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Clark Exhibit Celebrates Underappreciated Medium
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:44PM / Saturday, April 25, 2015
Clark Art Institute's exhibit 'Machine Age Modernism' features Claude Flight's linocut prints, a form of printing popular in 1920s and '30s London.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — In the first part of the 20th century, Claude Flight and his disciples were doing some cutting edge work.


Flight is an innovator and leader of a short-lived boom of linocut printmakers that thrived in London in the 1920s and '30s.

He and his contemporaries are celebrated in the Clark Art Institute's exhibit "Machine Age Modernism," on view in the Clark Center through May 17.

The show features colorful, intricate and often highly abstract images of everyday life


@theMarket: Buy on the News
By Bill Schmick,
02:42PM / Saturday, April 25, 2015

The worst of earnings season is behind us and it isn't nearly as bad as investors feared. Led by the tech sector, market averages are once again near their highs and appear to be on their way to even higher highs. Halleluiah.

If you recall that last week at this time, world markets looked to be at death's door and the recovery in five days has been encouraging. It is not only the U.S. market that has seen a strong recovery. The highly volatile Chinese market, after experiencing close to a 5 percent sell off in two days, rebounded nicely, erasing all losses and then some. The same can be said for Hong Kong and Japan. And now Taiwan is getting into the mix with more than a 3 percent


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

'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2': Bargain Basement Bull
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
09:03PM / Friday, April 24, 2015
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Columbia Pictures Kevin James keeps the mean streets of the mall safe in the retread comedy 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.'

Mrs. Goldberger taught me nothing if not to be a snob. But I think if I were sitting at her kitchen table, having endless cups of coffee, puffing on cigarettes (we all smoked then) and discussing "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2," she'd laugh and, in her European accent, say, "He's so silly, and he needs to lose weight badly. But he's brave, and he loves his daughter so much. She's a little overweight already, too. She should watch. The second wife


Two North Adams Men Arrested in Stabbing
08:07PM / Friday, April 24, 2015
Keith S. Larrabee and Richard K. Perkins III were arrested on assault charges related to the stabbing of a local man on Friday.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police arrested two men Friday afternoon in relation to a stabbing at the corner of Walnut and State streets.

According to police, an emergency call at about 2:42 p.m. reported a man had been stabbed in altercation.

Officers and detectives responded to the scene and located a victim suffering from a stab wound to the abdomen. Two suspects — identified as Keith S. Larrabee and Richard K. Perkins III — had fled the scene.

The victim was transported by North Adams Ambulance Service to Berkshire Medical Center in


Retired North Adams Police Officer Turns 100
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:28PM / Friday, April 24, 2015
Retired North Adams Police Officer Louis Zocchi celebrated his 100th birthday on April 18.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Louis Zocchi's advice for reaching century mark is simple: Keep breathing and keep ahead.  

The retired North Adams police officer celebrated his 100th birthday last Saturday with some 50 relatives from as far away as Texas and Ohio.

On Thursday morning, his peers at North Adams Commons shared birthday cake and memories with the World War II veteran.

Zocchi, the son of Angelo and Ernesta Zocchi, was raised on a farm that he continued to work most of his life.

"I had quite a garden," he said.

His daughter, Louise Zocchi, said it was far more than


Bashevkin Receives Commissioners Leadership Award
02:03PM / Friday, April 24, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Al Bashevkin, executive director of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, was presented with the 2015 Commissioners Leadership Award at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s annual Ounce of Prevention Conference held April 7 in Worcester.  

The Commissioner's Leadership Award recognizes exceptional leadership in promoting healthier and more equitable communities and in convening partners to advance this work. It acknowledges and celebrates the extraordinary work of an individual in convening multiple partners to work together for healthier communities. Bashevkin has demonstrated long-term commitment towards improvement of community


Taconic Golf Club Building Membership, Opportunities to Play
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:52PM / Friday, April 24, 2015
Taconic Golf Club plans to open this Saturday. The club's seen a significant growth in membership for its top-rated course. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The leadership of Taconic Golf Club is excited about Saturday's planned opening of the course, which traces its roots to the 19th century.   But those same leaders are more excited about the innovations that are ensuring Taconic's success well into the 21st century.   "We're trying to really build the future of Taconic," head professional Josh Hillman said this week.   "It's extremely affordable now the way the membership committee and marketing committee have set it up. ... We have


Superior Court Briefs: April 17 - April 23
Staff Reports,
11:13AM / Friday, April 24, 2015
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Friday, April 17.   Sasha Santiago, 25, of Springfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws, and single counts of trafficking in heroin and trafficking in cocaine.   She was released on $15,000 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on March 2, 2015.   Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Tuesday, April 21.   James Colbert, 53, of Williamstown had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of assault and battery and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.    He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of


Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision
01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Workers set up a new public art installation, 'Bus Stop,' by Victoria Palermo as part of 2012 Downstreet Art. The functioning bus shelter will be used by patrons of the BRTA. A ribbon cutting will be held June 28.

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Going, Going ... Gone
by TunnelVision
11:49PM / Tuesday, January 03, 2012
They were removing the letters at Staples on Tuesday, marking the closure of the office supply store in North Adams.

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North Adams City Council for 2012-13
by TunnelVision
12:25PM / Monday, January 02, 2012
Here's the new City Council for the coming year.

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City Woman Wins Hometown Holidays Gift Basket
by TunnelVision
09:18PM / Thursday, December 22, 2011

Jonathan Secor had some help in pulling the winning ticket. Congrats to Janet O'Neill of North Adams who won the big Hometown Holidays gift basket on Thursday. O'Neill won some $1,300 worth of gift certificates and merchandise.

The drawing could be entered by spending $50 downtown during the Thursday night Hometown Holiday events. Jonathan Secor of MCLA Gallery 51 said 62 people had entered the contest (including the editor of iBerkshires &mdash amazing how much cat toys cost nowadays).

Secor contacted O'Neill who  was excited and surprised at winning. "No, I'm not kidding," Secor assured her


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