sacha Baron Cohen's "The Brothers Grimsby," an audacious exercise in bad taste that goes over the top and, like a playground swing gone wild, loops around a few times. It'd be easy to simply say it's tasteless, vulgar garbage that would push the envelope of even the most broadminded viewers and end the review right here.

But then that would only be 68 words and they pay me the big bucks to deliver 830, give or take a bon mot. Besides, I laughed here and there and it may be therapeutic to analyze why.

Telling the tale of Nobby Butcher (Sacha Baron Cohen) and Sebastian Graves (Mark Strong), brothers


The Independent Investor: Why Free Trade Has a Bad Rep
By Bill Schmick,
03:40PM / Friday, March 18, 2016

The Establishment — Economists, politicians of both parties, Wall Street and Corporate America — are horrified. One of the linchpins of capitalism has suddenly come under attack. The growing anger over free trade is threatening more than 30 years of trade deals with the rest of the world. It was a disaster waiting to happen and we have only ourselves to blame.

Theoretically, free trade benefits everyone. These benefits include comparative advantage, which allows companies that can produce certain goods and services cheaply and efficiently. This will provide consumers with lower priced goods, increase exports globally, allow economies of scale among industries and nations and


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