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Five Finalists Named in MCLA Presidential Search
11:01AM / Friday, October 30, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Board of Trustees has accepted the recommendations of the Presidential Search Committee, who have identified five finalists for the next president of the college.

The five finalists are: Mary S. “Missy” Alexander, Ph.D., dean, Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences at Western Connecticut State University; James F. “Jaimie” Birge, Ph.D., interim president at Marygrove College and previous president at Franklin Pierce University; Scott R. Furlong, Ph.D., dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay; S. Alan Ray, Ph.D., J.D., visiting scholar at Harvard Law

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Superior Court Briefs: Oct. 26 - Oct. 29
Staff Reports,
10:12AM / Friday, October 30, 2015
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, Oct. 26.   Michael Abdalla Jr., 53, of Lee had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of misleading a police officer or other person.   He was released on personal recognizance. Abdalla is accused of failing into provide video tape evidence from Michaels Restaurant to the police in a motor vehicle homicide investigation. The incident allegedly occurred in Stockbridge on April 4, 2015.   Anthony Mejias, 34, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute - his second offense - and conspiracy to violate drug laws.   He was

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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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by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

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'Steve Jobs': Doesn't Get to the Core of the Apple
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
09:14AM / Friday, October 30, 2015

Whether meant to be a metaphor, simile, allegory or any of those other words describing an indirect representation of something or another, director Danny Boyle's eponymously titled "Steve Jobs" uses not a plot, but rather, an operating system to tell its tale. This latest attempt to nail down just who this enigmatic genius behind the PC revolution was is told via the events surrounding three major product launches. Each is a grand, staged event attended by adoring devotees and the press, where cataclysmic push comes to shove each time.

While I'd bet a gaggle of gigabytes that the grandiloquent speeches and pontifications serving as backstage dialogue at each of the

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MassDOT's Hearing Procedures Anger Berkshire Residents
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:10AM / Friday, October 30, 2015
MassDOT Aeronautics Division Administrator Jeffrey DeCarlo refused to change format despite many in the crowd calling for public conversation. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County's feeling that the state doesn't listen to them when it comes to transportation needs was further exasperated Thursday night.   The Massachusetts Department of Transportation held what was billed as a "community conversation" in City Hall and attracted more than two dozen residents and town officials.   But, instead of holding a "capital conversation," MassDOT officials shuttled people to take online surveys and to have private conversations with

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Letter: Vote Alcombright for Open Door
Letters to the Editor,
10:14PM / Thursday, October 29, 2015

To the Editor:

This is a story of a festival with a happy beginning and, unfortunately, an unhappy ending.

In early 1981, a small group of private citizens got together and envisioned a celebration where the many ethnic backgrounds of the area could be celebrated and from that a festival originally known as "LaFesta" was born. Initially it was a 17-day event held in the month of June at various locations to celebrate the Italian, Polish, French, Irish, Scotch, Lebanese and Jewish heritages. It was a very ambitious undertaking and some of the events needed a more spacious location other than a church hall so the festival was consolidated and moved to Noel Field in the location

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Letter: Buddington Ready to Serve
Letters to the Editor,
10:00PM / Thursday, October 29, 2015

To the editor:

To the voters of North Adams,

It has been an honor to serve on your City Council for the past two years. In this time:

• I introduced and shepherded through the Right to Farm ordinance.

• I spent a great deal of time studying the Arts Commission ordinance, and helped to make it more consistent and understandable.

• When the mayor selected a non-tenant to be the tenant representative to the North Adams Housing Authority, I was the sole vote against the
appointment, hoping that the tenants would get the voice they deserve.

• I would like to thank our department heads for their patience in answering my questions, and Mayor Alcombright for creating an

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Letter: Vote Jacobs for School Committee
Letters to the Editor,
09:00PM / Thursday, October 29, 2015

To the Editor:

For the past three years, my family has spent most of its weekend and vacation time in the areas surrounding, and within North Adams. We happily make a trip that is about 4 hours each way.

The area has a lot to offer part timers like us, quality museums, fun North Adams downtown events, hiking, multiple parks, not far from rafting and skiing, etc. We love to shop downtown in North Adams where retailers know our names.

I see North Adams as a city of great potential but one that also faces some tough challenges. Population loss, especially of the young, seems to be the most pressing issue when taking a realistic long-term viewpoint. The more young families you can attract

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Letter: Former Councilor Supports Alcombright
Letter to the Editor,
08:21PM / Thursday, October 29, 2015

To the Editor:

As a former city councilor and business owner I have worked with both mayoral candidates over the past 15 years. It goes without saying that they have different management styles. My years on the City Council and the Finance Committee were spent trying to find a way to navigate through very difficult budgets. The reduction in state aid put our city in a very difficult financial position.

If we had been level funded over the past eight years, the city would have had roughly $15 million available to manage our finances. No matter who was in the corner office during the past six years tough decisions would have had to be made.

As I look at this election our city is once

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Letter: Barrett Offers Real Leadership
Letter to the Editor ,
08:00PM / Thursday, October 29, 2015

To the Editor:

Drugs, blight, crime, higher taxes and fees, the sudden closure of the hospital, a vacant downtown: is this really moving North Adams forward?

Due to misguided priorities and policies we are witnessing our beloved city atrophy, not progress. Taxpayers are paying more and receiving less as city services and property values continue to decline. Without a course correction we can expect only more of the same. A new set of priorities backed by proven leadership is needed to address and rectify the problems facing this city.

John Barrett is the best man to bring such leadership back to City Hall. Barrett is running a positive, issues-focused campaign. He has refused to

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Letter: Alcombright Encourages Participation
Letter to the Editor,
08:00PM / Thursday, October 29, 2015

To the Editor:

A few years ago, we approached Mayor Alcombright to discuss smoking in playgrounds. He thanked us for contacting him and suggested we reach out to the Board of Health because cigarette smoking was a high concern of its members as well.

This was exactly the response that was needed. Mayor Alcombright recognized our issue and directed us to the board handling this issue as well as other agencies in the region - Mass in Motion, Tri-Town Health, and the Family Resource Center at Child Care of the Berkshires.

Together, we developed an awareness campaign and started a "young lungs at play" sticker initiative to reduce smoking in playgrounds. This work culminated with

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Letter: Alcombright Right Person to Move City Forward
Letter to the Editor,
07:37PM / Thursday, October 29, 2015
To the Editor:

To all the residents of North Adams, whether you live in community housing, own your home, rent, or share quarters ... If you are registered to vote, please do so on Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

This election is not just about the two men running for the same office, itís about one man who claims to not be running against our current mayor, but who continues to argue of his past wrongs and wants his "corner" back. He wronged and won't even face up to it, won't apologize, just turns the blame onto someone else.

On Tuesday, please make time to get out and vote, vote for a man who is honest, sincere, trustworthy, and yet strong. He makes himself heard when

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Letter: Send Message, Vote Barrett
Letter to the Editor,
07:14PM / Thursday, October 29, 2015
To the Editor:

Six years ago the City of North Adams elected a new mayor who promised a new era. Six years later, we in fact have a new era, an era of new sewer fees, increased water rates. An era where double-digit raises are given out while the mayor claims the city is one cycle away from becoming Detroit. An era where our children's playing fields are not maintained, an era where we are told to get use to not having our roads plowed promptly in the winter.

Our city cannot afford two more years of an administration that is focused on self-serving initiatives, wasteful spending and decreasing amenities for the taxpayers of North Adams.

This election send a message that the taxpayers have had

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